[TA Deals] Grab a pair of KOAR Bluetooth Cloud Buds with a 77% discount

koar bluetooth cloud budsIf you’ve been in the market for a new pair of headphones, KOAR is offering their Bluetooth Sound Buds for a whopping 77% off. This brings the completely wireless pair of headphones under 25 bucks.

The Cloud Buds are extremely lightweight and completely wireless, but they offer a sturdy, premium construction with a noise canceling outer shell. There’s a microphone and remote built-in too, which is great for those of you that use headphones to take phone calls.

$24.99 nets you the headphones that also include option ear hooks and a few different sizes of ear gel buds to make sure everything fits securely. It’s pretty hard to beat that deal for a pair of nice earbuds.

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NASA shows off a stunning new color photo of Pluto’s moon, Charon

Pluto isn’t the only speck in the sky that’s come into full, glorious focus over the last few months. NASA just released the first enhanced-color, high-resolution photo of Charon, the dwarf planet’s largest moon. It offers an unprecedented look at Charon’s surface, one that is both mesmerizing and informative. And yet it’s just another small step in NASA’s process of unraveling the mysterious history of the Pluto system.

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Apple declined to add Chromecast support to Apple Music even after Google asked nicely

Google has long shown that they’re not above working with the competition to help bring services and features to as many people as possible, even if that competition swears to destroy them in a nuclear business war (whatever that means). You can’t always say the same for the other side, though

Despite Apple seemingly coming to grips with the idea that it’s possible for companies to work together (they even went as far as inviting Microsoft to their iPad Pro and iPhone 6S event for an Office presentation, and will also bring Apple Music to Android), they weren’t so quick to make a move on one tiny request: load Apple Music up with Chromecast support.

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Google apparently asked Apple to implement the functionality to celebrate the launch of Chromecast Audio, but Apple seems to have declined the request. Pride? Prejudice? Tells of an upcoming competing platform? Who knows. It’s Apple. They’d mostly prefer to believe no one exists and no one needs anything but the products they provide.

But we know that’s not true. I have a brother, a sister and a mother who are all iPhone users. They’re all Apple Music users. And they all use Chromecast to beam their multimedia to their home theater systems. Old habits die hard, we suppose, but Apple should come off their high horse and start playing a bit more ball.

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Google and Microsoft agree to end patent feud over smartphones and gaming systems

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After a multi-year conflict in the courtroom, Google and Microsoft have finally agreed to end their big patent feud. No financial terms were disclosed, though the two companies have agreed to drop roughly 20 lawsuits in the United States and Germany.

The two companies have been in dispute since 2010, when Google’s former Motorola Mobility unit began demanding royalties on Microsoft’s Xbox gaming system. At the same time, Microsoft had sought to prevent Motorola’s mobile phones from using certain features that have been patented by Microsoft.

As GeekWire reports, here is the joint statement released by Google and Microsoft earlier this morning:

Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues. As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility. Separately, Google and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future to benefit our customers.

Now the two companies have agreed to drop all patent litigations in question, and work together in areas that would more greatly benefit their customers. One way the companies are doing so is by focusing on the newly-formed Alliance for Open Media, of which both Google and Microsoft are members. The alliance, which is setting out to develop a royalty-free video compression technology for the web, includes key players in the tech world like Amazon, Cisco, Intel, Netflix, Google, Microsoft and more.