iPad Air Stories February 3, 2015

Last month Apple rolled out support for dozens of banks and credit unions with Apple Pay bringing the count to more than 45 institutions, and today Apple is out with the first wave of the month adding more than a dozen new banks to its list of supported Apple Pay banks bringing the total count to over 60 institutions. Here are the new banks listed as supporting Apple Pay as of today: expand full story

9to5Toys Last Call: Mohu Leaf HDTV antenna $30, iPads up to $70 off, Samsung 4TB External HDD $100, more

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Cut the cord! Mohu Leaf 50 Ultimate HDTV Antenna (open box): $30 shipped (orig. $90)

Up to $70 off iPads at Staples: Air 2 starts at $459, mini 3 $379 w/ free shipping

Samsung D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive $100 shipped (Reg. $150)

Slow Shutter! is now available for free inside the Apple Store iPhone app (Reg. $1.99)

Life Hack: these simple Velcro ties make cable management a cinch

Small States: Janus Motorcycles takes pride in its hand-crafted and locally sourced bikes, giveaway worth $340

More new gear from today:

  • New! LG 34-inch UltraWide LED IPS Monitor w/ Thunderbolt $750 shipped (Reg. $1,000)
  • New! Headphones: JBL J55i on-ears $30 (orig. $100), Bose SoundTrue 10% off, more
  • New! Tons of Lonely Planet guides and books for Kindle Reader: FREE
  • New! Games/Apps: Assassin’s Creed Unity (X1) digital $20, Torchlight II $4, freebies, more
  • New! LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $479 w/o

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iPad Air Stories January 30, 2015

I grew up with a front-projector TV the size of a coffee table, later owned a rear-projection TV that was somewhat larger than an adult bicycle, and have since tested projectors shaped like DVD players, Mac minis, and iPhone cases. Pico projectors — generally small enough to fit in pockets — typically struggle the most to prove their practicality. Projectors generally need big, powerful lightbulbs to be seen in anything but the dimmest of rooms, and the smaller they are, the worse they tend to be, particularly as they move further from the surfaces they’re protecting on.

Korean developer Celluon — the company behind breakthrough laser keyboards that can create typing surfaces anywhere — is now trying its hand at pico projectors, and I have to admit that I’m far more impressed than I thought I’d be. PicoPro ($349) packs a high-definition video projector, a battery pack, and wireless capabilities into a 0.55″ thick enclosure with the same footprint as an iPhone 6 Plus. Overall, it’s the best small projector I’ve tested: much easier to use, quiet, and capable of delivering a better complete viewing experience. But like competing pico projectors, it also has some noteworthy limitations that you’ll want to be aware of before jumping in.

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iPad Air Stories January 29, 2015

AU Apple Back to Uni

Apple’s annual Back to School sale in Australia and New Zealand has gone live with a promotion for qualifying students to receive Apple Store credit with the purchase of a Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Similar to last year, the Back to School sale includes the usual education pricing on Macs and iPads, but this year Apple is including Apple Store gift cards rather than App Store gift cards like last year. expand full story

iPad Air Stories January 28, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 $109 off, Duet iOS app $8, PlayStation 4 console $350, more

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Apple iPad Air 2 16GB Wi-Fi for $390 shipped ($109 off)

Duet Display uses your iPad as an extra Mac display, hits its lowest price ever today: $8 (Reg. $15)

PlayStation 4 console $350 shipped (Reg. $400) plus CARROT Talking Task List $1, iAnnotate PDF $5, Clear Tasks $2, Calendars 5 $3, and iOS freebies

Apple iPhone 6: $498 off contract, (iPhone 6 Plus: $598) refurb at Walmart (23% off)

Apple 11.6-inch MacBook Air (newest version) 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB $750 (Reg. $899)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest) 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,599 ($200 off)

Apple 11.6-inch MacBook Air (mid 2013) 1.3GHz/4GB/256GB: $849 (orig. $1,099)

Small States: Schoolhouse Electric – beautiful home goods w/ old school techniques, giveaway

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iPad Air Stories January 23, 2015

AirPlay isn’t dead as a wireless speaker standard, but it’s not exactly healthy: many models have been discontinued, and new releases have all but stopped. Having previously gone all-in with AirPlay, Danish designer speaker maker Libratone is now rolling out updated versions of its circular Loop, tube-shaped Zipp, and triangular Live systems that augment AirPlay rather than ditching it. The new Libratone Loop ($500) modestly tweaks the prior version to add Bluetooth 4.0 support — a feature that radically increases Loop’s compatibility. Though its high price tag will continue to keep this model out of reach for most consumers, long-awaited and substantial discounts on the prior-generation models (Loop here, Zipp here, Live here) may bolster their appeal.

Having tested the new Loop, my personal feelings are mixed: I applaud Libratone for consistently releasing speakers that look distinctive, working both as design objects and audio systems, but the MSRPs remain somewhat hard to justify given the sonic performance…

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