Pixelmator image editing and effects app for Mac now 50% off: $15 (Reg. $30)

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Pixelmator for Mac is now 50% off on the Mac App Store. Regularly listed at $29.99, the image editing and manipulation app is now available for $14.99. This is not only matching the best price we’ve seen on the app, but the first discount we’ve seen since the major OS X Yosemite overhaul. Along with its usual suite of enhancement tools and image effects, Pixelmator recently got a UI refresh inspired by Yosemite as well as “new features and technology” to support the new Mac OS.

Another feature added was something called Handoff Support, which allows users to “instantly switch” between Pixelmator on Mac and iPad. The recently released iPad version of the app is still available for $4.99 (Reg. $10) for another week.

Head below for more details on Pixelmator’s new iOS/OS X Yosemite integration, and over to our roundups for more game/app deals. Read more

Small States: JDS Labs makes powerful iPhone headphone amps, giveaway worth $279

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Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

There is a lot of pride that comes with manufacturing in the United States, and we’ve enjoyed sharing the stories behind that pride with you. Before we head into the holiday season, there is one more company that we wanted to make sure you knew about.

JDS Labs out of Collinsville, IL is responsible for one of the coolest products that I have ever used. They take very sophisticated technology and squeeze it into everyday products that make your music sound exquisite. We’ve covered the importance of digital-to-analog converters (DAC) and headphone amplifiers before, but never have we seen them in such a cool package like this.

Let’s learn a little more about JDS Labs.

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Free iOS app courtesy of Apple Store: The Whole Pantry ($2.99 value)

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Update (11/22 10:40am): There appears to be some confusion surrounding this deal: You must download the Apple Store app for iPhone only to redeem the freebie. Head down to the comments section below for more clarification

The free Apple Store iOS app is now offering The Whole Pantry for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as a free download. Regularly listed at $2.99, this marks only the second time we have seen the app go free since release. Note: once the free Apple Store app is installed on your device, simply go to the Store tab at the bottom, and scroll down to the free offer.

Previous Apple Store freebies were limited to those in the US, but user reports suggested that by disabling location services the download became available.

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Things task manager app for iOS goes free (Reg. up to $20), 30% off Mac version

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Update (11/20 4:00pm): Apple has now officially named Things for iPhone and iPad the Free App of the Week on the App Store.

Popular task manger app Things has gone free for the very first time on iOS. Both the iPhone version (Reg. $10) and Things for iPad (Reg. $20) are available as free downloads starting now, and you’ll find Things for Mac for $34.99 (Reg. $49.99). All three versions combined have received 4 star ratings from over 20,000 reviewers.

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Griffin introduces new Rail Yard Studios iPad stand made from re-claimed railroad materials, free case + 15% off

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Griffin has announced a new line of iPad stands that have a unique history to the materials that they are made from. The new Rail Yard Studios collection takes pieces from old railroads (rails, ties, spikes and plates) and includes a certificate of authenticity detailing the location the materials came from as well as some other details.

Head below for more details, pricing, a coupon code to save 15% and a free case of your choice…

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Worms celebrates its 19th birthday w/ 75% off iOS titles: Worms3, Armageddon, Crazy Golf HD, more

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After its initial release on the Amiga in the mid 90’s and now after nearly two decades of artillery blasting fun, the Worms game franchise is celebrating its 19th birthday with up to 75% off many of its iOS titles. Together, the mobile Worms games have received 4 star ratings from thousands of reviewers in almost every case. Regularly listed at $4.99, you’ll find Worms 1 through 3 as well as some of the spin-off titles for as low as $1.

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Best Buy’s 2014 Black Friday ad is out! Includes: Samsung 55″ 4K $900, iPad Air 2 $100 off, Beats Solo $80, much more

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It doesn’t get much bigger than Best Buy on Black Friday for a tech lover. And with a little over 2 weeks to go before Black Friday 2014, we’ve got the holy grail in our hands. Just like Target, Best Buy has beat the Black Friday ad leakers to the punch by releasing its biggest deals of the holiday season right on the front page of its website.

The deals will kick-off in-store Thursday, November 24th at 5pm and Friday, November 25th at 8am, but the ad specifically notes that you’ll be able to shop all-day long online both days. Doorbusters include a 4K Samsung 55-inch UHDTV for $899.99, all iPad Air 2 models $100 off, and Beats By Dre Solo headphones for $80.

So without further delay, here are our top picks for Black Friday 2014 at Best Buy as well as a sneak peak at the early sale beginning November 20th: Read more

Ridge Racer Slipstream for iOS is IGN’s free game of the month ($2.99 value)

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IGN is offering Ridge Racer Slipstream as it free game of the month for November. Regularly listed at $2.99, you can download the game for free on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Head over to the link above, click the “Get My Free Game” button and then click on the unique promotion code to start the download. IGN says “copies of this addictive arcade racer are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

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Poweradd 50W 6-Port Family-Sized USB Desktop Charger: $19AC (25W, 5-port: $12) Prime shipped

Amazon offers the Poweradd 50W 6-port USB Charger for $23.99 with free Prime shipping. Add $5 off coupon code VB9WOPM9 to drop the price to $18.99 shipped. The Poweradd offers a whopping 6 USB ports, 2 each at 2.4A, 2.1A and 1A to charge all of your USB devices optimally.

  • Maximizes output power upto 50W / 10amps among 6 ports
  • 100-240 volt input ideal for international travel and widely compatible with most 5V USB-charged devices like iPads, iPhones, Samsung tabs, smartphones, external batteries and so on.
  • Ergonomic, compact and portable design, much more space-saving and well-organized while charging your devices.
  • Fire-resistant and hardened plastic outer shell for durability, build-in premium circuitry and microchip ensure device safety.
  • Package contents: Poweradd™ 6-port USB desktop charger, 5ft detachable power cord.

Don’t need 6 ports and 50Ws? Poweradd also offers a 25W 5 Port model with 2.1A max for $11.99 shipped. 

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Small States: DODOcase uses old world craftsmanship to protect your modern devices, giveaways & 20% promo code

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Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

Since we began writing Small States about two and half months ago, we’ve been afforded the opportunity to tell the story of many great companies in the United States. It has been an incredible journey of meeting people that are passionate about bringing old world craftsman skills back to a country that has found peace in buying things from overseas. We have met and profiled so many great proprietors of high-quality products, telling their story has been an honor for us.

Today, we highlight DODOcase, makers of beautiful goods that provide a home for your iPad, iPhone, laptops and more. With Small States, we’ve found an opportunity to highlight products that are manufactured within the United States, but with DODO it’s about so much more.

This San Francisco based company is not only manufacturing beautiful products, they are bringing back a way of life and skill that has quickly escaped our country over the last 50 years. Read more

PSA: Sam’s Club will have a 60-inch VIZIO 4k Smart UHDTV for less than $1,000 during lead-up to Black Friday

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Retailers are striking even earlier this year with their best Black Friday/Holiday deals. Sam’s Club is planning a special Holiday Savings Celebration on Saturday, November 15th. Of course, when we first got our hands on this ad we were smitten with the iPhone 6 deal for $100. So much so, that we overlooked what we think is the best 4K UHDTV sale that has ever come across our deal desks… Read more

Meijer Black Friday ad leak: $100 credit w/ iPad purchases, Xbox One bundle w/ $50 credit $330, iTunes GC 20% off, more

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The stream of leaked Black Friday ads are starting to pick up steam now with Sears, Dell, Walmart and others already starting to show their hands. And today we’ve got an early look at Meijer’s Thanksgiving and Black Friday ads. You’ll find everything from discounted Apple products and streaming devices to kitchenware, HDTVs, gaming consoles and more…

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