20% iTunes Cards from Best Buy Back on for Black Friday

5:23 PM EST, Nov. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Best Buy iTunes Gift Cards

Best Buy's 20 percent off iTunes cards offer is back on today. This deal was first offered on Wednesday, but quickly expired.  It works like this: buy the first card at full price and get the second for 40 percent off, a 20 percent discount on the two of them when combined. These are for physical cards that are shipped to you (we also posted a deal on same-day email codes from PayPal on Friday). You can also choose to pick it up at a store. To get the deal, simply add two cards to your cart and the price will automatically be discounted. No coupon code required. Best Buy's instructions don't make that clear, but I tested the process.

20% Off iTunes Cards from Ebay/PayPal

5:15 PM EST, Nov. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iTunes Gift Card

Ebay and PayPal are offering $100 iTunes gift cards for $80, a 20 percent discount. These are for codes that are emailed to you, usually within an hour or two. I've purchased several during the last year without a hitch. They always sell out fast—if you're wanting one, don't dawdle.

Black Friday Blowout 15% Discount on TMO Deals

8:03 AM EST, Nov. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Black Friday Deals

Our friends at Stack Social have pulled out the stops for Black Friday by offering 15 percent off all our deals. Just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout and you will get the additional discount. Tutorials, portable batteries, drones, gadgets, toys, storage, styluses, speakers, headphones, app bundles, and a whole lot more. Check out the Black Friday landing page on our deal site for details—there are some exclusions, but these are some killer prices. 

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

10:32 AM EST, Nov. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer

It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We'll be back with our regular news, analysis, tips and reviews on Monday, November 30. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn't part of your annual holiday schedule.

How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones with Your Apple TV

5:28 PM EST, Nov. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Let's say you want to watch your favorite shows and movies on your Apple TV, but don't want to disturb anyone with the audio. No problem: just use headphones. Now how about making that happen without getting tangled in wires running from your TV to your head? The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet shows how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Apple TV in this video tip.

Pay What You Want for the Learn to Code Bundle

4:40 PM EST, Nov. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pay What You Want: Learn to Code Bundle

We have a bundle for you today called the Learn to Code Bundle, and you can pay what you want for it. Here's how it works: pay whatever you want, even a penny, and get two courses. Beat the average price—$12.87 as of this writing—and get nine training courses covering topics from HTML5 to Ruby to Python, and more. Make the Top 10 at any point in this deal and you get five entries into our MonoRover R2 'Hoverboard' Giveaway. Plus, 10 percent of the profits from this deal go to Project Hope. Check out the deal listing for more information.

Apple Commercial: Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day (Video)

1:32 PM EST, Nov. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has launched a new Christmas commercial called Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day. It features both of those artists, but only features a brief look at a MacBook Pro running Logic Pro X at the beginning, and another quick glimpse later in the spot. It also features two brief looks at an Apple Watch on Andra Day's wrist. It closes with the message "Love, ." It has the kind of heartwarming feel Apple has used in other holiday spots in recent years. What do you think?

Apple Buys Star Wars-related Facial Recognition Company Faceshift

9:58 AM EST, Nov. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's holodeck plans are coming together with Faceshift purchase

Apple has reportedly purchased Faceshift, a facial recognition technology company that did some special effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Word on the street says Apple has confirmed the purchase, but so far all we really have is the usual noncommittal and vague statement from the company.

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Apple's augmented reality-related purchases: PrimeSense, Metaio, and now Faceshift. Something interesting is coming.

20% Off iTunes Cards

10:16 PM EST, Nov. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Best Buy is running a deal on iTunes cards today—buy one, get 40 percent off a second. That's 20 percent off for both of them for those following along at home. This is another online deal, and it includes free shipping. You need to use ITUNESDEAL at checkout to get the discount, and the deal is valid on cards from $10-$100. That would be two cards for $160. This offer is part of Best Buy's run up to Black Friday. There's no expiration date listed as of this writing, but it could be a one-day-only deal.

PSA: If You’re Having Network Troubles, Turn Off Wi-Fi Calling

8:45 PM EST, Nov. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Quick Tip

Tin cans with a broken string

Funny thing happened today: our own Adam Christianson was having trouble with his Internet connection. So, he called up his provider, but his phone call kept dropping. Holy 2007, Batman! Turns out he had Wi-Fi Calling turned on, and the very Internet connection he was calling about was dropping his calls to his cable company.

$100 Off Apple Watch, $125 Off 128GB iPad Air 2, Today Only

6:20 PM EST, Nov. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The early Black Friday deals are stacking up fast, and Best Buy is running a doozy for Apple Watch and iPad. Today only—and online only—you can get $50 off Apple Watch Sport, $100 off Apple Watch, $100 off a 64GB iPad Air 2, and $125 off a 128GB iPad Air 2. In each case you have to enter a coupon code at checkout to get the discount, and the offers only extend to what they have in stock. The coupon codes are listed below the product they are good for, as shown in the image below, and the deal ends at 11:59 PM CST (that's CENTRAL time zone) Tuesday, November 24th (that's tonight). [Via MacRumors]

HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander: $19.95

6:05 PM EST, Nov. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander

The HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander is a clever device. It's an adaptor card that let's you use any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC (including 512GB) memory card in your MacBook's Flash memory reader. And it does so sitting flush to the outer edge of your MacBook. We have a deal on one today for $19.95, one third off the regular price. Check the deal listing for more info.

Hewlett-Packard’s Z27s is a 27-inch 4K Display for Your Mac Without the 4K Price

3:00 PM EST, Nov. 24th, 2015 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

Review: HP Z27s 4K Display

The Hewlett-Packard Z27s is a 27-inch, 4K Ultra High Definition display suitable for use with any modern PC or Macintosh. The IPS, anti-reflection display is flat, bright and the multiple mechanical adjustments as well as multiple inputs are superb. John Martellaro connected one to his Mac Pro and spent several months with this display. Here is his review in detail.