9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 $460, 27-inch iMac w/ Retina 5K display $150 off, iTunes Free App of the Week, more

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 $460, 27-inch iMac w/ Retina 5K display $150 off, iTunes Free App of the Week, more
Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: Apple iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi (Gold, Silver, Space Gray) $460 shipped (Reg. $499) Apple 27-inch iMac w/ Retina 5K display 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB $2,349 shipped (Reg. $2,499) iTunes Free App of the Week: PAC-MAN Friends ($3.99 value) Amazon’s […]

Report: Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak in upcoming Steve Jobs film

Report: Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak in upcoming Steve Jobs film
Variety reports that actor Seth Rogen has been cast to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from Sony: Seth Rogen has been set to star as Steve Wozniak opposite Christian Bale in Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic. We learned earlier this month that Christian Bale, who starred in the recent Batman trilogy, will portray Steve Jobs in […]

iOS 8 jailbreak Pangu now comes with Cydia installer, English support coming for the masses

iOS 8 jailbreak Pangu now comes with Cydia installer, English support coming for the masses
When the iOS 8 jailbreak tool Pangu was released earlier this month for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, it still had some rough edges such as no one-click solution to install Cydia or support for English. Fortunately, the Pangu app now includes a Cydia installer, while English support for the jailbreak tool is coming in the next 24 hours. […]

Apple reportedly reverses decision on rejecting iOS 8 calculator widgets

Apple reportedly reverses decision on rejecting iOS 8 calculator widgets
Update: Thompson has verified the policy change. We learned yesterday from developer James Thompson that Apple had informed him that the calculator widget for his app PCalc, which had already been approved and even featured by the App Store, would have to remove the widget from the app to remain available for sale. The reason Apple gave, […]

1Password for iOS updated w/ Touch ID lock screen improvements & more

1Password for iOS updated w/ Touch ID lock screen improvements & more
Apple gave a prominent shoutout to the 1Password secure wallet app earlier this month when Craig Federighi, who leads the OS X and iOS teams, mentioned the password management app’s support for Touch ID in an iOS 8 review on stage. AgileBits, the developers behind 1Password, mentioned the shoutout in their latest release notes for an updated […]

Smule’s popular Sing! Karaoke app updated with collaborative video features

Smule’s popular Sing! Karaoke app updated with collaborative video features
Smule, which makes a variety of music-related iPhone apps like Guitar!, Magic Piano, and AutoRap, has a new version of its popular Sing! Karaoke app out today with a major feature for the app: video. The new version of Sing! Karaoke, which features “a huge catalog of top hits” with instrumental tracks and lyric guides […]

Trade-in service Gazelle begins selling certified pre-owned iPhones and iPads

Trade-in service Gazelle begins selling certified pre-owned iPhones and iPads
Gazelle has long been a popular choice for conveniently turning a used iPhone or iPad into cash, and today the electronics trade-in service announced its own certified pre-owned store for buying “gently used devices” at a discounted price. While the pre-owned store lists categories including iPhone, cell phones, iPads, and tablets, Gazelle inventory is currently limited to pre-owned […]

Apple’s market-leading tablet share falls to 22% against growing cheap media consumption options

Apple’s market-leading tablet share falls to 22% against growing cheap media consumption options
New data from IDC tracking worldwide tablet shipments shows that Apple has maintained its lead during the third quarter despite “a decline in overall iPad shipment volume in 3Q14.” Specifically, Apple grabbed 22.8% of the market with 12.3 million shipments during the quarter compared to 14.1 million units and 29.2% share in the year ago […]

Meijer is first MCX member to break ranks, continuing to support Apple Pay

Meijer is first MCX member to break ranks, continuing to support Apple Pay
While CurrentC consortium MCX’s contracts state that members cannot accept competing forms of mobile payment, Midwest grocery chain Meijer appears to be the first member to break ranks by continuing to allow NFC payment – including Apple Pay. Michigan Live quotes spokesman Frank Guglielmi as saying that the chain’s 213 grocery and gas outlets have no plans to block […]

Skype for iPhone gets save/delete photos feature, adds improved chat load times, synced avatars, more

Skype for iPhone gets save/delete photos feature, adds improved chat load times, synced avatars, more
Following an update to version 7.1 for Mac yesterday, today Skype for iPhone is getting its own update that brings a few highly requested new features. First up, version 5.7 of Skype for iPhone introduces the ability to save and delete photos: If you want to save a memorable photo to your camera roll or delete […]

Spotify brings iPad app in line with iPhone & Mac apps, with dark theme and Your Music feature

Spotify brings iPad app in line with iPhone & Mac apps, with dark theme and Your Music feature
Spotify has belatedly brought its iPad app in line with the dark-themed iPhone and Mac apps, also adding in the Your Music feature which made it easier to organise your favourite content. The iPhone and Mac apps got the same update way back in April, and it’s unclear why it’s taken the iPad app so […]

Any.do gets a massive update to version 2.0 with a focus on collaboration

Any.do gets a massive update to version 2.0 with a focus on collaboration
  Any.do, the popular to-do list management application for iOS, has received a huge update to version 2.0, which introduces a new focus on collaboration among teams and families. All of the app’s previous functions still work the way they did in previous versions, so existing users won’t need to re-learn anything, but those who want […]

Kamcord first to bring gameplay recording to Metal, passes Twitch w/ 1.3M unique content creators

Kamcord first to bring gameplay recording to Metal, passes Twitch w/ 1.3M unique content creators
Kamcord, the SDK that lets mobile app developers offer gameplay recording and sharing functionality, today announced some pretty impressive milestones alongside new updates for its SDK and mobile app. In addition to announcing 25 million videos shared (it uploads around 1hr of mobile gameplay video per minute), the company also told me it’s now passed popular […]

‘Third-generation’ Flipboard iOS app gets redesign, 30,000 topics and officially curated content

‘Third-generation’ Flipboard iOS app gets redesign, 30,000 topics and officially curated content
The popular Flipboard app has received a significant upgrade in version 3.0, in what the company is describing as “the most personal and most magazine-like experience we’ve ever built.” In addition to a slicker interface, users are now presented with top-level topics that drill down into increasingly specific ones (for example, from Technology to iPhone). In […]

Apple Pay fans express displeasure at MCX in app ratings; consortium suggests possible future switch to NFC

Apple Pay fans express displeasure at MCX in app ratings; consortium suggests possible future switch to NFC
While the MCX consortium’s CurrentC mobile payment service isn’t due to launch until next year, it has been carrying out limited trials, facilitated by placing the app in the iTunes store. iPhone owners have been expressing their displeasure at the blocking of Apple Pay by MCX members by rating and reviewing the app. At the time […]

Tim Cook officially comes out as gay in public essay about equality

Tim Cook officially comes out as gay in public essay about equality
In an essay published on Bloomberg’s website, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. Although his sexuality wasn’t really a secret, this is the first time he has officially confirmed his sexual orientation. Cook says he has relaxed this aspect of privacy to help others as part of Apple’s efforts against discrimination. The essay can be read in full […]

Android Wear Devices won’t be iOS or Mac compatible this year

Android Wear Devices won’t be iOS or Mac compatible this year
Google invited us to check out their new line of Nexus products running Lollipop earlier today.   The Motorola Nexus 6 is about the size of the iPhone 6 Plus with a slightly bigger screen and thicker/heavier profile. On the other hand, the HTC Nexus 9 is smaller than the iPad Air with a 9-inch […]

Microsoft outs upcoming fitness ‘Band’ with premature Mac and iPhone app releases (updated)

Microsoft outs upcoming fitness ‘Band’ with premature Mac and iPhone app releases (updated)
Update: Microsoft has now announced the Microsoft Band, a $199 fitness band that does everything described below. It goes on sale Thursday. Microsoft hasn’t officially announced its wearable device, but it seems the company has accidentally published its desktop syncing client to the Mac App Store early. Whoops. The device is called the Microsoft Band […]

Skype updated to version 7.1 with support for OS X Yosemite and bug fixes

Skype updated to version 7.1 with support for OS X Yosemite and bug fixes
Skype has been updated to support the newly released OS X Yosemite and fix several issues. It is now easier to copy a link in a group chat, or leave the conversation. A few crashes related to video calls and searching have been addressed as well. You can grab the update from the Skype website. […]

9to5Toys Last Call: the thinnest iPhone 6/Plus cases, Snowball USB Mic $40, LG 49″ LED HDTV $400, more

9to5Toys Last Call: the thinnest iPhone 6/Plus cases, Snowball USB Mic $40, LG 49″ LED HDTV $400, more
Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: The thinnest iPhone 6/Plus cases we’ve found so far and some that are just thick enough to prevent ‘camera wobble’ Blue Microphones Snowball USB mic for Mac/PC/iPad (w/ adapter) $40 shipped (orig. $100) 1080p LED […]