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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 64GB C20i JumpDrive From Lexar to Expand Your iPhone's Storage

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with well-known storage and memory company Lexar to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a 64GB C20i JumpDrive, which is designed to increase the storage capacity of an iPhone or iPad and enable file transfers between Macs/PCs and iOS devices. The C20i JumpDrive is a tiny, pocket-sized dongle that's just a couple inches in length when folded shut, so it's perfect for travel and easy to carry all the time. There's a Lightning connector at one end to plug into an iPhone or iPad, and a USB 3.0 connector at the other end to plug into a PC or Mac, making it simple to move files between various devices. The two pieces are made from aluminum to match Apple's iOS devices, and there's a high-quality cable in between that feels like it'll hold up well to regular usage. With storage capacities ranging from 16GB ($41.99) to 128GB ($136.99), the C20i JumpDrive can more than double the amount storage available on an iOS device. It's ideal for anyone who likes to have a lot of content like photos, videos, or music on hand, and invaluable for iPhone users with only 16 or 32GB of storage. It features USB 3.0 transfer speeds (95MB/s read and 20MB/s write) when transferring content from a Mac to the drive, and it doubles as standard Lightning cable for charging when plugged into both an iPhone and a Mac. Media content like videos, photos, music can be played or viewed directly from the JumpDrive using the Lexar Mobile Manager app whenever the dongle is plugged into an iOS device. It supports a wide range of files, including MP3,

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Larimer Rolltop Backpack from Case Logic

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Case Logic to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company's new Larimer Rolltop Backpacks. The backpack is available in "Hudson," a mix of blue, mint, yellow, and green, or "Petrol Green," a mix of green, tan, blue, and red. It's described by Case Logic as a utilitarian daypack that's able to hold a ton of stuff thanks to a multitude of pockets and an expandable rolltop feature. Like many Case Logic products, the Larimer Rolltop Backpack is made from a durable 600D polyester with a water-repellent coating, which is designed to stand up to damage. Padded, adjustable straps ensure it's comfortable to wear for long periods of time even when packed with gear. The backpack, which has a matching multi-color diamond-patterned interior lining, can hold a MacBook up to 15 inches in its padded laptop compartment, and there's also a slip pocket for a tablet up to 10.1 inches, which will accommodate the iPad Air 2, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, or a smaller tablet. Accessories can be put inside a zippered front pocket or an internal zippered pocket, and with the rolltop expanded, there's additional space for any essentials. A nylon web is attached at the bottom for securing a hat or shoes. The Larimer Rolltop Backpack can be purchased from Amazon for $49.99, but four MacRumors readers will be able to get one for free through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Limited Edition 'Lost Time' UE Boom 2 Speaker From Ultimate Ears

For today's giveaway, we've teamed up with Ultimate Ears to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a limited edition UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker. Called "Lost Time," the speaker has a colorful, abstract design that was created by Australian artist Reka. Available for $199.99, the same price as all of the UE Boom 2 speakers, the Lost Time version is available in limited quantities. Ultimate Ears is also selling "Rabbit Eye Movement" and "Fresh Cut" limited edition speakers with unique designs. Aside from its look, the Lost Time UE Boom 2 is the same as other UE Boom 2 speakers, offering high-quality sound in a portable package. The UE Boom 2 line is waterproof with an IPX7 rating, meaning it can be taken to the beach, the pool, or used in the shower, and it's also shockproof so it'll survive drops up to five feet. The built-in battery will last for up to 15 hours. We reviewed the UE Boom 2 back in November and found that it puts out a lot of sound for its compact, size, which is equivalent to a water bottle. The UE Boom 2 also benefits from the UE Boom app, allowing multiple speakers to be linked together. We're giving away one Lost Time UE Boom 2 to a lucky MacRumors reader. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iBridge Mobile Storage Device and iAccess MicroSD Reader from Leef

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Leef to give MacRumors readers a chance to win the 32GB Leef iBridge, an iPhone-compatible storage device, the Leef iAccess, a microSD card reader, and a 64GB microSD card to go along with it. Leef's iBridge is designed to expand the available storage on an iPhone or iPad by connecting to the Lightning port on Apple's devices. The iBridge can store photos, videos, music, and other files, freeing up valuable space on an iOS device, and it can also be used for backups. With the included USB 3 connector, it can quickly transfer files between a Mac and an iOS device. With the Leef app, content stored on the iBridge can be accessed on an iPhone or iPad, so music, videos, and photos can be viewed or played directly from the device. A wide range of audio, video, and document files are supported, from .MP4, .MKV, and .AVI to .WAV, .AAC, and .AIFF. There's also a built in tool for taking and storing photos right on the iBridge. Available in a convenient, keychain-sized package, the iBridge, purchasable on the Leef website, comes in 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256GB capacities, with pricing that starts at $59.99. It is compatible with the iPhone 5 and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, and the third-generation iPad and later. Leef also offers a microSD card reader called iAccess, which can be used as additional file storage for iOS devices much like the iBridge or to transfer photos from a camera to an iPhone or iPad. the iAccess is compatible with the same devices as the iBridge and it can be purchased for $49.99. Five MacR

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 'Twist' Smart Lightbulb With Built-In AirPlay Speaker

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Astro to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a Twist smart LED lightbulb and wireless speaker. The Twist replaces a standard bulb in a lamp, and with its smart lighting features, it's able to adjust its color temperature from 2700K to 5000K based on the time of day. In the morning, the 800-lumen Twist bulb gives off a bluish-white light, and in the evening, the color shifts more towards the yellow spectrum, mimicking the pattern of the sun to make it easier to fall asleep and wake up. Along with smart lighting features, Twist includes a built-in AirPlay speaker, ideal for homes with little space. It's able to connect to an iPhone or iPad and stream music from any service, just like other AirPlay speakers. According to the Twist website, it uses a specially-designed driver for premium, lossless audio. Priced at $99 for a single bulb or $199 for three bulbs, Twist connects to a home using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so no hub or extra hardware is needed, and multiple Twist bulbs can interface with one another for whole-home synchronized audio. The Twist bulb can be purchased from the Twist website and will ship out soon. Five MacRumors readers will win a Twist bulb through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRum

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Duet Apple Watch and iPhone Dock From Antsy Labs

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Antsy Labs to give away three of the company's Duet docks for the Apple Watch and iPhone. The Duet features a dock for any Lightning-enabled iPhone along with an arm that can accommodate any Apple Watch, with both able to be charged at the same time through user-supplied official charging cables. The design of the Duet lets it support iPhones from the SE to the 6s Plus, even when in a case. According to Duet's website, most cases on the market today are supported. Priced at $89, the Duet started out as a Kickstarter project that was successfully funded last year. The Duet is machined from solid aluminum and is available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Matte Black to match Apple's devices. It's also available in both left and right orientations, so you can choose your preferred layout. What's neat about the Duet is that while two dock pieces work together, you're also able to use them separately. They're held together via magnets and will snap apart so one can be used on a bedside table while another's located on a desk. Both the weight of the aluminum and a suction material underneath each section keep the docks in place whether they're used together or alone. For more details on the Duet, make sure to check out our review. The Duet can be purchased from the Antsy Labs website for $89, but for the next week, MacRumors readers can get a 15 percent discount using the code MACRUMORS15. Three of our readers will also get a Duet of their choice for free. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Woodline iPhone Case or Roll Top Leather Backpack

For this week's giveaway, Pad & Quill, the maker of premium MacBook, iPhone, and iPad cases and other accessories, is graciously offering its Woodline iPhone cases and Roll Top Leather Backpack as prizes to the lucky winners. The Woodline iPhone cases are made of real hardwood, which is polished and scratch-resistant, with a polymer core. The cases are thin, coming in at just .9 millimeter thick, and allow access to all ports and buttons. Four wood choices are available: American Cherry, Rosewood, Premium American Walnut, and Zebra Wood, with retail prices ranging from $49.95 to $59.95. The Woodline cases are available for the iPhone 6/6S and iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus. The Roll Top Leather Backpack is made of full-grain tumbled American bridle leather with hand-pounded copper rivets. The roll-top closure weatherproofs the backpack and it can accommodate laptops up to 15 inches. The backpack has a 25-year warranty and each bag is hand signed by the artisan who crafted it. Available in chocolate, black, or whiskey colors, the Roll Top Leather Backpack retails for $319. Six winners will be chosen. The first four winners can choose one Woodline Case in the color of their choice for the iPhone 6/6S or iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus. The last two winners can choose one Roll Top Leather Backpack in the color of their choice. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter your email address. Your email address will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and provide prize shipping information. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iPad Keyboard From Brydge

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Brydge to give away five Brydge keyboards for the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 1/2/3. Brydge's line of keyboards are some of the best available, made from high-quality materials with a comfortable, MacBook Pro-style key feel. Brydge keyboards, which will turn your iPad into a mini MacBook, are all designed from aluminum to match the style of Apple's tablets and are available in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. Unlike some other keyboards, Brydge's products connect to an iPad using two silicone-lined tabs, with no back case included. This helps keep weight down while still providing protection for the iPad's screen when closed. Weight for the smaller keyboard is at .66 pounds while the larger keyboard weighs 1.15 pounds. The 180-degree hinge on Brydge's keyboards allow them to be adjusted into multiple viewing angles and both of the models included in the giveaway, the BrydgeAir and the BrydgeMini, have backlit keys for use in low-light conditions. The larger BrydgeAir model for the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 also includes a built-in Bluetooth speaker for improved audio. Brydge's keyboards receive largely positive reviews for their build quality, key feel, and feature set, and when we reviewed the BrydgeAir, we found it to be one of the best iPad keyboards we've used. The BrydgeAir for iPad Air and iPad Air 2 is priced at $149.99 and the BrydgeMini for the iPad mini 1, 2, and 3 is priced at $129.99, but five MacRumors readers will be able to get the Brydge keyboard of their choosing at no cost. To enter to

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a PowerShadow iPhone Battery Case from Spyder

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Spyder to give three MacRumors winners a chance to win a PowerShadow battery case for the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, or 6s Plus. Described as the "world's thinnest" battery case for Apple's latest iPhones, the $99 PowerShadow case measures in at 14.5mm thick and includes a 2,750 mAh battery for the iPhone 6/6s version and a 3,500 mAh battery for the iPhone 6/6s Plus version. In addition to adding extra battery life to an iPhone, the PowerShadow case is made of rubber-coated impact-resistant carbonate to protect the device from drops and it improves water resistance with a unibody design and port plugs. It also has built-in antimicrobial protection and a lip around the edge protects the iPhone's screen when placed face down. The PowerShadow case charges through micro-USB, but with an optional PowerShadow Dock ($49.99) the iPhone and the case can be charged at the same time without the need to remove the case from the phone. Spyder offers the PowerShadow case for the iPhone 6/6s in Black, Titanium, Champagne, and White, while the iPhone 6/6s Plus version is available in Black and Titanium. Both cases are priced at $99, but three MacRumors readers will win a Spyder PowerShadow case at no cost. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a MOS Pack Backpack With Built-In Power Strip

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with MOS to give away three of its MOS Pack backpacks. The MOS Pack, which got its start on Kickstarter, features a built-in MOS Reach power strip and cable management system that allows devices stored inside to be charged using a single cord and without removing any items from the backpack. The MOS Pack can accommodate a MacBook (up to 15 inches), an iPhone, and an iPad all at once, with each one plugging into the power strip, which is equipped with a standard port for charging a MacBook and two USB charging ports. Inside the MOS Pack, cords are threaded through cable management sleeves to keep them hidden from sight, while the power strip is tucked away in a special compartment and held in place with magnets. The MOS Pack has a padded laptop sleeve, tablet sleeve, iPhone pocket, waterproof water bottle pocket, passport pocket, a padded case for glasses, and slots for pens, pencils, and other accessories. Available in Onyx and Slate, the MOS Pack is made from rugged nylon, with nylon infused rubber at the bottom. It has a rigid (but soft) back and foam-padded straps for comfort. While it looks slim, the MOS Pack has a 20-liter storage capacity. The MOS Pack is available for $149.95, but MOS is offering MacRumors readers a 20 percent discount. Three MacRumors readers will also have a chance to win a MOS Pack through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Video/Audio/Photo Keyboard Editing Cover From EditorsKeys

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with EditorsKeys, a company that makes a range of keyboard covers that are designed to display all of the shortcuts to professional-level photo, video, design, and audio editing software. We're giving away 25 keyboard editing skins. Each soft, ultra-thin silicone cover fits over the keyboard of an iMac, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air and overlays each key with its related shortcut for quicker, simpler editing. Covers are available for a range of software, including Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Photoshop, and Logic Pro X, and they are priced affordably at $30. The skins are perfect for people who often use complex editing software but need help remembering all of the different shortcuts available. While the feel of the keys will be softer due to the silicone covering, the skins are thin enough that they won't affect typing speed or accuracy. As an added bonus, they'll protect your keyboard from dirt, dust, and spills. Skins work with the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, the 13-inch MacBook Air, and older MacBook models including the 13 and 15-inch standard MacBooks and the 13-inch MacBook. They also work with the iMac Wireless Keyboard, but are not compatible with the new Magic Keyboard. MacRumors readers can enter to win a silicone keyboard cover of their choice for one of the following Mac apps: Ableton Live Adobe Premiere Avid Media Composer Presonus Studio One Logic Pro X Final Cut Pro X Adobe Photoshop Adobe After Effects Adobe Indesign Adobe Lightroom Djay MacRumors readers who do not use

'Steve Jobs' Available on Blu-ray and DVD Tomorrow (Win a Copy)

Universal Pictures' Steve Jobs moving starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Wozniak will be in retail stores starting tomorrow, February 16, with Blu-ray and DVD copies available for purchase. Special features include a behind the scenes look at the filming of the movie along with commentary from Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle, and other members of the Steve Jobs cast and crew. - Inside Jobs: The Making of Steve Jobs - Feature Commentary with Director Danny Boyle - Feature Commentary with Writer Aaron Sorkin and Editor Elliot Graham The DVD and Blu-ray release comes two weeks ahead of the 88th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, February 28. Michael Fassbender, who played Jobs, and Kate Winslet, who played Joanna Hoffman, have both been nominated to win an Oscar. Winslet won Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes in January and took home the award for Best Supporting Actress from The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award ceremony yesterday. A Digital HD version of Steve Jobs was released earlier this month on several online storefronts, including iTunes. It was given little fanfare by Apple and was not featured under the list of new releases, an unsurprising move given the negative reaction the movie received from Apple executives. Apple CEO Tim Cook called the movie and other similar Jobs-related titles "opportunistic." Despite positive reviews, Steve Jobs saw a disappointing box office performance following its October debut, bringing in just $7.3 million during the opening weekend of its

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Tech Travel Vest From AyeGear

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with AyeGear to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a V26 Travel Vest, which is a tech vest that's able to hold an iPhone, an iPad, a Retina MacBook, and a huge number of accessories in its dedicated pockets. There are 26 total pockets in the Travel Vest, with seven on the outside and 19 on the inside. The two largest inner pockets can hold dual iPads or an iPad and a 12-inch MacBook, and there are also two smartphone pockets with transparent touch pockets for housing an iPhone. With the transparent fabric, the touchscreen of the iPhone is usable while it's tucked away and earbuds can be routed through the top of the vest for listening to music. Internal wire management keeps cords from getting tangled, and there are pockets that will hold a range of accessories like credit cards, cash, glasses, a passport, a camera, a water bottle, and more. The vest itself is waterproof, breathable, and windproof, so it can be used in all weather conditions. According to AyeGear, the Travel Vest is ideal for outdoor activities like walking, hiking, and backpacking, but it's also useful for airline travel or professions where multiple accessories and devices need to be on hand at all time, such as photography. The AyeGear V26 Travel Vest can be purchased from the AyeGear website for GBP99.99​​ or $145, but one MacRumors reader can win one through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Lifetime Plex Pass

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Plex to offer one MacRumors reader a chance to win a lifetime Plex Pass that provides access to all of Plex's premium features. Plex is a media server and personal content library for TV shows, music, movies, and photos. It's designed to organize personal media collections, allowing videos and music to be streamed to TVs, iOS devices, Macs, and more, both locally and remotely. With Plex, you can download the media server to your Mac, store your content in a folder, and then stream it directly to an iOS device or the new Apple TV via the Plex app. Plex is especially useful for those of you with a fourth-generation Apple TV, which is the first Apple TV to officially support the Plex service. Check out our walkthrough of how it works below: Plex is free to use, but unlocking all of its features requires the Plex Pass, priced at $4.99 per month, $39.99 per year, or $149.99 for a lifetime. A Plex Pass includes access to Gracenote Music Magic and Vevo Music Videos, both of which enhance your music collection through playlist creation and added music videos. It also enables Mobile Sync features, Plex Home for managed accounts, and Cloud Syncing options to sync content from the Plex Media Server to a cloud storage provider. Other Plex Pass features include Camera Upload, access to Trailers, and early access to new Plex apps. One MacRumors reader will win a lifetime Plex Pass through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Copy of WALTR for Mac

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Softorino to offer 15 MacRumors readers a chance to win a copy of WALTR for Mac. WALTR is designed to make it easy to upload any music or video file to an iOS device. With WALTR, you can drag and drop a wide variety of media files onto your iPhone or iPad, and they'll be automatically added to the appropriate native Music or Video app on the device. Supported file types include MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, LV, M2TS, TS, DV, MPG, MPEG, MPE, WEBM, MB4, AIFF, WAV, OGG, WV, TTA, and DFF. Transferring a file is as simple as plugging an iPhone or iPad into your Mac or PC, turning off iTunes, and dragging any media file onto the Mac app. From there, the file is converted and uploaded to your device within minutes. WALTR is normally priced at $29.99. 15 MacRumors readers will get WALTR for free through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter. a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest will run from today (January 29) at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on February 5. The winners will be chosen randomly on February

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Tech Roll From Intrepid Bag Co

For this week's giveaway, we've once again teamed up with Intrepid Bag Co, a store that sells hand-crafted high-quality leather bags and accessories. We've given away Intrepid Bag Co messenger bags in the past, but this week we have something a bit different -- the Intrepid Leather Tech Roll. The Tech Roll is designed to wrangle and store all of your cords and small Apple-related accessories like hard drives, battery packs, power adapters, and more. It lays flat to let you add all of your items, and then rolls up for easy travel. Cords stored in the Tech Roll don't need to be removed to charge devices -- each pocket has a pull-through plug opening for charging in place. Like all Intrepid Bag Co products, the Tech Roll is made from a quality mahogany leather with canvas interior pockets. There are three cord pockets with 6 leather loops for holding cords in place, a bigger flap pocket for holding something like a battery pack, and a zippered pouch for other small accessories. Two wrap around straps keep the Tech Roll closed when not in use. Intrepid Bag Co sells the Tech Roll on its website for $129, but one lucky MacRumors reader will get one through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Automatic Adapter or Get a 20% Discount

Automatic has partnered with us for our next giveaway, graciously offering one Automatic Adapter that provides information about your car's status and performance and your driving habits via a companion app. The Automatic adapter was first announced in early 2013 with recent updates last year bringing a second-generation adapter with additional functionality and the release of an SDK and App Gallery to allow other apps to use data gathered by the adapter. The Automatic Adapter retails for $99.95 The Automatic Adapter connects to a car via its ODB-II diagnostic port, which is found on most newer cars sold in the US since 1996 (Automatic offers a car compatibility checker on its site). The Adapter gathers information on mileage, gas consumption, and driving performance by analyzing braking and acceleration. It can also check engine warning codes and provide information on what's wrong. If a collision is detected through the Adapter's accelerometer, a Crash Alert is triggered and emergency services can be contacted automatically via the paired smartphone (this feature is available in the US only). In addition to its own free companion iPhone app [Direct Link] (an Android app is also available), the Automatic Adapter can share its information with other apps in its App Gallery, which includes apps that track mileage for business expense purposes to smart home and fitness applications. For example, a Nest smart thermostat can be triggered to adjust the temperature at home based on your car's location so it automatically warms or cools as you leave or arrive. To enter

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Flir FX Home Security Camera

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Flir to give away a Flir FX Wi-Fi Home Monitoring Camera and a weatherproof housing accessory that lets the Flir FX be used outdoors. Positioned as a competitor to products like the Nest Cam and the Logi Circle, the Flir FX is a compact home surveillance camera that's useful for keeping an eye on what's going on at home when you're not there. The Flir FX consists of a palm-sized wide-angle camera with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p, auto motion detection, Wi-Fi connectivity, and night vision. Flir FX comes with a mount (and an optional outdoor housing) that lets it be positioned anywhere in the home -- I've got one on a desk that monitors my kitchen, front door, hallway, and a portion of my living room. It can run on battery four hours on the stand, so it can also move from room to room or work as a GoPro-style camera in a pinch, which is handy. Another neat feature: it can let you know the humidity and the temperature of the room it's in and alert you if there are significant changes. While great for making sure a home is safe from intruders, the Flir FX is also useful for keeping an eye on pets and kids with its two-way microphone and automatic recording based on motion. Image quality is crisp overall, but low-light capture can be a bit dark at times. At night, the night vision feature records movement up to 30 feet away and gives a clear picture of activity. Flir FX ships with an 8GB microSD card (upgradeable), so video can be captured and viewed locally, which is a major plus. There's also a Flir Cloud feature

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Canvas Smart Desk for iPad Pro From iSkelter

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with iSkelter to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of four Canvas Smart Desks we're giving away for Apple's newest tablet, the iPad Pro. For those of you unfamiliar with iSkelter, it's a company that hand makes wood desks, lap desks, stands, and other accessories for Apple products. We've featured their products in the past, including the SlatePro Tech Desk, which is custom designed with built-in docks and cutouts to accommodate Apple devices. iSkelter's newest product is a set of lap desks for the iPad Pro, the Canvas Creator and the Canvas Pro. Both the Canvas Creator and the Canvas Pro have a felt-lined cutout that's sized to the iPad Pro, but it will accommodate smaller devices. I have one of these on-hand and it's usable with the iPad Pro and earlier iPads, but not the Retina MacBook Pro. Placed flat, the iPad Pro fits neatly into the Canvas Smart Desks, laying flat for sketching with the Apple Pencil, reading, or playing games. Its sizing also accommodates the Apple Smart Keyboard, providing a stable, comfortable surface for typing when sitting on the couch or for watching videos with the iPad Pro propped up using the keyboard's cover. For video watching, there's also a cutout at the back of the Canvas where the iPad Pro can be positioned upright. This cutout also accommodates other devices like an iPhone 6s or an iPad Air 2, so it's a handy way to be able to do work on the iPad Pro while watching videos or browsing the web on a secondary iPad or iPhone, which is my preferred use case. I've been using

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a PowerLine Lightning Cable and PowerCore+ External Battery from Anker [Updated]

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Anker. For those of you unfamiliar with Anker, the company has a lot of fans on the MacRumors forums and across the Internet (check out their Facebook page) thanks to its wide range of inexpensive, quality products. For our giveaway, Anker is providing 20 MacRumors readers with its new super durable 3-ft PowerLine Lightning cables paired with a 3,350 mAh PowerCore+ mini external battery. Anker's PowerLine Lightning cables are designed to be ultra durable, built with bulletproof Kevlar fiber with reinforced stress points to hold up to daily abuse. Unlike Apple's cables, Anker's aren't going to tear, fray, or otherwise break. Anker says these have a 5000+ bend lifespan, making them more durable than other cables on the market. The PowerLine cable uses dual-layer sheathing with an inner layer of braided copper that's thicker than what's used in OEM cables to reduce cable resistance. According to Anker, its cable offers the fastest possible charge and sync speeds with any USB charger. The Anker PowerLine cable comes in 3-foot lengths for $9.99 and 6-foot lengths for $14.99, with both available in multiple colors. Anker's also giving away its classic tube-shaped PowerCore+ mini, a portable 3,350 mAh battery with enough power to charge up the iPhone 6s to full and add quite a bit of extra juice to the iPhone 6s Plus. Anker's PowerCore+ mini is available for $9.99. Along with these two products, Anker sells a whole slew of useful accessories for charging Macs and iOS devices that are worth checking out on Amazon. 20