Apple History: Original iMac bowed on this date in 1998…and the tide was turned.

Original Apple iMac from 1998, in Bondi blueConsidering how high the company flies today, it’s sobering to recall the lows Apple hit in the 1990’s. Apple spent the bulk of that decade frantically scrambling to come up with a hit, introducing one failed product after another: a digital camera, a portable CD audio player, powered computer speakers, a gaming console (no, really), and a bizarre set-top box for television. CEO John Sculley bet…

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Deal of the Week | August 15th, 2014: LED Solar Flashlight for $4.99

LED Solar Flashlight for $4.99You are roused from a deep sleep by your spouse, elbowing you in the ribs.

“What the…” you begin to mumble, groggily.

Shhh! I heard a noise downstairs,” your spouse whispers.

At once, you’re wide awake, in a state of hyper-alertness, courtesy evolution and the fight-or-flight reflex it perfected. You reach for the flashlight on your nightstand, flick the switch, and…

Nothing. Darkness. And the…

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VIDEO: Apple intros two ‘Your Verse’ iPad TV spots, telling new personal stories

The first spot is titled ‘Yaoband’s Verse,’ and follows a Chinese musical group as they scour the countryside and urban streets, harvesting live sounds for their…

Deal of the Week | August 8th, 2014: Compact Mobile USB Charger for $4.99

Compact Mobile USB Charger for $4.99Here’s a great little 12-volt mobile socket USB charger, small and inexpensive enough to keep in every vehicle.

It’ll charge your smartphone, your MP3 player, and most other small-ish USB devices. It glows blue when plugged in, so you’ll know at a glance when it’s doing its job. It’s normally 20 bucks, but as this week’s DOTW, you can get one (or two or five) for just $4.99 each.

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Deal of the Week | August 1st, 2014: Compact USB AC Adapter for $4.99

Compact USB AC Adapter for $4.99Think for a moment: How many gadgets do you currently own that are charged via USB?

iPhones and most other smartphones are recharged using USB. So are iPods, along with many cameras, electronic toys, and myriad other devices.

So it’s always nice to have another place to plug these devices into. And that’s where this week’s DOTWcomes in. This well-built, reliable, compact USB charger is also…

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Deal of the Week: July 25th, 2014: 10-in-1 Portable USB Card Reader for $5.99

10-in-1 Portable USB 2.0 Card Reader for $5.99THIS WEEK: 10-in-1 Portable USB Card Reader for $5.99 (reg. $19.99)

Access nearly any type memory card, including SDHC, microSD and more with this USB 2.0 Card Reader. One cool feature: it even has a built-in USB cable. With it, you can expect quick USB 2.0 data transfers up to 480 Mbps.

Not only is this a nifty card reader, it can also house up to nine memory cards – which makes it the ideal…

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Apple debuts OS X Yosemite public beta

Apple OS X Yosemite public beta announcedToday, Apple released a beta version of the next version of its Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. Yosemite was announced and previewed at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in June; the official release is slated for sometime this fall.

As Information Week says:

Participating in Apple’s OS X Beta Program — which is distinct from the Beta Seed Program for Mavericks — is free, but there…

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VIDEO: Upbeat new Apple spot shows how much people love their MacBook Airs

As the popularity of MacBook Air continues to grow, so do the many ways users customize these ultralight notebooks.

VIDEO: New iPhone 5s ad, ‘Parenthood,’ hints at future Apple smart home initiatives

A new 60-second TV commercial spotlighting the iPhone 5s, Parenthood, was posted by Apple last Sunday.

Deal of the Week | July 5th, 2014: UltraLast 4-pack of AA alkaline batteries for 99¢

UltraLast 4-pack AA alkaline batteris for 99 cents at Connecting PointFlashlights. Remotes. Garage door openers. Laser pointers. So many devices, so few AA alkaline batteries to power them all.

Until now.

For this week’s DOTW, we’ve scored a major buying coup on four-packs of UltraLast’s excellent AA alkaline batteries. And we’re letting them go, while supplies last, for less than a buck a pack.

Find out more about our latest Deal of the Week here.

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