Apple Black Friday Price Guide – Get the lowest prices, updated live

It’s Black Friday and we’ve got the best deals from around the web on Apple products and accessories. Although most of the Apple Store prices (which we stumbled upon a few days ago) are moderate discounts, some are actually the lowest we could find, especially in iPads and accessories.  We’re updating all day long so come back early and often…and don’t forget to check 9to5toys.com.


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 Model Retail Apple BF MacMall Amazon BestBuy  Misc.
 MB Airs 11″ Air 2GB/64GBcBook
Air
$999 $898 $938.99 $954
$849.99
11″ Air 1.6GHz 128GBok Air $1,199 $1,098 $1,139.99 $1,098
 $1139.99
13″ Air 1.7GHz 128GBok Air $1,299 $1,198 $1,197.99 $1,230
 $1230.00
13″ Air 1.7GHz 256GBok Air $1,599 $1,498 $1,497.99 $1,550
 $1550
 MB Pros 13″ 2.4GHz MB Pro $1,199 $1,098 $1,097.99 $1,054.09
 $1050  2.3GHz $999
13″ 2.8GHz MB Pro $1,499 $1,398 $1,397.99 $1424.99  $1429.99
15″ 2.2GHz MB Pro $1,799 $1,698 $1,697.99 $1709.99  $1709.99
15″ 2.4Ghz MB Pro $2,199 $2,098 $2,058.99 $2059.99  $2059.99
17″ 2.4GHz MB Pro $2,499 $2,398 $2,348.94 $2299.99   $2299
Desktops:
2.3GHz Mac Mini $599 $599 $564.99 $594  $568.95
2.5GHz Mac Mini $799 $799 $759.99 $769  $769
2.0GHz Mac Mini Server $999 $999 $959.99 $972
21″ 2.5GHz iMac $1,199 $1,098 $1,097.99 $1156       $1049
21″ 2.7GHz iMac $1,499 $1,398 $1,397.99 $1398  $1419
27″ 2.7GHz iMac $1,699 $1,598 $1,597.99 $1598  $1607
27″ 3.1GHz iMac $1,999 $1,898 $1,894.95 $1895  $1895
iPods
8GB iPod Touch $199 $178 $189.98 $190  $145*  $184 MC
32GB iPod Touch  $299 $268 $274.95 $275  $275  $260 MC
64GB iPod Touch $399 $358 $364.95 $364  $365  +$40GC
Nano 8GB $129 $118 $121.99 $122  $125
Nano 16GB $149 $138 $139.99 $141  $145
Classic $249 $249 $228.00  $229  $245
iPads
16GB Wifi  $499 $458 $454.99  $75 GC 
32GB Wifi $599 $548 $544.99
64GB Wifi $699 $638 $654.99
SmartCover Poly $39 $28  $39
Smartcover Leather $69 $58  $69
Misc: Apple Digital AV adapter  $39  $39  $29
Apple Thunderbolt Display $999 $999  $959  $929 MC
Apple TV $99 $99  $94.99 $89.99  $89.99  $89.9 MC
iTunes Gift Cards ($100) $100 $90  varies $80
Wireless Keyboard $69 $58  $69
Magic Mouse $69 $58  $69
Magic Trackpad $69 $58  $69

Apple Store Refurbished items come with Apple’s one year warranty and are as good as new. AT&T has 64GB iPad 3G for $479. DailySteals has a 16GB iPad for $280 (refurb).  iPhone4 16GB Refurb is $49 with activation, Frys has $25 off of current iPhones

Software:

  1. Microsoft Office for Mac is $70 at Amazon or $100 for the Family Pack
  2. Parallels is $35 PLUS you get $40 off Windows when you buy Parallels, VMWare Fusion is $28
  3. Adobe Photoshop Elements $48 at Amazon, Premiere Elements:  $50, Lightroom Student Teacher :$89 Full Version $100 CS5: $289
  4. Quickbooks 2012 is $125
  5. Toast 11 Pro $80

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Using Siri and Proxy to start your car

Last week we saw how a developer created a proxy server to sit between Siri and Apple to make certain commands perform command line functions.  Another developer today took that proxy server and hooked it up to his Viper Car system which allows him to turn his car off and on.

The “Siri Proxy” plugin I wrote handles interaction with a php script that runs on my web server. The php script, which I developed months ago for personal use, allows me to send commands to my car which has a Viper SmartStart module installed.

Current commands accepted are: “Vehicle Arm”, “Vehicle Disarm”, “Vehicle Start”, “Vehicle Stop”, “Vehicle Pop Trunk”, and “Vehicle Panic”.

Siri hacking is rapidly turning into a fun sport.  How long until Apple blesses third parties with this type of functionality?

Locking and arming the car alarm video below:

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Developer hacks his Samsung Series 7 to run OS X Lion

Samsung’s Series 7, originally intended for Windows 7, has been hacked to run a Hackintosh version of OS X Lion, a user on the tonymacx86 forums highlighted today. Awkward, considering the whole Samsung vs Apple fight. As you can see in the video above, the version of Lion runs relatively smoothly, but the big issue is an external monitor is needed to display the video. The user highlights the tools needed:

8GB USB KEY, mini-HDMI to HDMI cable/adapter, USB Keyboard and mouse. After you make a UniBeast USB key you have some space still left on it so I made a folder and downloaded MultiBeast 4.1.0: Lion Edition.

If you’ve got a Series 7 laying around and are tired of the bleh Windows, you should definitely try this hack out (if you’ve got the technical know-how). With specs close to the MacBook Air — an 11.6-inch display, 64GB SSD, and i5 processor — this device seems pretty perfect to run full on OS X in a mobile setting. It also gives you a little more horsepower than an iPad 2, though that’s like comparing Apples and Oranges.

For all of the technical details, hit up the tonymacx86 forums. We’ve already shared our thoughts on the Hackintosh community, and we’re certainly proponents of what they’re doing. We’re going to keep an eye out as this project gets more bug fixes, specifically the screen issue. Luckily, the developer says he is committed to working on this project.

What do these new items in iTunes mean about your Match Library?

If you don’t know by now, Apple has officially opened up their iTunes Match service to the public, bringing with it 256-kbps AAC DRM-free copies of your non-iTunes purchased music for $25 a year. To help familiarize users with the service, Apple has posted the following chart walking us through some new iTunes Match related iCloud icons you’ll start to notice in iTunes.

In addition, they also dropped some helpful guides explaining the ins and outs of the service including Troubleshooting iTunes Match, How to subscribe to iTunes Match, How to add a computer or iOS device to iTunes Match, and How to delete songs from iCloud.

In the troubleshooting guide, we learn you can enable a column within iTunes to display the iTunes Match/iCloud status of any given song in your library. For example, whether it’s a “Matched” song or just “Uploaded”. To do this, click “View > View Options” or press “Command-J“, and click the “iCloud Status” checkbox (same place you also enable “iCloud download”).

A MacRumors forum poster also offers a few helpful hints, while noting iTunes Match keeps your meta-data (a nice touch if you tend to edit data associated with your songs), the post clears up some concerns regarding the intricacies of what happens with your local copies:  Read more

Siri tricks: Update Facebook, Twitter, Google+ through SMS, and more

Yesterday we posted a story about the possibility of new features being implemented in a future update to Siri. However, if you don’t feel like waiting, today the guys over at Techland have put together some tips and tricks for getting the most out of Siri and accomplishing tasks that aren’t currently built-in.

While text message charges will of course apply, here are a few tips for updating Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ by redirecting them through SMS. You can head over to Techland for many more Siri related tips and tricks including searching with Bing and Yahoo!, dictation tips, and how to “teach Siri hard-to-pronounce names”.

For Facebook:

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$49 MacUpdate bundle ends today, Toast, Data Rescue, FX Studio, more…

From 9to5Toys.com:

Ending today, MacUpdate’s latest $49.99 Mac software bundle is headlined by Roxio’s Toast Titanium optical disc authoring tools (which retails for $100 by itself), the bundle includes Data Rescue (fix corrupt drives - also over $100), FX Studio Pro 2 (we reviewed v1 here) photo effects as well as seven other useful applications and one nice bonus… Details below or at MacUpdate.com.

Update: Craig Reid from Austin Texas won our retweet contest.  MacUpdate is offering one more free bundle available to those who retweet this post by midnight. Read more

LaCie Thunderbolt Little Big Drives ready for order

We told you late last night that LaCie Thunderbolt disks were arriving in Apple Retail Stores.  Today, LaCie officially announced the availability of its new products which hit the Apple online Store today for $399 (1TB) and $499 (2TB) earlier today.

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That is a $100+ premium over their Firewire drives and you’ll need a $49 Apple Thunderbolt Cable.

The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series sets the new standard for the storage industry. Featuring a pair of 2.5″ drives in a Mac OS RAID configuration, the Little Big Disk delivers stunning read speeds more than 480MB/s in SSD and up to 190MB/s in HDD.

It appears that these drives are limited by the speed of the 2.5-inch drives, not by the bus as the faster SSD blows away the HDD version.  It is curious that they didn’t make a 3.5-inch variety which would have allowed for much greater speed and cost much less.

The SSD version will ship next month.

Promise sells their 4TB Thunderbolt RAID boxes for just over $1000, 8TB for $1500 and 12TB for $2000.

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Skype on iOS has a big hole that can send your AddressBook to a hacker [video]

Security firm SuperEVR posts a video of their exploit which always makes it more real/scary.

I found that Skype also improperly defines the URI scheme used by the built-in webkit browser for Skype. Usually you will see the scheme set to something like, “about:blank” or “skype-randomtoken”, but in this case it is actually set to “file://”. This gives an attacker access to the users file system, and an attacker can access any file that the application itself would be able to access.

File system access is partially mitigated by the iOS Application sandbox that Apple has implemented, preventing an attacker from accessing certain sensitive files. However, every iOS application has access to the users AddressBook, and Skype is no exception.

I imagine the iPad app is also susceptible .

TechCrunch notes:

Skype says it is aware of the security issue, and had issued the following statement:

“We are working hard to fix this reported issue in our next planned release which we hope to roll out imminently. In the meantime we always recommend people exercise caution in only accepting friend requests from people they know and practice common sense internet security as always.”

The non-patronizing first sentence would have been sufficient, Skype.

Skype is on a #Winning streak since it got bought by Microsoft earlier this year.

Amazon selling lots of iContraband

Remember that cool iHub USB device that was briefly selling on M.I.C. Gadget, but then was pulled by Apple’s lawyers? It is back, and at a place you’ll probably feel a bit more familiar with: Amazon. Amazon has a few sellers selling that iHub again for prices (white, black) as low as $12.40. Interestingly, Amazon is fulfilling these orders (free shipping) which indicates that they might be complicit.

The iHub isn’t the only Apple branded device making its way through Amazon’s fulfillment centers. the iAccessory Store has a new look “silver” iHub for $9 (black too) and some questionable iPhone HDD enclosures as well as external speakers that bear the Apple logo.

An unboxing video from Nowhereelse.fr of the iHDD and iAudio below:

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Hackers slap Lion overlay onto iOS, with surprisingly good results

Not, “put this on my iPhone now” good but “wow, that’s interesting and must’ve taken a lot of hard work” good. Lifehacker explains:

You can now grab the theme via an app on Theme Outlet. Here’s how. (And make sure you have Dreamboard installed, as this is a Dreamboard theme and requires it.)

  1. Open Cydia
  2. Tap Manage Sources
  3. Tap Edit, then Add, then add source fnetdesigns.com/cydia/repo
  4. Go to the Changes section and install Theme Outlet
  5. Close Cydia, go to your home screen, and open Theme Outlet
  6. Browse for OS X Ultimatum and download it from there
  7. Open up Dreamboard, browse for the OS X Lion Ultimatum theme, and install it.


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Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G SSD upgrade boosts MacBook Air speed more than 3X

If you really want to turn your new MacBook Air out, OWC is offering up a new SSD upgrade option that promise up to 4X read/write performance (>500MB/s) over Apple’s factory installed SSDs. The SSDs, priced at $350 for 120GB and $600 for 240GB use a Sandforce 2200 controller.

• Tier 1/Grade A Toggle Synchronous NAND
• SandForce 2200 Series Processor
• Offers nearly 4x factory SSD capacity.**
• Compatible with 2011 MacBook Air
• Utilizes 6G SATA bus in 2011 MacBook Air to deliver over 500MB/s data rate performance

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In other OWC news, they mention that yesterday’s MacBook Pro update fixed lingering issues with the 6GB SATA port on the MacBook Pros (not to be confused with the 3GB Optical port.)

See performance benefits, below:
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