iTunes Free App of the Week: ProCam 2 ($1.99 value)

Apple has selected ProCam 2 – Camera and Photo / Video Editor as the Free App of the Week. Typically going for $1.99, you can now pickup the app for free on iPhone and iPod touch. You can also grab ProCam XL 2 on iPad for free (Reg. $1.99) as well. Based on previous pricing data, this is matching the lowest we’ve have seen the apps go for. Both version combined have received a 4+ star rating from over 1600 reviewers.

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Duet Display uses your iPad as an extra Mac display, hits its lowest price ever today: $8 (Reg. $15)

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Developed by former Apple engineers, the Duet Display app allows you to use your iPad or iPhone as an extra display for your Mac. The setup requires both an iOS app, which typically runs for $15.99 (after a $9.99 introductory price for a short time) and a Mac companion app that is free, but today the iOS side of things has dropped to its lowest price ever: $7.99.

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iHome iW3 AirPlay Speaker w/ rechargeable battery (red or silver) $45 shipped (Reg. $60+)

Woot is offering the iHome iW3 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System with Rechargeable Battery in red or silver for $39.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping. That’s as much as $100 or more under the original listing and the best price we can find by $15 (in black or silver).

Features:

  • iHome Airplay enabled speaker delivers portable, streaming digital audio wirelessly anywhere your Wi-Fi signal reaches.
  • Airplay compatibility allows you to stream and control your iTunes library with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, computers (PC & Mac) and more
  • Supports multi-speaker use so you can add wireless audio to every room
  • Delivers SRS TrueBass digital sound processing though 4 speakers with Reson8 speaker chamber technology
  • Suports USB docking and charging. Includes internal Li-Ion Battery

Reviews aren’t easy to come by for the silver model, but the black one has received a 3.5/5 star rating from over 45 customers on Amazon and comes with a 1 year warranty from iHome.

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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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iTunes Free App of the Week: Marvel Pinball ($1 value)

The free app of the week courtesy of Apple is Marvel Pinball. The Zen Studios developed pinball game is regularly listed at $1, and can now be downloaded for free on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This is the only time we have seen the game go free outside of a week sale this past summer. It has received a 3.5 star rating from over 850 users.

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Apple-certified MFi 3.3ft Lightning USB Cable: $8, 5 ft: $7 Prime shipped

Update: We found a lower price on MFi Lightning cables:  Tecknet MFi 3.3 ft Lightning cable for $6.97 Prime shipped at Amazon.  A better deal is the same $6.97 price for the 1.5M version.

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Amazon has the MFi Certified Aukey Lightning to USB Cable (3.3ft / 1m) for $9.99. When you enter the coupon code HE7YOXF4 at checkout, the total drops to only $7.99 Prime shipped. That’s about the lowest you can get for one of these cables certified by Apple (which charges more than double for their Lightning cables). Don’t have Prime? Get it for free for a month. Otherwise make sure to pad your order to $35 to avoid shipping (buy 5!).

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Need a little more pipe? Check out this combo MicroUSB/Lightning, heavy duty 6 foot cable for $21 shipped 

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$30 Streamers: Roku LT/Stick+3 Months of Hulu Plus or Chromecast +$20 Google Play, 2 months Hulu Plus, more

If you haven’t yet put a streaming dongle on all of your HDTVs, $30 buys you a lot of great options currently out there.

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Amazon and Best Buy continue to offer the Chromecast Dongle for $29.99 with free shipping. What makes this deal special is what Google adds on afterwards (ending January 31st): After setting up your Chromecast and visiting this page, you’ll receive $20 Google Play credit, X-Men original movie, 3 months of Drama Fever, 2 months of Hulu Plus and 90 days free Google Play music.

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  • Stream online video, music, photos and more to your TV using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop
  • Supports a growing number of apps including Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, ESPN, MLB.TV, Google Play Movies and Music, Plex, MLS, crackle, Vevo, Rdio. Allows to cast a Chrome browser tab.
  • Box includes Chromecast, HDMI extender, USB power cable, and power adapter. No remote needed.
  • Easy setup: Plug into any HDTV and connect to your home WiFi network
  • Works with Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks

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Next, Groupon offers either the Roku LT HD Streaming Player or Roku Streaming Stick with 2 Months of Free Rdio and 3 Months Free of Hulu Plus for $29.99 shipped. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for these popular streaming options that come with Remote and the most streaming options available which can be operated without a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Infinity Blade III now available for just $1 (Reg. $7)

ChAIR Entertainment has dropped the latest entry in its popular sword-fighting action game, Infinity Blade III, down to just $1 for the holidays. Typically listed at $6.99, this is the lowest we have seen the game go for by $2. At $10 for the entire Trilogy, today’s deal is still a better value than the previous Black Friday bundle by more than $2.

Widely regarded as some of the best mobile games out there, the Infinity Blade series brings together “adrenaline-fueled” action with some of the best visuals on the platform. As the epic conclusion for the three part series, IB3 introduces a new playable character as well as a more fine tuned experience overall within a much larger, dynamic 3D world. Along with voice work from famous actor Troy Baker (BioShock, The Last of Us, Far Cry 4, COD: Advanced Warfare, Batman Arkham, many more), it has the “most detailed story scenes ever shown” on mobile platforms:

Siris and Isa have joined with the God-King Raidriar in a desperate attempt to destroy the Worker of Secrets and his army of Deathless titans. Uncover new mysteries to wield the power of the Infinity Blade in this timeless adventure of champions and villains.

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9to5 Guide: The best iPad stands, docks, and cases with built-in stands

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iPads need stands. Whether you’re watching videos, long-form typing, or making FaceTime calls, it’s a chore to hold the iPad upright for extended blocks of time. To address that need, Apple launched the first iPad with regular and keyboard docks, but quickly gave up on them in favor of simpler folding lids called Smart Covers.

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If you’re looking for an iPad stand or dock, you can do better than that. We know because we’ve tested lots of options for Apple’s tablets. Following up on our guide to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus docks, we’re looking today at the very best of what’s out there for every iPad, covering four broad categories: simple portable stands, simple desktop stands, cases with integrated stands, and charging docks. Read more

Gaming For Couples: The Peggle Family + The Beatles: Rock Band

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You love games, but your girlfriend or wife doesn’t. My goal is to change that. This week, 9to5Toys is debuting Gaming For Couples, a new weekly column looking at great games for couples to play together. We’re not necessarily going to pick the newest or hottest games for this column — instead, we’re going to suggest titles that are reasonably priced, made for both girls and guys, and widely available.

Our first edition looks at two picks just in time for the holidays: the Peggle franchise and The Beatles: Rock Band, both from Electronic Arts.

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iPad Air 2s and Mini 3s $50-$100 off at Best Buy, matching Black Friday prices or 20% off select iPads at Staples

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Update (12/7 10:30am): Staples (in-store only) has 20% off select iPads: iPad Air from $319, iPad mini 2 from $239, iPad mini from $199, more.

Best Buy matches many of its Black Friday iPad Prices with $50-$100 off Apple’s latest release of iPads with free shipping or site-to-store. That’s tied with the lowest pure prices we’ve seen on many of these models.