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Get an Apple Watch for $50 off — and then some — with this Prime Day hack

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Your (slight) patience will be rewarded.
Your (slight) patience will be rewarded.

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TL;DR: You can save $50 on the multi-functional Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 40-millimeter model — and another $19.01 if you opt for no-rush shipping at checkout. 


Patience is a virtue, and this Prime Day, it can pay off big. 

So far, we’ve seen some pretty stellar deals on Apple essentials including this Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 40-millimeter watch marked down $50 for a total of $349. Amazon is sweetening the deal by discounting the watch another $19.01 for shoppers who opt for free no-rush shipping at checkout. Seeing as though you’ve lived your entire existence without the watch, waiting a few extra days to save an additional $19.01 shouldn’t kill you (but hey, you do you). 

You’re probably familiar with the specs of the popular Apple wrist gadgets, but a refresher never hurts. This particular model boasts a waterproof design, automatic workout detection, and a health monitor to serve as your wellness companion in all elements. 

Of course, you’ll stay plugged-in with all your notifications, calls, and alerts at the ready. The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a 30 percent larger screen than previous models to display all the news you need with even more clarity. 

Head to Amazon to get the Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 40-millimeter watch while it’s still on sale for $349, and go for the free no-rush shipping to snag another $19.01 off, for a grand total of $329.99.

13-inch gold MacBook Air is $300 off for Prime Day

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Grab a new Apple product while they’re on sale.

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TL;DR: The quick, lightweight MacBook Air is on sale for $1,099.99 at Amazon, saving you $299.


Apple products are selling out left and right at Amazon during Prime DayApple Watches sold out before I could even finish writing about them and a MacBook Air lightning deal was more than 50% claimed after being live for only 20 minutes.

If lighting deals stress you out, you can still score Apple products at some sweet prices this Prime Day. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals we found on MacBooks, but we want to shoutout one in particular. The latest model MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) is on sale for $299 off — that’s the same amount of savings as the lightning deal, but on a more advanced model.

This laptop is super lightweight and portable, but doesn’t compromise speed or quality. It has Retina display, Touch ID, the latest generation keyboard, and a Force Touch trackpad.

The 13-inch display is sharp and and features 48% more colors than previous generations of MacBook Airs. The bezels are also thinner than before, giving you the most screen focus.

You don’t have to run to take advantage of this deal, though if you really want it, you shouldn’t wait because who knows how long this price will last or if it will stay in stock. Pick up a new MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,099.99 at Amazon.

How Roblox avoided the gaming graveyard and grew into a $2.5B company

There are successful companies that grow fast and garner tons of press. Then there’s Roblox, a company which took at least a decade to hit its stride and has, relative to its current level of success, barely gotten any recognition or attention.

Why has Roblox’s story gone mostly untold? One reason is that it emerged from a whole generation of gaming portals and platforms. Some, like King.com, got lucky or pivoted their business. Others by and large failed.

Once companies like Facebook, Apple and Google got to the gaming scene, it just looked like a bad idea to try to build your own platform — and thus not worth talking about. Added to that, founder and CEO Dave Baszucki seems uninterested in press.

But overall, the problem has been that Roblox just seemed like an insignificant story for many, many years. The company had millions of users, sure. So did any number of popular games. In its early days, Roblox even looked like Minecraft, a game that was released long after Roblox went live, but that grew much, much faster.

Yet here we are today: Roblox now claims that half of all American children aged 9-12 are on its platform. It has jumped to 90 million monthly unique users and is poised to go international, potentially multiplying that number. And it’s unique. Essentially all other distribution services offering games through a portal have eventually fizzled, aside from some distant cousins like Steam.

This is the story of how Roblox not only survived, but built a thriving platform.

Seeds of an idea

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Before Roblox, there was Knowledge Revolution, a company that made teaching software. While designed to allow students to simulate physics experiments, perhaps predictably, they also treated it like a game.

“The fun seemed to be in building your own experiment,” says Baszucki. “When people were playing it and we went into schools and labs, they were all making car crashes and buildings fall down, making really funny stuff.” Provided with a sandbox, kids didn’t just make dry experiments about mass or velocity — they made games, or experiences they could show off to friends for a laugh.

Knowledge Revolution was founded in 1989, by Dave Baszucki and his brother Greg (who didn’t later co-found Roblox, but is now on its board). Nearly a decade later, it was acquired for $20 million by MSC Software, which made professional simulation tools. Dave continued there for another four years before leaving to become an angel investor.

Baszucki put money into Friendster, a company that pre-dated Facebook and MySpace in the social networking category. That investment seeded another piece of the idea for Roblox. Taken together, the legacy of Knowledge Revolution and Friendster were the two key components undergirding Roblox: a physics sandbox with strong creation tools, and a social graph.

Baszucki himself is a third piece of the puzzle. Part of an older set of entrepreneurs, which might be called the Steve Jobs generation, Baszucki’s archetype seems closer to Mr. Rogers than Jobs himself: unfailingly polite and enthusiastic, never claiming superior insight, and preferring to pass credit for his accomplishments on to others. In conversation, he shows interests both central and tangential to Roblox, like virtual environments, games, education, digital identity and the future of tech. Somewhere in this heady mix, the idea of Roblox came about.

The first release

Woman stages DIY rescue for AirPod dropped on subway tracks

Ashley Mayer’s nightmare arrived on Tuesday, when one of her AirPods fell onto the New York City subway tracks.

Mayer requested help from the the subway system’s operator, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), to retrieve her wireless earbud.

“I had asked to have [the AirPod] rescued yesterday but it was going to take two hours and I had to be present,” Mayer tweeted.

A day after dropping her AirPod on the track, Mayer took matters into her own hands. While another person might have jumped down into the tracks to snatch up their fallen AirPod, Mayer knew it wasn’t worth risking her life.

With a little smart thinking, she cobbled together her own AirPod rescue tool using a broom and duct tape.

A little MacGyver-ing later, and tada:

“Security guard seems suspicious of my broom,” Mayer tweeted before putting her contraption to use.

Her broom-tape instrument didn’t look elegant, but it worked! Mayer deserves props for diving into action. Though we’re not sure we’d want to put any AirPods back into our ears if they sat on the nasty New York City subway tracks for two whole days. Let’s hope the decontamination was extensive.

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Apple’s iPhone will reportedly go notch-less next year

Bye-bye, notch.

According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), Apple will launch at least one iPhone with a smaller front camera and better screen to bezel ratio in 2020, meaning it will have a slimmer notch than the current models. 

Additionally, China Times quotes a Credit Suisse analyst as saying that Apple will launch at least one notch-less iPhone next year, and that all new iPhones launched in 2021 won’t have a notch. 

The analyst claims the notch-less iPhones will use an under-display camera — tech we’ve similarly seen on prototype Oppo and Xiaomi phones — to make the notch-less display possible. 

The new, notch-less iPhones will also use full-screen, acoustic fingerprint ID technology instead of a regular fingerprint scanner. 

Note that these reports say nothing about the iPhones coming out this year — these will likely all have a notch and be quite similar to the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. 

Rumors that Apple will go with an in-display fingerprint scanner have been around for a while; in fact they predate the notch itself. But Apple has instead opted for a completely new authentication method, the Face ID, with sensors lodged in the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR’s notch. 

If the reports above are correct, Apple will now slowly transition away from Face ID, replacing it with an advanced, in-display fingerprint scanner. While that’s fairly plausible, given how far in-display fingerprint scanners have come in the past year or so, under-display cameras are still in their infancy; in fact, Oppo itself used careful wording when describing its new camera technology. It’ll be interesting to see whether Apple can overcome all these obstacles and launch a truly notch-less device within a year. 

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