iOS device docks with streaming capability are a hot category these days. I’ve tried out quite a few of them, and Pure’s Contour i1 Air is one of the best. It provides all the functionality one wants from this sort of product, with a great look and at a fair price. With the Contour i1 Air, pure has come up with a very functional, easy-to-use and cool-looking streaming product.
The folks at PayPal have launched their own digital gift store, allowing US customers to purchase gift cards for their friends and family. And guess who’s the initial partner? Apple. Yes, PayPal’s digital store is selling iTunes gift cards of up to $100. The gift cards are available for US citizens, and customers can pay for them using their PayPal balance. PayPal did mention they’ll enter more partners to the gift store very soon.
Through the Apple Store iOS app, customers can purchase new products, check for upgrades on their iPhone and essentially browse the Online Apple Store in the mobile form. Apple has offered many free items to customers as an incentive to use it, and today they began giving away free Christmas music through the Apple Store iOS application.
Apple’s iPad Air is no doubt one of the best products the company offers to its customers, and CEO Tim Cook seemed very enthusiastic about how the device would hold up during the holiday season. Cook called this year an “iPad Christmas,” and he seems to be right. According to analytics firm Localytics, Apple’s iPad Air activations increased by 51% during this past Black Friday weekend.
On Tuesday, Apple seeded a new OS X Mavericks beta with a build number of 13B40 to developers. Apple has not yet specified exactly what it wants developers to focus on, though it is likely any new issues will receive the most attention, including some of the issues in the past such as Gmail in OS X, VoiceOver, and the Shared Links tab.
Packed with functional scanning and expense tracking features, Haave Oy’s Piikki for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch allows you to scan and upload receipts to popular storage and productivity tools like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote for easy archiving and record keeping.
Refurbished versions of Apple’s newest products are now being sold in the company’s online store, including the 11-inch and 13-inch Macbook Airs. The new Macbook Air models were introduced in June this year and Apple is already offering them at a discount. On Monday, Apple’s late 2013 27-inch iMac appeared in the refurbished store, bringing the price of several models down by more than $200.
Last month, Apple unveiled the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. The iPad Air went on sale last month as planned, but the availability of the iPad mini with Retina was delayed, not going on sale until November 12th. If you’re residing in India, you’ll be glad to know that both tablets are expected to hit the shelves in India on December 7th, according to a press release. The news comes from BGR.in.
We may be done with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but it’s not the end of the holiday season, by far. At least for this month, several retailers will continue to offer attractive discounts to their customers. And according to a new report at 9to5Mac, several Apple stores have started offering iPhone 5c and iPad Air price matching.
I’ve given up on calling it Cyber Monday, because everybody seems to be running week long sales. In fact, the sales seem to start about three days before Thanksgiving, but that’s another story. Right now you can find some great deals on Hyper’s impressive products, from their external batteries to cables to cases during the HyperShop Cyber Week sale.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has acquired a Twitter analytics firm called Topsy for $200 million. Topsy is a a social search and analytics company that works with Twitter to keep an index of Tweets from as far back as 2006. With the acquisition of Topsy, Apple will now be in control of one of the only full collections of Tweets (called a “firehose”) Twitter allows companies to access.
Mobile musicians in the know are likely familiar with IK Multimedia’s iRig KEYS mobile keyboard already. Today, IK Multimedia has two announcements. The first is that the iRig KEYS mobile MIDI keyboard is gaining Lightning cable support, which is fantastic news indeed. But even more exciting is the announcement of IK Multimedia’s even better mobile MIDI keyboard for iOS: the iRig KEYS PRO.