In case you haven't heard, there's a currently a major legal battle being fought between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group. While the battle wages on, Amazon is refusing to sell books by the popular publishing company. Apple isn't, however, and Re/code reports that the Cupertino company is even taking advantage of the situation by offering a sale on digital copies of Hachette titles.
We hear rumors that Apple's got some refreshes in mind for the iMac and code in Yosemite certainly is suggestive. But if you can't wait, we have some great deals on some iMacs and on a jumbo display that'll give you that iMac feeling if you picked up one of our highlighted refurb Mac minis in previous weeks, but there aren't any of those cute little refurbs in the deals of this week, as they're gone for now. Never fear, we've got other options, plenty of those.
Google's $35 Chromecast has been on a roll lately, adding support for a plethora of new apps and services. VLC users will be happy to know that they aren't being forgotten, with VideoLAN recently confirming in a forum post that Chromecast support is underway for the iOS app, with Mac, Windows, and Linux coming a little further down the line. If that just brightened your day, wait until you read today's recap!
As if timed with WWDC, Apple makes a hugely visually appealing game its free App of the Week. You get one look at this title and you think, whew, developers are going to go crazy mad with Swift and iOS 8. I can't wait to see how games like this grow. Nicely played. Meanwhile, we've got a few titles that aren't so heavy on the graphics, but are straight up fun with an emphasis on the free, so let's dive in. And for you productivity or shutterbug types, we've got a couple things for you too.
One of each, that's what we have for you this refurb Thursday. One of nearly each model Apple makes of everything that's refurbed for your budget conscious decisions. And since we're eyeing your wallets for you, we'll keep it to the base models. If you ever wanted to get in on the Apple ground floor, this week's got you covered. We're light on accessories, but heavy on the goods.
Summer is coming, school days are ending, so we skipped all the educational apps that are seeing major price drops this week. If you're interested, there are plenty out there, but school's out, school's out, teacher let the monkeys out. So these monkeys want to play and they want to go on vacation, so let's see what we can do for them.
So maybe you heard the rumor that the latest OS X beta suggests new iMacs are possible soon and you'd like to put off that purchase as long as possible. Good for you, but if the situation is desperate and you've got to get a new machine, consider the refurb market. Nearly new, Apple certified, and savings galore. Go have a look.
We never like to kick off a recap with news about a product or service going down the tubes, but that's exactly what's happening with the folks at Springpad. Initially launched six years ago as a competitor to Evernote, Springpad announced that the service will be shutting down for good on June 25, taking all of its apps and sync with it. The company is working on an export tool to allow its more than five million customers to migrate their data elsewhere, and plans to have more details next month. We now return you to our regularly scheduled Wednesday recap...
Americans woke up Tuesday after a long Memorial Day weekend to be greeted by a $50 discount off Adobe's Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements bundle (normally $149.99) until this Friday, May 30 at 11:59 PM PST. That's quite a good deal for the consumer photo and video editing software for Mac and PC, which requires no discount code to use. Who says MacLife.com doesn't like to save readers money...?
The $3.2 billion deal between Apple and Beats Electronics continues to make headlines, with more details seeming to confirm our previous report that the arrangment is less about overpriced headphones or streaming music services than the tastemakers running the company.