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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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.

Head below for a complete list:

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SanDisk launches Made-for-iPhone ‘iXpand’ USB flash drive w/ integrated Lightning connector

ixpand-flash-drive-right-top-angle-open-hrSanDisk is today launching a new Made-for-iPhone/iPad product called iXpand that integrates a Lightning connector into a traditional USB Flash Drive device. Like similar products that have recently started hitting the market, the iXpand makes it easier to transfer content between iOS devices and computers with standard USB ports by including Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector in addition to a traditional USB plug.

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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

Epson’s WorkForce WF-100 includes a rechargeable battery and is the world’s smallest/lightest mobile printer

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This morning Epson announced it will begin shipping the smallest wireless mobile printer to date. The WorkForce WF-100, designed for mobile professionals, allows you to print nearly anything from almost anywhere.

Mobile devices are critical tools for professionals, and the sleek, portable, wireless WorkForce WF-100 augments the mobile experience, enabling users to stay productive on-the-go.

-Nils Madden, marketing director, Desktop Imaging and Printing, Epson America, Inc.

epson-workforce-wf-100wThis battery powered, pint sized printer has support for Android, Kindle Fire, Google Cloud Print with Gmail or Google Drive account. So you can print from your Chromebook and Google Chrome without installing drivers or connecting cables.

The Epson WorkForce WF-100 will be priced at $349.99 and will be available online (starting in early November) and will be available in major retail stores in January 2015.

More from Epson and full press release follows:

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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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