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Unu Aero Wireless Giveaway

iLounge and uNu are giving away six (6) uNu Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat for iPhone 5S/5 ($99.95 value). There are three (3) Black and three (3) White models available to win.

The uNu Aero wireless battery case and charging pad for iPhone 5S/5 feature the newest advancements in wireless charging technology. The Aero battery case charges wirelessly. Straight from the Aero charging pad. No wires necessary! Simply place the Aero case on the charging mat and the phone will begin to charge.

For more information visit MyuNu.com.…

Apple appoints Beats Music chief to head up iTunes Radio

Apple has picked Beats Music subscription service CEO Ian Rogers to additionally head up iTunes Radio, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that Rogers will still continue to run the Beats Music subscription service while working to “create cohesion” between the two offerings. Before Beats Music, which was famously acquired by Apple despite a relatively small subscriber base, Rogers previously ran Yahoo Music, which launched and then folded an early subscription-based music service.

Crowdfunding Spotlight

CasePlug

World’s First USB Case for iPhone 5s

A new phone case by CasePlug proves you can do more with an ordinary USB plug then previously thought. The featured, built-in USB mechanism, has a rotating, quick-release plug that’s used for mounting, syncing, charging and kickstand for your phone.

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Facebook promises monthly iOS app updates

Facebook has released version 13.0 of its iOS app to the App Store, with update notes promising that the social network will now bring regular updates to the App Store “every 4 weeks,” while explaining how to enable iOS 7 automatic updates to stay current. Facebook notes that “every update of the Facebook app includes improvements for speed and reliability” and that any other new features will be highlighted within the Facebook app itself, suggesting that users will no longer need to check out the app’s App Store page for the latest release information. The Facebook app has received very frequent updates since version 6.0 debuted in April 2013, and moved to a new version numbering and monthly update pattern this past February. Version 13.0 marks the first time the company has made any official commitment to a regular iOS update cycle.

Mac: Belkin Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter 4K/Ultra HD Compatible

If you’ve wanted to give an older Mac the ability to output to HDMI—useful for connecting some MacBooks and prior-generation Mac minis to most HDTVs or monitors—there are plenty of inexpensive options. But there’s also an affordable adapter that’s solidly built and more future-proof than most. Sold for only $15 through Amazon.com, Belkin’s Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter 4K/Ultra HD Compatible ($35) adds an HDMI port to any Mac with a Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt port. And if your machine has the right hardware, GPU, and version of OS X, you may be able to connect an Ultra HD 4K display to it, as well.

Review: Tylt Energi 2K Smart Travel Charger

Over the past few years, Tylt has built a good reputation by releasing elegant versions of common accessories — squared-off cases, blocky batteries, and flat cables — most with distinctively simple one- or two-color designs. Almost every one has merited our general or high recommendation, and the latest, Energi 2K Smart Travel Charger ($40) earned a finalist nod in our 2014 CES Best of Show Awards. Although the price jumped by $10 since it was announced, and the user interface is a little too confusing, this is still a good product.

iLounge Game Spotlight: 80 Days

80 Days ($5) is an interactive fiction adventure from inkle based on Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days. This game brings steampunk into the story as well, as players try find the quickest way around the globe through exploration and conversation.

In 80 Days, you inhabit the role of Passepartout, valet to Monsieur Fogg. It is your duty to help Fogg circumnavigate the globe — this is done largely by talking to locals and exploring new cities. This is game is heavily centered around reading. Though the in-game art is very nice and adds to the proceedings quite well, graphics are not the star of the show. It’s all about the story, which resembles a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Unlike those old children’s books, however, the timeline in 80 Days is fluid and constantly changing. Though you will make many, many choices that affect the game, you are often a spectator as well.

Typo iPhone keyboard returns, updated, as Typo 2

Following an injunction by Blackberry earlier this year against its original Typo Keyboard Case (iLounge Rating: B-), Typo Products has released Typo 2, an updated version of its eponymous hardware keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Famously funded by Ryan Seacrest, the first version of Typo debuted at CES amidst a patent infringement suit brought by Blackberry. Typo 2 has been redesigned, and now includes additional features such as a battery indicator, backlit keyboard, and lock key, although the new design remains very similar to the original device. It remains to be seen whether the redesign will be enough to avoid another lawsuit. Typo 2 is available for pre-order now for $99 and is expected to ship in mid-September.

Daily Deal: Kanex Multi-Sync Keyboard Giveaway

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you the chance to win one of three Kanex Multi-Sync Keyboards. This wireless keyboard can be simultaneously paired with your iPhone, iPad, and Mac via Bluetooth allowing you to easily swap your typing to any of your connected devices! To enter, simply sign up for iLounge Deals at the link below; three lucky winners will be chosen on October 28th, 2014.

Enter our Kanex Multi-Sync Keyboard Giveaway now

Apple posts official Beats welcome announcement

Apple has officially welcomed Beats to the Apple family, commemorating the finalization of its $3 billion acquisition initiated earlier this year. Noting that “[m]usic has always held a special place in our hearts,” the announcement includes a link back to beatsbydre.com, where a similar announcement can be found from Beats perspective, describing Beats as a new “instrument” joining Apple’s legacy of music-enabling products. Notes on Beats’ customer service page indicate that all inquiries related to sales and order info should now be directed to Apple, and that all online purchasing for Beats products will now go through the Apple Store.

Report: Vivendi SA sold its Beats stake for $404 million

A new report from Bloomberg indicates that as part of Apple’s Beats acquisition, Paris-based Vivendi SA sold its approximately 13 percent stake in Beats Electronics to Apple for $404 million. Held by the company’s Universal Music Group, the stake’s value reportedly almost doubled in value from a September 2013 estimate of $214 million, according to an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux in Paris.






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