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Black Friday: Deals for musos

7 hours ago | Posted in:

If you're a beginner learning to play a guitar, sing, play the bass or drums, or you are a veteran looking to further develop your skills there are some great Black Friday deals on offer at the moment on the net. This also extends to guitarists and other musicians looking for some great drum loops and samples to add flavor to your home recordings. Electronista has been on the lookout and spotted some excellent deals with Jammit, JamPlay and Platinum Loops.

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Giveaways now live at MacNN and Electronista

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, software, accessories, Apple

Over the course of the last couple of days MacNN and Electronista have been making it rain prizes. Maybe it was the turkey going to our heads, or the lack of news stories that drove us to this madness. Perhaps we were just feeling very generous. Whatever it was, we wanted to make sure that you knew about all the great prizes we had to offer. Below you will find a list of the giveaways that are going on right now.

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Hands On: Alarmy (Sleep if U Can) alarm clock (iOS)

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Waking up is a difficult feat for some. It certainly doesn't help when most alarms require only a simple tap to activate snooze mode. Some people become so adept at serial-snoozing that they don't even have to wake up to do it. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can), by Delight Room, promises to put an end to the phrase "just another ten minutes."

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Giveaway: win a Penclick B2 Bluetooth mouse

11 hours ago | Posted in: computers, accessories

Last, but certainly not least on our list of giveaway items today is the Penclic B2 Bluetooth mouse. This isn't your average, every day basic Bluetooth mouse though. This mouse takes computing to the next level by harnessing the natural power and dexterity in our fingers and hands and helps to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury. Read on to learn more, and to find out how you can win.

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Black Friday: lowest prices on Apple desktops

11 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

This year, like every year, Apple is running a Black Friday promotion, however this year if you are looking to save the most cash on a new Mac, the best bet is to look elsewhere. BestBuy.com has reduced prices on a wide selection of Macs. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has seen a $200 discount to $899, which is around $80 less than the lowest price found anywhere else.

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Giveaway: Win a Verve 2 sensor system

12 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, accessories

What is the Verve 2? We asked ourselves the same question when we first heard of it. It turns out that it is quite unlike anything we have ever seen before. The Verve 2 is a sensor system that can be used to interact with a computer in a whole new way. We have one Verve 2 system to give away to our readers. Read on to learn more about this unique technology toy, and find out how you can win.

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Razer Nabu fitness tracker available in North America from December 2

13 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, gadgets

Razer is finally going to release its fitness tracker, just in time for the holiday sales. Originally launched at CES in January followed by delays caused by hypoallergenic testing and a beta test with developers, the Razer Nabu is being made available to purchase from the Razer website and retailers from December 2nd in North America, with Razer pricing the fitness band at $100.

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Black Friday: Android tablet deals from zero dollars

13 hours ago | Posted in: computers

With all the great deals out there on Android tablets today, it gets a little bit tricky trying to figure out what exactly the best prices are. To help, we have put together a list of some of the best Black Friday Android tablet deals we could find. At TigerDirect.com right now get the Proscan 7-inch Android tablet with McAfee 2015 multi-access for only $70. That's already $80 off the list price of $150. A $70 mail-in-rebate offer on this bundle drops the final cost down to zero dollars. However, McAfee activation is required to claim this rebate.

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Giveaway: win a Penclic K2 wireless mini keyboard

14 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, accessories

Black Friday is in full swing, but instead of door-buster deals we have more prizes to give away to our readers. To get things started today we have the Penclic K2 wireless Mini keyboard. Reclaim your desk, and create a healthy working position while you're at it. Find out how you can enter to win below.

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Hands On: Rugby Nations 15 (iOS)

14 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Sports games have existed for about as long as video gaming has and have been popular whether played on arcade cabinets or on the Xbox One. While most would agree that sports games tend to thrive on console, Rugby Nations 15 by developer Distinctive Games makes a strong argument for sports gaming on mobile platforms.

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DealNN: iPad mini for $250, 4K monitor for $700, more

14 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, Apple, iPad

At Staples.com get the Space Gray iPad mini with Wi-Fi on sale for $199. That's a savings of $50 off the regular price of $250, and the best price we have seen on this configuration by more than $20. This iPad features a 7.9-inch LED-backlit display, A5 chip, 5MP iSight camera, built-in Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage. Included is Apple's one year limited warranty on parts and labor.

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Black Friday Deals: $780 MacBook Air, $99 LG G Watch

16 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gadgets, software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Welcome to Friday Deals, on today, Black Friday. If you don't fancy wandering through the post-apocalyptic retail landscape caused by ravenous shoppers arguing over cheap televisions, we're listing the best online deals here for you, the discerning (and wise to stay away from the battle) MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, and considering the sales today, may change rapidly, so check before purchasing. Check back to this post later, as we aim to add more deals as and when we find them, and also look at yesterday's deals post as many of the deals included there may still be active now.

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iOS apps: RunKeeper, 1Writer, Movies by Flixster

16 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    RunKeeper 5.1 (free)

    Through the use of the location services found in the iPhone, RunKeeper can track a user’s fitness activity. The application turns the GPS data into stats such as distance travelled, how long it took, how many calories were burned, and more. Version 5.1 introduces Apple Health integration for iOS users, as well as a new main screen toggle for switching between Stopwatch and GPS modes. In addition, support has been added for the SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds and the Timex Ironman Run x50+.

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    1Writer 2.0 ($3)

    1Writer is an iOS text editor that lets users generate and edit both plain text or Markdown files. The v2.0 update now requires iOS 8 and has been optimized for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. New features include the ability to unlock the app with Touch ID, iCloud Drive support, and a new landscape mode for the iPhone, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus that introduces a new row of keyboard keys that can be assigned to most used actions.

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    Movies by Flixster 6.18.4 (free)

    Movies provides users with reviews, trailers, and showtimes for all of the movies currently in theaters. Users can also find information on upcoming movies and titles recently released on DVD. The v6.18.4 update has fixed a bug that resulted in some missing showtimes.

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    GoodNotes 4.4.2 ($6)

    GoodNotes allows users to create and store handwritten notes on an iPad. Plain, ruled, graph, and music paper layouts are all included in the app, along with ten colored pens, five highlighters, an eraser, and lasso tool. The update adds support for syncing files via iCloud Drive, and resolves a crash that occurred when many image objects are present. Other minor bug fixes and improvements are also included.

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    Threes! 1.2.3 ($3)

    Threes! is a small game about matching numbers. The latest release includes a number of major bug fixes and minor visual tweaks. The update has also drastically reduced the overall size of the app.

 
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Forums: MBP vs. Air and Siri fails continue

18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

This week in the MacNN forums there was much conversing early in the week, however with the holiday approaching things quickly quieted down. Forum goers continue to add opinions on which new Mac is the best to purchase; MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. New tales of Siri fails continue to be added to the conversation in the thread titled "Siri fails."

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Apple Deals: refurbished Macs from $769 and iPads from $309

18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple, iPad

Today at Apple's online store save on refurbished Macs as low as $769 and iPads from $309. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage is available for $769 after a $130 discount. Priced at $309 after a $70 discount is the refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular for AT&T and 16GB of storage.

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Black Friday: $200 gift bundles with the purchase of a new Mac

Fri November 28, 2014 | Posted in: computers, accessories, Apple

Right now at PowerMax.com get close to $200 worth of accessories with the purchase of select in-stock standard configuration new Mac from their online store. Three different bundles are available.

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Briefly: NewerTech's new Screen Armor for iPhone, Lego Batman 3

Fri November 28, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

NewerTech has introduced an update to its line of Impact X-Orbing Screen Armor, now available for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Featuring military grade, triple-layer protection, the self-adhesive layer requires no water or other liquids for easy, bubble-free installation. the screen protector is compatible with cases, and includes a lifetime limited warranty. Regularly priced at $20 for iPhone 6 and at $25 for iPhone 6 Plus, the Impact X-orbing Screen Armor for the latest iPhones can be ordered through NewerTech. An instant rebate, which can be applied upon ordering at the time of this writing, brings the pricing for the screen down to $10 for iPhone 6, and $11 for the iPhone 6 Plus version.

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Apple's Black Friday 2014 event

Fri November 28, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, computers, Apple, iPad

It is now officially Black Friday and we wanted to get things started off on the right foot, so we have rounded up a selection of items from Apple's Black Friday sale. This year Apple has combined their Black Friday promotion with the World AIDS day promo announced earlier this week. With qualified purchases, customers will receive Product (RED) gift cards on everything from iPhones and iPads to iPods and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

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Briefly: Three trials same-day delivery, Slingbox YouTube update

Thu November 27, 2014 | Posted in: software, mobile phones

British carrier Three is starting to offer same-day delivery for smartphone orders, within central London, saving customers from going to a store. The trial will allow customers to order a Samsung Galaxy S5 or the iPhone 6 from the carrier from Monday to Friday between 7am and 3pm at "selected London postcodes," reports Engadget, with customers paying £15 ($23.50) for the privilege.

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Obama signs E-Label Act, allows manufacturers to remove rear logos

Thu November 27, 2014 | Posted in: industry, gadgets, mobile phones

The backs of smartphones will become slightly better looking, after a bill concerning the labeling of electronic devices has been signed into law by President Obama. The E-Label Act, created by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), will allow manufacturers to leave off a large amount of the logos and other regulatory iconography from the device itself.

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Giveaway: Win a Skrillex X UE Boom Bluetooth speaker!

Thu November 27, 2014 | Posted in: accessories, audio

This next prize we are sure anybody would be very thankful to receive. Last week Ultimate Ears released the latest addition to their lineup, the custom designed Skrillex Edition UE Boom. Ultimate Ears teamed up with Skrillex and asked him to create custom artwork for their award-winning Boom speaker. What they created is a speaker that combines high-end sound quality with a twist of rave-culture style.

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Pre-Black Friday: best SSDs at the lowest prices

Thu November 27, 2014 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage

This year for Black Friday there will surely be heaps of discounts on solid state storage devices, with many of those deals showing up online already. Right now Newegg has the Corsair 240GB Force LS Series internal solid state drive on sale for $115. That's already a discount of 50 percent off the list price and a $30 rebate card drops the price further to $85. Just that alone makes this the best price out there by nearly $50. Use coupon code 'NAFVC10' and checkout with Visa Checkout to bag an additional $10 in savings.

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Giveaway: win a ScreenGuardz HD Impact screen protector

Thu November 27, 2014 | Posted in: accessories

Mmmm…mmmm. That turkey sure does smell good. You know what would go really good with that turkey? More prizes. Up next we have a BodyGuardz: ScreenGuardz HD Impact screen protector to give away to one lucky reader so you can guard your iPhone with the ultimate in device protection.

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Giveaway: StreamToMe for iOS

Thu November 27, 2014 | Posted in: computers, software, Apple

This Thanksgiving we want to fill your plate with lots of giveaway goodness, so we are going to be giving away a bunch more prizes today, so keep checking back often. Next up we have 10 redemption codes for iOS media extender StreamToMe to give away.

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Pre-Black Friday: Walmart deals on electronics available now

Thu November 27, 2014 | Posted in: computers, accessories, audio, iPad

Black Friday sales have gone live at Walmart.com, however if you plan on getting a head start on the deals at your local store, keep in mind they will be opening their doors tonight at 6PM. They are offering 3 different door-buster events, which are outlined below. If you don't want to wait for the door-busters, or would just prefer to shop from the safety and comfort of your own home, we have highlighted a selection of deals that are available now.

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European Parliament confirms wish to break search away from Google

Thu November 27, 2014 | Posted in: industry

The European Parliament has voted in favor of making Google break apart its search business from the rest of the company. With 384 approving the motion to 174 against with 56 abstentions, the Parliament is indicating to member states and the European Commission it wants something done about Google's power in search, with a separation of search services being the preferred option.

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Current and Black Friday Deals: 5TB HDD, iPads, 4k2k display, more

Thu November 27, 2014 | Posted in: computers, digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

While Turkey Day (for our US readers) is only now upon us, the sales period associated with the dreaded "Black Friday" has begun! We are listing various deals you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, can take advantage of now. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid or available at a later time, so check before purchasing. Also, check back on this post later today and on Thanksgiving Day, as more deals will be added as time goes on before our next post on Friday.

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