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Creaceed Carbo: Apple World Today sponsor of the week

AppleWorld.Today - Sat, 2015-05-23 14:45

This week we're proud to have Creaceed as our sponsor. Based in Belgium, the company has made a name for itself over the years with impressive apps for Mac such as Hydra, Prizmo, Elasty, and Morph Age, as well as amazing iOS apps like Hydra, Prizmo, Emulsio, and Vocalia. Last week, Creaceed introduced a new universal iOS app that brings handwritten notes to life as pixel-free, annotated digital masterpieces -- Carbo (US$7.99, launch price of $3.99).

We'll have a full review of Carbo in the near future, but for now let it suffice to say that if you love taking handwritten notes and want a way to organize, annotate, clean up and beautify those notes, Carbo is the way to do it. Here's an explanatory video:

Initially, you capture your notes with Carbo, which cleans it up and displays it in a clear black and white image. Advanced image processing creates gorgeous pixel-free renderings of those notes, which can then be edited: select a note or drawing, move/rotate/scale it, change the line thickness, or even erase parts of the note.

The notes are sync-able to many favorite cloud services: iCloud, Dropbox, or Evernote (beta). Annotations and tags let allow searching of the notes in seconds. Sharing takes the cleaned-up note, adds an export style (chalk and blackboard, blueprint, letterpress, or Pop Art), and then enables sharing through AirDrop, Messages, Mail, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, iCloud Photo Sharing, and more.

Why try taking notes with a cumbersome stylus directly on an iPad or iPhone when it's much simpler to use a pen or pencil to sketch them onto a piece of paper, then capture, clean up and share them with Carbo? Based on our beta testing of the app, Carbo is an app that you'll find yourself using a lot.

Showdown! Four Apple Watch calculator apps face off

AppleWorld.Today - Sat, 2015-05-23 14:00

My first wearable device other than a regular old wristwatch was a Sinclair Wrist Calculator. Over the years, I had other calculator watches from Casio and the like so I naturally got excited about the idea of having a calculator on my Apple Watch. Fairly quickly, I had four — PCalc ($9.99, also PCalc Lite for free), CalcyCalc ($0.99 launch price), CalcBot (free with in-app purchases) and CALC (free with in-app purchases). This is a quick look at these four apps, what they have in common, what’s unique and which calculator app tops my list.

PCalc

PCALC

PCalc is a powerful calculator app from TLA Systems, run by developer James Thomson. While the full-fledged PCalc app might seem expensive at ten bucks, it’s universal, running on iPad, iPhone and Watch. There’s even a Mac OS X version available on the Mac App Store. The iPad/iPhone app is incredible, featuring just about any conversion you can think of, a paper tape, even a RPN mode if you want to relive your HP-35 days.

The Watch app brings a smaller set of tools to the table than the Mac and iOS versions. That’s only logical, since the real estate available for buttons and displays is very limited.

Launching PCalc on the Watch, you’re greeted with a standard numeric pad (0-9), a decimal point button, and an equal (=) button. The top line of the display is set aside as the calculator display, and the top row of buttons consists of red clear and delete buttons and a blue “more” button emblazoned with an ellipsis (…).

Tap the more button once and you see not only standard arithmetic operators (add, subtract, multiply, divide) but also parentheses for setting the order of operations, a +/- button for changing sign, and a percent key. The blue more button is still in the same location on the keypad. Tap it again, and you get a tip calculator with the ability to change the percent given, the number of people at the table, and a value for splitting the bill.

One final cool thing — there’s a Watch “glance” for PCalc that shows you the result of your most recent calculations from both the Watch and iPhone apps.

The bottom line

PCalc loads quickly, looks good, and offers most of the functionality that people will need of a simple calculator. I like the ability to jump between the different keypads with a tap of the more button, and altogether PCalc just makes a lot of sense. One simple calculation — adding 23 and 62, then dividing by 4 — produced the result of 21.25 by pressing the keystrokes 23+62=/4.

CalcBot

CALCBOT

CalcBot is one of the “bot” apps from TapBots, and it’s a favorite on the iPhone. It offers a simple four-function calculator with a paper tape in portrait orientation, turning into a scientific calculator in landscape.

Launch CalcBot on the Watch, and the first screen visible has three buttons on it: Calculate, Convert, Tip Calc. Calculate displays a numeric keypad (0-9), a decimal point button, and a clear button. Just after tapping Calculate, the app prompts you to “Press Firmly for operations”. What that means is that to get to the operators (plus, minus, multiply, divide), you use the Watch “Force Touch”.

There’s no equals button — when you perform the calculation, the result (85, for example) is displayed on top with a smaller representation of the calculation (23+62) on the second line of the display. One thing I didn’t like is that there’s no way to really define the order of operations. Tapping in 23+62/4 (there’s no equal sign) gave the answer 38.5, which means that it read the calculation as 23+(62/4), not (23+62)/4. While this does follow the standard order of operations, it’s not what I wanted with this calculation. Parentheses or a way to hold an interim calculation would be handy.

One cool feature is that if you mistype a single number, a right swipe on the display erases that errant digit. There’s no need for a delete key.

The Convert calculator features four different conversions that are selected with a Force Touch: USD-EUR, lb-kg, mi-km, and °F to °C. Unfortunately, there’s no way to toggle those four useful conversions to their opposites: EUR-USD, kg-lb, etc… An $1.99 in-app purchase upgrade to CalcBot Pro for iOS does bring with it the ability to select the conversions selected, but it still seems like it would just be easier to do something like double-tap on the USD-EUR conversion button and have it change to EUR-USD.

CALCBOT CONVERSIONS AND TIP CALCULATOR

The tip calculator is actually quite a bit like that provided by PCalc, except it takes up a little extra space and actually scrolls down with a swipe. As with the one in PCalc, the tip calculator provides a way to change the tip amount and number of people on the check.

The bottom line

The three calculators included in CalcBot work rather well, although you might want to make sure that you keep order of operations in mind if you’re making complex calculations on your Watch. I’d like to see TapBots add the ability to swap out the direction of the included conversions in the conversion calculator. The best of the three calculators in CalcBot is the tip calculator.

Calcy Calc

CALCY CALC

Calcy Calc was actually the first Watch calculator apps I tried out, thanks to one of our sponsors — It’s About Time. The app is unlike PCalc and CalcBot in that it does not have an iPhone companion app. Instead, the app that you install on your iPhone simply does one thing — it installs the app on your Watch. Unfortunately, you have to keep that app on your iPhone if you want the app on your Watch, so you're stuck with an iPhone app that really does nothing.

Of all the calculator apps tested, Calcy Calc looks the most like a calculator when you fire it up. Everything is on the one screen of the Watch: the numeric keypad, decimal point, equals sign, the operators, and a clear button. While that’s handy — no need to switch to another screen to have access to the operators — it also means that the buttons are smaller than they are in the other apps.

That is a problem. I’d try tapping on some of the buttons and they wouldn’t register; other times I’d tap on a button and get two entries (for example, tap 3, and then 3 and 6 (adjacent numbers) would show up in the display). There is no way to clear out just one number if you make a mistake, so you have to tap the clear button to clear out everything… and the clear button doesn’t work that well, either.

Calcy Calc does allow for interim sums in calculations, so my 23+62/4 example worked properly. I just added 23 and 62, pressed the equal sign button, then divided by 4 to get the desired result of 21.25. Unfortunately, that took way too long to accomplish thanks to the buttons being too close together and not responding to presses.

I also found a repeatable error in the app; when adding two numbers that both contained decimal points, the first one would enter correctly, but repeated taps on the decimal point button for the second number would not register. On rare occasions, I'd see rounding errors. Once calculation that should have resulted in the number 70.659 ended up displaying 70.658999...

It’s About Time also chose to make their tip calculator a separate 99¢ app called Tipy Calc. While I didn’t test it, it appears that it would not have the same button issues since it uses one screen with bigger buttons to enter the total bill amount and a second screen to add the tip percentage. On the negative side, Tipy Calc doesn’t provide a way of easily splitting the bill out equally to a number of people.

The bottom line

I regret to say that Calcy Calc in its existing form is almost unusable and that I honestly can’t recommend it. The developer is quite good about responding to feedback, so I am hoping he decides to put additional effort into making this a useful app.

CALC

CALC

Oddly enough, I almost didn’t include CALC in this review, but I noticed that it had very good reviews in the Watch App Store. Of the four, it has the most easily recognizable app icon — it’s the standard four functions in color on a black background.

Launch the app and you see a skinny numeric keypad on the left side of the display and a group of operators and the decimal point on the right. Swipe up and you see some additional buttons — parentheses, x^y, square root, and percentage. The top of the display shows not only the result of a calculation, but the actual calculation complete with operators.

Swipe to the right and there’s a history of calculations (think of it as a paper tape); swipe to the left and there’s a tip calculator.

Although the numeric and operator buttons are smaller than those used on Calcy Calc, they work well. With the assistance of the parentheses, it’s easy to define an order of operations the way you want it. That sample calculation? Without parentheses, CALC provided the same “correct” result of 38.5; with parentheses, it did the calculation the way I wanted it — (23+62)/4 = 21.5.

The tip function is rather odd in comparison to the others, as there’s no way to directly enter the total bill amount. Instead, there’s a slider that is used to approximate the total bill. Another slider is used to adjust the tip amount.

The biggest surprise with CALC appears when you use Force Touch, at which point you are prompted to speak. Yes, you can enter calculations with your voice, which is probably the most useful function of any of the calculators. The app shunts you to Siri, at which point you use Siri dictation to enter a calculation (“square root of 365” or “23.85/3.14159”). It works quite well, and I think this would be a winner feature for those with big fingers who might find CALC’s buttons to be too small.

The bottom line

I was quite surprised with how well CALC’s “speak” feature worked for entering calculations, and I think this may be the way for Apple Watch calculators to do data entry in the future. I didn’t like the tip feature; I’d much rather just enter a total, then be able to adjust the tip percentage and split the bill over a few people.

And the winner is…

Of the four calculator apps, the one I’ve decided to keep on my Apple Watch is PCalc. Although it doesn’t offer conversions like CalcBot does, it simply works the best as both a simple four-function calculator and tip calculator. PCalc Lite is free, so definitely give the Watch app a try and I’m sure you’ll love it.

Caturday: Leo the Norwegian Forest Cat reboots her MacBook Pro

AppleWorld.Today - Sat, 2015-05-23 12:30

LEO THE NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT. PHOTO BY GEERT-JAN NILSEN

It's been a few weeks since we've had our feline friends gracing the Saturday "front page" of Apple World Today, but earlier this week we received an email from a Norwegian reader, Geert-Jan Nilsen, with a link to this beauty.

GJ let us know that Leo had just rebooted "her" MacBook Pro after updating to the latest OS X 10.10.4 beta. Do I sense a bit of impatience in her face while she's waiting for the update to finish?

Leo's a Norwegian Forest Cat (AKA Norsk Skogkatt), a breed of cat that's perfectly adapted to the cold winters of Norway. She certainly looks warm in all that fur!

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page - we don't accept inbound attachments, so please host the photo on Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto, etc... and then include the link in your message. Please note that the picture must have some tie to an Apple product.

Thanks and a warm catnap to Leo and Geert-Jan!

Apple Maps in China offer a sneak peak what's in store for Maps in iOS 9

AppleInsider - Sat, 2015-05-23 12:16
Apple has gobbled up mapping market share on iOS (and the Mac) since introducing its own alternative to Google Maps back in 2012, despite lacking a variety of key features. Hints at how Apple Maps may soon improve are coming from a seemingly unlikely source: China.

How to Decide Between a Smartswitch and a Timer for Your Smarthome

MacObserver - Sat, 2015-05-23 08:30

Running up a large tab making your home smart? Juan Collao shows you how to decide between smartswitches for your lights and timer switches.


The Week in iPhone Cases: Puppy, koala, or fox? Check out Case-Mate’s cute animal-shaped cases

MacWorld - Sat, 2015-05-23 06:00
Puppy, koala, or fox? Check out Case-Mate’s cute animal-shaped cases

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you wallet-style cases from Truffol and SwitchEasy, retro game-inspired alternatives from PureGear, and classic options from Krown Case and Patchworks.

Case-Mate

Squeee! The Creature (iPhone 6; $30) is no ordinary case, sporting adorable animal designs with a matching charm.

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Of babies and bath water: Apple Car DOA

MacWorld - Sat, 2015-05-23 05:00

Don't get your imaginary hopes up for an imaginary Apple car, because its success is virtually unimaginable because of the imagined failure of another imaginary Apple device. Yes, it's just another walk in the park of Apple rumors, featuring a trip over the tied shoelaces of imagination and a fall into the koi pond of absurdity.

Writing for the Boy Genius Report, Yoni Heisler is here to tell us "What Apple’s failed HDTV plans tell us about an Apple Car." (Tip o' the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

Oh, sure, that whaaaaaat?

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This week on AppleInsider: New Macs, Apple Watch update, TV plans & more

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-05-22 23:02
Perhaps the most significant Apple-related event this week was the launch of a refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro, but the company also released its first firmware update for the Apple Watch, and saw its takeover of GPS firm Coherent Navigation made public.

Apple bolsters Maps with more business listings data providers

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-05-22 21:02
As part of ongoing upgrades to its in-house mapping service, Apple on Friday added a handful of entries to its rolling list of providers that supply the company with maps data, business listings and satellite imagery.

New book says BlackBerry ignored iPhone threat because it misunderstood market

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-05-22 17:08
An excerpt from an upcoming book on the rise and collapse of Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry suggests that while the company -- then known as RIM -- had some appreciation for 2007's first-generation iPhone, it did not see the device as a threat given RIM's core customers.

1987 Apple Promo Video Hints at Hubris of the 1990s

MacObserver - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:47

Hubris. Wow. So much hubris. The first half of the video below was a promo video Apple made in 1987 under then-CEO John Scully. It was fashioned to be a fake series of clips set ten years in the future (in 1997) that showed how awesome and big Apple would be. From satellites to Macintosh psychiatrists, to even the very notion of success, it's all wrong. It features John Scully, who is proudly featured as the glorious leader of Apple in 1997, Michael Spindler, who would replace him and be fired in 1996, Steve Wozniak, who offers the most insightful comments in the piece, and Del Yoakem, who also had some interesting things to say. Blake Patterson, who posted the video to YouTube, described it as cheesy and cute. Personally it makes me cringe. So much hubris. And it was so wrong, both on technology and Apple's future.


AWT News Update: May 22, 2015

AppleWorld.Today - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:30

After missing a day yesterday, the AWT News Update is back with some fun and informative news about the world of Apple... and its competitors:

  • Anker announces a number of adapters and cables for the new USB-C standard
  • Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones aren't selling well
  • Researchers at Cambridge University find big problems with security on Android phones
  • Apple Watch sales cool a bit after a hot launch

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 22, 2015.

Those of us who have the 12-inch MacBook are, for the most part, quite happy with our purchase. For most of our connections to the rest of the world we use wireless right now instead of wired connections, mainly because there aren’t that many USB-C adapters at this point. Apple offers three — a $19 USB-C to USB adapter, a $79 USB-C Digital AV Multiport adapter and a $79 USB-C VGA Multiport adapter. Well, accessory manufacturer Anker has just announced more solutions, including USB-C to micro-USB, USB-C to USB 3.0, and — this is the one I’m excited about — a USB-C to Lightning cable. Belkin and Google have also come out with USB-C cables and adapters, so it won’t be that long before we’ll have a good variety of cables to work with the 12-inch MacBook and any future Apple devices that use the new connection.

It sucks to be Samsung right now. Investment bank Oppenheimer published a research note that shows not only that sales of the company’s phones in the key China market dropped by more than 50% in the last year, but sales of the flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone are lagging big time. Oppenheimer pointed out that Samsung’s strategy with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is misguided. All of the changes are in hardware, while quote “we see little improvement in Samsung’s software user experience, and no value-added to existing Samsung users who are on prior generations of devices.” In other words, there’s no big compelling reason for consumers to purchase a Samsung device.

While we’re taking a close look at the failings of Android phones today, it’s worth pointing out the results of a study by Cambridge University researchers Laurent Simon and Ross Anderson, who found that the factory reset function in Android OS is so weak that data could be recovered from phones that had been factory-reset — even with encryption turned on. How many devices could be affected? The researchers belive that 500 million Android devices may not fully wipe device disk partitions, and as many as 630 million Android smartphones are susceptible to an issue that results in internal SD cards not being wiped. Other critical failures of various versions of the Android operating system were outlined in the research paper, which can be found here. Aren’t you glad you use iOS?

After an initial burst of sales — about 2.5 million in the first five weeks of availability — sales seem to be slowing for the Apple Watch. The numbers aren’t bad, averaging about 30,000 orders per day or about 900,000 per month. But that’s not on track with Apple’s hopes to sell 15 million of the devices by the end of September. It’s expected that sales will rebound and rise as soon as the Apple Watch appears in retail locations starting next month. And in case you’re concerned, the numbers are outpacing early sales of both the iPod and iPhone, and are quite close to initial numbers for the iPad.

The staff at Apple World Today is going to be taking the long three-day Memorial Day weekend off, so we’ll be back on Tuesday with another AWT News Update.

Apple attends 'spy summit' to discuss data privacy, mass surveillance issues

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:10
Apple was on the list of attendees at a secretive three-day conference last week, where heads of intelligence agencies from around the world met with private sector tech companies, security experts and journalists to discuss the ramifications of data privacy on state protection.

Early Apple Watch Edition orders begin shipping with custom delivery times

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:40
The first Apple Watch Edition orders should arrive as soon as Saturday, although unlike most Watch models, buyers are being given the option of when they'll have their device delivered, a report noted on Friday.

“Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course” Now Complete

TidBITS - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:33
We’ve now released the full “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course,” previously available in an abbreviated early-bird version. It helps you transition to Photos, walks you through importing photo libraries, explains the Photos interface and how you can organize your images, gets you going with the editing tools, assists you with syncing to iOS devices, and looks at creating slideshows and print products.

 

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5 ways OneNote is better than Apple's Notes app

MacWorld - Fri, 2015-05-22 14:37

The iPad is a convenient note-taking tool for the classroom and boardroom alike. And while Apple’s own Notes app is more than equipped to handle any text you can throw at it, it lacks any breakthrough features to keep you coming back.

The last company I ever expected to boast about having a better iOS app than Apple is Microsoft, but that’s exactly what I’m about to do. Microsoft’s OneNote app is vastly better than the Notes app that comes installed on your iPhone and iPad. There, I said it.

How is it better? Glad you asked.

All it takes is a finger (or stylus)

There’s something intimate about seeing your own handwriting on a piece of paper, or in this case, a screen.

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Today in the App Store — Action Climbing, Skiing Yeti Mountain and more

AppleWorld.Today - Fri, 2015-05-22 14:00

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Action Climbing; the Skiing Yeti Mountain game; and a significant update to Lumy photography app. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Title Challenge – Football Manager [$3.99 → Free] Made by fans of classic Champ Man, Title Challenge is a back to basics football manager game that puts the fun back into managing your favourite club.

Textkraft Pocket - Write text, research, correct & share [$3.99 → Free] Textkraft Pocket for iPhone and Apple Watch is a professional writing app and document reader in one app. Be productive, every day, wherever you need information and write down your ideas.

Action Climbing [$0.99 → Free] Climb as high as you can in this fast-paced action game on dangerous mountains.

Duet Game [$2.99 → $1.99] Enter a mesmerising trance of co-dependence in Duet. The rules are simple: control two vessels in sync, survive against all odds and keep calm.

iOS Apps On Sale

Essential Anatomy 5 [$24.99 → $0.99] Essential Anatomy 5 is the most successful anatomy app of all time and has more content and features than any other anatomy app — bar none!

Weather Line - Temperature Trend, Accurate Forecast, and Monthly Averages [$2.99 → $1.99] Visual graph forecast by 48 hours, 8 days, or 12 months. Available Worldwide.

Blek [$2.99 → $0.99] Blek is a unique game about imagination and personality. Everything you draw keeps moving – and watching your creations move is like watching magic.

Discounted Mac Apps

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet [On sale for $34.99, down from $49.99] 1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single click.

XCOM Enemy Unknown - Elite Edition [$34.99 → $16.99] XCOM, the Extraterrestrial Combat Unit - humanity’s last hope.

Mini Ninjas [On sale for $2.99, down from $9.99] Introducing the world’s smallest heroes. The cutest little ninjas in the whole of feudal Japan.

Money by Jumsoft [On sale for $14.99, down from $39.99] Money by Jumsoft presents a powerful, comprehensive, and intuitive system designed to help you keep control of your financial life.

GoodTask 2 - Reminders/To-do/Task Manager [On sale for $9.99, down from $19.99] Reminders have been completely reimagined and with GoodTask 2, it's now a powerful task manager.

New and Notable Apps

Capitals - Free Word Battle [Free] Play against your friends to spell the best words and expand your territory. Use strategy to defend your capital and knock out your opponent’s!

Skiing Yeti Mountain [Free] Carve your way through hundreds of levels as you search for the elusive Yeti.

Bad Dinos [$2.99] Play Bad Dinos – a new kind of tower-defense game that makes the rest feel ancient!

Updates you don’t want to miss

Lumy - Helps You Track Photographic Times [$1.99] Lumy helps you take beautiful photographs by letting you keep track of the Magical hour (also known as Golden Hour). Version 1.5 includes the following changes:

  • Support for Apple Watch. ( Photographic Times on your wrist, Exactly where you want it to be. )
  • Switch between selected locations time zone and native timezone.
  • Now you can drop a pin exactly where you want in the Map view.
  • Various bug fixes.

Plants by Tinybop [$2.99] Unearth the secrets of the green kingdom! Explore the forest, desert, and grasslands in this interactive diorama of the world’s biomes.. Version 1.1.4 includes the following changes:

  • Updated to play better with our new Tinybop apps, Homes, Simple Machines, and The Robot Factory.

Apple's iPhone 5c helps man survive shotgun blast to the chest

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-05-22 13:48
A 25-year-old British man who was shot in the chest with a shotgun during a confrontation outside of his home survived the event, thanks in part to his green iPhone 5c, which absorbed much of the impact.

Daily Deals for May 22, 2015, featuring 50% off Weather Live

AppleWorld.Today - Fri, 2015-05-22 13:30

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT Featured Deal
  • Weather Live [$1.99 → $0.99] Whether it is sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy or even stormy, Weather Live provides you with beautiful weather scenes that reflect local and worldwide current weather conditions and forecast.
Hardware and Accessory Deals
  • Netatmo Weather Station for Smartphone [Amazon; On sale for $119, down from $149] Netatmo App-Controlled Weather Station & Environment Monitor.

  • NETATMO Rain Gauge for Netatmo Weather Station [Amazon; On sale for $59, down from $79]A Rain Gauge on your Smartphone Receive an alert on your smartphone the moment it starts raining.

  • Apple® - MacBook Air® (Latest Model) - 13.3" Display - Intel Core i5 - 4GB Memory - 128GB Flash Storage - Silver [Best Buy; On sale for $849, down from $999] MacBook Air features fourth-generation Intel Core processors with stunning graphics, all-day battery life*, ultrafast flash storage, and great built-in apps.

  • Apple® - iPad® mini with Wi-Fi - 16GB [Best Buy; On sale for $199.99, down from $249.99] iPad mini features a beautiful 7.9" display, iSight® and FaceTime camera, the A5 chip, ultrafast wireless and up to 10 hours of battery life.

  • Apple iMac Sale [Best Buy; On sale for up to $150 off ]It's amazing to look at. And even more amazing to use. No desktop has ever brought so much to the table.

  • [$100 iTunes Gift Card [PayPal via eBay; On sale for $80, down from $100 ]Each iTunes code is redeemable for apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and more on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and the Mac App Store. Recipients can access their content on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and watch or listen on a computer - Mac or PC.

iOS Software Discounts
  • Beat the Beast [$0.99 → Free] Get Beat the Beast now and lose yourself in a unique and beautiful fairy world. Use a vast arsenal of towers, magic powers and obviously your tactical skills and the wisdom to defend your kingdom’s gates against the beasts.

  • Beat the Beast HD [$0.99 → Free] Get Beat the Beast now and lose yourself in a unique and beautiful fairy world. Use a vast arsenal of towers, magic powers and obviously your tactical skills and the wisdom to defend your kingdom’s gates against the beasts.

  • TightWire [$0.99 → Free] See if you can balance our fearless daredevil across the wire and prevent him from plummeting to the ground! Both challenging and eye-catching, TightWire will provide endless entertainment for only four quarters.

  • Brave Guardians TD [$1.99 → Free] Brave Guardians is an epic 3D action fantasy defense game that narrates the story of four heroes (Pepo, Tiko, Zagi & Rapu) -- each with extraordinary abilities.

  • Do Not Move [$0.99 → Free] Don't move your phone. You'll get points for every second your phone doesn't move!

  • Colors - 1000 Filters within Color Camera [$0.99 → Free] Colors is a camera app with the most number of filters,created especially for those who love to stand out.

  • Sago Mini Road Trip [$2.99 → Free] Go for a fun-filled drive with Jinja the cat. Pick a destination, select a vehicle and hit the road.

  • Better Fonts Pro - Now With Cool Font Keyboards For iOS 8! [$4.99 → Free] The easiest way to directly put in your better fonts. Do it fast, and do it all the time!

  • KeyTouch [$0.99 → Free] Unlock, lock and enter your password on your Mac with Touch ID.

  • Neuroshima Hex [$4.99 → $2.99] Neuroshima Hex is a fast paced, tactical board game where up to 4 players (human or AI) lead their troops to victory.

  • Neuroshima Hex Puzzle [$2.99 → $0.99] Still not tired of scraping evil machines, shooting raging mutans, facing bloodthirsty gangers and anihilating human kind – or what’s left of it? So come on and continue your journey in the world of Neuroshima Hex.

  • Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy [$6.99 → $4.99] Alliances are shattering, and hasty diplomatic treaties are made in secrecy. A confrontation of the superpowers seems inevitable – only the outcome of the galactic conflict remains to be seen.

  • Monument Valley [$3.99 → $0.99] Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry.

  • EMPIRE: The Deck Building Strategy Game [$2.99 → $0.99] The barbarous tribes who fought amongst themselves for so many aeons are at last able to come together to found a wondrous civilization. Is yours the first of its kind in this world, or one of many? No man knows, but what all men know is that their Empire must not only survive, but flourish!

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OS X Software Discounts
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Blur Premium Privacy Protection Lifetime Subscription: $49.99

MacObserver - Fri, 2015-05-22 13:29

Blur is an interesting service that creates disposable email addresses for required email confirmations, makes limited-balance, limited-duration credit card numbers that are accepted anywhere credit cards are, and creates a masked phone number that forwards calls and texts to your real phone number. It also includes a password keeper that will sync across devices and browsers. We have a deal that will let you get a lifetime subscription to Blur for $49.99, a discount of 74 percent. Check it out.


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