WaterField Designs has a new travel pouch for your tech from its San Francisco workshop

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There are many ways to carry the smorgasbord of items we carry on a daily basis while traveling or going to work. Sometimes though, it’s the smaller things that don’t find a home in your bag or suitcase. With many larger offerings already on the market, made-by-hand San Francisco manufacturer Waterfield Designs has introduced a new Padded Gear Pouch specifically for carrying all the smaller items.

Whether it’s for an iPad mini, external hard drive, Apple TV or simple toiletries, this multipurpose bag can carry a number of different items. We’ve got the full details on this new product from Waterfield, a video from its designer and the full press release below.

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Ray’s 4.8-inch touch screen Super Remote takes TV watching out of the dark ages

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While it seems like every week our living room technology evolves, with new curved and 4K UHDTVs, the remote that controls these new devices seems to have hit a wall. Harmony has long dominated the upper-echelon universal remote world, but its solutions haven’t always been the most intuitive.

The good news is a fresh competitor is set to enter the marketplace, taking design cues from Cupertino while putting a highly-visual user experience first. The Ray Super Remote puts all of your devices, programming and functions into one 4.8-inch display that promises to simplify your home entertainment experience. Read more

Gameloft’s Modern Combat 5 Blackout for iOS hits its all-time lowest price: $1 (Reg. $4+)

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Gameloft’s Call of Duty-like military shooter, Modern Combat 5: Blackout, has hit its all-time lowest price ever on the App Store. Usually listed at $3.99 (and regularly as high as $7), you can pick up the game on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for just $1. It has received 4/5 stars from 7,104 ratings and is listed as the “App Store’s Best of 2014 in 28 countries!”

Along with a series of updates over the holidays, Blackout features squad-based multiplayer with 4 customizable classes, chat, leaderboards and “limited time events”. There is also a full single player campaign here with light XP and weapon tier systems that takes you from Tokyo to Venice “to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds.”

Head below for a quick look and more details: Read more

iTunes Free App of the Week: Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 ($2.99 value)

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Apple has chosen Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 as its Free App this week. Regularly listed at $2.99, you can now download the “Best kids app in more than 50 countries” for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for free. This is the first time the game has gone free since it released on the App Store, where it has garnered a 4.5 star rating from over 500 reviewers.

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Small States: Woodchuck USA complements Apple products w/ USA-sourced wood, 15% off & giveaways

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Throughout Small States you’ll hear stories of people that are making a conscious effort to bring manufacturing back to the United States. Companies that strive to create products in a way that has escaped our country and fled overseas. We are finding that these manufacturers have a great pride in what they do — this week we’re taking a look at Woodchuck USA, a company who’s pride is evident across all aspects of its business.

“Nature back to people. Jobs back to America. Quality back to products.”

With its locally grown hardwood accessories, Woodchuck has managed to create beautiful additions for your Apple devices. All the while doing it with a focus on integrity and creating jobs here in the United States.

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iTunes Free App of the Week: Angry Birds Seasons (up to $2.99 value)

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Apple has selected Angry Birds Seasons (and Angry Birds Season HD) as the Free App of the Week. Typically going for up to $2.99, you can now download both the iPhone and iPad version for free. Outside of a one-time freebie sale sometime ago, this is the only other time both titles have gone free for iOS. Both versions of the app combined have received a 4+ star rating from over 300,000 reviewers

As mentioned in this morning’s game/app roundup, Rovio recently updated the game with 15 new NBA All Star levels, 1 new golden egg level and more. Head below for more details and gameplay footage: Read more

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.

Head below for a closer look in the intro video and more details: Read more

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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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.

Head below for more details:

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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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