New Apple TV+ show!

You’ll never guess what it is!

 

Well, you might have guessed in the end, but you don’t have to, because here’s the answer: Apple has picked up the rights to  “A Christmas Carol,”: a live action musical!

 

So many good things in that sentence, could we fit anymore in? Yup! It’s going to star all round good guys Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell, who will also produce.

 

Apparently , and for good reason, the show was the subject of a harsh bidding war, but Apple won out with, well, money. According to reports, they’re paying above $60 million just for talent.

 

“A Christmas Carol” will be added to Apple’s Apple TV+ streaming service, which premieres on November 1st. It’s not known specifically when “A Christmas Carol” will be available, presumably near… Christmas?

 

 

Apple may end up bundling new services together

According to a report from the Financial Times, Apple is talking with record labels about the proposition of bundling Apple Music and Apple TV+ as part of one big bundle for one flat monthly rate.

 

This isn’t to say that it’s going to happen though – with some record labels apparently concerned about losing revenue modeling it this way.

 

If Apple wanted to bundle all of its subscription services together – Apple News+, Apple Arcade, AppleCare+, and iCloud storage – it would be great for the end user especially if it was a family subscription, as long as it was priced correctly.

 

The total cost currently for each individual subscription of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+, and Apple Arcade rounds up to $30 per month, so any future mega bundle would need to be under that cost.

 

 

You can now buy the 10.2-Inch iPad in some Apple Stores

As of today in the US and Canada, you can buy a new 10.2-inch iPad on the Apple website and then select a 30-minute window to pick it up at an Apple Store.

 

You can also use this process to check the inventory of the device based on your ZIP code.

 

To check if your local store has the device in stock,  go to the 10.2-inch iPad purchase page on Apple’s website, configure whatever preferences you want regarding color and size, and under ‘pickup’ it will show you which stores have available devices in stock. You can click on ‘Show more stores’ to enter a zip code to see other availability too.

 

When you get to the Apple Store, let an employee know you have an order to pick up, show them your valid government-issued photo ID and BAM BRAND NEW IPAD, FRIEND!

 
The 10.2-inch iPad starts at $329.

 

 

 

New Amazon products announced!

Amazon announced a bunch of new stuff in Seattle today, from services to updated hardware to whole new products!

 

Let’s get started with the thing that most people have a hard time with – privacy. Amazon is (today) rolling out “home mode” which allows customers to control audio and video recordings, limiting them when you’re around. You can now say “Alexa, tell me what you heard” or “tell me why you did that” and your speaker will respond, telling you the information it retained, as well as the fact that voice recordings will now also automatically delete after some time.

 

Next up we have the announcement that you can soon pay for the ability to have celebrity voices on your Alexa products, which is half awesome, half creepy.

 
We have a brand spanking new Echo Dot WITH CLOCK which is… an Echo Dot, with a clock built in to the display and we also have an updated Echo speaker for $99.99. It will pre-order today with a simple cloth-wrapped design, and improved speaker hardware.

 

Echo Studio is new, with left, right and top mid-range speakers that create directional sound, a directional tweeter for great, high end performance and a built-in 5.25-inch bass driver coupled with a bass port. This is available today for pre-order from $199.99.

 

Echo Show 8 is 8 – inches in size, with a larger square screen than the Echo Show 5.  You can pre-order it today and it’s $129.

 

Echo Glow is a $29.99 smart lamp,  Echo Flex is a small speaker that plugs directly in your wall for $24.99, and Echo Buds are an AirPod competitor with 5 hours of battery life or up to 20 hours with the included charging case for $129 ( pre order today).

 

So here’s to some of the further left field stuff –  Echo Frames, glasses with Alexa. You read that right. Frames brings Alexa and directional microphones to your eyes and ears, they are available with prescriptions if needed. and cost $180.

 

We also have a Smart Oven.  For $249.99, you can have full Alexa integration in your oven AND it ships with an Echo Dot.

 

 

Echo Loop – this is a titanium ring that has two built-in microphones, which offers built-in notifications and Alexa right on your finger. The titanium frame houses everything which includes a built-in vibrating motor for haptic feedback. Echo Loop will sell for $129.99 as a beta product with the required invite to purchase.

 

The Eero home wifi system got shown off, as did new Ring products, including the Ring Retrofit Alarm Kit which adds Ring into your home’s existing security system starting at $199.99. The new Stick Up Cam, for $99.99,  offers 1080p video, motion detection, and upgraded night vision.

 

Seems like Amazon wants your whole house to be called Alexa, but as long as it’s Brad Pit’s voice, is that bad at all?

 

 

 

 

Lines & Crowds for the release of Apple’s new hardware!

Did you line up to get a new iPhone today? Or to check out the Apple Watch Series 5 in the new Apple Watch Studio?

 

You weren’t alone, although it would be weird and very unsettling if you had been, right?

 

Lots of people were interested on getting their hands on Apple’s new hardware, and were rewarded for waiting with the very thing they wanted AS WELL AS snacks and water. FOR FREE YOU GUYS.

 

Check out some pics taken today at the San Francisco, Union Square Apple Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us know how you did today if you were in line, or if you didn’t have to wait!

 

 

 

Deal of the Day!

 

So it’s almost the weekend. Close enough you can feel it, but still too far away to feel it feel it, right?

 

This might bring some of those feels a little closer, especially if you like shopping, reading, and you’re planning on curling up with a good book this Saturday morning!

 

Right now you can get an all new Fire 7 Tablet (7″ display, 16 GB) in a choice of 4 colors for just $29.99 from Amazon, with FREE One-Day if you have Prime.

 

This is a great deal, with a deep discount of $20.00.

 

Get it now!!

 

Mario Kart is coming to your phone!

In today’s episode of Wednesday’s Wonderful news (it’s totally a thing),  the ultimate good-time game Mario Kart will be available on mobile devices for the first time ever on 25 September.

 

That’s only 11 days away, guys.

 

 

It’s called Mario Kart Tour, bought to you by Nintendo (duh), who say:

 

 

“Mario Kart Tour is the first Mario Kart game for smart devices, put the pedal to the metal in courses inspired by real-world locations as well as Mario Kart series favorites.”

 

Mario Kart Tour will be available on Android and iOS from September 25 2019. Nintendo announced earlier this year that Mario Kart Tour will be free to try, but you’ll likely need in-app purchases to make it past a certain level. According to the App Store listing, in-app purchases range from $1.99 to $69.99.

 

See the trailer below!!

 

 

 

 

Video Calling on your TV? Yup, it’s a thing now.

Facebook has announced three new Portal models. You’ve now got the option of new models of ‘The Portal’ and the ‘Portal Mini’ ($179 and $129 respectively), as well as, in a new turn of events, ‘Portal TV’, which, for $149, will turn your TV into a giant smart display.

 

Which means, giant video calling. Which means, video call parties, obviously. Hi friends! What are you doing in my TV?

 

The two new standalone Portal models have a 10-inch HD display (1,280 x 800),  and an 8-inch HD display (also 1,280 x 800) for the Mini, with improved speakers.

 

The Portal TV is a camera that you attach to your television’s HDMI port that comes with a small remote control to navigate the Portal TV interface. Not only can you make video calls, you can also watch Facebook Watch tv shows with another Portal TV owner during a video call. Long distance relationships gold right there.

 

For privacy, all three new devices have a toggle switch that mutes the microphone and shuts off the camera simultaneously as well as a physical camera lens cover.

 

 

Pre-orders for all three Portals start today, the Portal and Portal Mini will start shipping on October 15th, while the Portal TV begins shipping November 5th.

 

If you want ALL the FaceBook things, you can also bundle any two Portal devices for $50 off.

 

 

Rumors are swirling that we’ll see a new iPad Pro before 2020

And when we say before 2020 we mean, right around the corner, because time is terrifying.

 

This Fall, (likely October) a lot of people are expecting the release of a new iPad Pro model, with some speculating that it will have the triple-camera system that we’ve seen on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

 

 

The existing iPad Pro models use a single-lens camera system similar to the 2018 iPhone XR.

 

On another note, if you want an iPad right now,  Amazon has a deal on the 2018 Apple iPad Wi-Fi and cellular tablet with 32GB storage. Usually $459,  it’s now discounted to $379. You can also choose the 128GB variant for $510 instead of its usual $559. Check it out here. 

 

Apple lowers price on some iPad Pro models

Good news iPad lovers!

 

Apple has dropped the price of their 11 and 12.9-inch 1TB iPad Pro models by $200!

 

The 1TB 11-inch iPad Pro now starts at $1,349, and the 1TB 12.9-inch iPad Pro now starts at $1,549.

 

However, the cost of the 64, 256, and 512GB iPad Pro storage tiers has not changed.

 

Keep in mind, there are some who believe that we we still see a new iPad Pro model before the year is out, possibly with the triple lens camera that we saw yesterday at the launch of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.

 

 

Is it iPad Pro time?