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Griffin debuts new ‘Merchant’ iPhone 5/5s case with Square reader integration

griffin-merchant-square-caseGriffin and Square have teamed up to offer the first official iPhone case designed to protect your iPhone while accepting payments with the popular credit card reader.

The Merchant case features non-slip sides making it easier to keep a secure grip on your iPhone when swiping cards and accepting signatures. If your iPhone should happen to fall the silicone case will absorb some of the impact hopefully keeping your iPhone safe and sound. It also protects your phone’s internal components by “eliminating swivel and excess strain on your iPhone’s headphone jack” thanks to its custom-molded design. An integrated slot located on the back of the case conveniently stores your Square reader when the work day ends. A Square reader is included to help jumpstart new businesses and expand current ones.

The Merchant case is compatible with the iPhone 5/5s and is scheduled to ship in 1-2 weeks. It’s available for preorder starting today with a list price of $19.99. For a more permanent POS solution be sure to checkout the Square iPad Stand.


  • Protective silicone case keeps your iPhone safe; included Square Reader allows you to accept credit card payments on the go.
  • Molded silicone case protects your iPhone from bumps and drops
  • Easy-grip, non-slip texture
  • Card guide aligns the credit card and your Square Reader for easy, consistent card swipes every time
  • Stores your Square Reader when not in use
  • A Works with Square™ product
  • App requires iOS 6.0 or later
  • Download Square Register app and learn more about Square at

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9to5Toys Last Call: Lifeproof Frē iPhone 5 case $40, USB 3.0 portable HD deals, Monoprice 27″ monitor $398, Mac app bundle ft. Camtasia, more


A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Today’s featured deals:



Lifeproof iPhone 5 Frē water/dirt/snow/shock proof case $40 shipped (Reg. $80)


Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive $60, Toshiba Slim 500GB $45, Toshiba Canvio 1.5TB $75


Monoprice 27″ IPS-Glass Panel Pro LED 2560×1440 monitor w/ speakers $398, ViewSonic 27″ 1080p monitor $180


Mac Bundle 3.0 Ft. Camtasia 2 and 9 other explosive Mac Apps. Name your own price.


Parallels is getting into the bundle game with its own “update bundle” which includes the Parallels 8->9 Update (which you need to run on Mavericks).  Included is a 6 month subscription to Parallels Access for iPad and the CleanMyMac 2. Offer ends after this weekend.

Other great deals from today:

The best deals that are still alive:

Mac software bundles:

New product announcements & reviews:

  • Valve announces Steam Machines hardware beta for SteamOS
  • Amazon freshens up the Kindle Fire HD, now starts at just $139
  • Roku announces refreshed lineup of devices starting at $50
  • Belkin announces YourType Wireless Keypad to extend your Mac’s keyboard
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9to5Toys weekend roundup

9to5Toys has some pretty impressive daily deals today including:

There are also some impressive Mac Software Bundles running this week including:

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Griffin’s MIDIConnect interface for iOS devices now available

We recently brought you a full review of Griffin’s StudioConnect audio/MIDI interface and dock for iPad, and the company is now announcing availability of the device’s little brother, the MIDIConnect. Rather than give you an almost full-fledged audio interface for the iPad, like StudioConnect, MIDIConnect simply provides standard 5-pin MIDI in and out. MIDIConnect is available through Griffin for $79, which is about half the price of the StudioConnect.

Nashville, TN – July 10, 2012Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, is excited to announce the availability of MIDIConnect, a MIDI in and out interface for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.

“MIDIConnect offers musicians a compact and portable solution to create and edit music on the go, at a fraction of the cost of a recording studio,” said Ethan Opelt, Line Manager of Griffin’s Audio category. “We are excited to be showcasing MIDIConnect as well as Griffin’s lineup of music products at Summer NAMM, taking place in Nashville, our home town.”

MIDIConnect adds a MIDI input and output to iOS devices. Intuitive to use, MIDIConnect allows you to plug MIDI keyboards and other MIDI-capable devices into an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone. Play your MIDI instrument straight into GarageBand or other MIDI-capable apps, or download MIDI Controller apps to use the MIDI out port and your touchscreen in performance, as a MIDI controller. Both MIDI in and out ports are industry-standard 5-pin DIN connectors, compatible with most commonly available MIDI cables and connectors.