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Chinese Android phone takes copying Apple to another level

Yesterday, 08:58 PM

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Forget Comcast, ZTE takes the cake with the most blatant Apple-ripoff-of-the-month award. The Chinese company’s latest handset, the Blade S6, is clearly… inspired by the iPhone. While it doesn’t have the identical chamfered edges of Samsung’s upcoming phone, it does<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...er-level/">Readmore ›</a></div><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/43e0272e/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166623802/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43e0272e/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166623802/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43e0272e/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166623802/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43e0272e/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166623802/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43e0272e/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166623802/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43e0272e/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166623802/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43e0272e/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166623802/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43e0272e/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166623802/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43e0272e/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/222166623802/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43e0272e/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/>

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Case Logic Video Review: Hands-On With the Ibira MacBook...

Yesterday, 07:30 PM

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<a href="https://www.caselogi.../en-us/us">CaseLogic</a> is known its line of backpacks, cases, and other storage accessories, all of which are priced affordably, making it quite popular with people looking for inexpensive but quality solutions for carrying around their devices. <br/> <br/> We met up with Case Logic at CES this year, where the company had a large booth showcasing all of its products, including the Ibira backpack, one of its newest offerings. We went hands-on with the Ibira backpack in our latest video review, so check it out to see what we thought. <br/> <br/> <center><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MDjE4SY166Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></center> <br/> The Ibira is a lightweight, slim backpack but we were impressed with what it was able to hold. We fit in a MacBook, an iPad, an Apple keyboard, an iPhone, several chargers and accessories, a water bottle, and several notebooks. Build wise, the backpack is made of a high quality material that feels like it will stand up to heavy usage, but the straps were a bit too thin and could use more padding to be comfortable. <br/> <br/> Case Logic's Ibira Backpack is available in black and anthracite from the <a href="https://www.caselogic.com/en-us/us/products/laptop/backpacks/ibira-backpack-_-ibir_-_115_-_black">Case Logic website</a> for $29.99.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/35070/f/648326/s/43df7ad5/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166654938/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43df7ad5/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166654938/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43df7ad5/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166654938/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43df7ad5/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166654938/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43df7ad5/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166654938/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43df7ad5/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166654938/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43df7ad5/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166654938/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43df7ad5/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166654938/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43df7ad5/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/222166654938/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43df7ad5/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><div class="feedflare">
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MLB At Bat app redesigned, updated with new features for...

Yesterday, 07:17 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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The MLB.com At Bat app for iPhone and iPad gets a big update today in time for Spring Training bringing Spanish language support, new features, and all the details on what content will be available. Most of the app has also been redesigned including all new UI’s for team pages, scoreboards, and the newsreader.

Also new in the app for version 8.0.0 and 2015:

• New UI for all 30 team pages & the league-wide scoreboard (iPhone only)
• Player search expanded to include all active and historical MLB player cards (iPhone only)
• Re-designed UI for the newsreader (iPhone & iPad)
• Team-by-team statistical data filters (iPhone only)
• Native resolution to optimize At Bat for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
• Easy access to every game with new team schedule navigation (iPhone only)
• Application available in Spanish language, requires device language set to Spanish (iPhone & iPad)

As for Spring Training content, here’s what you’ll get with the usual $2.99/month or $19.99/year subscription:

  • Watch live streaming of more than 200 available Spring Training games with an MLB.TV Premium subscription (iPhone, iPad, select Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire, Fire Phone)
  • Listen live to available Spring Training radio broadcasts (all)
  • Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat Premium subscribers (portable to Mac or PC with a valid MLB.com account)
  • Universal support for At Bat Premium subscribers, with accessibility on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets
  • Track batter-by-batter action for every Spring Training game (all)
  • Comb through sortable batting, pitching and fielding statistics (all)
  • Stay on top of breaking news, schedules, interactive rosters and player stats for every team (all)
  • Customize At Bat’s home screen to feature your favorite team (all smartphones)
  • Access to a video library archive, searchable by player, team or keyword (all smartphones)
  • Classic games video archive, featuring dozens of baseball’s most legendary games (all)

The updated MLB.com At Bat app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.


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Crystal Baller: Rewind this week’s wildest Apple Watch ru...

Yesterday, 06:56 PM

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We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...h-rumors/">Readmore ›</a></div><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/43df537b/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166628441/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43df537b/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166628441/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43df537b/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166628441/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43df537b/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166628441/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43df537b/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166628441/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43df537b/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166628441/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43df537b/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166628441/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43df537b/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166628441/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43df537b/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/222166628441/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43df537b/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/>

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Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air, iMac, MacBook Air,...

Yesterday, 06:43 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
As we head into March, deals are beginning to pick up a little bit. The iPad Air 2 is still available at discounted prices from B&H Photo, and Best Buy is offering discounts on its stock of original iPad Air tablets. <br/> <br/> There are also deals to be had on the iMac, the MacBook Air, and the Retina MacBook Pro, plus, as always, we have a nice selection of Apple accessories that have been discounted this week. <br/> <br/> <h2>iPad Air 2</h2> <br/> B&H Photo is offering <strong>up to $60 off</strong> its <a href="http://www.bhphotovi...ID/3612">entirestock of iPad Air 2 models</a>, dropping the price of the <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1086731-REG/apple_mh0w2ll_a_16gb_ipad_air_2.html/kw/APIPA2WF16G/BI/2696/KBID/3612">entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2</a> to <strong>$459</strong>. Discounts vary based on model, but the lowest discount is $35 and the highest is $60 off the <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1086733-REG/apple_mh1j2ll_a_128gb_ipad_air_2.html/kw/APIPA2WF128G/BI/2696/KBID/3612">128GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2</a>. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2014/12/ipad-air-2-group.jpg" alt="ipad-air-2-group" width="600" height="242" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-432603" /> <br/> <h2>iPad Air</h2> <br/> Best Buy is discounting its <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=J2shFQg6J/U&subid=&offerid=355974.1&type=10&tmpid=13127&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.bestbuy.com%252Fsite%252Fipad%252Fipad-air%252Fpcmcat361600050004.c%253Fid%253Dpcmcat361600050004">entire stock of original iPad Air tablets</a> by <strong>$50 to $100</strong>, depending on the model. Wi-Fi only models are discounted by $50, dropping the price of the <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-air-with-wi-fi-16gb-silver-white/2579045.p?id=1219074892314&skuId=2579045&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">entry-level 16GB iPad Air</a> to <strong>$349.99</strong>, and cellular models are discounted by $100, dropping the price of the <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-air-with-wi-fi-cellular-16gb-at-t-silver-white/2575058.p?id=1219074713112&skuId=2575058&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">entry-level 16GB cellular model</a> to <strong>$379.99</strong>. <br/> <br/> Best Buy also has a few now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models available at low prices. <br/> <br/> - <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-air-with-wi-fi-cellular-128gb-at-t-silver-white/8884268.p?id=1218931026165&skuId=8884268&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB</a> (AT&T) - <strong>$599.99</strong> <br/> - <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-air-with-wi-fi-cellular-128gb-at-t-space-gray-black/2575049.p?id=1219074713441&skuId=2575049&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB</a> (AT&T) - <strong>$599.99</strong> <br/> - <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-air-with-wi-fi-cellular-64gb-verizon-wireless-silver-white/7566056.p?id=1218858776203&skuId=7566056&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB</a> (Verizon) - <strong>$566.99</strong> <br/> - <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-air-with-wi-fi-cellular-64gb-verizon-wireless-space-gray-black/8884143.p?id=1218931027320&skuId=8884143&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB</a> (Verizon) - <strong>$566.99</strong> <br/> <br/> <h2>iPad mini 3</h2> <br/> Best Buy is discounting its <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=J2shFQg6J/U&subid=&offerid=355974.1&type=10&tmpid=13127&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.bestbuy.com%252Fsite%252Fsearchpage.jsp%253Fst%253D16gb%252Bipad%252Bmini%252B3%2526_dyncharset%253DUTF-8%2526id%253Dpcat17071%2526type%253Dpage%2526sc%253DGlobal%2526cp%253D1%2526nrp%253D15%2526sp%253D%2526qp%253D%2526list%253Dn%2526iht%253Dy%2526usc%253DAll%252BCategories%2526ks%253D960%2526keys%253Dkeys">stock of 16GB iPad mini 3 models</a> <strong>by $50</strong>, dropping the <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-mini-3-wi-fi-cellular-16gb-gold/3810023.p?id=1219093904219&skuId=3810023&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">price on cellular versions</a> to <strong>$479.99</strong> and the <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-mini-3-wi-fi-16gb-gold/3325038.p?id=1219090454897&skuId=3325038&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">price of Wi-Fi only versions</a> to <strong>$349.99</strong>. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/ipadmini3.jpg" alt="ipadmini3" width="472" height="468" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-425897" /> <br/> <h2>iPad mini 2</h2> <br/> Best Buy still has a few now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models available at low prices. <br/> <br/> - <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-mini-2-with-wi-fi-cellular-64gb-at-t-silver-white/1780421.p?id=1219068744894&skuId=1780421&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">iPad mini 2 Cellular AT&T Silver 64GB</a> - <strong>$399.99</strong> <br/> - <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-mini-2-with-wi-fi-cellular-128gb-at-t-space-gray-black/2557957.p?id=1219074712924&skuId=2557957&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">iPad mini 2 Cellular AT&T Space Gray 128GB</a> - <strong>$499.99</strong> <br/> - <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-mini-2-with-wi-fi-cellular-128gb-at-t-silver-white/7734056.p?id=1218858780354&skuId=7734056&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">iPad mini 2 Cellular AT&T Silver 128GB</a> - <strong>$499.99</strong> <br/> - <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-mini-2-with-wi-fi-cellular-64gb-verizon-wireless-silver-white/7731226.p?id=1218858779616&skuId=7731226&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">iPad mini 2 Cellular Verizon Silver 64GB</a> - <strong>$412.99</strong> <br/> - <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-mini-2-with-wi-fi-cellular-128gb-verizon-wireless-space-gray-black/7575048.p?id=1218858776198&skuId=7575048&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">iPad mini 2 Cellular Verizon Space Gray 128GB</a> - <strong>$566.99</strong> <br/> <br/> <h2>iMac</h2> <br/> - 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (<a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACME086LLA.html&cjsku=ACME086LLA">Adorama</a>) - <strong>$1,189, $110 off</strong> <br/> - 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (<a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACME087LLA.html&cjsku=ACME087LLA">Adorama</a>) - <strong>$1,389, $100 off</strong> <br/> - 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (<a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACME088LLA.html&cjsku=ACME088LLA">Adorama</a>) - <strong>$1,689, $110 off</strong> <br/> - 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (<a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACME089LLA.html&cjsku=ACME089LLA">Adorama</a>) (<a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1006610-REG/apple_me089ll_a_27_imac_desktop_computer.html/kw/APIMME089LLA/BI/2696/KBID/3612">B&H Photo</a>) - <strong>$1,794, $205 off</strong> <br/> - 27-inch 3.5Ghz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (<a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACMF886LLA.html&cjsku=ACMF886LLA">Adorama</a>) (<a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1086734-REG/apple_mf886ll_a_27_imac_with_retina.html/kw/APIMMF886L/BI/2696/KBID/3612">B&H Photo</a>) (<a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-462641-10707517?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macmall.com%2Fp.pdp%3Fdpno%3D13312160%26source%3DMWBCJHOTDEALFEED&cjsku=13312160">MacMall</a>) - <strong>$2,349, $150 off</strong> <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2014/10/retina-imac-27.jpg" alt="retina-imac-27" width="500" height="426" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-425787" /> <br/> <h2>MacBook Air</h2> <br/> - 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (<a href="http://www.adorama.com/ACMD711LLB.html?utm_term=Other&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=Other&utm_source=cj_462641&cvosrc=affiliate.cj.462641">Adorama</a>) - <strong>$799, $100 off</strong> <br/> - 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (<a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1047472-REG/apple_md712ll_b_11_6_macbook_air_notebook.html/kw/APMBAMD712LB/BI/2696/KBID/3612">B&H Photo</a>) (<a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACMD712LLB.html&cjsku=ACMD712LLB">Adorama</a>) - <strong>$999, $100 off</strong> <br/> - 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (<a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1047473-REG/apple_md760ll_b_13_3_macbook_air_notebook.html/kw/APMBAMD760LB/BI/2696/KBID/3612">B&H Photo</a> (<a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACMD760LLB.html&cjsku=ACMD760LLB">Adorama</a>) - <strong>$919, $80 off</strong> <br/> - 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (<a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1047475-REG/apple_md761ll_b_13_3_macbook_air_notebook.html/kw/APMBAMD761LB/BI/2696/KBID/3612">B&H Photo</a>) (<a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACMD761LLB.html&cjsku=ACMD761LLB">Adorama</a>) - <strong>$1,099, $100 off</strong> <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/macbook_air_yosemite_roundup.jpg" alt="macbook_air_yosemite_roundup" width="494" height="284" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-426502" /> <br/> <h2>Retina Macbook Pro</h2> <br/> - 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (<a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACMGX72LLA.html&cjsku=ACMGX72LLA">Adorama</a>) (<a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1072685-REG/apple_mgx72ll_a_13_3_macbook_pro_notebook.html/kw/APMBPMGX72LL/BI/2696/KBID/3612">B&H Photo</a>) - <strong>$1,189, $100 off</strong> <br/> - 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (<a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1072685-REG/apple_mgx72ll_a_13_3_macbook_pro_notebook.html/kw/APMBPMGX72LL/BI/2696/KBID/3612">B&H Photo</a>) (<a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACMGX82LLA.html&cjsku=ACMGX82LLA">Adorama</a>) - <strong>$1,399, $100 off</strong> <br/> - 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (<a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACMGX92LLA.html&cjsku=ACMGX92LLA">Adorama</a>) - <strong>$1,599, $200 off</strong> <br/> - 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (<a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-15-4-display-16gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/6238612.p?id=1218721469552&skuId=6238612&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">Best Buy</a>) (<a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACMGXA2LLA.html&cjsku=ACMGXA2LLA">Adorama</a>) (<a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1072688-REG/apple_mgxa2ll_a_15_4_macbook_pro_notebook.html/kw/APMBPMGXA2LL/BI/2696/KBID/3612">B&H Photo</a>) - <strong>$1,799.99, $200 off</strong> <br/> - 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB - (<a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-15-4-display-16gb-memory-512gb-flash-storage/6238524.p?id=1218721407735&skuId=6238524&cmp=RMX&ky=2kt0Wn64vup7DyfTcwWJdjP2ByVNu3RHJ">Best Buy</a>) (<a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-462641-10785534?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FACMGXC2LLA.html&cjsku=ACMGXC2LLA">Adorama</a>) (<a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1072689-REG/apple_mgxc2ll_a_15_4_macbook_pro_notebook.html/kw/APMBPMGXC2LL/BI/2696/KBID/3612">B&H Photo</a>) - <strong>$2,249.99, $200 off</strong> <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/10/macbookpro13large.jpg" alt="macbookpro13large" width="600" height="245" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-392529" /> <br/> <h2>Apps</h2> <br/> 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 <a href="http://appshopper.com/prices/">check out our sister site <em>AppShopper</em></a> for a complete list. <br/> <br/> <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/education/toca-hair-salon">Toca Hair Salon</a></em>, a popular game for children, is <strong>available for free</strong> this week, down from $2.99. <em>NFL Quarterback 15</em> is <strong>available for free</strong>, down from $0.99. <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/productivity/duet-display">Duet Display</a></em> is half off this week, priced at <strong>$7.99</strong> instead of $15.99. <br/> <br/> <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/games/twisty-hollow">Twisty Hollow</a></em> is priced at <strong>$0.99</strong> this week, down from $2.99. <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/games/space-age-a-cosmic-adventure">Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure</a></em> is available for <strong>$1.99</strong>, down from $3.99. <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/games/botanicula">Botanicula</a></em> is available for <strong>$1.99</strong>, down from $4.99. <br/> <br/> <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/productivity/printer-pro">Printer Pro</a></em> was named<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/27/printer-pro-app-of-the-week/"> Apple's app of the week</a> this week, and it will be available to download for free for the next six days. <br/> <br/> <h2>Apple Accessories</h2> <br/> The Bolt battery and wall charger is available for <strong>$44.99</strong> from <a href="http://stacksocial.com/sales/bolt-portable-battery-wall-charger?aid=a-mfvpon2y">StackSocial</a>, a $15 discount off its regular price. The Griffin PowerJolt car charger is available for $24.99 from <a href="http://tracking.groupon.com/r?tsToken=US_AFF_0_201898_250859_0&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.groupon.com%2Fdeals%2Fgg-griffin-technology-powerjolt-usb-car-charger-with-lightning-connector%3Fz%3Dskip%26utm_medium%3Dafl%26utm_source%3DGPN%26utm_campaign%3D201898%26mediaId%3D250859">Groupon</a>, $10 off its normal price. <a href="http://tracking.groupon.com/r?tsToken=US_AFF_0_201898_250863_0&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.groupon.com%2Fdeals%2Fgg-mophie-powerstation-4000mah-portable-usb-battery-charger-2%3Fz%3Dskip%26utm_medium%3Dafl%26utm_source%3DGPN%26utm_campaign%3D201898%26mediaId%3D250863">Groupon</a> is also selling the Mophie Powerstation 4,000mAh battery charger for <strong>$29.99</strong>, down from its original price of $79.95. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/02/boltcharger1.jpg" alt="boltcharger" width="500" height="300" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-440114" /> <br/> The second-generation Jawbone UP fitness tracker is available for <strong>$49.99</strong> from <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-462641-11113837?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.livingsocial.com%2Fproducts%2Fus%2Ftag%2Fhealth%2F119384-up-by-jawbone-fitness-and-sleep-tracker-band%3Frui%3D64184957">LivingSocial</a>, down from its original price of $129.99. The Ion iCade Arcade Bluetooth cabinet is available for <strong>$59.99</strong> <a href="http://amzn.com/B004YC4NH6">from Amazon</a>, $70 off its regular price of $129.99. <a href="http://dealmac.com/lw/artclick.html?1,1288015,11490733,eref=macrumors">PayPal Digital Gifts on eBay</a> is offering a <strong>$100 iTunes gift card for $80</strong>. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2014/12/itunes_gift_cards_2x.jpg" alt="itunes_gift_cards_2x" width="504" height="268" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-430944" /> <br/> The JBL OnBeat Mini Speaker Dock for iPhone 5/5s/6/6 Plus and iPad is available for <strong>$39.99</strong> from <a href="http://tracking.groupon.com/r?tsToken=US_AFF_0_201898_250311_0&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.groupon.com%2Fdeals%2Fgg-jbl-onbeat-mini-speaker-dock-with-lightning-connector-3%3Fz%3Dskip%26utm_medium%3Dafl%26utm_source%3DGPN%26utm_campaign%3D201898%26mediaId%3D250311">Groupon</a>, an 80 percent discount off its regular price.<a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-462641-11083236?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.livingsocial.com%2Fproducts%2Fus%2Ftag%2Felectronics%2F120066-speck-candyshell-case-for-ipad-mini%3Frui%3D64184957">LivingSocial</a> is selling the Speck CandyShell Grip case for iPad mini for <strong>$14.99</strong>, down from $44.95. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/02/jblspeaker.jpg" alt="jblspeaker" width="500" height="308" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-440115" /> <br/> <a href="http://www.speckproducts.com">Speck</a> is offering <strong>50 percent off site wide</strong>, discounting its entire stock of iPhone cases and accessories. 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Review: Sengled’s Pulse system combines LED lights and JB...

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Sengled’s Pulse LED light system is definitely a product I never thought would be a thing. The Pulse series is a system of LED lights with built-in speakers. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s something I never thought would need to exist. That being said, because it was so unique I figured it would be worth checking out and to my surprise, it’s actually pretty cool…

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The Pulse system comes as a starter kit which includes a master bulb and a satellite bulb. This alone will allow you to have a stereo speaker system, but you can connect up to seven satellite bulbs (purchased separately) to one master bulb. The bulbs will fit most anywhere with a standard light socket, but they are a little wide so smaller lamps may not work well. Also, each bulb is rated to last up to 25,000 hours and produce a warm-toned brightness of 600 lumen.

Setting up the Pulse system is extremely simple. The connection is made to the master bulb via Bluetooth on your iOS (or Android) device. From there, it will automatically detect and sync up with the satellite bulb. The light and audio settings can be controlled from the Pulse app which can be downloaded free of charge.

The Pulse system will work as traditional Bluetooth speakers, but there’s something interesting about the vibe/ambiance that comes along with playing music through speakers in a lighting fixture. It’s much different from anything I’ve experienced. I have this system installed as two of my overhead lights in the kitchen and it fills the room with music in a very different way.

The best way to describe this system is to show it in action. Check out our review video of Sengled’s Pulse systembelow:

The 13 watt speakers (at 8 ohms) inside feature JBL by Harmon technology and I found them to be quite pleasant to listen to. They have a 100Hz-20kHz frequency response and the audio quality is pretty good (for a light bulb). I was surprised at how much bass was produced. Another thing to note is that the lighting fixture can change the sound output as well. Depending on the size or shape of lamp, the sound will slightly vary because of how the sound waves bounce around.

As far as the app goes, its functionality is basic, but definitely gets the job done. With the Pulse app, you’ll have the ability to dim the lights (simultaneously or individually), turn them on/off, adjust the speaker output, switch between a mono/stereo signal, and designate which light gets the left/right output. There’s also a handful of built-in EQ presets that will work independently from the EQ presets found in the Music settings on iOS and the app has the ability to add new satellite bulbs. For a detailed look at the app, check out the above video.

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The Sengled Pulse system starts at $179.99 for the starter kit. Given the pricing of other smart LED light systems, that’s not a crazy asking price, but it will definitely be a turnoff to some consumers. Satellite bulbs can be purchased for $79.99 each and as mentioned, you can add up to seven of them to one master bulb.

The Pulse system seems to be proprietary so don’t expect it to work with any other smart wireless systems or platforms. Overall though, there’s not much else to say here. These are LED light bulbs with built-in speakers and after using them for a couple of weeks, I think it’s a fantastic idea. The only real downside comes with the entry price.


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Vesper note-taking app adds first iPad version, landscape...

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Q Branch is out with a big update to Vesper, the alternative note-taking app for iOS.

Vesper 2.005 adds landscape support to the app for iPhone so you can now browse, manage, and create notes outside of portrait orientation.

The 2.005 update also includes Vesper for iPad, the first time the note-taking app has been available with a version optimized for the tablet. Vesper for iPad features the same support for landscape use as the iPhone, and Q Branch’s syncing feature keeps notes between both apps up-to-date.

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Vesper, which first launched in 2013 with the help of Apple blogger John Gruber and company, varies from Apple’s built-in Notes app on iOS as Vesper features a tagging system for sorting through notes, archiving old notes, and a syncing system that doesn’t rely on iCloud.

Vesper is available for $2.99 on the App Store. The update is available for free for existing users.


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VLC for iOS back on the App Store, OS X app updated along...

Yesterday, 05:28 PM

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VideoLAN has today launched several updates to VLC across its apps on iOS, Android, OS X, and every other platform where the app is available, marking the first time that the company has pushed such a massive coordinated release and the re-release of the iOS app. The new versions (with the main app numbered 2.2.0), include several features across the various platforms, and VLC says it took more than a year of volunteer work to put them together…

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Among many others, one of the headlining features in this version is that VLC now automatically detects vertical videos and rotates them accordingly on some platforms. The new version includes other new features like the ability to resume video playback from where it left off on the desktop, much improved support for UltraHD video codecs, new hardware acceleration on some platforms, and new compatibility with a “very large number” of unusual codecs. (After all, that’s what VLC is known for, right?)

On iOS, today’s release (individually numbered 2.4.1) marks the return of the app to the App Store after disappearing around the time iOS 8 was released. The most important thing to note here is that support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has been added, but the update also includes detection of external subtitles, support for streaming from Google Drive, media library search, UI and stability improvements, and the usual bug fixes among many other changes.

On Android, today’s release (individually numbered 1.1.0) is the first non-beta release for the platform. The update features a new aesthetic design that aligns with Google’s Material Design philosophy, a port of the app’s APIs to Android 5.0, gamepad controller support for navigation, support for pull to refresh, the ability to show videos as a list in portrait, and over 60 bug fixes.

A few platforms, including Android TV, Windows Phone, and Windows RT, are getting their very first public release today. The Android TV app is particularly notable—it’s very barebones in its current form, but surely development will continue.

VLC also took a moment today to announce that they’re working actively on version 3.0.0 for release “later this year.” “We’re working on many new features for VLC 3.0.0 to finish what we’ve started here,” Jean-Baptiste Kempf, president of VideoLAN said.

Here’s the changelog, encompassing most of the important new features:

So, what’s new in VLC 2.2.0, codename WeatherWax?

  • Fight the popular vertical video syndrome! VLC automatically detects rotated videos and rotates them using hardware acceleration (on compatible platforms)!
    This is supported for MP4/MOV, MKV and raw H264.
  • Resume playback where you left off. Supported on all the mobile versions of VLC for quite some time, it is now available on the desktop.
  • Vastly improved support for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H265, including encoding.
  • New hardware acceleration mechanism, GPU 0-copy decoding, faster and implementations for Linux, Android, and Raspberry Pi. (Other OSes will have it in 3.0.0)
  • Extensions: supported since a long time, we now feature an in-app downloader for the desktop, like Firefox
  • Subtitles downloading extension
  • Compatibility with a very large number of unusual codecs
  • Vastly improved compatibility for problematic files in Ogg, MP4, and WMV.
  • Support for Digital Cinema Package to play native movie theater formats.
  • Experimental support of Interactive Menus of BluRays: BD-J
  • On OS X, we’ve updated the interface for Yosemite compatibility.
  • On Android, we rewrote most of the UI to match Google Material Design.
  • This is the first public beta releases of Windows Phone, Window RT and Android TV.
  • It is also the first non-beta release on Android.

And here’s a list of the new versions and links to their respective stores:


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iOS 8.2 Could See Public Release Next Week, Two More Beta...

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ios_8_icon.jpgApple may be planning to release iOS 8.2 to the public as early as next Monday, reports BGR. iOS 8.2 has been in testing since November and notably contains support for the Apple Watch. The March release date has been rumored for several weeks now, but earlier information pointed towards a launch a bit later in the month, possibly during the second week of March.

A Monday, March 2 release date for iOS 8.2 would mean the software would be released to consumers a full week ahead of Apple's scheduled March 9 "Spring Forward" media event, where the company is expected to divulge additional details on the Apple Watch.

BGR is fairly accurate when it comes to iOS release date predictions. The site correctly determined several iOS 7 beta release dates, but it has been wrong on occasion. Because March 2 is not in line with earlier predictions, BGR could be off by a week, but we will certainly be seeing a public release of iOS 8.2 sometime during the first two weeks of March, even if the March 2 date is inaccurate.

Thus far, there have been five iOS 8.2 betas, with the last beta coming on Monday, February 2, suggesting either another beta or a public release is coming in the near future.

The site also says that it has learned from its sources that there may be as many as four betas of iOS 8.3. We have had two iOS 8.3 betas, so there could be two more beta updates before the software is provided to the public. That would put iOS 8.3 on track to launch in April. iOS 8.3 brings several new features to the operating system, most notably introducing a redesigned emoji picker and adding both new emoji and emoji skin tone modifiers.mf.gif


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Last chance to Pay What You Want for the Learn to Design...

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