Griffin Technology 20% off sitewide: iPhone 6/Plus & iPad Air 2 accessories, MacBook cases, Lightning cables, more

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In celebration of Halloween, Griffin is having a 20% off sitewide sale for this week only. Using code SPOOKY20 at checkout, you can grab 20% off Griffin’s wide selection of iPhone, iPad and MacBook cases, along with many other accessories, MFi Lightning cables, wearables and more.

There are a number of case/accessory options for iPhone 6/Plus and iPad Air 2 that are eligible for the discount as well, marking the first time we have seen many of these cases go on sale since the introduction of Apple’s latest gadgets. One thing to keep in mind is that the Survivor All-Terrain for iPhone 6 Plus is at MacMall right now for $39.99 shipped (but there is very limited quantity), about $7 less than the current Griffin sale. This is the first discount we are seeing on this case outside of the Griffin sitewide discount.

For more iPhone 6/Plus accessories be sure to check out our case, Lightning cable, dock, chargers/batteries and storage roundups for Apple’s latest phone.

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Small States: Former Nike designer brings together form and function with the Spool Dock, multiple giveaways

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

What makes a great product? Quality materials. Simple yet functional design. Beautiful craftsmanship. This week, we’ve found a dock that manages to check off everything on the list.

Meet the Spool Dock from Quell & Company. The home for your iPhone and iPad mini that not only looks beautiful, but also functions beautifully.

It is the first dock I’ve used that truly made me want to interact with it. With the Spool Dock it goes beyond charging your phone, it’s an experience.

Hand crafted using home grown wood and wool felt, this dock is capable of more than your average charging station from the Apple Store. It is a well-thought-out design that adjusts for a wide variety of scenarios in a way most cannot.

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iTunes Free App of the Week: RGB Express Mini Truck ($2.99 value)

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Apple has selected RGB Express – Mini Truck Puzzle to be this week’s free iOS app. Regularly listed at $2.99, you can pick up the charming puzzler today on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for free. This is the very first time we have seen the game go free since it released on the App Store late last month.

Head below for more details and some gameplay footage:

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Bang & Olufsen enters the competitive portable Bluetooth speaker arena with its gorgeous BeoPlay A2

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Bang & Olufsen – the creators of high-end audio and visual equipment – has announced that it is entering the portable Bluetooth speaker fight and its first effort certainly appears worthy of our attention.

From the looks of it, B&O has come out swinging.

During the same week that another top-of-the-line audio company released its own Bluetooth device, B&O’s lower brand BeoPlay is showing off its A2 for the first time. Built utilizing their strong background in audio, this speaker has a striking design that certainly has the look of a high-end audio device.

While it may not be as many “features” as some Bluetooth devices, certainly the name B&O will turn some heads in the audio world.

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2K Games releases NHL 2K for iOS and Android

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While EA’s NHL series has dominated the console space for many years, its popular hockey sim titles don’t make it to mobile. That’s where 2K comes in. Just a week after debuting NBA 2K15 for smartphones and tablets, the well known publisher has now released a new NHL 2K title on the App Store and Google Play.

While somewhat better known for titles like BioShock, XCOM and Civilization on the mobile side, 2K also has a long history with sports titles like its popular NBA titles. NHL 2K comes with many of the usual features and modes you have come to expect from an NHL game, along with being designed for mobile from the ground up. Head below for more details, features and pricing:

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Fantastical 2 calendars and reminders app: iPhone $3 (Reg. $5), iPad $7 (Reg. $10)

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Update (10/22 10:10am):

The popular calendar and reminders app Fantastical 2 is getting even deeper discounts today. Previously dropped to $5 and $10, the iPhone version is now available for $2.99 (Reg. $5) and the iPad version is $7.99 (Reg. $9.99). This is the first time we have seen the iPhone version hit $2.99 since February and only the second time we have seen the iPad version go as low as $7.99 since release. At one time, they were as much as $9.99 and $19.99 respectively.

The award-winning, best-selling calendar app has been redesigned and reimagined for your iPad with iOS 7. With the convenient Fantastical Dashboard, you’ll add, view, and interact with your events and reminders with ease.

Fantastical 2 for iPhone $3 (Reg. $5)
Fantastical 2 for iPad $7 (Reg. $10)

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R.B.I. Baseball 14 for iOS/Android $2 (Reg. $5)

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Released back in April, R.B.I. Baseball 14 for iOS is getting its first discount today. Regularly listed at $4.99, the fast paced, arcade style Baseball title is available for $1.99 today on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. You’ll also find the title 60% off on Android ($1.99) and 50% off as a digital download on Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 3/4.

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UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

Logitech UE Mini BoomVerizon wireless has the Logitech UE Mini Boom for only $79.99 shipped as their “Accessory of the Month” for all of October. That’s $20 off the regular price and the best offer we could find. We gave it rave reviews at 9to5mac giving its benefits over its predecessor:

So what’s different?

1. The whole internal structure has changed to optimize the type of sound the Ultimate Ears group wanted to provide.

2. It is both louder and crisper at higher volumes as well. It is another class…to quote Spinal Tap, they’ve gone to 11 and further. As you can see in the video – the sound of the Boom at 1/3 is what the Box didn’t hit until 2/3rd of the way.

3. It has the same pairing capabilities as the more expensive, full sized Ultimate Ears Boom speaker (see video) to make stereo sound and improve the volume some more. Left/Right sound separation are a big deal here.

4. The Bluetooth range has now increased up to 50 feet from 33 which is a result of improved antenna design and power. Interesting note: The second speaker can be even further because it pairs with the first speaker, not the phone.

The UE Boom lets you pair two devices at once (the speaker remembers the last eight connected devices). You can stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth from up to 50 feet away with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 hours. Read more

Small States: Waterfield Designs has the perfect bag for all of your gadgets, giveaway worth $329

waterfield-designs-1Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

Need a bag? There are so many different styles and brands out there, you’ll find something. But it isn’t until you find that perfect match that you truly understand what you’ve been missing.

For me, this happened with Waterfield Designs’ Staad Laptop Backpack. I’ve long been searching for a bag that could meet all of my on-the-go needs. I’ve tried the Ogio Renegade, which can carry everything you need (and feels like it too). I’ve tried the traditional leather messenger bag, but that struggled to handle everything I threw at it. It wasn’t until I came across the Staad that I realized what I’ve been missing.

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Five port desktop USB chargers: Photive 25W $12 Prime shipped (Reg. $20), Sabrent 50W $16 Prime shipped (Reg. $30), more

anker-40w-charger-usbUpdate (10/11 7:40am): Amazon has the Anker 40W 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ (4.7 stars from nearly 5,000 reviewers) for $25.99. Coupon code 20DF7105 drops it down to $19.99 w/ free shipping for Prime members and any orders of $35+. Available in black or white. It’s our favorite charger.

Update (10/10 8:45am): Amazon has the Sabrent 50W five port USB desktop rapid charger for $25.99. Coupon code AXU5PB15 takes the final price to $15.99 Prime shipped. This is a savings of $14 off the regular price.

Amazon offers the Photive 25W five port USB desktop rapid charger for $19.95. Coupon code 8OFF25WA brings the final price down to $11.95 Prime shipped. That’s a savings of $9 off the regular price and the lowest price that we have ever seen this charger go for. Nearly 600 Amazon customers rate this accessory 4.8/5 stars. If you are not a Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial here.

The Photive desktop charger can charge up to five devices at the same time and features the following power ports:

  • 2.1A (x2) for iPad and iPhone 6
  • 1.3A for the Samsung Tab
  • 1A (x2) for all iPhones, Android devices

Additionally, a 4.9 foot power cord is included while the charger itself is capable of accepting different voltages when traveling through the world.

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Ski Safari: Adventure Time for iOS is IGN’s free game of the month

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IGN’s free game of the month is Ski Safari: Adventure Time for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Regularly priced at $1.99, this is the very first time we have seen this endless runner go free. It has received 4.5 stars from 2,838 Ratings.

Basically a mash-up of the popular Ski Safari game and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, the game features Finn and BMO along with a host of other familiar characters. There are several environments including the Ice Kingdom, Fire Kingdom, Candy Kingdom, the Forbidden Dungeon, and the Mystery Mountains as well as various character costumes and customization options.

You’ll find more details on the game below and be sure to check our daily game/app roundups:

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