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App developers rush to meet Apple holiday deadline

Apple devices have never been more popular than now, it is expected that millions of new iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches will be unwrapped during this Christmas, of course this means millions more will start downloading apps during this time, making the Christmas season the most profitable time of the year for developers.

“There’s a mad scramble for developers,” said Marc Edwards, lead designer at Bjango, an Australian app maker. “In terms of money, it can be a really big deal.”

So if you know any iOS developers you might have noticed that they seem to have been more stressed than usual these past few days, the reason isn’t that Apple is releasing iOS 6, nope it is simply because they want to release their App on the Apple App Store before Apple freezes the App Store for new submissions and updating.

Some companies like Electronics Arts, that released many top sellers to the App Store release new games right around Christmas, Steven Stamstad, vice president for global marketing, said it started planning 18 to 24 months in advance to make sure it capitalized on the season.

Like every year around Christmas, Apple will close the App Store for new submissions, and this year the date is December 22nd, so if you have a brilliant App that you want to upload to the App store then Thursday is your deadline, the store will be frozen for eight days.

Apple releases 12 Days of Christmas app for European customers

Throughout the past few years Apple has a holiday promotion that gives away free music, movies or apps via their 12 Days of Christmas app. The giveaway starts December 26 and ends January 6. Each day there’s a new seasonal treat to download, and the app notifies users when the promotion goes live. If you download the app however be sure to download the offers on a daily basis, since they are well daily meaning they only last for 24 hours.

European readers with an iPhone or iPad can download the 12 Days of Christmas app from the App Store. According to AppleInsider, the app will be available to Canadian customers soon.

MacUpdate releases WinterBundle

Tis the season for shopping and gifting, so why not give yourself an early Christmas present, MacUpdate today offers their new $49.99 Dec 2011 Bundle headlined by TechTool Pro, TotalFinder, Postbox 3 and FontPack Pro Master Collection and seven more quality apps for $49.99.  TechTool Pro, which retails for double the entire bundle price, includes a bootable DVD disk for disk repair and diagnostics.

8 of the 11 100% Mac OS X 10.7 compatible apps are available as demos, which can be downloaded in a single dmg from here. (TechTool Pro 6, FontPack Pro Master Collection, and Neverwinter Nights 2 do not have demos)

As a bonus, the all-new IconBox 2.5 goes to the first 15,000 buyers. $49.99 at MacUpdate

Full rundown below:

1. TechTool Pro 6 ($99.99) – A leading Mac utility, with tools for diagnosing virtually all hardware problems and for repairing and optimizing hard drives. A bootable DVD disk image is included in the bundle, and version 6 features improved eDrive functionality, enabling all of the app’s tools to be ran from the boot drive, perfect for Macs without optical drives.

2. TotalFinder ($18.00) – Adds Web browser-like Tabs to the Finder and other must-have enhancements for a more productive Finder experience.

3. Postbox 3 ($29.95) – Arguably the most powerful email client for Mac OS X, offering countless more features than Mac OS X’s built-in Mail.app. Get more from your email and organize your correspondence with Postbox.

4. FontPack Pro Master Collection + FontBoss Font Management Utility ($300.00) – A collection of 6,200 OpenType fonts with a 5 Mac commercial-use license. Includes the all new FontBoss font management utility from Macware.

5. Labels & Addresses ($49.99) – The most complete label printing app for Mac, capable of printing all sorts of address labels, envelopes, inventory labels and price tags. It’s also ideal for businesses, offering full support for various barcode formats, including UPC, ISBN and EAN.

6. Mac DVDRipper Pro 3 ($19.95) – The gold standard for copying DVD movies to your Mac, version 3 is now capable of converting your DVD movies to formats that are friendly for your AppleTV or iOS devices, making it simple for anyone to get movies from DVD onto their iPad or iPhone.

7. Hear ($19.95) – Hear is a unique utility that improves your Mac’s audio, providing you with an equalizer for every app that makes games, movies, music, or TV shows sound better. Whether you’re listening through your MacBook’s speakers, headphones, or a premium sound system, Hear will improve the experience.

8. Back In Focus ($99.95) – A professional-caliber tool that’s easy enough for novices to use, Back In Focus rescues your blurry photos by improving their sharpness with several advanced algorithms.

9. iClip 5 ($18.99) – The premier multi-clipboard & scrapbook tool that enables you to keep a history of almost anything you copy, instead of only the last item. iClip also makes it easy to organize your clips into sets to store various things like web addresses, frequently used logos, code snippets, and more.

10. FoldersSynchronizer ($40.00) – If you own more than one Mac and want to keep files consistent on all of them or you want a powerful tool for scheduling and creating backups, FolderSynchronizer is the best utility for the job.

11. Neverwinter Nights 2 ($19.95) – One of the most acclaimed fantasy role-playing games to emerge in recent years. With an engrossing storyline and multiplayer support, NeverWinter Nights will keep you engaged for many hours of enjoyable gameplay.”We’ve put together another powerful and versatile collection of top-rated apps that any Mac user can benefit from,” said Misha Sakellaropoulo, COO of MacUpdate. “With the broad appeal and overall utility of this bundle, buyers will enhance the workflow and enjoyment of their Mac.”

Angry Birds holiday edition now available on the App Store

Angry Birds “Wreck The Halls” Edition Now Available With 25 New Levels For The Holidays

Angry Birds Seasons has been updated for the holidays with a new “Wreck the Halls” edition for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Mac. The company behind the massively successful franchise, Rovio, releases updates for its Angry Birds Seasons app alongside new holidays, with the previous update being for Halloween.

For Christmas, Rovio has released an update with 25 new levels and several other added features. The Angry Birds “Wreck the Halls” update can be downloaded in the App Store right now.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but the pigs are up to their usual tricks! Use your best puzzle skills on the Angry Birds holiday calendar – 25 new festive levels featuring gingerbread cookies, bells, twinkling lights, and candy canes. The newest Angry Bird will also make an appearance! And on the last day you’ll meet the big pig himself… It’s going to be an egg-citing holiday season!

The Mighty Eagle allows players to automatically beat a particularly difficult level and unlock achievements, and this latest update brings the Mighty Eagle to Angry Birds Seasons for the first time. Rovio also promises that the update includes several “seasonal surprises.”

You can download Angry Birds Seasons for the iPhone/iPod touch in the App Store for $0.99. The HD versionfor the iPad costs $1.99. There’s also a Mac version available for $4.99 in the Mac App Store.

A Charlie Brown Christmas released for iPad

Childhood classic A Charlie Brown Christmas has made its way to the iPad as an interactive book that Mashable describes as“spectacular” and “like magic”.

The app turns the 1965 television special into an interactive children’s book, giving kids (and nostalgic adults) the chance to “play Schroeder’s piano, finger paint with the gang, go carolling with the Peanuts choir, and participate in the Spectacular Super-Colossal Neighborhood Christmas Lights and Display Contest”.

A Charlie Brown Christmas was built by Loud Crow Interactive, an app development firm in Vancouver that specializes in turning book content into interactive digital apps.

This isn’t Loud Crow’s first experience turning a classic children’s tale into an iPad app. Last year, the company created interactive interpretations of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, and William Wallace Denslow’s The Night Before Christmas.


A Charlie Brown Christmas is a universal app, designed for both iPhone and iPad, and is$6.99 on the App Store. [Direct Link]

MacUpdate Release Holiday Bundle.

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If you love to buy bundled software then you are mostly likely already familiar with Macupdate, which along with MacHeist is the biggest player in terms of Mac software bundling. Once again they have release a bundle just in time for the Christmas shopping. Their latest Holiday Bundle, comprising over eleven full-featured applications that would normally cost you $447 however the whole bundle can be bought for just $49.95.

In this year’s Holiday Bundle, you’ll find:

Path Finder — A powerful, award-winning Finder alternative.

Socialite — Sort of the Tweetdeck of social networking, Socialite allows you to power manage your Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Digg and Google Reader accounts.

Yep — A document manager and organizer.

Radio Gage — An Internet radio multi-recorder with over 10,000 stations.

Garage Sale — For the eBay powerseller, an application to help create truly eye catching auctions.

DragThing — The popular OS X program launcher.

Speed Download — A versatile download manager and accelerator.

PCalc — A full featured scientific calculator.

HealthNute — Easily track your calories and nutrients in this weight-loss tool.

Machinarium — An award-winning puzzle and adventure game.

iRip — Copy songs from any iPod to your Mac with just a single click.

The first 10,000 purchasers of the Holiday Bundle will get also get PowerTunes which is a software that allows you to create, organize and share multiple iTunes libraries. They receive a pack of Holiday DVD Templates, as well as some other applications.

Even if you don’t really need all 11 programs as usual, you will find some which are definitely worth the cash. And lets be honest this is really a killer deal : the Holiday Bundle is only $49.95 and contains eleven programs that would normally set you back at least $447.