Editor's Note: As we wind down operations, the staff of MacNN is running some of their personal favorite stories, either moments we were especially proud of or -- as with this one -- stories that really stuck out in our minds. Without question, this was one of them. Originally written in 2013, we have laughed about this one many times (only because we can't afford it), but fret not -- some more "night shift what th--?" type stories are yet to come. In the meantime, we give you one of the stories we're glad we didn't flush the press release on -- the Bluetooth Toilet. And yes -- it is still available.
Every day, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our MacNN Deals store. Since the typically sunny summer is just around the corner, today's selections are all portable Bluetooth speakers, including two classy audio devices clad in leather and wood, another that's weather-sealed, and one that offers volume with a solid bass.
Two companies have introduced changes to the way iOS users can interact with their products. Ultimate Ears is updating the UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom speakers with voice integration, while Sonos has updated its iOS Sonos Controller app to give it lock screen controls that can be used from the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, as well as other additions that take advantage of the iPad's multitasking abilities.
Spotify has broken a major milestone, with the streaming music service claiming it has now got more than 100 million active monthly subscribers. The Swedish streaming company advised earlier today that approximately 30 percent of its user base pay a monthly subscription fee, and the number of users of the service continues to grow at a rate of 1.8 million users per month, though at a cost to its bottom line.
It's time for episode 67, and we're going to mix it up a bit this week. Mike and Charles, both of whom are former residents of Orlando, start off the show talking about the mass shooting there, and (despite very different political leanings) come up with a reasonable and rational set of proposals that would dramatically cut down on such tragedies (with proof) while preserving protected liberties, and thus no rational person would disagree. Oops, we can already see the flaw in that plan from here.
Every day, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our MacNN Deals store. Today's collection consists of headphones of varying shapes and sizes, depending on your particular audio needs, including those using bone conduction technology, one meant for use while relaxing in bed, and two personal audio selections that are constructed from wood.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing team of MacNN scours online retailers to find discounts, promotions, bargains, and offers for our readers to take advantage of. Yesterday's list has been pruned of old deals, while the additions for today include a 38mm Apple Watch for $359, the Samsung T3 portable 250GB SSD for $80, and the House of Marley Jammin Liberate Saddle on-ear headphones for $25.
Apple has expanded its Back to School promotion into Europe, two weeks after the program for educational customers launched in the United States. Just as with the offer in the US, customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and other European markets can get a free pair of wireless Beats headphones as part of a qualifying order, alongside a discounted selection of Mac, MacBook, and iOS devices.