It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and we at iLounge would like to wish you a happy holiday and express how grateful we are for your readership and support. We will be on a limited posting schedule today and Friday; we will return to normal updates on Monday, December 1st. Happy Thanksgiving!
In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up a set of SPBEAT9 Active Wrap Bluetooth Headphones for only $24 – that’s over 50% off. Designed to free you from hassling with ugly and knotty wires, these headphones are designed to be durable while also being lightweight and comfortable for all of your physical activities. The built-in lithium-ion battery provides up to 8 hours of non-stop listening, and built-in noise cancelling technology keeps out the background noise. The built-in microphone also allows you to place and receive phone calls from your iPhone with up to 10 hours of talk time.
Fans of the venerable Civilization franchise have something extra to be thankful for today as the highly anticipated Civilization: Beyond Earth ($37) lands on the Mac. Currently available at a special launch price on the Mac App Store, the new sci-fi themed chapter takes Civilization players to the final frontier where they must tame a new world and write the next chapter for humanity. The usual Civilization game play aspects abound here, with players challenged to explore and colonize an alien planet, choose the direction of their new culture, research new technologies, build armies, cities, and wonders, and much more.
Apple has quietly updated its Apple Watch pages with some new details on the upcoming device along with some interactive images. The previous “Features” page has been broken out into separate pages with more in-depth descriptions and images of the Watch’s features, with specific pages for Timekeeping, New Ways to Connect, and Health and Fitness.
The Timekeeping page provides more information on the included Watch faces, along with a brief description of several faces, and information on how they can be extensively customized. The New Ways to Connect page shows more about the social and interactivity features of the Watch, including new animations for the various communication apps, and the Health and Fitness page provides new interactive animations for the various health and fitness monitoring functions. A new feature dubbed “complications” is also highlighted, comprised of several utilities that can appear on watch faces as shortcuts to open specific related apps, such as setting alarms, checking the weather, and getting stock quotes. [via 9to5Mac]
Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a chance to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6 in our Golden Apple Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a 16GB gold iPad Air 2 and a 16GB gold iPhone 6. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook—the more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you receive. The lucky winner will be chosen in a random drawing on January 15, 2015. Good luck!
In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the iHealth Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker for only $39.99 – that’s over 40% off the regular price. Allowing you to take control of your health, this workout and sleep monitor measures your steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, and sleep efficiency and hours. You can wear it as a wristband or a clip, and pair it with the companion iOS app to view personalized health stats right on your iPhone. It also features a waterproof design, vibrating sleep and activity alarms, audible alarms, and comes with two interchangeable colour wristbands and clips.
The original HiRise for iPhone wasn't obviously in need of improvements -- Twelve South's substantially aluminum stand looked like something straight out of an Apple Store, leveraging a self-supplied Lightning cable to hold an iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 6/6 Plus, or iPad mini on a recline at your desk. But now there's a better sequel in the form of HiRise Deluxe for iPhone + iPad ($60), which adds several new features at a $25 premium. First, you can pick from black, gold, or silver colors for the dock, which is now paired with color-matched, packed-in Lightning and micro-USB cables -- one for unassisted Apple devices, the other for devices with Mophie and other micro-USB-charging battery packs. A rear thumb dial has been added to adjust the rear support for various cases and devices, and you can also choose from three included inserts to position the Lightning plug, eliminating the need for manual adjustment. Last and least, the base has been more aggressively tapered than before. We'll have a full review of HiRise Deluxe soon.
As part of its “Connection Day” promotion, Verizon is sponsoring a virtually ad-free iTunes Radio experience today. Featuring “limited interruptions,” instead of seeing normal ads on the service, iTunes Radio listeners will instead just see the message “Enjoy with limited interruptions courtesy of Verizon.” A banner ad will also occasionally appear, offering lucky listeners a $5 iTunes Store credit. The promotion is available today only and applies to all iTunes Radio listeners in the U.S., not just Verizon customers. iTunes Match users, who already have an ad-free listening experience, are not eligible to access the $5 iTunes credit promotion. [via 9to5Mac]
The Geometry Wars rage on with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions ($15), the latest instalment in the popular franchise. Launched simultaneously for Mac, PC, Xbox One and PS4, the new arcade shooter pits you against waves of enemies on a three-dimensional battlefield made up of geometric shapes. The new game provides over 50 single-player levels, including adventure and classic arcade modes, ten different battle modes, and four unique companion drones. Multiplayer modes are also in here for both cooperative and competitive play.
In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering up another great “Name-Your-Own-Price” bundle of nine must-have Mac apps, featuring Typinator. This special promotion lets you pay whatever you want and receive Paperless, Data Backup 3, and Pixa, and if you pay more than the average price, you’ll receive the complete package of all nine apps, including Typinator, Starry Night Enthusiast 7, Intensify Pro, MacJournal 6, a one-year subscription to Hotspot Shield, a three-year subscription to Spotdox, and an e-learning course for mastering them all. Best of all, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to one of three charities of your choice.