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Fender Squier Strat with iOS and USB integration available at Apple Online Store

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Accessories, USB, Apple, Music, Videos

Fender Squier Strat

Iconic electric guitar maker, Fender, has announced the new Squier Strat. It includes USB and iOS integration and is now available in the Apple Online Store for $199.95. The Squier Strat goes perfectly with music apps like GarageBand for iOS and also works with OS X. Check out some of the features, and a video, after the break.

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iPad mini giveaway!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Handhelds

iPad mini giveaway

It's not easy finding an Apple iPad mini in stores, since they're sold out pretty much everywhere. We're here to help you get the hot new tablet though, and you won't even have to pay the $459 price tag because we are giving this one away! Why $459 and not $329? Well, we aren't just going for the entry level here--we are giving away a 16GB iPad mini with LTE!

We've teamed up with TRENDOY!, the daily gadget newsletter to give away an iPad mini, and we've made it super-easy for you to enter to win. All you need to do to enter is head on over to our TRENDOY! page and subscribe! We'll choose a winner of the iPad mini from our subscribers in a week. Good luck!

Oh, and be sure to subscribe to the Gear Live Newsletter too - we've got a few fun holiday giveaways planned there as well, as part of our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!


iOS 6.1 beta 2 now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 6.1 beta 2 download

Apple has just released iOS 6.1 beta 2 as an over-the-air download a few minutes ago. This release comes just 11 days after the initial iOS 6.1 beta was released to developers, alongside the public release of iOS 6.0.1. iOS 6.1 will make it easier for users to report issues with the Apple Maps data, bring better music controls to the lock screen, makes it easier to find Passbook apps, and more. If you're already running the iOS 6.1 beta, check Software Update in your settings app to grab the latest update - if not, head over to the Dev Center for the download!


SideCar is donating all proceeds earned this weekend to Hurricane Sandy relief

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Internet, Transportation

Sidecar Ride sharing hurricane sandy

Yesterday we told you about SideCar, the community-powered ride-sharing service that's available in both San Francisco and Seattle. Today, the company sent out an update to its userbase announcing that all proceeds earned this weekend (November 9-11) will be donated to the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. If you're a driver, you'll still get to keep your 80% portion of the fare, so it's SideCar’s 20% split that goes toward charity. So if you're in Seattle or San Francisco and need a ride this weekend, keep SideCar in mind!

If you don't have an account, just download the SideCar app for iOS or Android, and enter promo code ANDRU1  for a free $10 credit!


SideCar community-powered ride-sharing comes to Seattle

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Transportation

Sidecar ride sharing

SideCar, the popular ride-sharing service out of San Francisco, has made it's way up the West Coast and has launched here in Seattle. Curious about what a ride-sharing service even is? Well, the easiest way we can explain it is to have you imagine a taxi service. Now, instead of a professional taxi driver in a cab picking you up, it's someone who's been vetted by SideCar, driving their own vehicle.

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Apple Store app updated with Passbook and Siri Integration

Apple Store Update 2.4

Apple has released an update for its Apple Store app, bringing it to version 2.4. This one adds both Passbook and Siri integration. Now users can send gift cards straight from the app and have them emailed directly to the recipient; it is housed digitally in the Passbook app for convenient access. In addition, Siri's API protocol is now enabled to access the Apple Store's catalog.

What's New in Version 2.4

  • Buy new gift cards and email them to friends and family right from the app. These gift cards are easily integrated with the new Passbook app (U.S. only, iOS 6 required).
  • Ask Siri to help you find prices and shop for Apple products. (Siri-enabled device required.)
     

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Evernote 5.0 brings refreshed design to iOS

Evernote 5.0 iOS

Evernote has just released a radical new design for its iOS apps, with both the iPhone and iPad versions picking up the new look. What's changed in Evernote 5.0? Well, for starters, the home screen is now full much easier to navigate, allowing you to find the notes you want very quickly, as opposed to the older saved-search method. The tabs you'll find on the home screen include All Notes, Notebooks, Tags, Places, and Premium Features. Tap on a tab and you are brought into a full screen experience.

On the whole, things are just laid out in a much more intuitive and efficient way, making Evernote 5.0 a much better experience from a productivity standpoint. Grab it now from the App Store.

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You can now Pay with Square at Starbucks

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Internet, Software

Square Wallet Starbucks

Remember the deal that Square struck with Starbucks that'll allow you to pay with the service at all of the infamous coffee locations? Well, it's all been put in place, and you can now pay with Square Wallet at over 7,000 Starbucks locations nationwide. You won't earn reward points like you would using the Starbucks official app, but you also don't need to remember to refill your virtual gift card either. Starbucks doesn't yet allow customers to use the cool Square tab feature where you just pay with your face without having to bust out a wallet or smartphone, but this deal is still in its infancy, so give it some time, m'kay? Hit the source link below for more on how it all works.

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Unboxing Live 100: Apple iPad mini

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Handhelds, Videocasts

We come to you live from the Apple Store at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington for this edition of Unboxing Live! The brand new iPad mini has launched, and we were first in line to enter the store and make our purchase (and we'll show all of the festivities in our follow-up video, along with our iPad 4th generation unboxing!) The iPad mini is Apple's smaller, 7.9-inch iPad. Check out our unboxing and let us know what you think, and don't forget to check out our iPad mini unboxing gallery as well!

Big thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! GoToMeeting with HDFaces provides rich, super-simple collaborative virtual meetings.


Microsoft Xbox SmartGlass app now available for iOS

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Games, App Updates, Free Apps

Xbox SmartGlass for iOS

Microsoft's My Xbox Live companion app for iOS has just been updated with new functionality and a new name: Xbox SmartGlass. What does it do? Well, you can now use your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as remote controls and keypads for the Xbox 360. This includes dual-screen experiences as well. The app is available now, and is not yet compatible with the new 4-inch Retina display. Xbox SmartGlass for iOS is free.

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