FANTASTIC LIST TODAY: 8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time

by News on December 22, 2014, no comments

By Zach Epstein

Best Free iPhone Apps

Christmas week is finally here, and that means two things. First, you have one or more family gatherings to look forward to. Second, you’re probably broke. Shopping for gifts for friends and family is a huge drain on our bank accounts every holiday season, but it’s worth it, of course. To help take a little bit of the sting out of the season, BGR is here this week to bring you plenty of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free. After all, just because you’re broke doesn’t mean your iPhone should suffer.

Today’s list includes eight great apps for the iPhone and iPad, and they can all be downloaded for free if you hurry.

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Apple expands its social presence with new iTunes Tumblr blog

by News on December 22, 2014, no comments

By Benjamin Mayo

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In an interesting move, Apple has today launched a Tumblr blog for iTunes. The ‘blog’ runs a highly customized theme that more closely reflects Apple’s own website than a typical Tumblr page. The page features music, movies, TV and books content, with individual posts consisting of images, videos and animated GIFs of artists. Tumblr users can reblog these images on their own feeds, for social sharing. On a related note, iTunes also opened an official Instagram account earlier this month.

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Right now, the blog is prominently featuring Apple’s Best of 2014 recommendations for iTunes. Apple has dramatically refocused on social media in recent months. Apple infamously previously used Tumblr for an iPhone 5c advertising campaign.

For a while now, the iTunes and iBooks teams have been running active Twitter accounts — despite Apple, the company, still lacking an official account. The @iTunesMusic account has over 6 million followers, for instance.

In 2014, Apple has made big strides into social media. Apple CEO Tim Cook joined Twitter in September and the company liveblogged its own September media event. 9to5Mac reported earlier this month that Apple was recruiting a a new head of social media, to run campaigns like this. The company also brought the former social media chief of Nike and Burberry onboard in August.

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‘DockPhone’ Adds Phone Dialing to Yosemite, Bypassing FaceTime [Mac Blog]

by News on December 22, 2014, no comments

By Mitchel Broussard

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DockPhone, a newly released Mac app, fixes a problem many OS X Yosemite users have faced in the months since the release of the new operating system: the inconvenience of opening FaceTime or Contacts to make a phone call on a Mac. With DockPhone app, users can now search for contacts or directly enter a number within the app, bypassing the need of opening FaceTime altogether.

Though it was one of the major new Continuity features included in OS X Yosemite when it launched earlier this year, many users lamented needing to open FaceTime or Contacts to place phone calls from their desktops or laptops. Receiving calls was simple, but making them through the video chat app designed for a different purpose or cluttered Contacts app felt unintuitive.

DockPhone lets users skip that step, offering a streamlined experience allowing users to easily enter a contact’s name or specific phone number to start a phone call. The app interacts with FaceTime behind the scenes to connect with your iPhone, and finally get the call out to the person you dialed. As with making normal phone calls on a Mac, users still need OS X Yosemite on their Mac, an iPhone with iOS 8 or later, and both devices on the same Wi-Fi and iCloud accounts.

While DockPhone is not the first app to offer such functionality, with others such as Keypad having launched some time ago, DockPhone uniquely allows users to also use their voice to begin phone calls. After clicking the microphone button, simply saying the name of a contact or reciting a phone number will begin a call. Recent contacts also appear in widget form in the Notification Center sidebar of your Mac screen, with quick-access prompts to contact them again.

DockPhone is available for download from the Mac App Store for $0.99. [Direct Link]

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Here’s all the great new content you can stream on Netflix this week (Dec. 21 – Dec. 27)

by News on December 22, 2014, no comments

By Jacob Siegal

New Netflix Instant Releases

It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new content on Netflix for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock.

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These low profile iPhone 6 Plus hard cases are 30% off today

by News on December 22, 2014, no comments

By Brent Zaniewski

This iPhone 6 Plus hard case takes your preference for sleek design into serious consideration. There’s no dual-layers, screen covers or clips to worry about here. It’s one piece that simply snaps over the back, leaving complete accessibility all around. Get yours in black, clear or white today for just $13.95

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Russian Apple Online Store returns … with iPhone 6 prices now 35% higher compared to a week ago

by News on December 22, 2014, no comments

By Benjamin Mayo

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After a week of being inactive, the Russian Apple Online Store is now back online with customers freely able to purchase products from the site once again. Apple abruptly stopped trading in the region last week due to significant currency exchange rate fluctuations that meant the company had to readjust prices.

Apple has indeed raised prices significantly. The iPhone 6 now costs 53,990 Rubles for a 16 GB base model. This is a 35% increase in the Russian sales price; the model cost 34 990 Rubles last week. 53,990 Rubles is approximately worth $980 dollars. The 16 GB iPhone 6 lists for $649, excluding taxes.

The Russian store has updated prices across Apple’s range. The cheapest iPhone, the 5c, now costs 29,990 Rubles. The line now tops out at 77,990 Rubles with Apple’s most expensive iPhone, the 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus. This pales in comparison to Apple’s Mac line, though, with the Retina Display iMac priced at almost 200,000 Rubles.

On a related note, Apple readjusted Russian App Store prices on Friday, again accounting for exchange rate variations.

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