Wait, what? With ANY new Mac purchase, get an Epson Expression Home XP-420 All-in-One for $25.

Head back to school or work with a new Mac from Connecting Point

So we’re having a Mac sale.

It starts today, and runs through Monday, August 31st. The occasion? The end of summer, when we put away the croquet mallets, deflate the Tahitis, and contemplate heading back.

Back to work. Back to school. Back to civilization.

We’d like to ease the transition a bit. You want to hit the ground running this fall, be it at school, work, home, or Mars. And the best way to do that is with a new Mac from Yours Truly.

Epson Expression XP-420 All-in-One Printer/Scanner/Copier

Epson Expression Home XP-420 All-in-One Printer/Scanner/Copier. MSRP: $99.99

So we’re having a Mac sale. Besides up to 18-months interest-free financing and our generous trade-in offers for your late-model used PCs and Macs, we’ve gone one very large step further:

Buy any new Mac from Connecting Point, and you can pick up a new Epson Expression Home XP-420 All-in-One printer/scanner/copier for 25 bucks. Wait, what?

This Epson normally retails for $99.99. That’s, like, 75% off.

Do we have your attention? Cool. Find out more here.

 

VIDEO: Three new videos debut in support of nascent Apple Music service

Apple has released three new commercials in support of its recently launched Apple Music service. The overarching theme of the ads is the tagline “All the artists you love and are about to love, all in one place.”

One 30-second spot shines a spotlight on Norwegian DJ/producer Kygo:

Another 30-second video showcases popular British singer/songwriter James Bay:

The last ad, entitled ‘Discovery,’ is a full minute long. Rather than concentrating on a single artist, it offers several, including Bay, Kygo, Leon Bridges, and Flo Morrissey. Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor serves as its narrator:

Deal of the Week | August 14, 2015: Belkin Wireless G Router/Switch for $9.99 (reg. $39.99)

Belkin Wireless G Router Model F5D7234-4 for $9.99 (reg. $39.99)From industry leader Belkin comes a network peripheral slashed to one quarter its original price.

Where else might you find a name-brand Wi-Fi router and four-port Ethernet switch for less than 10 bucks? Sure, the 802.11g standard has been largely superseded by newer protocols like 802.11n and 802.11ac, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for this little guy. An apartment, hotel, or dorm room, for instance. Or maybe as a dirt-cheap way to extend your existing wireless network.

These are not refurbished. These are not used. These are not scratch-and-dent castoffs. No, these are brand-new, in their original sealed packaging. The Belkin Wireless G Router/Switch normally sells for just south of 40 dollars. But as this week’s jaw-dropping Deal, you can pick it up for $9.99.

Find out more about this week’s DOTW here.

Deal of the Week | July 31st, 2015: All Windows 8 books in stock on sale for $2.99 each

All Windows 8 books in stock on sale for $2.99 (reg. $14.99 - $29.99)So last week, Microsoft released Windows 10. Skipped 9 entirely, went straight to 10.

And in so doing, they’ve left us with a big ol’ pile of Windows 8 books, some of which you can see in the photo. Guess you could say we were caught with our pants down, even though the release date for the new version was announced months ago.

But our error is your potential gain. Perhaps you plan to ride with Windows 8 for a spell, and would like to get better at using it. Maybe your mother or great-aunt is loathe to learn yet another user interface, and plans to soldier on with Windows 8.

Well, have we got a deal for you: Take any one of these Windows 8 books home for less than three bucks. These titles have retail prices of between 15 and 30 dollars, so you’ll be saving a lot.

Don’t delay. Hurry down today for the best selection.

Deal of the Week | July 24th, 2015: Monster Cable Small Cable Management Kit for $2.99 (reg. $19.99)

Monster Cable Cable-It cable organizer for $2.99Here’s a little exercise for you to try.

If you’re currently at your desk in front of a computer, stand up and take a look behind all the equipment. Or if you’re sitting in your living room, take a glance behind your big-screen TV.

Go ahead. We’ll wait.

OK, so what did you see? If you saw a clean, neatly-arranged collection of connectors, cables, and wires, you can stop reading right now. You’re golden.

But if you saw a tangled rat’s-nest of snarled wires, intertwined cables, and just general chaos, well…we’re here to help.

This week’s Deal is from legendary accessory wizards Monster Cable. It’s called Cable-It, and it’s a fast, simple method of organizing all those cables and wires into something resembling order. They’re normally 20 bucks, but this week (while supplies last) we’re selling them for three dollars. At that price, you can afford several – and your life is about to get measurably more organized.

Find out more about this week’s DOTW here.

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Apple Music promo video: “Music needed a home…so we built it one.”

Have you had a chance to check out Apple Music yet? The service, which was rolled out June 30th, has enjoyed a mostly positive reception so far. But many people don’t realize it’s much more than a music streaming app. It’s also intended to function as a social hub, helping everyone find new music and new artists – and not necessarily the “big name” stuff.

As Apple describes on their YouTube channel:

Apple Music is a place where music is treated like the art it is, with a sense of respect and discovery. It’s also a place that accommodates and supports musicians, and provides an environment for artists and fans to engage. Stream millions of songs—and discover music you’ll love with handpicked playlists and recommendations from our experts. Listen to Beats 1, our 24/7 worldwide station broadcasting the best new music direct from Los Angeles, New York, and London that’s anchored by world-class DJ Zane Lowe. And Apple Music Connect gives you a direct line to your favorite artists; where they can share demos, remixes, lyrics, photos—really anything they wish—straight to you, the fan. We’re taking all the ways you love music, and bringing them together in one complete place; one complete thought around music.

So what do you think? If you’ve had a chance to try Apple Music, what are your initial impressions?

Apple announces iMac (27-inch) 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program; how to check yours

Apple iMac 27-inch 2012Today, this announcement came from Apple’s support site:

Apple has determined that a very small number of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems, may fail under certain conditions. These systems were sold between December 2012 and September 2013.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected hard drives free of charge.

Apple is contacting affected iMac owners who provided a valid email address during the product registration process to let them know about this program. If you have not been contacted, but think you have a 3TB hard drive, you can enter your serial number below to see if it’s part of this program.

How to check to see if your iMac qualifies for this replacement program: Head to this page on the Apple support site. You’ll need to have the serial number of your iMac handy. It may be found on your purchase receipt. If that’s not readily available, here’s a page on Apple’s site that describes several methods of finding it.

Replacement Process: Does your iMac qualify? Apple recommends replacing affected hard drives as soon as possible. As an Apple Premium Service Provider, Connecting Point is fully capable of taking care of this replacement, regardless of where you purchased your iMac. Contact Connecting Point SERVICE as soon as possible to facilitate your repair:

Back up everything on your iMac before you bring it in to us. This part is important. You’ll need to re-install your operating system, other applications, and any documents or data after your hard drive is replaced. If you would like Connecting Point SERVICE to take care of this for you, we’re more than happy to do so – but we’ll have to charge for that part of the repair.

Other details: If you believe you have paid for a repair or replacement due to this issue, contact Apple regarding a refund. This worldwide Apple program does not extend the standard warranty coverage of the iMac. The program covers affected iMac models until December 19, 2015 or three years from its original date of sale, whichever provides longer coverage for you.

VIDEO: Apple posts ‘Backstage’ parody sketch from Monday’s WWDC keynote

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference June 8-12, 2015 in San FranciscoTo kick off this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday morning, Apple presented a video lampooning the lengths to which companies go to produce gala keynote presentations. The sketch stars SNL’s Bill Hader as the director “rehearsing” for the WWDC keynote – with disastrous results. It also features a number of celebrity cameos, shout outs to popular apps, and inside references to Silicon Valley culture.