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Daily Deals: 2.8GHz MacBook Pro, $70 4GB iPod nano, iPad Freebies




We start off the day with another deal on MacBook Pros. ExperCom is offering a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo with 17-inch screen for $2,147. Next is a number of iPods, including a 4GB iPod nano for $69.99. Our last top deal is the latest batch of freebies from the iPad App Store, including “Air Guitar HD,” which simulates an actual instrument.

Along the way, we check out some new case for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS. Also up is the latest App Store price reductions for iPhone and iPod touch users. As always, details on these and many more items are available on CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.

iPhone 4: What Do You Guys Think?



We’re 100% chugging the Kool-Aid on the iPhone 4 upgrade. What an amazing package:

  • The high-res screen looks astounding
  • The gyroscope may lead to a host of fun applications, like an air mouse for the upgraded AppleTV
  • 300 hours of standby battery life looks like a big kick in the teeth for Android.
  • The only misstep is no 64GB version.

We’ll be upgrading for sure, especially thanks to AT&T’s new upgrade plan.

What do you guys think?

WWDC 2010: iAds = Emotion + Interactivity



Apple’s getting into the advertising game with their iAds network, and Jobs says the goal is Emotion + Interactivity. The idea is to make it painless for developers to put ads in their apps: just tell Apple where you want them and they’ll inject it themselves. Likewise, it should be painless for viewers to see them: tap them and it’ll expand. You’ll never be hijacked into the browser.

They’ve only been selling iAds for eight weeks, and already attracted a huge number of advertisers, including Nissan, Citi, Unilever, AT&T, Chanel, GE, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Geico, Sears, JCPenny, Target, Best Buy, DirecTV, TBS network, and Disney.” Overall, iAds has brought in $60M in advertising, and makes up 48% of US Mobile Display Advertising Spending in the second half of 2010.

The demonstrated advertisements look pretty good, admittedly. Certainly more like interactive applications than musty old banner ads. They’re almost like mini-apps that dynamically download when needed into an existing program. The new interactive Nissan Leaf iAd is particularly impressive, which allows you to interactively compare a $1 of gas when driving the fully electric Leaf compared to other hybrids.

iAds probably isn’t going to be very good for consumers — I despair that there will be literally no reason for a developer not to put ads even in paid apps anymore, and that too much of the iPhone’s screen real estate will be taken up with advertisements — but it should be a windfall for both Apple and the developers taking part in the iAds ecosystem.

WWDC 2010: iPhone OS Becomes iOS



It has made less and less sense by the day that the iPhone OS would continue to be called that as non-iPhone devices begin to run it. Jobs has just confirmed the earlier rumor of an iPhone OS rebrand: starting with iPhone OS 4.0, it’ll just be called iOS4.

From a humble blogger’s heart directly to Cupertino: thank you, my benefactors. You don’t know how confusing it was to talk about iPhone OS for the iPad on a daily basis. Having “Phone” plugged into the name of an increasingly non-Phone operating system was just ridiculous.

Anyone else wonder if this is the first blush of a reveal of a new iOS-capable Apple TV?

[image via GDGT]

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Bulk Supply Shortages May Indicate New HDMI Mac Mini Incoming



We’ve been hearing tell of an HDMI-equipped Mac Mini for awhile now, with past reports indicating that prototype Mac Minis spotted by Apple employees had their DVI port replaced with HDMI, thanks to the inclusion of NVIDIA’s MPC89 CPU.

Now Apple Insider is reporting that they’ve heard from four different source who claim that Apple is having Mac Mini supply shortages… usually a “tell” for when a new model is approaching.

Super-Size Your Tossing With Paper Toss HD For iPad [Review]



Paper Toss for iPhone is a brilliant pick-up-and-play game that is guaranteed to kill some time when you’re waiting for your train, when your boss is out of the office, or when you’re waiting for your little ones to give up the TV. If you’re one of the 21,000,000 paper tossers out there, you’ll be pleased to know the game is now available on the iPad, including a new level and improved visuals for the larger screen. But is it worth that $2.99 price tag?

Verizon: No iPhone “In Immediate Future”



Verizon spokesman John Johnson says the company will not have the iPhone any time soon.

“No plans to carry the iPhone in the immediate future,” he told Beet.TV. Instead, Johnson makes a plug for “incredible Android devices.”

The news has got to come as a disappointment to Verizon customers hoping to get their hands on Apple’s gear, as well as AT&T customers hoping to switch to what’s considered the best network in the U.S.

Verizon has been long rumored to get the iPhone, but those rumors now look like wishful thinking. Unless, of course, Verizon has taken to Apple’s tactic of denying interest in a product right up until they launch it.

Via 9to5Mac.

Daily Deals: $1,499 2.53GHz MacBook Pro, Bombardiers Guild, $120 8GB iPod nano




We close out the week with a deal on a MacBook Pro, a game and the current iPod nano. For $1,499, you can get a MacBook Pro with a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor and a 15-inch screen. If you’d like to try your hand at a bombing run on your iPhone or iPod touch, you can check out “Bombardier Guilds” for free. Finally, there is a $120 deal on 8GB models of the current iPod nano.

Along the way, we’ll check out other bargains on gadgets for the Mac, iPhone and iPod. As always, details on these and many more items are available on CoM’s “Daily Deals” page after the jump.

For readers in the U.S., we hope you have a safe and fun Memorial Day celebration.

Onkyo E713 All-In-One PC Has Docks iPods (And iPods Only)



It’s hard to describe Onkyo’s latest PC as anything besides a little bit daft. The E713 is an all-in-one Windows 7 PC (with all the hideous matte gray plastics aesthetics of such) which prominently boasts a slide-out, built-in iPod dock that has been sillily mis-designed so it’s mouth just isn’t quite wide enough to slide an iPhone in. What?

Otherwise, it’s not a bad looking machine, featuring a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a digital TV tuner, Blu-Ray drive, 1TB hard drive and a 23-inch 1920 x 1080 LCD for just $1100… but the obvious bone-headedness of designing a computer with a built-in iPod dock that can’t dock with Apple’s most popular product is just the sort of casual ineptitude that keeps us all on Macs to begin with.