Turcom Graphic Drawing Tablet & Stylus, Save 64%

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Today’s Geeky Gadgets Deal is a Turcom Graphic Drawing Tablet & Stylus with 64% off, the tablet normally retails for $140 and we have it in our store for $49.99.

The Turcom Graphic Drawing Tablet & Stylus will work with Mac OS 10.8 or later and Windows 7 or later, you can see some of the specifications below.

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The Turcom Drawing Tablet will transform your computer into a creative tool worthy of any modern-day Picasso. Drag the pen across the tablet’s surface to draft architectural blueprints, sling paint for your next artistic masterpiece, and more. The tablet’s pressure sensitivity will allow you to vary your stroke widths as naturally as you would pen onto paper, or paintbrush onto canvas. Intuitive and precise, this tablet will empower you to unleash your creativity in ways you would not have imagined.

  • Easily write & draw in your computer programs
  • Replicate the natural feel of pen on paper
  • Create precise variations in line width & opacity
  • Apply unique brush effects to images
  • Take advantage of a large drawing surface area
  • Use as a mouse replacement
  • Access frequently used programs, webpages & functions w/ 8 express buttons & 16 keys
  • Use included software to hand-sign digital documents & more
  • Troubleshoot issues with 24/7 customer support

You can now get the Turcom Graphic Drawing Tablet & Stylus for $49.99 and save 64% off the normal retail price.

BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition Packs 600hp

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BMW has unveiled the M6 Coupe Competition Edition that is intended to pay homage to the M6 GT3 racing car. The Competition Edition is offered in two colors, alpine white and Austin yellow. Both will have BMW M colors in the racing stripes that celebrate the livery used on the racing car. I’m having a rather hard time picturing what the red, white, and blue livery would look like on a yellow car.

Under the hood, the Competition Edition has a 4.4L TwinPower turbo V8 engine that makes 600hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The top speed for the car is 189.5mph if the buyer chooses the optional M Driver’s Package. Black 20-inch wheels are part of the package and the car has a carbon fiber rear diffuser and rear spoiler.

M Function seats for driver and front passenger and a heads-up display are included. Buyers can opt to replace the stock Harmon Kardon Surround Sound system with a Bang & Olufsen system with 16 speakers. The Competition Edition is an option available on the M6 Coupe that adds 17,700 euros to the base price of the M6, which starts at about 98,000 euros.

Huawei Watch Available for Pre-orders in Europe for €399

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Back at IFA 2015 earlier this month, Huawei introduced the gorgeous Android Wear powered Huawei Watch. The wearable device comes with a variety of customization options to choose from as well.

If you’re based in Europe, you’ll be glad to find out that Huawei Watch is now up for pre-orders in the region with prices starting at €399 through its European Online Store.

Customers residing in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, or Switzerland can pre-order the wearable device, but it’s worth mentioning that prices may vary depending on your country of residents — it’s not available in the UK as of now.

Huawei Watch comes with a 1.4 round display with a resolution of 400 x 400 pixels, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

The device also features Bluetooth 4.1, and can connect with devices running Android 4.3 Jelly bean and higher, as well as iOS devices running iOS 8.2 or higher. There’s a 300 mAh battery and the company claims it can provide users with a battery time of up to two days, and ships with Android Wear as its operating system out of the box.

Anyone interested in picking up the Huawei Watch?

Last Minute VPN Deals With Geeky Gadgets Deals

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Just a quick reminder to our readers that we have some great VPN deals in the Geeky Gadgets Deals store that will be ending soon.

Some of the VPN Deals which are finishing soon are the TigerVPN Lite Lifetime subscription and the proXPN VPN Premium Lifetime Subscription, both these deals end tomorrow.

proXPN VPN: Premium Lifetime Subscription, Save 89%

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Surf the web with ultimate peace of mind – both at home and on the road – over proXPN’s fully-encrypted, lightning-fast servers. Your lifetime premium subscription gets you unlimited bandwidth on their ultra-private global server network and complete online anonymity—it even unblocks geo-locked content so you can browse freely around the world. Plus, proXPN never logs your online movements, so no one can ever track you or steal vital personal data.

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TigerVPN Lite: Lifetime Subscription, Save 96%

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The Internet can be a scary place, packed full of hackers, government spies, identity thieves, and other degenerates. TigerVPN protects you from cyber crimes, and guarantees that your Internet activity stays anonymous. How? Connect to TigerVPN Lite’s 15 servers worldwide to get fast, private access—free from location restrictions. Yes, that means you can have your Netflix and watch it too no matter what country you’re visiting.

Andy Samberg tests the limits of HBO Now’s password sharing during the Emmys

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During Sunday night’s Emmy Award ceremony, comedian Andy Samberg put HBO Now’s password sharing policies to the test by announcing his own supposed login details.

Observers who tested the credentials—-username “khaleesifan3@emmy.com,” password “password1”—discovered that the account did indeed work. But they also discovered that sharing an HBO Nowpassword has its limits. As of this writing, we can’t get into the account at all.

The whole stunt was nod to the widely-known practice of mooching an HBO login from a friend or family member. It’s something HBO is well aware of, and has even brushed off as having “no impact” on the business. Still, HBO does have limits in place to discourage large-scale (or in Samberg’s case, nationwide audience-scale) password sharing, even if the network avoids describing them in specific terms.

Officially, HBO says it limits the number of simultaneous streams on both HBO Go (a free streaming service for people who get the channel through their cable provider) and HBO Now (a $15 per month standalone streaming service, no cable TV required).

That’s as specific as the company will get in its documentation, but we know from media reports that the actual limit is three streams at the same time, for both HBO Go and HBO Now. Exceeding the limit isn’t necessarily grounds for having your account suspended, but it would explain why few people could use Samberg’s account to watch anything.

As for why the account is inaccessible now, it’s possible that someone changed the password. But it’s also worth noting that HBO Now’s terms of use hold users responsible for “maintaining the confidentiality of each username and password.” HBO says it’s not liable for any losses if someone gets your login and locks you out. (We’re guessing this won’t be a concern for Samberg.)

HBO’s password sharing policies aren’t out of line with other streaming services. Some services, such as Hulu and Netflix, have even tighter restrictions on simultaneous streams, but no set limits on the number of logins. HBO rival Showtime, meanwhile, has a hard limit of five device logins and three simultaneous streams.

For more on streaming services and their password restrictions, check out TechHive’smoocher’s guide to cutting the cable cord.

Apple’s electric car to hit the road in 2019 but it won’t be driverless

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Apple is “committed” to having an electric vehicle on the road in the next few years, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal (paywall) is reporting that Apple has internally labeled their electric car effort a “committed project” and is looking at shipping the first fleet of vehicles in 2019. In order to expedite the project, codenamed Titan, Apple is growing the team working on the electric car by threefold, to about 1,800 employees. The rumored iCar will reportedly combine Apple’s expertise in design, batteries, sensor technology and hardware-software integration.

Apple execs gave the project the green light after spending more than a year researching the feasibility of an electric Apple-branded vehicle. Last year Apple CEO Tim Cook toured the BMW facilities in Europe, and Apple execs met with two government groups in California. It remains unclear whether Apple will outsource the manufacturing of its iCars, as it does with iPhone manufacturing. Most auto-makers own and operate their own car factories.

Although Apple has recently hired a team of experts to work on driverless technology, met with the DMV to review autonomous vehicle regulations and scoped out testing facilities, the WSJ report claims that Apple’s first electric car won’t be fully autonomous by 2019. Apple’s driverless vehicle fleet, according to the report, is a longer-term plan for the Cupertino-based company. Last week, talk show host Stephen Colbert asked Cook about Apple building a driverless car.

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”We look at a number of things along the way, and we decide to really put our energies into a few of those,” Cook replied. Considering the mounting evidence, we can only assume that a car is one of those few things along the way that Apple has decided to really put its energies into.

The impact on you: Should you start saving your money for an electric iCar? Perhaps not. Despite Apple hitting the gas pedal on building a car, many internal sources are skeptical about the 2019 ship date. It’s an ambitious project, especially for a company with zero car-making experience besides the CarPlay infotainment software. Even if Apple gets a prototype fully designed and operable, it could still take time for it to pass certain road and safety regulations. The WSJ notes that it wouldn’t be unheard-of for this project to miss its 2019 ship date.

Everyone who bought Peace gets their $3 back

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If you bought Marco Arment’s iOS 9 content-blocking app Peace, you’re about to get your three dollars back—even if you haven’t requested a refund. Arment says Apple is “proactively refunding all purchases of Peace.”

Arment launched Peace on Wednesday, the same day iOS 9 officially exited its beta period. It quickly reached the No. 1 spot on the Top Paid Apps charts, butArment pulled the app from the App Store just two days later. He encouraged customers to ask Apple for a refund, and said the app would continue to work for the people who bought it, just with no maintenance or updates.

Arment’s blog post says the automatic refunds, coming straight from Apple, could take a few days to process. His blog post doesn’t elaborate on how this situation came about, or if getting a refund from Apple will also remove the app from their devices, or if the app will continue to work on devices where it’s still installed.

The impact on you: This blanket issuing of refunds by Apple seems unprecedented, but Macworld contributor Glenn Fleishman says that when The Magazine (also founded by Marco Arment) went dark last January, Apple issued pro-rated refunds to subscribers, at Fleishman’s request. Apple saw some backlash when it unilaterally added a free U2 album to everyone’s iTunes account, so some Peace customers might find it strange to be handed their $3 back when they didn’t even ask and assumed the sale was final. But if money can’t buy Peace, at least it can buy new Beyoncé tracks.Did you buy Peace? Did you request a refund—and if not, were you planning to, or were you happy to just keep the app? Are you relieved or annoyed that Apple is refunding your money? Let us know in the comments.

Microsoft’s Send brings its Outlook-based, WhatsApp-like messaging to Android

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Microsoft says Send is off to a rousing start since it introduced the new email-based messaging app nearly two months ago. To keep that momentum going, Microsoft expanded Send to Android on Wednesday.

The app started life as an iPhone only affair; it now comes to Google’s mobile platform in beta form. Microsoft says Send for Android will remain in preview mode until the company can “bring it up to speed” with the iPhone version.

Microsoft is also adding new international availability to the app. Originally open only to U.S. and Canadian users, Send is now available in the U.K., Brazil, and Denmark as well.

One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is Send’s limit to Office 365 business and education users. If you have a regular Hotmail or Office 365 account, Send is not for you.

Send is Microsoft’s attempt to build a simpler messaging platform on top of email. Instead of sending a proper email with a recipient, subject line, and message, Send allows you to send a short message to someone as long as you know their email address.

Since its introduction, Microsoft says it has added new features to Send as a result of user feedback, including the ability to delete conversations, add people to conversations, send direct messages to people from a group conversation, share your location, and GIF sharing.

The new Android version is available for anyone running version 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and up. Microsoft says a Windows Phone version is also in the works.

The impact on you at home: Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Send’s original iPhone-only nature no doubt limited its usefulness in the workplace. Now that it supports the vast majority of phones out there, businesses and schools are likely to find it much more useful—if there’s room for another communication service in a world already filled with options like HipChat, Slack, WhatsApp, and even Microsoft’s own Yammer.

AVG’s new privacy policy is uncomfortably honest about tracking users

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While anti-virus firm AVG congratulates itself over a new easy-to-read privacy policy, users are up in arms over what that policy spells out.

The new policy, which takes effect on October 15, makes clear that AVG will collect non-personal data such as “Browsing and search history, including meta data.” AVG says it collects this data “to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free.”

It’s rare to see a privacy policy that so plainly points out a company’s data collection methods and motivations, but that’s the point. AVG recently put out a press release to celebrate its new document, which indeed uses lots of plain English and includes brief summaries of each section at the top. CEO Gary Kovacs even implored the rest of the tech industry to adopt similarly transparent policies.

But in making its privacy policy easier to understand, AVG has also opened itself up to a backlash. A post on Reddit pointing out AVG’s practices is currently at the top of the site’s Technology section, with thousands of upvotes and (largely angry) comments. Some of the practices mentioned in that Reddit post are things that AVG was already doing, such as keeping a list of installed applications, collecting the device’s advertising ID, tracking search terms, and sharing that non-personal data with third-party partners.

Still, the old policy didn’t draw a fine line between collecting data for malware tracking, and using it for profit. There’s also no mention of collecting users’ browser histories in the old document. We’ve reached out to AVG to clarify how much of the privacy policy is new, and the extent to which the company is collecting browser history.

Why this matters: AVG’s new policy illustrates exactly why companies tend to drown their data collection practices in legalese. There’s no penalty for doing so, and being transparent only invites more outrage. In that sense, AVG at least deserves credit for helping users make informed decisions. Still, the idea of an anti-virus program tracking and monetizing your browsing history is unnerving, and if anything AVG ought to clarify that point further as it finalizes its new privacy policy.

Apple wants to take its e-book price fixing case to the Supreme Court

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Apple wants one more shot at clearing its name of e-book antitrust violations.

Having lost a federal court appeal earlier this year, Apple will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that the company conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices, Fortune reports.

Apple lost its original case in 2013, after being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice along with 33 states and U.S. territories. At the time, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote found that Apple broke the law when it convinced five major publishers to adopt the same “agency” pricing model, in which they set their own prices and agreed not to offer lower prices elsewhere. This had the effect of raising some prices at rival e-book seller Amazon, as publishers abandoned the “wholesale” model that let Amazon set e-book rates on its own.

In the past, Apple has argued that it was making the market more competitive by weakening Amazon’s grip. The company reiterated that rationale in a note to the Supreme Court, saying “disruptive entry into new or stagnant markets” requires the type of conduct Apple engaged in. (The actual legal argument seems fairly technical, making the case that Apple didn’t engage in “horizontal” price fixing, and therefore must be judged on the competitive effects of its behavior.)

Apple hasn’t technically submitted its formal request with the High Court yet, but has asked for a 30-day extension to do so. As Fortune points out, the extension request outlines much of Apple’s argument for seeking the Supreme Court’s review. Of course, the court can still deny Apple’s request to have its case heard at all.

Why this matters: The monetary stakes in this case are fairly low for a huge company like Apple, with the company agreeing to pay out $450 million if it exhausts all its appeal options. But Apple has said previously that the case is “about principles and values,” and it’s possible that the ruling is having deeper ramifications. As reported earlier this year, Apple may have tried convincing record labels to kill the free version of Spotify to help pave the way for Apple Music. While Spotify’s free version still exists, Apple is now facingnew antitrust inquiries from several state attorneys general.