Cinamatic goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Apple has named Hipstamatic’s just-released video-capturing app Cinamatic its App of the Week for this week. This means that through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the title for both your iPhone and iPad, for free—a modest savings of $1.

For those unfamiliar with the app, it essentially does for videos what Hipstamatic does for photos. Users can record short clips, between 3-15 seconds, and turn them into short films. Tools like lighting filters and social sharing are just one tap away… Read More


T-Mobile announces accessory payment plans coming July 20th

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2014

As expected, T-Mobile has announced that it plans to begin offering accessories under its equipment installment plan. The program, which initially launched last year, allows customers to  purchase mobile devices [and now accessories] for $0 and small monthly payments spread out over two years.

The plan does not require a downpayment for qualified customers, and applies to all accessories priced between $69 and $250. Customers must be a T-Mobile subscriber, with a Simple Choice plan, and if the service is ever terminated, they’ll be required to pay the remaining monthly payments in full… Read More


IGN names ‘OTTTD’ its Free Game of the Month

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 12, 2014

IGN has announced its Free Game of the Month for July to be OTTTD by SMG Studio, a tower defense game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 6 or greater. The app, available for free with IGN’s promo code, is currently priced at $2.99 (regularly $4.99) and holds a 4.5 star-rating in the App Store.

OTTTD — which stands for Over The Top Tower Defense — is a step above typical tower defense games, with features including dozens of enemy types, a 25-level storyline campaign, an endless mode, and much more… Read More


Assassin’s Creed Pirates goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2014

Attention gamers, Apple has just named Ubisoft’s popular iOS game Assassin’s Creed Pirates its App of the Week for this week. This means that through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the title for both your iPhone and iPad, for free—a sizable savings of $5.

For those unfamiliar with Pirates, it’s not your typical Assassin’s Creed action-adventure. This ship-based game sees players take on the role of Alonzo Batilla, a young captain who has been tasked with taking on some of the fiercest pirates in the Caribbean Sea… Read More


Apple Design Award-winning games Blek, Monument Valley and Threes on sale

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2014

Good news gamers! It appears that there are multiple sales going on right now for iOS games that won an Apple Design Award this summer. Blek, Monument Valley and Threes! have all been discounted for a limited time.

For those unfamiliar with the titles, Blek is an addictive title that sees players draw paths to hit objects without crashing. Monument Valley is an Escher-inspired puzzle game, and I believe most folks have heard of Threes!. Read More


Starbucks offering popular ‘Threes’ game as its free ‘Pick of the Week’

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2014

Just a quick heads up for all of you Starbucks-goers out there. The coffee-serving chain is offering the popular ‘Threes!’ puzzle game for iPhone and iPad free this week as its App Pick of the Week.

For those unfamiliar with Threes!, it’s a simple number-matching puzzle game known for its beautiful UI and addictive gameplay. It typically costs $1.99 and is very rarely (if ever) offered for free… Read More


Apple to launch yearly ‘Back to School’ promo tomorrow

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2014

MacRumors is reporting that Apple is set to launch its annual ‘Back to School’ promotion in the US and several other countries beginning tomorrow—Tuesday, July 1st. The company runs the promo at various times in different regions, depending on their respective educational calendars.

According to the site, Apple will be offering up iTunes Store/App Store gift cards to students that purchase a Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Similar to last year, it sounds like students will receive a $100 App Store gift card for the purchase of a new Mac, and a $50 card for new iOS device purchases… Read More


Walmart discounting iPhone 5s to $99, iPhone 5c to $29 tomorrow

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 26, 2014

If you are planning on purchasing a new iPhone, you will be happy to hear that Walmart is discounting the 16 GB iPhone 5s to $99 (down from $149) and 16 GB iPhone 5c to $29 (down from $49) when activated on a two-year service agreement. The new prices are effective tomorrow, making this one of the better iPhone deals available in-store in the United States…  Read More


Microsoft will give you $650 to trade in your MacBook Air for a Surface Pro 3

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 23, 2014

Microsoft has kickstarted an aggressive sales promotion for the all-new Surface Pro 3, offering customers that trade in select MacBook Air models up to $650 towards the purchase of the tablet. In order to be eligible for the store credit, the MacBook Air must be in working order with no cracked screen or water damage. The trade-in value is then determined in store based on the condition of the notebook, alongside any documentation and accessories. Not valid online.

In order to get the maximum discount possible, the store credit must be used towards the purchase of a new Surface Pro 3. The third-generation Surface Pro tablet has a thinner and lighter build than its predecessors, with a 12-inch display that has a resolution of 2160 × 1440 pixels and 3:2 aspect ratio. The device is said to the thinnest ever to have a desktop-class Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor…  Read More


Aspyr game sale: Star Wars, Borderlands, Call of Duty, Civilization and more now half price

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2014

Yesterday, my colleague Joe Rossignol’s well-received daily App Recap column touched briefly on a few newsworthy discounts on premium Mac games such as SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition, BioShock Infinite and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Turns out the price drops are actually part of Aspyr’s broader promotion, with additional premium titles like Star Wars games, along with Civilization V: Campaign Edition, Borderlands 2 and The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, being offered half price for a limited time.

Your iTunes download links follow right after the break… Read More


Sega discounts Sonic games to 99 cents

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014

Encouraged by strong response to April’s 99-cent sale of Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Japanese games maker Sega has put in effect a massive Sonic games sale.

Valid for a limited-time only, as many as seven Sonic releases have been slashed from a few bucks to just 99 cents, including Sonic Jump, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic CD, to mention a few.

Go past the fold for the full list of discounted games along with their download links… Read More


Today only: PayPal offering $10 iTunes Gift card for $5

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014

Last December, PayPal started selling iTunes gift cards and other digital vouchers through its new Digital Gifts Store.

It’s perhaps the most convenient and hassle-free option to quickly top up your iTunes credit via PayPal, provided you’re in the United States.

The problem is, every now and then other retailers discount iTunes vouchers.

Typically, 20 percent off is the best deal you can find and 30 percent or more off is pretty rare, but we’ve never seen a discount of 50 percent or more on iTunes Gift cards.

Good today only and while supplies last, PayPal is now offering a $10 iTunes Gift card for just five bucks… Read More


Great deal: name your own price on this awesome Mac app bundle, including Fantastical

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 17, 2014

StackSocial is back with another Name Your Own Price summer blockbuster sale that features 10 award-winning Mac apps, including Fantastical, for however much you are willing to spend. While the recommended price for the bundle is $49, you only have to pay above the average price, which starts at $1.10, to get all 10 Mac apps. Fantastical alone is $20 on the Mac App Store, so the savings through this deal are pretty incredible.

If that is not convincing enough, the total value of the apps if you were to purchase them separately right now is around $400. If you are quick to purchase the Mac app bundle tonight, and contribute even $20, you are saving a pretty remarkable $380 on a great lineup of apps. Fantastical is a calendar app that we’ve spoken highly of, and Path Finder makes managing your files effortless. And that’s not all…  Read More


Subscribe to Beats at a discounted rate: Target now selling Beats Music gift cards at 25% off

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2014

On the heels of its eyebrow-raising $3 billion deal with Apple, the Beats Music subscription service has recently dropped its annual membership from $119.88 to $99 per year, or $9.99 per month, making itself more competitive with Spotify and the like.

If you’d rather not use your credit card (or carrier billing) for recurring payments, the service now allows you to apply promotional codes provided on the physical Beats Music cards, carried exclusively by Target and offered in several denominations.

And conveniently enough, Target is currently offering 25 percent off Beats Music $50 and $25 gift cards, resulting in respective savings of $12.5 and $6.25… Read More


Best Buy price-matches Target’s $199 iPad mini deal

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2014

Right as the United States retailing giant Target announced a significant sale by taking a cool $100 off of the original iPad mini’s $299 price tag, rival Best Buy is mirroring the deal now in the run-up to Father’s Day.

That’s right, you can now pick up an entry-level Wi-Fi-only iPad mini with sixteen gigabytes of storage for just $199 versus Apple’s asking price of $299. LTE variants have been discount, too. The deal is available in select retail locations and does not extend to Best Buy’s online store… Read More


$14.99 iTunes movie collections: The Dark Knight, LOTR, Matrix, Lethal Weapon and Ocean’s

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2014

I’m a big spender on digital warez sold on Apple’s content stores. Typically, I would pick up various digital books and iOS/Mac apps on a regular basis – music not so much, that’s what Spotify is for.

I’d also rent TV shows and buy movie downloads from time to time. You couldn’t go as far as to say that I’d buy anything because I’m very particular and as such purchase only items that have really piqued my curiosity. The problem is, my interests are very diverse and my wallet can only bear so much.

But if you’re a movie buff and don’t mind having your movies tied to Apple devices (hello, FairPlay DRM!), you must have spotted Apple’s movie bundles before, some of which are sold at a deep discount.

In this not-to-be-missed opportunity the California firm is currently offering several memorable movie trilogies in high-definition, including The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings and more, priced at $14.99 each… Read More


Macphun Bundle offers $260 worth of pro photo-editing Mac software for just $99.99

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2014

San Diego, California based developer MacPhun is kicking off the summer with an attractive bundle which appeals to your inner photography buff.

The prolific developer is responsible for some of the top-rated photo-editing software on iOS and OS X platforms and you could imagine I’ve gotten pretty excited about their new promotion. Beginning Tuesday, June 10 and through Sunday, June 22, you can get a $260 worth of Mac software for just $99.99.

That’s a cool $160 saving right off the bat. The MacPhun Bundle includes Creative Kit Plus which is comprised of Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro and Focus 2 Pro apps. They’re also throwing in a ViewBig Premium membership and a free copy of a brand new app, when it ships later in the summer… Read More


Target offering 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini for $199

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2014

Target is holding a significant sale right now in the run-up to Father’s Day, and is discounting a number of its products. Among the deals, the retailer is offering the 16GB Wi-Fi model of the first generation iPad mini for $199.

That’s a solid $100 off of the tablet’s original price tag, and even beats out the ‘Special Limited Time’ pricing offered in the refurbished section of Apple’s web store. We’ve got the full details on the short-term promotion below… Read More


IGN names ‘Deus Ex: The Fall’ its Free Game of the Month

By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2014

Great news gamers, IGN has named Square Enix’s popular ‘Deus Ex: The Fall’ its Free Game of the Month for June. The game launched on iPhones and iPads last summer to many positive reviews, and it normally retails for $6.99.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Deus Ex: The Fall is an action-based role playing game, set in the cyberpunk world of 2027. It’s well known for its console-quality graphics, advanced gameplay elements, and in-depth storyline… Read More


Apple offering limited time pricing on refurbished iPads

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2014

Folks in the market for an iPad may want to check out the refurbished section of Apple’s online store. The company is currently hosting some sort of sale on its tablets, with several models showing ‘Special Limited Time’ pricing.

The deals start with the first generation iPad mini (16GB, Wi-Fi only), which has been discounted down to $219, and go all the way up to the iPad Air. You can get a refurbished 64GB Air, with built-in cellular support, for $699… Read More

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