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Daily Deal: BusyContacts

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get BusyContacts for only $19.99 — that’s 60% off the regular price. Handwritten address books are a thing of the past, but digital contact lists tend to be disorganized and exceedingly difficult to manage. If Apple’s own macOS Contacts app isn’t cutting it for you, then you can take things up a notch with BusyContacts, which makes it incredibly simple to find and manage your contacts while packing in advanced customization and tagging, the ability to see all of your interactions with your contacts at a glance, and synchronization with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to ensure that all of your contact details are always up to date.

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Review: Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Marshall’s new Kilburn II is the iconic brand’s latest foray into the portable Bluetooth speaker market, a successor to its original 2015 Kilburn speaker. Kilburn II continues to blend Marshall’s unmistakable aesthetic and rugged design with modern Bluetooth technology, with the latest version toning down the vintage design a bit while boasting improved sound quality and Bluetooth 5.0 aptX support over its predecessor.

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Mac: AgileBits 1Password 7.2

With macOS Mojave hitting the streets late last month, AgileBits has jumped over to the dark side with 1Password 7.2. The new version looks particularly classy in Mojave’s new Dark Mode, with fonts and colourful icons that stand out nicely against the dark background, but it’s also got some additional Mojave support under the hood, including a built-in Safari extension that provides greater security while also saving users the trouble of having to install it as a separate component.

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Pocket rolls out major app redesign for better reading and listening experience

Popular read-it-later service Pocket has just announced a major update to its Pocket app for iOS, featuring a more modern and clean design layout along with an improved listen feature for users who like to have their save articles read to them. The new user interface provides a noticeably more comfortable reading experience with better use of white space to reduce the feel of clutter in the article listing, along with new typography and an improved dark theme for better night reading. The full-screen reading experience is entirely distraction-free, hiding all controls when in scrolling mode to focus entirely on the text, and the lower toolbar has been redesigned to place commonly used tools toward the right corner, along with the more prominent placement of the “Listen” button. The voice narration also now features a new and more human-sounding voice for those who want to be able to listen to their articles when on the go or simply relaxing on the couch. Pocket continues to offer the iOS app and basic bookmarking service for free, while a $45/year “Premium” tier adds additional features such as full-text search, a permanent archive of saved articles, suggested tags, additional customizability, and an ad-free experience.

Apple plans to release a clear case for the iPhone XR

It appears Apple may be planning a new addition to its traditional lineup of silicone and leather iPhone cases with a new clear case option for the upcoming iPhone XR. An observant Twitter user in Canada discovered a reference at the bottom of Apple’s Canadian iPhone XR press release, noting that “Apple-designed accessories for iPhone XR including a clear case will be available starting at $55 (CAD)” — a note that is conspicuously missing from the main U.S. release. While the omission of any reference to the new case from the U.S. press release might suggest that Apple doesn’t plan to release the new case option in the U.S., this would be a particularly odd move on the part of Apple, which traditionally takes the opposite approach of making its products available in the U.S. in advance of international availability. [via 9to5Mac]

Daily Deal: 6-in-1 USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the 6-in-1 USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro for only $39.99 — that’s 74% off the regular price. Extend your MacBook’s capabilities by adding this 6-in-1 hub. Compatible with both the 2016 and 2017 USB-C MacBooks, this single hub adds USB-A, SD, and microSD ports to your MacBook, giving it significantly more flexibility, from charging other devices, to sending 5k video out.

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Apple Music partners with Genius lyrics service

Apple and the Genius lyrics service has announced a partnership that will see Apple Music gain access to the latter’s comprehensive lyric database while allowing users of the Genius service to stream songs directly from Apple Music. Starting today, Genius users who are also Apple Music subscribers will be able to play any song in full right from that song’s page, simply by signing into their Apple Music account, whether in the Genius iOS app or when browsing on Genius.com. On the flip side, Genius’ lyrics database is now available on Apple Music, providing a new source of lyrics to “thousands of hit songs on the service” that promises to deliver more accurate and up to date lyrics, bolstered by Genius’ crowdsourced database. “Being able to read lyrics and annotations on Genius while you listen along on Apple Music is a dream Genius experience,” said ​Ben Gross, Genius’s Chief Strategy Officer​. “We’re proud to make Apple Music our official music player, and we’re doubly excited to bring Genius lyrics to their amazing platform.”

Report: Apple’s plans for original video productions to be free to Apple TV, iOS users

A new report from CNBC yesterday reveals that Apple may actually be planning to give away much of its original content for free to its customers through the Apple TV and iOS “TV” app. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that the service will be found in the TV app, which comes as little surprise, but they added that the revamped app would debut early next year with Apple-owned content made available “free to Apple device owners.” Sources also noted the service would include subscription “channels” that would allow customers to sign up for online services such as those from HBO and Starz, but do so independently of those services’ own iOS and tvOS apps.

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Daily Deal: iPM Silicone iPhone X Series Case

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the iPM Silicone iPhone X Series Case for only $14.99 — that’s 62% off the regular price. While Apple’s iPhone X is well worth the price, you shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg when it comes to getting a case for it. iPM’s case will protect your phone from the dangers of everyday wear without burning a hole through your wallet. It combines a tough silicone surface with a flannelette interior to safely house your device while avoiding the unnecessary bulk common with other cases. You can also pick up versions for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and upcoming iPhone XR.

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Review: Edifier S2000 Pro Bookshelf Speakers

Earlier this year, we tried Edifier’s S880DB active speakers. Though we loved their look and versatility, we couldn’t ignore the fact that a slightly bigger midrange driver would have helped their limited bass extension. As if in direct response, Edifier next sent us another set of powered speakers that seemed likely to scratch that low-end itch — the higher-end S2000 Pro. For $100 more than their compact siblings, the S2000 Pro offers significantly improved sound over the S880DB, with just one significant compromise.

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