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'Album of the Day' Will Save You Some Cash [App Review]

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AlbumOfTheDayIconIf you’re like me, you enjoy looking for a lot of cool stuff to fill up your iOS device. Whether it’s amazing apps, music, or photos, you simply enjoy engaging with your iOS devices. There’s a great new app available in the App Store that allows you to capitalize on great deals on music. If you follow iOS Etc on Facebook or Twitter, you know we report about apps that are being offered for free or on sale for a very limited time. Well, now you can use Album of the day to receive notifications on some great music from Sony Entertainment that’s being offered for a discounted price.

Album of the day is amazingly simple to use. Simply open the app and the most current album on sale is displayed with a current count down showing when the deal expires. In addition to this, you’re able to find out more information about the artist and the album on sale. For example, one of the albums recently on sale was Billy Joel: The Hits. For those requiring information the artist and the album were able to read, “‘The Hits’ is the place to start: a definitive collection on an iconic pop-rock songwriter.” Furthermore, the description provided in Album of the day illustrates Mr. Joel’s songwriting styles and the overall style of music he provides listeners. The information area is a great place to gather some details about the artist and the album before navigating over to iTunes to purchase.


Dominate the World with QuizUp [App Review]

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QuizUpIconTwo things always bring people to the table, food and table games. Since your iOS devices cannot put actual food on the table, it can bring you to a virtual table where others are playing a trivia game worldwide called QuizUp. This game is available for free in the iOS App Store and will gives you access to a ton of trivia questions whenever and wherever you want. QuizUp will match you up against complete strangers or your friends to compete against. There are so many great things about this free game available for all your iOS devices, so let’s get started.

One thing is for sure, there isn’t a shortage of topics in QuizUp. Currently there are over 400 topics to choose from and QuizUp wants to expand, especially if you can’t find a favorite. If this happens, submit a topic to them here. Within minutes I was able to find my favorite topic, 30 Rock. Did I throw a curveball at you on that one? You thought it was going to be about Apple or iOS didn’t you? Strangely enough, “the Critic” has other amazing interests outside of anything Apple. Seriously though, I was very impressed with how many topics QuizUp had to choose from. It was hard sometimes to finally stop and pick one since your pride is on the line against your friends and complete strangers. That’s another great, or possibly embarrassing, thing about QuizUp, you can challenge your friends to a match.


Kickstarter Project of the Week: MagBak and MagStick

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iPad stands are excellent for holding your iPad up against a flat surface when you’re making a recipe, watching a show on Hulu or FaceTiming with a friend, but stands are limited to tables and counters.  Have you ever wanted to mount your iPad onto the wall to watch your shows or maybe on your desk for Skype.  Well now you can with MagBak.  MagBak, brought to you by Alex Baca and 1Lss Inc., is the very creative iPad mount that allows you to put the iPad on virtually any surface (metal and non-metal).

The blue pieces made up the MagBack.

The blue pieces make up the MagBack.

MagBak is made of soft silicone and attaches your iPad to any metal surface (refrigerator door, whiteboard, filing cabinet).  For non-metal surfaces, there is MagStick.  Using double-sided tape supplied by 3M, MagStick works on any non-metal surface, like in your car, on cabinets and furniture.

With the use of the MagStick, you can attach your iPad to wood.

With the use of the MagStick, you can attach your iPad to wood.

MagBak not only allows you to mount your iPad anywhere, but it provides an excellent grip, protects the back and keeps the Smart Cover in place.  This product works specifically with the iPad mini and iPad Air.

The MagBak supports the iPad Air and iPad mini.

The MagBak supports the iPad Air and iPad mini.

I love my iPad, but my problem is that is does not stand up by itself.  I purchased the Smart Case, which works well, but if I am on an uneven surface (like my bed) I have to move pillows around to get the iPad in the perfect position.  The MagBack would allow me to attach my iPad to the wall and become like a mini HDTV.  I can see even more uses, then just watching TV.  This would be great for watching videos in the kitchen while making a recipe, getting directions in the car from Siri and doubling as picture frame on the wall.

Pledge now

Pledge now and get your MagBack in late April

The MagBack team has already received all its funding with 28 days to go.  If you are interested and would like to purchase one, a pledge of $34 gets you one MagBack and one MacStick (if you share with friends, you get a second MagStick free).  For more information, check out their Kickstarter page and be sure to pledge before April 17.

If you have a Kickstarter campaign and you would like it to be featured on the blog, send me an email at: info@idevicegeekblog.com. All photos are credit of the company creating the project on Kickstarter.

iOS 8: Latest Rumors

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Rumors for the next generation operating system has been increasingly recently.  Likely called iOS 8, based on Apple’s history, it will have a health and fitness focus.  Here is a quick sum up of the rumors (and expectations) of this OS.


photo credits: 9to5Mac

iOS 8

  • health and fitness tracking integration (9to5Mac)
  • “Healthbook” (a new app, like Passbook, from Apple that can monitor and store steps taken, calories burned, miles walked and other fitness statistics in addition to monitor a person’s blood-related data points like glucose levels and heart rate)
  • integration with iWatch
  • new features for Siri, including voices (Macworld UK)
  • no major interface or graphics changes (unlike iOS 7)
  • minor enhancements and bug fixes, like battery bugs
  • will be announced at WWDC in June and then in the Fall with the new iPhones
  • release date (ibtimes): September 17

Cyber Week Deals

Cyber Week 2013 Walmart deals
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Black Friday was almost a week ago already and we are on our way to Christmas.  For the rest of the month, my blog posts will be about iDevice deals, potential rumors for next year’s iDevices, this year’s roundup and expectations for next year.  While we wait, let’s look back on the expectations I had for this year.  It is still cyber week, at least for a little while, so here are some great deals you can score on this week:


  • iPhone 5c: $45 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th
  • iPhone 5s: $189 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th

There are new deals every day of this week.  Click on each retailer below to be directed right to their deals page.

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Regular Deals:

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Map Out Your Black Friday

Black Friday
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Black Friday shopping has officially started, thanks to Kmart.  For all others, Black Friday shopping starts tonight at 6pm or 12am depending on local laws.  Below you will find store hours, the links to the store maps and the best deals at each store. For all store hours in your local area, check out the International Business Times and for every Apple deal on Black Friday, check out my Black Friday Survival Guide.

Black Friday Deals Update

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Why look online through Black Friday advertisements looking for Apple iDevice deals when I have already done that for you.  Come back here often to see the iDevice deals. (Updated 11/12 8pm)

iPad Air

iPad Air
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The iPad Air (the fifth generation iPad) was announced at Apple’s October 22 Event.  In addition to a brand new design for the full-sized iPad (mostly taken from the iPad mini), Apple updated its internal components.  This iPad will be available for purchase starting November 1.  Here’s a breakdown of the new iPad Air with features, tech specs and what’s included along with rumors for future iPads.

iPad Air weighing in at only 1 pound

iPad Air weighing in at only 1 pound


The Stack: The Simple Solution to a Common Problem

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Our computers are really great for connecting our iDevices to iTunes, our flash drives to download content and external hard drives, but there is one limitation that our computers struggle with: USB ports.  Many computers only have a few USB ports and usually they are taken up by our products.  I have a MacBook and it only has two USB drives, but I have 3 iDevices in addition to other products that require USB ports.  A new product on Indiegogo has a solution for this problem and it is called the Stack.  This handy little device incorporates an iPhone charger (either 30-pin or Lightning) in a male/female USB port (see picture below).  The Stack borrows a concept from something we all know: Christmas lights.  Christmas lights stack into each other and are very convenient because usually people don’t have hundreds of extension cords laying around.  On the Stack, there’s a “male” end which connects to the computer, the charger cable that connects to your iDevice and the “female” end which allows another USB device to connect to it.  For more information, click the image below or check out their Facebook page.


October 22 Event: The Full Breakdown

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Here is the full breakdown of all the new products that Apple announced at 10am PT today.  Check us out on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with tips, news and rumors for next year’s Apple devices.  We should see a large iPhone 6, full-sized Apple TV and iPads with Touch ID.

Apple covered a lot of new products today.  Click below to see them all!

Apple covered a lot of new products today. Click below to see them all!