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The Drill Down 308: Lessons Learned and The Road Ahead
Mr. BabyMan   |  

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We ring in the New Year with our first new show of 2014! This week we discuss a new Pebble watch, cloud gaming on Sony PlayStation, T-Mobile wants to pay you to switch, Facebook is dead to teens, are digital music downloads already obsolete?…the legacy of the Snowden NSA leaks, and a cube that balances on its edge.

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Deal: 20% Kindle Fire Tablets; Kindle e-Readers As Low As $55
Empress Eve   |  

Kindle Fire HD 8.9

The Gold Box Spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is 20% off Kindle devices, starting as low as $55!

The Kindle e-reader now starts at $55.20; the Kindle Fire HD now starts at $135.20; and the new Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet now starts at $183.20.

Note – this deal is valid only for today, Monday, December 9, 2013 until 11:59pm PST while supplies last.

The Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablets can be used for apps, games, books, movies, magazines, music, web browsing, and more, all on an 7″ HDX display (1920×1200), high pixel density (323 PPI) high definition display. Choose from 16 MB, 32 MB, and 64 MB models, with or without special offer ads, and Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 4G.

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The Drill Down 303: Holiday Gift Guide
Mr. BabyMan   |  

TDD 303

The holiday season is coming up and The Drill Down would like you to be ready for it. So as we do every year around this time, we’ve prepared a list of what we consider the perfect tech gifts to give… and get this holiday. So before you stand around for hours this Black Friday, spend some time with The Drill Down.

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‘Star Wars’ Death Star Herb Grinder
Empress Eve   |  

Star Wars Death Star Herb Grinder

Etsy user Pyroteeze has constructed a Star Wars Death Star Herb Grinder.

This tiny handmade technological herb terrorizer can grind up stuff like sage and lavender, as well as many plants and spices. The 2.5-inch device, which is a bit smaller than a baseball, is made from non-toxic polymer clay and is antiqued with a light black acrylic paint.

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Geek Gear Review: Everpurse, The Purse That Charges Your Phone
Dr. Geek, Ph.D.   |  

Everpurse #1

One of the confounding problems with modern mobile devices is how to keep them charged. Sure, the battery on your mobile phone or tablet will last all or much of the day if you just take a few calls, or surf the web at the local Wi-Fi hot spot. Sadly, that’s not all we usually do. Set up e-mail on your mobile device, and the battery drain increases. Play a few rounds of games like Angry Birds or Candy Crush Saga and battery levels drop even faster. Then there’s that hour-long call with a friend or for business. What’s a person to do? Carry a power supply and cable to plug in to any electrical outlets to be found? Carry a battery-backed charger? Find a device case that contains a backup battery?

Alas, none of these alternatives has been particularly well thought out in the consumer space. Finding outlets can be awkward, especially when traveling. Battery backed chargers can have cables that make them awkward to carry when not being used. Other chargers attach directly to the unit, making them cumbersome to charge while in a pocket or purse. Device cases with batteries can substantially add to the profile of the devices themselves, can deny the opportunity to use a decorator case or skin, and can be more quickly prone to failure before the devices they contain.

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