Gifting iTunes Gift Cards to your family and friends has just gotten a whole lot easier, thanks to the added ability to send them as digital cards right from Facebook. So if you see that it’s your FB friend’s birthday (or any other occasion), simply head over to their page and click on the “Gift” icon. Once the iTunes option has been selected, you can purchase them in denominations of $10/$15/$25/$50 and pay with your credit card. You can even recommend albums, movies, games, apps, and more to go along with the e-card. Can’t find the Gift button on your friend’s page (located above box area where you post on someone’s wall)? Unfortuntely, the gifting feature is currently only available in the US.
Apple’s yearly Black Friday Event is now live in the US and Canada (along with rest of the world). Products you’ll find as part of the yearly sale include:
- new iPad 4 (save $41 on 16GB, up to $61 off on 64GB models)
- iPad 2 (save $31)
- 5th gen iPod Touch (save $31 on 32GB and $41 on 64GB models)
- Macbook Pro with Retina (save $101)
- Macbook Air (save $101)
As with past sales, accessories are also throw in at a discount, with $11 knocked off the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, Wireless Keyboard and Smart Cover for iPad. You can even pick up the new EarPod earphones w/Remote and Mic for only $22 ($7 off). All in all, the prices on Apple hardware is slightly better than MacMall’s Black Friday Sale.
If you do plan on picking up some new iDevices/Macbooks today, you can do so online (free shipping) or in Apple Stores. The sale ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup for some of the most notable and recent freebies/price drops that are worth checking out this Black Friday and Thanksgiving Weekend. Besides a good number of games/apps you can pick up for free, loads are currently only $0.99, like Fieldrunners 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers Initiative and more. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time. Happy Thanksgiving!
Update: New price drops and freebies have been added to the roundup (denoted by **)
Like during every major holiday season, Electronic Arts has slashed prices on a bunch of their iOS games, many of which are now $0.99. FIFA SOCCER 13 is now at its lowest price point ever ($2.99) and their latest – Need for Speed™ Most Wanted has been discounted for the first time ($4.99). Some of the dollar deals include Plants vs. Zombies, Real Racing 2, MONOPOLY for iPad and much more. No word on how long the sales will last, though it’s probably a safe bet that they’ll be good through the Thanksgiving weekend. The complete roundup of App Store links after the gap.
Been patiently waiting for a price drop on Parallels 8? Well you’re in luck, because it’s part of the latest Mac bundle to hit the web this Thanksgiving season. With the Mac Utility Bundle, you get 5 apps for $59 – which is 75% off the total retail price. They include: Parallels 8, Snagit, MacOptimizer, Rubbernet and VirusBarrier. Normally Parallels 8 sells for $80 and it’s arguably the best utility for running Windows right from within Mac OS. Snagit’s another app I use heavily for capturing screenshots for TMA and other projects (it can also do video capturing), and this alone retails for $50. You have 7 days to take advantage of this great Mac Utility bundle, so head over to the Stacksocial page for the complete details.
And if you missed it earlier, the ProductivityMac bundle (9 apps for $29) is still on.
Nokia has released their first iOS app, which it hopes will lure users away from the various mapping solutions on the platform. Called HERE Maps, it’s based off HTML 5 and offers several features that Apple’s own Maps app lacks. Most notable of these include turn-by-turn walking directions (strangely enough, not for driving directions), community maps (selected countries), the ability to save map areas for offline use, and public transportation. You can also sign up for a free Nokia account that lets you ‘Collect’ places, which can then be viewed at a later time on mobile devices and even the web.
Photography sure has come a long way. From the first photo ever taken (which required an eight hour exposure) to the explosion of mobile photography, more and more users are relying on their cellphones to snap their pictures. The team behind Overgram (an app that lets its users add an assortment of text to their Instagram pics), have drummed up an infographic detailing its evolution. Some of the stats include: more than 3.5 trillion photos have been taken since the first photo, 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook everyday and photos make up 42% of all posts on Tumblr. Check out the full breakdown filled with stats, fancy charts and the like after the break.
Watching movies on the iPad can be an enjoyable experience no doubt – just so long as you’re not relying on its terrible speakers. Even the ones on the iPad mini sound significantly better, thanks to the stereo speakers onboard. So how do you create the perfect accessory that makes the film sound great on-the-go AND not require you to carry around separate peripherals (i.e bluetooth speakers)? Enter ORA, a unique case that literally puts 8 speakers around your iPad, delivering 5 times the loudness you’re accustomed to hearing.
Good news for Google Maps advocates using iOS 6. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has been field testing their long rumoured iOS Maps app and putting on the “finishing touches” prior to submitting it to Apple’s stringent approval process.
Google has distributed a test version of its new mapping app that will work on Apple’s iPhones and iPads to some individuals outside the company, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Google has been putting the finishing touches on the app before submitting it for approval to the Apple iTunes store, this person said, though it is unclear exactly when that will happen.
Two weeks after the launch of the iPad mini, the Wifi + Cellular models (LTE) have finally arrived in the US. Both Sprint and AT&T have officially announced that the LTE minis are now available on their 4G networks and can be purchased at select retail stores. Meanwhile, Verizon‘s iPad mini product page has gone live on their website. It is also believed that cellular iPad minis are available in Apple Stores and Best Buy stores across the country. With a data plan, the mini will provide the added convenience of allowing its users to go online even if there isn’t Wifi available. Personally, I’ve always just owned the Wifi models; if I need internet access, I simply turn on hotspot sharing on my iPhone. But if your carrier charges for tethering however, an iPad mini 4G certainly makes more sense. Prices for the iPad mini Wifi + Cellular are as follows: 16GB ($459), 32GB ($559) and 64GB ($659).
If you missed my thoughts on the mini, you can check it out here.