Hours Time Tracking app from Apple Design Award winner Tapity goes free for the very first time ($7 value)

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The former Apple Design Award winning developer Tapity is now offering its Hours Time Tracking app for free. Available to download on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the app is regularly listed between $4.99 and $6.99. While we have seen it dip as low as $3, this is the very first time it has gone free on the App Store.

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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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MacMall’s Black Friday sale features savings of up to 86% on the largest selection of Macs, iPads, more

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Update (11/26 2:00pm): MacMall’s Black Friday 60 Hour Sale is now live.

Update (11/26 2:00am): We have added the entire MacMall Black Friday ad.

MacMall is a shopping mecca for Apple fans looking to save some money. With the biggest shopping day of the year coming up, there’s no doubt many of you have been waiting to get a peek at MacMall’s Black Friday plans. Well, we’ve finally got our hands on them and we can’t wait to share them with you.

MacMall offers deals on by far the largest selection of Apple products we’ve seen from any retailer this holiday season. Stores like Best Buy only stock standard configuration Macs, but MacMall carries high-end and custom configuration models. Also, keep in mind that MacMall only charges tax at the time of purchase for buyers in nine states (CA, CO, GA, IL, MN, NC, NY, TN, and WI).

That being said, here are all of the deals that MacMall is planning to kick off tomorrow, Wednesday 26th at 12:01 PM PST: 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. 

Update (11/29 11:00am): Adam Scheidegger is our winner – thanks for following along and entering this Small States contest!

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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Apple iPod touch 32GB in space gray or silver $224 shipped (Reg. $299)

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Today’s top Daily Deal at Staples is the Apple iPod touch 32GB in space gray or silver for only $224 shipped. That’s $75 off the list price and the lowest we could find.

This iPod touch features a 4-inch Retina display, the Apple A5 chip, and a 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording. You can discover music, movies, and more from the iTunes Store, or browse apps and games from the App Store. Nearly 3,000 Amazon customers gave it 4.4/5 stars and great reviews

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Many iDevices on sale at Staples: iPad mini 32GB $289, iPod shuffle $39, iPod touch 64GB $299, more

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For the next six days, or until supplies are exhausted, Staples is discounting a variety of current generation Apple iPods and a first generation iPad mini. The break down is as follows:

We saw slightly lower prices on many of these items from Staples two weeks ago. But these are the best prices you’ll find if you need an iPod right now.

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Bowers & Wilkins Z2 wireless Lightning speaker dock: $297 shipped (Reg. $400)

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Update: The Bowers & Wilkins Z2 is now backordered about 2-4 weeks at the discounted rate on Amazon

Amazon is offering the Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Wireless Music System (black) for $296.47 with free shipping. That’s more than $100 off the regular $400 asking price and the best price we’ve seen on this rarely discounted speaker system. It features a Lightning connector and Apple’s AirPlay so you can stream tunes from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. It is supported by the free Bowers & Wilkins Control app for set-up options, and comes with a 2-year limited warranty (more specs below). It has received a 3.8/5 star review on Amazon and 4.5/5 star on Apple.com where it sells for $399.

If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, JBL’s OnBeat Lightning Micro Speaker Dock is available right now for $40 shipped (Reg. $100) and Jawbone’s MINI JAMBOX Bluetooth speaker (in multiple colors) are starting at just $106 shipped right now (Reg. $180).

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Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 (Refurb) $75 (Reg. $199 new), Monster Inspiration Noise-Canceling $125 (Reg. $250)


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Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Headphones w/ Coiled Cable for just $75 shipped using promo code ITUNE. That’s $125 of the original new price, $63 off Amazon’s current listing and the best refurbished price we can find from a trusted retailer by $39.  They feature a collapsible design for easy transportation and storage and an adjustable padded headband. Also available with a straight cable.

They come with a 1 year warranty from AT and have received an amazing 4.7/5 star rating from over 3,200 buyers.

Amazon has the Monster Inspiration Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones in grey for $125 shipped. That’s $225 off the original listing, between $25 and $125 better than any other price and the lowest we’ve seen this model go for. These feature ControlTalk cable for controlling music and phone calls from iPad, iPhone and iPod and come with a mini-to-mini cable for airplane listening. You can personalize the  Inspirations with official headband replacements directly from Monster in various colors, styles and materials. The Monster Inspiration Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones have received a 4.1/5 star rating among over 120 Amazon customers.

Amazon is also offering $40 off Monster NCredible NTune On-Ear Headphones in multiple colors while supplies last. Depending on the color, they range from $120 to $130, matching the lowest price we’ve seen on many of the colors.

You’ll also find more headphone discounts in today’s Daily Deals round-up.

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JBL OnBeat Venue Bluetooth speaker & Lightning dock: $130 shipped (Reg. $200)

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Update: Amazon has now dropped the JBL OnBeat Venue Bluetooth speaker an additional $35, down to $95 shipped.

Amazon has the JBL OnBeat Venue Bluetooth speaker and Lightning dock for $130 shipped. That’s $110 off the regular listing, $70 under JBL’s price, and the lowest price we’ve seen this model go for. It features a Lightning dock for iPhone 5, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch and other compatible Apple devices, AAC Bluetooth streaming and an aux input. It has received a 4.4/5 star rating among Amazon customers.

The Harman Audio Store has a great deal on a refurbished version of this JBL speaker dock for $70 shipped. It also has some other nice refurb options like the Legendary JBL sound for iPad, iPhone, and iPod for $49 (Reg. $170) and the JBL Jembe Powerful two-piece entertainment speakers for $42 (Reg. $70).

You’ll also find one of 9to5Mac’s favourite BT speakers, the Logitech UE 984-000304 Boombox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Silver) for $120 shipped today, that’s $130 off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen.

JBL OnBeat Venue Bluetooth speaker & Lightning Dock: $130 shipped (Reg. $200)

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Griffin Technology 20% off sitewide sale: Save on iPad/iPhone cases, Lightning cables, more

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In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Griffin Technology is having a one day 20% off sitewide sale. Griffin makes specialized accessories for your gadgets including Apple/Android cases, Mac cases and laptop stands, Lightning cables (MFi), equipment for professional music production and even cool toys such as an iOS controlled attacking race car and a monster truck. Use coupon code GREEN20 at checkout to get these savings. All items ship free. Sale ends Tuesday. Below are some of our favorite deals:

iPhone Merchant Case + Square Reader: The first official iPhone case designed to protect your iPhone while accepting payments with a Square credit card reader (included). $15.99 (Reg. $20)

CinemaSeat for iPad Air: This case you strap it onto the headrest in the car to allow passengers to watch movies in the car. It has quick easy access to the ports and controls. $32 (Reg. $40)

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