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!
For today only you can pick up Soundfreaq’s Pocket Kick speaker for only $67.50 using our 10% off Black Friday Deal to save even more on the already great price. Ultra-portable, Pocket Kick has been meticulously designed to produce full and powerful sound with a pair of custom-engineered drivers and a passive radiator set between two full-metal, open air grills for full-frequency sound overall and lower bass frequencies kicked out the back. Pocket Kick's smooth angles make it slip easily in and out of your pocket or bag, and its built-in battery allows for over 10 hours of playback time and fast recharging from any USB port. It easily pairs with your iPhone, iPod, or iPad via Bluetooth and includes a speakerphone feature to allow you to take calls wirelessly and touch buttons that let you control volume and playback directly from the speaker.
New Apps + Games
The Longest Journey Remastered ($7) — Funcom’s critically acclaimed PC adventure game comes to the iPhone and iPad in a new “Remastered” version that provides touchscreen optimized controls and a new introduction narrated by original series creator Ragnar Tørnquist. With its iOS release, the epic adventure game puts a new generation of players into the shoes of the young art student who discovers that she can travel between dimensions, and must then set out on a quest to restore the balance between the twin worlds of magic and science. The iOS version remains true to the original with over 150 locations to travel to across the two different worlds, a compelling and extensive cast of characters and a gripping, detailed storyline that provides over 50 hours of gameplay.
Facebook Groups (free) — Users who spent a lot of time hanging out in Facebook’s multi-user discussion groups will appreciate the company’s latest new iOS app. Facebook Groups, as the name implies, puts the focus on participating in, creating, and managing groups on the popular social media service. Users can post information and photos, keep track of what’s going on in each group, and more easily control per-group notification settings. A discovery tool helps users find new groups that they might want to participate in based on their Facebook profile.
Black Friday is here, and so is today’s Black Friday iLounge Deal! For today only, you can get 10% off anything in the iLounge Deals store. We’re still offering great deals on popular products like The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 with Aerial Camera, the Limefuel LP200X 20,000 mAh Battery Pack, and the 10’ MFi-Certified Lightning Cable, but for today, you can get an even better price on these items and anything else in our ilounge Deals store with an extra 10% off! Simply use the code HAPPYBF10 at checkout. Be sure to hurry though, as the offer expires at midnight.
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.