Apple Deals Out Beats Headphones, Flickr Pro Returns… [Tech News Digest]
Apple Beats school, the return of Flickr Pro, Dmail deletes emails, Discographer completes your collection, Bethesda drops a Fallout bombshell, and the real Shot on iPhone 6 ads.
Apple Goes Back to School
Apple has launched its annual Back to School promotion for 2015. This time around, any students, parents of students, or educators who buy an eligible Mac will receive a pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones for free, or an “upgrade to a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones” for $100.
As reported by MacRumors, to qualify, the purchaser has to buy am iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro. The offer is already available at Apple Retail Stores and Authorized Campus Stores, with the offer extending to the Online Store on August 6th. The offer ends on September 18th, 2015.
With the Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones retailing for $199.95, this represents a saving of almost $200. However, Macs aren’t cheap, so you still need to justify the extra upfront cost . Also, bear in mind that Beats headphones cost less than $20 to make , so Apple isn’t being all that generous here.
Flickr Brings Back Pro
Flickr send me a Thank you mail cause i am still a Pro user. Just reminded me to cancel my pro account…
— Cedric Kiefer (@CedricKiefer) July 24, 2015
Flickr Pro is back, with the Yahoo-owned image-hosting service bringing it back after numerous calls for its return. New users can sign up for a Pro account for $5.99 a month or $49.99 a year, while old Pro users will be automatically upgraded from the current ad-free option.
Prior to May 2013, Flickr offered two different account types: Free, with various limits on storage and interaction, and Pro, with unlimited storage and extra features. Then, Flickr dumped the Pro moniker, giving everybody 1TB of storage, but charging users to remove the ads. Now, Pro is back, albeit in a slightly different form.
The new Flickr Pro offers “new and improved stats,” “an ad-free experience,” a “Pro badge highlighted on your account,” and discounts on both Flickr merchandise and the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography service. Which all sounds lovely, but may not be enough to justify the annual fee.
Dmail Lets You Delete Old Emails
— David Thair (@shrinkwrapped) July 20, 2015
Dmail, or Delicious Mail, is a new Chrome extension which lets you destroy sent emails with impunity. Unlike Gmail’s own “Undo Send” feature , which is limited to a 30-second window, Dmail lets you set an email to self-destruct at any point, even after it has been read by the recipient.
This works whether or not the recipient also has Dmail installed. If they do, messages back and forth can be read right from within Gmail. If not, they have to click through to read the message. Either way, access can be revoked at any time, putting the sender in complete control.
Currently only available on Chrome, Delicious hopes to release versions for other platforms soon. Dmail is currently free, but will be going freemium, with extra features for paying customers, in the future. TechCrunch has more details on Dmail.
Discographer Fills In the iTunes Blanks
— Sam Rayner (@samrayner) July 16, 2015
Discographer is a new tool which allows you to identify gaps in your music collection. The free tool, as created by developer Sam Rayner, scans your iTunes Library and tells you which albums you’re missing from particular artists.
All you need to do is upload your iTunes Library XML file and Discographer does the rest. As it’s based on the Spotify API, Discographer isn’t perfect, but it’s certainly a better option than manually scouring your music collection. Unless you actually enjoy doing that sort of thing.
The Fallout Anthology Goes Nuclear
— Fallout (@Fallout) July 23, 2015
Bethesda has announced Fallout Anthology, which includes the PC versions of all of the previous Fallout titles. For $50, you get Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3, and Fallout New Vegas, all stored within a miniature nuclear bombshell. Hell, there’s even an empty space set aside for the forthcoming Fallout 4.
Honest Shot on iPhone 6 Commercials
And finally, Apple’s recent Shot on iPhone 6 ad campaign saw the power of the iPhone 6 camera demonstrated with clips uploaded by actual users. This was an undeniably great idea for which Apple deserves credit. However, some of the clips seemed to be a little too good to be true.
Elite Daily decided to add a healthy dose of reality to proceedings, with a compilation showing some honest Shot on iPhone 6 commercials. The result is concerned mothers, trash-filled sea water, an annoyed skateboarder, and more besides. Honesty clearly isn’t Apple’s strong point.
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
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Image Credits: Karlis Dambrans via Flickr