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$50 MacUpdate Bundle: Toast 12 Titanium, Ember, SimCity 4 Deluxe, Scrivenger, Notebook, Netshade, iStat Menus and more


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MacUpdate is hitting us with an extremely good $49.99 bundle this week. Headlined by Toast Titanium, which is remaking itself as a video editing and transcribing tool that also burns optical media, the bundle for 10 apps costs half of the retail price of Toast 12 alone!

Even if Toast isn’t your Cup o’ Tea, there’s a wide variety of Mac apps which retail for around $500 that will appeal to many:

  • Ember ($49.99 first 8,000 buys only) – Versatile digital scrapbook loved by designers and great for everyone
  • NoteBook 4 ($49.95) Take notes, manage documents and projects, and stay organized
  • Tonality Pro ($69.99) Powerful black-and-white photo editor packed with unique features
  • Scrivener 2.5 ($44.95) Award-winning word processor for serious writers
  • Bookends 12 ($59.99)Full-featured reference manager
  • Mac DVDRipper Pro 5 ($24.95) The best way to rip DVD movies to your Mac
  • NetShade 6 ($45.00) Easy-to-use VPN for maximum online privacy
  • iStat Menus 5($19.00) Elegantly monitor your Mac from the menu bar
  • SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition ($19.99) Legendary city-building simulation game

The sale is going on for two weeks but you’ll want to jump in quick to get the full selection of apps.

Filed under: Mac Tagged: DVD, EarthDesk, iStat Menus, iStat Menus 3, List of Macintosh software, MacUpdate, Roxio Toast, Toast Titanium

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Deep iPad discounts at Staples and Target: $199 16GB Minis ($100 off), Airs $130 off AC(starting at $369)


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Confirming our report from earlier this month, Target has revived its $199 iPad mini sale (Direct Link) this morning. At the time of posting it’s available both online at and at Target retail locations. That’s even $30 less than the retail price of top Android tablets Nexus 7 or Kindle HDX.

We’ve been told by a Target rep that quantities are limited and as such we highly recommend picking one up today. This deal is $100 better than retail and $20 less than Apple charges for a refurbished model. The non-Retina iPad mini features a 7.9-inch LED-backlit display, 10-hour battery life, and dual-core A5 chip.

Seperately, Staples is offering all WiFi-enabled iPad Airs (Space Gray or Silver) for $30 off (Direct link). Coupon code 79449 drops them another $100 yielding $369/$469/$569 on 16/32/64GB Wifi models.

As we’ve said before, these deals often sell out quick so if you are going to make a move, do so quickly.

Also, Apple is widely expected to update its iPads again in October but these prices are at or below what we expect current models to drop to so you are getting Apple’s holiday prices today.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, iPad, iPad mini, Light-emitting diode, Staples, target, Target Corporation, Wi-Fi

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Award-winning MacLovin’ Bundle, $40 for djay, Boom, Cinemagraph Pro, Keyboard Maestro, NetSpot Pro, much more

9to5-image 2014-08-12 at 10.00.56 PM has a pretty solid bundle of disparate Mac apps available for $40 bucks today. All apps included are award winners – Either Apple Design Award, Best of Mac App Store, or Macworld Editors’ Choice Award-Winners so no duds here:

  • Cinemagraph Pro ($100) – The Professional Photography & Cinematography Tool For Mac – Apple Design Award Winner 2014
  • Djay ($20) – The #1 DJ Software For Mac – Best of Mac App Store
  • NetSpot Pro ($149) – The Only App For WiFi Analysis and Troubleshooting on Max OS X – Macworld Editors’ Choice Award-Winner
  • Keyboard Maestro ($36) – Record and Design Your Own Macro Shortcuts –Macworld Editors’ Choice Award-Winner
  • Hype 2 ($30) – Create Beautiful HTML5 Web Content w/out Coding –Macworld Editors’ Choice Award Winner
  • Dropzone 3 ($10) – The Swiss Army Knife of Productivity – Mac Gem Award-Winner
  • Moom ($10) – Move and Zoom Like Never Before – Macworld Editors’ Choice Award-Winner
  • Boom ($7) – System-Wide Volume Booster & Equalizer That Makes Your Mac Louder, Clearer, & Better – Macworld Best of Show Award-Winner
  • The OS X App Master Class ($499) – Learn To Make Fantastic Mac Apps w/22 Hours of Instruction

Filed under: Tips and Tricks Tagged: Apple, Apple Design Award, iOS, iPhone, Mac App Store, Macworld, OS X, Wi-Fi

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Apple runs limited-time sale on 20 popular ‘Amazing Productivity Apps’ for iOS


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A lot of our favorite apps are on sale in this special promotion. Scanner Pro, Fantastical, Launch Center Pro, Clear, Notability, PDF Expert and many more are at or near all time low prices. Too early for back to school?

Full list of Apps and markdowns follows:

Filed under: iOS Tagged: App Store, Apple, Google Drive, Image scanner, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Portable Document Format

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Amazon Instant Video 2.7 gets free first episodes, new playback controls and HBO

screen480x480 Even though Amazon is investing heavily in its Fire platform including new Fire TV and Fire Phone, it still is showing some chops for iOS. Today’s free update brings the latest features of Amazon’s Video service to its iOS apps.

Amazon upgraded the iPad and iPhone apps today with all new video playback controls, including one-touch play/pause and 10-second skip forward/backward buttons, and a “Next Episode” button to quickly play back the next episode of the TV show you’re watching (requires iOS 6 or later). If you are thinking about buying a season of a TV series, you can now peep out the first episode for free.

The biggest update however is access to HBO shows like The Sopranos (right), The Wire, and Deadwood, plus early seasons of True Blood and Boardwalk Empire. As with any update, this one includes bugfixes and stability improvements including faster playback start times.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Boardwalk Empire, Deadwood, HBO, iPad, iPhone, Sopranos, True Blood

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Get your Role Play on with new Angry Birds ‘Epic’ from Rovio

Angry-birds-epicRovio today launched Angry Birds Epic for free in the iTunes App Store globally after a brief soft launch in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.

Get ready for a bird-tastic FREE RPG adventure filled with “weapons” (whatever they could get ahold of), magic, bad guys and silly hats! Lead your feathery team into battle now – it’s going to be EPIC!

EPIC BATTLES! Turn-based battles between our heroic flock of warriors and those green snout-nosed scoundrels! It’s easy to play, but difficult to master!

EPIC WORLDS! Explore a fantasy Piggy Island with everything from tribal villages and frosty mountains to tropical beaches and mysterious caves!

EPIC CHARACTERS! Join Red, Chuck, Bomb and the other heroes as they face King Pig, Wiz Pig, Prince Porky and many more villains!

EPIC UPGRADES! Level up your characters, armor, weapons and potions to become a legendary hero ready to take on the mightiest pig warrior!

EPIC WEAPONS! Craft amazing battle-winning weapons like a wooden sword, frying pan or stick thingy with a sponge on top!

EPIC HUMOR! Plenty of offbeat humor and tons of quirky characters dressed in awesomely silly costumes – like a prickly cactus hat and a matching sword.

Phone Arena called it great for casual gamers but too simple and repetitive for hardcore gamers.

Overall, Angry Birds Epic is one of those must-try casual games. Chances are that hardcore gamers will find it too simple and shallow for their taste, but those who consider themselves casual gamers will surely love Rovio’s newest creation. The game is easy to learn, easy to play, and easy to put down when there’s more serious business to be done, which makes it a great choice for killing a few minutes while waiting for the bus. Although we wouldn’t mind spending an afternoon stashing loot, crafting weapons, and laying waste to those grunting green pigs. Best of all, we never had the feeling that we were being pushed towards buying extra in-game currency (which costs real money, by the way) so don’t be worried about IAPs spoiling your experience. The only thing you might be bothered by are the full-screen pop-up ads that appear from time to time.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Android, Angry Bird, Angry Birds, Angry Birds Epic, Canada, Character design of Final Fantasy, Chuck, iOS, New Zealand, Pig, Role-playing game, Role-playing video game, Rovio Entertainment, RPG

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Rumored Microsoft smartwatch to be OS agnostic, might land this summer


According to a new report from Forbes, Microsoft’s rumored smartwatch is going to be compatible with not only the Redmond, Washington corporation’s own Windows Phone operating system, but Android and iOS as well (via The Verge). Other details from the report include a release date for the watch potentially slanted for this Summer, as well as battery life that lasts upwards of two days.

Microsoft has been rumored to be working on a smartwatch for quite some time, but today’s report corroborates some information that was previously assumed, and adds a few details that we haven’t yet heard. The device will apparently be a sensor-rich device (as is expected from Apple’s iWatch as well), featuring a heart rate sensor that synchronizes data to the above mentioned variety of devices.

Supposedly, Microsoft is pulling some engineers from the Kinect side of the company to make sure this feature is running 24 hours a day. Microsoft was already rumored to be working on a health rate monitor called the “Joule” in 2012, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that it’s taking advantage of Xbox experts to help put this product together.

The report suggests that the device may land as early as this Summer, but Forbes — as might be expected — says that the timeline is “unclear.”

Image: The Independent

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