Mac OS X Stories January 20, 2016

expired1Password for Mac keeps your accounts and information safe, now $25 (Reg. $50)

Update (1/21 11:00am):

  • The Mac Power Users promo has expired, it is still available at the $25 sale price direct or in the Mac App Store.
  • AgileBits is now offering 1Password for Mac for $19.99 when promo code MACPOWERUSERS is applied during checkout. That’s the best price that we’ve ever seen on this Mac utility. Version 6 now includes the ability to sync via iCloud, even on software purchased via Agilebits.

It’s 2016, and if you’re still using a piece of paper to store your passwords or using any of these as your login, now is the time to make a change. 1Password is the leading application for managing your passwords securely on Mac and iOS. AgileBits does an excellent job of continually updating the app for both platforms, adding support for third-party browsers, unique one-time passwords and more in the last year.

This morning it dropped from its usually $50 price in the Mac App Store down to $24.99. Today’s deal is a savings of 50% off the regular going rate and the lowest price that we’ve seen in nearly two years. Rated 4.5/5 stars by nearly 4,700 reviewers all-time.

More details below.

Mac OS X Stories November 25, 2015

expiredPixelmator – our favorite photo editing app for Mac gets a 50% discount today: $15 (Reg. $30)

One of our favorite Mac apps is the beneficiary of a 50% discount today: Pixelmator for OS X is now $14.99. This powerful photo-editing software regularly goes for $30, today is the first time that we’ve seen it at this price in seven months. It is a match of the lowest that we’ve seen it go for.

Since the beginning, we’ve found Pixelmator to be an excellent alternative to other photo editing programs, such as Adobe Photoshop. Not only for its cost effective price but also for the powerful editing tools that make this the perfect software for hobbyist photographers and prosumers alike. Pixelmator has an all-time rating of 4.5/5 stars by over 3,600 App Store users.

Mac OS X Stories October 9, 2015

expired1Password secure password manager for Mac: $30 (Reg. $50)

1Password is the preeminent way to manage your passwords securely on Mac and iOS. Today, it is on sale in the Mac App Store for $29.99. This software regularly goes for $50, today’s deal is $5 better than our previous mention and the lowest price that we have ever seen on the Mac App Store.

Head below for more details on this award winning app that keeps your personal information safe by creating and storing complex passwords. 

Mac OS X Stories July 13, 2015

expiredGames/Apps: Mac Game Store Indie Sale up to 85% off, Mortal Kombat X $40 (Reg. $60), iOS freebies, more

Before we get to the deals, we’d like to take a second to honor Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata, who passed away yesterday at the age of 55.

Update (7/13 11:05am):

In today’s best game/apps deals, the Mac Game Store is putting on an Indie Game Sale dropping up to 85% off some of the best titles from independent developers. This is a perfect opportunity to save on some very popular games for Mac OS X that don’t regularly go on sale. Our top picks from this event include Hotline Miami: $2.49 (Reg. $10), Limbo: $2.49 (Reg. $10) and Torchlight: $3.73 (Reg. $15).

Next up, Amazon has a couple of nice price drops on games and accessories from the weekend. The online retailer is discounting multiple digital download codes for Xbox One games for the first time. Although these may not be the lowest all-time price, it does deliver an instant download without waiting for shipping and they are tax free. Standout deals include: Mortal Kombat X for $47.99 (Reg. $60), Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for $40.19 (Reg. $60) and Battlefield Hardline Deluxe Edition for $46.89 (Reg. $70).

Other gaming deals include Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, which is down to $39.99 shipped (Reg. $60), Cirka S91 Classic Retro Controller for SNES for $9.63 Prime shipped (Reg. $13), and Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 4 for $39.99 shipped (Reg. $60).

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best Mac/iOS deals including Haunted Manor: Lords of Mirrors, Tales from the Dragon Mountain and much more.

Ongoing game deals/promotions:

Mac OS X Stories July 3, 2015

expiredLogitech MX Master Wireless Mouse $87 shipped (Reg. $100)

Amazon offers the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse for $86.99 shipped. That’s a savings of 13% off the regular price and the first meaningful discount that we’ve seen on this product.

Logitech’s Master MX Wireless Mouse is a follow-up to its popular MX model. The accessory maker touts this mouse as one of the best wireless options on the market. It has an ergonomic design that is made for resting your whole hand on the device and has assignable buttons that can activate mac specific features like Exposé or can be set to launch applications. The Master MX also has a smart speed-adaptive scroll wheel that automatically adjusts from click-to-click to hyper-fast scrolling. It can connect to your Mac or PC via Bluetooth or with Logitech’s Unifying USB dongle.

Rated 3.9/5 stars. We also recently reviewed the portable version of the MX Master and found it to be a great alternative for mobile users.

Mac OS X Stories June 30, 2015

Logitech’s new MX Anywhere 2 wireless mouse was met with much fanfare and excitement following its release earlier this month. Power users have long sung the praises of Logitech’s Anywhere and Master MX wireless devices, so the ultra-portable follow-up was a much anticipated release.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent some time with the Anywhere 2, putting it through its paces. Head below for our thoughts and a final verdict on a recommendation for your setup. expand full story

Mac OS X Stories June 25, 2015

expiredWD My Book 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive $96 shipped (Reg. $130)

Amazon offers the WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive for $95.99 with free shipping. That’s $94 off the original price, although it can be regularly found for $130. Today’s deal is the lowest that Amazon has ever sold it for and the best price we can find. For comparison, Amazon sells the 3TB model for $110.

The WD My Book is rated 4.3/5 stars by over 1,900 Amazon customers. It features USB 3.0 connectivity, WD SmartWare Pro backup software, password protection and is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X. A two-year warranty is included.

expiredLG 34-inch UltraWide LED IPS Monitor w/ Thunderbolt 2: $750 shipped (Reg. $1,000)

Newegg offers the LG 34-inch (34UM95-P) UltraWide LED IPS Monitor w/ Thunderbolt 2 for $999.99. Coupon code EMCATNS66 brings the final price down to $749.99 shipped. Today’s deal is good for $250 off the regular price, $93 better than Amazon’s current listing, a match of our previous mention and the lowest current price.

It features an UltraWide display with a 3440×1440 resolution that can handle two sources simultaneously. HDMI, two Thunderbolt 2 and two USB 3.0 inputs are built-in, as well as 7W speakers.

This popular monitor is one of our favorite displays:

The 21:9 widescreen format is truly an experience all its own. It’s essentially like having two 20.5-inch, 5:4, 1720×1440 displays side by side in one 34-inch panel, and LG also has a Screen Split app that works well for easily docking windows side-by-side in various configurations to get the most out of the wide screen while multitasking. It’s great for pro apps that take full advantage of the wider format for timelines and other features…

Mac OS X Stories June 22, 2015

Video gamer producer Funcom has announced that LEGO Minifigures Online will be coming to iOS, Mac, PC and Android devices next week. The June 29th launch will bring all of the platforms together allowing gamers to collect minifigures and battle together online, no matter what device they are using.

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Mac OS X Stories June 4, 2015

Update (6/4 3:30pm): Apple has now officially selected 2Do as the new Free App of the Week.

The very popular 2Do task management universal iOS app has gone free for the first time since it was originally released over three years ago. It regularly goes for $15 and has not been under $9.99 in over a year. With 18,000+ reviewers rating it 4.5/5 stars since its release, this app is certainly worth a download.

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2Do takes a “completely different approach” to task management. Its flat and clean interface removes any distractions so users can focus on the work at hand. Most notably, 2Do has been updated with Apple Watch support and works with many popular services like Dropbox, Apple’s Reminders and Siri. It has a companion Mac app that has received a 50% price drop, down to $24.99, coinciding with the iOS version going free.

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Mac OS X Stories June 3, 2015

One of the struggles of working away from an office or desk is finding a suitable option for a mouse. There are plenty of wireless solutions out there but they often struggle to meet the needs of professionals for a variety of reasons.

Today, Logitech has announced a new portable wireless mouse that takes its design cues from the popular Master MX. Head below for full details on the new Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse.  expand full story

Mac OS X Stories March 24, 2015

BuyDig offers the Canon MG2520 all-in-one Inkjet Printer + Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 (Mac/Windows) for $49.99 shipped. Note: price is reflected when product is added to cart. The printer alone typically goes for $30+ at retailers such as Amazon, while Photoshop Elements 12 is listed at $78. The original value of this bundle is $170, today’s deal brings significant savings even if you are only interested in the software. Adobe Elements 12 is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows, it is bundled as a disc in this deal.

If you are looking for a quality alternative to Apple’s new Photo app, Photoshop Elements 12 offers all of the same editing tools with some higher end features as well. Elements 12 is a full photo editing solution with built-in organization, image correction tools and other features such as panorama stitching and Adobe Revel for accessing your work while on the go.

The included Canon MG2520 prints in color using a hybrid inkjet system that prints up to eight pages a minute.

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Mac OS X Stories March 23, 2015

Following the massive success of the R2-D2 virtual keyboard, Japanese accessories maker “imp.” has announced the next generation of this popular Star Wars accessory. However, this time it will be the Dark side that provides the keyboard.

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Mac OS X Stories March 12, 2015

expiredTarget takes 15% off iTunes Gift Cards w/ electronic delivery: $100 for $85, more

So perhaps you are eyeing a new MacBook after this week’s reveal. Or maybe you’ve got plans for an Apple Watch next month. Regardless, there is never a bad time for some free iTunes money. Target is taking 15% off iTunes gift cards, in $25, $50 and $100 denominations. Even better, these are available with email delivery so that means you can get playing the latest games sooner.

To grab the extra 15% savings, simply enter coupon code ITUNES15 at checkout.

Final cost breakdown:

  • $25 iTunes Gift Card: $21.25
  • $50 iTunes Gift Card: $42.50
  • $100 iTunes Gift Card: $85

Check out our daily roundup for the latest deals on iOS and Mac OS X games.

Mac OS X Stories March 10, 2015

Update (3/11 8:00am): Amazon has matched many of Best Buy’s sale prices, see below for specifics.

Best Buy is discounting a number of now previous generation Apple MacBooks following yesterday’s keynote address, which brought modest updates to its line of MacBook Air and Pro computers. Today’s offer takes up to 25% off the list price of both MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display models. You’ll be able to save an extra $50 with a .edu email address as well. Free shipping is available on all orders.

Here is the full list of discounts:

MacBook Air:

MacBook Pro w/ Retina display:

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Mac OS X Stories February 25, 2015

Technology has created a much more accessible world, with nearly everything right at our fingertips. The thing is, sometimes we still just want easier access to a button, switch or that USB port in the back of your computer. Satechi has set out to solve this problem with three Bluetooth-enabled buttons meant to interact with a myriad of devices.

The BT Button Series is a trilogy of stick-on thin circles that pair with a device via Bluetooth and enables the user to complete certain tasks. They come in a slim circle design with an aluminum metal outer edge and are compatible with iOS devices and Android OS 4.4.4 or later. From selfies to Siri, these products have an eye for making digital life just a touch more accessible – head below to find out how.

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Microsoft announces free Office 365 for students and teachers worldwide, includes at home downloads of software

Good news coming down the pipeline for students and teachers this week: Microsoft has announced that they will be offering a free Office 365 subscription to anyone, worldwide, with an eligible email address. This includes a 1TB OneDrive allotment and free download of Microsoft Office software on up to five PCs or Macs and five mobile devices (iOS, Android and Windows). Previously, this was offered in the United States but has since expanded to the rest of the world.

A personal subscription typically retails for $9.99/month or $99/year, so this has some nice savings potential. This is big news on the iOS side of things, previously a subscription was required to get the full benefits of the app, something that has been much discussed since its initial release.

To check your eligibility (or your child’s), head over to the student account page, likewise for teachers. After entering your school provided email address, you’ll receive a confirmation email with details on finalizing your subscription and download links to grab the software. The main requirement is for your educational institution to have previously purchased Microsoft Office, if you are a user at school then you’ll likely be eligible for this deal.

Not eligible for free Office 365? Qualifying tablets from Best Buy now include a Office 365 subscription or you can grab via this HP Stream deal from Microsoft. Dropbox users still have the opportunity to add quite a bit of OneDrive storage for free.

We’ve also rounded up the best student discounts on electronics, food, games and more.

Mac OS X Stories February 13, 2015

expiredCanon All-in-One Inkjet Printer + Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 $60 shipped (~$180 value)

BuyDig has the Canon MG2520 All-in-One Inkjet Printer + Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 for $149.99. Adding it to the cart will drop the price down to $59.99 shipped.

The printer alone currently retails for $40 at Amazon, while Lightroom 5 typically goes for $140+ for the Windows/Mac disc version. So even if you don’t need the printer, this is some pretty substantial savings on the Adobe software.

This Canon MG 2520 printer features a hybrid ink system, up to 4800×600 dpi on color prints and has full scanning capabilities. Lightroom 5 is a highly-rated photo editing and management software designed for getting “the very best” out your images in post-production. It is available for both Windows and Mac OS X as a part of this bundle.

Looking for an upgraded printer? We’ve still got the Canon MG6620 + Lightroom or Elements/Premiere for $88.

Mac OS X Stories February 9, 2015

expiredCanon Wireless Printer w/ AirPrint + Lightroom 5 or Photoshop/Premiere Elements 12 $88 shipped ($238 value)

BuyDig via eBay Daily Deals offers the Canon MG6620 Wireless All-in-One Printer (white or black) w AirPrint + Adobe Lightroom 5 or Photoshop/Premiere Elements 12 for $87.99 shipped. This package deal is a $238+ value, as this Canon printer goes for $88+ alone at retailers such as Amazon, Lightroom 5 originally retailed for $150 and Photoshop Elements/Premiere 12 was $150. Today’s deal beats our previous post by $5.

This highly-rated AirPrint-enabled Inkjet can print from iOS devices, as well as Android phones with NFC built-in. Additionally, it is capable of scanning, copying and duplex printing, and has memory card slots as well as a 3-inch LCD display.

Adobe Lightroom 5 is a photo management software that organizes and provides the tools to edit your photos. Key features include an advanced healing brush, radial gradient, location-based organization and selective adjustment brushes. Adobe Photoshop Elements offers basic photo management and editing features while Elements is a video editing suite. Both software options for this bundle are available for Mac OS X or Windows PC.

Mac OS X Stories February 3, 2015

expiredSamsung D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive $100 shipped (Reg. $150)

Newegg via eBay Daily Deals offers the Samsung D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for $99.99 shipped. This is a savings of 33% off the regular price, $50 better than Amazon’s current offering and the lowest that we can currently find it. This hard drive is rated 4.5/5 stars by 42 Amazon customers.

Features of the Samsung D3 Station include 4TB of storage, auto-backup and USB 3.0 connectivity. Additionally, this hard drive is backed by a three-year warranty from Samsung.

Mac OS X Stories January 26, 2015

Nikon D3300 DSLR w/ 18-55mm lens kit (refurb) + Adobe Lightroom 5 $400 shipped ($800 value)

Beach Camera via eBay Daily Deals offers the refurbished Nikon D3300 DSLR with 18-55mm lens kit + Adobe Lightroom (Mac/PC) for $399.99 shipped. This represents a total value of $800 in new condition, as the Nikon D3300 originally went for $650 and Adobe Lightroom 5 retails for $150. This is a match of the lowest price that we could find the D3300 for in refurbished condition, $97 better than Amazon’s listing in new condition, and a tie for the lowest that we’ve seen it go for (a deal that did not include Lightroom 5).

The D3300 features a 24.2 MP sensor and full 1080p HD video recording capabilities, plus a 3-inch LCD display. This deal includes a 18-55mm lens kit, shoulder strap and a rechargeable battery and charger. This highly-rated camera is refurbished by Nikon and comes with a 90-day warranty from Nikon. Additionally, the Nikon D3300 is the #1 best-selling DSLR at Amazon.

Adobe Lightroom 5 for Mac OS X or Windows PC is a full-service suite for organizing, editing and publishing digital photos. Advanced editing tools include healing brushes, gradient adjustments, smart previews and selective adjustment brushes. Adobe Lightroom 5 is rated 4.5/5 stars by 469 Amazon customers.

Mac OS X Stories January 19, 2015

expiredLogitech K480 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and iPad/iPhone stand $30 w/ in-store pick up (Reg. $50)

Office Depot/Max offers the Logitech K480 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and iPad/iPhone stand in black for $29.99 with in-store pick up. This is a savings of 40% off the regular price, $20 better than Amazon and the lowest that we’ve seen it go for. Over at Amazon this Bluetooth keyboard is rated 4.3/5 stars by over 200 customers.

With its unique built-in device stand, the K480 provides a home for your iPad and iPhone while also serving as a keyboard for all your Bluetooth devices. Users can utilize the keyboard for multiple devices with the Easy Switch, which changes the keyboard from one device to another allowing for input on all your Bluetooth-enabled gadgets.

Mac OS X Stories January 16, 2015

expiredNikon D5200 24MP DSLR Camera w/ 18-55mm lens (refurb) + Adobe Lightroom $420 (orig. $1,270 value)

Beach Camera via eBay Daily Deals offers the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D5200 24MP DSLR Camera w/ 18-55mm lens + Adobe Lightroom 5 for Mac or PC for $419.99 shipped. This is an original value of over $1,270 in new condition, $227 better than Amazon’s current listing in new condition for the camera and the lowest that we’ve ever seen it go for. This DSLR is currently rated 4.6/5 stars by 351 Amazon customers. Nikon manufacturer refurbished cameras carry a 90-day warranty.

It features a 24.1 megapixel sensor, 3-inch display, and has full 1080p video and HDR photo capabilities.

Digital Photography Review positively noted the Nikon D5200:

The D5200 is a solid performer that, while geared towards beginning DSLR users from an operational standpoint, shares many specifications with more expensive enthusiast offerings. It combines excellent image quality and impressive high ISO performance with an articulated screen and video capabilities that hold appeal for video shooters with a post-production workflow.

Lightroom 5 currently retails for $147 at Amazon and is rated 4.5/5 stars by 456 users. Available for both Mac OS X and Windows, Lightroom 5 is designed to edit and organize your digital photos.

Mac OS X Stories January 13, 2015

expiredDrobo 4-Bay USB 3.0 NAS Storage Array $230 shipped (Reg. $299)

Adorama via eBay Daily Deals offers the Drobo 4-Bay USB 3.0 NAS Array (DDR3A21) for $229.99 shipped. This is a savings of $70 off the regular price and Amazon’s current listing, as well as the lowest that we can currently find it. This NAS is rated 3.8/5 stars by 36 Amazon customers.

The Drobo DDR3A21 features a four-bay storage hot-swappable system with USB 3.0, battery backup memory and supports RAID. Additionally, this NAS four 3.5-inch SATA hard drives for up to 24TB of storage and is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows.

Pack this NAS full of TBs with the highly-rated WD Red 6TB 3.5-inch hard drive for $266 each. These hard drives are designed specifically for use with NAS backup solutions and include a three-year limited warranty.

Mac OS X Stories January 9, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box: Save up to 65% off Dragon Naturally Speaking Software, Mac version $80 (Reg. $200)

As a part of its Gold Box deal of the day, Amazon is taking up to 65% off Dragon Naturally Speaking Software for Mac and Windows. The standout deal of the lot is Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 at $79.99 shipped. This software is available as either a digital download or boxed version. This is the lowest that we can currently find it by nearly $50 from a reputable dealer and beats our previous mention by $20.

Although it has received average ratings from users, we found Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 to be a very useful piece of software, dubbing it the “best speech recognition app”. It can accurately transcribe an audio file from a single speaker’s voice via podcast or recording, and features a variety of improvements over the previous version. With Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 you now have full text control when writing e-mails via Gmail, control over your Gmail inbox within Safari and Firefox, as well as better dictation accuracy in Apple Pages.

Additionally, Dragon Home and Premium for Windows are available as a part of this Gold Box sale, starting at $34.99 shipped.

Head below the fold to learn more about Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 or visit their official website.

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