April 2, 2013
March 30, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook in high school: Most studious, plaid pants, War Eagle (Gallery)
Tim Cook attended the same high school as my mother, and she spoke highly of him. These are pictures from the 1975 and 1976 yearbooks from Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, AL. She passed away in February 2011, but was following his success in Apple, and was quite proud (she was two years older). She served as editor of the yearbook her senior year, and he was part of the yearbook staff. Also, while in high school, he worked for my grandfather’s independent pharmacy in town. He passed it down to my mother, and I am currently working there now. I hope you guys enjoy these old pictures, I thought it was cool to see someone so successful back in the day! Auburn fans, notice the “War Eagle” on the last page!
[re: Your/You’re] Haha yes, he sure did! He was a tenth grader at the time, so I guess we can let him slide. And yes, we are from a small town in south Alabama, and he is our claim to fame, I guess. His parents still do business at our drug store, and my uncle actually saw him in Starbucks during the holidays and introduced himself. I was jealous! :)
March 29, 2013
The deal of the day at 9to5Toys.com today is Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac for $100. That’s half off and the lowest price we’ve seen (and $21 off Amazon’s price). Dragon uses the same Nuance recognition that Apple uses in Mountain Lion but adds all kinds of extras as you can see in the video above. expand full story
March 28, 2013
Apple is slowly rolling out a new customer service initiative across its retail stores called ‘table selling.’ With the new strategy, Apple Store employees are assigned a product table where they are responsible for working with groups of customers with different needs, albeit the same device, according to people familiar with the strategy. Previously, customers were individually helped on a first-come, first-serve basis and organized by an “iQueue” system that often resulted in lengthy wait times and customers walking out.
MacConnection quietly updated their price on the 13-inch Retina MAcBook Pro to $1299 with free shipping last night. That’s $200 off Apple’s price and the lowest we’ve ever seen for a Retina Display MacBook Pro. This is the base model with 2.5GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD.
March 27, 2013
March 25, 2013
Free Mac App bundle: Grappler, MacCleanse, Data Guardian, Video Rotate, PhotoBatch, more
MacUpdate is offering 9 solid Mac Apps valued at $131 for free. Normally, I’d throw in a “you get what you pay for” clause in here but there are some seriously useful tools on offer. Grappler is fantastic for pulling audio off the web. Backblaze for 3 months is way better than their normal 15 day free trial. Video Rotate, and SnapNDrag always helpful for correcting iPhone videos as are Color Strokes, LightFrame and PhotoBatch for images. Others here are great utilities (especially MacCleanse and Data Guardian).
Don’t forget there are 2 days left on MacUpdate’s Parallels 8/DevonTHINK 10 app bundle as well. Details below or at MacUpdate:
You can now buy an iPad Mini from the Apple Store for $299 (refurb)
Apple started selling refurbished iPad Minis at the Apple Store a few weeks ago but only offered more high end versions. Today, they’ve unleashed the floodgates and you can now buy base models for $299. Currently black is available for $299.
Apple refurbished items are often indistinguishable from new items and ome with the same 1 year AppleCare protection.
March 22, 2013
Ending tomorrow from 9to5Toys.com:
iTunes gift cards are good for all music, movies, books, iOS and Mac apps and everything else Apple sells in its iTunes and App Stores. Getting a big discount on an iTunes card saves you on purchases you are going to make in the future.
Best Buy offers the $100 iTunes gift card for $80 with free shipping or in-store pickup. Ends tomorrow.
Target offers 15% off in store or online using promotion code TGFHJVZ8 at checkout on all denominations. This offer also expires 3/23/2013 at 11:59pm ET.
Don’t forget to Bookmark the DailyDeals aggregator page for the best daily deals from over 35 US retailers in under a minute.
March 20, 2013
Ending: Two great Mac Bundles headlined by Parallels 8 and Roxio Toast 11 for $50/ea
Bundle Season at 9to5Toys.com is coming to an end:
Ending in a few hours:MacUpdate’s Parallels Desktop 8 bundle which effectively knocks $30 off the price of Parallels 8 and then hooks you up with DEVONthink Pro and 8additional Mac applications for free (normally $618). A free demo is also available.
– Parallels Desktop 8 ($79.99) – Run Windows/Linux/Chrome on your Mac. – DEVONthink Pro ($79.95) – Info manager. – Prizmo ($49.95) – OCR Scanner for editing printed documents – MacUpdate Desktop ($10.00) – Software update utility – MotionComposer ($149.00) – Design animated and interactive Web content. – 1000 OpenType fonts Collection ($99.00) – OpenType Fonts. – iStat Menus ($16.00) – Monitor your Mac from the menubar. – PhotoStyler 6 ($29.99) – Stylize your photos with filters, presets, more. – DiskAid 6 ($29.90) – File transfer tool for iOS devices. – Mac Internet Security 2013 ($29.99) – Malware/anti-virus utility.
Also ending this week, Stacksocial has their Spring 2013 Bundle which is headlined by the normally $100 Roxio Toast Pro 11 media creation software for $49.99 but also includes nine other great apps valued at over $390 below:
Hook up Your Mac With 10 Elite Mac Apps!
The bundle includes 10 HIGH-QUALITY Mac apps valued at over $390 for an EXCLUSIVE price of $50!
This all-inclusive bundle has just about something for everyone.
The Mac Apps Include:
- Roxio Toast 11 (
$100) – Titanium makes it easier than ever to capture, burn, convert, copy and share digital media.
- Set for iWork (
$69) – Over 1100 unique designs for Pages, 100 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 50 first-class slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1300 images for illustrating your content. All templates are available in the US and international paper sizes.
- LaunchBar (
$35) – Get instant access to applications, documents, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, media libraries, search engines and so much more – just by typing short abbreviations.
- TasksBox (
$25) – TasksBox is a simple and beautiful task manager that helps you to easily manage your daily tasks so that you can spend more time on what you love.
- Animationist (
$30) – Create perfect title art animations for your YouTube videos, iMovie or Final Cut projects, showcase videos and even TV broadcasts.
- iFinance (
$30) – Start recording your income and expenses right now, be it a coffee during lunch break or a brand new car – finally, you’ll get a clear overview of what exactly you spend your money on.
- Habits (
$20) – Habits is based on the scientifically proven principle that it takes a continuous chain or repetition of an activity to create a new habit, make a habit out of a resolution or replace an existing habit with a new one.
- MainMenu Pro ($
10) – Run daily, weekly and monthly maintenance scripts to keep your Mac strong.
- Corel Paint it! (
$40) – This photo painting software includes multiple painting styles, brushes and realistic effects that let you add a personal touch to any creative project.
- Stationery Pack 2 (
$25) – Turn your favorite photos into greeting cards and send them with Mail.
Plus a BONUS App if You Buy Right Now!
That’s right, if you buy this bundle RIGHT NOW, you’ll also get Trickster as an added bonus!
$10) – Trickster is the ultimate productivity booster for you.
This bundle has been hand-picked to ensure that quality apps make it onto your desktop. There’s no better opportunity to start enhancing your Mac that with this Spring 2013 Bundle.
March 18, 2013
Free Money: Get an $100 iTunes gift card for $80 at Best Buy, 15% off all denominations at Target
Best Buy continues to offer the $100 iTunes gift card for $80 with free shipping or in-store pickup.
Today however, Target jumps in with 15% off in store or online using promotion code TGFHJVZ8 at checkout on all denominations. Offer expires 3/23/2013 at 11:59pm ET. Pad your order to $70 or more to avoid shipping or take the below coupon into your nearest location.
iTunes gift cards are good for music, videos, movies, iBooks, Mac and iOS Apps and much more.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins says iPhone is old news
The CEO of BlackBerry, whose market cap is around $7.7 billion at the time of this writing, had some nice words and some harsh words for the folks doing the innovating over at Apple. According to the Australian Financial Review, Thorsten Heins doesn’t think Apple has done much in the way of innovation since its original and revolutionary iPhone touch-design in 2007.
“Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market … They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that,” Mr Heins said.
“History repeats itself again I guess … the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old.”
Mr Heins said one area that the new BlackBerry phones had surpassed the iPhone was in the ability to multi-task – running multiple apps at once – meaning that users could work in the same fashion on their smartphone as they liked to on a laptop.
Along with Samsung, other phone makers, like HTC and Nokia have also impressed industry watchers with the quality of their top-end smartphones, leading to questions about whether Apple needs to speed up its release cycle of new iPhones.
“The point is that you can never stand still. It is true for us as well. Launching BB10 just put us on the starting grid of the wider mobile computing grand prix, and now we need to win it,” Mr Heins said.
BlackBerry’s market share has collapsed in recent years and its hopes of survival are now pinned on the new BlackBerry 10 devices. With the $7.7 billion market valuation (much less than Apple’s quarterly profits), it doesn’t seem like investors are putting much faith in the new OS’s key differentiators that include multi-tasking of up to eight apps, BlackBerry Enterprise Server integration, and BlackBerry Messaging.
Reviews of the new BB10 phones have mostly been even-keeled to favorable, but most reviewers wonder if there is enough in the phones to turn the tide. With the new BB OS, IT integrators will face the question of whether to jump to the new OS or use one of the market leaders like iOS or Android.
As for tablets, Heins is taking a more measured approach by noting Apple’s iPad owns the space.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs told an analyst conference call that he viewed RIM [Blackberry] to be in Apple’s ‘rearview mirror’ in 2010.
March 17, 2013
March 16, 2013
We have some exciting 9to5Toys.com announcements for our US readers today.
1. We’ve teamed up with Stack Social to launch Specials.9to5toys.com which will feature new software and hardware specials for Apple ecosystem folks every day. Some examples:
- The $49.99 Spring 2013 Mac Bundle (including
- The Name Your Own Price Indie Gamer Bundle
- Amazing Photo Editing w/ PhotoDirector 4 Ultra
- BodyGuardz Bumps w/ Mic + Free Shipping
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3. To celebrate the launch, we’re teaming up with AT&T to offer 3 of new $99 OtterBox Armor Series iPhone 5 cases in White, Black and Gray. We will award one on each of the three major social platforms: FACEBOOK, TWITTER and GOOGLE+. Just Follow/Like/Circle 9to5Toys (if you haven’t already) and Tweet/Like/+1 this post to enter. We’ll pick winners on Monday.
Speaking of contests, our $49.99 Parallels 8 Bundle (expires this weekend, details below) winners were picked; congrats to Robert, Tyler and TK! expand full story
March 15, 2013
Video comparison between the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4
This is a nice overview of the features from PhoneArena. I’m pretty sure a 5-inch display is going to be a non-starter for many people.
March 13, 2013
March 12, 2013
Contest: 3 chances to win a Parallels 8 Desktop bundle from 9to5Mac and MacUpdate
MacUpdate’s offers its Parallels Desktop 8 March bundle which effectively knocks $30 off the price of Parallels 8 and then hooks you up with 9 additional Mac applications for free (normally $618). A free demo is also available as well.
– Parallels Desktop 8 ($79.99) – Run Windows/Linux/Chrome on your Mac. – DEVONthink Pro ($79.95) – Info manager. – Prizmo ($49.95) – OCR Scanner for editing printed documents – MacUpdate Desktop ($10.00) – Software update utility – MotionComposer ($149.00) – Design animated and interactive Web content. – 1000 OpenType fonts Collection ($99.00) – OpenType Fonts. – iStat Menus ($16.00) – Monitor your Mac from the menubar. – PhotoStyler 6 ($29.99) – Stylize your photos with filters, presets, more. – DiskAid 6 ($29.90) – Flexible file transfer tool for iOS. – Mac Internet Security 2013 ($29.99) – Macware and anti-virus utility.
We’ve secured three copies of the MacUpdate bundle for our readers and will award one on each of the three major social platforms: FACEBOOK, TWITTER and GOOGLE+. Just Follow/Like/Circle 9to5Mac (if you haven’t already) and Tweet/comment this post to enter. We’ll pick a winner as the deal expires next week.
USB 3 ports? This new Satechi hub has 10 and enough amps to charge an iPad
This new 10 port USB 3 adapter seems like the last USB adapter you’d ever need. I usually have between four to eight devices plugged into my monitor, keyboards, and Macs in a big mess. This thing divides it into three separate banks, puts it out of the way, and includes a 2.1A iPad charging port.
March 6, 2013
It’s Bundle Season at 9to5Toys.com again where there are currently 4 solid bundles happening simultaneously:
First up, we have MacUpdate’s Parallels Desktop 8 bundle which effectively knocks $30 off the price of Parallels 8 and then hooks you up with 9 additional Mac applications for free (normally $618). A free demo is also available.
Not to be outdone, MacLegion/Stacksocial has their Spring 2013 Bundle which is headlined by the normally $100 Roxio Toast Pro 11 media creation software for $49.99 but also includes nine other great apps valued at over $390 below:
Don’t forget the $45 Lifehacker bundle is still happening as well as the $50 ‘PickaBundle’ which allows you to choose 10 of 25 quality apps including a Mac Blu-ray player. expand full story