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9to5Toys Last Call: Kensington iPad Air keyboard case $16, iTunes albums $8 each, 3-pack wireless outlets $17, more
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call updates:
- iPad Bluetooth keyboard cases: Kensington Keycover for iPad Air $16, Logitech Ultrathin for iPad 2/3/4 (ref) $20
- Media: last chance to watch all South Park episodes for free, dozens of hit iTunes albums for $8 each, more
- 3-Pack of Etekcity Wireless Remote Controlled Outlets $17 (Reg. $76)
Samsung 28-inch 4K UHD LED 60Hz Monitor $540 shipped (Reg. $700)
Kindle Paperwhite e-reader w/ built-in light (cert. refurb) $85 shipped (Reg. $119 new)
Other new deals:
- New! Bluetooth sound bars from Yamaha, Philips, and Samsung starting at $70 shipped
- New! Daily Deals: AOC Monitors from $100, Logitech UE Headset $15, more
- New! Games/Apps: Xbox One games from $6, 10% off Xbox Live GC, iOS freebies, more
- New! Activewear: REI up to 35% off, Eastbay 20% off, 2014 Nike Free from $79
- New! 1 year magazine subs from $5: ESPN, Macworld, The Economist, more
More deals still alive:
- Mpow Dual-Port USB Wall Charger $9, Car Charger $8, MFi lightning cable $10
- $100 StubHub gift card for $85 shipped (15% savings)
- Nexus 5 (unlocked) 16GB: $335 (Reg. $350)
- Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (refurb) $68 shipped (Reg. $100 new)
- 4TB Samsung D3 Station desktop drive $115 shipped (Reg. $150+)
- 2TB Western Digital Elements USB 3.0 portable drive $84.99 shipped (Reg. $130)
- Raspberry Pi B+ microcomputer now available w/ several enhancements, same $35 price tag
- Epson WorkForce All-in-One $190 (orig. $300), more
- Fashion: Levi’s jeans/apparel additional 50% off + free shipping, more
- Jabra REVO wireless Bluetooth headphones $115 shipped (orig. $249)
- Smart Home:
- $25 off the Wink Hub w/ one accessory purchase or $49 off w/ two accessory purchases
- Free Philips Hue personal wireless lightning bulb ($60 value) w/ purchase of Philips Hue pack
- Angry Birds Star Wars II for iOS goes free ($0.99 value)
- Samsung 51″ Plasma $400 new (Reg. $500), Sharp 32″w/ $100 Dell GC $250 ($410 value)
- Save 25% on all accessories from T-Mobile, including Olloclip, cases, speakers, more
New products/ongoing promotions:
- Woot founder’s new daily deal website ‘Meh’ officially opens its doors today
- Microsoft is handing out $75 in credit to select gamers for upgrading to Xbox One
- UE Boom Bluetooth speaker wins Gold at Design Excellence Awards, now $180 (Reg. $200)
- Rayman Fiesta Run available for free on iOS (Reg. $3)
- Samsung’s new 850 Solid State Drives pre-order from $129.99 shipped
- Save 25% on Nomad’s new carabiner, key & credit card sized MFi Lightning cables
- LG G3 (AT&T, Sprint, VZW): $100 w/ 2-yr agreement ($250 value)
LED Stories December 19, 2013
Miss Teen USA spied on via MacBook camera while indicator light was off
The Washington Post reports that when a high school classmate of Cassidy Wolf (aka Miss Teen USA) spied on her via the iSight camera in her MacBook, he did so using software that allowed him to keep the green indicator light off while viewing.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University were able to replicate the exploit, demonstrated in the above video, but only on MacBook and iMac models released before 2008.
Stephen Checkoway, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins and a co-author of the study. “Apple went to some amount of effort to make sure that the LED would turn on whenever the camera was taking images,” Checkoway says. The 2008-era Apple products they studied had a “hardware interlock” between the camera and the light to ensure that the camera couldn’t turn on without alerting its owner […]
In a paper called “iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED,” Brocker and Checkoway describe how to reprogram the iSight camera’s micro-controller to allow the camera and light to be activated independently. That allows the camera to be turned on while the light stays off.
While this particular exploit appears limited to older Macbooks, it was recently revealed through court papers that the FBI has the ability to do the same thing with a variety of current laptops including Apple products.
LED Stories October 7, 2013
Will the Mac go touch? Unlikely, but here’s what a 32″ 4K IGZO Touch Mac looks like
It looks like Sharp is planning full support for OS X in its upcoming 32-inch 4K IGZO touchscreen LCD LED monitor (PN-K322B) expected to launch in the US this fall. Sharp previously announced the 36 mm thin 4K panel with pen support in July, but Macotakara.jp snapped the photo above of Sharp demoing the display running OS X from a connected MacBook at the Ceatec Japan 2013 show over the weekend.
From the translated report, it sounds like Sharp plans compatible OS X drivers as a download in 1-2 months.
Apart from touch support, the monitor is much the same as the 32-inch 4K IGZO display that we were quite impressed with when Sharp first showed them off at CES in January.
You can get a better look at the display from earlier this year in the video below:
LED Stories May 9, 2013
Best Buy Apple sale: Airs $125 off, 15% off $100 iTunes card, $17 Smart Covers, Bluetooth speakers, Free games, more
Best Buy is taking $125 off the price of MacBook Airs for the next three days to celebrate Mother’s Day. That yields some of the lowest prices we’ve seen. The retailler knocks off $100 across the board, then using code MOM25 knocks off another $25.
Prices after discount:
- 11.6″ MacBook Air 4GB/64GB: $874.99
- 11.6″ MacBook Air 4GB/128GB: $974.99
- 13.3″ MacBook Air 4GB/128GB: $1074.99
- 13.3″ MacBook Air 4GB/256GB: $1274.99
Best Buy is also offering a $100 iTunes gift cad for $85. (Free Money!) That is a total savings of 15% off future purchases of Apps Music, Movies and any other content on the the App Store, iTunes, Mac App Store and iBook Store. This is the first iTunes deal we’ve seen in nearly 2 months and a perfect opportunity to surprise Mom on Mother’s Day.
- Those interested in an iPhone 4S can pick one up for $50 (half off) with contract.
- Best Buy also offers probably the best looking keyboard case out there, Targus – Versavu Keyboard Case for Apple® iPad – Bone White half off for $50.
- An 8GB Kingston Keydrive is $5
iMac $150 off sale on most current generation configurations, now starting at $1,150 shipped
Just a few weeks ago we saw an unprecedented sale from Best Buy on current generation iMacs and now Amazon has stepped up and surpassed that deal by offering a staggering $150 off 3 out 4 standard configuration iMacs.
Other amazing 9to5Toys.com deals from around the web:
- Genuine Apple iPad Leather Smart Cover $17 Shipped
- Logitech UE Mini Boombox Bluetooth speaker, “9to5Mac’s best portable speaker you can buy” (Refurb.) $59 (Save 40%) or a Jambox for $90
- Free and reduced Apps/Games: Asphalt 7 Free, Tiny Troopers 2 Free, Bastion $.99, Batman Arkham City $.99, MORE
- SanDisk – Mobile Ultra 4GB microSDHC Class 6 Memory Card $5 Shipped
- IM+ Pro on sale for $1.99 for a limited time (regular $9.99)
- Seagate Backup Plus 4 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive $150 Shipped ($40 Savings)
- iLuv iPod/iPhone Alarm Clock with ‘Bed Shaker’ $20 Shipped
- 4 port USB car charger, 2.1A/5V for quick iPad charging: $8
- 24″ ViewSonic 1080p LED Monitor With HDMI -Refurbished-$135
LED Stories December 16, 2010
Apple has introduced a software update designed to fix intermittent audio loss issue experienced by some users of the 27-inch LED Cinema Displays.
A previous tech note describes the problem: expand full story