Best Buy offering iPhone 5 at half price, $100 for 16GB with contract.

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If you can’t wait for the new iPhone lineup, Best Buy is offering a very attractive deal on the iPhone 5. The retailer has announced that users can get a new iPhone 5 for half the price if they own an iPhone 4/4S in working condition without any water or screen damage. The promotion started today, August 30th, and will end on Monday, September 2.

Users opting for a 16GB model will be eligible for a trade-in credit of at least $100, while those who want to get the 32GB version will be eligible for $150 credit. This would cut the price of the 16GB iPhone 5 to $100 while the 32 GB variant cost will come down to $150. However, users must sign up for a 2-year contract on any supported carrier.

Additionally, users must be eligible for an upgrade with their carrier. The list of supported carriers includes AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, and does not include no-contract phones or the ones running on T-Mobile.

It makes our belief about the upcoming iPhone event stronger, as it seems Best Buy is trying to clear its iPhone 5 inventory before the launch of the new iPhones. Apple is expected to introduce refreshed iPhone 5S and iPhone5C on September 10th, with the expected availability to be after a week and a half—around September 20th.

Control your Philips Hue lamps from your Mac Menu Bar – new app coming soon.

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I can see why manufacturers opt for iPhone apps as the remote controls for their gadgets. A small touchscreen device is a familiar form-factor for a remote, and it’s likely to be easily to hand. But if happen to be in front of your Mac at the time, it can seem a bit awkward to have to pick up your phone, open an app and then use a smaller, fiddlier device.

Philips seem to have recognised this, with a new Mac app on the way to control its range of Hue smart LED bulbs. The app sits in the menu bar, providing a convenient way to control any of your Hue lamps.

Philips updated the iOS app back in May, with geofencing, schedules and a wide variety of triggering actions, including support for the popular IFTTT (If This Then That) app.

 

Source: 9to5Mac.

iPhone 5s are 50% off with iPhone 4/4S trade-in at Best Buy this weekend.

Starting today and running through September 2, US big-box store Best Buy is offering 50 percent off an iPhone 5 when you trade in your old iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. In order to qualify for the trade-in program, customers’ iPhone 4’s and 4S’s need to be able to be powered on and free from water damage. By trading in their old working iPhones, customers can choose the 16 GB or 32 GB model of the iPhone 5, but they also need to sign up for a two-year contract. The deal is also contingent upon the customer being eligible for an upgrade.

The Best Buy trade-in starts on the day Apple’s iPhone “Reuse and Recycle” in-store trade-in program is supposed to begin in select Apple stores. Trade-in programs have many benefits for retailers as it gets customers buying the latest models and also gives those retailers used iPhones, which can then be shipped overseas and sold for higher prices in emerging markets, while still being at a lower cost point than what that latest iPhone 5 would cost.

The trade-in program also doesn’t hurt to help move existing iPhone 5 stock ahead of what is likely the release of a new model in just a few weeks’ time.

Belkin’s LEGO Builder Case for iPhone 5 is too much fun.

When you’ve done hundreds of reviews of iPhone cases, you tend to get a little jaded. I mean, how many different ways can someone make an iPhone case, right? Sure, you can make them out of different materials — leather, aluminum, wood, all three of the previous ingredients together and various types of plastic — and they can come in a variety of colors, but a case is just a case. Unless it is Belkin’s new LEGO Builder Case for iPhone 5 (US$39.99), that is.

The case is made of brightly colored plastic, so there’s nothing new there. But when you take a gander at the back of the case, that’s where you find an official LEGO base plate. If you are a LEGO fan, you can just start snapping those bricks and other components (not included) to the base plate and create the case of your dreams.

TUAW Editor-In-Chief Victor Agreda, Jr. and I were both given cases and a bin of parts with which to create our own awesome LEGO Builder Case masterpieces. These were tweeted to a special Twitter hashtag (#LEGOxBELKIN), where some pretty impressive entries have appeared in the past few days. Belkin’s going to pick an entry as a winner, and one blogger is going to get 50 of the LEGO Builder Cases to give away to readers. Let’s hope it’s one of the TUAW gang!

The LEGO Builder Case is just a lot of fun, and the fact that it also happens to protect your iPhone 5 at the same time is just icing on the cake. If you love LEGO, this is the case to buy. The LEGO Builder Case also comes in an iPod touch (fifth generation) version for just $29.99.

If you’re a LEGO fan — and who isn’t? — you’ll have a chance to take part in a Twitter chat today (August 27) at 4 PM PST on the @belkin Twitter page with Master Builder Chris Steininger. He’s one of only seven Master Builders in the US, and the youngest Master Builder in the world.

And now, behold the LEGO Belkin Stealth Antenna Extender Case for iPhone 5 in all of its glory (my entry in the contest):

 

Source: TUAW.

The Waterproof Surf Sound Talk, For Important Business Calls While You’re In The Shower.

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Pyle is definitely making some waves out in the waterproof-gadget space with their hydrophobic earphones and speakers.

We’re venturing out into deeper water with this next Pyle gadget, though, as it’s pretty unusual: The Surf Sound Talk is a waterproof Bluetooth hybrid handset-speakerphone capable of taking calls, if not actually underwater (due to the inability to conduct a conversation with one’s mouth full of water) then at least while splashing around a pool, in the drink or under a shower.

It carries an IP-47 rating, which means it’s waterproof to one meter (ignore the first digit; the second digit is the one that describes waterproofness). But the really interesting feature of the Surf Sound Talk is that it can switch from a standard speakerphone into an old-school handset for more privacy during calls.

Just like most speakerphones, it can also play music and is even equipped with track control buttons.

The Pyle Surf Sound Talk is out now and costs $65.

Source:  Cult of Mac.

Parallels Desktop 9 improves performance by up to 40 percent, adds cloud support.

Parallels Desktop 9 improves performance by up to 40 percent, adds cloud support

Parallels on Thursday announced the upcoming release of Parallels Desktop 9, a new version of its virtualization software that enables you run Windows, Linux and other operating systems on your Mac without having to reboot first, as you do using Apple’s Boot Camp software. Parallels Desktop 9 is available today as a $49.99 upgrade for existing customers; the full version will be released on September 5, 2013 for $79.99.

Parallels Desktop 9 sports up to 40 percent better performance than its predecessor, according to the developer (in disk operation, anyway – other functions like startup and shutdown are 25 percent faster; 3D graphics get about a 15 percent bump). Also new is the ability to sync iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and other services between your Mac and Windows virtual machine without having to duplicate files locally.

Windows 8/8.1 support has been added, along with Power Nap support on MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Thunderbolt and Firewire storage devices are now supported directly from Windows virtual machines, and you can now print from a Windows application to a PDF document on the Mac desktop – regardless of whether that Windows app supports printing to PDF natively.

Parallels Desktop also remembers full screen settings in multi-monitor setups, has editable keyboard shortcuts, improves Linux integration and sports other enhancements.

On Wednesday Parallels announced Parallels Access, new software that enables you to “applify” Mac and Windows applications running from your computer so you can access them on a remote iPad over a network – it’s being offered as a service with a $79.99 annual subscription fee. Parallels Desktop users get an exclusive six-month subscription to the new service.

Source: iMore.

New videos show off possible new iPhone 5S color option.

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As the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C announcement date gets closer, more parts leaks are beginning to surface. The latest leak consists of two videos that were posted by TLD and BestTechInfo which shows off a new graphite color for the iPhone 5S in addition to a detailed look at the rumored champagne colored iPhone 5S. The first video compares a leaked iPhone 5S rear shell in the champagne color to a current generation iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S shell contains slight differences from the iPhone 5 shell, including repositioned logic board screws and the dual LED flash cutout that we’ve seen on so many other leaked images and videos.

However, BestTechInfo goes a little further with another video that shows off an iPhone 5S rear shell in a new graphite color. The video notes that it is similar to the silver iPhone, but with a little bit of black mixed in. It compares the iPhone 5S rear shell in two different colors, and displays it alongside an iPhone 5C and iPhone 5 shell. The iPhone 5S doesn’t look too different from the current iPhone 5, though it is expected to sport a new A7 processor, a dual LED flash, and even a home button fingerprint sensor.

I prefer the graphite color over any of the other rumored options, though it is possible it’s just a test model and won’t exist when the iPhone 5S is announced. Hopefully, Apple does decide to offer the iPhone in multiple colors, including the graphite and champagne.

Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C at a media event on September 10th, followed by a release on September 20th.

Source: AppleTell.