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Grab a big iOS App designer bundle (MSRP: over $1000) for only a few bucks

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Specials.9to5toys.com is running a **special** on an iOS app designer bundle that up and coming iOS app designers will likely want to take advantage of.  This is an “NYOP bundle”, meaning that people can name their own price to get 2 courses (Learn Mobile Web Design Using Bootstrap & Learn To Build Cross Platform Apps). Or, if you beat the average price, you’ll get the entire bundle (7 courses & assets). This evening that is only a few bucks plus 10% goes to charity of your choice and high bidders get a chance to win a Gold iPad Air/ iPhone 6. The bundle includes:


Filed under: How-To Tagged: Apple Inc, IDevice, iOS, iPad, iPhone, IPod Touch, MacBook, MagSafe, Secure Digital, USB flash drive

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Parallels Desktop 10 Black Friday bundle: 1Password, Camtasia, CleanMyMac 2, Gemini, and more for $50 upgrade/$80 new ($285 off)

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Starting this evening and running through Black Friday weekend, Parallels is running a special bundle of Mac apps for free when you upgrade to Parallels 10 for $49.99 or buy it new for $79.99. The bundled apps 1Password password manager, Camtasia screen recorder, CleanMyMac 2 file organizer/remover, Gemini file de-duplicator, Acronis True Image backup and restore software and a 2 year subscription to Parallels Access which allows you to run parallels VMs remotely on iOS and Android devices. Not a bad deal at all of you need any of these other apps.

Parallels 10 was announced in August and we reviewed it shortly thereafter noting it was the best way to run Windows and Linux VMs on a Mac.

Not sure you are into Parallels? Grab a 14 day free trial here. Just want Parallels in a shiny box? Amazon has it for $62. More info on the bundled apps below:


Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac MSRP $79.99

Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac is the easiest, fastest, and most powerful solution for running Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. No wonder Parallels Desktop is the #1 choice of Mac users.

1Password MSRP $49.95

1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single tap. You can organize your data into multiple vaults and share them securely

Camtasia MSRP $99.99

A powerful and easy-to-use screen recorder, Camtasia helps you create professional videos even if you’re not a video pro. Record your screen movements and actions easily, or import HD video from a camera or other source. Customize and edit content on Mac and Windows platforms, and share your videos with viewers from nearly any device.

CleanMyMac 2 MSRP $39.95

CleanMyMac 2 is an ingeniously simple yet surprisingly powerful application for keeping your Mac clean, organized, and free of files that slow it down.

Parallels Access MSRP $34.99

Parallels® Access™ is the fastest, simplest, and most reliable way to access all your applications, files, and computers remotely. Access a file from your home computer or cloud storage, download a favorite photo, or edit a complex document—you can be effective anytime, anywhere with just your mobile device. 2-year Subscription.

Acronis True Image for Mac MSRP $49.99

Reliable image backup and recovery of your entire system: email, music, photos, videos, documents, personal settings, bookmarks, and all your applications.

Gemini MSRP $9.99

Find and remove identical files on your Mac with Gemini, a handy duplicate-file finder that makes the process of cleaning out duplicates fun.


Filed under: Tips and Tricks Tagged: Android (operating system), App Store (iOS), Apple Inc, Camtasia Studio, iOS, iPhone, Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X

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iPad mini in Silver or Space Gray: $199 shipped or pickup at Walmart ($50 off)

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Today only, Walmart offers Apple’s iPad mini (non-Retina) in new condition either Space Gray or Silver for $199 shipped or ship to store. That’s $50 off Apple’s current price (though Walmart mistakenly says $100 off last year’s price) and tied with the lowest price we’ve ever seen. A nice pickup for the same price as the iPod touch. Features:

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit display
  • A5 chip
  • 5MP iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • FaceTime camera
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life *
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)

These often sell out pretty quickly so you might want to jump in early.


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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: 1080p, Apple Inc, Bluetooth, FaceTime, iOS, iPad, iPad mini, ISight, Retina Display, Wi-Fi

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Microsoft hits MacBook Air with Yoga 3 dance ad [video]

It’s an epic dance-off between the new Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro and the MacBook Air. But does the MacBook Air stand a chance against the sleekness and multi-mode flexibility of the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro? Nope. And once you add the touchscreen, it’s game over. The Yoga 3 Pro proves there’s more than one way to do what you want. Learn more at http://www.microsoft.com/yoga.

To me, it is interesting to see Microsoft taking the underdog approach. Desktop PCs [read: Microsoft Windows computers] still have huge market share but have been declining while MacBooks continue to grow every quarter. The ultraportable market is where the MacBook Air is the incumbent.

The MacBook Air hasn’t been updated dramatically in quite some time so Microsoft sees perhaps a weakness?

In Apple’s defense, this is a $1300 starting price computer which goes up against the starting $899 price of a MacBook Air, the Yoga’s bezels are huge, battery life is shorter and there is always the OS X vs. Windows arguement.  But hey, it looks like a nice computer.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Microsoft, Yoga

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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. 

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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.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: DVD, EarthDesk, iStat Menus, iStat Menus 3, List of Macintosh software, MacUpdate, Roxio Toast, Toast Titanium

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Charge your iPhone 6/Plus twice as quick with these 2.1A USB Car/Chargers/Batteries/Surge protectors

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Yesterday, it was revealed that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could be charged faster (in some cases as fast as 2 hours to full) using a 2.1A AC charger like the one that comes with the iPad. Curiously, Apple has only included the typical  5W 1A iPhone charger that it traditionally has with its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus meaning that your iPhone charge times coming from much smaller iPhones are going to go through the roof.

Not to worry! The 9to5Toys team will get you updated to 2.1A USB ports across the board with the best products/deals we could find for a wide range of 2.1A USB needs…

 

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The no fuss move is to just get a 12W Apple iPad AC adapter (above). They are at Amazon for $19 Prime shipped. You can’t go wrong appearance and reliability-wise there but perhaps your $20 can be better spent?

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Anker makes a product we love called the Anker® 25W 5-Port Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology for $15.99 Prime Shipped. That will charge your iPhone 6/Plus fast but gives you 4 more USB outlets and 13 more watts for charging other devices (Tablets, Androids, Cameras, Batteries and more). If you want to step up to a 40W model, you are only at $21.99 Prime shipped. That’s only a few bucks more than Apple’s 1-port option. Speaking of batteries…

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You can also upgrade your USB batteries with a 2.1 A version that will charge your iPhone faster. A best best is the $20 Omaker Brilliant 10000mAh(2.1Amp+2.1Amp Output) Dual USB Portable Charger External Battery Pack Power bank with 1W Flashlight. I have one of these and it works well all around and feels well made (OK the flashlight isn’t the brightest). It charges via included Micro-USB cable and has DUAL 2.1A outputs for iPhones iPads and anything else you want to throw at it (expect at least 3-4 full iPhone charges). I also favorably reviewed the Lumsing harmonica ($20) and huge RavPower Xtreme 23000mAh on 9to5Mac which might be better options depending on your needs.

omaker-3-port-car-chargerDon’t forget your car. Typical car USB ports are only 1A. Step up to more with PowerGen 2×2.4A Charger for $8.99 Prime Shipped. That will give you plenty of juice for 2 iPhone 6s or even add a Tablet instead. Need moar portz!? We LOVE this Omaker 3-port 26W Car charger (pictured above) in all of your favorite iPhone colors (at once) for just $9.99 with free Prime shipping.

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You are also going to need an AC travel charger too, right? We love Belkin’s SurgePlus dual 2.1A Travel Charger (we won’t tell if you use this at home all the time too) for $19.99 shipped. Grab a 6 outlet dual 2.1A Belkin version for $22.87 . Monoprice has a similar 3 outlet option for only $13.50 with some shipping. Need some docks on there too?

If you just want to charge at 2.1A and get out as cheap as possible, jump on the MonoPrice 2.1A AC wall charger for $5.73 plus a few bucks for shipping.

Apple shipping a slow charger for the iPhone 6 is a mystery but solving it is easy and very inexpensive if you know where to look. Follow 9to5toys.com for all the best gear and deals.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Android, Anker, Apple, Battery charger, external battery, iPad, iPhone, Universal Serial Bus

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

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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.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: DVD, EarthDesk, iStat Menus, iStat Menus 3, List of Macintosh software, MacUpdate, Roxio Toast, Toast Titanium

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