PayPal on eBay Discounts $100 App Store and iTunes Gift Cards to $85

PayPal on eBay today is offering $100 App Store and iTunes gift cards for $85, marking the latest 15 percent discount on the cards and a good chance for those who have been waiting on a deal to get free iTunes credit. While the sale lasts, anyone with a PayPal account can take advantage of the deal, and you'll receive the code for the iTunes credit via email within a few hours after the purchase.

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The gift card will be valid only on purchases made in the United States App and iTunes Stores. Like all iTunes gift card sales, this is a great opportunity to stock up on iTunes credit at a reduced price, which you can put towards third-party app subscriptions like Netflix and Hulu, iTunes movie rentals, iBooks purchases, and your Apple Music subscription. As the holidays approach, this is also a good time to stock up on gifts for friends, or store the credit in your own iTunes account for Apple's yearly movie discounts.

PayPal's iTunes gift card sales can last anywhere from a few hours to a day or two, so be sure to head over to the Digital Gifts eBay store and pick up your iTunes gift card while the discount lasts.

Since we're just four days out from Black Friday, it's also worth noting that more Black Friday sales have appeared at a few retailers, including an Early Access sale for My Best Buy members at Best Buy. This event has notable discounts on Beats headphones, Apple's iMac, Philips Hue lights, and more.


Best Buy also has the Apple Watch Series 3 for $50 off, but remember that Macy's and Target will have these models for as much as $80 off on Black Friday, so you should hold off for one of those sales if you're interested. Check out our full Black Friday Roundup for information on these discounts and more.

Related Roundup: Apple Deals

Adobe Updates Lightroom for iOS With Support for New iPad Pro, Apple Pencil 2, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR

Adobe today updated its Lightroom app for iOS devices with support for Apple's latest iPhones and iPads.

Lightroom CC for iOS will now display properly on Apple's fall devices, including the 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max.

Today's update also introduces support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, allowing you to double tap on the Pencil to switch between paint and erase modes with selective tools.

Adobe's Lightroom for iOS is designed to work in conjunction with the Lightroom CC app for Mac, but it can be used on a standalone basis, too. Lightroom is free, but a Premium subscription is required to unlock cloud storage and all of the app's features.

Adobe Lightroom CC can be downloaded from the iOS App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Tap Launches New 'TapAcademy' for Learning to Use Its Wearable Keyboard

Tap, the company behind the futuristic Tap wearable keyboard, today announced the launch of a new TapAcademy app for iOS that's designed to make it easier to learn to use the keyboard.

Tap is a keyboard that you wear on your thumb and fingers, using a series of finger taps to type different letters, numbers, and symbols.


Sensors built into the finger rings detect the movement of your fingers, translating your gestures into words for a novel, type anywhere experience. Of course, because it uses gestures, the Tap requires customers to learn a whole new way of typing.

In our Tap review earlier this year, we found it easy to learn to use the Tap through the existing Tap system, but this new method makes it even simpler to learn and then master.


TapAcademy is a 30-day course that you use for 10 minutes a day to learn all of the letters, numbers, and symbols that you need to use the Tap effectively as a keyboard replacement for iOS devices, Macs, and more.

Tap says that its TapAcademy app will turn Tap users into expert tappers, with most people achieving speeds of 30 to 40 words per minute.


TapAcademy is available from the iOS App Store starting today, and the Tap Keyboard can be purchased from the Tap website or from Amazon for $179.

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Verizon Launches New 'My Numbers' Feature for Adding Up to 5 Numbers to a Single Smartphone

Verizon today announced the launch of a new "My Numbers" feature designed to let you add up to four additional numbers to a smartphone with unlimited calling and texting, for a total of five phone numbers connected to one device.

To add additional numbers to a Verizon account, customers will need to download the My Numbers app from the iOS App Store.


From there, Verizon users can choose the number to add from the available list, and it's ready to use alongside a device's primary phone number. This will allow customers to have one phone number for business and a separate phone number for personal use on one device.

With each number, there are separate voicemail and text messaging boxes in the My Numbers app to keep content from different numbers from getting mixed up.

According to Verizon, each number added to your smartphone will cost $15 per line per month.

Verizon's "My Phone" feature is similar to what Apple is doing with dual-SIM functionality in its latest iPhones, but it's not cross-carrier.

In the U.S., carriers (including Verizon) are not yet supporting the eSIM, which means the dual-SIM feature that allows for two phone numbers to be used at once is not yet available.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pro Photography Lens Set For Your iPhone From SANDMARC

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with SANDMARC, a company that makes camera lenses for the iPhone, to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a kit that includes a set of Pro Photography lenses, a set of Cinema lenses, and a $100 SANDMARC gift card.


SANDMARC makes high-quality camera lenses that are designed to fit the iPhone 7 and later, with individual kits available for each iPhone. The Pro Edition lens set, priced at $289.99, includes a 60mm telephoto lens with 2x magnification, a 16mm wide-angle lens, a 10mm fisheye lens, and a 25mm macro lens with 10x magnification.


The telephoto lens is ideal for portraits, animal shots, and other scenes where you want to get just a bit closer, while the wide-angle is perfect for landscapes. The fisheye is a lens that's used for super wide-angle images, and the macro lens lets you get up close to whatever you're photographing.


SANDMARC's Pro Edition lens set also comes with an iPhone case that's designed to hold the lenses in place, but there are also four clips included if you want to use the lenses without the case. If you don't need all of the lenses, SANDMARC also sells them individually.


Along with its Pro lenses, SANDMARC also has a $100 Cinema Edition lens, which will be included in the giveaway. The Cinema is a polarizer that is compatible with both lenses on the iPhone, offering up Scape ND4, ND8, ND16 filters.


These neutral density filters offer up better aerial shots, introduce a motion blur for more natural looking videos, and compensate for variations in lighting. The polarizer filter is designed to be used when photographing water and can also bring out better colors in your pictures.


There are lens sets that are much cheaper, but SANDMARC is producing higher-quality components designed to compete with companies like Moment. SANDMARC lenses produce crisp, sharp photos that are free of the distortion and artifacts often seen with lower-quality options.

We have one SANDMARC bundle available, with Pro lens set, Cinema lens set, and $100 gift card. 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, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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The contest will run from today (November 16) at 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time on November 23. The winner will be chosen randomly on November 23 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.

Weather Atlas Gains Major Update With Name Change, Event Forecasts, Fresh Icons and More

Popular weather app Weather Atlas, made by Contrast and Agile Tortoise, today received a major 2.0 update that adds new functionality and a new look to the app.

With the 2.0 update, Weather Atlas is now known as "Weather Up," a revamped name for a revamped app. Much of the app has been rewritten with usability improvements and fixes for lingering bugs.


Weather Up's main new feature is Event Forecasts, designed to provide weather information about upcoming events that you're attending. Once you provide Weather Up with calendar access, it will let you know the weather conditions for your events, so you're never taken by surprise when doing something outdoors.

Along with the new Event Forecasts look and the new name, Weather Up features a new set of weather icons and a redesigned mapping feature. The Weather Up map features standard radar and cloud layers, along with options for temperature, humidity, and precipitation accumulation.

There are also warning layers for the map to let you know about incoming thunderstorms, tornados, hurricanes, and tropical storms.

Weather Up can be downloaded from the App Store for free. A Weather Up Pro subscription costs $9.99 per year or $1.99 per month. [Direct Link]

Review: Anki's Vector Robot Isn't the Smartest AI, but He's Definitely the Most Adorable

Anki has been making toys that use artificial intelligence for years now, starting with the Anki Overdrive set of racing cars and the interactive Cozmo toy robot, but this year the company launched its most ambitious product: Vector.

Unlike Cozmo, Vector is no toy, and is instead positioned as a home robotic device. Vector adopts capabilities from Cozmo, but his functionality goes above and beyond the tricks and games Cozmo is known for.


I've had Vector as my constant companion for a week now, and while he is far from the smartest AI I've interacted with, he's definitely the most lovable. It's fitting to think of Vector as a derpy, simpleminded pet that gets things wrong, but in an endearing way.

Vector is kind of like a personal assistant like Siri or Alexa, but with a more limited range, a physical body, and a more expressive personality. With a "Hey Vector" trigger word, Vector can answer questions, obey commands, play games, and more, serving as a friend and helper in day to day life.


Design and Components


Vector is a palm-sized robot that uses the same general design as Cozmo, Anki's previous robot toy. Vector is made from a black plastic material and he has a body that's filled with various sensors and electronics to detect and respond to the environment around him.

Vector has four wheels covered in tank-style treads that allow him to traverse smooth floors and rugs alike, a movable front arm that lets him interact with his cube and adds to his various expressions.


Most of Vector's personality is expressed through his small front display, which is always on and is where his eyes are located. The display lets Vector demonstrate different emotions, and the animated eyes are always shifting and in motion, blinking, narrowing when he's thinking, worried when he detects the edge of a table, wide open when he's looking at you, and slitted when he's asleep.

The display also changes when Vector is answering a question and it is used for things like offering up weather conditions or displaying the time when these questions are asked of Vector. Vector's head component moves independently of his body, allowing him to adjust what he's looking at, giving the sense that he sees things.

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Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 12.1.1 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 12.1.1 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing the second tvOS 12.1.1 beta and two weeks after releasing tvOS 12.1.

The new tvOS 12.1.1 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode. Subsequent betas can be downloaded over-the-air.


We're not yet sure what fixes and changes the tvOS 12.1.1 update might bring, but it's likely to focus on bugs that were not able to be addressed in the tvOS 12.1 update.

Apple provides little information on its tvOS software and tvOS updates have historically been minor in scale, so we may not know what's included in this update. Nothing new was discovered in the first two betas, but we'll update this post if any new features are found in the third beta.

Update: Apple has made a new public beta of tvOS 12.1.1 available to its public beta testers.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Caution)

Apple Seeds Second Beta of watchOS 5.1.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.1.2 update to developers, one week after seeding the first beta and a little over a week after releasing watchOS 5.1.1, an updated version of watchOS 5.1 that addressed a bug causing some Apple Watch Series 4 models to be bricked after installing the software.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software update.


To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

As was discovered in the first beta, the watchOS 5.1.2 update introduces new complications for the two Infograph watch faces on the Apple Watch Series 4. New complications include Mail, Messages, Home, Maps, Apple News, Find My Friends, Phone, and Remote.


watchOS 5.1.2 also introduces a new toggle in Control Center for turning the Walkie-Talkie feature on and off.

The previous watchOS 5.1 and watchOS 5.1 updates introduced support for Group FaceTime in an audio-only capacity, brought new emoji characters, and included a new full-screen "Color" watch face option for the Apple Watch Series 4 models.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)

Twelve South Launches Updated BookBook, Journal, and SurfacePad for 2018 iPhones

Twelve South today announced updated versions of its BookBook, Journal, and SurfacePad case accessories, which were built to fit the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.


BookBook combines an iPhone shell case with a wallet case that can hold five cards, and includes a pocket for cash. The case also folds into a display stand for hands-free usage, and if you ever want to remove the iPhone from the wallet, the separate shell case keeps protecting the smartphone.

BookBook comes in black and cognac, and costs $59.99 for the iPhone XS version, and $69.99 for the iPhone XS Max and XR versions.


Journal has many of the same features as BookBook, but with a straightforward leather design. This case is available in black and cognac as well, priced at $69.99 for the iPhone XS version, and $79.99 for the iPhone XS Max and XR versions.

Lastly, SurfacePad provides more minimal coverage for the iPhone. It protects the front and back of the smartphone, but doesn't included a separate shell case that can be detached. SurfacePad has two card slots, a viewing stand, and provides wake/sleep functionality on the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max.


SurfacePad is available in black, cognac, and a deep teal. All versions of the case for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR run for $59.99, but as of writing the XR SurfacePad is temporarily out of stock, with more expected for next week.

Twelve South has released a few new products recently, including an updated CaddySack, new Journal cases for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, and a new Qi wireless charger called the PowerPic.

Deals: Best Buy's 'Beat the Rush' Sale Kicks Off Black Friday Savings on iPhone, Philips Hue, and 4K TVs

Best Buy today opened up another pre-Black Friday sale, calling this one its "Beat the Rush" sale and offering customers savings on iPhone XS and XS Max, 4K TVs, Beats headphones, Philips Hue lights, certified refurbished AirPods, and more. This sale will last through Saturday, November 17 at 11:59 p.m. CT, so if you see anything you're interested in be sure to make your purchase before the discounts expire.

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Some of the deals in the Beat the Rush sale -- like the iPhone offers -- are matching Best Buy's upcoming savings for Black Friday, offering shoppers the chance to get access to the doorbusters at an early date. Check out some of the discounts in the list below, and head to Best Buy to see the full sale.

Black Friday prices and doorbusters

Other Sales
In another sale, Amazon is also discounting Philips Hue today, but this one is aimed at certified refurbished products. You can save 30 percent or more in the sale, including the Philips Hue Lightstrip for $45.47, Philips Hue White A19 Bulb 2-Pack for $18.90, and the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit for $115.47. Amazon also offers an unlocked and refurbished iPhone X for as low as $725.00 today only.

For more on the latest sales, visit our full Deals Roundup. We also have ongoing coverage of upcoming Black Friday sales in our Black Friday Roundup, so be sure to read that over before next week's big event.

Related Roundup: Apple Deals

Apple Pay Promo Offers $45 Ray-Ban Credit When You Spend $180 or More

Apple's latest Apple Pay promotion is offering $45 off your next purchase from Ray-Ban, as long as you spend $180 or more on your current order. The offer is available on Ray-Ban.com through November 20, and customers who participate will receive the $45 as a gift voucher via email within two weeks of their order, which can be put towards their next order of $100 or more.


To receive your credit, browse the company's website, add items worth $180 or more to your cart, and check out using Apple Pay. The offer is limited to one per customer, and the credit must be redeemed before December 31, 2018. Additionally, it can only be used on full-priced items and not sale items.

Apple's promo email also encourages shoppers to look their best by shopping for the latest fashions and more at Bonobos, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Zara. All three iOS apps support payments through Apple Pay. The company also reminds users that they can split gift payments for the holidays by using Apple Pay Cash in Messages.

The Ray-Ban promo follows a few weeks after Apple Pay offered similar savings from Oakley, where customers received a $25 Oakley coupon after they spent $100 at Oakley.com. Throughout the past year, previous Apple Pay promos have targeted retail partners like Under Armour, Postmates, Nike, and StubHub, and shoppers can expect more holiday-themed promotions to be coming in the next few weeks.