Macupdate’s $40 Winter Bundle: 12 apps incl. Anonymizer, Backblaze, Expandrive, much more

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(note: 3 other bundles are currently running: Parallels 9 Adobe Photoshop CC $10 extended unti l Dec. 8th and Stack Social)

MacUpdate just launched their Winter Mac app bundle this morning. This bundle contains 10 apps + 2 bonus apps for early buyers. Together, the 12 apps are worth nearly $400 (or about $360 without the 2 bonus titles), but the bundle is priced at just $39.99.

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Apple iPad event spray paint spills over to this year’s holiday gift cards

apple-itunes-gift-card-9to5macMost of the attention on Apple’s retail overnight from this week was focused on the new window display, but there was another slight change that is also worth taking a look at. Apple has changed the design of its iTunes cards to closely resemble the spray pant styling from past iPad event invitations.

These updated iTunes gift cards are available in your local Apple store as of yesterday, just in time for the holidays. The changes have also been reflected on the iTunes gift page.

Speaking of iTunes, Apple’s present for retail employees this year was the opportunity to purchase a $50 card for $40. You can score this same deal right now over at 9to5Toys and can expect even more discounts as we progress towards Black Friday.

Best Buy & Walmart Black Friday ads bring the year’s best Apple deals

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Yesterday it was Target. Today the Best Buy and Walmart Black Friday / Thanksgiving deal advertisements are now official. Both ads feature heavy discounting on iPads, iTunes cards, iPods, Macs, and more. The most impressive deals at Walmart include an iPad mini for $299 with a free $100 gift card, and free gift card offers with the purchase of an iPhone 5c/5c. Best Buy offers up to $200 off a new Mac laptop, 15% off iTunes cards, and an Apple TV for $85.

While we haven’t seen Apple’s Black Friday deals for this year, it’s pretty safe to assume they won’t stray too far from the ‘education pricing for all’ strategy implemented at preceding Black Friday promotions.

Head over to 9to5toys for complete coverage of these ads and all others that have leaked thus far as well as best deals as they happen. Read more

Boost Mobile starts selling the iPhone 5s and 5c today for $200 off for new customers, starting at $349 unsubsidized

From 9to5Toys.com:

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As we’ve noted on a few occasions, Sprint pre-paid subsidiaryBoost Mobile is now carrying the iPhone for the first time in its history. Launching today, the iPhone 5s and 5c are $100 off of Apple’s retail price if ordered online. However, Boost is running a special promotion until November 24th where you get an additional $100 off if you switch in store from another carrier. I confirmed the deal with a PR rep who said:

Yes. Now through Nov. 24 new customers who come into a participating Boost Mobile store and switch to Boost Mobile from another carrier will be eligible for a special in-store promotion of $100 off any device bringing new customers  additional cost savings.  The link below will help consumers find participating stores in their area that are selling iPhone.

Boost Mobile plans start at $55/month but drop significantly as you make payments on time. Find the nearest Boost Mobile here. Read more

Apple finally updates Remote iPhone & iPad app for iOS 7, AirPort Utility goes 64-bit

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As one of the last of Apple’s own iOS apps to get updated for iOS 7, Apple has just updated its Remote app for iPhone and iPad with a redesign to match its new operating system.

Version 4.0 of Remote adds a completely revamped UI that matches Apple’s other updated iOS apps and UI elements standard in iOS 7. The update also adds support for iTunes 11.

Remote is designed to be in perfect sync with the new iTunes. It is simpler, easier, and gives you new ways to browse your library and see upcoming songs with Up Next. With just a few taps on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, you can add new songs to hear them next from iTunes on a Mac or PC, or an Apple TV. Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were in front of your computer or Apple TV. Or play them from iCloud with iTunes Match on Apple TV. Change a song, pick a playlist, or browse your entire library from anywhere in your home. Control your Apple TV with the flick of your finger or use the keyboard to quickly tap out a title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen.

Other Apple iOS apps yet to get the iOS 7 update treatment include iTunes U, iBooks, and Find my Friends. Update: Apple has added 64-bit support to AirPort Utility.

Remote remains a free Universal download with iPhone and iPad compatibility. Screenshots of the redesigned app below:

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Walmart to offer iPad Air for $479 on a ‘roll back’ launch

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Walmart is up to it’s Roll Back tricks again and has announced that they will be carrying the new iPad Air on November 1st at the discounted price of $479 for the 16GB WiFi model. That is $20 below the retail price of $499, the biggest such discount we’ve ever seen at launch. There is no word if this discount will be extended to other iPad Air models or the new iPad mini with Retina display when it is released later in November.

Walmart also recently took significant discounts on the iPhone 5s and 5c, which were followed by Target, Radioshack, Best Buy and others so perhaps we’re witnessing a trend.

Apple, Best Buy, Target and others will often price-match other retailers so it’s worth a shot asking on launch day. Here’s your evidence…

Review & Giveaway: Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi video monitoring with mobile access and cloud recording

Dropcam has been around since 2009, but only truly became a player in the app-enabled home security space early last year with the release of the Dropcam HD Wi-Fi video monitoring system. It separated itself from the normal cast of IP video cameras by offering an insanely easy setup process, beautiful software, and effortless mobile device integration (iOS/Android). These wireless cameras have become so popular that Dropcam is now processing more video than YouTube on a daily basis.

Building on the success of the Dropcam HD, the San Francisco-based startup is now launching the Dropcam Pro. It will not be replacing the HD, but rather joining it as ‘step-up’ version for users who want to get the absolute most out of their video monitoring setup. The Dropcam HD will now be known simply as “Dropcam.” We had the opportunity to spend an entire week with the Dropcam Pro. Keep reading to find out if it lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessor.

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Is paid iCloud storage a good deal, or can you do better? Cloud storage roundup

With former MobileMe customers losing their additional 20GB of free storage a couple of days ago, there are probably a bunch of new people eyeing the paid iCloud upgrade options and wondering whether or not to hand over their cash. So we thought it would be a useful to take a look at the other major cloud storage services out there, to see how they compare.

As none of them are trying to hide the filesystem in the way Apple does, they all essentially work in the same way: providing you with a virtual online drive that you treat just like a local folder. There are also OS X and iOS apps for each.

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Let’s start with the obvious: if you want something that is totally integrated into both OS X and iOS, and which Just Works, then iCloud is king.

Although the 5GB you get free doesn’t sound like a lot, you actually get more than this in practice – because Apple doesn’t count the space used by any of your iTunes purchases (apps, music, movies/TV shows or books), nor does it count the 1000 most recent photos you get to store in Photostream. If most of the content you want to store came from Apple, and all you want to do additionally is sync your contacts, calendar, notes and so on, the free storage is probably all you need.

iCloud is also a seamless way to store documents if you use Apple’s own iWork software: Pages, Numbers and Keynote. By opting to save documents on iCloud, they are automatically available to you from your Mac(s), iPad and iPhone – as well as on the web.

But if you have a lot of documents, you can pretty soon start bumping up against that 5GB limit. Which is where iCloud’s costs and limitations start to show up …  Read more

Want to increase the value of your iPhone? Chronic Unlocks offering 9to5Mac readers 20% discounts

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With the new iPhone 5s and 5c rolling in and many users wanting to upgrade to the new devices, it might be wise to increase the value of your phone by unlocking it. Chronic Unlocks, the go-to company for unlocking iPhones (and various Nokias, LGs, BlackBerrys and other smartphones), offers a quick, reliable, and low-cost unlocking service. Read more