Control Siri, iTunes and your iPhone’s camera from afar w/ Satechi’s Bluetooth buttons

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Technology has created a much more accessible world, with nearly everything right at our fingertips. The thing is, sometimes we still just want easier access to a button, switch or that USB port in the back of your computer. Satechi has set out to solve this problem with three Bluetooth-enabled buttons meant to interact with a myriad of devices.

The BT Button Series is a trilogy of stick-on thin circles that pair with a device via Bluetooth and enables the user to complete certain tasks. They come in a slim circle design with an aluminum metal outer edge and are compatible with iOS devices and Android OS 4.4.4 or later. From selfies to Siri, these products have an eye for making digital life just a touch more accessible – head below to find out how.

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Rovio releases new matching puzzle game ‘Jolly Jam’ for iOS and Android

Rovio, creators of the hit game Angry Birds, has announced its latest iOS and Android offering ‘Jolly Jam’. Playing off the popular connect-three matching style of gaming, Jolly Jam has visual cues that will remind gamers of Candy Crush.

This puzzle based game focuses on matching like colors from corner to corner using a drag and highlight style of play. The idea is for users to draw boxes around matching jellies to complete levels with combo attacks and special jellies releasing colorful explosions. With ‘endless’ levels of play, Jolly Jam is highlighted by bright colors and sounds through gameplay.

Jolly Jam is available now for free on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

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$40 Mac Bundle: Things, ScreenFlow, Typed, Civ, ExpanDrive, Aftershot Pro 2, more

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Today we’ve put together a really impressive bundle of 8 Mac apps including the latest versions of Screenflow and Things (which are $100 and $40 at the Mac App Store by themselves!).

Using the coupon code ULTRAMAC5 at checkout, 9to5 readers can get an extra $5 discount over at Specials.9to5Toys.com to buy the whole bundle for $39.99 – that’s 91% off from the $470 retail price. 

Every app’s latest version is included, none of which has ever been in a bundle before (except AfterShot Pro 2). In fact, 6 of the apps cost more by themselves than the whole bundle does!

Here’s what’s in the goodie bag:

  1. ScreenFlow 5 ($99.99) – The best screen recording tool for Mac. Version 5 was released in October and has never been in a bundle before.
  2. Things 2 ($49) – Award-winning task management app that’s never been in a bundle before.
  3. Civilization: Beyond Earth ($49.99) – The latest in the epic Civilization series.
  4. ExpanDrive 4 ($49.95) – Slick utility app.
  5. ProSoft Data Rescue 4 ($99.99) – Market leader in data recovery. This is the new version 4.
  6. AfterShot Pro 2 ($79.95) – A very solid photo editor, and the only app included that’s been in a bundle before.
  7. Typed ($24.95) – A new text editor that has gotten a lot of hype and acclaim out the gate.
  8. Snapselect ($24.99) – Handy new photo app from MacPhun.

In all, the value is almost $470, and with the coupon code “ULTRAMAC5″ 9to5 readers can grab it for $39.99 (91% off). This one will go really quick.

Staples/Best Buy/Walmart iPad deal roundup: iPad mini $200, iPad Air $339, iPad Air 2 $424, more

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A couple retailers are slashing prices on a slew of iPad models. There is truly an option for everyone’s budget. Jump into each link to scope out which colors are available.

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Use your savings to buy our favorite iPad mini charging dock or a super long 10 ft. Lightning cable so you can use your iPad before going to sleep without hanging over the side of the bed while it charges.
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Get 67% Off The Productivity Pack (Updated to include 3 Months of Dropbox Pro FREE)

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Some of you may have heard about the Productivity Pack that launched last week – it’s a bundle on the Pro or Premium versions of some of the top web services around – Evernote, Pocket, Wunderlist & LastPass. Now, we’re excited to announce that you can buy the Productivity Pack for the same price – $59.99 (67% off) – through 9to5specials. Here’s the best part – we’ve just added a 3-month subscription to Dropbox Pro to the bundle, without increasing the price. You also get a bonus 8 week subscription to NYTimes Digital. Enjoy =)

Here’s what’s included:

  • 1 Year of Pocket Premium
  • 1 Year of Wunderlist Pro
  • 1 Year of Evernote Premium
  • 1 Year of LastPass Premium
  • Dropbox Pro: 3-Month Trial
  • Bonus: 8 Week Subscription to NYTimes Digital

If you already have a premium or pro subscription for an of these services, you can still take advantage of this bundle! Your additional year will take effect once your current paid period has ended. Also, you will be able to re-subscribe for each service separately, as you wish.

Click Here To Get 67% Off The Productivity Pack – $59.99

Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (newest version) w/ 802.11ac Wi-Fi: $349 shipped (13% off)

apple-time-capsule-AC-wirelessAmazon offers Apple’s baddest AirPort Time Capsule, the 3TB version, for just $349 shipped. That’s $50 below retail (or 13%) and the best deal we’ve seen. Apple’s high-end networking solutions aren’t discounted too often, so if you’ve been eyeing one now would be the time to strike. As a further pricing comparison, Apple sells a refurbished model for only $10 less. B&H and BuyDig are also currently running the same deal.

Apple’s Time Capsule is a jack of all trades. It acts as a 802.11ac wireless router, wireless backup solution, and can share USB peripherals like an external hard drive or printer. The 2TB is also on sale for $277.99 (Reg. $299).

Throw a 5TB Seagate USB 3 Hard Drive in your cart for $139.99 and you’ll have a total of 8TB of backup and server space or at least another 5TB backup.
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The best student discounts: save at Apple, Best Buy, J.Crew and dozens of other national retailers

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Life as a student can be a struggle, from trying to keep up with your classes to working at a part-time job. Don’t forget about your girlfriend or those student loans weighing over your head as well. The good news: we’re here to help put a couple bucks back in your pocket so you don’t have to settle for cheap beer this weekend…

9to5Toys has scoured the internet looking for some of the best discounts available to students and rounded them up. Below we’ve got details on potential savings at Apple, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew and more. You probably had no idea that you’ve been missing out on those discounted burritos.

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Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest version) 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,599 ($200 off)

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Amazon offers the Apple 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (model MGX92LL/A) 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB for $1,599 with free shipping, which is $200 off list. B&H also has it for the same price and only charges sales tax at the time of purchase for buyers in NY. However, Amazon offers Prime benefits and charges sales tax at purchase for a limited number of states, so be sure to weigh both options when making your purchase.

This is Apple’s top of the line standard configuration 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

If you’re looking for an Air, then head to this post to save $199 on a current generation 13-inch model.

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Apple 11.6-inch MacBook Air (mid 2013) 1.3GHz/4GB/256GB: $849 shipped (orig. $1,099)

apple-macbook-air-md712ll_aB&H offers Mid-2013 11.6-inch Apple MacBook Air (model MD712LL/A) for $849 with free shipping. As a pricing comparison, it originally sold for $1,099 and Apple is currently charging $869 for it in refurbished condition. Whats more, B&H only charges sales tax at the time of purchase for buyers in New York.

Use your savings to pickup AppleCare at the discounted price of $174 (Reg. $249) and put your new MacBook Air on the beautiful stand it deserves (also on sale).

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Small States: Paper by FiftyThree pursues the new digital American Dream, multiple giveaways

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Update (1/24 9:00am): @ericmata75 is our winner, thank you to everyone for entering our giveaway!

The story goes, as told by co-founder Andrew Allen, that Paper by FiftyThree started out of a love for analog products. That four Microsoft colleagues turned friends with the resources of a Fortune 500 company found a greater passion in a pencil, scissors…and paper. Often Andew, Georg Petschnigg, Jonathan Harris and Julian Walker would sit down and discuss their ideas, talking about possibilities that bounced around in their heads. These brainstorming sessions would always be recorded on a scrap, or coffee filter, napkin or Moleskin, notably they weren’t writing in Word or the like – they were writing everything out.

The feeling of analog products, the feel of cutting paper or dragging a pencil across paper. How do they bring that feeling to a digital world? It was at that point, they bunkered down in a 5th floor New York apartment and set out to re-imagine digital design. They set out to make Paper.
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Apple iPad Smart Covers for iPad 2/3/4: Polyurethane $8 (orig. $39) Leather $15 (orig. $70)

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Update (1/15 10:30am): Best Stop Deals via eBay Daily Deals also has the Apple iPad Polyurethane Smart Covers for iPad 2/3/4 starting at $7.99 shippedNote: these will ship in bulk packaging.

Best Stop Deals via eBay Daily Deals offers the Apple iPad Leather Smart Cover for iPad 2/3/4 in a variety of colors for $14.99 shipped. A few specific notes on this deal: the Navy colored model is currently excluded from this pricing and these items will be shipped in bulk-packaging. Amazon has a variety of colors available as well for a few dollars more, the cream version is less expensive with Prime shipping (free trial). These are the best prices that we can currently find from a trusted retailer.

Typically we see these types of close-out pricing on the polyurethane version of the Smart Cover, so it is of particular note to see the leather cover. We’ve covered Apple products from Best Stop Deals in the past, they have a positive seller rating of 98.5% from over 72,000 customers.

These Smart Covers are designed to protect the front of your iPad screen, while doubling as a stand as well when rolled back. They magnetically cling to the side of the iPad, while the cover itself utilizes magnets within the device to snap shut when closing. Note that these smart covers are designed for iPad 2/3/4.

While they do make great window displays, they are not magical as they might seem.

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