Black Friday liveblog: Big savings on smart scales, secure USB drives, editing software, and more



Photo: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac


The deals just keep on coming, with a bunch of killer deals out there for now, Black Friday, and a few more for Cyber Monday. Check the deals out below, like that massive USB 3.0 drive for more than half off, that great smart scale (you might need it after this weekend), and more price slashing on Pixelmator, one of the best darn graphics programs out there.

We’re still combing through a ton of deals to find you the best ones on the things you want most this holiday season, all piping-hot and ready for your Thanksgiving week and the hotly-anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We’ll keep on finding the best deals out there on Apple products, hot electronics, and gifts for everyone on your list.

Check out the amazing deals we’ve found for you below.

Apple strikes a sentimental chord again with new TV ad for the holidays


The star of Apple's new ad for the holidays. Photo: Apple
The star of Apple's new ad for the holidays. Photo: Apple

Apple is back with a new tearjerker of a Christmas ad, entitled “The Song.” Like last year’s Emmy-winning TV spot for the holidays, the company has chosen to showcase how its products make people feel, rather than what they do.

This time around, a young musician uses Garageband on her Mac to make a song for her grandmother. Expect to start seeing this on TV quite a bit over the next couple of weeks.

Awesome gift ideas for the coolest creatives


The Wacom Intuos is like a touchpad you can draw on. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac
The Wacom Intuos is like a touchpad you can draw on. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

A Mac is the ultimate tool for creatives — you’ll find Apple computers littered throughout graphic design houses, music and video studios, marketing agencies and newsrooms.

Chances are, if you know a creative, you know a Mac user.

So, what are you going to buy them for Christmas? If you’re stuck for ideas, let us help.

Our gift guide for creatives will help you pick the perfect present.

Whether you’re looking for an affordable stocking stuffer or a budget-breaking gesture they’ll never forget, we’ve got you covered.

Apple Posts Holiday Shipping Deadlines For Christmas Shoppers



When it comes to Christmas shopping, procrastinating is a long standing American tradition. So to let you know how long you’ve got until you absolutely have to place your Christmas orders, Apple has posted a new guide detailing the estimated shipping times on all of its products.

Apple announced that the Online Apple Store will be offering free shipping on all orders from now until December 22nd, but according to the guide many of Apple’s most popular products need to be ordered a full week before the 25th if you want it to be waiting under the tree on Christmas morning.