Cyber Monday brings online shoppers great deals, so holiday gifts are just a click away.
While Cyber Monday might not be as glamorous as camping outside your local Best Buy, it certainly appeals to the masses that aren’t quite tough enough to handle Black Friday crowds.
Online shoppers get to keep their sanity while they skip the lines, the crowds and the potential violence. Online stores are slashing prices and giving special Cyber Monday markdowns—and online shoppers can take advantage without ever leaving their pajamas.
Major department stores and retailers, as well as online retailers like Amazon.com, are posting Cyber Monday deals throughout the day. Many even offer perks like free shipping, and no sales tax depending on your state.
In 2010, consumers spent $103 billion online on Cyber Monday alone. It was the highest spending day of 2010.
Since Cyber Monday’s birth in 2005, retailers have reported steadily increasing profits on this online shopping holiday. Cyber Monday 2010 was the first time sales broke the $1 billion mark.
And unlike Black Friday, stores won’t close at normal hours. Online stores are open 24 hours, so shoppers can take advantage of Cyber Monday deals until the clock strikes midnight.
For an overview of Cyber Monday deals, visit cybermonday.com.
Anyone who fancies Apple products knows that discounts are rare, so make sure to visit the online Apple store for its one-day sale. It is not known if the same deals will be offered at the company’s retail stores as well.
A promotion on the Apple web site touts “iPad, iPod and Mac gifts” to be included in the Black Friday sale. Conspicuously absent from the deals list is Apple’s latest product, the iPhone 4S.
While Apple is being tight-lipped about its seasonal markdowns, details have leaked in the blog world regarding the one-day sale.
Blog 9to5Mac has published some details—modest discounts of $101 on Mac computers, $41-$61 on iPads (depending on storage capacity) and $21-$41 on iPods. A host of Mac accessories, such as keyboards, cases and AirPorts, are also among the products that are being sold in the Black Friday sale.
Google Music users can now listen to tracks from their computers or any tablet or phone that runs Android software.
Google Music’s store sells songs and albums for prices comparable to iTunes and Amazon MP3. The storefront can be found in Android’s Market—an application and website that allows smartphone users to download apps.
Songs purchased from the store are automatically uploaded to Google Music’s “locker”, or cloud server, and users can access and stream songs from their various devices.
Google Music is free to use and users can store as many as 20,000 songs—great news for the Android’s more than 200 million users. Not so great news for competitors, like iTunes Match, who charges $25 a year to store up to 25,000 songs on Apple’s cloud servers.
“At Google, digital music has become fundamental to many things we care very much about,” Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s director of content for Android, said onstage at the news conference. “Other cloud music services think you have to pay to listen to the music you own. We don’t.”
iTunes may still have the leg up on Google Music—at least for now. iTunes music library boasts 20 million songs available for download, whereas Google has 8 million songs. Google has signed deals with 3 of the big 4 record labels and predicts it will add 5 million songs over the next several months.
Google Music also allows customers to share tracks on Google+, allowing social networks to listen to any song they find through Google+ in full one time before they decide to purchase. iTunes only provides 90-second previews.
UMPlayer is an advanced cross-platform multimedia player that lets you play virtually any media file—even broken or incomplete ones.
UMPlayer boasts over 270 built-in audio and video codecs so it can handle any media format, including MP3, MP4, MPEG, WAV, CDs, DVDs, VCDs, and much more. The list really goes on and on.
Perhaps the best thing about UMPlayer is the built-in codecs. How many countless hours have been spent searching for and downloading codecs—only to have them not work!
But UMPlayer’s unique features don’t end there. UMPlayer also comes equipped with built-in subtitles search, YouTube player and recorder, SHOUTcast radio player, and customizable hotkeys and interface.
If you’re tired of the endless codec search that let you watch your favorite media files, try UMPlayer today. It’s simple to use—and best of all, it’s free!
Fortunately, Apple has released iOS 5.0.1, an update that promises to fix the incredible shrinking battery life.
iOS 5.0.1 is the first update to the mobile OS that brought us the notifications tray, increased performance and iCloud.
According to Apple, the update can resolve the following issues:
- Fixes bugs affecting battery life
- Adds multitasking gestures for the original iPad
- Resolves bugs with documents in the iCloud
- Improves voice recognition for Australian users or users with accents using dictation
On November 2, Apple admitted that iOS 5 had battery performance issues and announced that the company would fix the problem within a week.
Looks like they made good on their word. So how do you get the iOS 5.0.1 update? Just plug your iPhone into iTunes and start updating. If you’re not near you’re computer, the over the air update is available as well.
Songbird—part music player, part Web browser—makes listening to music and finding new tunes easy!
The latest version of Songbird has fixed all of the previous version’s basic usage bugs, so this fun app is ready for use for music discovery, management and playback.
Browse, search, and sort through music with ease. Manage your music, sync your library or build playlists in a snap. It’s so simple with Songbird!
Add extensions to make your experience even better. A great one is Songkick, an option that will automatically notify you when your favorite bands are in town. You can even purchase tickets directly though the app.
Synchronize Songbird with your hand held device or mobile phone, such as Android, and get your media to go.
If you’re worried about switching to another music tool after investing so much time with iTunes, Songbird looks and operates in a similar fashion to iTunes. You can load your iTunes music directory through an extension—so all your purchased songs and already organized music doesn’t go to waste!
Now you see it—and now you don’t.
That’s pretty much how it went for the highly-touted Gmail app for Apple products.
One of the most highly-anticipated apps for Apple devices was made available Wednesday. Shortly after, Google pulled the app due to a bug.
While Apple product users could already access Gmail through a mobile site or set it up as their default e-mail account, the new app promised a smoother experience with new features.
The Gmail app will send push notifications and sound cues when new messages are received, search your inbox for an e-mail, autocomplete e-mail addresses and upload photos to messages. It will also feature a new web interface that will allow users to navigate their inbox quickly with touch controls.
The tech community, Apple fans and Gmail users rejoiced. Until reality set in.
“The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications,” Google posted on its Gmail Twitter account. “We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up.”
As of now, there is no word on when the app will return.
It’s an age old problem—you’ve got a DVD and you want to play it on your mobile device. How do you convert the media into a useable format for your portable?
There are a wide range of products available for this purpose, but you know you have to choose wisely. Using the wrong encoder could end in disaster and render hours of your time useless!
HandBrake solves all of that! It’s a fairly new addition to the market—and best of all, it’s free.
Simple and intuitive to use, HandBrake offers users a way to convert DVDs into formats for just about any mobile device. That means you can watch your videos on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, PS3, PSP or Android device!
HandBrake also offers great control over your recording, including selecting the bit rate and file size. It makes customizing your media files to your needs easy.
It also offers some nice extras, such as being able to select individual DVD chapters and grab subtitles from your original video. You can also queue multiple titles and leave HandBrake to do its work!
Overall, Handbrake does the job that you need without the agony and dread that converting media can bring. It’s available on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms as an open source project—so it’s completely free to download.
PROPHIX Software Inc. Releases Additional Functionality With PROPHIX 10 R2
MarketWatch (press release)
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, Nov 02, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — PROPHIX Software Inc. today announced the launch of its latest software release, PROPHIX 10 R2. The cornerstone of this release, Detailed Planning Manager (DPM), now offers businesses …