Think you can hack Tinder? Google will pay you $1,000.

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Hackers, it’s your time to shine. 

Google, in collaboration with bug bounty platform HackerOne, has launched the Google Play Security Reward Program, which promises $1,000 to anyone who can identify security vulnerabilities in participating Google Play apps. 

Thirteen apps are currently participating, including Tinder, Duolingo, Dropbox, Snapchat, and Headspace. 

Apps usually run their own bounty programs on a smaller scale. This is the first time that Google itself has offered a reward on behalf of developers. 

Here’s how it works. If you find a security vulnerability in one of the participating apps, you can report that vulnerability to the developer, and work with them to fix it. When the problem has been resolved, the Android Security team will pay you $1,000 as a reward, on top of any reward you get from the app developer. 

Google will be collecting data on the vulnerabilities and sharing it (anonymized) with other developers who may be exposed to the same problems. 

For HackerOne, it’s about attracting more and better participants in bounty programs. A developer who uncovers a vulnerability in Tinder will now receive a the cash bonus from Google in addition to the money they receive from Tinder’s program. 

“Participating apps that already have a bug bounty program will now have the opportunity to attract an even more diverse set of hackers,” Adam Bacchus, HackerOne’s chief bounty officer, told Mashable.

The 13 apps currently participating were selected based on their popularity among Android users. After a trial period with the small group, Google will open the program to the larger community.

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The top 8 Bluetooth speaker deals will help you keep the party going

Bluetooth technology has opened the door for a lot of interesting gadgets and convenient ways to connect our smartphones to various devices. Perhaps the most popular Bluetooth technology today is wireless speakers, which make it easy to take your music on the go or to set up a compact and lightweight home audio system.

Summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean the cooler fall weather spells the end of outdoor parties, camping trips, and other activities where you can enjoy some tunes with your friends. We’ve picked out some of our favorite Bluetooth speaker deals available right now that can save you up to $232 off retail prices.

Anker Classic Bluetooth speaker

Anker mini bluetooth speaker

Anker is one of the top brands when it comes to high-quality but budget-friendly hardware, so its only fitting that we kick off our deal list with its aptly named Classic Bluetooth speaker. This palm-sized, 3-inch cube punches above its weight with its efficient 4-watt driver, while its internal lithium-ion battery lasts between 15 and 20 hours for all-day listening.

A 65 percent discount means you can score the Anker Classic Bluetooth speaker for $28 on Amazon, saving you $52 off the retail price.

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Rokono Sidewinder portable Bluetooth speaker

Portable Bluetooth speaker

The attractive and super-compact Rokono Sidewinder Bluetooth speaker measures in at just under 3.5 inches long and less than three inches tall and wide. This handy unit delivers 5 watts of power and up to 10 hours of battery life, but arguably its best feature is a handy slot that lets the speaker serve as a stand for your smartphone or tablet. This portable speaker can also be used with non-Bluetooth devices thanks to its 3.5mm input jack.

The Rokono Sidewinder portable wireless speaker is currently priced at $20 on Amazon after a 60 percent discount knocks $30 off the usual price.

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Om/One levitating Bluetooth speaker

Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

This levitating Bluetooth speaker from Om/One boasts a truly unique design that makes it the perfect conversation starter. The speaker unit is a small orb housing a 75mm 3-watt driver that hovers roughly an inch above its base, rotating as it puts out music in 360 degrees. A built-in mic means you can even use the Om/One speaker for making phone calls, which will make you feel like a villain from a cyberpunk movie.

The Om/One levitating Bluetooth speaker can be yours for $100 from ThinkGeek, taking a whopping $100 off the normal price.

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Mighty Rock Miniboom wireless speaker

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If you prefer futuristic aesthetics, then look no further than Mighty Rock’s sleek Miniboom Bluetooth speaker. The Miniboom utilizes dual acoustic audio drivers and a passive subwoofer to deliver impressive sound for a speaker this size. Its streamlined housing features swept angles with no square edges, and its sleek design makes it look great on any desk.

The Mighty Rock touch Bluetooth speaker is listed at $26 after a 63 percent discount.

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VicTsing Bluetooth shower speaker

Victsing Bluetooth Speaker

Waterproof tech is great for the outdoors, but devices like the VicTsing Bluetooth speaker are also perfect for use in the shower. You probably spend about 10 minutes or more in the shower every day, and that extra time is great for catching up on your favorite podcasts, listening to an audiobook, or just chilling with some music as you go about your morning routine.

The VicTsing waterproof Bluetooth speaker features a metal carabiner and a removable suction cup on the back, letting you mount it any way you like, and it even has a built-in mic for voice control and for making hands-free calls. This shower speaker comes in at $19 for a 24 percent savings.

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Amazon Echo smart Bluetooth speaker (certified refurbished)

Refurbished Amazon echo

If a “smart” Bluetooth speaker is what you’re looking for, then the Amazon Echo is hard to beat. This wireless device is a great choice for those who have a smart home ecosystem. The Echo features built-in Alexa capability that gives you hands-free voice control over the speaker as well as other connected smart devices that are compatible with Alexa. You can even use Alexa to perform internet searches, order food, and more. The Echo can play music from either your connected smart device or any number of streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify, and the 360-degree speaker fills the room with sound.

The Amazon Echo smart Bluetooth speaker normally sells for $165, but you can snag a certified refurbished model for just $80 on Amazon after a 52-percent discount of $85. All certified refurbished products are professionally inspected, cleaned, tested, and re-packaged, and are covered by Amazon’s excellent warranty and customer service.

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Looking for more great deals on tech and electronics? Check out our deals page to score some extra savings on our favorite gadgets.

Update: Added the Amazon Echo and VicTsing Bluetooth speaker deals. Removed expired offers and updated prices.

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Got the time? These are the eight best smartwatch deals available right now

While smartwatches aren’t as common as smartphones quite yet, they’re no longer enthusiast-only items either. The best smartwatches make your life easier by providing alerts to your wrist so that you don’t have to constantly find and pull out your phone. Many also provide a variety of fitness-tracking features, while others double as music players with support for popular services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and iHeartRadio.

Although Apple watches make up a large portion of the market today, most models are Android smartwatches, and the range of choices provides a good amount of flexibility in how you use them. Many analysts believe the smartwatch market will continue to grow in coming months as manufacturers add new features to their products and the technology becomes more affordable. So, if you’re ready to take the plunge into high-tech wearables and want to save some money, then read on for a handful of the best smartwatch deals online right now.

Pebble Time Steel

pebble time steel smartwatch

Get all of your notifications at a glance with the popular Pebble Time Steel. This Android and iOS compatible smartwach provides the same updates as your smartphone, including calendar events, text and emails, incoming calls, and more, but they go directly to your wrist.

The Pebble Time Steel has a built-in activity and sleep tracker, while also providing daily reports and weekly insights. It has a 9.5mm thin chassis with a curved, ergonomic profile, Marine-grade stainless steel bezel with PVD coating, matte and polished finishes, and tactile buttons for easy, eyes-free control. A microphone is attached for voice notes and quick replies along with 10-day battery life.

The tough, 2.5D glass display is an always-on color E-Paper screen that’s water resistant up to 30 meters, complete with a durable glass lens. The Pebble Time Steel smartwatch normally retails for $200 but is currently on sale for $130 on Amazon, providing a $70 (35 percent) discount. Check out our review of this classic smartwatch for more information.

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Skagen Hagen Connected

Skagen Hagen men's smartwach

Skagen is well known in the world of wristwatches, with a reputation for its sleek minimalist designs and subtle European style. It’s no surprise, then, that Skagen’s smartwatch offering, the Hagen Connected, looks so good.

At a glance, the Hagen Connected looks like any other analog watch, and it features a standard battery-powered quartz movement (which means no charging). Looks can be deceiving, however: This hybrid wristwatch also boasts a suite of smart features like activity tracking, phone syncing, message notifications, music control playback, and compatibility with both Android and iOS devices.

With its classic looks and low profile, the Skagen Hagen Connected smartwatch is a top choice for style-conscious users who want smart functionality without sacrificing aesthetics. This sleek wearable can be yours for $149 on Amazon, giving you a $56 (27 percent) discount.

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Michael Kors Access Dylan

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Another stylish option with traditional wristwatch aesthetics is the Acess Dylan from Michael Kors. This wearable offers a classic look on your wrist and runs on Google’s excellent Android Wear firmware.

With Android Wear, the Access Dylan does everything you need a smartwatch to do: Activity tracking, phone notifications, customizable watch faces, music playback, and more, along with convenient features like a built-in speaker. The watch also offers both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for easy syncing with your compatible Android and iOS devices. A built-in mic lets you answer calls and issue voice commands as well.

The metal housing and touch rubber band make this watch as eye-pleasing as it is durable, while a 1 ATM water resistance rating protects the Dylan against water at depths of up to 10 meters. The stainless and blue Michael Kors Access Dylan smartwatch is now available for $200 from Amazon at a 15 percent discount of $30, and the black and gold version can be yours for $260 (or $60 off).

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Fossil Q Wander

 Fossil Q Wander Leather women's smartwatch

Get a fashionable smartwatch you’ll want to show off to your friends with the Fossil Q Wander smartwatch. This Android smartwatch boasts a genuine leather band along with customizable dials and features. You can also change up your look on the fly when you choose a Fossil or Android Wear design by adjusting the colors and then adding the complications of your choice to your watch face.

With this smartwatch for women, you can easily get notified of important texts, calls, social media messages, and emails, thanks to Bluetooth technology. It has built-in activity tracking, so you can monitor your everyday accomplishments including steps, distance, and calories burned. It automatically syncs to your phone so you can keep tabs on your activity and notifications without even pushing a button.

Other features include the ability to control your music on your favorite music player and use the built-in microphone and speaker to perform a variety of tasks on the smartwatch using just your voice. The Fossil Q Wander leather band smartwatch regularly retails for $255 but is currently marked down to $175 on Amazon, saving you $80 (31 percent). The all-stainless version is also on sale for $185, saving you $$90. You can also check out our hand’s on smartwatch review for more information on this model.

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Huawei Watch

smartwatch deals Huawei Watch Black Stainless Steel Smartwatch

Get a durable smartwatch that you can adapt to your own signature style with a Huawei Watch, and received an 8 out 10 in our hands-on review.

This smartwatch allows you to use all your favorite apps on the go for a truly seamless experience. With this smartwatch, Google Now becomes your personal assistant. The watch also helps you stay on top of your health game with built-in fitness-tracking features including an enhanced heart rate monitor and sensors to track running, walking, and more. Thanks to Bluetooth, it’s compatible with most devices with an iOS 8.2 or Android 4.3 or later operating system.

The smartwatch is designed for those on the go and charges to 80 percent of capacity in a mere 45 minutes. A style accent all in itself, the Huawei Watch in black stainless steel normally retails for $400 but is currently on sale for $170 from B&H, saving you $230.

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Samsung Gear Fit2

samsung smartwatch

Get the motivation you need to stay on top of your fitness goals with a Samsung Gear Fit2, which helps keep track of your daily activity levels, heart rate, and more. This Samsung smartwatch uses a wide range of tracking sensors to closely monitor your activity levels including steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep quality. It can even automatically identify the different types of physical activities such as running, cycling, and working out on the elliptical.

The smartwatch is water-resistant and features a curved, full-color super AMOLED screen that displays real-time activity stats along with texts and other alerts from your iOS or Android smartphone within Bluetooth range. Get credit for every step thanks to the built-in GPS that gives you accurate real-time stats and allows you to leave your phone behind. The watch features the S Health app, which you can use to you can set goals, check leaderboards, challenge others to step competitions, and share workout results with just the touch of a button

The smartwatch also acts as a stand-alone music player so you can store your favorite music on your Gear Fit2 or connect to your phone with Spotify to access millions of songs. Charging is easy with the included cradle. Score a Samsung Gear Fit2 for $124 on Amazon, after a $66 (35 percent) discount.

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Garmin Vívosmart HR

best fitness smartwatch

Looking for  a  cheap smartwatch that is comfortable to wear all day. The health-based  Garmin Vivosmart smartwatch is sleek and stylish and displays all your stats on your wrist so clearly, you can even read it in direct sunlight.

The smartwatch displays steps, distance, calories, heart rate, and activity intensity along with text, call, email, calendar and social media alerts. The smartwatch uniquely reminds you to keep active via a move bar and vibration alert. It has an integrated barometric altimeter that tracks when you take the stairs and measures activity intensity through a feature called Intensity Minutes, so you can monitor your progress against weekly goals. For detailed calorie tracking, you can create an account at MyFitnessPal and link it to your Garmin Connect account, which allows you to compare calories consumed to total calories burned, as well as compete in challenges with others using your Garmin Connect account.

The smartwatch has a battery life of up to five days, as well as a convenient, non-intrusive touchscreen design. Pick up one today on Amazon for $96 after a $54 (36 percent) discount.

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Samsung Gear S3

Samsung Gear 3 Smartwatch deal

Our final smartwatch deal is another treat from Samsung and one of our favorite Android wearables: The beefy Gear S3. This watch comes in two flavors, the stylish Classic and the sporty Frontier.

The aptly named Classic boasts a traditional wristwatch appearance with its gunmetal gray steel case and thick leather wrist strap, while the Frontier is purpose-built for active users with its black silicone band and reinforced black steel housing. Gorilla Glass SR+ protects the watch face on both models, and the cases are also feature military-grade protection from dust, moisture, and impacts.

The Gear S3 also has a rotating bezel which you can use to scroll through apps, notifications, and more. Like other wearables, these wirelessly sync with your phone, and the S3 also has a heart rate monitor along with a variety of health tracking functions. The Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier are each on sale on for $60 off, bringing them both down to $300 on Amazon. For more information on this Samsung smartwatch, check out our hands-on review.

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Looking for more great deals on tech and electronics? Check out our deals page to score some extra savings on our favorite gadgets.

Update: Added the Pebble Time Steel, Michael Kors Access, and Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch deals. Removed the expired Asus Zenwatch and Pebble Time offers and updated prices.

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Bathe in Elon Musk’s musk courtesy of this creepy air freshener

What does a dream smell like? The promise of distant worlds? A hairline that defies time and space? Or, perhaps, something more terrestrial — a magical underground tunnel, whisking you away to destinations heretofore only envisioned one sunny afternoon daydream? 

And, if you could ever pin that most elusive of scents down, package, and sell it, how much would it cost? Thankfully, we need wonder no more, as a group of enterprising individuals is now offering an Elon Musk-based air freshener for the very attainable price of $6.90. 

Dubbed, yes, Elon’s Musk, the product bills itself as “the perfect gift for any Tesla fan,” and is sure to turn a few unscented heads. 

“The original Elon’s Musk air freshener, with our own specially designed musk scent,” intones the site’s ad copy, as if channeling some Musk fanboy Siren call. “High notes of Tesla leather, and low notes of rocket fuel.”

Leather and rocket fuel. Say it with me. Leather and rocket fuel

But how did these visionaries arrive at this exact blend of manliness and daring do? Did they, possibly late one night, swab the unsuspecting billionaire are he distractingly gazed skyward? Or maybe they took a different approach, somehow reverse engineering the scent from the mogul’s tweets?

Image: elon’s musk

The answer, it turns out, is much more prosaic: they guessed. 

“We’ve never actually smelt him, but we imagine it’s something like this air freshener,” reads the company’s FAQ page. “We genuinely put a lot of time into this. It’s the closest thing to Musk we could imagine.”

And while Musk diehards may be disappointed that this product is not the result of rigorous, science-based tests (and subsequent failures), we are not bothered in the slightest. Because smells, like dreams, are ephemeral — the harder you try to hold on, the more they slip away. 

But hey, I guess that’s why Elon’s Musk is available in packs of three. 

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Apple is already being sued over one of the iPhone X’s features

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announces features of the new iPhone X at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus in Cupertino, California on Sep. 12, 2017.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announces features of the new iPhone X at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus in Cupertino, California on Sep. 12, 2017.

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The iPhone X isn’t even out yet and Apple is already being sued over one of its biggest features.

A developer is suing Apple for copyright infringement, alleging that Apple stole the “Animoji” name from the developer’s app of the same name.

“This is a textbook case of willful, deliberate trademark infringement,” reads the complaint, which was flied in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday.

The Animoji app, which has been in the App Store since 2014, allows people to send animated texts to friends via iMessage and other messaging apps. In the suit, Emonster kk, the Japanese company behind the app, alleges that Apple was fully aware of its app and the name, which is trademarked.

Apple declined to comment, but the lawsuit describes a pretty aggressive fight over the trademark.

Emonster kk says Apple began trying to buy its trademark in the summer of 2017. That’s when, according to the suit, Animoji’s creator Enrique Bonansea was approached by a series of companies with names like “The Emoji Law Group” who tried to buy the trademark and “threatened to file a cancellation proceeding if Bonansea did not sell the mark.”

Bonansea believes that Apple was really behind these groups. A day before Apple’s iPhone X event, one of these groups filed a cancellation request with the U.S. Patent Office.

Interestingly, Apple’s use of the “Animoji” name may have ended up helping the app — at least in the short term. The app, which has only seen about 10,000 downloads overall, saw a sizable bump in downloads in September around the time of Apple’s iPhone event, according to data from Sensor Tower. The increased downloads were likely the result of people searching for Animoji following Apple’s keynote.

Still, the company says its business has suffered since Apple’s launch — both because its app is no longer the top search result for “Animoji,” and because they’re now having to rush out their next update.

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Here are the 12 best deals on Apple accessories for the iPad, iPhone, and Watch

It’s expensive being an Apple fanboy (or fangirl). Not only do you typically pay a premium for the Cupertino, California, tech giant’s latest hardware — as the iPhone X proves — but Apple’s accessories can often cause sticker shock as well. Fortunately, when it comes to shopping for accessories, the Apple Store isn’t your only source.

Whether you’re looking to pair your newly minted iPhone with wireless headphones or simply need to load up on Lightning cables, we’ve rounded up some awesome deals on Apple accessories for everything from your iPhone to your MacBook. We will periodically update these deals in the future, so be sure to act quickly if you want to get the best prices.

Walcase steel mesh Apple Watch band– $11

accessories for apple watch

If you’ve jumped on the Apple Watch bandwagon, then getting a new strap is the perfect way to express your style with an Apple watch accessory. Walcase iWatch bands are made from a durable stainless steel mesh and come in a wide variety of colors — gold, black, and silver — to match your watch case. They are available for both 38mm and 42mm Apple Watches, and are a good option if you want a stylish and water-resistant strap but don’t care for the look or feel of rubber. Normally $33, a 67-percent discount brings the Walcase Apple Watch band down to $11 on Amazon.

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Ounne shockproof and waterproof iPhone 7 and 8 cases – $20

Shock Resistant iPhone case

Fall has finally arrived, so if you find yourself heading outside with your iPhone 7 or new iPhone 8 to enjoy the cooler weather, it might be a good idea to get a shock-resistant and waterproof case to protect your tech. This one from Ounne, available for just $20 from Amazon after a $40 discount, is a tough and durable case for your iPhone 7 Plus that doesn’t look or feel too bulky and awkward. The shockproof case fits around your phone and completely seals it against dirt and water without affecting touchscreen functionality. If you have the larger iPhone 7 or 8 Plus, you can grab a matching Ounne shockproof case for $20 as well. Also, be sure to check out our recent roundup of iPhone 8 case deals.

$20 on Amazon

Joy Factory Pinpoint X-Spring precision stylus – $15

Apple Stylus deal

Your iPad isn’t just another tablet, so it deserves more than just another stylus. The attractive Joy Factory X-Spring precision stylus allows you to work on any iPad or iPhone touchscreen, and helps expand the versatility of multitouch. Unlike many styluses with chunky nibs, the Pinpoint X-Spring features a unique rotating fine tip that can make contact with the screen at angles of up to 180 degrees for extra comfort and precision when drawing and writing. Need to jot something down on paper? Just flip the stylus around and use the other end as a traditional ballpoint pen. A $20 discount lets you score the Joy Factory Pinpoint precision stylus for $15 from the DT Shop.

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Anker Folio iPad keyboard case – $32

Anker iPad Folio Case

Anker makes a wide lineup of great accessories, and if you’ve been craving a physical keyboard for your iPad, or just love iPad accessories, this is your new best friend. The Anker Folio keyboard case features Bluetooth connectivity and iPad shortcut keys, allowing you to remain productive no matter where you are. The case also offers two ergonomic viewing angles for both typing and handheld use. The synthetic leather exterior provides an attractive cover for your iPad, and the Anker Folio automatically engages the tablet’s wake and sleep modes when opened and closed.

$32 on Amazon

Beats Solo Solo Headphones – $200

Beats Apple Accessories

Music from Apple devices continues to improve and your listening accessories should do the same. These Beats Solo 3 Wired On-Ear Headphones help you hear all your music with near-perfect audio quality. They provide fine-tuned acoustics for audio clarity, breadth, and balance, as well as a streamlined design that gives you a unique custom fit. The headphones are foldable, so they’re easy to take with you on the go, as well as durable. These Amazon choice headphones normally retail for $300 but are currently marked down to $200 on Amazon, saving you $100.

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Anker PowerLine 3-foot Lightning cable 3-pack – $22

Apple accessory deals

Lightning cables are a must-have item for any Apple household. Anker’s PowerLine cables are some of our favorites for charging up Apple gadgets, and Amazon has this 3-pack of MFi-certified Lightning to USB cables that will keep your iPhone or iPad fully juiced. MFi certification, originally created for the iPod, ensures that these cables now work with other Apple devices as well. Each cable measures 3 feet, and the Anker PowerLine three-pack costs only $22 on Amazon after a 27 percent savings.

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Mbeat PowerTime Apple Watch charging dock – $35

Apple watch charging dock

The $79 Apple Watch Charging Dock is an add-on accessory that prominently displays your Apple Watch as it charges. However, if you don’t feel like dropping $79 on a dock designed to charge just one gadget, the Mbeat PowerTime Apple Watch charging dock costs $35 and provides three additional USB ports that let you charge any USB-compatible gadgets in addition to your Apple Watch. Like Apple’s dock, it displays your Apple Watch as it is charging so you can still use it as your alarm clock. It’s currently 28 percent off its list price from the DT Shop.

$35 on DT Shop

Oittm 5-port USB recharging dock – $38

Apple Charging dock

The Oittm 5-port USB recharging dock puts your iPhone, iPad Mini, iPod (remember those?), or Apple Watch on display while they charge. The attractive and sturdy aluminum and ABS plastic dock feature a variety of ports — two on top for a Lightning cable and Apple Watch charger, along with three USB connections in the back — for charging up to five devices simultaneously. The top is also removable to allow you to place your power cables inside the dock’s housing for easy cord management. At just $38 after a $62 discount, the Oittm 5-port dock is a solid and affordable all-in-one desktop charging station for all of your Apple gear.

$38 on Amazon

Just Mobile Hover Dock – $28

Apple charging dock accessories

The low-profile Just Mobile HoverDock charging podium creates the illusion that your iPhone is hovering while docked. The aluminum base features a rubber bottom to prevent sliding, as well as retractable cable storage that keeps your wires neatly out of sight while your device is charging. The unit was designed to work with most iPhone cases and can also be used to prop up your iPhone while you FaceTime. It’s currently available for just $28 from our DT Shop.

$28 on DT Shop

Hussar Magicbuds Bluetooth headphones – $27

Apple iPhone headphone deals

Wireless headphones are the future of the iPhone, but not everyone can afford to spend $159 on Apple’s AirPods. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable alternatives. Ideal for the gym, the ergonomic Hussar Magicbuds Bluetooth headphones are a highly rated and affordable option if you like the look of Dre Powerbeats but not their hefty price tag. The rechargeable battery offers up to nine hours of play time, and the Magicbuds can be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled device, which makes them ideal for current and older iPhones and iPads. Hussar’s in-ear headphones are currently just $27 from Amazon.

$27 on Amazon

Maxboost iPhone 7 and 8 3,200mAh battery case – $31

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Maxboost is no stranger to the market of affordable and high-quality batteries and portable chargers, so it should be no surprise to see its iPhone battery case in our roundup. Apple devices generally offer very good battery life, but even the best batteries can unexpectedly die while you’re on the go. For those dreaded moments, the Maxboost battery case for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 has your back: The slim case houses a 3,200mAh battery that can increase the lifespan of your iPhone by up to 18 hours. The battery case doesn’t add much bulk to your iPhone and is currently just $31 on Amazon, saving you $39 off its normal price.

$31 on Amazon

LK Laptop Sleeve Bag

Apple mac accessories

Today’s 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops are smaller and thinner than ever, so why not protect them with a durable sleeve? The LK Laptop Sleeve Bag is made out of water-resistant material and built-in shock absorbent padding and protects your device from daily drops, bumps, and other daily damage while on the go. The sleeve has a slim, portable, lightweight design with two-toned textured nylon to give it a modern look. The extendable top handle is easy to grip and can lay flat while not in use making it easy to carry or slide into a backpack for travel. The sleeve normally retails for $40 but is currently marked down to $13 on Amazon.

$13 on Amazon

Looking for more great Apple accessory deals and discounts on other electronics? Check out our deals page to score some extra savings on our favorite tech.

Update: Added deals for the LK Laptop Sleeve Bag and Beats Solo 3 Wired On-Ear Headphones.

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Nokia’s retro 3310 3G is coming to the US for $60 on October 29th

The 3G version of Nokia’s resurrected 3310 was announced in September as theoretically working in the US, unlike the 2G version released earlier this year. But at the time HMD Global, which owns the rights to Nokia phones, didn’t say when (or even if) the 3310 3G would be coming to the US.

Now, we know the answer to both of those questions: the phone is available for preorder starting today at Best Buy for $59.99, with the phone set to release on October 29th. If you’re thinking about picking one up, be aware that it should work on AT&T and T-Mobile because both are GSM networks, but it won’t work with Verizon and Sprint’s CDMA ones.

The slip ‘n’ slide of solar panels are easier to transport and may save lives

Renovagen is a company based out of the UK that specializes in solar energy. They have created a new system of solar panels that is portable and easy to use called ‘Rapid Roll’. The panels are easy to roll out of a truck or trailer. The island, Flat Holm in Great Britain, is currently being powered by these roll-out panels. The goal of the company is to be able to make Rapid Roll accessible to areas in need of power quickly, specifically those damaged by a natural disaster.

Apple sued by Japanese company that owns Animoji trademark

A Japanese company, which owns the trademark for “Animoji” in the US, is suing Apple for using the word to name its iPhone X feature.

The Tokyo-based company, Emonster, filed the suit on Wednesday in US federal court, saying, “Apple made the conscious decision to try to pilfer the name for itself.” The company’s CEO, Enrique Bonansea, is a US citizen living in Japan.

Emonster’s Animoji app on iOS, which shares the same name as Apple’s iPhone X feature.

Emonster owns an iOS app called Animoji that launched in 2014, which lets people send emoji that are animated in a loop like GIFs. The app asks you to compose the message kind of like how you would format a line of code in Python or Javascript, with parentheses and brackets that separate the kinds of effects you want to add to text or emoji. The app costs $0.99 on iTunes.

The iPhone X’s Animoji feature, meanwhile, lets people transform their face into customized moving emoji, taking advantage of Apple’s face recognition technology. It was the funniest and quirkiest thing about Apple’s new flagship phone. The lawsuit alleges that because both the Animoji app and the iPhone X feature are on Apple’s platforms, and because they both involve moving animation, the court should rule one out.

According to the suit, Apple knew about Emonster’s ownership of the Animoji trademark because the app is in the Apple Store. Apple allegedly offered to buy the trademark, and when it was turned down, kept using the name anyway.

Although Emonster has owned the trademark for Animoji since 2015, Apple filed a petition this September to cancel the trademark, so the registration is now under review. Apple said that because of a filing error, Emonster registered the trademark to a nonexistent business and therefore can’t actually own “animoji.”

Emonster is seeking an unnamed amount of money in damages and a court order to immediately block Apple from continuing to use the name. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment.

PayPal Lets Messenger Users Send Money to Buddies

PayPal on Friday announced the immediate availability of its peer-to-peer payment service on Facebook Messenger, making it easy to exchange money between friends and family.

PayPal Lets Messenger Users Send Money to Buddies

PayPal also introduced its first-ever customer service bot, which gives Messenger customers payment and account support right in the app.

An agreement struck last year with Facebook allowed 2.5 million PayPal customers in the U.S. to connect their accounts with Messenger and use PayPal to shop on Messenger, as well as to communicate with other PayPal users, noted COO Bill Ready.

PayPal is the leader in P2P payments, he pointed out, with US$24 billion in volume during the third-quarter of 2017, up 47 percent year-over-year.

“We’ve seen interest from the 2.5 million people who have connected their PayPal accounts to Facebook Messenger that they would like to use this as a way to communicate with us,” said PayPal spokesperson Juliet Niczewicz.

Further, “the new PayPal bot for Messenger will enable people to have meaningful customer service interactions,” she told the E-Commerce Times, “such as resetting passwords, handling account inquiries, and helping with refunds or payment issues so they can handle their business in the context they are in.”


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PayPal previously entered deals with Apple’s Siri to do transactions with voice commands, Niczewicz noted. It also partnered with Microsoft to allow money to be sent using Skype’s chat function.

PayPal earlier this year launched a bot on Slack that allows users to send payments while inside a Slack conversation, she added.

Payments can be made in Messenger by pressing the blue plus icon when composing a message and then tapping the green payments button.

To use the bot, customers can look for PayPal in the search field, type a message to PayPal, and the bot will appear inside the Messenger app. Customers needing further help can choose to connect to live PayPal customer service.

Expanding Messenger

Facebook originally enabled the sending of payments through Messenger more than two years ago, according to spokesperson Jennifer Hakes. That functionality required customers to enter a Visa or Mastercard debit number issued by a U.S. bank into Messenger, and it offered the option of adding a PIN for greater security.

Facebook has adopted a strategy of creating a broad consumer technology platform and working to keep users within it by offering services through Messenger, observed Jack Kent, director for operators and mobile media at IHS Markit.

“Making Messenger more of a platform for commerce and transactions also serves Facebook’s wider ambitions to drive platform monetization,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “Bringing payments and advertising closer together can help drive up the value of ads and promotions inside the app.”

Chatbots help customers deal with straightforward transactions like reorders, sending gift cards or paying bills, said Cindy Zhou, principal analyst at Constellation Research.

Promoting commerce inside a messaging app has been a standard tool in Asia for years — for example, with WeChat in China, she told the E-Commerce Times.

It has started to take hold in the U.S., she noted, with rival social media platforms embracing in-app commerce. Pinterest has introduced buyable pins, for example, and users can shop on Instagram.

While there appears to be a heightened in interest in automating these transactions, customers may rebel against having to interact with intelligent bots instead of live customer service agents, suggested Paula Rosenblum, managing partner at RSR Research.

“Have customers embraced outsourced, scripted customer service reps who know nothing about the country or the products they’re supporting? No they have not,” she told the E-Commerce Times.

The best customer service often results form shaming companies over social media, Rosenblum said, based on her experience.

“Otherwise I end up with one of those scripted reps,” she said, “and it drives me nuts.”


David Jones is a freelance writer based in Essex County, New Jersey. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times.