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May

Buyer’s Guide: Deals on iPad Mini 3, Retina iMac, Apple Accessories, and More [Mac Blog]


Now that Mother’s Day has come to an end and we’re heading into June, deals have died down a bit. You can still get a decent discount on an iMac, older iPad, older MacBook Air, or Retina MacBook Pro, but when it comes to newer iPads and Macs, you might want to wait a week or two in case there are good Memorial Day discounts. The exception is the Retina iMac, which is available for the lowest price we’ve seen.

Best Buy’s offering solid discounts on some iPad mini 3 models this week, so it’s a good time to pick up one of Apple’s smaller tablets. As usual, we’ve rounded up the best deals on must-have Apple accessories, and we’ve highlighted the best app sales of the week.

iPad Air 2

B&H Photo is offering a small discount on most of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB WiFi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $459 and the 64GB model is priced at $569.

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MacMall is also offering some discounts on iPad Air 2 models, dropping the prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB entry-level Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $459, while the Wi-Fi-only 64GB iPad Air 2 is available for $539.

iPad Air

Both Best Buy and B&H Photo have deep discounts on some remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

iPad Air Wi-Fi Space Gray 128GB$549
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) – $565
iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) – $629
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) – $449
iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (Verizon) – $566.99
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) – $449
iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) – $579
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) – $679

iPad mini 3

Best Buy is discounting Wi-Fi only 16GB and 128GB iPad mini 3 models by $50 to $100, resulting in some of the lowest prices we’ve seen for the higher-capacity models. With the discount, the 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 3 is priced at $499 and the 16GB version is priced at $349.99. Only the Space Gray and Silver models are on sale.

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B&H Photo is offering some modest discounts on various iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price by up to $60. The 64GB Cellular iPad mini 3 in gold is priced at $549, while the 16GB Cellular gold version is priced at $469. The Wi-Fi only 128GB iPad mini 3 in Silver is $519, while the 64GB version is priced at $439.

Discounts for each model and and color vary, but most models are being offered at a lower price than you’ll find at the Apple Store, and buying from B&H, you won’t have to pay sales tax unless you’re in New York.

iPad mini 2

Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you’re looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) – $435
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) – $449.99
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) – $399.99
iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) – $499.99
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) – $534.99
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) – $438.99

iMac

– 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) – $1,199, $100 off
– 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) – $1,399, $120 off
– 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,689, $110 off
– 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,794.99, $204 off
– 27-inch 3.5Ghz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Best Buy) – $2,249.99, $250 off

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Mac mini

– 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $464.99, $34 off
– 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (MacMall) – $663.99, $35 off
– 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $938, $60 off

MacBook Air

– 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $824.99, $75 off
– 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) – $1044.99, $50 off
– 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) – $949.99, $50 off
– 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) – $1,139.99, $60 off
– 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) – $749, $150 off
– 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $899, $200 off
– 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) – $819, $180 off
– 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (B&H Photo) – $999, $200 off

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Retina MacBook Pro

– 2015 13-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/128GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,234.99, $64 off
– 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) – $1,424.99, $74 off
– 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) – $1709.99, $90 off
– 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Adorama) (MacMall) – $1,799, $200 off
– 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Adorama) –$2,249, $250 off
– 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (B&H Photo) – $1,079, $220 off
– 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,249, $239 off
– 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (B&H Photo) – $1,529 $270 off

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Apps

There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We’ll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Mac ID for iOS, an app that lets you unlock your Mac with your iPhone using Touch ID or your Apple Watch, is available for $0.99, down from $2.99. Fighting game Combo Crew is available for free, down from $1.99. Strategy games Squids and Squids Wild West are also available for free, down from $1.99.

Cut the Rope 2 is available for $0.99, down from $2.99. Duet Display, the app that turns your iPad into a second screen for your Mac, is available for $9.99, down from $15.99. AmpliTube and Amplitube for iPad are both available for free this week, down from $19.99.

Puzzle game Quetzalcoatl was named Apple’s App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked.

Apple Accessories

LivingSocial has two Apple Lightning cables available for $14.99, regularly $38. Groupon is selling a single set of Apple EarPods for $12.99 or a set of two for $24.99, a decent discount off the regular price of $29, and it has an Apple 5W USB power adapter for $9.99, down from $19.99.

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Groupon has Star Wars iPhone cases for the iPhone 4/4s/5/5s for $7.99, regularly $19.99 to $39.99, and it’s offering a custom Printerpix case for iPhone 5/5s/6/6 Plus with optional screen protector for $7.99, down from $39.99.

Groupon has the OtterBox Defender Case and Holster for the iPhone 6 available for $29.99, down from $59.95. The Otterbox Defender Case for the iPhone 6 Plus is available for $34.99, down from $70. The Apple iPad mini Smart Cover is available for $17.99, down from $39.

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StackSocial is offering the Satechi Aluminum 4-port USB Clamp Hub for $19.99, down from $29.99. The MOTA Smartphone Air Vent Car Mount is available from Groupon for $14.99, down from $55. Best Buy has the Pebble Steel smartwatch in black or silver for $144.99, $50 off the regular price.

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Best Buy has Incase laptop sleeves available at a 30 percent discount. Groupon is selling an inexpensive Apple Watch Charging Stand for $14.99, valued at $30, and it has the Jawbone BIG Jambox for $189.99, down from $299.

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The iWalk Extreme Trip battery 10,000 mAh pack is available for $49.99 from StackSocial, discounted from $85. Woot has the Mophie Juice Pack Helium case for iPhone 5/5s for $29.99, down from $79.99. Woot’s also discounting a range of Beats headphones by 17 to 45 percent, dropping prices as low as $60.

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Groupon’s still running a big Apple event and selling a range of Apple products and accessories at discounted prices, including the LifeProof Fre case for the iPad Air, Apple EarPods, Speck MacBook cases, MagSafe chargers, Mophie battery cases, and more.

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15
May

European mobile carriers will reportedly block ads in hopes to target Google


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Multiple European mobile carriers may soon be planning to block all types of advertising on their networks. In a report out of the Financial Times, at least one mobile carrier has installed ad blocking software in its data centers and plans to turn it on before the year’s end. This ad blocking software, developed by Shine, an Israeli start-up, prevents most types of advertising from loading in web pages and applications that have been provided by Google and other companies.

Roi Carthy, chief marketing officer of Shine, told the Financial Times:

Tens of millions of mobile subscribers around the world will be opting in to ad blocking by the end of the year. If this scales, it could have a devastating impact on the online advertising industry.

Shine is supposedly working with a number of operators, including one that currently has over 40 million subscribers. The unnamed carrier plans to initially launch an advertising-free service for users on an opt-in basis. This carrier is also supposedly toying with a more radical idea it calls “the bomb”, which would go into effect across its entire network of millions of subscribers at one time. “The bomb” would be put in place to specifically target Google.

If the mobile carrier decides to blanket block ads, questions would be raised regarding net neutrality since mobile operators must treat all data that flows through their networks equally. The mobile carrier could always ask customers to opt-in to ad blocking, but carriers should never have the ability to force that upon its users.



15
May

HTC still considering taking a stab at the budget-friendly tablet market


Nexus_9_LTEWe’ve heard multiple times that HTC wanted to get back into the tablet market with something based off of their recent Nexus 9. While the Nexus 9 fills a high end role, (and is mostly maintained by Google) HTC was planning on releasing something a little lower-end to try to appeal to the budget-minded consumers all while keeping some of the fantastic features of the N9. Nothing concrete has come out of those rumors yet, though.

On Thursday, HTC completely more or less side-stepped the question by saying that they’re looking closely at the tablet market, but the company is still focused on other markets where it’s easier to make money. Profit margins on cheap tablets are extremely thin, and it’s already a very competitive, saturated market, so that might not be a wise move for a company that’s still trying to right a sinking ship.

Not too long ago, HTC has said that they weren’t interested in making super cheap tablets, but they were open to the idea of more co-branding with companies like Google, and that they were planning on getting back into the tablet space at some point in 2015.

With how many rumors are swirling around about an HTC tablet, I think it’s only a matter of time before we hear something. The Nexus 9 has done relatively well, and a premium HTC tablet might be able to compete on the high-end of the tablet market, especially considering there aren’t any killer Android tablets that command market share like Apple’s iPad.

source: Focus Taiwan

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15
May

Job listing suggests Google may be developing several Glass products


google-glassGoogle’s Glass project never really took off, but that doesn’t mean the company is abandoning it. According to a recent job listing for the company, it looks like they’re expanding the scope of Google Glass to include “smart eyewear and other related products,” with listing open for several different positions.

Of course, everyone knows Google is the type of company that toy around with tons of different ideas and products, some of which never actually see the light of day. We do know that Google is still working on a newer version of Glass that will hopefully go over a little better with consumers, but there’s no telling when that will actually hit the market.

We’ve seen other companies try to tackle the smart wearable products market with things like watches, wristbands, eyeglasses, sunglasses, and everything in between. Someone will eventually release something that sticks, right?

source: Business Insider

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15
May

T-Mobile giving away free SIM starter kits to certain customers


t-mobile_logo_magentaT-Mobile has been extremely bold in trying to pull customers onto their network, including letting customers test drive their network and offering up tons of promotional credit. Their latest move is a small but meaningful tactic to bolster their prepaid numbers for anyone wanting to get away from postpaid service.

From now until June 30th, all Pay in Advance and Simple Choice No Credit customers will see the normal $15 SIM starter kit fee completely waived. This unfortunately doesn’t extend to anyone activating a new postpaid line of service, but there are other promos to make that option a little easier to swallow.

If you’re planning on trying out T-Mobile’s prepaid network, now would be the time to do it. $15 isn’t a ton of cash, but it’s better than nothing.

source: T-Mo News

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15
May

Technology and immigrant tales collide at Ellis Island


The story of mankind’s migration across the world, starting with the people who first ventured out of Africa roughly 60,000 years ago, is well-documented. Since then, our lifestyle has evolved tremendously, with technological advancements in key areas such as transportation playing a large role in that. To put things into perspective, a one-way trip from China to San Francisco would have taken 45 days on a ship 150 years ago, now it is a mere 16-hour flight. And that’s the story being told at NYC’s Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

As part of a major expansion led by ESI Design, three new exhibits will open to the public on May 20th, including The Journey: New Eras of Immigration and the Citizenship Gallery. The former is a walkthrough of the history of immigration post-Ellis Island, from 1945 to present day, while the latter focuses on what the legal process is like for US residents that decide to become citizens. So, instead of only focusing on Ellis Island, once the busiest immigrant-inspection station in the US, the museum’s narrative is widening.

Think back to the early days of the 20th century. Then, it could take over a month for correspondence to reach its destination, given that all mail headed overseas traveled by ship. Today, we are spoiled by super-fast messaging applications that allow us to communicate instantly with most people across the world. But how are immigrants coping with the technology currently at their disposal? Does it let them adapt faster to a new place? If they leave family behind in their country of origin, is it easier to not miss them? After all, there’s Facebook, FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp and plenty more services that keep people connected to each other, regardless of where they are in the world.

“They [immigrants] can stay in touch with families; it’s allowed them to retain their culture. But it becomes a generational conflict,” says Clay Gish, director of writing and research at ESI Design, on how hard it becomes for immigrants to let go of their culture, despite being able to easily keep in touch with family members abroad. Of course, it’s now easier than ever for immigrants to be well-prepared for what lies ahead, thanks to the many useful services available on the web. With Craigslist, they can easily find a place to live; Google Maps can guide them through a new city; and social networks make it simpler to meet people. That’s only the tip of the iceberg, too.

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Throughout the exhibits, as a way to make you feel closer to the story, the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration designers added visual and audio components that relate to each era. In Journeys: The Peopling of America, for example, you can see letters originally written by immigrants, oftentimes addressed to their loved ones. “We used audio to create an ambiance and an environment; we used technology that people in this era used, like letters and words, and that’s why audio is such a huge focus,” says Michael Schneider, ESI Design’s senior designer of tech and media. “So you hear these letters in their original language and then in their translation.”

With Citizenship Gallery, on the other hand, there’s a more modern approach. The exhibit is filled with video content, in a nod to the era we live in now, which shows interviews with people who have gone through the immigration process in the US. “This is the era of moving image, so that’s why these new areas use this instead of just audio,” Schneider says.

Journeys: The Peopling of America covers the immigration landscape from the 1550s to 1890. While this exhibit has been in the program since 2011, way before Hurricane Sandy touched ground in NYC and forced the museum to close temporarily, its expansion is equally as substantial as the new additions. That’s because it details one of the most important time periods in the history of this country, before Ellis Island even existed; it discusses Native Americans, as well as people who came here against their will and some of the challenges immigrants had to face upon arrival, such as racism and slavery.

“We used the metaphor of a journey, for this and the post-Ellis era,” says Schneider about the exhibit’s layout. “It’s about a journey, leaving home and adapting to a new country.”

One thing is certain: People to this day are still willing to take on anything to find a new home, just like those who came before thousands of years ago. For some, unfortunately, that’s the only choice — perhaps due to political conflicts, or maybe it’s just the hope of a better life. But it’s this state of mind, the willingness to explore the unexplored, to be prepared for any potential mental or physical challenges on the road ahead, that led our ancestors to discover territories along their lengthy journeys.

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15
May

Enjoy this LSD trip from the comfort of your web browser


It’s time to stop what you’re doing an enjoying some soothing visuals brought to you by physics. Created by George Corney, the browser-based GPU fluid simulation reacts when you click and drag your mouse. The resulting psychedelic dreamscape is a mesmerizing swirl of magic that’s sure to destroy your productivity. A retractable controller in the top right corner adjusts the quality of the simulation and can reset the particles when you’re ready to start over. You can check out Corney’s GitHub page if you’re interested in contributing to the project or just checking out his code. Or you can just keep watching the swirls. All the pretty swirls.

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15
May

See the ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Dual Play mode in action


And we do mean action. Dual Play in Batman: Arkham Knight allows one player to swap between Batman and a trusty sidekick during fights. For example, if you’re battling a room full of nasty baddies as Batman, the AI will be in control of Nightwing — until you switch characters, at which point the AI takes over Batman and you become Nightwing. There’s also a special called the “super-combo takedown” that builds up as you fight and instantly KOs enemies in a Batman-sidekick one-two punch. “If you’re building your combo with Batman and you see that there’s an enemy over by Nightwing you want to take out, you can switch to Nightwing, you keep your combo, and if you’ve got your special charged up you can instantly use your super-combo takedown on that foe,” Lead AI Programmer Tim Hanagan says in the Dual Play demo video embedded below.

Batman: Arkham Knight is due to hit Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on June 23.

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15
May

NOVA Launcher gets update with full material design


TeslaCoil Software, the company behind the NOVA Launcher, has pushed an update to the device that brings material design and new features.

The material design aesthetic applies to all settings screens and dialogs, more animations, new icons, included wallpapers, and the Edit Shortcut dialog, which has been tinted based on the colors of the icon. Other features include:

  • A base on top of Launcher3
  • Individual icon layout settings (size, font, and so on) in Desktop, Drawer, etc.
  • A possible max icon size of 150%
  • Widget Search
  • Pulling down in the drawer brings up search
  • A new grouped Widgets drawer
  • Support for Android for Work (on Lollipop)

NOVA Launcher requires Android 4.1 or higher in order to install the update.

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15
May

New CyanogenMod 12.1 nightly seems to fix touchscreen issues on the OnePlus One


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Reports going back as far as last year have documented a multitude of OnePlus One users having severe touchscreen issues on their mobile devices. While the company tried sending out a number of software fixes over the past few months, many users are still complaining (and for good reason) that the touchscreen issues are still present. OnePlus announced that they were working on a permanent fix for the problem over a month ago, and it looks like we’re finally getting some results.

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The latest CyanogenMod 12.1 nightly that was published on May 15th seems to fix the problem, according to users commenting on various Reddit threads throughout the internet. Here’s just one example from Reddit user liberta0407:

Holy s***. I didn’t realise how bad my screen was until I installed this kernel. I could never type fast as the keyboard would press the wrong letters, wasn’t too noticeable but things just didn’t feel right..

Amazing now though! Let’s see if higher temperatures change anything…

While the problem seems to be gone completely, many users are still slightly skeptical that this nightly contains a fix for everything. The touchscreen issues supposedly intensified when the device’s temperature rose, so it looks like we’ll need to wait and see for further confirmation.

If you’re okay with flashing ROMs on your OnePlus One (which you probably are if you own the device), then head to the link below to grab the latest nightly!

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