Mac|Life - All Articles en Deals: The Best Deals of the Week Features HyperDrive, Blinkist, Roxio Toast 12 Titanium, and Much More <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</span></p><p>There's never a shortage of awesome offers available in our Deals tab. But, they're only around for so long. We'd have to have you miss out on great savings for items that we know you're after, so we've rounded up some of the deals that are about to end. Take advantage of big discounts and get these great products before they shoot back up to retail price.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/hyperdrive.png" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p>The next time you need to clear up some space on your MacBook, don't choose between keeping files or not adding new ones. Expand your storage with a simple add-on that turns SD cards into hard drive space. HyperDrive snaps into your microSD card slot and blends into your MacBook's build, but it adds extra space that you wouldn't otherwise have. You'll even get a free 8GB SD card along with it so you can immediately start saving more files to your new space.</p><p>HyperDrive usually retails for $40, but if you head to our Deals tab today you can save yourself&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">25% off</a>&nbsp;the retail price. That makes your total&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">just $29.99</a>. It's a great deal for an accessory that will save you tons of hassle, so&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">grab this offer</a>&nbsp;today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="/files/u323895/roxiotoast12.png" width="630" height="473" /></p><p>It doesn't matter what you need to do with your digital media--Toast 12 Titanium has the tools and the capability to do it. Capture video and music for nearly any source; copy CDs, DVDs, or Blu-rays; burn to a disc with ease; convert files to a format compatible for any device, from your iPad to your TV; and share content easily over social media or video sharing sites. If you have digital media needs, Toast 12 Titanium can take care of them. You can get it on sale right now for <a href="" target="_blank">just $49.99</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/activewrapheadphones.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">Running with headphones in can be a pain when the cords get in the way and tangle while you're trying to focus. Save yourself the hassle and make sure your music never gets in your way with the Active Wrap Headphones. It's on sale for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">just $24</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="/files/u323895/learntodesign2.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">Becoming a designer is a matter of having the right tools and know-how. You can dive into a crash course and come out the other side ready to design when you get the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Name Your Own Price Learn to Design 2.0 Bundle</a>. With over 80 hours of actionable instruction, including design fundamentals for desktop and mobile apps and learning sessions with Adobe's powerful design suite, you'll be able to make your own digital masterpieces for fun or as your new career. This bundle is valued at $840, but you can&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">pick your price</a>&nbsp;for it.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/180qxdrone.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p>the 180 QX Drone With HD Camera is ready to be your eye in the sky. With minimal set-up, you'll be up and running in no time. Take the drone all over--it's big enough to explore the outdoors and small enough to navigate hallways and passages inside. The 720p camera attached guarantees to you a great view of what you otherwise wouldn't see. It's a flying experience that you don't want to miss out on.</p><p>The 180 QX Drone With HD Camera usually retails for $239. If you head to our Deals tab, you can save&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">20% off</a>&nbsp;the retail price. That makes your total&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">just $189.99</a>. When you&nbsp;<strong>enter the discount code "qxdrone5"</strong>&nbsp;at checkout, you'll save an additional $5 off. That's a great offer, plus bonus savings when you&nbsp;<strong>use the discount code "qxdrone5"</strong>&nbsp;at checkout.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Take advantage of this deal</a>&nbsp;today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/blinkist.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">There are tons of great books out there and not nearly enough time to read them all. That's why there is Blinkist, the app that gives you all the key insights into the best non-fiction books so you can digest a book's worth of information in just a few minutes. Get a two year subscription for <a href="" target="_blank">just $49</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p> Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21120 at Deals: Great Offers on NetSpot Pro, Striiv Fusion Fitness Band, Adobe KnowHow Bundle, and More are Ending <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>You're always on the lookout for a great deal. Any opportunity to snatch up an awesome item for an affordable price gets you excited. Well, then you'll love our Deals tab. There are always great offers available, and new ones being added regularly. But they're only around for a limited time--like these great deals that are about to end.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/adobephotog.jpg" /></a></p><p>There's over 27 hours of content in the Adobe KnowHow course bundle. Start with the Night Photography Unlocked course so you can learn how to get great looking shots even in the dead of night. Then move on to the definitive course on Photoshop so you can learn to make the most out of the powerful editing program. Pick up the best ways to master your DSLR with a beginner's course, and learn how to get gorgeous black and white photos. You'll be snapping amazing pictures in no time.</p><p>The Adobe KnowHow course bundle usually retails for $243. If you head to our Deals tab, you can save&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">87% off</a>&nbsp;the retail price. That makes your total&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">just $29.99</a>. That's a great price for a collection of handy courses, so&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">grab this offer</a>&nbsp;today!</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/netspotpro_0.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p>Ever have issues with your WiFi connection? Stop messing around with slower speeds and bad connections. Fix your wireless network and make sure you're getting the speed that you need with the help of NetSpot Pro. It's on sale for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">just $19</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/nes30controller.png" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">No matter have advanced gaming gets, we can't help but feel nostalgic for the systems we grew up with. While playing your favorite iPad games, take control with the NES30 Bluetooth Controller. It looks and feels just like the NES original, and you can get it for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">just $29.99</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/imazing.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">Imagine being able to transfer files between all your devices with no hitches, no complications, and no unnecessary steps. It's how things should work, but it's not always the case—unless you have iMazing File Transfer, which makes it possible to transfer files freely via USB or WiFi. You can get it for <a href="" target="_blank">just $14.99</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/striivfusion.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">After even more amazing offers? Check out the Striiv Fusion, the sleek smartwatch that tells you everything you need to know about your personal health and fitness. It tracks your activity during the day, sleep at night, and helps you quantify it all. You can get it on sale for<a href="" target="_blank">just $59.99</a>.</p> Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21111 at The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, December 19 <!--paging_filter--><p>This is it: the last hottest news stories of the year! Unless something major drops next week, this is it for 2014. So let's see how things go out this December. Looks like the iPhone 6 is continuing as a juggernaut in the marketplace, and — good news — the order turnaround time is down to one day. Meanwhile, looks like Samsung continues to stumble, Apple Pay is going abroad, the Apple Watch is inspiring others, and Apple is having successes all around. Those stories and more below the fold at this year's end. Happy Holidays to all our Mac|Life readers!</p> Gallery (PRODUCT) RED apple apple news Apple Pay Apple TV Apple Watch boot-up Brothers in Arm 3 Christmas Google google search Grids 2.0 Hanukkah Happy Holidays iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Microsoft MSN Papers Please pdf office recovery mode Samsung SimCity smartwatch Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:47:57 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 21114 at Apple Pay Reached 1% of All Digital Payment Dollars in November <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple Pay has only been around since October, but according to a new report from <a href=";p=RssLanding_pf&amp;cat=news&amp;id=2001056" target="_blank">ITG</a>, the service has already grabbed 1 percent of the total digital payment dollars spent in the U.S. in November. If the trend continues, the report suggests, Apple has already won itself a more loyal mobile payment audience than some rival services like PayPal. That's an impressive gain for so short a period, especially since ITG notes that Google Wallet has only managed to reach 4 percent since its release in 2011.</p><p>For specifics, 60 percent of Apple Pay users used the service multiple times throughout November compared to the mere 20 percent of PayPal users who used the service more than once per month. (ITG isn't clear, but the vast majority of other digital payments seem to come from PayPal.) Apple Pay adopters often used it at the same location, too, as 66 percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners used the service again after using it on the first visit.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/12/applepay2_0.png" width="620" height="327" /></p><p>And now we venture into stereotype territory. ITG reported that Whole Foods saw the most Apple Pay transactions, to the point that 1/5 of all Apple Pay purchases were made at the popular market. Walgreens came in second, accounting for 19 percent of all Apple Pay transactions. The numbers differ significantly in terms of Apple dollars spent, however, with Whole Foods bringing in a staggering 28 percent and Walgreens reaching only 12 percent.</p><p>Apple Pay is available at more than 200,000 retail locations throughout the United States. The Cupertino company itself hasn't revealed much information about the service's success, but Apple CEO Tim Cook said back in October that more than one million credit and debit cards were activated on the service during its first 72 hours.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apple Pay credit cards debit cards iOS 8 iPad iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus NFC payments Touch ID Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:23:10 +0000 Leif Johnson 21119 at After Hacking, Sony Relying on Mac, iOS Devices <!--paging_filter--><p>The devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures continues to cause problems for the company, and it recently made headlines for leading to the company's decision to pull the film <em>The Interview</em>. The attack affected all computers at the company — all, that is, except those made by Apple.</p><p>According to report from <a href="" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>, the attacks have left most of the studio "stuck in 1992." Many meetings, for instance, now take place face-to-face rather than via e-mail and text messages.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/12/sony_pictures_logo.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a></strong></p><p>"We had barely working email and no voicemail so people talked to each other. Some people had to send faxes. They were dragging old printers out of storage to cut checks," said one source who spoke with Techcrunch. "It was crazy."</p><p>Sony Pictures' computers are apparently off-limits until the company figures out the source of the attack, but exceptions have been given to some users of Mac and iOS devices.</p><p>"People using Macs were fine," the source says, while adding that "a couple of people had their [non-Mac] computers removed." She added that most work at the company is currently being done on iPads and iPhones.</p><p>The source didn't specify why Macs received such preferential treatment, but it's likely owing to Mac OS X's much greater reputation for security compared to Windows.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News hacking iOS 8 iPad iphone Mac North Korea OS X Sony Pictures the interview Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:35:29 +0000 Leif Johnson 21115 at Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, December 19 <!--paging_filter--><p>With the App Store getting ready for the annual holiday break at the end of the year, developers are going crazy with the discounts. We've got some seriously big name titles and some big name houses slashing prices deep and often across the board, so let's stop wasting time and get right to it, because some of these will be gone before you know it.</p> Gallery a charlie brown christmas Age of zombies age of zombies: season 2 app deals App Life App Sales App Store Apps Audobon audobon birds audobon field guides audobon guides box sets Chaos Rings Christmas crow Deals Fantastical 2 Final Fantasy Final Fantasy III final fantasy V frugal life Fruit Ninja grinch how the grinch stole christmas lego LEGO Harry Potter LEGO Lord of the Rings LEGO Marvel Super Heroes minigore 2: zombies Monster Dash phase 10 Pig Shot runner games sales slender man slender man origins temple run: oz The Room Two weekly deals where's my mickey where's my perry Where's My Water Zombies Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:51:07 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 21113 at Ask: Create a New OS X Profile Picture <!--paging_filter--><p>Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we let you know how to create a custom picture for your OS X profile, as well as how to update your pic in Messages.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>When I first set up OS X, I selected one of the profile pictures provided by the setup wizard, but now I would like to switch to a custom photo. If I change this photo, will it also change my photo inside of the Messages application?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>Whether you have a photo that is already on your computer, wish to select one of those included with OS X, or want to take a new picture, you can do so in System Preferences.</p><p>To change your picture, perform these steps:</p><p>1. Open Apple menu &gt; System Preferences.</p><p>2. Open the Users &amp; Groups preference pane.</p><p>3. Select your account from the list on the left.</p><p>4. Click the “Password” tab to the right.</p><p>5. Click the user profile photo that is currently set.</p><p>In the popover dialog that appears, you can choose from the many pictures provided with OS X in the “Default” category, which are perfectly sized to fit the allocated space.</p><p>To use a custom picture, drag and drop it from the Finder onto the slot that contains your current picture. Creating a new picture is also easy as pie. choose “Camera” on the left to see the view from your Mac’s camera and take a photo of yourself.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/ask_osxpicture2_620.png" width="620" height="453" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">It’s easy to change your profile picture in System Preferences.</span></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This will not change your photo in Messages, however. To change that, you’ll need to do the following:</p><p>1. Open Messages and select Window &gt; Buddies.</p><p>2. In the list that appears, select your profile photo, and then select “Recents.”</p><p>3. Select the photo that you applied to your account in System Preferences, and then click “Done.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got an Apple tech question? Email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Ask Columns messages OS X profile picture Tips tricks Mac How-Tos Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Cory Bohon 21103 at Deals: Make Your Outlets More Powerful with the PowerCube <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/powercube.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>If you're like us, you have too many items to plug into the wall and not enough sockets nearby to keep everything powered. If you find power strips ugly and annoying and want something with as many plugs but considerably less bulk, then get the PowerCube. It's on sale now in our <a href="" target="_blank">Deals tab</a>.</p><p>There's no need to keep bulky power strips laying around when you can plug in with the PowerCube. Designed to take up a minimal amount of space and make as many outlets available as possible, the PowerCube never blocks an available plug in and is perfet for connecting any device to. There's even dual USB ports so you can plug in your smartphone chargers and more.&nbsp;</p><p>There's two version of the PowerCube on sale right now in our Deals tab. The <a href="" target="_blank">standard version</a> is on sale for <a href="" target="_blank">just $17.95</a>. If you need even more power, then grab the <a href="" target="_blank">extended version</a>, available for <a href="" target="_blank">just $22.50</a>. Both are on sale now, so grab the one that fits your needs.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p> Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21081 at Deals: Use Your Voice to Control Your Mac with Dragon Dictate 4 <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/dragondictate4.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><div>Wish you didn't have to do all the typing yourself when you sat down at the computer? If only you could say the words outloud and your Mac would make them magically appear on the screen. Well, it turns out your wish is surprisingly easy to grant thanks to Dragon Dictate, the top voice recognition app for Mac. It's on sale in our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">latest Deal</a>.</div><div>Whether you have a quick email to send out or a full length essay you need to write up, Dragon Dictate will listen to every word and put it on the page for you. It works with your favorite applications to create and edit text. You can even record on a digital voice recorder, then let Dragon Dictate do the transcribing for you when you're back in front of your computer. Save your fingers and let your voice do the typing.</div><div>Dragon Dictate by Nuance usually retails for $200. You can get this program for&nbsp;5<a href="" target="_blank">0% off</a>&nbsp;right now in our Deals tab. That means you'll pay&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">just $99.99</a>&nbsp;for this top quality voice recognition software. That's a great offer, so&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">get this deal</a>&nbsp;today!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></div> Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21093 at Morning Report: iPhone 6 Now Ships in a Day, FlowVella, Apple TV ABC Update <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/ip6plus_620.png" alt="FlowVella" width="620" height="330" /></p><p>Our Friday Morning Report has some very good news for iPhone 6 shoppers in need of a last-minute holiday gift, as shipping estimates for all but the 128GB models finally improve to a single business day. We're also spreading joy for fans of the Flowboard presentation software, and cord-cutters with an Apple TV can now watch full episodes of ABC shows without a cable subscription.</p><h3>Apple Now Ships Most iPhone 6 Models in 1 Business Day</h3><p>If you're in the market for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Online Store may very well look like Santa Claus right now — assuming you want 16GB or 64GB, that is. Shipment times for all carriers and colors have improved to just a single business day in the U.S. online store, with the larger capacity 128GB model the only one still languishing behind with a three-to-five day shipping estimate.<br /><br />Americans aren't the only ones to enjoy the shorter wait times, with Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, and other countries also showing a big improvement over estimates from earlier this month. Sadly, that won't help your decision as to which model to buy, but it will get your choice in your hands that much sooner.</p><h3>Flowboard Rebrands as FlowVella, Debuts Mac Presentation App</h3><p><img src="/files/u220903/introducing_flowvella_ipad_imac_620px.jpg" alt="FlowVella" width="620" height="300" /></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The folks at Flowboard announced a complete rebranding Thursday</a>, with the company's flagship presentation software now known as FlowVella. The change has been coordinated alongside the launch of FlowVella for Mac at the discounted price of just $4.99 (down from $19.99), which adds new presenter notes with display, auto play/advance features, PowerPoint import, Retina Display support, and the ability to import PSD files as flattened images.<br /><br />A free iPad edition of FlowVella also receives the rebranding, and both versions have the ability to upgrade to monthly or annual Premium subscriptions, which now accommodate larger file sizes, additional templates, a password-protection option, and the ability to track presentation views; FlowVella Education for iPad is also available as a paid option for teachers and students. Existing customers only need to download the rebranded apps and log in to get started.<br /><br />Last but not least, FlowVella is introducing a new product called <a href="" target="_blank">iPad App Builder</a>, which allows presentations to be transformed into standalone iPad apps, complete with custom branding. FlowVella's first customer for this new service is Seattle's EMP Museum, which has used the product to launch two new exhibits.</p><h3>Apple TV WATCH ABC Channel Offers Cable-Free Full Episodes</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">ABC announced</a> that Apple TV owners are being treated to the same special benefit already enjoyed by iOS users: The ability to watch full episodes of the network's television shows from the WATCH ABC channel without the need to sign in with a cable or satellite subscription.<br /><br />Sure, it's a baby step closer to the cord-cutting many of us dream of, and you'll still need to link up with your provider in order to watch live TV streams, but chances are many readers will be unaffected by that requirement anyway, given that live video is only available in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News Apple Online Store Apple TV Flowboard FlowVella iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Morning Report shipping estimates TV networks Watch ABC iPad iPhone Mac Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:18:12 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 21109 at