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
15” MacBook Pro BookBook: $70 amazon.com/gp/product/B00…
- 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)
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When Samsung unveiled its new flagship Galaxy S5 yesterday, the big news was the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor. The fingerprint scanning of course brings it up to par with Apple’s TouchID functionality, the standout feature and big selling point for the iPhone 5s. The heart rate sensor, however, is something not included in the current iPhone lineup and something Samsung will spend a lot of time marketing as fitness and health wearables like its new smartwatch lineup become big business in 2014. But did you know you can already measure your heart rate on iPhone using the device’s built-in camera?
A number of apps on the App Store, such the “Heart Rate Monitor” app just launched by PlusSports, allow you to accurately measure your heart rate by simply placing your face or fingertip in front of the camera lens. Another app available on the App Store that we’ve tested and works well is Instant Heart Rate. Popular fitness app maker Runtastic also has its own heart rate monitor and pulse tracker app.
The experience of using these apps is almost identical to the S5, which also forces the user to place a finger over a sensor on the back of the device and wait several seconds for a reading.
It’s possible Samsung would tell you that its built-in heart rate sensor is more accurate or feature-filled, but from our tests and reviews from others, the iPhone apps are remarkably accurate.
Filed under: Apps Tagged: comparison, fingerprint, Galaxy S5, heart rate, iPhone, monitor, S Health, Samsung, scanner, sensor, TouchID
A motion by Apple to halt the operations of a court-appointed antitrust monitor has been rejected, the Wall Street Journal reports. The lawyer, Michael Bromwich, was appointed by the court to ensure the compliance Apple’s iBook platform with antitrust laws. Apple previously petitioned the court to have Bromwich removed from his post, believing that his $1,100/hour legal fees were leading him to take undue investigative steps solely for the purpose of overcharging the Cupertino company.
Bromwich was temporarily taken off of Apple’s case, but subsequently returned to continue his duties. Apple then accused Bromwich of going beyond his legal authority and requested once again that he be removed from the company’s case. Today the court ruled that Apple’s request would have resulted in Bromwich being unable to execute his legal duties, and thus rejected the injunction.
The full ruling is embedded below:
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: antitrust, Bromwich, ebooks, IBooks, Law, legal, Michael, monitor
The problems have already been identified by DisplayLink in a knowledge base article published on its website:
The following issues have been found on OS X 10.9 and do not currently have a resolution
- Some applications can show severe flickering on DisplayLink screens. Examples of applications that show this issue are Safari, QuickTime and the App store.
- Some applications can show corruption and/or missing contents while updating windows contents. Examples are Maps, iBooks and the Dock.
- Display arrangement is not kept when using 2 or more DisplayLink displays.
- All screens black and unusable after unplugging a DisplayLink screen. This is caused by Apple’s Window server crashing. This can be recovered by replugging the DisplayLink device.
- On the Retina Macbook Pro, changing the layout to mirror logs the user out. Again this is caused by Apple’s Window server crashing.
DisplayLink is working on an update for some of the performance issue with Mavericks, but the company explained that the majority of bugs will have to be fixed by Apple:
Unfortunately there appear to be regressions in these interfaces in OS X 10.9 which are exposed when using DisplayLink screens. DisplayLink does not have workarounds to fix these issues and requires Apple to fix these problems in future 10.9 OS X updates.
DisplayLink has raised these bugs to Apple, but if you are a developer and affected by these problems, please also raise these bugs to Apple to help show fixes are required and it is affecting end users using DisplayLink products.
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: