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 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 giveawayThe contest will run from today (February 12) at 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time through 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time on February 19. The winner will be chosen randomly on February 19 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond a before a new winner is chosen.

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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 regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (January 22) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 29. The winner will be chosen randomly on January 29 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen. The prize will be shipped to the winner for free.

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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 it on the couch while watching television – I can draw or browse the web while still keeping an eye on Twitter and Slack on my iPhone.

Though made of wood, the Canvas is light weight, but given its large size, it’s not compact or particularly portable. It’s best for home use rather than travel. Along with the cutout for an additional device, there’s a slot specifically for the Apple Pencil on the Canvas Creator. On the Canvas Pro, there’s a cutout for an additional iPad, another cutout for an iPhone, and a space that can hold a cup or other accessory.

The extra space on the Canvas Pro is the main difference between the two lap desks – it’s a good bit larger than the Canvas Creator. iSkelter is selling its Canvas Smart Desks for $68 on its website, but four MacRumors readers can win one through our giveaway, with the option to choose either the smaller Canvas Creator with Apple Pencil cutout or the larger Canvas Pro with extra flat space.

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 regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (December 18) at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 25. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 25 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen. The prizes will be shipped to the winners for free.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Leather iPad Pro Bag From Intrepid Bag Co

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with The Intrepid Bag Co to give away one of the company’s Zinnia Convertible Leather iPad Pro Bags. The Zinnia is a convertible bag that can transition quickly between a backpack and a crossbody bag.

Made from mahogany leather and lined with wool fabric, the Zinnia converts with a quick grab and pull on the straps, which are made from padded leather for comfort. The Zinnia features a design that’s wider at the bottom, giving it the stability to stand up on its own.

Inside the Zinnia, there’s a padded laptop pocket that’s large enough to hold an iPad Pro or a 13-inch laptop, such as a Retina MacBook Pro. There’s also two expanding water bottle pockets at the sides, two quick access back pockets, and a front pocket that closes magnetically.

The Zinnia Convertible Leather iPad Pro Bag can be purchased from Intrepid Bag Co for $349, but one lucky MacRumors reader 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.

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 giveawayThe contest will run from today (November 26) at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time through 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 4. The winner will be chosen randomly on December 4 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen. The prize will be shipped to the winner for free.

Intrepid Bag Co is also offering a Black Friday discount for MacRumors readers that will be available until December 2nd. To get a discount on any of the site’s products, use the code WeLoveMacRumors10.

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Starwood Hotels – parent of Sheraton, Westin – says payment systems infected with malware

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has revealed that point-of-sale payment systems at some of its locations in North America were infiltrated with malware designed to collect payment card information. Read more…

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Apple Expands Personal Pickup to United Kingdom

Following the launch of Personal Pickup in Australia and Canada earlier this week, Apple today expanded the in-store pickup service to the United Kingdom. Personal Pickup allows customers to place an order on the Apple Online Store or Apple Store app and pick it up at a nearby Apple Retail Store, generally within an hour.

Personal Pickup launched in the U.S. in 2011, but was unavailable elsewhere until this week. The service is offered for several Apple products, including Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and the Apple Watch. Apple notifies customers via email or text message when their order is available for in-store pickup with a valid photo ID.

MacRumors broke the news earlier this month that Apple was planning an international expansion of Personal Pickup in Australia, Canada, France and the United Kingdom, and the service is now live in three of those four countries. The service will likely launch in at least a few more countries in the near future.

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has been working to bridge the gap between Apple’s online and retail store shopping experiences, and the international expansion of Personal Pickup fits within those plans. Apple has opened 463 retail stores in 17 countries since May 2001, with nearly 200 located outside the U.S.

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