Apple AirPort Express Wireless Router w/ AirPlay and Wireless Printing $79 or refurbished $65 (Reg. $99)

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The AirPort Express is by far the best wireless router for anyone in the Apple ecosystem and is a great choice for nearly everyone else as well. It’s definitely priced higher than similarly spec’d wireless N routers, but this is a case where paying “Apple tax” is worth it.

Amazon has it on sale for $79 with free shipping, which is $20 below its regular price.

Use it to setup a wireless network from the easy-to-use AirPort iOS app, print wirelessly, or AirPlay music to wired speakers. I’ve had one for years now and can’t remember the last time I had to reboot it. I know this phrase is overused, but it really does “just work,” which can’t be said for many of the headache-inducing budget routers out there.

If you don’t mind going refurbished, Apple sells an AirPort Express for $65 shipped and has the best deals for AirPort Extreme ($129) and Time Capsules (from $199).

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iTunes Free App of the Week: Twisty Hollow ($3 value)

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This week Apple has selected Twisty Hollow as its free app of the week for iOS users. This week’s sale marks the first time the game has gone free since releasing last fall, it typically sells for $3.

Players can follow along as citizen’s battle an unruly self-appointed mayor in this puzzle style game. The imaginative “paper art-style” game pits citizens against government as they try to solve the city’s problems and survive a new regime.

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NuDock wants to charge your Apple Watch, iPhone and every other USB device you own

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Apple Watch pre-orders kick off on Friday, which means you could have one on your wrist within a few short weeks. Big name brands have been slowly announcing accessories for Apple’s first wearable, but most have conservative designs and feature sets. Crowdfunding campaigns and smaller companies been revealing more ambitious Apple Watch add-ons. NuDock Power Station Lamp definitely falls into the latter camp.

With custom charging receptacles for your Apple Watch, iPhone, and other USB accessories, NuDock should be the only charging dock you need on your nightstand… Read more

Neo smartpen N2 instantaneously sends handwritten words and doodles to its iOS/Android app

Today, NeoLAB officially launched its Neo smartpen N2 following a wildly successful Kickstart campaign that raised more than over $350,000. Even more impressive is that the original goal was just $20,000. After selling some 2,500 pens during the initial round of crowdfunding, those that missed out are able to grab one today. Read more

Former Apple Designer takes on the mothership with new iOS and Android connected timepiece

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It’s high times when it comes to smart watches. With the Apple Watch looming for launch in the next month, the race for your wrist is mid-stride. One former Apple designer is taking next month’s release head-on, putting a focus on creating something that is meant to last longer than this year’s product cycle. Read more

Apple adds 12 different (highly discounted) iMac w/ Retina 5K models to its refurb store, up to $660 off

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Apple frequently updates its Refurbished Online Store as new models become available and others sell out. Right now there are an abundance of iMac with Retina 5K display models available at deep discounts (up to $660 off). Since its release last fall we’ve seen a couple deals for retail models, but most of those were for the entry level machine.

If you’re looking for a faster processor, more RAM, or bigger hard drive, these current refurbished deals are going to be the ones you want to get in on: Read more

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi in all colors: 128GB $600 (Reg. $699)

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Update (3/24 1:10pm): 128GB Wi-Fi model is also on sale: $599.99 shipped (Reg. $699).

Blutek via eBay Daily Deals offers a $99 discount on select Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi tablets in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. The 16GB model is on sale for $399.99 shipped (Reg. $499), while the 64GB model is priced at $499.99 shipped (Reg. $599). Given the large size of retina optimized apps and HD movies, I’d definitely suggest going with the 64 or 128GB model.

The Apple iPad Air 2 features 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048×1536 resolution, 10 hours of battery life, 802.11ac wireless and Touch ID.
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Apple’s refurbished 3TB Time Capsule drops to $299 shipped (25% off original)

apple-time-capsule-3tb-refurbRight after Apple’s Spring Forward event we saw fresh price drops across its refurbished online store. The discounts included AirPort Express/Extreme, 2TB Time Capsule, and tons of Macs.

Now, Apple has reduced the refurbished 3 TB Time Capsule down to $299 with free shipping. It typically sells for $399 new and the previous refurbished price was $339. It acts as a full-featured 802.11ac wireless router and packs a built-in 3TB drive with wireless connectivity so you can effortlessly backup all of your devices.

Apple Certified Refurbished Products:
– Quality products/great prices
– Stringent refurbishment process prior to sale
– Covered by Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty
– AppleCare Protection Plan can be purchased
– Supplies are limited
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Considering an Apple Watch? Pebble’s original timepiece might be a better buy for iOS users

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Now that all the Apple Watch details are laid out for consumers, there is a big choice to be made for those interested in purchasing a timepiece with smart functionality. The Apple Watch will start at $349, with most of our readers electing for a $400 model, although early adoption levels seem to be low. If you’re thinking that a lower priced watch is more appropriate, it looks like you’re not alone. With the Pebble Time making a timely appearance on Kickstarter, many have chosen to back the lower priced option. In fact, following the Apple Watch keynote, Pebble saw a 167% funding increase.

Despite all the new releases and hype, the original Pebble is still capable of getting the job done at a more affordable price.

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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