MacNN and Electronista daily deals for March 27, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, our regular look at the discounts, offers, sales, and other money-saving items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we recap the still-active deals from over the last week, as well as introducing new items, including a cheap Disney Infinity entry point, a Microsoft Xbox One to play it on, and 3TB WD Red hard drives.
Build quality and support detract from a good keyboard
I'm in England, where you don't tend to lean over people and ask where you got that device. We're not really polite, we're just wary. Yet I've been asked that many, many times since I bought this Belkin keyboard case for my original iPad Air. It definitely looks great, it definitely looks immediately, obviously useful. The point of Living With is to examine beyond those first looks, though, and I think the question is whether, after 15 months of intensive use, I would buy it again.
Portable storage for all your mobile devices
It seems like no matter how much internal storage is included today's mobile devices, we, as users, will always find a way to fill them up. This is where Seagate's Wireless can come in handy, especially now that more devices are making the move away from removable media. The 500GB drive can be accessed wirelessly, meaning users can store photos, videos, and music that would normally take up precious space off of their mobile device. On paper, the Wireless seems like a very useful tool, so we managed to get our hands on one, fill it with data, and take it on vacation to see just how well it really worked.
Pioneer debuts second-generation NEX in-dash receivers with CarPlay, Android Auto
Auto audio accessories maker Pioneer has debuted a new series of second-generation NEX receivers that feature both CarPlay and Android Auto baked in, replacing earlier models that added CarPlay compatibility through a firmware update. Versions are available with either resistive touch or capacitive touch screens, ranging from $700 to $1,400 for aftermarket installation. The new models add support for Android Auto, and offer better touch sensitivity, brighter screens, and better color vibrancy.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 23, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet for price cuts, discounts, and offers on hardware and software for you, our discerning readers. Today, the deals slate has been cleaned of old offers, with the new list including a Razer mechanical keyboard, Samsung 4K televisions, and the Lenovo Flex 2 notebook.
New blog update from model and athlete ties training to Apple Watch
As promised, Apple has posted an update on the blog for model, athlete, and activist Christy Turlington Burns as she prepares for the London Marathon, having only recently completed the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon in Tanzania. In the entry, Burns noted that after two week at home in New York, she flew to London to begin the training, and "put the Modular face on my Apple Watch right away" to get more at-a-glance information.
New device will be available for try-ons, reservations at Apple Stores on April 10
As Apple has previously stated, the Apple Watch will get its first large-scale public debut beginning April 10, when potential buyers or the idly curious can visit their nearest Apple Store to check out the new device in person, and perhaps to place a reservation for a unit that will be available beginning April 24. Employees will take up to 15 minutes per customer to help those interested try on, learn to use, and educate buyers about the new device.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 19, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour the Internet's major retailers to uncover the finest price cuts and discounts on technology and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of deals from earlier in the week is accompanied by a swathe of new additions, including a GoPro Hero4 bundle, the SteelSeries Stratus, and an extremely cheap memory upgrade.
Fantastical 2 for Mac arriving March 25, only hint is revised Yosemite look
The well-regarded calendaring program, Fantastical for Mac, is about to receive a major upgrade. Version 2.0 will be launched on March 25, and will feature a revised look more in line with the Yosemite aesthetic. The company isn't saying anything about what, if any, new features the update will include, but has indicated that while there will be no upgrade pricing for existing users, a limited-time launch sale price will act to fill that role.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 18, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when we compile a list of discounts and sales on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our regular recap of still-active deals from earlier this week, we have LG's 40-inch 4K Smart TV, an extremely cheap RAVPower external battery, and some JBL over-ear headphones.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 17, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers to find offers and discounts on hardware and software for you, our discerning readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from yesterday, with the new deals including an Asus notebook for $350, a Dell mono laser all-in-one printer for $70, and a 1TB notebook hard drive for $50.
Company building facility devoted to Apple Watch inside Tokyo department store
In a previously-unannounced move, Apple is creating a store dedicated to just selling the Apple Watch (and accessories) as part of an existing upscale department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The "store-within-a-store," borrowing from previous Apple retail concepts, could be come a permanent display for the fashionable Apple Watch if sales merit it. The department store, Isetan, is placing the mini-shop near its main entrance.
Pad & Quill, Twelve South, others announce Watch-related gear
The race to get Apple Watch accessories to market in time for the arrival of the forthcoming device is in full swing, with a number of iOS accessory companies offering charging stands and other options for owners of the device. In addition, Apple Stores have started posting banners of the Apple Watch a month before it will make its retail debut, and testers combing through iOS 8.3's Apple Watch elements have discovered details on the Activity app, including a dark mode.
Nike FuelBand, Jawbone UP struck; more removals imminent
In the wake of the "Spring Forward" full reveal for Apple's watch, other fitness-oriented wearables have been struck from the inventory of both the Apple online store, as well as the retail lineup. Confirmed as removed are the Nike FuelBand, and the Jawbone UP. Some more specific health monitoring peripherals still exist, however.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 12, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista search online retailers for offers and discounts on hardware and software for you, our discerning readers. Today's recap of deals from earlier this week that are still available are joined by a unique Bluetooth speaker, an external 5TB drive from Seagate, and a 34-inch high-resolution LG monitor
New Eyefi release allows for selected photographs to be transferred over Wi-Fi
Eyefi has revealed the latest in its line of memory cards with built-in Wi-Fi, to help cameras without wireless connectivity share their images. The Eyefi Mobi Pro builds on top of the existing wireless transfer functionality offered by its predecessors, with the card able to send RAW files over Wi-Fi to host devices alongside JPEG files, along with a few other useful functions that photographers may welcome.
WaterField Designs unveils Zip Brief for new MacBook
Accessory maker WaterField Designs announces the refined Zip Brief, created to protect and showcase the new 12-inch Apple MacBook. The Zip's internal pockets cradle the MacBook on one side and accessories on the other, and offer an angled front pocket that can hold a smartphone, wallet or commuter pass. The exterior combines leather with waxed canvas or ballistic nylon. TSA-friendly, the Zip can be fully opened for airport security while contents remain safely secured. The Zip Brief can be pre-ordered now for $180, with shipping starting at the end of March.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 10, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where we scour the Internet for promotions, discounts, and offers for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside a recap of still-active deals from yesterday, today's new additions include an Intel Xeon-based barebones server from HP, a 128GB Corsair flash drive, and the Logitech G600 gaming mouse.
New components good for either add-on, or new construction
Streaming multi-room music solutions provider CasaTunes announced on Tuesday four new products for multi-room music with the CT-4+ System, CT-8+ System, CT-4S Streamer and CT-8S Streamer. The two CasaTunes Systems are complete multi-room audio systems, including the server, audio streams and audio distribution switch, with everything inside the one music system. The CasaTunes Streamers include the server and music streams, and are ideal for homes that want to add streaming music options to existing audio distribution systems.
Griffin Technology WatchStand holds Apple Watch, iPhone in one place
Mobile accessory manufacturer Griffin Technology has announced the Griffin WatchStand, the first accessory in their new line of products for Apple Watch. This simple display dock provides a safe, secure place to charge Apple Watch when it's not being worn. WatchStand displays Apple Watch on a sleek pedestal, and can be placed on any nightstand, tabletop or desktop for convenient nightly charging. WatchStand houses the Apple-provided MagSafe charging cable in an angled cradle that keeps it ready to charge at all times. WatchStand's weighted base has a home for a phone as well. Griffin's WatchStand will be available this summer for $30.
Marvell first silicon vendor to offer the SDK, drivers for chipset for Apple's IoT
Chip manufacturer Marvell today announced that it is the industry's first silicon vendor to develop a fully-supported SDK for HomeKit. HomeKit from Apple is a framework in iOS 8 for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user's home. Marvell's SDK for HomeKit is available on its EZ-Connect Internet of Things (IoT) Platform, including Marvell's 88MC200 microcontroller and Avastar 88W801 Wi-Fi system-on-chip (SoC).
Drones banned from Royal Parks of London by Secretary of State
Drones have been banned from being flown in eight Royal Parks of London. Signs advising of the ban "by order of the Secretary of State" have appeared in the parks, reports the Daily Mail, predominantly near to important buildings such as Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. While there is apparently speculation that it is an anti-terrorism measure, a Royal Parks spokesperson advises that the drones "can have a very negative impact on the wildlife in the parks and interfere with the safety and comfort of park visitors."
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 5, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where discounts, sales, and offers for various gadgets, gizmos, hardware, and software are listed for you, the dear MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier this week, with the new items including a 40-inch HDTV, a $25 dual-band wireless router, and $20 off the Amazon Kindle.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 4, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals the post where we search for offers and discounts on a variety of computer hardware, gadgets, games, and other technology for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Aside from a recap of still-active deals, today's new additions include the Wacom Cintiq 13HD, $200 off a 55-inch RCA HDTV, and a Sony Action Camera for $150.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 2, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers to find discounts and offers on gadgets, hardware, games, and other items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Since it is the start of a new week, we have wiped the slate clean, with the new collection of deals including a Fujifilm 16MP compact camera, a 6TB Seagate desktop hard drive for $200, and a 24-inch Viewsonic monitor.
Amendment intended as catch-all, includes motorbikes, ships, aircraft, more
According to a Swiss enthusiast site, Apple has amended the corporate document filings it maintains with the government in that country to include "vehicles" among its activities. The statement, added to official documents that classify the company for tax and licensing purposes, is incredibly broad -- covering any sort of product for any sort of moving vehicle, from wheelchairs to airplanes -- but is notable in light of recent speculation that Apple is developing a car of some type.
Vibe Shot is smartphone with heavy focus on photography
Following on from yesterday's tablet launches, Lenovo has unveiled another trio of mobile devices at Mobile World Congress. The Vibe Shot is a smartphone with a focus on photography, the A7000 is claimed to be the world's first smartphone to use Dolby Atmos, and the Pocket Projector is a compact accessory for Android devices.
April launch in EU, US; worldwide rollout shortly thereafter
Global home furnishings retailer Ikea today announced a product launch of powered bedside tables, lamps, and desks that implement a wireless charging standard. Ikea has adopted the Qi standard, and will sell cases in-store that use the standard for phones that do not have the technology integrated, like the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S5.
HTC fitness tracker has built-in GPS tracking, connects to heart rate monitors
HTC revealed a third device at its Utopia in Progress event, alongside the One M9 and the Vive VR headset, a rumored fitness tracker which marks the company's first foray into wearable devices. The HTC Grip has been designed in partnership with sports clothing manufacturer Under Armour, with the tracker sending data to Under Armour Record for monitoring the wearer's progress.
The B2 brings an upscale design and new features
Huawei has introduced a new fitness tracker, the TalkBand B2, that made its debut alongside the company's new smartwatch at Mobile World Congress. Serving as a successor to the TalkBand B1, the B2 edition again doubles as a fitness wristband and a Bluetooth earpiece.
Bubble-free screen protector comes in glossy, matte
Have you ever tried to put in a screen protector that relies on static to cling to the screen? How many bubbles and wrinkles does it have in it? How many times did you have to start over trying to apply it, only to end up with less-than-perfect results? If you've ever found that process maddening, or just want a hassle-free screen protector for your iOS device, I found one for you: the Moshi iVisor.
World Travel Adapter Kit drops price to $29, loses included USB cable
Apple has revised its World Travel Adapter Kit, which includes plugs for the differing electrical systems around the world. The new package sees a price drop of $10, and is now priced at $29. Changes in the new version include the addition of a new plug type for Brazil known as a "type N" adapter, but the dropping of a formerly-included USB cable and power adapter.
Sony unveils premium 64GB micro SDXC memory card for sale in Japan
Sony has revealed an expensive memory card to go with its high-fidelity $1,200 Walkman NW-ZX2 media player. The Wall Street Journal reports that the SR-64HXA 64GB micro SDXC memory card, billed as "for Premium Sound" will be sold in Japan for approximately $160, or five times the cost of a standard equivalent. Sony claims the memory card will produce less electrical noise when the host device reads data off it, and though it admits that it is uncertain about the potential demand for the card, the company "thought some people who are committed to great sound quality would want it."
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 18, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where we search for low-cost gadgets and tech for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we are recapping still-active deals from earlier this week, but on top of those, look out for a cut-price Mac mini, $75 off a two-bay SOHO NAS server from Qnap, and some Audio-Technica studio headphones at almost half price.
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 17, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where cut-price hardware and discounted technology offered online is gathered for you, the eagle-eyed MacNN and Electronista reader. Along with a recap of yesterday's deals, today's new offers include a 27-inch 1080p IPS display from HP, 38 percent off professional headphones from Beyerdynamic, and a Brother label maker for just $10.
Re-engineering of keyboard apparently not enough for Canadian phone maker
As widely expected, BlackBerry has launched another lawsuit over Ryan Seacrest's Typo keyboard, this time versus the second iteration of the product. A new complaint, filed yesterday, claims that the iPhone keyboard manufacturer has yet again "slavishly copied down to the smallest detail, including the layout of the keyboard itself, the shapes of the keys, and the surface sculpting of the keys" in the new version of the clip-on keyboard.
BrydgeAir stands out from the Bluetooth keyboard accessory crowd
The market for keyboard accessories for tablets like the iPad is extensive, whether Apple likes it or not. That Apple hasn't released an equivalent accessory to speaks volumes about the typical ergonomics of these kinds of accessories. The best option that we have found to date is to marry an iPad with the Incase Origami and one of Apple's wireless keyboards, although it is not the most integrated solution. Does the BrydgeAir Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad Air offer a better, more integrated solution?
Staffer adds Mac to his arsenal of PCs, awaits delivery of Kool-Aid
Last week, staff writer and long-time Windows user Malcolm Owen returned to Mac following a five-year absence. Back to the Mac is a series of posts where he charts his progress in introducing Apple to his working environment once again. In this first installment, Malcolm talks about why he is making the change, and his Mac acquisition.
Hello, I am Malcolm, and I have an admission to make: Up until recently, I was not a Mac user. That recently changed, but before I go into that, I have some explaining to do.
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 11, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular list of offers and deals on hardware and software that we find for readers of MacNN and Electronista. Aside from a mid-week recap of previously-featured and still-active deals, today's new additions include a 42-inch Westinghouse HDTV, a heavily-discounted plug-in speaker from JBL, and a $120 Toshiba eight-inch Windows Tablet.
Bringing your 'brains' with you, safely and efficiently
You may have noticed that people rarely use the term "getting away from it all" when they talk about vacations anymore. Unless you are going camping in the middle of absolutely nowhere, or trying to do a cruise ship on the cheap, chances are you are in fact bringing some of "it" with you -- probably in the form of your iPhone, iPad or Mac (or all three) and a connection to the Internet. As jet-setting journalists, we have come up with a few tips for this over the years, which we now pass on to you.
VR for G3 based on Google Cardboard design, made of plastic
Samsung is not the only smartphone manufacturer looking to offer a virtual reality experience to consumers using their devices. LG is going to be providing buyers of the G3 smartphone with a headset designed to work with the handset, similar to Samsung's Gear VR initiative, with the accessory said to use a similar design to Google Cardboard.
Bluetooth stylus brings pressure sensitivity to iPad
Bluetooth styluses are a relatively new development for the iPad. They all offer some level of pressure sensitivity, ranging from 16 in the very cheap ones, to thousands of levels in the more expensive models, sometimes running well over $100. Seeing a market, big name developers like Wacom have entered the arena to design accessories to work with tablets. We checked out FiftyThree's Pencil -- one of the earlier entries into the field, and designed to go specifically with the company's Paper drawing app, though it can be used elsewhere.
ShoulderPod S1 is a great accessory for smartphone camera enthusiasts
One of the many conveniences of today's smartphones is their ability to be used as quality point-and-shoot cameras when on-the-go. However, as convenient to use as they are, taking images of the sort that you see in smartphone marketing materials can be difficult if you are just trying to hold your camera in your hands to take your snaps. If you are serious about taking better photos and more steady hand-held movies, the ShoulderPod S1 smartphone camera rig may be just what you have been looking for.
Company sold 19,000 Typo keyboards in defiance of court ordered embargo
US District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco has levied a $860,000 fine against iPhone physical keyboard manufacturer Typo for defying a sales injunction on the first Typo keyboard. The court agreed with BlackBerry's motion in part, finding that the company sold 19,000 keyboards after the previous embargo was put in place, but fell short of the demand for $2.64 million that the Canadian company was asking for.
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 4, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where we scour online stores for discounts and offers for you, the ever discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside a recap of still-running deals we previously featured and we have confirmed are still alive are a bevy of new offers, including a Dell UltraSharp 27-inch WQHD monitor, a $150 4TB Seagate hard drive, and a year on Xbox Live for $40.
Boutique streamer identical to Sonos Play:1, boasts custom paint job
In order to "commemorate 75 years and counting of Blue Note Records," speaker company Sonos has debuted the Sonos Play:1 Blue Note Limited Edition wireless streaming speaker. The speaker, identical to the original Sonos Play:1, will be available online only in limited quantities, and for a short time.
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 3, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, our new regular series where we search online retailers for offers and discounts for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's deals include a multifunction laser printer from Canon, discounted Kindle Fire tablets, clearance PCs at Staples, and a recap of still-active deals you should take another look at before they disappear.
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 2, 2015
Welcome to the first of a new series of Daily Deals. Expanding from our existing Friday Deals post, we will now find new offers online for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, every day. Today's deals include Netgear switches, an Audio-Technica bundle, a Monoprice discount code, and an Apple Design Award-winning puzzle game.
Mobile battery-powered speaker has four full drivers, one bass driver
Consumer electronics manufacturer Acemile has introduced the Theatre Box, a portable wireless speaker that delivers a 360-degree surround sound audio experience to everyone in the room, no matter the orientation to the speaker. The company claims that the speaker fills a 2,000-square-foot room, using four two-inch full range drivers, and one three-inch active bass driver.
Some 6,000mAh models could dangerously overheat
Elgato has alerted customers to a recall of some of its Smart Power 6000mAh battery packs. The warning is being issued through a variety of means, including a notice for people updating the packs' associated iOS app. Affected units could potentially overheat while recharging. The company notes that the faulty products were sold between September and January, and fall within a specific serial number range.