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More deals, LG UltraFine unboxing


More Black Friday deals — Here are some deals on speakers, headphones, iPhone cases, Mac software, hared drives … not all will ship to New Zealand (OWC does) so be advised. Australia has even added to the Apple Black Friday list, but New Zealand has been getting this for a while now, and sure enough (picture above) we’re getting it again. In this case it’s gift cards up to NZ$215 on big purchases. Macworld has a deals slideshow, and see Eltima’s deal below.

Eltima Software plans to launch a very special offer for all Mac users — 10 Mac apps in a bundle especially for BlackFriday 2016. The page with bundle is not ready yet, it will be launched mid next week:
Commander One
Flash Decompiler Trillix … All for US$49.95 (86% discount). So check back with them (or look here) next week.

LG’s UltraFine 5K Display gets unboxing treatment in new video — LG’s 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, developed in partnership with Apple to complement the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, received a traditional unboxing on Wednesday ahead of expected public availability in December.

Black Friday online sales


CreativeTech in iBooks — Black Friday pre-Christmas sale on all CreativeTech books until Sunday 27th November.
Prices are across all 51 territories with discounts commensurate to the following in local currencies:
Parcels From Home: The Prisoner of War Parcel Scheme and the New Zealand Red Cross in World War Two, now NZ99¢/Australian-US99¢/UK49p (usually NZ$11.99)
Parcels From Home: Jack’s War by Steve Bolton (historical graphic novel telling the NZ WWII Red Cross Parcel story) now NZ$1.99/Aus-US 99¢/UK49p (usually NZ$17.99)
Parcels From Home: The Prisoner of War Parcel Scheme and the New Zealand Red Cross in World War Two (Trainspotter Edition), now NZ$2.99/Aus-US$1.99/UK99p (usually NZ$17.99)
Friendship, Foes and Feathers: June, Anne and the Great War by Lynda Johansson Nunweek, now NZ99¢/Aus-US99¢/UK49p (usually NZ$7.99)
Four Immeasurable States and What Is Nirvana? Traleg Rinpoche, now NZ99¢/Aus-US99¢/UK49p (usually NZ$9.99)


MacPhun — Luminar (offer available until December 1st)
Price for Macphun Users: US$49
Price for New Users: US$59
Buy before December 1st to receive the following Black Friday Bonuses:
Africa with Athena Video by Athena Carey ($60 value)
Cameras in the Wild ebook by Contrastly ($29 value)
Making the Image ebook by Dan Bailey ($25 value)
Luminar Presets pack ($25 value)
Aurora HDR 2017 (offer available until December 1st )
Upgrade Price for existing Aurora HDR Pro Owners: US$49
Price for existing Aurora HDR Owners: US$79
Price for New Users: US$89
Buy before December 1st to receive the following Black Friday Bonuses:
The Essentials of Street Photography & The New York Photographer’s Travel Guide by James Maher (US$25 value)
20 Minute Video Training from Trey Ratcliff (US$20 value)
Holiday Preset Pack (US$25 value)

(Product)Red logos, Adobe Photoshop, Fuse, MyApple magazine, Black Friday, Photo 10, Mac games, Apple Music and Sonos


Apple Store logos turn red to mark World AIDS Day, (Product)Red donations top $100M — Maintaining a four-year-old tradition, Apple has changed the logos outside of a number of its retail stores from white to red in order to signal World AIDS Day, simultaneously announcing its (Product)Red donations have topped $100 million.

Adobe releases big updates to Photoshop and a new 3D character app, Fuse — Interface tweaks and new features come to Photoshop, along with a new integrated app for creating 3D models to pose or animate.
All updates all the time is Adobe’s mission for its Creative Cloud subscription plan. Delivering perpetual updates to the suite’s desktop lineup, without adhering to a designated upgrade schedule, frees both company and users from the long, cold wait for new and enhanced features. On Monday, Adobe announced a huge update to Photoshop CC 2015, its flagship image editor, which now hooks into its new 3D character creation app called Fuse CC (English language only, so far).

MyApple Magazine Issue No. 2 is now available for free — It’s the beginning of December, and Issue #2 of MyApple Magazine is now available for your reading pleasure (free)

Analyst thinks Apple’s Black Friday was its best ever — Apple apparently registered the strongest Friday sales in its entire history this Black Friday just gone (Nov. 27), says Global Equities’ Trip Chowdhry. He attributes this to the company’s “strategic shift in selling.”

On1 Photo 10 review: From suite to sweet: photo editing app does it all — For about a decade, On1’s photo editing tools have been marketed and used primarily as plug-ins for Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, or Adobe Photoshop. Each tool was an independent, one-trick pony and appropriately named: Perfect Black and White, for example, or Perfect Portrait. A couple of versions back, On1 began rolling these mini-apps into a Perfect Photo Suite that allowed users to access all the tools from a central dashboard independent of Lightroom or Aperture. The latest version — renamed On1 Photo 10 — takes this plan to the next level. Photo 10 is no longer a suite in name or design: it’s now a pretty well integrated app.

Mac games — It’s the season of giving — but if you love gaming on your Mac, why not treat yourself to a little something? November saw the release of dozens of new Mac games, and Macworld picked out the best and most intriguing of the bunch. Half of these are $20 or less apiece, so even if you’re tight on cash amidst ample holiday shopping, you can still grab something new to play.

Apple Music will play nice with Sonos beginning Dec. 15 — Streaming music and Sonos speakers go together like peanut butter and jelly, which is why Apple Music’s absence from Sonos’s list of supported streaming services was perplexing. But Apple Music is joining the roster of supported music services on Dec. 15, so Sonos speaker owners will have another option for streaming songs throughout their homes.

Black Friday, FaceShift, Ring Menu, Christmas ad, Time Machine backups

Ring Menu is a dynamic circular Dock replacement menu around your mouse cursor that can be accessed from anywhere
Ring Menu is a dynamic circular Dock replacement menu around your mouse cursor that can be accessed from anywhere

Black Friday sales — Some of these won’t work as they’re US products in the US, but some of the items are software. There are more here.

Apple acquires Faceshift, which makes a facial motion capture system — It was rumoured earlier this year, and now Apple has confirmed that it’s purchased a company called Faceshift, reports TechCrunch.
Face shift makes Faceshift Studio, a markerless facial motion capture system. It analyses the face motions of an actor, and describes them as a mixture of basic expressions, plus head orientation and gaze, to create a custom 3D avatar, and to record facial animation data in real time. The animation data may be streamed live into Maya, MotionBuilder or Unity, or exported in a range of standard file formats, including BVH and FBX.

Ring Menu Dock alternative — If you want Dock functionality but, for whatever reason, dislike the Mac OS X Dock itself, The Ring Menu might be a handy alternative. Available at the Mac App Store for NZ$6.49 (US$4.99), it adds a circular menu containing apps, files and folders around the mouse cursor. It also sports a dynamic item zoom that magnifies the items under your mouse cursor.

Apple airs 2015 Christmas TV ad starring Stevie Wonder & Andra Daye — Apple has uploaded its annual Christmas TV ad to YouTube, which this year stars singers Stevie Wonder and Andra Daye.

What to do when mobile Time Machine backups linger and fill storage space — An attempt by Time Machine to keep backups up to date away from network resources can fill your drive, too.

‘Lack Friday’ – RED but no discounts, Desk writer, Star Wars trailer

Looks like we don't get gift cards, only donations to the AIDS charity.
Looks like we don’t get gift cards, only donations to the AIDS charity.

Black Friday is on — Apple’s Black Friday sale is now live with the company offering a Product(RED) iTunes gift card for each eligible purchase. Gift card amounts range from NZ$35 to $120 depending on items being purchased – but it looks like NZ isn’t getting these, and England isn’t getting it either. We did last year, we’re just getting to donate (via Apple) to Project RED on world AIDS day (that’s today). The RED promotion is available in Apple’s online stores. However, there are lots of other deals we can use on software etc.

Desk is a ‘painless’ writing and blogging tool for Mac — John Saddington’s new app is simply named Desk (it’s NZ$38.99). When you’re typing, user interface items simply disappear from Desk so you’re actually typing on a blank page. Move your pointer with mouse or trackpad, and you begin to see some of the elements. At the bottom of the page you’ll see exactly when the current document was last saved, a character count, a word count, and reading time. That last statistic gives you an idea of how long it will take an average reader to fully digest your post. It also lets you publish directly to WordPress, Tumblr, Bloodspot and more.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer on iTunes — Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t due in theaters for about a year, but you can watch it in high quality on Apple’s Trailer site. The minute-and-a-half-long trailer doesn’t show any of the main characters but it has plenty of stormtroopers, droids, X-winds, and the Millenium Falcon. Also, a triple-blade Sith lightsaber.

Black Friday – RED deals, Yosemite disaster relief, CarPlay vs Android, hols freeze

CarPlay in a Hyundai Sonata
CarPlay in a Hyundai Sonata

Apple reveals Black Friday partnership with Product (RED) for gift card sale — Shoppers purchasing some of Apple’s most popular products on Friday will also receive Product (RED) gift cards that can be used on the  iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. There is more information online about Apple’s World AIDS Day 2014 campaign, including Apps for (RED). Mac and iPhone purchases will net substantial App Store gift cards.

MacPhun specials — This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Macphun Team is offering you a US$80 discount over all four of its photography apps (Focus Pro, Snapheal Pro, Tonality Pro and Intensify Pro) plus a FREE $25 App Store or Amazon Gift Card.

Solving a Yosemite post-install disaster — Updating to a major new version of OS X can seem akin to walking through a mine field, albeit one with relatively few mines. In most instances, you’ll be fine. But you never know when disaster may strike – this Macworld article tells you how to cope.

Hands on with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata — Sarah Jacobsson Purewal went to the LA Auto Show in search of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Google and Apple’s bids to bring your smartphone’s screen to your car. CarPlay has so far appeared only in a Ferrari and a Pioneer aftermarket line, while Android Auto is still in beta. Still, at a small Hyundai booth in the South Hall, two separate 2015 Hyundai Sonatas demonstrated the technologies.

Apple confirms annual holiday freeze on iTunes and App Store submissions — Apple is alerting iBooks publishers on iTunes that the iTunes Connect service will be unavailable during the holiday season. The hiatus will begin December 22 and last until December 29. This notice is addressed only to iBooks authors, but this shutdown also applies to iOS developers, OS X developers and other publishers.

Human Rights, sale, London apple market, Lightroom, gifs, great app deal

November 28th, Apple offers specials in its online shops for 'Black Friday' sales, so stay tuned.
November 28th, Apple offers specials in its online shops for ‘Black Friday’ sales, so stay tuned.

Apple earns 100% score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for 13th year in a row — The Human Rights Campaign this week published its annual Corporate Equality Index rankings rating American workplaces on LGBT equality, and Apple once again earned a score of 100 percent, achieving a perfect ranking for the 13th straight year. [This covers directly-employed Apple workers in the US, not those working at non-Apple assembly plants outside the US.]

Apple email touts Black Friday gift ideas — Black Friday, the US retailer’s dream date, is coming up on November 28, 2014, and Apple is tempting the wallets of shoppers with an email full of holiday gift ideas. Playing on the theme that “From one gift come many”, Apple shows how its products are really the gifts that keep on giving. [This went out to Apple’s email list, including in NZ, pictured above. Usually the deals are Apple credits for its online stores, but sometimes prices are better, too.]

London’s Borough market celebrated Apple Day with “The Real Apple Store” parody — London’s Borough market marked both the annual Apple Day celebration and the market’s 1,000th year anniversary with a parody of epic proportions. According to Core77, the market hired London-based TinMan and Teatime productions to design the “Real Apple Store,” a market place styled like an Apple retail store and filled with the best British versions of apples (the fruit).

Adobe Lightroom Adds Aperture, iPhoto Import Support — Adobe is making it easier for Aperture users to transition into Lightroom with its just released version 5.7 update. That’s good news for Aperture users since Apple is killing off Aperture and iPhoto next year when it releases an OS X Yosemite version of the iOS-style Photos. There’s also a Black Friday Lightroom sale price coming up.

Jeff is an app that makes and shares animated gifs easily
Jeff is an app that makes and shares animated gifs easily

Simple gif maker — An app called Jeff (NZ$12.99) is absurdly simple to use to make little animated gifs. Launch the app, and you’ll see a menu bar icon (a J in a circle). Click on it, and a little dialogue comes up. Follow the simple instructions by clicking the record button or use Shift-Command-5 to record a section of a screen or Shift-Command-6 to record all of a screen. [Awesome icon, too!]

App deal: six apps super cheap along with two entirely free — FX Studio Pro, Tembo, MacCleanse (proper undeleter) 1000 OpenType fonts, ColorStrokes, TubeConverter, and pass on the deal to someone else and you also get Arise for a Tweet and Portrait Painter for free. [That’s the same, at NZ$13.27, that I just paid for Jeff, above, yet would normally cost US$220!]

Black Friday Apple sale, Retina iMac, Obama net neutrality, Yosemite security, apps bundle

An interesting Apps deal
An interesting Apps deal

Apple ramps up for Black Friday Sale — Apple’s Black Friday sale promotion will be back again this year with special discounts and early store openings, but not quite as early as some previous events. This year Apple will open its retail stores at 8AM local time instead of painfully early, like 4AM, or last year’s 6AM start.
[Since New Zealand doesn’t have any Apple stores – just licensed Resellers – what we’ll get instead is specials in the Apple Online Store. Typically, Apple NZ issues coupons for App Store purchases.]

Another Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display review — After years of waiting, Mac faithful can finally purchase an ultra high-resolution display made by Apple that not only mates quality with a competitive price tag, but comes with a capable built-in computer to boot.

President Obama pushes FCC to classify Internet as public utility, protect net neutrality — In a move likely to see support from Internet-based content providers such as Apple, Netflix, and others, President Barack Obama on Monday publicly called on the Federal Communications Commission to take the strongest measures possible in protecting net neutrality.

3 key things to know about Yosemite and security — Like its US National Park namesake, Apple’s newest operating system can be imposing, perhaps even a little daunting to newcomers. And although you won’t find any bears in the digital version of Yosemite, that doesn’t mean it’s danger free. After all, online security is rarely a walk in the park — and these three features of Yosemite could potentially impact your security.

The AppsGoneMad bundle offers 6 solid Mac apps for under US$10— With app bundles there is often one thing you really want, but the rest of the bundle is forgettable. This latest bundle (pictured above) from AppsGoneMad, which can be purchased between now and November 24, actually has several apps for Mac OS X that should have wide appeal. At retail, the apps would total US$220 (about NZ$284), but the whole bundle is only $9.99 (about NZ$12.88).