Major League Baseball Offering Gift Subscriptions for MLB At Bat 2014 [iOS Blog]

November 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

MLBFor the first time, Major League Baseball is allowing customers to purchase gift subscriptions for family and friends to its MLB At Bat streaming audio service.

Users can gift a $20 subscription that gives access to in-game streaming radio broadcasts for the entire 2014 baseball season, including pre- and postseason games, with no blackouts.

The subscription is good for multiple platforms including the iPhone, iPad, the Web, as well as a number of Android devices.

At Bat also gives users access to MLB’s video archive of 2013 baseball games, video highlights of new games as they happen, and a streaming selection of classic games.

Stay connected to the latest Hot Stove breaking news or re-live the excitement from 2013 with the top sports app of all-time, At Bat. The award-winning At Bat app also delivers 2014 schedules, 2013 scoreboards and complete Winter Meetings news and expert analysis of all 30 MLB Clubs.

At Bat Premium subscribers have exclusive access to re-live any regular season or postseason game from 2013 with full-game video archives and video highlights. At Bat also includes classic games archives as subscribers may watch a selection of classic games from baseball’s archives. Additional classic games will be made available throughout the off-season.

MLB At Bat is available as a free download for iPhone and iPad, while premium subscriptions for 2014 will be available via in app purchase next year. [Direct Link]

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/29/major-league-baseball-offering-gift-subscriptions-for-mlb-at-bat-2014/

Apple Files Formal Complaint Over Monitor Fees in E-Book Antitrust Case [iOS Blog]

November 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

iBooksBack in July, Apple was found guilty of conspiring to raise the retail price of e-books, following a lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice.

As part of its punishment, Apple was ordered to hire an external compliance monitor to ensure that the company complies with all antitrust requirements in the future.

Michael Bromwich, a former U.S. Justice Department inspector general, was appointed to the position and is apparently charging exorbitant fees that Apple is unhappy with (via Bloomberg). The company has filed a formal objection against Bromwich, who has proposed an hourly fee of $1,100 along with a 15 percent administrative fee and an additional cost for hiring extra lawyers to assist him.

Mr. Bromwich has proposed an hourly rate for himself of $1,100. And because he lacks any antitrust experience, Mr. Bromwich has also retained the law firm Fried Frank to assist him, whose partner’s hourly rate is $1,025. Mr. Bromwich has made no attempt to justify why his lack of any substantive experience with the matter at issue justifies hiring another law firm with a four-digit billing rate.

Following two weeks of work, Bromwich sent Apple an invoice of $138,432, which Apple described as “unprecedented in Apple’s experience.” Apple has also filed other complaints against Bromwich, suggesting that he is overstepping his bounds by demanding interviews with Apple employees like CEO Tim Cook and lead designer Jony Ive.

In a letter to Tim Cook and Apple’s board, Bromwich noted that he had experienced “a surprising and disappointing lack of cooperation from Apple and its executives” and suggested that Apple had no say in what it pays for external monitoring.

Our requests to meet with key Apple personnel have been largely ignored, and when not ignored the responses have been extremely slow in coming. The company has spent far more time challenging the terms of our compensation and raising other objections related to administrative matters, even though the Court’s Order provided no role for Apple in setting the monitor’s compensation.

According to Apple, both Bromwich’s suggested compensation and his attempts to contact Apple board members and senior executives directly are inappropriate, and the company asks that the court issue an order directing Bromwich to limit his monitorship.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/29/apple-files-formal-complaint-over-monitor-fees-in-e-book-antitrust-case/

Black Friday 2013: Apple Product Discounts Still Available Online

November 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

bf-holiday-hero-xl-2013With Black Friday well under way, many of the best deals have already sold out, or were only available in-store only. Here’s a list of what’s still available online.

Apple Store

Apple’s online Black Friday sale continues until tonight with gift cards ranging from $50-$150 depending on model.

– iPad Air: $75 gift card
– iPad mini: $50 gift card on non-Retina models, no gift card on Retina models
– iPad 2: $50 gift card
– iPod touch: $50 gift card
– iPod nano: $25 gift card
– MacBook Air: $150 gift card
– MacBook Pro: $150 gift card for both Retina and non-Retina models
– iMac: $150 gift card
– Apple TV: $25 gift card
– AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule: $50 gift card

iTunes Gift Cards, Accessories and Mac Software

$100 iTunes Gift Card – $85 ($15 off)
Apple TV – $85 ($15 off)

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 – $49.99 ($50 off)
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12 – $69.99 ($80 off)
Quickbooks 2014 for Mac – $181.30 ($68.65 off)
Microsoft Office 2011 Mac – $99.99 ($40 off)
VMWare Fusion 6 – $38.88 ($21 off)

iPad Air

iPads were quick to sell out from various locations. BestBuy is sold out online for many products, but they still offer discounted prices for iPad Airs for online order with the option for in-store pickup.

MacMall continues to offer discounted prices on the iPad Air, though you may have to call them directly to reserve it at that price.

iPad Air Wi-Fi – $41-$70 Off
iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular – $41-$70 Off

BHPhotoVideo also has similar discounts for iPad Airs.

MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac

The deepest Mac discounts from BestBuy sold out quickly. But some still remain:

15″ Retina MacBook Pros – $150 off
21.5″ iMac – $200 off

MacMall’s Black Friday Mac sales continues with online availability:

Current Model Retail MacMall
11.6″ MacBook Air 128GB $999 -$102
11.6″ MacBook Air 256GB $1199 -$102
13.3″ MacBook Air 128GB $1099 -$102
13.3″ MacBook Air 256GB $1299 -$102
13″ MacBook Pro (Retina) 128GB $1299 -$102
13″ MacBook Pro (Retina) 256GB $1499 -$102
13″ MacBook Pro (Retina) 512GB $1799 -$102
15″ MacBook Pro (Retina) 256GB $1999 -$150
15″ MacBook Pro (Retina) 512GB $2599 -$150
21.5″ iMac 2.7GHz $1299 -$102
21.5″ iMac 2.9GHz $1499 -$102
27″ iMac 3.2GHz $1799 -$102
27″ iMac 3.4GHz $1999 -$102

Click on prices to link directly to product.
iOS App Discounts

iOS developers are discounting their apps as well with prices tracked in real-time on AppShopper.

Pricing and availability changes rapidly on Black Friday, so sales may not be current. Some links may be via our affiliate links which can financially benefit this site.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/29/black-friday-2013-apple-product-discounts-still-available-online/

‘The Bureau: XCOM Declassified’ Now Available for Mac [Mac Blog]

November 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, a third-person shooter slightly similar to the popular Mac and iOS compatible title XCOM: Enemy Unknown, has launched for the Mac.

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Originally released for gaming consoles in August, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is set in late 1962 at the height of the Cold War as players take controller of special agent William Carter and his two squad members to defend humanity. The title’s gameplay focuses on a mix of shooting and squad-based tactics, as Carter and his personnel can use special abilities in battle against various types of alien enemies.

The year is 1962. JFK is President and the Cold War has the nation gripped by fear – but a far more powerful and insidious enemy than communism is threatening America. Known only to a select few, a top-secret government unit called The Bureau begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious attacks by an otherworldly enemy. As special agent William Carter, call the shots, pull the trigger and lead your squad in a gripping third-person tactical shooter set within a high-stakes, covert war to defend humanity. The Bureau’s mission is clear – survive, adapt and overcome the enemy threat to protect the citizens from the truth.


The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
can be downloaded for $34.99 from the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/29/the-bureau-xcom-declassified-now-available-for-mac/

Apple’s U.S. and Canadian Black Friday Sales Go Live Online With Gift Card Deals

November 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Apple’s online stores for the United States and Canada have just come back online for Black Friday’s one-day shopping event, and like its stores in Australia and New Zealand, the company is using bonus gift cards rather than discounts as customer incentives.

Apple’s European stores are saw a more traditional discounted pricing scheme, with prices reduced on products directly, rather than offering a gift card promotion.

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Gift cards are offered with the purchase of the following items in the U.S.:

– iPad Air: $75 gift card
– iPad mini: $50 gift card on non-Retina models, no gift card on Retina models
– iPad 2: $50 gift card
– iPod touch: $50 gift card
– iPod nano: $25 gift card
– MacBook Air: $150 gift card
– MacBook Pro: $150 gift card for both Retina and non-Retina models
– iMac: $150 gift card
– Apple TV: $25 gift card
– AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule: $50 gift card
– Various accessories: Gift card amounts vary

The discounts should run through the day today both on Apple’s online store, and in its retail outlets across North America.

Deals from third-party retailers may be even better than Apple’s pricing for some customers, and we’ve summarized some of the best Mac and iPad deals over the past several days. We are also keeping track of deals on Apple products, accessories, software, and more in our Black Friday roundup.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/29/apples-u-s-and-canadian-black-friday-sales-go-live-online-with-gift-card-deals/

Apple’s European Black Friday Sales Go Live with Discounted Prices, Not Gift Cards

November 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Apple’s online stores for a number of European countries have just come back online for Black Friday’s one-day shopping event, and unlike in Australia and New Zealand where the company is using bonus gift cards rather than discounts as customer incentives, Apple’s European stores are seeing the more traditional discounted pricing scheme.

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Apple is expected to be using the gift card offer in the United States, and it is unclear why the company’s European stores have stuck with discounts rather than moving to the new gift card scheme.

Examples of discounts include the following items (prices from UK store):

– iPad Air: Save £31-61
– iPad mini: Save £15 on non-Retina models, no discount on Retina models
– iPad 2: Save £25
– iPod touch: Save £25
– iPod nano: Save £11
– MacBook Air: Save £81
– MacBook Pro: Save £81 on both Retina and non-Retina models
– iMac: Save £81
– Apple TV: Save £15
– AirPort Extreme: Save £15
– AirPort Time Capsule: Save £25
– Various accessories: Discounts vary

Sales in Apple’s U.S. and Canadian stores should begin at midnight Pacific Time.

Deals from third-party retailers may be even better than Apple’s pricing for some customers, and we’ve summarized some of the best Mac and iPad deals over the past several days. We are also keeping track of deals on Apple products, accessories, software, and more in our Black Friday roundup.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/28/apples-european-black-friday-sales-go-live-with-discounted-prices-not-gift-cards/

Apple’s Black Friday Sales Begin Launching Internationally with Gift Card Deals

November 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Apple’s online stores for several countries including Australia and New Zealand have launched their Black Friday one-day shopping events, also giving an idea of what promotions will be like as the event launches in a number of other countries over the coming hours.

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As rumored, Apple is offering offering gift cards with purchases rather than direct discounts on most items. While many customers would prefer discounts over free gift cards, others may appreciate that the gift card offers typically represent better deals than seen with discounts in past years.

Gift cards are available with the purchase of the following items (prices from Australian store):

– iPad Air: A$ 75 gift card
– iPad mini: A$ 50 gift card on non-Retina models, no gift card on Retina models
– iPad 2: A$ 50 gift card
– iPod touch: A$ 50 gift card
– iPod nano: A$ 25 gift card
– MacBook Air: A$ 150 gift card
– MacBook Pro: A$ 150 gift card for both Retina and non-Retina models
– iMac: A$ 150 gift card
– Apple TV: A$ 25 gift card
– AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule: A$ 50 gift card
– Various accessories: Gift card amounts vary

Gift card amounts for customers in the U.S. and other countries should be similar and cover the same products. Sales in Apple’s U.S. store should begin at midnight Pacific Time.

Some third-party retailers such as MacMall may be offering even better deals than Apple, particularly when sales tax difference and discounts vs. gift cards are taken into account, and we’ve put together several overviews of deals for Macs and iPads. Additional deals are summarized in our Black Friday roundup.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/28/apples-black-friday-sales-begin-launching-internationally-with-gift-card-deals/

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