Snowden’s iPhone case tells you when you’re being spied on

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Edward Snowden is building his own iPhone case.
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When you think of Edward Snowden the first phrase your mind goes to probably isn’t “quality iPhone case manufacturer.” Nonetheless, the famed NSA whistleblower today announced that he has presented just such a smartphone accessory at an event at MIT’s Media Lab.

Anyone want to venture a guess as to the case’s unique selling point?

VR headsets, wall-sticking iPhone cases, and more in the best deals of the week [Deals]

Get control of your smart home straight from your smartphone.
Get control of your smart home straight from your smartphone.
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We get a lot of great deals on gadgets and gear here, which is why every week we wrangle the best of the bunch. This week, we’ve got a way to turn your iOS device into a universal remote, an iPhone case that’ll stick to almost any surface, a VR headset powered by your phone, and more. Take a look:

If Spider-Man had an iPhone, this is the case he’d use [Deals]

Anti-Gravity iPhone 6:6S Case
Nano-suction technology lets this case stick almost anywhere.
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With a great iPhone comes great responsibility — after all, dropping it can cost lots of money and cause a serious headache. That’s why we buy cases to protect our prized devices, but you can add another level of security and flexibility with the Anti-Gravity iPhone 6/6s Case, which turns any surface into a gripping surface. And right now you can get this wall-clinging case for $29.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

The battery pack for iPhone that’s also a great case [Reviews]

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The Moshi iGlaze Ion battery case provides the best of both worlds.
The Moshi iGlaze Ion battery case provides the best of both worlds.
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In my line of work, conducting interviews and attending press conferences, a fully charged iPhone is a necessity. I don’t want the constant worry of watching my phone’s battery slowly die down as I search for the nearest power outlet.

To alleviate the fear of an undercharged iPhone, battery packs and cases are must-haves. And, while I appreciate the convenience of an external battery pack, they are often too bulky. A battery case is another option as it will house my phone and battery pack in one handy spot — again resulting in added bulk, especially when my phone is fully charged and I don’t need the battery attached 24/7.

Why hasn’t anyone thought of combining the two? Accessory-maker Moshi has heeded the call with its iGlaze Ion battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6s.

Check out the video below for my full review.

Adobe lessons, 1,000s of design assets, and more in the latest deals at Cult of Mac [Deals]

Easily connect any device to a worldwide VPN network.
Easily connect any device to a worldwide VPN network.
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We’re breaking off a brand new week, and as usual we’ve got a bunch of brand new deals. This round, we’ve got a portable VPN portal, a year of Adobe Creative Cloud with comprehensive lessons, an uber-classy iPhone wallet, and more. Take a look: