If you’ve been waiting to buy an iPad Air 2, this may be the week to do it. Best Buy has cut prices on many models by $50 to $100. Prices aren’t the lowest we’ve seen, but they’re close, especially on higher-capacity models.
Best Buy is also having a sale on some of its MacBook Air models, dropping the prices by $100. With the deal, the prices are the lowest we’ve seen on the 11-inch MacBook Air models since they were released. Best Buy is also now selling the Apple Watch, but there are no discounts to be had on the device.
iPad Air 2
Best Buy is discounting its selection of iPad Air 2 models this week, dropping prices from $75 to $100. The biggest discount is on the 128GB Cellular iPad Air 2 in Gold and Space Gray, available for $729.99, the lowest price we’ve seen on that particular model.
Apple’s annual fall iPhone event will likely be held on Wednesday, September 9, reports BuzzFeed‘s John Paczkowski, who has provided reliable information on event dates in the past. According to sources that spoke to BuzzFeed, the event will be held during the week of September 7, with September 9 targeted as the most likely date.
The event’s focus will be on the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, both of which will feature a Force Touch display, an A9 processor, an improved camera system, and a faster LTE chip, among other features. Apple may also unveil new iPads at the event, but the 12.9-inch iPad Pro “seems to be a wildcard,” says Paczkowski, meaning it could come at the event or at a later date.
In addition to the iPhone and iPad, Apple is also expected to unveil the next-generation Apple TV. The Apple TV will be a huge update over its predecessor, featuring an updated A8 processor, a full App Store, a touch-based remote control, and Siri integration. It will, of course, include an entirely revamped body as well.
With Apple unveiling the new iPhones on September 9, pre-orders, if available, are likely to kick off on Friday, September 11. The two devices are then likely to officially launch later in the month, perhaps on September 25. iPads and the Apple TV will probably launch during the same time frame.
There are a huge number of wearable activity trackers on the market, but few of those are directed specifically at women, an issue Bellabeat aims to fix with the Leaf. The Leaf is an activity tracker that looks more like a stylish piece of jewelry than a standard tracker from a company like Jawbone, Nike, or Fitbit, disguising itself as a “leaf” accessory able to be worn on the wrist, collar, or neck.
Like many activity trackers on the market, the Leaf tracks steps taken and sleep quality, but when paired with the app using Bluetooth, it also tracks menstruation and ovulation and it offers guided breathing exercises to reduce stress when worn around the neck, setting it apart from other fitness offerings.
As the name suggests, the Leaf is a Leaf-shaped accessory consisting of a stainless steel backing, a wood base (American Ashwood) housing the activity tracker and battery, and a stainless steel leaf-shaped clip that fits over the wooden portion. With the clip, it can be worn on a shirt collar or hem (less than 2mm thick), and with attachments at the top and bottom, it can be attached to a chain and worn around the neck or attached to a leather loop and worn around the wrist. Both the necklace chain and the leather wrist strap ship with the Leaf.
Size wise, the Leaf weighs 0.64 ounces and measures in at 1.89 inches by 1.18 inches and it’s a half an inch thick. I am petite with small wrists and it fit on my wrist using the tightest wrap setting. It was comfortable to wear on my wrist, but it looked bulky on me.
Square Enix is having a 50% sale on many of their wildly popular Final Fantasy games. The games are a ton of fun, but they come at a fairly high price tag for mobile phone games. However, from August 6, 2015 to August 13, 2015 Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy V, and Final Fantasy VI will be 50% off making them now $7.99 each. The titles are also compatible with Android TV so you can play them on the big screen.
Remember the sale is only until August 13th so act quickly.
Come comment on this article: [Deal] Select Final Fantasy games are 50% off in the Google Play Store
The famous Android leaker, Evan Blass or Evleaks, has just posted a photo of what he says is a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus with a new keyboard case. Not sure if the picture is of the actual keyboard case or just a mockup, but it is a new approach from Samsung.
From the looks of it the case seems to be the standard Samsung Clear Cover case that they released for the S6 Edge, but now the keyboard attaches to that. There is also a little button on the top left of the keyboard which I would assume is to take it off. Also, the keyboard covers the bottom half of the screen and has had to add a multitask button, back button, and of course home button. Since the case is blocking the home button I guess that means no fingerprint reader capabilities while it’s on?
What do you think? Are you feeling a keyboard case or should they just stick to the normal on-screen keyboard? Tell us in the comments below.
Come comment on this article: The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus might have a keyboard case accessory
Fall is right around the corner and whether you’re looking for a fashionable accessory, fitness tracker or productivity wearable to see the season through, you’ve got plenty of great options. Apple’s Watch has finally hit its stride, with a rich app selection and recent software updates, making it a top pick for the iOS crowd. For those more interested in a casual colorful design and long battery life, the Pebble Time may be just right for your wrist. LG’s classically styled Watch Urbane has joined the stable of Android Wear devices and Garmin finally graced the niche fitness market with a proper smartwatch. All these and more are lined up in the gallery below for your perusal and can also be found in our complete buyer’s guide.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s least likely informant isn’t a shadowy figure in a parking garage or an anonymous phone call — it’s a fast-paced social network with a short attention span: Twitter. According to FBI Director James Comey, the social network has proved to be an invaluable source of evidence against supporters of terrorism. An account that’s constantly retweeting content from ISIS or ISIL could be a sign of criminal activity. That said, context still matters.
“I can imagine an academic sharing something with someone as part of research would have a very different mental intent than someone who is sharing that in order to try and get others to join an organization or engage in an act of violence,” Comey told the Huffington Post. “The government is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you acted with a criminal intent to violate the statute.” In other words, simply retweeting terrorist organizations isn’t enough to get you arrested, but it might be enough to get the FBI to dig into your background.
So, what kind of Tweets will get you arrested? Statements, retweets and links that support and feed resources to terrorist organizations. The Huffington Post rounded up a few cases where Twitter activity was key to the FBI’s charges, including the case of Ali Shukri Amin, a 17-year old who used Twitter to promote Bitcoin donations to ISIS and ISIL and Bilal Abood, who publicly declared his allegiance to Baghdadi on the social network.
“Knowing it was wrong, you provided material support for a terrorist organization or some other offence… that is the bulwark against prosecuting someone for having an idea or interest,” Comey said. “You have to manifest a criminal intent to further the aims prohibited by the statute.” So if you ever wondered what kind of activity prompts the government to make national security requests from Twitter, there it is. Check out Huffington Post’s original report for more details.
[Image Credit: Amer Ghazzal / Alamy]
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Later tonight, Nintendo will celebrate Splatoon’s latest update with an official Splatfest event, but forget that noise. Here at Engadget, we’re having our own. Welcome to the Engadget Splatfest, a two hour squidtastic stream celebrating everything that makes the game’s new update great. You’ll see tweaked maps, new outfits, updated weapons and the feature that makes today’s game possible — enhanced matchmaking. It’s everything the game needed in one fantastic package. Join us at 5PM ET (2PM PT) on Twitch.tv/Joystiq, right in this post or on the Engadget Gaming homepage, or right here in this post to watch a gaggle of Engadget editors tear each other apart as adorable squid-people.
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In case you missed it, Prince pulled his catalog from nearly every streaming service recently except for a select few. And as you might expect, he’s releasing his next album in one place: Tidal. HITNRUN is the title that arrives on September 7th, and the exclusive release is the latest development between the artist and the streaming service since the two first got friendly back in May. Back in the spring, Tidal livestreamed Prince’s Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore. Of course, pulling his music from those other services isn’t stopping the artist from using them to promote singles. Last week, “Stare” popped up exclusively on Spotify — a service which boasts a few more subscribers than Tidal.
“After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at Tidal recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 (sic) their craft 2 (sic) achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry,” Prince explains. “Secondly, TIDAL have honored us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows us to continue making art in the fashion we’ve grown accustomed 2 (sic) and we’re extremely grateful 4 (sic) their generous support.”
[Image credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015]
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It’s just a few days until Samsung’s 2015 “Unpacked” Event, and after numerous leaks and renders, a full spec sheet has been released by jarir.com. While no photos were shown (that’s for the final treat), we can get a good idea of what to expect. Don’t rely on these specs to be final, as Samsung is yet to confirm the real thing.
For the Note 5, we can expect the device to feature a Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, coming in with 1440 X 2560 pixels. The 5.7 incher will be protected by Gorilla Glass 4. On the inside, we’re expected to see 4GB RAM coupled with Samsung’s Exynos 7422, an upgrade compared to the S6’s 7420. The Octa-Core powered phone comes with 32GB/64GB variants storage wise. And yes, expect room for a MicroSD card, as the 16 Megapixel shooter could make some hefty photos. The front facing camera is expected to be 5MP. Running Android 5.1, the device will weigh 169 grams and have a thickness of 7.6mm. The best part? The flagship should have a whooping 4100mAh battery.
The S6 Edge+ will have the same screen: Quad HD, 5.7 inch Super AMOLED with Gorilla Glass 4. The same chipset that powers the S6 and S6 Edge, the Exynos 7420, is expected to power this one alongside 4GB RAM. The storage is again 32GB/64GB with the same camera combo, a 16 Megapixel back shooter with a 5 Megapixel front camera for those selfie lovers. However, under the expandable storage, it just says “Not specified”, so we may need to fear the worse and expect that it doesn’t come with a MicroSD slot. It is however said to be thinner than the Note 5, showing off a 6.9mm waistline and weighs 156 grams.
While we’re talking about the Note 5, we should also point out that Sammy has hinted at improvements at the S Pen.
“The S Pen is already in its fourth edition. It is exciting to consider how it will continue to evolve and improve as time goes on.“
While we expect Samsung to continually improve S Pen, it seems obvious they are working hard at it. Is there anything special on the way? It’d be great to see how they are innovating against competition.