4K TV Stories February 23, 2016

9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ MacBook Air $800, Apple Watch/iPhone Dock $23, Civ Beyond Earth Mac bundle $27, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Buy an unlocked 128GB iPhone 6 Plus for $99 less than a 64GB model: $650 shipped (Orig. $949)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (newest version): $800 shipped (Reg. $999)

Apple 11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (newest version): $720 shipped (Reg. $899)

Show off and charge your Apple Watch + iPhone w/ this aluminum dock for just $23 Prime shipped (Reg. $39), more

Get 55% off ‘Civilization: Beyond Earth Collection’ for Mac (Steam code): $27 ($80+ value)

Review: Audioengine turns it up to 11 with its newest Bluetooth HD6 powered speakers

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Networking: D-Link Powerline Starter Kit $40 (Reg. $60), TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug $20, more

Media – 12 classic Pixar films in HD for $15 ea, Mad Max: Fury Road & The Martian $10 ea, more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Seiki 42-inch 4K Ultra HD LED HDTV for $299.99 with free shipping (Reg. $400)

Seiki 39-inch 4K 120Hz LED UHDTV w/ 3 HDMI inputs: $300 shipped (Orig. $700)

Samsung 55-inch Smart 4K UHDTV w/ 3 HDMI inputs: $700 (Reg. $900+), more

Ringke iPhone 6s/Plus cases (multiple colors/styles) from $3 shipped (Reg. up to $15), more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Faraday’s latest eBikes hit Kickstarter with a minimalist step-through design and iOS connectivity

4K TV Stories February 18, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Office 365 free w/ iPad purchase, VIZIO 50″ 4K $698, Audio-Technica M50x $130, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

Microsoft Office 365 Personal ($70 value) FREE w/computer/iPad/tablet purchase including this $50 Android at Best Buy

VIZIO 50-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Full-Array LED Smart TV $698 shipped (Reg. $1,000)

Amazon Gold Box: Audio-Technica M50x Headphones $129 shipped (orig. $239)

Audio-Technica Pro Headphones: ATH-M40X $79 shipped (Reg. $139), ATH-M30X $55 shipped (Reg. $99)

iPad deal roundup: iPad mini $200, iPad Air $339, iPad Air 2 $424, more

Mophie Juice Pack Helium for iPhone 5/5s (multiple colors) $35 shipped (orig. $80)

$40 Mac Bundle: Things, ScreenFlow, Typed, Civ, ExpanDrive, Aftershot Pro 2, more

Small States: Cord Shoes churns out handmade boots with a story behind every pair, $250 giveaway

More new gear from today:

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4K TV Stories February 6, 2014

Post-PC era in full swing, as Sony exits PC business and Apple leads in combined devices

Sony has confirmed earlier rumors that it is exiting the PC business, selling both its computer division and the VAIO brand to a Japanese investment fund which plans to use the brand only within Japan, at least initially.

Once the coolest laptop brand around, VAIO notebooks were admired even by Steve Jobs for their slim form factors and sleek designs, and it was to Sony that Apple turned for help in designing its early PowerBook models. Sony, however, failed to maintain its design momentum, and found itself increasingly overtaken by smaller companies.

We described yesterday how Sony in 2001 turned down an offer from Steve Jobs to run Mac OS on Vaio laptops.

Sony is also restructuring its TV business, announcing that it will be focusing much more on high-end models. Sony is the current market leader in 4K TVs, a market Apple is expected to enter.

The news coincides with a report by Canalys that if you measure PC and tablet sales as a single category, considering both to amount to personal computers, then Apple is the leading computer manufacturer, with a 19.5 percent market share – more than HP and Dell combined.

Combining Macs and iPads, Apple sold just over 87 million personal computing devices last year (excluding iPhones).

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