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.
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]
'Tis the season for sales, and Vaja Cases is running a doozy. I'm a huge fan of their leather cases, but they aren't cheap. Except this week. For Black Friday, Vaja is offering stock cases for 60 percent off using coupon code BF. Look for the cases that are labeled "In Stock." The image below is of the "Grip" case, which retails for $90. With 60 percent off, that's $36. Try and beat that with a stick, because these cases are handmade from Italian leather. Anyhoo, it's coupon code BF without the quotes, and it's good through November 30th, 2015. Have yourselves a time.
Apple has posted a new video in its Guided Tour series that explains Apple Pay in 74 seconds. Called iPhone - Guided Tour: Apple Pay, the video explains how to set it up, how to use it, and why it's more secure. Check it out:
If you have the fourth generation Apple TV, then you're probably familiar with the arial-shot screensavers showing locations such as San Francisco, London, New York City, and China. They're automatically downloaded to your Apple TV, but resourceful fans figured out where to find their server, and Benjamin Mayo put together a webpage showing all of them in their high resolution glory. If you want to see what all of the new Apple TV screensavers look like this is the place to go.
Apple decided it could improve on the ten styluses on the ends of our arms with its new Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro. It's definitely a high quality stylus, but is it worth the US$99 price tag? Watch The Mac Observer's video review to see what Jeff Gamet thinks.
Here's a product I can get behind called the Roost Smart Battery. It's a Lithium battery in a 9-Volt form factor designed specifically for smoke alarms. First, it will last five years. Secondly, it has built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to monitor and communicate with the battery from your smartphone. That includes the ability to identify WHICH FREAKIN' SMOKE ALARM IS BEEPING FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY MAKE IT STOP!!! Oops, sorry. I just went through an epic hunt for a chirping smoke detectors, and it was absolutely the most idiotic event I've participated in this year. This product would have made it so much simpler to handle. Back to the Roost Smart Battery: the Lithium core is replaceable. It's priced at US$34.99, and just began shipping. You can also order it through Amazon.
This is way off the tech track, but Boing Boing posted this great video from HowStuffWorks explaining the "Transatlantic" or "Mid-Atlantic" accent that we know today mostly from movies in the 1930s and early 1940s. I enjoy the study of accents, and I thought this was a great breakdown of how this peculiar one worked, where it came from, and why it disappeared. No spoilers, just watch the video. It's great.
Your iPad Pro screen is big enough to work and watch movies at the same time. Seriously. All you need to do is use picture in picture mode. Check out The Mac Observer's tip showing you how.
The iPad Pro screen is big enough to run two applications at the same time, so Apple gave us Split Screen as a way to do just that. There aren't any special buttons to tap or settings to change; all you need is a simple swipe gesture. Watch TMO's video to see just how Split Screen works.
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