DVD Stories February 16, 2016

Steve Jobs movie 16-9

Steve Jobs, the official Sony biopic film for Walter Isaacson’s Jobs biography, received a muted response at the box office. The film received decent reviews from critics with an engaging story and unique approach to filming and movie-making, with Aaron Sorkin conjuring the plot around just three Steve Jobs product keynotes.

If you didn’t get the chance (or chose not to) to see the film at the movie theater, you can now buy it on Blu-ray and DVD from today. The film was also released on iTunes as a digital download last week, but it seems Apple is intentionally not promoting the movie on its store — the film has got no special placement on the iTunes storefront.

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DVD Stories December 16, 2015

‘Steve Jobs’ film set to get digital, DVD, & Blu-ray release February 2

Universal Pictures has announced it’s set to give ‘Steve Jobs’, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender, a release on digital services, Blu-ray, and DVD February 2.

Blu-ray and DVD bonuses include “Inside Jobs: The Making of Steve Jobs,” a documentary detailing the making of the film, as well as feature commentary by Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, and editor Elliot Graham.

The film originally opened to mixed reviews from critics and was, according to reports, generally disliked by those close to Jobs. It eventually bombed nationwide following what were reportedly highest per-theatre earnings of the year on its limited opening weekend. Still, the film may earn its creators a Golden Globe award or two next month.

We’d expect the digital release to hit iTunes and other online video services, but for now Universal is only confirming there will be a “Digital HD UltraViolet” release alongside the Blu-ray and DVD on February 2.

DVD Stories December 14, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Bose SoundLink Color $99, Nest Thermostat (2nd gen) $160, 13″ MacBook Air $800, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

2-pack Logitech UE BOOM Smart Bluetooth speakers for $170 shipped (Orig. $400+)

Bose Holiday Savings: SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker $99 (Reg. $129), QC25 Headphones $269 (Reg. $299)

Smarten up your home w/ the Nest Learning Thermostat (2nd Gen) for $160 shipped (Reg. $200)

Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB for $800 shipped (Reg. $999), more

Best Buy’s latest Apple sale is your best chance to score iPad, Mac, & Watch deals before Christmas: iPad Air 2 $125 off, iPad Air $100 off, iPad mini 4 $100 off, much more!

Best Buy makes a splash with the lowest Apple Watch prices ever, deals start at just $249

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Buy a new Chromecast, receive a $20 Google Play credit plus more offers

Grab a $100 Nordstrom gift card for family member, get free $20 Amazon gift card for #SomeoneElse ;)

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Smart 4K 60Hz UHDTVs: Samsung 55-inch $700 (Reg. $900+)more

Save 25% on any book from Amazon — Humans of New York: Stories $12 Prime shipped (Reg. $16)

Affinity Photo is Apple’s Mac App of the Year, download it now for $40 (Reg. $50)

App Store Free App of the Week: Cut the Rope 2 goes free for the first time ($1 value)

The Room puzzle-mystery game for iOS goes free for the first time in two years (Reg. $1), more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

LEGO Architecture teases upcoming Skyline series featuring the world’s most famous cities

De’Longhi launches new PrimaDonna Elite coffeemaker w/ iOS connectivity

Justin’s Holiday Gift Guide: speakers, Lightning mics, storage, pocket synths & more to up your home recording set-up

Trevor’s Holiday Gift Guide: The perfect accessories for travel – backpacks, cord management, more

Dan’s Holiday Gift Guide: rare Apple collectibles & swag for the techie who has everything

Skip the holiday blues with these practical stocking stuffers

Top 10 holiday movies you can stream right now on Netflix

DVD Stories November 19, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: USB DVD drive $20, Verizon 1GB of data free, UE BOOM Bluetooth speaker $100, more

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Heads up! During Black Friday/Cyber Monday you’re going to have to follow us on Twitter to get the best deals since many sell out too quickly to post.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week: Stackables – effects & masks image manipulation app ($3 value)

Tech Components and Accessories up to 60% off: LG Ultra Slim Portable DVD Rewriter $20, much more

Verizon launches its Thanksgetting freebies promotion: 1GB of data, $5 iTunes credit, more

Ultimate Ears (UE) BOOM Smart Portable Bluetooth Speaker: $100 shipped (Orig. $200)

The Black Friday Mac Bundle offers 10 productivity-boosting apps including Drive Genius 4 for $34.99 (Orig. $533)

Amazon’s Black Friday deals go live later this week w/ mobile shoppers getting extra perks

Top 5 ways to score the year’s best online Black Friday deals

10 can’t-miss deals for the holiday season: HDTVs, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6s, more

Apple Watch sale at Best Buy, $50 off across the board, starting at $299 shipped (Open box $278)

20% off iTunes Gift Cards: $100 for $80, $50 for $40, $25 for $20

Giveaway: mophie juice pack reserve battery case for iPhone 6/s (multiple winners)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Sony MDRX950BT Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones: $98 shipped (Reg. $150+)

BLACK FRIDAY AD LEAKS & NEWS:

Best of Black Friday – Streaming Media Players: Apple TV 64GB $180, Roku SE $20, 2-Pack Chromecast (2nd gen) $50more

Best of Black Friday – Smart Home: Nest Thermostat $250 + $50 GC, Philips Hue kit $130

Best of Black Friday – HDTVs: 40-inch from $149, Samsung 55-inch Smart $580 (Reg. $1,200), more

Best of Black Friday – iPads, Tablets and e-readers: iPad Air 2 from $360, Amazon Fire $35 (Reg. $50)more

Best of Black Friday – Games: Xbox One/PS4 console bundles, deep discounts on games, more

Best of Black Friday – wearables: Fitbit Flex $59/Charge $90/more, $100 off Apple Watch, Android smartwatchesmore

Best Buy’s Black Friday ad brings deals on Apple Watch, Macs, HDTVs, games & more!

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Choice of JBL Clip or Micro Bluetooth Speakers in multiple colors for $25 shipped (Reg. $40)

SanDisk Connect 32GB Wi-Fi Flash Drive for iOS/Android: $30 Prime shipped (Reg. $40)

T-Mobile is discounting iPhone 6s/Plus by $100 when bought on an installment plan or outright

Huge savings on pre-owned Apple Watches, deals from as low as $261 shipped

Apple iPod Touch 5th gen 16-64GB sizes, multiple colors: $149-$199 shipped

Apple Magic Mouse 2 (open-box): $68 shipped (Reg. $80)

Apple iPad Mini 2, space gray or silver: $199 shipped ($70 off)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

GENII’s CAST streaming box skirts copyright rules to beam your content to friends

Pryme Vessyl skips the 8-cup rule for a user specific iPhone-connected recommendation

 

DVD Stories June 25, 2015

Roxio’s Toast 14 for Mac adds easy audio capture, professional DVD creation, iPad & iPhone 6 support, more

Roxio this week released two new versions of its popular Toast app for managing media on the Mac. Toast 14 Titanium and Toast 14 Pro are out now and include a list of new features for handling media on the desktop and bringing it with you on mobile devices…

DVD Stories May 5, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: iOttie iPhone 6 Car Mount + Dual USB Car Charger $13, Lexar 128GB microSD $86, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

iOttie Easy View iPhone 6 Car Mount + RapidVolt Dual USB Car Charger $13 shipped ($24 value)

Lexar 128GB Micro-SD Card (95MB/s) for 4K video recording, more for $86 shipped

Samsung’s new SD cards bring faster speeds, larger storage for 4K video and photography

OtterBox announces new Symmetry Series folio style cases for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini

Review: iOttie’s Active Edge bike mount safely puts your iPhone front and center, exclusive 30% promo code

More new gear from today:

Stream Amazon Prime Instant Video movies and TV shows at 30,000-ft in the air w/ no extra fees

More deals still alive:

Revogi Smart Color Bluetooth LED Bulb $35 Shipped (Orig. $50, CA Tax Only)

New products & more:

GE’s new lightbulbs have HomeKit compatibility and will help you sleep better

nexpaq’s iPhone 6 case enables killer features to be added and removed on-the-fly

DVD Stories April 29, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch $1,300, iPad Air 2 64GB Wi-Fi $500, iPhone 6 cases from $2, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Spigen iPhone 6/Plus cases in multiple styles & colors from $4 Prime shipped (up to 80% off)

9to5Toys Specials currently has a VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription for $39 and ibVPN Total Plan 4 year subscription for $59. Either way you won’t have to worry about hackers for a long time.

Get into Network Attached Storage today with these deals on QNAP and WD Red products

Hulu just paid $180 million for Seinfeld, but this deal on the entire series for $65 is real and it’s spectacular

Patriot’s USB-C Flash Drives are primed for new MacBook and Chromebook Pixel owners

$50 iTunes gift card for $40 shipped: save 20% on apps, music, movies and more

Small States Review: Grovemade’s Laptop Stand combines quality craftsmanship & thoughtful design, giveaway

More new gear from today:

Skiva iPhone/iPad charging bundle: 3.2-ft MFi Lightning cable + 2.4A Car Charger for $9 Prime shipped (Reg. $17)

Spigen unveils new Apple Watch stand and protective solutions, get 15% off + 70-80% off iPhone cases

More deals still alive:

Add AirPlay music streaming to your house w/ JBL’s SoundFly Air Wi-Fi Speaker for $39 shipped (Orig. $200)

Harman Kardon AE in-ears w/mic & remote $49 shipped (Reg. $125+), more

New products & more:

The ON magnetic portable charging station from RUBIX takes inductive charging on the road

Review: Omaker M4 Splashproof/droppable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with NFC: $25 Prime shipped (Orig. $70)

Rock out with this scaled down Bluetooth-connected Iron Man Mark XLIII mask

DVD Stories April 8, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: WD 2TB Portable USB 3.0 HDD $80, Philips Hue Lux bulb $20, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Spigen’s new aluminum Apple Watch dock is down to $10 shipped (Reg. $20)

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $80 shipped (Orig. $140)

Philips Hue Lux price drops make it cheaper than ever to add smart lighting to your house: single bulb $20, Starter Kit $80

JBL SoundFly Air wireless speaker with Apple AirPlay (Refurb.): $29 shipped (Orig. $140)

Mac/iOS App Store promo discounts 35 Photo + Video apps by 50% or more

iTunes Free App of the Week: Back to Bed ($4 value)

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is IGN’s free iOS game of the month ($5 value)

Small States Review: This is Ground’s Mod 2 is the ultimate on-the-go iPad companion, giveaway worth $310

More new gear from today:

Games/Apps: Royal Trouble Hidden Adventures free (Reg. $7), Mortal Kombat X for iOS/Android launches, iOS freebies, more

Daily Deals: DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter $599, CaseCrown Pro Case for iPad Air 2 $5, Vaas Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker $15, more

More deals still alive:

Media: Harry Potter 8-film iTunes collection $50, Game of Thrones S1 Blu-ray $20more

New products & more:

Orange Chef’s Countertop kitchen prep accessory integrates with Apple Watch and Vitamix

DVD Stories March 19, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Incase MacBook cases $25, iTunes Free App of the Week, GoPro HERO4 Black $400, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Exclusive: Incase 13-inch MacBook Air Hardshell Cases for $25 shipped (50% off)

Amazon Gold Box – Canon imageCLASS D530 Monochrome Laser Printer/Scanner/Copier $69 shipped (Reg. $100)

GoPro HERO4 Action Cameras: Silver w/ accessory bundle $400 ($535 value), Black 4K edition $400 (Reg. $500)

Modern Combat 5: Blackout for iOS goes free for the first time (Reg. $4+)

Nomad launches two Apple Watch power accessories, save 22% on your preorder

Small States Review: Carved’s Live Edge iPhone 6 cases ensconce your device in one-of-a-kind raw wood, multiple giveaways

More new gear from today:

WD Elements 1TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $50 shipped (orig. $70)

More deals still alive:

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Drive $180 (Reg. $270)

iTunes Free App of the Week: 8bit Doves ($3 value)

Apple extends deeper discounts to its refurbished store: AirPort Extreme $129, 13″ MacBook Air from $719, more

Apple laptops up to 25% off: MacBook Air from $750 w/ .edu, Pro w/ Retina display from $1,100 w/ .edu

Updated Apple TV pricing gets passed down as players refurbished by Apple hit a new low of $59

New products & more:

Sony’s PlayStation Vue is now available, but how does it compare to Sling?

DVD Stories February 25, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: iMac USB extender $6, iPhone 6/Plus cases from $5, Samsung 55″ Smart HDTV $700, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

Life Hack: Fix your iMac’s biggest annoyance by moving its USB ports, deals from $6 Prime shipped

Samsung 55-inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV $700 shipped (Reg. $800+)

Logitech 330W 2.1-Channel Desktop Speaker System $100 shipped (orig. $150)

Southwest Airlines has one-way flights from $73 to cure your winter blues

iTunes gift cards 20% off w/ email delivery from PayPal: $100 for $80 or $50 for $40

LifeProof finally begins accepting preorders for its first waterproof iPhone 6 Plus case

Small States: Etwas builds timeless bags with legacy and heirloom design in mind – giveaway worth $380

More new gear from today:

Bose QuietComfort 20/i Noise Cancelling in-ear headphones w/ mic from $245 shipped (Reg. $300)

  • New! Games/Apps: Botanicula $2 (Reg. $5), Kingdom Rush Origins $1 (Reg. $3), more
  • New! Power Banks: Goal Zero Solar/Hand Crank $60 (Reg. $80), 11,200mAh $20 (Reg. $30) 
  • New! Kitchenaid 300w Stand Mixer Tilt 4.5-Quart (Metallic/Red): $180 shipped
  • New! 50% off Calvin Klein Underwear – 3pack boxers:$14, thong panties: $12, more

More deals still alive:

New products & more:

DVD Stories October 21, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk 64GB iOS Flash Drive $68, Belkin Bluetooth car kit $28, Intel 120GB SSD $60, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS Flash Drive: 64GB for $68 (Reg. $100) and 32GB for $45 (Reg. $60)

Add Bluetooth to your car – Belkin Hands-Free Bluetooth Car Kit: $27.58 AC shipped

2.5-inch Solid-State Drives: Intel 530 Series 120GB $60 (orig. $150), Crucial m4 256GB (refurb) $85 (orig. $300)

Apple’s former Director of Industrial Design is behind the new Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight

Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming to Mac this holiday season

Review roundup: Kindle Voyage is unanimously the best e-reader ever but is its $199 price tag justified?

 

Best Buy trade offer is the best way to jump from iPad 2 to iPad Air 2

Small States: Tinsel and Timber makes beautiful wooden homes for Apple TV and other accessories, multiple giveaways & 10% promo code

Other new deals:

More deals still:

New products/ongoing promos:

DVD Stories September 27, 2014

We’re giving away $50 MacUpdate Bundles: Toast 12 Titanium, Ember, SimCity 4 Deluxe, Scrivenger, Notebook, Netshade, iStat Menus and more

Update: Before this deal closes – which is soon – we’re giving it away to at least 1 Twitter user and 1 Facebook user. Just Tweet or post to Facebook and we’ll pick winners later this week. 

 

MacUpdate is hitting us with an extremely good $49.99 bundle ending soon. Headlined by Toast Titanium, which is remaking itself as a video editing and transcribing tool that also burns optical media, the bundle for 10 apps costs half of the retail price of Toast 12 alone!

Even if Toast isn’t your Cup o’ Tea, there’s a wide variety of Mac apps which retail for around $500 that will appeal to many:

  • Ember ($49.99 first 8,000 buys only) – Versatile digital scrapbook loved by designers and great for everyone
  • NoteBook 4 ($49.95) Take notes, manage documents and projects, and stay organized
  • Tonality Pro ($69.99) Powerful black-and-white photo editor packed with unique features
  • Scrivener 2.5 ($44.95) Award-winning word processor for serious writers
  • Bookends 12 ($59.99)Full-featured reference manager
  • Mac DVDRipper Pro 5 ($24.95) The best way to rip DVD movies to your Mac
  • NetShade 6 ($45.00) Easy-to-use VPN for maximum online privacy
  • iStat Menus 5($19.00) Elegantly monitor your Mac from the menu bar
  • SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition ($19.99) Legendary city-building simulation game

The sale is going on for two weeks but you’ll want to jump in quick to get the full selection of apps.

DVD Stories September 15, 2014

$50 MacUpdate Bundle: Toast 12 Titanium, Ember, SimCity 4 Deluxe, Scrivenger, Notebook, Netshade, iStat Menus and more

From 9to5Toys.com:

 

MacUpdate is hitting us with an extremely good $49.99 bundle this week. Headlined by Toast Titanium, which is remaking itself as a video editing and transcribing tool that also burns optical media, the bundle for 10 apps costs half of the retail price of Toast 12 alone!

Even if Toast isn’t your Cup o’ Tea, there’s a wide variety of Mac apps which retail for around $500 that will appeal to many:

  • Ember ($49.99 first 8,000 buys only) – Versatile digital scrapbook loved by designers and great for everyone
  • NoteBook 4 ($49.95) Take notes, manage documents and projects, and stay organized
  • Tonality Pro ($69.99) Powerful black-and-white photo editor packed with unique features
  • Scrivener 2.5 ($44.95) Award-winning word processor for serious writers
  • Bookends 12 ($59.99)Full-featured reference manager
  • Mac DVDRipper Pro 5 ($24.95) The best way to rip DVD movies to your Mac
  • NetShade 6 ($45.00) Easy-to-use VPN for maximum online privacy
  • iStat Menus 5($19.00) Elegantly monitor your Mac from the menu bar
  • SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition ($19.99) Legendary city-building simulation game

The sale is going on for two weeks but you’ll want to jump in quick to get the full selection of apps.

DVD Stories June 17, 2014

From 9to5Toys.com Specials

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Update: The price has risen to almost $10, still time to get in early…

Stacksocial is offering an impressive array of apps at a “name your own price” starting at just over $1 and growing quickly (so get in quick!).

One of our favorite calendar apps, Fantastical from Flexibits ($20) headlines the group this time around with 10 solid apps total:

Path Finder 6: Access & Manage Your Files In A Flash
Fantastical: The Mac Calendar You’ll Actually Enjoy Using
Flux 4: Powerful Mac Web Design Made Easy
Gemini: The Duplicate Finder – Mac App Store Best of 2012
Logoist: Develop Professional Quality Images With Ease
Tunes Cleaner: Delete Duplicate Songs & Revitalize Your iTunes Music Library
MacX iPhone DVD Ripper: Rip Any DVD to Your iPhone, iPad & Other Apple Devices
DiscLabel: One Step To Professional-Looking Labels
SyncMate Expert 5: Sync All of Your Devices & Online Accounts Right to Your Mac
Tangerine! Create Amazing Playlists For Any Situation Or Activity

Some proceeds from the bundle go to charity of your choice and high bidders are entered to win a free MacBook Air.

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DVD Stories October 9, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: PlayStation 3 GTA V bundle $230, Lacie Porsche USB drives, Anker power bank $20, BOGO Starbucks, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Game/App Deals: 500GB PlayStation 3 Grand Theft Auto V bundle $230 (Reg. $270), iOS freebiesmore

LaCie’s new Porsche designed USB 3.0 key drive available now

Anker Astro Slim2 4500mAh portable battery charger $20 shipped (Reg. $28)

Other great deals from today:

The best deals that are still alive:

Mac software bundles:

New product announcements & reviews:

DVD Stories July 15, 2013

IMDb iOS app adds ability to purchase movie tickets, Amazon integration for DVDs & Blu-rays, & enhanced bios

IMBb has released a big update today to its iPhone and iPad app, adding the the ability to purchase movie tickets directly from within the app and much more. The feature is initially only available to users in the U.S. and can be accessed directly through a “Showtimes & Tickets” section on listings for movies currently in theatres.

Also included in today’s update is integration with the Amazon Mobile app for one tap purchasing of DVDs & Blu-rays from Amazon:

Want to buy a movie or TV show on DVD or Blu-ray? “Search via Amazon Mobile” to the rescue. Requires that you have the Amazon Mobile app, but we provide a handy link if you don’t have it yet.

IMBd has added even more celebrity bio pages in today’s update and iPhone users now have “one-tap access to the full cast/full filmography.” The updated app also includes a few other UI enhancements and bug fixes listed below:

What’s New in Version 3.3

iPad and iPhone * “Tickets, please!” You can now conveniently purchase movie tickets via the IMDb App (currently US-only). * More bios for celebrities you know and love as well as for up-and-comers. * Want to buy a movie or TV show on DVD or Blu-ray? “Search via Amazon Mobile” to the rescue. Requires that you have the Amazon Mobile app, but we provide a handy link if you don’t have it yet. * Also, did you know you can tap the “Coming Soon” bar above the title on upcoming movies to add the release date as an event to your calendar? * Bug fixes. Nasty tricksy bugsies. We hates them!

iPhone * We heard you. By popular demand, we’ve updated the movie and celebrity pages to include one-tap access to the full cast/full filmography (which, yes, scrolls vertically). * You’ll see that cute little Watchlist flag almost everywhere now. Tap it to add movies and shows to your Watchlist (and tap-and-hold to add to your other lists as well).

This will be the last update that supports iOS 5. Future updates will require iOS 6 and above.

DVD Stories June 17, 2013

From 9to5Toys.com:

StackSocial has a pretty impressive bundle hitting this evening for just $29.99. In it you get 9 solid apps including: Painter Lite: Ease Into the World of Digital Art TuneUp: Organize Your iTunes Music Collection in Just a Few Clicks Disk Drill Pro: Protect and Recover Data Like a Pro MoneyWiz: Personal Finance For Your Mac Voila: The Best All-in-One Mac Screencapture Tool DVDRemaster 8: The Ultimate DVD Re-Encoding Solution DesktopShelves: Fight Clutter on Your Desktop by Organizing Files on Shelves MacScan: MacScan is the premier Macintosh security program NetSpot Pro: The Only App for Wireless Site Survey, Wi-Fi Analysis, & Troubleshooting on Mac OS X

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StackSocial also has Dragon Dictate for half off at $99 for both PC and Mac.

DVD Stories February 6, 2013

tl;dr: Buy a $40 Portable USB Blu-ray/DVD-R drive and $30 Blu-ray player MacGo for $10 less than an Apple SuperDrive and you get to watch/rip Blu-ray movies as a bonus.

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With Apple having eliminated optical media from just about every product it makes, including the redesigned iMacs, Mac Minis, and Retina MacBook Pros, many readers will be considering whether they need to procure a separate external DVD reader for emergencies. Some folks store archives, have software installers, backups, or have vast movie collection on DVD – and then there is Blu-ray…

Apple’s remedy is the DVD SuperDrive that costs $79 (well, $70/$50 used if you know where to shop). The SuperDrive is an Apple-quality product and can be used as a boot drive for many Macs that need to be upgraded or repaired via DVD.

But perhaps we can get a little more for our $80?

Steve Jobs viewed Blu-ray as a “bag of hurt” from the “mafia,” and Apple would frankly rather you stick to the iTunes ecosystem for video watching. But there are many nice Blu-ray titles out there, and iTunes’ compressed 1080p content still doesn’t come close the video and sound quality of Blu-ray. So, for those thinking of dropping $80 on a SuperDrive, we think we have a better option:

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DVD Stories September 1, 2012

Roxio updates Toast Titanium 11.1: Fully Cocoa-ized, Mountain Lion/Gatekeeper compatible, hundreds of changes/fixes

Update: Commenters pointed out the update is not going well…so proceed with caution.

As Roxio’s Toast moves from burning DVDs and BluRays to a “media toolkit” that allows easy social sharing and converting of audio/video (as well as burning/archiving), it is also getting updated with new Macintosh features. Today, Roxio’s Optical media burning software goes to 11.1 and adds the following updates:

  • Toast has been fully Cocoa-ized – Hundreds of changes and fixes implemented as a part of this effort
  • Added OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion compatibility
  • Added support for recording to 100GB and 128GB BDXL media
  • Implemented Gatekeeper Support
  • Web-Video feature improvements
    • Requires using Safari to capture web-video
    • YouTube users may need to OPT OUT of HTML5 Trial
  • Mountain Lion users will need to update to 10.8.1 or later to publish video to YouTube

The boxed package is $99, the non-App Store download is $79, and a Toast 10-to-11 upgrade is $59. Amazon also has it for $52, while the free update to 11.1 is here.

DVD Stories July 2, 2012

How to add a USB Blu-ray player to your Mac for $42

With 1080P hitting the new iPad and Apple TV a few months ago, and the new Retina MacBook Pros now reaching people’s hands, some of you are perhaps now looking to send your Blu-ray collection over to Apple devices.

Here is the easy part: Buy a Toshiba Lightscribe Blu-ray Player for just $42 with free shipping (via 9to5Toys) in white or black. It also burns DVDs, and Lightscribe media will even do some art on the cover. Oh, and it is USB bus-powered, so it is nice and portable.

Toshiba advertises it as “Mac compatible,” but we all knew that the late and great Steve Jobs viewed Blu-ray as a “bag of hurt” from the “mafia.”

So, the hard part is getting Blu-rays to your Mac…

DVD Stories April 10, 2012

With 1080P hitting the new iPad and Apple TV last month, some of you are perhaps now looking to send your Blu-ray collection over to iOS devices.

Here is the easy part: Buy a Toshiba Lightscribe Blu-ray Player for just $42 with free shipping (via 9to5Toys). It also burns DVDs, and Lightscribe media will even do some art on the cover. Oh, and it is USB bus-powered, so it is nice and portable.

Update: There is a white version!

Toshiba advertises it as “Mac compatible,” but we all knew that the late and great Steve Jobs viewed Blu-ray as a “bag of hurt” from the “mafia.”

So, the hard part is getting Blu-rays to your Mac….

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DVD Stories December 20, 2011

From 9to5Toys.com:

Affiliate partner MacUpdate today offers their new $49.99 Dec 2011 Bundle headlined by TechTool Pro, TotalFinder, Postbox 3 and FontPack Pro Master Collection and seven more quality apps for $49.99.  TechTool Pro, which retails for double the entire bundle price, includes a bootable DVD disk for disk repair and diagnostics.

8 of the 11 100% Mac OS X 10.7 compatible apps are available as demos, which can be downloaded in a single dmg from here. (TechTool Pro 6, FontPack Pro Master Collection, and Neverwinter Nights 2 do not have demos)

As a bonus, the all-new IconBox 2.5 goes to the first 15,000 buyers. $49.99 at MacUpdate

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DVD Stories December 13, 2011

Originally aired on November 2, PBS is making their 60-minute “Steve Jobs– One Last Thing” documentary available on DVD starting today. Available on Amazon now for $22.15, the documentary includes a never-before-broadcast interview with Jobs from 1994, as well as interviews with a number of those who knew and worked with Jobs such as Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne, Ross Perot, and Dean Hovey.

The video is also available to rent on Amazon Video and is free for Prime members.  It is also available (Flash) on PBS’s website, or you can grab it on iTunes here.

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DVD Stories September 19, 2011

Some interesting news from Netflix this morning: They are spinning off their by mail group, which will also include video games and giving it a new name ‘Qwikster’.

While the video below and the announcement blog post set a conciliatory tone for the way the recent changes (price hikes) happened, those changes are still in place and will continue going forward.

In fact, it sounds like Netflix is set to spin off its old mailing business in the future even though in-house Qwikster now sells game rentals as well as movies and TV shows.

The future of video and gaming is clearly streaming and it appears that Netflix doesn’t want to be associated with that entity.

Apple, for what it is worth, has been shunning optical for years, refusing to put Blu-ray optical discs in its Macs or Apple TV products and instead pushing the streaming of media.

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