MacNN and Electronista deals for May 26, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where we search for discounts, offers, sales, and bundles on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. A recap of the still-active three-day weekend's deals follows after the new list, including a 500GB Samsung SSD for $150, a GoPro bundle, and an Acer monitor for $90.
MacNN and Electronista deals for the Memorial Day weekend
Hello and welcome to an unusual edition of Daily Deals. Typically, the staff of MacNN and Electronista do not provide a deals post on a Saturday or Sunday, but since retailers are offering sales over this three-day weekend, we're making an exception. As well as a recap of the still-active deals from earlier this week, we've been adding new deals to the list throughout the weekend, with the most recent deals added this morning at 12:50APM EDT, so you can make the most of your money.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 22, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, offers, sales, and bundles on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. Our last recap of the week follows after the new batch of deals, including a 1080p home theater projector, a $130 Chromebook, and the Logitech UE Mini Boom speaker.
Windows Phone music service spreads to other platforms
MixRadio, originally called Nokia Music and owned by Line, has exited its beta testing and is now available to download on iOS and Android. Previously available only on Windows Phone and already available in 31 markets, the cross-platform music streaming service has managed to retain the majority of its features during the porting process, including free personalized playlists.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 21, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we search the Internet to find bundles, discounts, offers, and sales on hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. The last few days of still-active deals are accompanied by a new set, including a 2TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive, the Nintendo 2DS, and an Asus Transformer notebook.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 20, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for sales, bundles, discounts, and offers on hardware, software, and gadgetry for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals follows the new batch, which includes $300 off a Lenovo notebook, the Logitech UE Boom speaker, and the Sony AS30 HD Action Camera
Videos sourced from major producers, integrated into Spotify playlists
Spotify is expanding its service from purely streaming music into other areas, the company revealed at a press launch. Among other updates, Spotify is going to be bringing its long-rumored video service to its users, and following Deezer's recent addition to its own service, it will give listeners the chance to catch up on podcasts, with Spotify slowly turning itself into a one-stop shop for streaming content.
Sprint prepares to roll out Direct 2 You smartphone deliveries to more markets
Sprint is expanding the availability of its Direct 2 You personal smartphone delivery service into more markets. Subscribers in Miami and Chicago will join Kanas City users in being able to order smartphones and have a Sprint employee deliver it, set the device up, transfer data, and provide initial training for the phone from June 1. As part of a wider rollout, the service will also be available some other markets in early June, including New York City, San Francisco, and Denver.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 19, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we search online for offers, sales, bundles, and discounts on hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. New deals follow after a recap of still-active deals from yesterday, with today's additions including a wide discount on Dodocase products, a 4K monitor from Dell, and a 3D printer and scanner for $600.
Cloud storage of 5GB for free with auto-uploading
RealNetworks today announced the launch of RealTimes, the company's successor to RealPlayer Cloud. The RealTimes software, in conjunction with the company's cloud storage, picks moments from a consumer's photo and video camera roll and automatically creates a RealTimes Story, curating the user's stored media for easier consumption.
App integration will allow Spotify users to earn Starbucks rewards
Starbucks employees will be able to have more control over in-store music provided by Spotify, the two companies have revealed. A multi-year deal struck between the coffee chain and the music streaming service will also do more than provide music, with it opening up the Starbucks loyalty program to allow Spotify subscribers to increase their rewards balance and eventually earn free drinks.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 18, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, offers, sales, and bundles for you, the discerning reader. The deals slate has been wiped clean of last week's sales, with the new batch including a 512GB SSD from Samsung, a $400 Mac mini, and an Altec Bluetooth Speaker for $30.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 15, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista search for sales, offers, discounts, and bundles on hardware and software for you, the discerning reader. Our last recap of the week's still-going deals follows, while the new collection includes JBL all-weather speakers, a $400 Alienware Alpha computer, and a 3D Systems printer.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 14, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the column where we scour online retailers for discounts, sales, offers, and deals on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Our usual recap of still-active deals follows after the new batch, which includes an Audio Technica USB condenser microphone, a Nintendo 3DS XL, and half price early access to Massive Chalice
Users can choose to be updated on artist activity, comment on posts
Sources familiar with plans for Apple's new streaming music service, supposedly now to be called "Apple Music," have revealed that the service will have a deep social networking aspect for artists, but will not be the same as Apple's previous attempt at fusing social and music together, dubbed "Ping." Artists will have their own page that can be used for posting samples, concert and tour information, photos, and other messages that fans can comment on and "like."
Download limit of 25 imposed on $4 Rdio music streaming service
Rdio has launched a version of its service designed to undercut the usual subscription cost of other music streaming services, but with a few restrictions. Rdio Select will cost $4 per month and will provide personalized stations based on songs, artists, and genres on mobile devices, just like the $10 version, though the number of downloads available for offline listening has been cut considerably.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 13, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista search for the best hardware and software offers, sales, discounts, and bundles for you, the discerning reader. A mid-week recap of still-active deals comes after new additions to the list, including the Typinator Family Pack, a Buzzi Wi-Fi Smart Plug, and a 23-inch Dell monitor.
Win a Beats Pill XL portable speaker with MacNN Deals
Do you listen to music from a smartphone or tablet using the device's speakers, and feel the need to upgrade that audio to something more powerful? Following on from earlier competitions to win an Apple Thunderbolt Display and an Apple Watch, MacNN Deals is giving you the chance to win a Beats Pill XL portable speaker worth $300.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 12, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and other interesting items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. A recap of yesterday's still-active deals follows the new list, which includes a Netgear dual band smart router, a compact Maingear Spark A8 desktop, and a 28-inch Samsung 4K monitor.
Intuitive music app lets users create great songs, regardless of prior skill
We're not sure if Apple ever assumed that the iPhone and iPad would ever become legitimate musical instruments, but it's become apparent over the last couple years that there are many artists who are successfully producing music on their favorite iDevices. This is largely due to the complex-yet-intuitive apps that allow users to create viable songs with just a little practice. We checked out one such app, NodeBeat, an ingenious music-creation app.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 11, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista search the Internet for sales, discounts, offers, and bundles for you, the discerning reader. The slate has been wiped clean, leaving only new deals, including a Lenovo Y40 gaming notebook, a 50-inch Toshiba television, and an infrared thermometer from Nubee.
Amazon adds Prime Stations to Echo wireless speaker
Amazon has updated the Echo portable wireless speaker to work with Prime Stations. An email sent to Prime subscribers owning the device advises that the Alexa digital assistant can be commanded to play a personalized ad-free station from Prime Music. The verbal command "Alexa, play the Bruno Mars Prime Station" will start streaming the relevant station through the speaker, with "Alexa, thumbs up/thumbs down" rating the track for further personalization, and "Alexa, what song is this?" to receive more track details.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 8, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers, searching for discounts, sales, bundles, and offers for you, the discerning reader. Our usual final recap of the week's still-active deals follows the new batch, which includes the Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX, the Slingbox M1, and a Sony NEX-5TL bundle.
Alleged discussions with video producers suggests Spotify video service on the way
Spotify may be considering a move into offering video as an extension to its service, according to a report. The streaming music service is allegedly in discussions with a number of digital media companies about adding video content to complement its existing track catalog, a subject Spotify may raise during its media event set to take place on May 20.
Good, minimalist podcast player
You've already got a podcast player on your iPhone, maybe you don't need another. Yet you may well want another, or you may not yet be aware of your desire to change from Apple's barebones offering to something that has more features or is just nicer. While we're not going to knock Apple's Podcast app which does the job well enough, Castaway has its advantages.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 7, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet to find offers, discounts, sales, and bundles for you, the discerning reader. Our usual recap of still-available deals from earlier this week follows the new collection, including $200 off a Macbook Air, a Moga iOS game controller, and a camera-equipped drone for $100.
Despite all the time, effort, money, podcasts can be richly rewarding
Over the last five weeks on the Wednesday Pointers column, we have gone through the steps involved in creating a podcast, from choosing a good mic (do not use your built-in mic or some cheapo piece of crap) to packaging and hosting the files iTunes needs to send potential listeners your way. So far, we've learned that podcasts are more than just capturing an entertaining conversation, or at least they should be, and that there's as much of a technical effort required as a creative one.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 6, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the column which features a list of the best online discounts, sales, offers, and bundles for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of still-active deals from Monday and Tuesday are joined by a new wave of offers, including an Acer Windows tablet and keyboard dock for $200, cheap Gear Pro action cameras, and a "killer" games bundle that includes Planetary Annihilation
Company pushing forward despite reports of record company reticence, federal investigations
Speculation and unconfirmed reports have run rampant over Apple's progress in its effort to revamp its iTunes music services, with recent reports suggesting the company may have difficulty hitting its planned June target for formally introducing both a revised Music app for iOS in the forthcoming iOS 8.4, and a significantly revamped iTunes Radio and Beats Music streaming service designed to compete with Spotify. Various reports, however, claim obstacles -- ranging from music label reluctance to federal investigations.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 5, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl online retailers for offers, sales, discounts, and more for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals from yesterday follows after today's new batch, which includes a $100 Lenovo Windows tablet, a refurbished Sony NEX camera, and a Bluetooth car stereo receiver.
For when you need to be still
Whether you take meditation as an essential part of your life, or see it as just being able to shut up and stop thinking for a minute, there are an awful lot of meditation apps for iOS. Seriously. There are more of these than there are notepad apps, and we didn't think that was possible. Normally we'd examine them all, but it just seems somehow wrong to stress-test meditation apps. We've come to Meditate Plus after anecdotal recommendations, which also said you can see this app as a model for how they all work.
May Day episode features Apple Q2 reports, Apple Watch, Powerwall, more
Welcome, comrades, to episode 13 of The MacNN Podcast as we celebrate the glorious people's revolution and salute labor everywhere this May Day through (mostly) home electronics! In the latest episode, various citizens of MacNN parade like troops on review through a number of Apple- and non-Apple topics under the watchful eye of our Dear Readers! Truly it is worker's playtime with the Apple Watch now arriving, plus Tesla's Powerwall battery reveal.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 4, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day where we search online for discounts, offers, and sales for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Since it's the start of a new week, we've wiped the slate clean of old deals, with the new list including a 40-inch Sony TV, Turtle Beach gaming headphones, and because of today's date, discounted Star Wars books on Kindle.
Easy to use tool for musicians includes tone generator, tuner, and metronome
Being a musician today certainly has its perks. Between the accessibility of starter instruments and the wide variety of sounds available to musicians, it's a great time to start playing, regardless of skill or previous experience. Of course, there's also the added bonus of the wide variety of apps available to musicians, which can do everything from teach you how to play, to recording, to keeping everything working just the way it should. Today we checked out Tunable, an easy to use app for both the iPhone and the iPad that lets musicians tune their instruments on the go.
Cute and rhythmic, but tries too hard in the attitude department
We enjoy rhythm games, particularly when the music is catchy -- and if there's a character that makes adorable squeaky noises, so much the better. There's a lot to be said for the satisfaction inherent in getting into a groove and becoming one with the music. If the groove is elusive, than finding it becomes so much sweeter. One such app is Give It Up! by Invictus, and we really wanted to like it. The music is fun, and the little character is an adorable blob of ink that bounces and squeaks when the player is doing well, and even its death animation is cute. Unfortunately, we followed the advice given in the app's title.
Beats second-generation headphones are much improved
The Beats Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones is the latest product to emerge from the now wholly Apple-owned subsidiary. While it is unlikely Apple's engineering and design teams have had much, if any, influence on its latest products, most agree that the second generation of Beats headphones is much improved over its first generation of products. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is the asking price for a set of Beats headphones. This new wireless model will run you $299, putting them on roughly on par with high-end competition from Bose and Sennheiser. So -- are they worth it?
Apple poaching more BBC Radio 1 producers for upgrade to Beats Music, iTunes Radio
Following the hiring of influential former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe in February as part of both iTunes Radio and a speculated revamp of the Beats Music service, a trade magazine for the music industry has reported that as many as four other top producers for Radio 1 are leaving to join Lowe to work on the revamped subscription service at Apple, which could be announced as early as June's Worldwide Developer Conference.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 1, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, savings, sales, and money-off offers for you, the discerning reader. Today's last roundup of still-alive deals from earlier in the week comes along with a fresh batch of offers, including an entry-level DSLR from Nikon, half-price Sennheiser headphones, and a $750 MacBook Air
Service set upon by record industry over illegal employee music shares at launch
As part of a "settlement agreement with the major record companies," music discovery service Grooveshark has shut down. The company has agreed to "cease operations immediately, wipe clean all of the record companies' copyrighted works" and turn over the website, all mobile apps, and intellectual property including patents and copyrights to the recording industry.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 30, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we search for discounts, sales, offers, and money off hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of still-active deals from earlier this week is accompanied by a new batch of deals, including a $400 4K television, HP EliteBook notebooks with hard drive and SSD options, and a $50 HP Envy printer.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 29, 2015
It's time for Daily Deals, when the staff of MacNN and Electronista search for sales, offers, discounts, and low-priced goods for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals follows after the new collection, which includes the MakerBot Replicator Mini, an empty QNAP NAS case, and a Seagate 5TB external USB 3.0 drive on the cheap.
Submitting to iTunes is first step in drumming up an audience
Over the past three weeks, plus an introductory piece about general voice recording on the Mac, we have used the Wednesday Pointers column to spotlight the process of creating a podcast, as it is an excellent medium for communication, education, or entertainment. The process can be fairly simple, or labor-intensive, depending on what you want the finished product to be like. This time out, we look at listing your creation to the biggest podcast directory, by far, on Earth: iTunes.
Google Now integrations increase by 70 to 110
Google is increasing the number of cards in Google Now, after adding integrations with 70 more apps to the service, bringing the total number of integrations to 110. The new cards, which will be rolling out to Android users over the next few weeks, will include news notifications from ABC News and Feedly, food reminders from Eat24 and Allrecipes, fitness updates from Runkeeper and Jawbone, and playlist recommendations from Spotify and YouTube, among other new additions.
MacNN and Electronista daily deals for April 28, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, sales, offers, and bundles for you, the discerning reader. All of the deals from yesterday are still listed, and we've added a bunch for your perusal, with the new sale goodies including Ableplanet Travelers Choice headphones, the Lytro light field camera, and a HP Envy printer.
Artist-owned music streaming service rumors refuted by musician
Rapper Shawn Carter, known as Jay-Z, has taken to Twitter to claim artist-owned music streaming service Tidal is doing fine. Defending against suggestions that the service isn't as popular as initially anticipated, Jay-Z claims the service has grown to over 770,000 subscribers in the month since the celebrity change of ownership, and that it won't be as big as other services for quite some time.
Headphones stay put during activities, but sound is problematic
All headphones are not created equally, especially when it comes to use during vigorous activities or workouts. Over-the-ear headphones are cumbersome and in the way, but in-ear versions can constantly pop out making them a hassle to constantly manage. So what is left for people that need entertainment during their workout routines? JBL offers a potential solution with the Synchros Reflect in-ear headphones. But are the Synchros Reflects something worthy of considering, or are they just another hindrance to deal with? Find out in our review.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 24, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we search online and offline retailers for discounts, offers, and sales on an array of hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we cover the still-active deals from throughout the week, while the new deals list includes a sub-$300 960GB SSD, the Pure Jongo T2 wireless speaker, and the Garmin Vivofit fitness band.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 23, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when the staff of MacNN and Electronista search the Internet for sales, discounts, and offers, compiling the more notable items into a single post. The usual recap of still-active deals is joined by a Sony Action Cam, a 3D scanner, a Seagate 4TB NAS, and a new way to discover deals for yourself.
From raw audio file to 'ready-for-air' podcast file, plus hosting
Over the next couple of weeks, our Wednesday Pointers column will continue to be devoted to writing about how to create a podcast. In previous segments, we've talked about software and hardware one uses to record the audio that is the core of every podcast, either for live group conversations, VOIP-based group audio calls, or even if you're just recording yourself. We've discussed the different types of podcasts, and how to record the content suitable for each (basically, audio-only or enhanced with images, or full-on video). This time, we offer some editing tips, how to add in music/sound effects and artwork, and then lead into hosting and publishing your work.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 22, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, offers, and sales for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals from earlier in the week follows the new batch, including a Core i7 notebook from HP, DJ headphones from Technics, and a pile of SSDs