A lot of people think "old" when they read "refurb" or "used" so we've made sure that all of this week's refurb models of Macs are as fresh as can be. Not one model predates last year and some of them are just barely a year old and some even less than that. So let's have a look at these gently used deals, buffed to a high gloss shine by Apple. And if that doesn't tempt you, we even have some great deals on brand new Macs and, as always, a round up of the hot discount gear ready and waiting for you.
We've got a little of everything you want out there in the great big App Store today. We've got productivity boosters, games for you, games for the little ones, photo editors, free and discounted hookups with art and music. Heck, it's all good, and it's all either free or cut way, way, way down in price, so get those gift cards ready, kids.
All right, people, remember what we said last year? We weren't going to let the holidays frazzle us. We were going to be on top of things, we weren't going to be a disorganized mess, we weren't going to be playing "New Year's Resolution" catch up. So let's get cracking. This week's apps are all about getting stuff done, getting organized, paying our bills, but we've got a little holiday cheer for you as well. Consider it "ho ho ho" meets "go go go!"
Depending on your feelings about the company's distinct brand of entertainment, Wake Up With Disney either takes a bit of the pain out of dragging yourself out of slumberland or ensures you’ll never want to sleep again. You’ll have to love Donald Duck and his propensity for tantrums to stand it for more than a few minutes, as he’s the one and only choice of companion in this playful interactive alarm clock. He’ll huff and he’ll puff, and he’ll either drive you insane or delight you with his wake-up-time antics.
We expected a glut of MacBook Airs to hit the refurb market once Apple announced a refresh of the super light laptop. There's a range of Airs out there for the discerning person in the laptop market who isn't necessarily concerned about the latest and the greatest and they're all incredibly reasonably priced. That, and more, in this week's price slash-o-rama.
We've got a couple of big multi-app sales going on that will help you when you travel and entertainment for your long flight, plus a few smaller games and utilities that have decided to part ways with their higher prices. So enjoy this banner episode of our price drop article before the iPhone 5 arrives and all the app sales that will follow in its wake.
If you've held out on the Angry Birds phenomenon but were curious as to what it was all about, here's your chance to find out for no investment but your time. That's right, the Seasons version of one of the top selling App Store games of all time, the cultural touchstone of the iPhone age, is free whether you go big or you go little. But don't let the hype around that blind you to these other fantastic free and price cut apps.
This month we’re giving away the TimeCommand App-Enhanced Audio Alarm Dock for iPod, iPhone and iPad (deep breath). This dock is the dock you always wished you had, and with the complimentary apps, we finally found an alarm clock worthy of our iDevice. Whether you’re displaying a larger than life analog clock from your iPad, or a tiny digital one from your iPod Nano, the TimeCommand will look right at home on your bed stand. And the best part? The TimeCommand provides an outlet on the power supply so you don’t have to decide between your bedside lamp and your new favorite alarm clock.
I am not a morning person. The daily transition from horizontal to vertical is usually accomplished by sheer force of will, and I have grown to despise the obnoxious electronic beep my alarm clock emits when it’s time to wake up. Well, at least that’s how I used to feel. Since I’ve been using the Sleeptracker Elite, waking up has been significantly easier -- and I feel better overall. Not bad for something as simple as a digital watch.
If we had our way, we wouldn’t wake up till it’s time to decide what’s for lunch. But when that’s not possible, your gadgets can help. First, make sure you’re getting enough sleep in the first place. Apps for iOS like Sleep ($0.99, universal), can ease you into slumberland with a mix of soothing sound effects and your own tunes, then fade out after a preset time.