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Beats by Dre partners with the NBA

Beats by Dr. Dre just announced a multi-year marketing and merchandising partnership with the NBA, which will make it the official headphone, wireless speaker, and audio partner of the NBA, as well as sister associations WNBA, NBA G League, and USA Basketball as of October 2018.

 

Luke Woods, Beats by Dr. Dre president, said:

 

“The NBA and its players have long been significant drivers of global culture. Basketball, music, and style speak as one voice: Julius Erving became a style icon, Allen Iverson cemented hip hop’s place on and off the court and LeBron James is breaking new music every day… the list goes on and on. This partnership with the NBA is the perfect alignment for Beats. It feels like coming home.”

 

Aw, everyone likes going home!

 

In addition to developing NBA-themed headphones for fans, Beats also plans to provide headphones to players and advertise during major events like the NBA All-Star, NBA Draft, international games, WNBA games, and more.

 

 

Apple Removes Group FaceTime From iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

Sad FaceTime.

 

Apple has just removed the greatly anticipated Group FaceTime feature from the latest iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas,  deciding instead to release it at a undisclosed later date.

 

Group FaceTime is exactly how it sounds, letting a bunch of people – up to 32 – FaceTime video/audio at the same time.

 

It’s actually been available on iOS 12 and macOS Mojave since the first betas became available in June, but there was no forthcoming reason to have taken it off today, just that  ‘the feature has been removed from the initial releases of macOS Mojave and iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this fall.

 

Bye 32 people FaceTime party, see you in the Fall sometime.

 

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PayPal Discounts $100 iTunes Gift Cards to $85

PayPal’s Digital Gifts eBay storefront is discounting $100 App Store and iTunes gift cards t0 $85 which the company has been doing once a month since February.

 

You must have a PayPal account and after your purchase the gift card will then be delivered via email a few hours later. The gift cards will only be valid on purchases made in the United States App and iTunes Stores.

 

This comes as the iTunes Movies store refreshed with a handful of new sales on both HD and 4K HDR films. Besides movie rentals and purchases on iTunes, these gift cards can be used for Apple Music and other iTunes billing subscriptions, album and iBooks purchases, and more.

 

 

Apple Planning iPhones With Touchless Gesture Controls and Curved Screens

There have been unconfirmed reports that in an effort to stand out in the smartphone world, Apple is planning to incorporate “touchless gesture control” and curved screens into future iPhone models.

 

The touchless control feature would apparently let iPhone owners navigate iOS “by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.” This technology, if the reports are correct, would still be about two years away, unless Apple finds even better tech to come out with instead.

 

The curved iPhone display feature would curve inward “gradually from top to bottom,” unlike Samsung’s smartphones that curve down and away at the edges of the screen.

 

Along with these claims comes reports that Apple will expand OLED technology to more devices, releasing a larger model iPhone later this year with a 6.5-inch screen, up from the 5.8-inch size in the current iPhone X.

 

The company is also apparently working on an update to the iPhone X’s size and a new, lower-cost LCD model.

Apple Education special event

Apple had its big education event yesterday, held at the Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois.

 

With it came the welcome news of a new 6th Gen iPad. As this was an education event, it’s key that students and schools will have a specific price point of $299 instead of $329 that the general public will pay.

 

The iPad has a 9.7-inch Retina display that features a higher-resolution touch sensor to enable support for Apple Pencil, which itself will come in at $10 lower for students and schools at $89.

 

It also comes with mega additional storage of 200GB instead of 50GB, the new A10 chip and a 40% faster processer. Apple said that both front and rear cameras provide HD video recording for everything from document scanning to FaceTime calls.

 

One of the main applications aimed at the new iPad is augmented reality, fueled by the device’s Retina display, powerful chip, enhanced cameras, and advanced sensors with a gyroscope and accelerometer. The tablet was built for mobility and durability for students, sporting an aluminum unibody construction.

 

Apple also increased Free iCloud Storage for Students to 200GB, Logitech Announced a $49 Crayon Stylus and $99 Rugged Combo 2 Case for the new iPad, and Apple will also now sell standalone Space Gray Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2.

 

Also welcomed is a reduction in price for AppleCare+ to $69 for 9.7-Inch iPad and iPad Mini Models.

 

On the software side of things, Apple introduced new tools for education, including a Classwork app for assignments, an “Everyone Can Create” curriculum that’s focused on creative pursuits like photography, video making, music, and art, a ClassKit API for creating educational apps with Classwork integration, and new Apple Pencil capabilities for iWork.

 

Apple also announced that, in partnership with Northwestern University, it will establish a Center for Excellence at Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, which will serve as a hub for teachers at Chicago Public Schools to learn and subsequently teach Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum, a free program designed to help students learn how to code, as well as being trained on App Development with Swift.

 

From the Sauce, Apple CEO Tim Cook:

 

“Teachers make a world of difference in their students’ lives, and we owe so much of our own success to their creativity, hard work and dedication. At Apple, we believe every student should have the opportunity to learn to code and we are thrilled to help provide new learning opportunities for Chicago-area teachers so they can bring coding into their classrooms.”

 

You can now watch the whole thing in the events app on Apple TV!

Apple stock price hits all time high

Following several weeks of gains, Apple’s stock price has hit a new all-time high, trading for slightly above the previous record of $180.10 in intraday trading today.

 

The stock hit a low of $150.24 on February 9, but has since rebounded, and this new high comes after billionaire investor Warren Buffett said his company Berkshire Hathaway has purchased more shares of Apple than any other stock over the past year,  increasing its Apple holdings by 23.3 percent.

 

Apple shares have technically traded for higher prices, but today’s all-time high accounts for multiple stock splits that have occurred. Apple now has a market capitalization of well over $900 billion.

 

Yowza.

Excellent Unlimited Sprint Plan Deal!

Sprint is currently offering 1-Year Unlimited Talk, Text & Data for Free when you bring an eligible unlocked smartphone.

 

WHAT.

 

Yup, all you have to do is purchase a Sprint SIM card to take advantage of this offer (SIM card is $2.99 ea. and $10 shipping & handling + tax), plus have eBill and Sprint AutoPay ($5/mo./line discount applied within two invoices).

 

This excellent deal means that with the plan you get :
Unlimited data, talk and text
HD streaming:
Video at speeds up to 1080p
Music at up to 1.5mbps
Gaming streams at up to 8mbps
Unlimited 4G LTE data for most everything else. Data deprioritization applies during congestion.
10GB of high-speed data per line to use toward mobile hotspot, VPN and Peer-2-Peer usage. Once your 10GB is used up:
Continue at up to 2G speeds (32 Kbps) on our network for no additional cost, or
Purchase more on-network high-speed data for $15/1GB to tide you over for the rest of your bill cycle

 

A standard $1.99 admin fee, $0.40 regulatory fee and other taxes and fees apply.

 

You must be a Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile customer bringing new lines to Sprint, and you must own the phone you’re bringing.

 

After the deal ends, pay:
Line 1: $60/mo.
Line 2: $40/mo.
Lines 3-5: $30/mo/line
Pricing shown with AutoPay. Add $5/mo./line without AutoPay

 

If this deal tickles your fancy, here is the list of eligible devices, but remember your phone has to be unlocked and compatible with Sprint SIM card and network:

 

Alcatel IDOL5
Apple iPhone 5c (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone 5s (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6s
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 7 (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone 8 (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPad
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Air
Apple iPad Mini 4
Apple iPad Mini 3
Apple iPad Mini 2
Apple iPad Pro
BLU VIVO S
Essential Phone
Google Nexus 5 (16 & 32 GB – black/white/red) (Verizon only)
Google Nexus 5X (all versions)
Google Nexus 6 (32 & 64 GB – black/white)
Google Nexus 6P (all versions)
Google Pixel
Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel XL 2
HTC One A9 (Sprint Version only)
moto e4
moto e4 plus
moto g4
moto g4 play
moto g4 plus
moto g5 plus
moto g5s plus
moto x pure edition
moto z2 play
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Special Edition
Samsung Galaxy S7 Special Edition
Samsung Galaxy S8 Special Edition
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Special Edition

 

Check eligibility and sign up here! 

 

 

 

Apple pledging $1 Million towards California Fire Relief Efforts

Good Guy Apple pledged to donate $1 million to fire relief efforts in Northern California, as well as matching employee donations 2-1.

 

 

On Sunday night, a series of fires broke out throughout Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Butte counties in Northern California during severe fire weather conditions.

 

These fires rapidly grew to destroy an estimated 3,500 plus structures and killed at least 21 people, while over 380 people remain missing. The fires have so far burned over 170,000 acres of land, and have forced over 20,000 people to evacuate.

 

Other tech companies have also pledged donations. Facebook will also donate $1 million, while Google will donate $500,000.

 

If you would like to help out by making a donation, please visit the below links.

 

The Red Cross

 

California Fire Relief GoFundMe

 

Napa & Sonoma County Fire Relief GoFundMe

 

Sonoma County Resilience Fund

 

Napa Valley Community Foundation 

 

 

 

 

Jony Ive to speak! (At Tech Fest)

Recently seemingly only appearing in Apple Videos as a voiceover, Apple’s Jony Ive will be making an appearance at next month’s Tech Fest in NYC put on by The New Yorker.

 

He is one of the ‘the innovators, dealmakers, and geniuses who are changing the world’ and will be appearing in conversation with The New Yorker’s David Remmick talking about “the shape of things to come,” focusing heavily on design.

 

Also appearing at the event is a bunch of other really impressive sounding people, such as Thomas Rando, Director of the Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Stanford University School of Medicine, Daniela Rus, Director of M.I.T’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Gary Kasparov, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, and Snap Chairman, Michael Lynton

 

Keep in mind, although there will be very many interesting things said at Tech Fest, tickets are $1500 clams. That being said, you can buy tickets here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Buy Sale including Apple products coming up!

In celebration of it’s 51st anniversary, Best Buy has announced an upcoming 50-hour sale filled with super amazing deals, which will kick off tomorrow, and last through Sunday night.

 

The sale includes discounts on a wide range of Apple products, with select MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac models up to $500 off, up to $300 off on the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and the iPad mini 4 up to $120 off. Accessories like the Beats Studio Wireless headphones will also be on sale.

 

Best Buy’s sale kicks off at 10:00 p.m. Central Time on Friday, August 18 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, August 20. Deals will be available both online and in retail stores, and students can get additional discounts by visiting Best Buy’s student site.