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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Save Money on Your Apps

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"There are now over 500,000 iPhone apps and 170,000 iPad apps available on Apple's App Store and that number will surely continue to increase as new app developers enter the foray."

And it certainly helps the wallet when you can save on those apps doesn't it? I mainly watch for deals on the eCards via Best Buy and Walmart for iTunes Gift Cards. But that isn't the only way to save, and this article points out a few more tips that you might find handy.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Apple Web Site Most Satisfying When Mobile Shopping

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:23 AM

"Research firm ForeSee on Thursday announced the results of a new study in which it found that the mobile shopping experience on Apple's web site was the most satisfying among 3,000 consumers who were asked about 16 e-retailers."

Just edging out by one point, doesn't get much closer than that in these polls does it? Interesting to note the mobile site scored two points higher than the regular site. You can see the press release about the results here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

One Last Black Friday Post

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 06:00 AM

"The stingiest of Black Friday retailers, Apple, will be offering some shallow discounts this weekend. But if a Mac or iOS device is on your list this year, check out these alternatives that will save you cash and possibly from being mocked by someone in a blue shirt holding an iPad."

One last post before we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday, and this one should help ease some of your frustration. The list has several ways to shop online and to make the experience bearable, perhaps you won't even have to leave your house!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Flow From Amazon for Your Shopping Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 AM

"They've launched a free augmented reality app called Flow for your iPhone. It works like this: you see something in a store, point your iPhone at its UPC code and a stream of information comes to you including product information, customer reviews and related products."

Cool app, available now in iTunes [link]. I kind of like finding related items unlike the author, as it has brought me some cool items such as new music and accessories that I would never have found on my own. It is a free app so nothing to lose by trying it right?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stop and Shop to use Scan It! for Your Shopping Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM!5795464/an-iph...the-supermarket

"I love supermarkets. The ginormousness and excessiveness of everything makes me happy. But I hate waiting in line in supermarkets. Seriously, I have to stand and wait in this line for 5 minutes in order to give you my money?"

I'd be all for this app in my local stores, and have to admit I'm a bit jealous I don't have a Stop and Shop in my area. Even though I can't use it to pay for my purchases, I think something like this would be handy for your grocery shopping anyway so you could keep a tally of what your bill is going to be, however I can't find it in iTunes yet. The word is it is supposed to be released later today so I'll keep checking. But it brings up a question, what do you use for your shopping list? I normally just use the Notes app on my iPhone, or SimpleNote.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Google Releases Shopper for iPhone

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Google has introduced Google Shopper for iPhone, making the free App available for download via Apple's App Store."

This appears to be a pretty useful addition to any iPhone. It looks like it has Google Goggles built in, which can be pretty useful. I also love having the ability to search by voice. Voice recognition is the only thing I miss from my Nexus One. I'm glad to see it here.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"It's Christmas Eve, the shops are shut, and you really don't want to have to go down to the petrol station like last year, and anyway, your Dad has enough Magic Tree air fresheners to last him till 2050 after last Christmas. But never fear: here are 10 last minute techie gifts you can buy without even having to leave the house. No Sellotape required."

I really like the idea of that iPhone/iPod Touch stand with a nice crisp high denomination bill. The eBook and app gifts aren't bad ideas either. Whatever you get for the last few on your list, remember, it truly is the thought that counts.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Visa App to Help You Find the Deals

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"Visa has announced that its official iPhone application is available for free in the iTunes App Store. It's completely in step with other popular consumer apps, as it's heavy on deals and location-based technology."

This app, available now in iTunes [link], allows you to customize it so you get offers that only interest you. It also gives you a map where you can redeem the offers. If you have a Visa Signature card, you get even more offers. It appears there are only 50 or so merchants signed up for this service at this time though, and you can find out more at the Visa mobile site.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The iPad on QVC, is it Such a Good Deal?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:30 PM

"Shopping channel QVC, of all places, has a pretty good iPad deal going on right now. It's offering up Apple's magical and revolutionary device (in a 16GB Wi-Fi version) along with a ton of accessories for US $749. In that price, you get the dock connector cable, a silicon sleeve and stand, a clear case to put it in, a headphone splitter cable, two different screen protectors, and another case/stand to use. If you were planning to buy an iPad and all of these accessories anyway, that's as good a deal as you'll find."

Let's see, new iPad cost $499.00 USD from Apple, so this would mean the accessories were valued at $250.00 USD. I checked the QVC site and they list the following: "Includes iPad, dock connector/USB cable, power adapter, silicone sleeve with stand, DC charger, clear TPU case, headphone splitter, two screen protectors, case stand." This doesn't sound like $250.00 of value to me, but I suppose it's one way to get an iPad you didn't have credit, or enough cash on hand to buy one outright, since they break up the payments into 5 installments. Quite a premium though it seems like to me, what are your thoughts?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday, Where Will You Be Shopping?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 04:50 AM

"Hopefully, you're all rested up from the big shopping weekend, and now you're ready to get back to a solid day of shopping. It's Cyber Monday, so set aside your work and your fantasy football leagues and spend a few hours looking for some good iPhone, iPad and iPod app and accessory deals. Whether free or drastically reduced in price, there are some good sales still going on."

Several sites are posting "Cyber Monday" deals, including Apple,, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. MacInTouch also has set up a page highlighting some other deals from various software and hardware sites on their page. All in all, plenty of options today for shopping deals, where are you going to shop? Any great deals that you have found? If so, let us know!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 App Helps You Comparison Shop

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 AM

"As we near Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Amazon is launching a new way to comparison shop on the go. Called Price Check,the free iPhone app allows users can scan the barcode of a product, take a picture of an item or say the product's name to access product listings on's marketplace. If the product is listed on Amazon, customers can then purchase the item with one click."

There are a few apps out there that do this comparison shopping, but if you like the way, then this is the app to have. It finds the item on for you based on the name or the barcode. But then that would entail you actually being out there in the wild, roaming around store to store, taking pictures of the items wouldn't it? Why not cut a step out of the process and just shop online at home, either at or any number of retailers. But if you have to go with the family, then you might as well take this app along and see if you can save yourself some money right?

Online or In Person, That is the Question

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 12:00 AM

"Four days left until Black Friday! Time to start camping out in front of your computer. Amazon this morning kicked off Black Friday week with a landing page devoted to the consumer holiday. The page is devoted to more than just Friday, with "doorbuster-style deals now through Cyber Monday"--a full week of discounts, starting today."

If you are like me, I avoid Black Friday shopping like the plague. No deal is worth dealing with the crowds in my opinion, but over the last few years I haven't had to thanks to the Internet. You can go to the Black Friday Deals page to get some bargains, and it's actually up and running now so you can get a jump start on shopping. But they aren't the only source for online deals as this story from Appletell proves, listing a number of online deals you can take advantage of right now. And for you Xbox fans, you aren't left out in the cold since Microsoft has some deals for you as well. But if you just have to go out and brave the crowds, a story posted at TechCrunch may be of use to you, as they recommend using DealMap to find all the best Black Friday shopping deals in your area. So if you choose to sit on the couch, or brave the crowds, there is some help for you. Good Luck!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How Are You Shopping This Year?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 06:00 AM

"Amanda Thomas Perry used to skip sleeping on Thanksgiving night so she could be at Lowe's or Wal-Mart before dawn on Friday for the special "door-buster" deals."

And now she starts shopping on Thanksgiving day, online. That is pretty much the way I shop these days, as I HATE dealing with all the crowds. On top of that, I'm usually able to find what I need online versus driving to several different stores if I had to search the "old fashioned" way. How about you, online or do you venture out and brave the crowds?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hey New York! FreshDirect Has an App for You!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"FreshDirect, a leading online grocer in New York City, has released a new application to allow FreshDirect users to place grocery orders directly from their iPhone or iPod touch. Developed by digital firm Schematic, the application is designed to deliver the same functionality as the FreshDirect web site, allowing users to create, submit, and update orders and schedule and update delivery times right from their device."

I wish more stores would do this, as it is no one really does it like this around my area. You can also search the store for items, select from previous orders or your favorite list, and even see product recommendations based on your past orders. If you have an in-progress order, you can save it and resume later. This app, free in iTunes, is also integrated with the FreshDirect web service so if you start an order on your iPhone, you can finish it up on the web. Or the other way around if you prefer. Anyone out there using this store? If so, how does it work?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Yelp Updated to Version 4.0

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Yelp, the fast-growing local search and review site, has announced an update for its iPhone app. Version 4.0 of Yelp for the iPhone and iPod touch allows you to log in to your profile and edit it. More interesting, the app also includes a "check-in" feature which tells your Yelp friends that you're visiting a particular business."

I use Yelp quite a bit, although I need to actually submit some of my own reviews more frequently. I find it quite useful in new locales, and actually get a lot of use in the ones with which I'm familiar. Now they are adding capabilities, along the lines of Brightkite or Growl, so you can update your friends on your location. If you use Yelp, feel free to send friend request! Here is my link.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Save Benjis Updated to Plus Version With Barcode Scanner

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Sol Robots has released Save Benjis+, an app that builds upon the company's previous App Store utility that had allowed users to compare product prices."

In the previous version, Save Benjis, you had to input the information (name, UPC, etc) manually to get the comparison price lists. In this version called Save Benjis+, it comes barcode scanning capability using the camera. Sure makes comparison shopping a lot easier. They are both paid apps, but you can also find free ones in the iTunes store, just search for barcode comparison or something similar and you'll get the choices. Not sure which one is better but it seems that most use similar databases to retrieve the information.

Black Friday Deals So You Can Make a List!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 06:00 AM

"Black Friday is a week away, and thousands of markdowns are already announced. Our master list of Giz-friendly deals-a hefty read-includes similar items priced differently at different stores. Keep it refreshed, cuz we'll be updating it all week."

Nice rundown of some deals and also some that aren't such a great deal. In case you are going to be brave and venture outside, checkout the list for some ideas. Or if you are like me and going to be doing some online shopping, you can still find the list useful. TUAW also has a list on their site as does Macworld so no excuses about being uninformed!

Happy Black Friday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Black Friday? Yea, There is an App For That

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:27 AM

"We've heard about the possible deals coming from Apple on Black Friday, but what about every where else? Well, you could visit each website and trawl Google for the latest offers, but that's too much effort, right? Wouldn't it be much easier and convenient if, say, there was a handy iPhone app available that collected all the offers available on Black Friday from all the major retailers, and gave you this information in a simple, easy-to-use application?"

I guess if you don't want to search through all the ads from the Thursday paper, or if you don't get the Thursday ad-filled paper, this would come in handy. The ideal thing from my perspective is that it searches online deals and not just brick and mortar specials. The TGI Black Friday app also has a search function so you can find just what you are looking for with a lot of product info to help in your buying decision. This isn't the only app available however, as a search for Black Friday on the iTunes store turned up several, some free and some paid. But this app is free so it won't cut into your Black Friday budget.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Apple's Black Friday Event

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:00 AM

"The day after Thanksgiving, which this year falls on November 27th, is also known as Black Friday, and it marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping craze. Capitalizing on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Apple has announced a "special Apple one-day shopping event" on November 27."

From the Apple website: "Come back to the Apple Online Store this Friday for a special one-day-only shopping event. You'll find lots of great iPod, iPhone and Mac gift ideas - all with free shipping." There are rumors about what will be offered as far as discounts, but the only way to find out for sure is to stop in on the 27th.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas the Apple Store Way

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"This morning, the online Apple store went offline for a short time. When it came back, there were no signs of an Apple tablet, but it seems the Christmas elves had been speaking to Mr. Jobs about gift options. If you've thought about buying gifts from Apple this festive season, you'll be happy to hear of the elegant gift wrapping options, Christmas-styled gift cards and, of course, the personalization options available for several Apple products."

Never too early to start thinking about Christmas I guess. You can even use the online store to send gifts to family and friends that are in another country, as long as they have a country specific online Apple store. To make it easy, Apple set up a help page on this very topic.

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