The US branch of the Apple store has just today started to offer a $25 iTunes gift card to customers who purchase an Apple TV between February 28 and March 5, 2014. Unfortunately the same offer is not available in Canada but this “discount” may be a sign that Apple is trying to get rid of its inventory in preparation for the release of the next version of their streaming device. Many rumours abound as to what this new device may look like, including an updated interface and additional content, but up to now there has been no official information released by Apple. Stay tuned…
No matter how hard you to try to avoid thinking about it, the reality is that the 2013 tax season is upon us. To ease the pain a little both Future Shop and Best Buy have put Turbo Tax on sale until February 20. Until then you can save $11 on the Standard version which is now $28.99.
If you are a frequent flyer at Apple’s iTunes store you may want to head down to Future Shop before Sunday July 28 to pick up a discounted iTunes gift card. All Apple gift cards of $50 or more are 20% off, these can be used to purchase everything from music, movies, TV shows, books to Apps on Mac App Store.
Update: As of 12:30 pm (EST) on July 26, Canonical has raised $6,579,671. The company has since added new categories of rewards based on your contribution level. It has 27 days left to reach its goal of $32 million.
Today Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, announced a $32 million fund raising campaign on Indiegogo to get its device, the Edge, to market by May 2014. As a special introductory perk, those who contribute $600 before July 23 at 16:00 BST will get their very own Edge, the company is expected to be selling it for $830 at the time of release next year. See the Indieogo Campaign home for the various perks that you will get as a contributor. The device will have a 4.5 inch 720 p screen, with a quad core CPU, 4 GB of RAM, an incredible 128 GB of storage, 8MP rear / 2 MP front facing camera and stereo speakers. In terms of connectivity, the Edge will likely have a LTE radio, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. True to its word of trying to merge the desktop and mobile operating systems, the phone will be capable of running Ubuntu or Android and will turn into a PC when docked with an external monitor. The Edge will only be developed if Canonical reaches its goal of $32 million by August 21, as of July 22 at 12:30 pm (EST), it was at $240,000 so it is well on its way. If the goal is not reached the company says that it will continue to pursue its strategy of developing and bringing to market a more basic Ubuntu smartphone.
If you waited to get the latest model of the iPhone then your patience has paid off as there now seems to be a price war going on in Canada. All three big carriers, Bell, Telus and Rogers, have announced price reductions to Apple’s latest and greatest device. It started a week or so ago at Rogers and then yesterday Bell and Telus matched the original sale price, with Telus offering just a little more of a discount. Well, today the iPhone 5 can be obtained for the same discounted price, on a three contract of course, the discounted prices are: $99, $149 and $199 for 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB model respectively. The discounts could be in anticipation of the new model expected sometime in the late summer or fall. This could also be pre-emptive strike in advance of the new Samsung Galaxy S model set to be announced next week.
Rogers, Telus and Bell have joined Fido in offering discounts on the iPhone 5. The 32 GB and 64 GB iPhone 5 can now be purchased for $229 and $279 respectively on a three year contract, they were previously $279 and $379. Rogers is offering the deal until March 4 and will require a monthly service plan of $45 or more. If you want to save even more money the iPhone 4S is $0 on a three year contract.
Well another week, another high profile game is free at Apple’s App Store. Up this week is Plants vs Zombies by PopCap games which has been one of the most popular iOS games since it was introduced back in 2010. It should be noted that both the iPhone and iPad versions, regularly priced at $2.99 and $6.99 respectively, are free for the next week. PopCap is probably trying to get everyone hooked on the game in advance of Plants vs Zombies 2 which is expected to be released in the spring.