The PlayStation 4 is already one of the most sought after items this year, and analysts are predicting that it may be sold out until 2014. However, some online shoppers are using a new iOS app to help them locate and buy the next-generation console before Christmas. The free whohas.it app allows users to track out of stock products so they can be alerted when they are back in stock. The service is easy to use, and it has already helped hundreds of shoppers purchase both the PS4 and Xbox One, plus other hard to find products, this year.
iPad and iPhone users can download the app for free from the Apple App Store, and Android users or people without smartphones can use the online service. You can get started by taking a few seconds to register for a free account, then navigate to the product page you want to follow, and just tap or click the "follow" button to start tracking that item. You can then choose to have whohas.it send you a mobile alert, email or desktop alarm when that product becomes available for pre-order or is back in stock.
So far it looks like Target will have the best iPad deal on Black Friday, unless you're looking for an older model. Shoppers who buy an iPad mini after Thanksgiving will receive a $100 gift card from Walmart, and Best Buy will be offering $100 off the 16GB iPad 2. Meanwhile, Target is offering the 16GB iPad Air Wi-Fi model for only $479, and they're tossing in an additional $100 gift card to sweeten the deal. If you count the free gift card, you can nab the latest iPad for $379, compared to paying $299 for an iPad 2.
Other Walmart Black Friday deals include $75 gift cards with the purchase of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Walmart also has the best deal on the iPhone 5c which will be $45 until December 1st, and the iPhone 5s is $189 with a two-year contract.
Best Buy will also be offering discounts on 32GB iPod touches, 16GB iPod nanos, all MacBook Air models, and select Pro models.
Apple has officially announced that the second-generation iPad mini is now available to order through the Apple Online Store. This means the new iPad mini is still not available at Apple retail locations. Instead customers must order their tablet through www.apple.com and have it shipped to their home. Shipping times are currently listed at "1-3 business days."
Customers can also opt to have their iPad mini delivered to an Apple retail store, or to the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless location of their choice.
Target has released an early preview of its Black Friday circular and it includes a few Apple products. The most notable deal is probably the 16GB iPad Air Wifi-only model for $479. That's $20 less than the normal SRP, but Target is also throwing in a free $100 gift card, essentially making the iPad Air only $379. So far this is the best deal we have seen for Apple's new tablet.
Other deals include free gift cards with the purchase of an and iPad mini, iPod touch and iPhone 5s. You can preview the entire Target Black Friday ad here. The sale begins on November 28 and ends on November 30.
In case you missed it, Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Ep 2 was released for iOS devices a few days ago. The second episode was written by Stargate novelist Sally Malcolm, and all the characters in the game are voiced by their original actors like Richard Dean Anderson.
The game puts you in control of Jack O’Neill, Samantha Carter, Teal’c and Dr. Daniel Jackson as they navigate the SG-1 universe and battle Jaffa warriors. Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Ep 2 is a 3-D shooter and not just an RPG like other popular TV show titles in the App Store. The game allows players to fight various adversaries and explore 3D environments while following along with the story. Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Ep 2 also features a soundtrack based on the original score, and classic Stargate weapons such as the Zat'nik'tel.
Accessory maker Griffin Technology is offering 20% off its iPad Air and iPad mini cases over the weekend. The sale has already started and ends on 11/10/13. You can take advantage of this deal by visiting GriffinTechnology.com and entering the promo code NEWIPAD20 at check-out.
Griffin offers a variety of iPad Air cases starting at $29.99, and keyboard / cases starting at $79.99. The Slim Keyboard Folio features an envelope-style flap that holds your iPad Air and Bluetooth keyboard, which connects wirelessly to your iPad. The keyboard includes its own micro-USB charging cable, and sports the familiar Mac OS key layout.
An exploding iPad forced customers and employees to be evacuated from a Vodafone retail store in Canberra, Australia earlier this week, according to news.com.au.
A Vodafone spokesperson confirmed that the city’s firebrigade arrived after the "store filled with smoke and sparks continued to appear from the charging port" of an unidentified iPad demo model. No one was injured during the incident.
News.com.au says an Apple representative did visit the store to investigate the cause, but has not responded to requests for comments.
While Apple products are not well known for spontaneously exploding, a Chinese woman did die from an electric shock while using her iPhone 5 back in July. However, Apple went on to blame “unauthorized third-party adapters” for the cause of the incident.
If you prefer a little more action in your environment building games then look no further than Blocky Roads. The Micecraft-inspired game tasks you with rebuilding your destroyed farm by traveling across various tracks in a block car. The game allows you to design and build your own car so you can locate pieces of your farm that were swept away by a hurricane.
You can unlock the ability to create custom made block cars after completing the first three tracks. The Car Editor allows you to build anything you can imagine from motorcycles to tanks.
Blocky Roads is not only a building game, but it is also a side-scrolling racing game. You can use your own car or one of the nine available stock cars to compete against computer-generated opponents on one of the twelve tracks. You can pick up various items along the way to help rebuild your farm after the race is over.
Checking Apple stores to see if the particular iPad model you're coveting is in stock can be time consuming. Luckily there's an online tool known as Apple Tracker to make things easy. The site has added iPad Air and iPad mini Retina display features to its repertoire.
UPDATE: Apple Tracker has pulled the plug on its service after receiving a DMCA takedown notice.
Apple Tracker is set up to determine which Apple retail stores in your area have the iPad in stock. Simply choose the device to track and enter your zip code for results. Each storage capacity, carrier and color can be chosen before the site determines where to find the iPad of your dreams.
The ritual of dissecting each new Apple product as it becomes available has continued with the iPad Air. iFixit did their official teardown of the latest Apple tablet, and found it difficult to repair (2/10). Besides this fact, the iPad Air actually features a smaller battery than its predecessor, thanks to the power-sipping A7 processor and improvements in iOS 7.
Despite the smaller battery, the iPad Air will deliver just as much operating time thanks to the new design. Speaking of the A7 chip, the iPad Air version is different from the iPhone 5s silicon. Although it's not clear exactly how they are different, the iPad Air A7 has been customized and carries a different moniker (APL5698, as opposed to APL0698 found in the iPhone 5s).