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Happy Black Friday, fellow cheapskates! At this most holy time of year (for our “religion,” anyway), I’m on the prowl all weekend for the best sales and deals and giveaways. Today, I bring you five.
1. First up, as CNET’s Steven Musil reported a few days ago, Amazon is offering all ATT, Sprint, and Verizon phones for just one penny (with a two-year contract, of course). The only criteria: it must be a new line of service.
iPhone isn’t among the 98(!) available models, you can score awesome phones like the Motorola Droid Razr, Samsung Galaxy S II Epic, and HTC Titan Windows Phone. Shipping is free, though activation charges may apply.
There’s one more bonus: if your phone offers a mobile-hotspot feature and you activate it at the time of purchase, you’ll get a $100 Amazon gift card. (Presumably you could deactivate it after receiving the gift-card code, which will arrive via e-mail within 60 days.)
2. Next up, PopCap Games is offering the desktop version of Zuma (PC/Mac) absolutely free when you sign up for the PopCap newsletter. This is a crazy-fun game that’s well worth the price of your e-mail address. PopCap’s offer is good through November 29.
3. Ready for another freebie? If you own a laptop, you’ll love this one. For only the next three hours or so, GadgetTrak is offering its GadgetTrak laptop-recovery software free of charge, including one year of coverage. That’s normally $19.95 (and well worth it, IMHO).
Sorry the timing is so limited on this one; I’ve contacted GadgetTrak and asked them to consider extending the offer for the rest of the day. Here’s hoping there’s someone in the office who will make it happen.
4. In the market for a new laptop? Toshiba has the Satellite A660-ST5N01 16-inch laptop for $299.99, plus $20 for shipping. That’s after applying coupon code BFA660 at checkout, which knocks the price down from $599.99!
Key specs include a 2.13GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and an HDMI output. The screen resolution is a bit low at 1,366 by 768, but this is still a killer deal on a 16-inch laptop. The coupon code does expire after a certain number of uses, so act fast!
5. The Roku LT streaming-media box is already a steal at $49.99, but it’s missing some of the higher-end features (like a memory slot, Bluetooth, and support for 1080p video). This weekend only, you can pick up two Roku 2 XS players for $159.98 shipped. The catch: you have to “like” Roku on Facebook. (Hey, I get it, some of you hate Facebook. So skip the deal, yeah?)
That saves you $20 per box, and gives you one to use at home and another to give as a gift. FYI, the XS is the top-of-the-line Roku model; it even includes a
Wii-like controller for playing games like Angry Birds (which is included).
Want more deals? Look no further than CNET’s new Marketplace page, which is chock full of ‘em. But before you head there, be sure to hit the comments and let me know what great deal(s) you scored today.
Bonus deal: In case you missed it, Gameloft is giving away some Android games this weekend, and discounting all others to 99 cents.
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Apple Black Friday Sale Seeks Recovery From September Swoon
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In a move that has surprised
many, Apple has announced in advance that it will
have a sale on its rarely discounted products the day after Thanksgiving in
the U.S., otherwise known as Black Friday. Normally, the only time Apple
reduces prices on its products is immediately before a new version of the
product is about to come out—so that it can clear inventory—and after the new
product arrives, as it did with the iPhone’s older models.
But it’s not just Apple
that’s reducing prices on iPads, iPods and related items. Retailer
Microcenter is advertising iPads for a $50 discount in its newspaper ads
(but not online). I haven’t done an exhaustive search since I don’t plan to buy
an iPad on Black Friday. (I already have one.) But the discounting by Apple and
major retailers is a strong indicator that Apple is concerned enough about
keeping its market share intact that it’s reducing the price on its most
in-demand products, and letting its authorized retailers do the same.
This should be no surprise
to Apple customers. When the word got out late this past summer that Apple
would be introducing its long-awaited iPhone 5 in early October, sales of the
iPhone 4 dropped significantly. In fact, the drop was so great that Apple
temporarily dropped its leadership position in market share. Clearly, the
company doesn’t want this to happen again.
To protect against what I’ve
started calling the “September Effect,” Apple is taking moves to keep
its market share up, and its competition on the ropes. This is especially
important in this time at the beginning of the Christmas shopping season when
many companies make their biggest profits of the year. This year is especially
important because Apple has a lot of competitors, at least in the laptop and
It’s in the tablet market
where Apple faces the hardest market share fight. Both Amazon and Barnes
Noble have started selling e-readers that look a lot like tablets. In addition,
Samsung has introduced a new version of its Galaxy Tab that competes directly
with the Apple iPad. And, of course, there are about a gazillion Android
tablets out there soaking up consumer dollars.
While the e-readers from
Amazon and Barnes Noble aren’t tablets in the same league as the iPad, they are
competitors in the sense that shoppers, who might have purchased an iPad as an
e-reader, will now decide the new Kindle Fire or Nook Color will do just as well
for less money. The tablet-like e-readers are really aiming at a separate
market from the iPad, but they still cost half as much, and fill some of the
The iPhone 4S has been out for less than two months, and though it’s still very young on the market and has seductive new features like Siri, people have nonetheless already started speculating about, yes you guessed it, the iPhone 5.
In the last few days a fresh video has surfaced on the internet giving us a glimpse of what the next-generation iPhone might look like (though not all the concepts are new). The short clip, sent to Recombu.com, reveals a sleek new design for Apple’s iPhone 5.
Watching the video, which seems to be based on many previous rumours and leaks, the next generation iPhone will feature a slim metallic body with a 4.3 inch screen and a curved ergonomic back. In addition, the home button is going to be redesigned into a longer shape with a capsule-like appearance.
Another surprising aspect shown on the unsubstantiated concept video, is the microSIM tray which has moved to the top of the phone. In addition to the visual information we also get a few technical specifications, such as, apparently (and this is perhaps no great surprise) the iPhone 5 will feature an A6 dual core chip.
The Apple iPhone 4S got launched across retail stores in India today, and we came up with some great deals you can check out if you’re interested in buying it. But before plonking an insane amount of cash down for it, think for a minute: is this really the upgrade to your old iPhone that you were waiting for?
In October, everyone expected Apple to launch the iPhone 5, not just the iPhone 4S, which was basically an upgraded version of the pre-existing handset in the market. Naturally, when that didn’t happen, there was mass disappointment. But now, a series of new rumours from different sources seem to be confirming the existence of the fabled iPhone 5, and that the late Steve Jobs – Apple’s CEO at the time – scrapped it because it had a larger screen, fragmenting the iPhone eco-system.
Apple-centric blog iLounge’s editor wrote a few days ago that his sources have confirmed that the next-generation iPhone will have a larger 4-inch screen and be 8-mm longer, along with sporting an aluminium casing. The device is apparently still in the engineering stage.
Earlier this month, Business Insider also ran an article after talking to a source who apparently spent two weeks with the device in its prototype stage, before it was scrapped. He too had said the iPhone 5 came with a 4-inch screen and aluminium casing, along with leaking some other juicy tidbits.
It was also reported that the iPhone 5 was much thinner and would have ‘liquid metal’ technology like that available in the iPods, and thus be available in a wide range of colours. Also, it apparently had a touch-sensitive home button to replace the current physical one.
Based on all these rumours, the guys at design firm ADR Studio put together a few rough mock-ups of the purported iPhone 5 – complete with a video – calling it “an evolution rather than a revolution”.
Apple has been considering the integration of Near Field Communication technology in its iPhones for some time, now a report emanating from handset manufacturers in Asia indicates it is highly likely we will see an e-Wallet (or i-Wallet) application using NFC arriving with the iPhone 5 next year.
As we all know now, NFC didn’t make its way into the iPhone 4S, with analysts pointing out that the time wasn’t right, mainly due to its lack of widespread adoption. But time moves quickly in the tech world and, according to a recent report, the uptake of the technology is moving at a very fast pace.
DigiTimes claims that the proportion of smartphones integrating NFC will increase from the current 10% to more than 50% in just two to three years, according to its sources within the smartphone manufacturing industry; and Apple will certainly not want to miss out on this trend.
An article on MainDevice points out that the huge database of iTunes accounts with more than 200 million credit card details, could offer Apple a competitive edge in developing an e-Wallet application for iOS. Having a launch alongside the iPhone 5 next year, would give the feature a huge boost from the outset.
NFC enabled smartphones are already on the market, being offered by Apple’s competitors like Samsung, HTC, Nokia, and RIM.
Moreover, there is also growing support from carriers around the world for SIM-based NFC technology with, according to the source, no fewer than 45 carriers giving it their backing to become the main NFC standard.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) NFC iPhone Coming Soon?
Posted on 24 November 2011
It has been reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will start delivering NFC iPhones next year.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) NFC iPhone Coming Soon?
According to a DigiTimes report, the smartphone maker giant Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be adding NFC (Near Field Communications) to its phones within the next year.
This new technology will allow smartphones to interact with other devices when they come in close proximity with one another.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is looking to adopt NFC tech for the iPhone 5, expected to launch in the summer of 2012.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares were at 366.99 at the end of the last day’s trading. There’s been a -2.4% change in the stock price over the past 3 months.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Analyst Advice
Consensus Opinion: Moderate Buy
Mean recommendation: 1.2
(1=Strong Buy, 5=Strong Sell)
3 Months Ago: 1.22
Zack’s Rank: 1 out of 2 in the industry
Even as the iPhone 4 is enjoying its fandom , and the iPhone 4S engages wider audiences, rumours still abound about the highly awaited Apple iPhone 5. Recently, new information has been leaked about the next-gen mobile phone, though still in rumour stage.
One of the drawbacks of the iPhone line has been its perennially small viewscreen. At 3.5 for several model versions, the iPhone has lagged behind several other mobile phones, none the least of which as been Samsung’s Galaxy line additions, which measures in at a full inch larger along the diagonal.
While the iPhone’s reported 4-inch screen doesn’t quite measure equally, it’s a step in the right direction over the smaller 3.5 screen and is being produced by Korea’s LG, Apple’s manufacturing partner.
However, iPhone 5 is reported to be 8mm larger than the iPhone’s handset to accommodate the larger screen.
Apple is balancing the larger size with a higher camera capability, though. The iPhone 4S, for example, sports an eight-megapixel camera. The iPhone 5 is allegedly sporting a 10-megapixel capability. Adding an aluminium backplate similar to the iPad and a flatter dimension, Apple seems to be trending the sleek profile to counter the greater length.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder, fought vociferously against a 4-inch screen for years, arguing that it would fragment Apple’s proprietary iOS platform. To date, there are no reports that the iPhone 5 will be released next year with a different mobile OS; it will be interesting to learn whether Jobs’ concern was without cause or if Apple overcame deficiencies in the 4-inch design that would enable the iOS to work as smoothly in the iPhone 5 as it has in prior models.
Apple is allegedly still wrestling with battery life issues, we have heard. The iPhone 4S is power-hungry, as is Samsung’s Galaxy S2 series, but it’s yet unknown if a fix has been found or if the sometimes-short battery life will continue to aggravate Apple fans.