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If you're in the market for a new Mac this holiday season, the deals are limited but do exist. Kelly brings you the scoop on where to score savings on some lovely new Apple hardware.
Yesterday you got the heads up on iPad deals coming on Black Friday. Today we're talking iPhones, so if you or someone you know is in the market, Kelly can hook you up.
Black Friday is creeping up on you whether you like it or not. In fact, it's crept all the way into Tuesday for Best Buy, which is offering early access to Black Friday deals on its site. These are online only, but you can use free in-store pickup to get your hands on them if you want. Should avoiding the store entirely be more appealing, you get free shipping once you hit $35. So if you have a Mophie Juice Pack Air/Powerstation Duo ($40 off) or GoPro Hero 3+ ($185 off the bundle) on your gift list, now's your chance to save a foray into the madness and just buy one now. Well. You have until 11:59pm Central Time tonight, so if you want to pick up The Lego Movie on Blu-Ray, now's your $3.99 chance to do so.
Considering an iPad as a Christmas gift? Kelly is on the case, and found the best (confirmed) deals on new iPads, as well as when you need to show up to get in on the
Craig Hockenberry of the Iconfactory spent some time with WatchKit, the developer environment for working with Apple Watch elements. He wrote up his impressions on it, and some of the non-programming sections were just as interesting as the development parts.
Replacement iOS keyboard SwiftKey has updated the languages available, but didn't have to go through the App Store to do so. Kelly explains how SwiftKey can update without releasing an update.
If the word "beta" gets your attention, Kelly has a couple of suggestions for projects in public beta you might want to check out. All the usual beta disclaimers apply, but if you like to live dangerously, read on.
If you are a woman who has ever purchased a pair of jeans, you know this process can be…fraught with peril. You have to guess at the random number that is allegedly your size, since it varies from year to year and designer to designer. Then you have to guess close enough that you don't get stuck in them in the dressing room, and you have to hope they aren't too long/short/wide/narrow/high-waisted/low-waisted/whatever. If you find a pair you don't hate, you purchase multiples on the spot, even at full price. You know. In Case. Well, Crystal Beasley decided enough was enough and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fix this. Called QCut (as in cut on cue), Crystal is designing jeans for you. And you. And you, too! They're all custom made, based on five measurements that include shoe size and bra size to help determine body type. This campaign has two weeks left as of today, and even though it's funded, you still may want to get in on it. Jeans that fit make an awesome Christmas gift! (Full disclosure: I know Crystal, and I am a woman who wears jeans.)
Apple has a tendency to toss in updates to its own native apps as part of system updates. This can sometimes break your carefully crafted email system, particularly if it contains plugins unhappy about a new version number. Kelly has an idea to help you get back on track.
Apple released two updates Monday, with no widespread panic. While this shouldn't be notable, recent history has caused some to exercise a bit more caution.
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This update...worked. Like updates we remember fondly from like, last year. What a lovely change of pace.