December 28, 2015

Post to the community

 

“I have a Kindle and my mom was kind enough to buy me a book she knew I wanted on iTunes without discussing it. She didn’t know they’re not compatible. I don’t have anything to read an iBook on. Is it possible to remove the DRM? I tried apprenticealf’s tools for calibre and it didn’t help me at all.

It really is a bummer that when I do have a legally paid for ebook I can’t even read it…”  – From reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/ebooks/comments/1ljvi2/ibooks_and_drm_removal/)

This is where Digital Rights management (DRM) or put more plainly, copy-protection, becomes a buge nuisance. If you buy an iBook from iBook store, the ePub file contains DRM that keeps us from reading the eBook on anything but Apple devices and software. That clearly doesn’t work if I want to read the iBook with other software.

By searching iBook related topic on Google, I found the most one we are talking is that iBook DRM protection. It prevents us reading iBooks more convenient.  As an iBook lover, I also want to bypass the iBook DRM protection and read the iBooks everywhere, like Amazon Kindle, Nook Tablet or my Android phone.  Here I want to share my experience on how to decrypt the iBook DRM protection and convert iBook ePub files to other common eBook formats.

Firstly, we should remove the DRM from iBooks.  I chose TunesKit iBook Copy for Mac (http://www.tuneskit.com/ibook-copy-mac.html), which is a smart and unique iBook DRM removal tool in the market currently.  Now I’m a big fan of this powerful application. 

You should download and install this application on your Mac at first. This app only works with Mac OS X 10.8 or above and you need to install the newest iTunes version as well.  It will work with iTunes together to bypass the iBook DRM.

iBook drm removal for mac

Yes, the layout of this Mac app is clear, and it’s very easy to use.  Just add iBook ePub files to the program by clicking “Add Files” button or directly dragging and dropping the ePub files. Then start to strip iBook DRM protection by easily clicking “Convert” button.

Secondly, to read the ePub files on other eReaders or eReader software, I have to convert the ePub files to other formats, because the ePub format is not compatible with many devices like Kindle.   Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/) is a well-known eBook converter freeware on the network.

Calibre is the best e-Book manager & Converter tool for Mac, Windows and Linux.  It can convert e-books from format to format.  Calibre supports the input formats: CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT. The output formats: EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, SNB, TCR, TXT.

calibre freeware

Choose the OS X version for your Mac, then install it.

Launch the Calibre freeware on your Mac,  and Add TunesKit generated ePub files, then choose the eBook Converter panel on Calibre. Set output settings and choose the right format you want to convert to. Finally, click “OK” to start converting ePub files to other formats.

tutorial on how to convert ePub files

 

After the conversion done, you can transfer the DRM free iBook ePub files everywhere you want.

September 17, 2013

Barnes & Noble warns of potential Nook app incompatibilities with iOS 7

Less than a day until the launch of Apple’s iOS 7, Barnes and Noble has warned users of its Nook for iOS application of some potential incompatibilities with the new operating system. The potential issues can be seen in the copy of the email above. Barnes and Noble will prompt users when there is an update available to fix and address these issues. The company also warns that not all users will have incompatibility problems, and it is unclear which users will be the ones seeing the issues.

August 19, 2013

Barnes & Nobles releases ‘Nook Video’ app for iOS

Barnes & Noble announced today that it’s launching new apps on iOS (and Android and Roku) for its Nook Video service. The service offers a catalogue of HD movies and TV shows available to purchase or rent, and also lets users view their previously purchased Nook and UltraViolet-enabled movies and TV shows. The launch of the apps on new platforms comes following the company’s announcement in June that it was moving to cut its losses with its Nook tablet line and focus only on its e-readers.

NOOK Video delivers a growing and diverse catalog of favorite HD movies and TV shows from all the major studios, as well as many leading edge independent studios. Titles can be easily purchased or rented from the NOOK Store®with no subscription required. Customers can shop and add new releases, blockbuster movies, popular television shows, classics films and more to their NOOK Library, then instantly stream or download their purchases on NOOK tablet devices or through a NOOK Video App. Additionally, customers can easily shift their viewing experience across their connected devices by starting a movie or TV show on one device and then picking up exactly where they left off on another device linked to their account.

The free Nook Video app is available to download on iPhone and iPad now.

July 17, 2012

Nook goes web (and here’s how to read it on iOS)

Barnes & Noble is launching Nook for Web today—a browser-based version of its eBook platform to compliment its other native reader apps. While B&N claimed the new web reader works with any PC or Mac supported browser, it does not appear to be supported on iOS browsers by default. The native iOS Nook app might seem like a better option, however, as noted by TechCrunch, because the app still requires you to purchase books from the web. Fortunately, if you want the complete Nook web experience on your iOS device, there is a way to access it.

Using the Chrome iOS app, navigate to the Nook for Web reader (here). From the menu in Chrome, select “Request Desktop Site.” It is not an ideal solution, but it is definitely usable on the iPad. For a limited time, you will be able to get six of the platform’s best-selling books for free to celebrate the launch.

B&N’s full press release is below:

Barnes & Noble Introduces NOOK® for Web, Giving Readers Instant Access to NOOK Books™ from any Web Browser – No Sign-In, Download or NOOK Required

Get Started Today with Six FREE Bestsellers Available through July 26

New York, New York – July 17, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today introduced NOOK for Web, an innovative and free new browser experience that offers readers the ability to explore the hottest digital titles and bestselling books right from their computer – no sign-in, software download or NOOK account required to begin reading. With fast and easy access from any PC or Mac® browser, NOOK for Web seamlessly combines NOOK’s award-winning digital reading experience with access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive NOOK Store™. Now, anyone who loves to read can browse, sample and become instantly immersed in a NOOK-like reading environment from any browser, with support coming this fall for Internet-enabled tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.

Beginning today, Barnes & Noble is offering six bestselling NOOK Books in their entirety at no charge for readers to try NOOK’s award-winning digital reading experience online. With popular summer titles the entire family will enjoy, customers can visit www.nook.com/NOOKforWeb to browse the list of complimentary titles available, including Map of Bones by James Rollins, Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell, The Vow by Kim Carpenter, The Boxcar Children Summer Special by Gertrude Chandler Warner, Brave by Tennant Redbank and Perfect Island Getaways by Patricia Schultz, instantly read the sample, and then download the entire book for free on any browser now through July 26.

“NOOK for Web makes it easier than ever for anyone – from NOOK customers to those experiencing digital content for the first time – to access and read books online,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at Barnes & Noble. “There’s no need to download special software to access your digital library – NOOK for Web seamlessly combines Barnes & Noble’s best-in-class digital reading experience and unrivaled NOOK Store to deliver an immersive, easy-to-use solution for readers to consume millions of titles right from their Web browser.”

With NOOK for Web, it’s also now easier than ever for NOOK customers to read their NOOK Books virtually anytime, anywhere. The perfect complement to NOOK devices and free NOOK Reading Apps™, customers can simply go to www.mynook.com to pick back up from their last page read or start reading a new book using any Web browser.

NOOK for Web features the elegant, immersive digital reading experience millions of NOOK customers have come to know and love:

  • Enjoy free samples of the majority of NOOK Books and begin reading with just a click on the “Read Instantly” icon. There’s no need to sign in, create an account or download additional software in order to sample content. NOOK for Web supports all PC and Mac-supported Web browsers including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
  • Get lost in a great read with the realistic book-like layout, including clear page numbers at the bottom of each screen and an innovative slider allowing users to easily track the number of pages remaining in a chapter or quickly scroll to another section.
  • Customize the reading experience using the intuitive navigation bar. Choose between 8 fonts and 8 font sizes and a single or double page layout. Simply collapse the navigation bar once preferences are selected to reveal a clean, easy-to-read page.
  • Rate, review and share thoughts or recommend books via Twitter, Facebook or e-mail without even leaving the book.
  • Access more information about the book while reading, plus thousands of helpful editorial and customer reviews at your fingertips.
  • Learn what to read next with personalized recommendations from Barnes & Noble’s expert booksellers – from must-read new releases to up-and-coming authors – all in the customizable Shop window.
  • Shop from the ever-expanding NOOK Store, buy NOOK Books in seconds (the majority for $9.99 or less), and select purchases right from your personal NOOK Library™ to open and begin reading from any Web browser.

Through Barnes & Noble’s free, stable and secure NOOK Cloud™ service, NOOK for Web now gives existing NOOK customers even more flexibility to Read What You Love, Anywhere You Like™ with seamless account integration and synchronization. Customers can read any book from their personal NOOK Library by signing in using a valid NOOK account. Sync the last page read from a NOOK tablet or Reader, multitude of computing and mobile devices with free NOOK Reading Apps and NOOK for Web, and keep reading virtually anytime, anywhere – all without losing the page. And customers can send free NOOK Book samples directly to an existing NOOK Library to automatically access new content on the go from any NOOK device or one with free NOOK Reading Apps.

NOOK for Web is now available at www.nook.com/NOOKforWeb with no download required. Simply browse for books in the NOOK Book Store and look for the “Read Instantly” icon to begin reading any book.

April 30, 2012

Barnes and Noble and Microsoft ‘Nook up’ for digital joint venture

This is big news: Until now, Barnes and Noble was at odds (lawsuits) with Microsoft over its Android-based Nook software. Today, the two companies announced a Digital Joint Venture. While the press release does not say so specifically, it would appear that Barnes and Noble might abandon Android as its future eReader OS. Moreover, this would seem to put the previous patent litigation behind the two companies.

Barnes and Noble announced its intentions to spin off its digital arm in January.

BKS doubled in pre-market trading:

The press release follows:

December 21, 2011

Tablet display shoot-out: iPad 2 vs. Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet

Who has the most spectacular tablet display: Amazon, Apple or Barnes & Noble? That’s what Dr. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation of Amherst, N.H., set out to find out in his IPS tablet display technology shoot-out where he pitted Apple’s iPad 2 tablet against Amazon’s Kindle Fire device and Barnes & Noble’s Nook […]

November 7, 2011

Barnes and Noble announced their Nook Tablet today, a successor to their now $199 Nook Color.  The $249 dual core tablet is aimed squarely at the $199 Kindle Fire but has 10GB more (16GB total) storage and the ability to add up to 32GB via micro SD card.  It also has a superior screen to the Kindle and the popular Hulu Plus and of course Neflix for watching videos.  The app library is a much smaller  subset of the Android market, however it is curated much better so only quality apps are allowed in.

Although we hear it a lot, the Nook Tablet or the Kindle Fire aren’t really competitors to the iPad.  Realistically, if you have a budget for a $500-$830 iPad, you aren’t considering a $200 alternative … and vice versa.  Sure all are “tablets” but it is like comparing a netbook to a MacBook Pro.

If anything, these cheap 7-inch tablets are competition for the $188 iPod touch (though with increased portability, superior app and content ecosystem and cameras -that too is a stretch).  Price, being one of the biggest purchase considerations, puts these things more in line with the lower priced iPods.  For people who want a bigger screen and don’t consider the many other advantages to being in the Apple ecosystem a plus, these might make sense.

If you had a choice between the two, would you choose a $199/$249 Nook or a $199 Kindle Fire?

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July 25, 2011

new screenshot left, old screenshot with Kindle Store link (right)

It looks like not only is the WSJ and the Kobo App store relenting to Apple, but so is Amazon.  In the latest release, they’ve pulled out the link to the Kindle Store.  The remaining holdout?  Google.

Update: Nook got the same treatment which render the current screenshots outdated.:

You can read any NOOK Book you have purchased on this updated NOOK for iPhone app, however the Shop link has been removed so to buy NOOK Books from your iPhone, open your Safari browser and go to nookbooks.com. 

There are some other updates for the Kindle App release notes accompanying the Kindle update (iTunes): expand full story

June 2, 2011

Barnes & Noble’s all-new Nook e-reader is now shipping. The company announced via a press release yesterday that the new Nooks have been shipped to those who pre-ordered them. New orders placed via their website will ship immediately, in time for Father’s Day. The device will also be in stock at Barnes & Noble locations. The e-reader features a six-inch display with the latest E-Ink Pearl display technology that responds to touch input. It also surprises with other noteworthy goodies…

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May 27, 2010

Bookseller Barnes and Noble have introduces the Nook app for the iPad, the bookseller

February 24

AAPL: 136.66

0.13

Apple’s AirPods come in just one color, but it was only a matter of time before ColorWare provided a colorful alternative to the all white earbuds. As we noted earlier this week, ColorWare is now accepting orders for Apple Airpods in a variety of solid or metallic colors in a matte or glossy finish.

Jonathan Morrison of TLD already got his mitts on ColorWare’s handy work, and he went for one of the most logical choices — a glossy black finish that closely resembles the Jet Black iPhone 7. expand full story

November 21, 2016

AAPL: 111.73

1.67

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi from $275, ASUS 802.11ac Router $59, Twelve South Apple Watch Dock $25, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Jaybird’s latest X3 In-Ear Wireless Headphones drop to $100 shipped ahead of Black Friday (Reg. $130)

Best Buy is offering $125 off iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi as it gears up for the holiday shopping season: 32GB $275, more

Apple is getting rid of its Airport Extreme, get a better router for $59 shipped

Your Apple Watch would love to charge on Twelve South’s Aluminum HiRise Dock: $25 Prime shipped (Reg. $40+)

Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar is being discounted by up to $200 (tax in NY only)

Best of Black Friday – Apple: iPad Pro 9.7-inch from $449, Apple Watch Series 1 $198, iPhone 7/Plus w/ $250 GC, more

Best of Black Friday 2016 – TVs: Samsung 50″ 4K Smart $398, Toshiba 49″ 4K w/ Chromecast $200, more

Best of Black Friday 2016 – Gaming: PS4/Xbox One console bundles + $75 GC or add-ons, New Releases from $25, more

Black Friday 2016:

Amazon’s month long Black Friday event starts today, get a sneak peek at some of the best upcoming deals

Best Buy Black Friday 2016: Apple Watch Series 1 $219, iPad Air 2 $275, iTunes GC, 49-inch 4K UHDTV w/ Chromecast $200more

Walmart’s Black Friday 2016 Ad: iPhone 7 + $250 GC, iPad Mini 2 32GB $199, 55-inch 4K UHDTV $298, much more

Target Black Friday 2016: iPad Pro $150 off, iPhone 7 + $250 GC, Xbox One + $40 GC, iTunes, Beats headphones, much more

Amazon launches its Black Friday Store with new deals every five minutes + gift guides to make shopping easier

eBay Black Friday Sneak Peek: iPad Pro $150 off, iMac 5K $400 offmore

Deus Ex Go hits all-time low $1 (Reg. $5)

App Store Free App of the Week: Tayasui Pro realistic painting and sketching (Reg. $5)

Call of Duty iOS sale: Strike Team, Zombies & Black Ops Zombies down to $2 each

Review: DJI’s OSMO+ makes your videos look beautiful with professional-grade stabilization [Video]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Reduce your monthly internet bill: buy this Linksys DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem for $20 Prime shipped and stop renting!

  • Amazon kicks off its Kindle E-reader Black Friday promotion with prices starting at $50
  • Games/Apps: Black Friday pricing on Xbox One S bundles + free game, iOS freebies, more
  • These smart light switches can be controlled with Alexa: TP-LINK $30 or GE w/ Dimmer $33
  • Logitech’s Circle Wireless 1080p Security Camera is on sale for $130 shipped (Reg. $200)
  • Roku’s latest Streaming Stick hits its Black Friday price of $35 Prime shipped
  • Seagate Backup Plus 8TB External Hard Drive w/ built-in USB 3.0 Hub: $180
  • Add big sound to your HDTV w/ this Samsung 37-inch 2.1-ch 120W Bluetooth Soundbar for $83
  • Huawei Smart Watches for Android and iPhone: Stainless Steel w/ Leather Strap $200, more
  • LG G5 Smartphone w/ 32GB GSM 4G LTE (factory unlocked): $400 shipped (Orig. $650)
  • Fitbit Fitness Watch (open-box) $90, Toshiba 55-inch 4K UHDTV w/ Chromecast $400, more
  • Gift Cards up to 20% off: Toys R Us, Lowe’s, GameStop, Cabela’s, AMC, more
  • Office Supplies: 12-Pack Paper Mate Felt Tip Pens $6, 12-Pack Sharpie Pens $10more

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Bose early Black Friday deals: SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones $229, CineMate Home Theater $349, more

Embrace our wireless future! Sony’s Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones are down to $88 shipped (Reg. $200)

No need to wait, the HomeKit-enabled Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat w/ Sensor just hit Black Friday pricing: $200 (Reg. $249)

November 18, 2016

AAPL: 110.06

0.11

9to5Toys Last Call: Bose Early Black Friday Deals, ecobee3 HomeKit Smart Thermostat $200, Amazon Prime $79, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Review: DJI’s OSMO+ makes your videos look beautiful with professional-grade stabilization [Video]

Best of Black Friday 2016 – Gaming: PS4/Xbox One console bundles + $75 GC or add-ons, New Releases from $25, more

Bose early Black Friday deals: SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones $229, CineMate Home Theater $349, more

No need to wait, the HomeKit-enabled Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat w/ Sensor just hit Black Friday pricing: $200 (Reg. $249)

Today only, Amazon is discounting one-year Prime memberships down to $79 (Reg. $99)

Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar is being discounted by up to $200 (tax in NY only)

Best Buy’s Beat the Rush Sale brings early Black Friday prices on HDTVs, Mac accessories, home goods and more

Best of Black Friday 2016 – TVs: Samsung 50″ 4K Smart $398, Toshiba 49″ 4K w/ Chromecast $200, more

Black Friday 2016:

Amazon’s month long Black Friday event starts today, get a sneak peek at some of the best upcoming deals

Best Buy Black Friday 2016: Apple Watch Series 1 $219, iPad Air 2 $275, iTunes GC, 49-inch 4K UHDTV w/ Chromecast $200more

Walmart’s Black Friday 2016 Ad: iPhone 7 + $250 GC, iPad Mini 2 32GB $199, 55-inch 4K UHDTV $298, much more

Target Black Friday 2016: iPad Pro $150 off, iPhone 7 + $250 GC, Xbox One + $40 GC, iTunes, Beats headphones, much more

Amazon launches its Black Friday Store with new deals every five minutes + gift guides to make shopping easier

eBay Black Friday Sneak Peek: iPad Pro $150 off, iMac 5K $400 offmore

Deus Ex Go hits all-time low $1 (Reg. $5)

App Store Free App of the Week: Tayasui Pro realistic painting and sketching (Reg. $5)

Call of Duty iOS sale: Strike Team, Zombies & Black Ops Zombies down to $2 each

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Daily Deals: Apple TV 3rd Generation (Refurb) $40, Vornado Whole Room Vortex Heater $42, more

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Embrace our wireless future! Sony’s Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones are down to $88 shipped (Reg. $200)

Score a new pair of headphones before your holiday travels: Harman Kardon SoHo $40

iTunes Gift Cards 15% off: $50 for $42.50 + up to 20% off cards from Barnes & Noble, Cabela’s and many more

VIZIO 40-inch SmartCast Sound Bar w/ Slim Wireless Subwoofer: $248 shipped (Reg. $330, all-time low)

You can never have too many Lightning Cables, pick up this ZeroLemon MFi 10-footer for $6 Prime shipped

November 17, 2016

AAPL: 109.95

-0.04

9to5Toys Last Call: New MacBook Pro $200 off, Best Buy Pre-Black Friday Sale, Sony Bluetooth Headphones $88, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week: Tayasui Pro realistic painting and sketching (Reg. $5)

  • Sony’s 7.2-ch 4K A/V Receiver is a #1 best seller at Amazon, on sale for $198
  • Pre-Black Friday Magazine sale: ESPN $3.75/yr & Architectural Digest $4
  • LEGO Architecture’s latest Skyline additions include Chicago, London and Sydney
  • Lenovo 22″ 1080P IPS no-glare/bezel display w/HDMI/VGA inputs: $80
  • JCPenney offers 40% off Nintendo & gaming apparel
  • Panasonic’s best-selling Nose Ear Hair Trimmer is back down to $10
  • Green Deals: GreenWorks 40V G-MAX 20-inch Electric Snow Thrower $232
  • The best selling Hoover WindTunnel Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is down to $79
  • This West Bend Electric Can Opener can sharpen knives and open bottles for $21
  • Save on Work Boots in today’s Gold Box at Amazon: Caterpillar boot for $55, more

Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar is being discounted by up to $200 (tax in NY only)

Best Buy’s Beat the Rush Sale brings early Black Friday prices on HDTVs, Mac accessories, home goods and more

Embrace our wireless future! Sony’s Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones are down to $88 shipped (Reg. $200)

Score a new pair of headphones before your holiday travels: Harman Kardon SoHo $40

You can never have too many Lightning Cables, pick up this ZeroLemon MFi 10-footer for $6 Prime shipped

iTunes Gift Cards 15% off: $50 for $42.50 + up to 20% cards from Barnes & Noble, Cabela’s and many more

Amazon is discounting one-year Prime memberships down to $79 this Friday (Reg. $99)

Black Friday 2016:

Amazon’s month long Black Friday event starts today, get a sneak peek at some of the best upcoming deals

Best Buy Black Friday 2016: Apple Watch Series 1 $219, iPad Air 2 $275, iTunes GC, 49-inch 4K UHDTV w/ Chromecast $200more

Walmart’s Black Friday 2016 Ad: iPhone 7 + $250 GC, iPad Mini 2 32GB $199, 55-inch 4K UHDTV $298, much more

Target Black Friday 2016: iPad Pro $150 off, iPhone 7 + $250 GC, Xbox One + $40 GC, iTunes, Beats headphones, much more

Amazon launches its Black Friday Store with new deals every five minutes + gift guides to make shopping easier

eBay Black Friday Sneak Peek: iPad Pro $150 off, iMac 5K $400 offmore

Dell Cyber Monday 2016: PlayStation 4 Bundle w/ two games + $25 GC $280, VIZIO 50-inch 4K UHDTV $400, more

GameStop Black Friday Ad: PS4 bundle + extra game $250, Deus Ex Mankind $30more

Staples just posted its Black Friday 2016 Ad: Amazon Echo Dot $40, Chromecast $25, much more

Macy’s Black Friday 2016: Fitbit Alta Activity Tracker $100more

T-Mobile Black Friday 2016: UE BOOM 2 $130more

Deus Ex Go hits all-time low $1 (Reg. $5)

App Store Free App of the Week: Perchang just went free for the very first time (Reg. $2)

Call of Duty iOS sale: Strike Team, Zombies & Black Ops Zombies down to $2 each

The best messenger bags, cases and sleeves for the new MacBook Pro

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

VIZIO 40-inch SmartCast Sound Bar w/ Slim Wireless Subwoofer: $248 shipped (Reg. $330, all-time low)

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Apple Watch users will appreciate this aluminum dock + MFi charging puck for $31 Prime shipped

Supercharge your home’s Wi-Fi & enjoy foolproof Time Machine backups w/ Apple’s 2TB Time Capsule: $199 (Reg. $299)

Extend the life of your MacBook Air/Pro by upgrading its SSD, Transcend 240GB kits now $135

November 16, 2016

AAPL: 109.99

2.88

9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech Harmony Smart Control $70, Deus Ex Go $1, 10-ft. MFi Lightning Cable $6, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Add two NETGEAR Arlo 1080p HD Security Cameras with free 7-day cloud storage to your home for $280 shipped (Reg. $350)

Daily Deals: Logitech Harmony Smart Control $70, Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker (Refurb) $130, more

Games/Apps: Deus Ex Go $1, PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console $370, iOS freebies, more

You can never have too many Lightning Cables, pick up this ZeroLemon MFi 10-footer for $6 Prime shipped

iTunes Gift Cards 15% off: $50 for $42.50 + up to 20% cards from Barnes & Noble, Cabela’s and many more

Amazon is discounting one-year Prime memberships down to $79 this Friday (Reg. $99)

Black Friday 2016:

Amazon’s month long Black Friday event starts today, get a sneak peek at some of the best upcoming deals

Best Buy Black Friday 2016: Apple Watch Series 1 $219, iPad Air 2 $275, iTunes GC, 49-inch 4K UHDTV w/ Chromecast $200more

Walmart’s Black Friday 2016 Ad: iPhone 7 + $250 GC, iPad Mini 2 32GB $199, 55-inch 4K UHDTV $298, much more

Target Black Friday 2016: iPad Pro $150 off, iPhone 7 + $250 GC, Xbox One + $40 GC, iTunes, Beats headphones, much more

Amazon launches its Black Friday Store with new deals every five minutes + gift guides to make shopping easier

Dell Cyber Monday 2016: PlayStation 4 Bundle w/ two games + $25 GC $280, VIZIO 50-inch 4K UHDTV $400, more

GameStop Black Friday Ad: PS4 bundle + extra game $250, Deus Ex Mankind $30more

Staples just posted its Black Friday 2016 Ad: Amazon Echo Dot $40, Chromecast $25, much more

App Store Free App of the Week: Perchang just went free for the very first time (Reg. $2)

Call of Duty iOS sale: Strike Team, Zombies & Black Ops Zombies down to $2 each

The best messenger bags, cases and sleeves for the new MacBook Pro

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Smartphone Accessories: Aukey 54W QC 2.0 5-Port USB Charger + 3-pack USB-C Cables $23 Prime shipped ($12 off), more

  • Headphone Deals: V-Moda Crossfade $80 or Harman Kardon SoHo $40
  • The newly introduced Nook Tablet 7 is available for pre-order: $50 shipped
  • Breaking Bad Complete Series Blu-ray sets: Special Edition $99 + more
  • 40% or more off Men’s Casio Pro Trek Watches: Solar Digital Quartz $87, more
  • Save $25 off $100 on Dewalt, Bosch and Makita tools: 2-piece Combo Kit $165, more

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Apple Watch users will appreciate this aluminum dock + MFi charging puck for $31 Prime shipped

Supercharge your home’s Wi-Fi & enjoy foolproof Time Machine backups w/ Apple’s 2TB Time Capsule: $199 (Reg. $299)

Extend the life of your MacBook Air/Pro by upgrading its SSD, Transcend 240GB kits now $135

August 13, 2016

AAPL: 108.18

0.25

When it comes to multi-room audio solutions, Sonos is about as ubiquitous as it gets, but German audio manufacturer Raumfeld is looking to get into the action with its own set of wireless speakers.

Its 120-watt One M Wireless Speaker (Amazon) has been sitting on my desk for the last few weeks, and like Sonos, it brings easy-to-configure wireless audio streaming to any room in the house. Raumfeld sent me two speaker setups to test, the aforementioned single speaker One M, and the Stereo Cubes — an option that delivers a wider sound stage.

I’m still putting the Stereo Cubes to the test, but have used the One M for long enough that I feel comfortable speaking about its pluses and minuses. If you subscribe to one of the unit’s supported streaming services, and are aware of its shortcomings, then the One M can be an excellent pick. expand full story

December 28, 2015

AAPL: 108.03

-0.58

Ever since I upgraded from an 11″ MacBook Air to a 13″ Retina MacBook Pro, I’ve been hunting for the perfect hybrid computer and camera bag — a compact backpack that could hold my laptop, DSLR, lenses, and accessories at the same time. Six months ago, I covered several MacBook/camera bags from Incase, including the DSLR Sling Pack I’ve loved for years, and larger “Pro” options for bigger laptops. Each hybrid bag makes different compromises: for my needs, the Sling Pack’s too small, and the Pro bags are too large. But users of 11″ MacBooks might find the Sling Pack “just right.”

Seeing potential in a new alternative, I jumped at the opportunity to test Booq’s upcoming Slimpack ($195), a MacBook-sized evolution of its earlier iPad/DSLR backpack $145 Python Slimpack. Booq makes excellent bags, but apart from offering a multipurpose camera/headphone compartment in Boa Flow, it hasn’t taken a deep dive into the camera-laptop hybrid category. While the new Slimpack’s laptop compartment is just a hint too small for the 13″ MacBook Pro and iPad Pro I’m currently using, it’s right-sized for 12″ or smaller MacBooks, as well as 10″ or smaller tablets, any of which can be paired with a full-sized DSLR, three or four lenses, and accessories. Bundled with a rain shield and Booq’s standard Terralinq loss recovery protection system, it’s a very nice bag, and one I would certainly use if I switch to a 12″ MacBook next year…

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November 6, 2015

AAPL: 121.06

0.14

The Apple TV has been available for a week now and the tvOS App Store is estimated to include over 1,000 apps, with more coming online every day. There’s a pretty good selection of titles, with a heavy focus on gaming. Developers are still figuring out how to use the touchpad Siri Remote in interesting and new ways but the initial launch is promising for sure. We’ve rounded up our favourite apps and games for the new Apple TV so far …

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August 11, 2015

AAPL: 119.72

4.20

I love the Apple ecosystem. It’s not perfect, and the gap between it and the Google alternative isn’t as great as it used to be, but to my mind it’s still by far the best solution for anyone looking to have all their data and content available across both desktop and mobile devices.

But there’s one notable gap in my own use of the Apple system: books. Despite the fact that my iPad is my primary ebook reader, I still use the Kindle app and buy my books from Amazon rather than Apple …  expand full story

July 29, 2015

I’m not entirely sure why I’ve been rooting for iOS 9’s upcoming Apple News app to succeed. I’ve been a dedicated Reeder user since it debuted in the App Store, quickly dumped alternatives such as Flipboard and Pulse, and don’t need to change my daily news reading routine. But ever since Apple launched Newsstand in 2011, I’ve been waiting for a truly next-generation iOS news reading experience. Apple hasn’t just missed the boat on this; it actually sank the ship it launched, and lost a lot of talented sailors to rival companies that were developing digital book and magazine apps.

Having paid for Newsstand digital magazine subscriptions, I (like many people) was beyond disappointed when Apple abandoned Newsstand and the publishers who supported it. Newsstand was a great first step, and had the potential to become much better. Today, it seems obvious that Apple was hoping to coax Newsstand publishers over to its new app Apple News, but after testing iOS 9, I don’t think News is ready to replace Newsstand. Moreover, unless something major changes over the next few months, I’d be very surprised to see News succeed where Newsstand failed.

Whether it’s Apple or someone else (say, Amazon’s Kindle division), I’d like to see a bold company take the next big step and unify published content — at least traditional newspapers and magazines, and probably also traditional books and Internet-based publications — into a single Reading app with the best features of News, Newsstand, and iBooks. Below, I’ll explain why this would be a great next move for publishers, consumers, and Apple itself…

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