As companies start capitalizing on the Apple Watch opportunity, leather bands hit Amazon for $10

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Apple is smart. By pitching the Apple Watch as a fashion accessory as much as (or possibly more) than an extension of personal technology, the company has put itself in a position to market and sell various (overpriced) accessory/replacement bands.

Everyone was prepared for the Apple Watch Edition to be priced sky-high, but I think everyone had some level of sticker shock when it was revealed that bands would be going for upwards of $450. This pricing scheme has left the door wide-open for third party accessory makers to cash in on the Apple Watch… Read more

Twelve South’s latest HiRise dock accommodates Apple Watch

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As the noise begins to die down from Monday’s Apple Watch announcement, we’re seeing a number of accessory makers reveal solutions for charging and storing the timepiece. Twelve South has announced its latest HiRise iteration, designed specifically for docking Apple Watch.

Much like previous models from Twelve South, the HiRise for Apple Watch elevates the device to a level that makes all buttons accessible for easier manipulation. It has a built-in cord management solution to keep the MagSafe charger in place, snaking through the aluminum base while keeping it out of sight.

Head below for full details on pricing, availability and more pictures.

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Apple extends deeper discounts to its refurbished store: AirPort Extreme $129, 13″ MacBook Air from $719, more

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Apple updated many of its products during Monday’s Spring Forward event. If you’re strong enough to resist these new models, you can stand to save a lot of money. Apple has issued deeper discounts to a range of products in its refurbished online store. All of these items include a full one year warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.

Apple refurbished products are extremely limited and as such it’s common for these products to sell out. Keep checking back, sold out items will pop back in stock.

In case you missed it, refurbished Apple TV is now only $59.

The best recent price drops we’ve found:

  • 13″ MacBook Air 1.3GHz/4GB/128GB (FD760LL/A): $719 was $799
  • 13″ MacBook Air 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (GD760LL/B): $759 – was $849
  • 11″ MacBook Air 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (GD711LL/B): $679was $769
  • 11″ MacBook Air 1.3GHz/4GB/512GB (G0NY0LL/A): $1,059 – was $1,149
  • 11″ MacBook Air 1.3GHz/4GB/256GB (FD712LL/A): $809 – was $869
  • 13″ Retina MacBook Pro 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (FGX92LL/A): $1,399 – was $1,529
  • 13″ Retina MacBook Pro 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (FGX82LL/A): $1,149 – was $1,269
  • 13″ Retina MacBook Pro 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (FGX72LL/A): $979 – was $1,099

If you prefer to buy new, then check out this Best Buy/Amazon sale on previous generation MacBooks.

Apple laptops up to 25% off: MacBook Air from $750 w/ .edu, Pro w/ Retina display from $1,100 w/ .edu

Update (3/11 8:00am): Amazon has matched many of Best Buy’s sale prices, see below for specifics.

Best Buy is discounting a number of now previous generation Apple MacBooks following yesterday’s keynote address, which brought modest updates to its line of MacBook Air and Pro computers. Today’s offer takes up to 25% off the list price of both MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display models. You’ll be able to save an extra $50 with a .edu email address as well. Free shipping is available on all orders.

Here is the full list of discounts:

MacBook Air:

MacBook Pro w/ Retina display:

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Updated Apple TV pricing gets passed down as players refurbished by Apple hit a new low of $59

refurbished-apple-tvApple announced a $30 price drop for the current generation Apple TV during today’s Spring Forward event. Instead of selling for $99, it’s now priced at just $69. Until now Apple sold a refurbished model for $75, but today’s price drop has resulted in Apple knocking the refurbished model down to just $59. It’ll ship free or you can opt for in-store pickup at your nearest Apple retail store. I’d suggest putting your savings towards this ingenious HDTV mount for your Apple TV.

All things considered, this is the best deal we’ve ever seen for Apple’s streaming media player. Even if you already own an Apple TV, at this price it’s easy to justify picking up a second (or third!) so you can stream HBO Now throughout your house.

Apple refurbished gear carry the same one-year warranty as brand new models, and generally arrive in ‘good as new’ condition.

As Apple Watch approaches, these top-rated iPhone 6 fitness armbands start at only $10 Prime shipped

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As the Apple Watch gets its long-awaited pricing and availability details today, millions of iPhone users — especially health-conscious people eying the entry-level Apple Watch Sport — will start making plans to preorder or line up for Apple’s new wearable. But the $349 price point means that many other people will keep using their iPhones during workouts and runs.

Today, I’ve rounded up some of the most affordable and best user-reviewed iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus armbands out there. The most basic option is only $10 with Amazon Prime shipping, while more protective solutions are in the $15 to $20 range. Some are complete standalone armbands, while others leverage your existing iPhone case for protection.

Do you want your iPhone armband to be fully sweatproof and weather-resistant, or is a basic lightweight alternative better for your needs? Here are some of the best choices…

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Sky Gamblers: Cold War is IGN’s free iOS game of the month ($5 value)

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IGN is now offering Ayptical Games’ Sky Gamblers: Cold War as its FREE game of the month. Regularly listed at $4.99 and with 4.5/5 stars from 2,257 ratings, you can now download this game for free on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch via IGN’s deal page. We’ve seen this game go down as low as $1 a few times before, but never free.

Go back in time and re-write the Cold War with this “extensive” single and multiplayer mode game. With multiple game modes, users can enjoy campaign, survival, team deathmatch, capture the flag and more. Sky Gamblers: Cold War is compatible with Game Center and AirPlay, so you can play along with your friends or on the big screen.

Head below for more details and a trailer.

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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