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.
In today’s next iLounge Deal, we’re offering the Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker for only $195. The world’s first levitating Bluetooth speaker, the Om/One provides a full 105 decibels of crisp and clear sound output all while hovering in the air like a Star Wars-esque audio orb. The speaker is compatible with any device supporting Bluetooth 4.0, and also doubles as an awesome floating speakerphone. You can also pick it up and take it anywhere, and its battery will provide you with up to 15 hours of continuous play.
Verus Case's Damda Slide ($32) for iPhone 6 Plus is a mostly rubber wallet case with a plastic backplate that slides out to reveal storage for two cards. Damda Slide has a secure fit with properly responsive button coverage for the iPhone 6 Plus sleep/wake button and volume controls. The case comes in five different colors, three of which match are close matches to the iPhone 6 Plus colors — we tested the dark silver and champagne gold versions.
With Apple’s contract with Google for default search placement in Safari scheduled to end next year, both Yahoo and Microsoft are now actively courting Apple to be the next default search provider, according to a new report from The Information (subscription required). Google and Apple last renewed the contract in 2010, a deal that reportedly nets Apple around $100m per year. Yahoo and Microsoft both have existing relationships providing data for Apple’s built-in iOS apps, such as stock data and Bing search results, and executives from both have apparently approached Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services to attempt to woo Apple into considering one of them as the default search engine for iOS devices and Macs.
Apple had discussions with Microsoft about having Bing replace Google Search back in 2010, and a report last spring suggested that Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer was already attempting to influence Apple in Yahoo’s direction for some time as well; iOS 8 notably switched away from Yahoo for weather data, opting to get its data from The Weather Channel instead. There is no other indication that Apple is considering making any changes to its current arrangements at this time, and the company is likely to focus on whichever company can provide the best user experience. [via MacRumors]
Heckler Design’s Cliff ($75) is a display riser and desk drawer designed to hold a Mac monitor on top while storing its cords and various other office supplies underneath. Made of powdercoated steel, Cliff comes in three separate parts. The larger top piece contains three holes on the front, top, and back. All are placed in positions that will hide cords well. The two drawer pieces don’t actually connect to the steel piece with a notch or anything else — they’re completely separate pieces that slide on a desk or table using four feet.
We first saw Heckler Design's @Rest nearly three years ago, when it was a $59 steel iPad stand. @Rest has recently received a redesign — the stand now has a slightly smaller footprint. It also lacks the adhesive pads seen in its prior incarnation, and loses two of the grips used to keep an iPad in place. Additionally, the rubber feet for the bottom of the stand now come already affixed to @Rest, rather than separately. @Rest is also now only $29. The rest of the stand's functionality remains the same. It has two separate viewing angles, 30 and 60 degrees, and an opening on both sides to run a Lightning cable through. @Rest comes in seven different colors, and we received the black-gray version of the stand. We'll keep this review brief, as @Rest is still very similar to its 2011 edition in functionality; refer to our past review for more details.