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Black Friday 2014 iPhone, iPad app and accessory deals

Some pretty impressive sales on some pretty impressive products.

Five Mac games that make fantastic last minute gifts

Want to know a secret about gift giving? No one cares when you bought the gift. What matters is that the gift is awesome I mean it’s the thought that counts. What matters is that it’s the thought that counts. These five Mac games from 2013 will show you put plenty of thought into your gifts, and through the wonders of digital downloads, it won’t matter if you bought them on Cyber Monday or Christmas Eve.

Social Playbook: The best iOS and Mac game gifts you can play together

With families and friends living in different parts of the world, it’s hard to spend time together. Sure, you can call or text, but there’s a limit to how many times you can talk about your day at work or school. So, what can you do to still stay close with your loved ones? Play games together! There are many options—from MMOs to MOBAs—on your gaming computer or smartphone. With Christmas just ahead and sales in full swing, now is the best time to do last-minute shopping.

AppleTell Gift Guide: Sumo Lounge Sultan bean bag chair

This is not the first time I’ve suggested a Sumo Lounge bean bag chair as a unique gift idea. Earlier this year, I recommended the Sumo Lounge Emperor as a fun piece of furniture with which to ship your kids off to college. I can’t make that suggestion with the Sumo Lounge Sultan, however, because this thing is big…far too big to fit in a dorm room. For the den or a family member’s first apartment, however, it makes a fun holiday gift.

AppleTell Gift Guide: How to create a custom NFL iPhone case

How do you represent your team when you can’t find decent NFL designs? You put together a couple different brands to create your own custom iPhone case. Here, I represent my fellow 12s by customizing my iPhone 5 skin colors at Slickwraps, then finish it off with an Esoterism Embrace-5 aluminum bumper. It allows you to get more creative with your gift, and you get a better case than the usual hunks of plastic endorsed by the NFL.

Holiday Gift Guide: The best iPhone and iPad accessories for musicians

If you’re looking to buy a gift this year for a musician, your iPhone and iPad options have never been better. Digital input adapters for connecting instruments like guitars and the like to iOS devices are now much easier to find, but this year also brought us other musical accessories. And thanks to Apple’s Core MIDI in iOS 7, many of these accessories are able to interact with just about any musical app on the App Store (as long as they support Core MIDI). Let’s cut to the chase, here are my favorite iPhone and iPad accessories for musicians released this year.

Holiday Gift Guide: Best Wireless Speakers

It was abundantly clear at this year’s CES and Macworld|iWorld expos that wired speaker docks had been given the old heave-ho, to be replaced by wireless streaming options like Bluetooth and (more rarely) AirPlay. With the holidays upon us, here’s a look back at what we feel are the best wireless speakers from this past year. They cover a wide range of price points and use cases, from the expensive home theater setup to a rough-and-tumble outdoor speaker that’s ready to go anywhere.

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Black Friday 2013 iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app and accessory deals [final update]

Black Friday is upon us, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app and accessory deals have built up like you wouldn’t believe. We’ve got apps on sale and we’ve got apps for free, we’ve got some excellent discounts on all kinds of accessories, and iPhone 4/4s owners can get themselves a StealthArmor skin for free! Head in now for the details, as this’ll be our last update until we see what carries over to Cyber Monday.

Black Friday 2013 Mac app and accessory deals [final update]

Seems Black Friday this year should be called Black Friday and a Good Portion of Thursday. I’ll let you all argue about shopping/family time on your own shopping/family time, because I’m here just to let you know what deals are out there on the online. Plenty of software and hardware developers are discounting their wares, and we’ve rounded them all up right here for you until the madness subsides.

Holiday Gift Guide: Game accessories for the OS X and iOS gamer

Christmas is fast approaching, and you want to give gifts to your favorite gamers, but you have no idea what to buy. Why not a mouse, controller, headphone or other accessory to go along with their Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? They’ll be thanking your generosity every time they fire up their games.

Top five iPhone and iPad games that make decent gifts

Here are five iOS games I’ve played in the last year that would make really good gifts. Because of the free-or-nothing App Store mentality, some of the more “expensive” $1.99 and up games get ignored by iPhone and iPad gamers. This is your chance to make it clear to them that you usually get you pay for. And because any friend of yours is a friend of mine, none of these games require in-app purchases at all.

iOS games that are actually worth giving

Yesterday, we showed you how to gift iOS apps for delivery on Christmas day. What we did tell you was what apps you should give. It’s trickier than it seems, especially with games. It doesn’t make much sense to give a $0.99 gift to someone, but you also want to make sure the game doesn’t require a bunch of in-app purchase. The good news, however, is there are many great iOS games available that make outstanding gifts for even hardcore gamers. Here’s a quick list of some of our favorites.