Can it really be that time again? It seems that every year, Black Friday arrives earlier thanks to eager retailers sprinkling deals throughout the week, then into the following week kicked off by “Cyber Monday.” If the thought of standing shoulder to shoulder with the (potentially unwashed) masses gives you the hives, stay in and grab some post-Thanksgiving deals with our 2011 Black Friday Deals Guide.
Conventional wisdom tells us that death and taxes are unavoidable, but if you own any type of computer, home theatre equipment or gadgets of any kind, there’s another that should be added to that list: Cables! We all need them and nobody likes paying extra for them, so let’s take a look at shopping for the best deal and how to avoid paying too much for brand names.
Back to school season is upon us, and while returning to class can be painful after and long and leisurely summer break, it does give us the opportunity to shop for new toys. Whether you're a fresh frosh or a senior almost ready for graduation, it's always fun to take advantage of the back to school deals that pop up every fall.
We all know Apple themselves are offering $100 worth of apps to any student who purchases a Mac, but there's so much more out there. So, we've scoured to web for some Mac deals on products every college student needs.
Online auction giant eBay has embraced iOS with a variety of apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, leaving the Mac a browser-only experience -- until now. On Tuesday, the company introduced a free Mac App Store entry in an effort to make the shopping experience as browser-free as possible.
There's an old saw that says you should never hold a garage sale on Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend. There's a new one that says watch out for your kidneys if you buy anything on Craigslist. That last one's really just an urban legend, but Craigslist has made our garage sale shopping and selling less dependent on calendars, except there's no mobile version of their site and we find the design makes our head hurt. If only there were an app that could make Craigslist a joy, we'd buy that for a dollar.
Okay, maybe buying a $40,000 guitar was a bad idea. But it was so shiny, and BB King picked it up once, and...well, it was a bad idea. Try this next time: Create a calendar in iCal. When you see something you want to drop your credit card number on, add it to the calendar and set an alert for 30 days in the future. If, in 30 days, you still can’t live without that gold-plated Han Solo action figure, it’s probably destiny.
Sure, you could get an iPhone app like Grocery Gadget ($3.99) that lets you share a unified grocery list with your family members, and that could help you remember to schlep to the store for toilet paper, diapers, Doritos, or other can’t-live-without-it household staples. Or you could use Amazon.com’s brilliant Subscribe feature to keep yourself from running out in the first place -- and save money while you’re at it.
It appears as though the rumored retail overhaul in Apple's stores has come to fruition. The "2.0" overhaul has started in Australia, where as pictured above, the paper price sheets have been replaced with iPads covered in plexiglass.
Google’s iOS app invasion continues this week, this time with Google Shopper, which helps shoppers find information on products they’re interested in buying by cover art, barcode, voice or text search.
Here at MaclLife, we like to have you covered when it comes to your holiday shopping, and gift giving in general. Etsy.com, one of the biggest site devoted to DIY crafters and vintage resellers alike, has some pretty rad Apple stuff to meet your gift giving and collecting needs. We sought out some of the best gift ideas to help you find what you're looking for that special techie in your life.