Amazon is running a one-day only 20 percent discount sale on the Kindle Fire HDX 7" tablet for US$183.20. That's the company's new 7-inch Android-based tablet introduced for the holidays. While we suspect most of our readers are more interested in iPad Air and iPad mini, if you're thinking about a Kindle, this is the day to buy it. The Kindle ereader is also on sale for $55.20, while last year's Kindle Fire HD is $135.20, all for one day only. Here's an affiliate link so that TMO gets a little something-something in our small-business stocking, too.
There are three days left to get the Black Friday Mac Bundle, a collection of 11 apps for US$49.99, including one of my all-time favorite utilities, iStat Menus 4. You'll also get Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, DiskAid, PopClip, Numi 2, Gemini, CrazyTalk7 Standard, a one-year subscription to Mac Internet Security, Data Backup 3, Pagico, and MotionComposer. The retail value of all that software is $419, making it a great deal even if you just want a few of them. We're offering this bundle through our friends at Stack Social, meaning that TMO gets a piece. Everyone wins!
This certainly falls into the "gift for that special someone who already has everything" category, and is cool because of it. But... it also comes in handy freeing your phone up while you're talking. And if that's not enough, you get a great wooden iPhone case to go along with it! Just $64.99 for 8 more days (that's 38% off $105 normal price).
The Genius Bar in Apple's retail stores can be a great resource both for helpful information and crazy stories. It seems everyone has a story to share, and we'd love to hear yours. Head on over to the TMO Forums and tell us all about your Genius Bar adventures.
The iRest iPad stand from Rain Design (recommended by TMO's own Nancy Gravley) is available for just 39.99 through this weekend from our new TMO Deals section in partnership with Stack Social. The iRest is a handy thing, especially for your favorite owner of a full-size iPad. With it you can read in bed without holding your iPad up with your hands, and you can even use the iRest as a tabletop stand. Check it out, this price is the best we've found.
Today we here at TMO are announcing something new: Deals! Of course, long-time TMO readers know that deals are nothing really new – they are a part of our DNA. We just haven't been doing a lot of them lately, and the reason for that is we've been putting together a partnership with the folks over at StackSocial. With their help we now have an entire deals site for you to peruse – complete with its own specific Apple/Mac section – and we'll regularly be bringing you new deals to look at. With that in mind, we figured this "Think Different" T-Shirt was exactly the right way to start. Check it out, and enjoy. And let us know what you think!
Virgin America jumped into the gate-to-gate portable electronics use world on Friday. The airline has an extra twist: It's saying travelers can use their PEDs even in when pilots are dealing with more serious flight conditions like limited visibility landings. That leaves just Frontier as the last major airline to announce FAA approval, and there isn't any word yet on when that's coming.
Southwest was the latest airline to gain approval for gate-to-gate mobile electronics use on its flights on Wednesday. As an added bonus, the airline said it is also letting customers use its in-flight WiFi service even before its planes roll out to the runway.
United is the latest airline to get FAA approval for handheld electronics use below 10,000 feet. It's regional partners don't have approval yet, but the carrier is hoping to take care of that before the end of 2013.
An inside source at American Airlines confirmed today to The Mac Observer that AA has received FAA approval and will go live with gate-to-gate use of personal electronics starting at 5:00pm CST today. Good news for everyone flying AA to MacTech this week!
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