January 9, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi $99 off, Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 $80, Free App of the Week, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi (silver or gold): $400 shipped ($99 off)

Amazon Gold Box: Save up to 65% off Dragon Naturally Speaking Software, Mac version $80 (Reg. $200)

iTunes Free App of the Week: MUJO ($1.99 value)

Review: SmartThings offers an open and flexible home automation experience with a few caveats

More new deals:

  • New! ASUS routers: AC1750 refurb $90, new $120, N150 $5 w/ MIR, more
  • New! Daily Deals: Sennheiser BT headset $80, LifeProof nüüd case iPad 2/3/4 $38, more
  • New! Games/Apps: Borderlands GOTY for Mac $10, Motocross Elite free, more
  • New! Lexar USB Flash Drives: 32GB TwistTurn $10, 64GB $20 with free Prime shipping
  • New! Magazine subs from $4.75 per year: ESPN w/ dig, Men’s Health, Fast Company,
  • New! Home: Philips Norelco Electric Razor $70, Sunbeam heated blankets from $30, more

More deals still alive:

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Apple’s Mac operating system is generally considered to be secure, but German security researchers have discovered what appears to be an oversight in how OS X 10.10 Yosemite’s overhauled search feature, Spotlight, handles remote content loading in messages through the default Mail app.

As Ars Technica reports, Spotlight search on OS X Yosemite appears to be overriding Mail’s security feature that prevents content stored on remote servers like images from being loaded which spammers can use to track personal information including IP address and more. expand full story

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A week ago, Apple introduced 14-day no-questions-asked refunds in the EU for iTunes Store and App Store content. This means that, without the need for a reason, any Apple customer in Europe can get their money back for (primarily) app purchases in 5-7 days time. That’s how it is described, at least.

This opens up some possibilities for abuse. For instance, if you complete a game within two weeks, then you can get your money back and end up paying nothing. As a developer, I tested this out myself. It turns out there is an even bigger problem. At least, right now, when the refund is processed, the app continues to work. You get the app for free, forever.

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One week into the new year, and with that post-holiday diet we promised ourselves still hanging in there, I thought it might be interesting to suggest a few tech-related New Year’s resolutions you might like to consider.

Don’t worry, though – it’s not all work and no play. Me being me, I’ve found a way to make a solid case for the new year being the perfect time to treat yourself to a gadget or two …  expand full story

Update: It appears subscriptions through iTunes (like magazines) that saw price increases have seen the auto-renew function disabled, a 9to5Mac reader reports, likely to avoid a higher subscription rate being charged, although users have not yet been notified of the change.

Apple has increased the prices of apps in all countries in the European Union in line with the email sent to developers a couple of days ago. Apple has made the move in response to shifts in currency exchange rates and varying tax rules.

Prices are also being increased in Norway and Russia, though Icelandic residents will see a price cut …  expand full story

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