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  • Best Buy Memorial Day Sale Savings on Apple Watch, Mac Notebooks, 9.7-Inch iPad Pro, and More

    Best Buy Memorial Day Sale Savings on Apple Watch, Mac Notebooks, 9.7-Inch iPad Pro, and More
    Best Buy today launched a four-day-long Memorial Day sale that has markdowns on quite a few Apple products, including Apple Watch, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPad, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. The four day sale begins today and ends on Memorial Day, this Monday, May 29.

    Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy and may earn commissions on purchases made through these links.

    The first item up for sale is Apple Watch Series 2, which Best Buy has marked down $70 for nearly all models of Apple's wearable device. Each purchase of an Apple Watch during the event will net customers free in-store setup and advice by Geek Squad.


    Aluminum case models including Nike are priced at $299 for 38mm or $329 for 42mm, while stainless steel models range from $479 to $679 depending on casing color and band combinations.

    Best Buy's iPhone 7 sale lets customers save up to $300 when they buy and activate an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on a monthly installment plan, with carrier plan options varying by store. Similarly, Best Buy is offering up to $200 off the iPhone SE 16GB and 64GB models with the purchase of a monthly installment plan.


    For Mac notebooks, Best Buy is providing discounts of between $200 and $250 on MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar isn't included in the site's Memorial Day sale. Customers who buy one of the MacBooks will also get six months of Trend Micro Internet Security for free, which will cover up to three iOS, Mac, Android, or Windows devices for the time frame.

    Best Buy has marked down numerous versions of Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro, with savings between $100 and $125 off of the devices in Wi-Fi only configurations. Discounts of $100 are also available on iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi models. With the purchase of an iPad customers will receive a free six months of Kaspersky Internet Security that covers a range of three devices across iOS, Mac, Android, and Windows.

    Best Buy has a few deals on iMacs, Mac minis, and Mac Pros this weekend, with savings going up to $200 on iMac and $100 on Mac mini, with the same free warranty offer as it's offering for customers purchasing a MacBook. Best Buy is also knocking $600 off of the original price of the quad-core Mac Pro that has discontinued been by Apple.

    Finally, the Memorial Day sale also includes a few smart home items, like connected light bulbs and the Nanoleaf Aurora lighting system. Beats by Dre Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones are on sale for $129.99 ($70 in savings), as well as the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter drone at $999.99 ($200 in savings). Customers can choose between free in-store pick up on all items, or get free two-day shipping for any orders over $35.

    Visit Best Buy's Hot Deals page here to see the full list of products available before the Memorial Day sale ends on Monday.

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  • Bear 1.2 Brings Sketching, New Icons, and VoiceOver to Note-Taking App

    Bear 1.2 Brings Sketching, New Icons, and VoiceOver to Note-Taking App
    Popular note-taking app Bear received an update on Thursday across Mac and iOS that adds a number of notable features to the Evernote rival.

    The biggest change to Bear is the ability to sketch on iOS. Users can now add sketches to their notes using a finger or stylus. Sketches are drawn on a separate open canvas, which includes pencil and marker tools similar to Apple Notes, with each pencil coming in three sizes and a range of colors.


    Next, Bear has taken cues from the new API in iOS 10.3 that enables apps to use custom icons. Bear supports eight different themes, and now each one has an accompanying icon so that Bear's appearance on the Home screen optionally matches the selected theme.

    Bear 1.2 also brings VoiceOver support, to aid blind and visually impaired notetakers. Elsewhere, a Bear Notes sticker pack has been included for use in iMessages.

    Lastly, Bear has been translated for three new languages: Korean, Russian, and Brazilian Portugese. Bear 1.2 is free and offers a $1.49 monthly or $14.99 annual subscription model for Pro features. Bear is available to download on the App Store for iPad and iPhone [Direct Link], as well as on the Mac App Store [Direct Link].
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  • Magikarp Jump Launches as Latest Pokémon Game for iPhone and iPad

    Magikarp Jump Launches as Latest Pokémon Game for iPhone and iPad
    The Pokémon Company has launched a new iPhone and iPad game revolving around one of the weakest Pokémon ever, Magikarp.


    Magikarp Jump, available now on the App Store [Direct Link], tasks players with raising multiple generations of Magikarp by feeding and training them to increase their Jump Power and overall level. Players can then battle?try to jump higher than?other Magikarp in six leagues to increase their personal Trainer Rank.

    As a player's Trainer Rank increases, additional food and training upgrades can be purchased from the Town with coins, which are awarded for various in-game tasks such as winning league battles. A higher Trainer Rank also allows players to fish for additional Magikarp with different designs.


    Magikarp Jump is entirely free to play, but diamonds are available as optional in-app purchases for players who wish to buy pond decorations and other items that help Magikarps grow and train even faster.

    Magikarp Jump is not nearly as sophisticated as Pokémon GO, but with a number of achievements to complete, it's a decent way to pass the time on a train ride home or a lazy Sunday afternoon. You'll also see other classic Pokémon such as Pikachu and Pidgeotto appear at times for a bit of nostalgia.


    Magikarp Jump is a free download on the App Store [Direct Link] for iPhone and iPad.

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  • Microsoft Announces 'Mixer Create' iOS App for On-The-Go Live Streaming of iPhone Games

    Microsoft Announces 'Mixer Create' iOS App for On-The-Go Live Streaming of iPhone Games
    Microsoft today announced a rebranding of its game streaming service "Beam," which will now be called "Mixer," along with the launch of a new iOS and Android app that will debut today in beta form. Called "Mixer Create," the app will include a handful of self-broadcasting features that let streamers keep in contact with their audience while on the go.

    Additionally, down the line Microsoft will update Mixer Create to let creators stream live gameplay of iOS games directly from their iPhones and iPads, similar to how Mixer can stream games on PC and Xbox One. The mobile broadcasts will be viewable by users on any platform that Mixer is on, including the basic Mixer app for iOS [Direct Link] and Android, as well as on Xbox One and the web.


    Although it hasn't yet explained the specifics of how the feature will work, Microsoft gave examples of streamers sharing live gameplay from their iPhone, including streaming their hunt for Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
    Mixer Create Beta Launches on Mobile Devices (iOS and Android) -- Mixer Create is a new mobile app that enables self-broadcasting, and we?re kicking off the beta today. Soon thereafter, we?ll add the ability to stream live gameplay from your mobile device as well. The ability to broadcast gameplay on-the-go opens up entirely new social gaming possibilities.

    In the future, you could imagine streaming ?Pokémon Go? on your mobile device, through Mixer, and hunting with viewers! Once mobile gameplay streaming launches, you?ll be able to join a co-stream with friends who are broadcasting on PC, console or other mobile devices.
    The rebranding announcement today includes multiple other feature reveals, mostly related to the service's website and Xbox One app. Those who stream on Mixer will now be able to co-stream with up to three other people, meaning up to four creators can combine their streams into one experience for viewers to watch. The company said the feature is aimed at co-op games where four players are playing at the same time, but it also supports each streamer playing totally different games as well.


    Beam originally launched in January 2016 before Microsoft acquired it in August 2016 for an undisclosed sum, and then integrated the game streaming service into Windows 10 and Xbox One earlier in 2017. In a launch video explaining the name change and detailing the new features, Mixer's director of marketing Jenn McCoy and co-founder James Boehm said that the new name was chosen "because it represents what we love most about the platform, that it's all about bringing people together."

    Mixer Create should begin rolling out on the iOS App Store throughout the day, and the iOS game streaming features will be "coming soon."

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  • New Qualcomm Court Filing Wants iPhone Suppliers to Pay Royalties Amid Battle With Apple

    New Qualcomm Court Filing Wants iPhone Suppliers to Pay Royalties Amid Battle With Apple
    As the legal dispute between Apple and Qualcomm continues, Qualcomm this week has requested an injunction to force Apple's iPhone manufacturers to keep paying royalties during the legal battle (via Axios). Last week, Qualcomm sued four of Apple's suppliers -- Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal -- for "breaching their license agreements" by failing to pay royalties on the use of Qualcomm's technology in the assembly of Apple's devices.

    Now, Qualcomm is trying to force the suppliers to continue to make royalty payments amid the legal scuffle with Apple. According to Qualcomm's general counsel, Don Rosenberg, the company believes that "it is only fair and equitable" that the suppliers pay for Qualcomm's licensed technology.

    "We are confident that our contracts will be found valid and enforceable but in the interim it is only fair and equitable that our licensees pay for the property they are using," Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg said in a statement to Axios.
    In April, Apple decided to stop making royalty payments to its manufacturers in relation to Qualcomm technology, and said it would continue doing so until the conflict was resolved. Now, in an amended section of its earlier lawsuit, Qualcomm claims Apple has promised to compensate its suppliers for any monetary loss potentially faced during the lawsuit.

    According to Qualcomm, this is a tactic enacted by Apple "to make litigation unbearable" and to force a settlement, because Qualcomm claims that Apple knows it would not win if the case eventually made it to court.
    By withholding billions of dollars in royalties so long as Qualcomm defends itself against Apple's claims, Apple is hoping to make litigation unbearable for Qualcomm and, thereby, to extract through a forced settlement what it knows it cannot obtain through judicial process?a below-market direct license. Apple's tactics are egregious.
    The lawsuit began with an FTC complaint regarding Qualcomm's anticompetitive patent licensing practices, for which Apple sued Qualcomm, accusing the company of charging unfair royalties for "technologies they have nothing to do with." The argument died down for a few months until Apple ceased royalty payments to its suppliers in April, which particularly hurt Qualcomm because the company's licensing deals are directly with iPhone suppliers and not Apple itself.


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  • Mobile Gaming Technology

    Mobile Gaming Technology
    With the rapid advancement of mobile technology over the past decade many industries have been struggling to keep up or, rather, they are falling behind in terms of grasping and making the most of the opportunities that mobile internet can provide. Advertising is obviously one area and many sections of the market either overlook mobile [...]
  • iPhone Evolution in 2013

    iPhone Evolution in 2013
    The launch of smartphones has contributed to further growth within the online gaming market and in particular to the gambling industry. Through numerous sites that allow live gambling and the personal reach in audience through smartphones, the industry has experienced a further boost. Sports betting and online casino companies in particular have taken advantage of [...]
  • Should You Upgrade Your iPhone?

    Should You Upgrade Your iPhone?
    iPhones are notorious for new versions and with each new upgrade consumers wonder whether or not they should trade in their last model. The latest iPhone models are sure to have better features than those that were previously released and there are a number of websites set up to help users to sell their old [...]
  • Protecting Your iPhone with an Aluminum Jacket

    Protecting Your iPhone with an Aluminum Jacket
    iPhones do not come cheap and because of this, many users want to protect them from damage. There are aluminum jackets available that will help to protect your iPhone and many of these jackets are very stylish. They are designed to perfectly fit various iPhone versions without having to actually squeeze the phone into the [...]
  • DAB Digital Radio Advertising Benefits to Businesses

    DAB Digital Radio Advertising Benefits to Businesses
    More and more consumers are beginning to listen to digital radio which gives businesses an excellent platform to advertise their products and services. Radio is considered to be one of the greatest forms of advertising and with many UK consumers switching from FM to digital radio, many businesses have begun to look at the benefits [...]
 
 
 
 
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  • iPhone 4 Forum dot net moves to iPhoneForums.net

    iPhone 4 Forum dot net moves to iPhoneForums.net
    With the announcement of the new Verizon iPhone 4 heading to Verizon, we also have some big news.  iPhone4Forum.net is now iPhoneForums.net.  Under the new name we will cover all Apple iPhone devices but are main focus is still on the Apple iPhone 4.  If you haven't been there before please stop by and say [...]
  • Verizon iPhone 4 Announced!

    Verizon iPhone 4 Announced!
    Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon.   For more details visit http://www.iPhoneForums.net BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California?January 11, 2011?Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that the iPhone® 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be [...]
  • Wesley Snipes Launches His Own iPhone Game, Julius Styles: The International

    Wesley Snipes Launches His Own iPhone Game, Julius Styles: The International
    Actor Wesley Snipes, who is currently in prison in Pennsylvania serving a three-year sentence for tax evasion, will soon be starring in his very own action-strategy iOS game, called Julius Styles: The International. Snipes plays the part of the game?s protagonist, Julius Styles, an international ?Facilitator? in a world of money, power, sex and murder. [...]
  • Verizon to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone

    Verizon to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone
    On the eve of the joint Verizon Wireless /Apple event where they are expected to unveil the Verizon Wireless iPhone, The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon will be offering unlimited data-use plans with the iPhone to its customers, according to its sources. As the WSJ points out, this would put clear blue water between [...]
  • E.D.F: Earth Defense Force Coming Soon to iPhone and iPad

    E.D.F: Earth Defense Force Coming Soon to iPhone and iPad
    Classic SNES game E.D.F.: Earth Defense Force is coming very soon to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad according to developer and publisher DotEmu. One of the great Japanese shooter-arcade games of the 90s, Earth Defense Force was first developed and published way back in 1991 as a coin-op game by Jaleco Ltd., before being [...]