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Enter to Win an iPhone XR and InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard

iLounge and InvisibleShield are giving away an iPhone XR and InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard.

As we use devices more, our exposure to high-energy visible blue light (HEV) increases. HEV blue light has been shown to contribute to digital eye strain which can cause dry and irritated eyes, sleep disruption and loss, blurred vision, and premature eye aging, especially in children. InvisibleShield has developed a new screen protector with Eyesafe® technology that not only protects your phone from scratches and impacts, but also filters harmful blue light from your device screen.

Protective Eyesafe® Layer
The Eyesafe® technology in VisionGuard protects your eyes from blue light which can contribute to digital eye strain. By blocking harmful wavelengths of light before they leave your screen, VisionGuard is an easy choice for those who care about eye health.

Preserves the True Colors of Your Screen
Glass+ VisionGuard protects your eyes from harmful blue light while maintaining the superior color performance of your device display. Instead of removing blue entirely and distorting your screens color like some eye health solutions, VisionGuard has been expertly engineered to maintain the brilliant look of your screen.

Industry-Leading Impact Screen Protection
Glass+ VisionGuard is chemically strengthened at the molecular level to preserve that glass-like feel of your screen. Its proprietary Ion Matrix™ technology provides the ultimate defense against drops, dings, and scratches.

Advanced Clarity
Glass+ VisionGuard is designed to work flawlessly with the enhanced optics of your device’s screen. Its 100% clarity rating means high-definition screen protection that’s so clear, you won’t even know it’s there.

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Spotify trying to woo back former Premium subscribers with special offer of $9.99 for three months

Spotify has begun offering former Premium subscribers three months of Premium for $9.99 in an effort to win them back to the service. The offer, which is available via a special “comeback” page, appears to be going out via e-mail to Spotify users who cancelled their Premium service prior to Oct. 16, although it appears anybody can sign up, provided they meet the eligibility requirements, which note that users must have previously “subscribed to the Premium or Unlimited service before the date shown in the offer” and of course cannot be a current Spotify Premium subscriber. The terms and conditions also note that only “a limited number of Re-Engagement Offer Offers are available, while supplies last” and that the offer ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Users who take advantage of the offer are under no obligation to continue their subscription past the three-month period, but if they choose to do so, they will simply be billed at the normal rate of $9.99/month once the promotion is over.

Apple’s Certified Refurbished Products Online Store gets major overhaul

Apple has launched a significantly redesigned version of its Certified Refurbished Products online store, bringing the new section inline with the rest of Apple’s overall design. Apple’s Certified Refurbished Products Online Store lists products that company sells as refurbished, which could range from simple open box returns to those that have been swapped out for customers and later repaired by Apple. Refurbished products sell for up to 15 percent less than brand new, and come with normal warranty coverage; Apple emphasizes that every product goes through a “rigorous refurbishment process that includes full testing” and comes with “guaranteed Apple quality.” Prior to the redesign, the store page for refurbished products was significantly out of line with the rest of Apple’s site, clearly looking like something from a bygone era. The new page features a more spacious layout that more closely resembles Apple’s main online store, with a “Featured Offers” section front and centre and quick access to specific product categories right from a simplified visual menu at the top of the screen, where users can drill down to find deals on everything from Macs to Apple Pencils. [via 9to5Mac]

Daily Deal: CASA Hub + PeAk USB Adapter Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the CASA Hub + PeAk USB Adapter Bundle for only $39.99 — that’s 22% off the regular price. This kit will cover all of your power adapter and data transmission need, no matter how you like to store and transfer your data. The CASA Hub PDC501 is equipped with a USB Type-C adapter for the new MacBook Pro and other laptops, as well as two standard USB ports, a microSD and an SD card slot, making it easy to move data between cameras, smartphones, laptops, and more. Plus, the PeAK AFB13 features a reversible micro USB male to USB-A female connection pattern that makes it easy to transfer between smartphones.

Get the CASA Hub + PeAk USB Adapter Bundle now for only $39.99

Apple partnering with Oscar-winning studio A24 for movie production

With several TV productions already ongoing, Apple now appears to be making its first big move into film production through a deal with the Oscar-winning indie studio A24, Variety reports. Apple noted that the partnership is a “multiyear agreement” that will involve multiple films, but was vague on other details such as whether these will be theatrical releases or simply part of its digital platform, and no financial details were revealed. A24 is the independent studio behind a number of “edge, auteur-driven projects,” including “Moonlight,” for which it won’t a best picture Oscar, as well as “Room,” “The Witch,” and “Ex Machina.” Variety notes that A24 already has deals with DirecTV and Amazon, but these simply provide special distribution rights for the studio’s own films, and those deals remain in effect as the partnership with Apple is not exclusive, and the studio will also still be continuing to produce and release its own films, despite earlier rumours that Apple may have been looking to acquire A24 or another similar indie studio.

Apple posts third developer betas of iOS 12.1.1, tvOS 12.1.1, second watchOS 5.1.2 beta

Apple has pushed out a third beta of iOS 12.1.1, build 16C5050a, a minor updates that make some slight improvements to the FaceTime UI and other small changes. While the release notes only indicate a minor security change regarding tighter TLS certificate requirements, other reports have indicated that the ability to take Live Photos on a FaceTime call have returned, along with placing the camera toggle button back on the main FaceTime screen. A third beta of tvOS 12.1.1 has also arrived, as build 16K5044a, along with a second beta of watchOS 5.1.2, build 16S5046a. The tvOS 12.1.1 beta release notes indicate a fix to an issue where Apple Configurator could install configuration profiles on nonsupervised devices, but it’s otherwise unclear what else has changed in these latest betas.

Apple ‘aggressively’ recruiting engineers on Qualcomm’s home turf

Apple has posted several job listings for engineers in the San Diego area, Bloomberg reports, as part of what appears to be an aggressive move to draw talent to its own chip design team and away from rival Qualcomm, which has its U.S. operations based in that city. This marks the first time Apple has publicly recruited for these types of roles in the Southern California area, although as the report notes the company has a history of setting up chip design facilities in other areas where rivals such as Intel and AMD have bases of operations, ranging from Portland, Austin, and Orlando to sites in Israel, Germany, Taiwan, and Japan, allowing it to draw on existing bases of engineering talent by poaching from rival companies in those areas.

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Apple now offering SIM-free version of iPhone XR in the U.S.

Apple has begun offering the iPhone XR in the U.S. for purchase outright without a carrier contract, less than a month after the device initially went on sale. Apple normally launches new iPhone models in the U.S. only for purchase with specific carriers, presumably to prioritize availability for carrier partners and discourage people from purchasing iPhones for the express purpose of reselling them. While the iPhone XS actually was available SIM-free on launch day, this was not the case with the iPhone XR, perhaps due to a more limited supply. SIM-free iPhone models come unlocked and can be used on any supported carrier worldwide, and prices for the SIM-free versions of the iPhone XR range from $749 for the 64 GB model to $899 for the 256 GB capacity.

Daily Deal: Air Bud Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds 2.0

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the Air Bud Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds 2.0 for only $36.99 — that’s 62% off the regular price. The Air Buds 2.0 are making wireless listening accessible to everyone! With state-of-the-art Bluetooth 4.2 tech, you can enjoy crisp audio with minimal bulk and without a huge dent in your wallet. Stay connected, enjoy your playlists, and stay trendy with these awesome, highly flexible earbuds.

Get the Air Bud Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds 2.0 now for only $36.99

Apple quietly replaces Apple Watch Charging Dock with virtually identical new model

MacRumors has discovered that Apple has quietly released a new version of its Apple Watch Charging Dock, although it’s seemingly a mystery as to exactly why, since the new dock appears identical to the original Apple Watch Charging Dock. As MacRumors notes, the new dock has a model number of MU9F2AM, while the original was model MLDW2AM, but the lack of any obvious changes suggests only internal updates. The new dock also had to go through FCC approval, but the FCC filing offered no additional insights into what has changed, or why Apple needed to release a new version.





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