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.