So now that we’re rolling into December, we’re about to enter into the biggest season of the year for both app buying and app sales. Right before Christmas, Apple will “freeze” the App Store, which means listings won’t get updated, and developers won’t be able to change prices or release new apps, so iOS devs and publishers are working overtime right now to make sure everything is ready for the holiday.
But there are other ways to find big app price drops. EA has made it easy for its apps — the company has put together a “Daily Deals” page that will highlight free and discounted apps that show up in the company’s catalog. Right now, for example, Shift 2 Unleashed and The Sims Medieval are both completely free, and there are a few other apps that are discounted in price.
For mindmapping on iOS devices, Mindjet’s iPhone and iPad versions now have an all-new price of nada down from US$8.99 for the iPad version.
The Mac version of MindManager is now fully Lion-compatible, although if you were running it on Snow Leopard prior to upgrading your OS you’ll need to reset your preferences before updating to the latest build; instructions are here.
For those of you who have been wanting to play Team Fortress 2 but haven’t been willing to fork over the cash for it, here is some amazing news. Valve has turned its excellent team-based shooter Team Fortress 2 into an entirely free-to-play experience.
The game was originally one of the biggest titles Valve brought over when Steam was made compatible with the Mac, so it’s 100% OS X seaworthy — just install Steam and you’re good to get the game.
In the past we have reported about Chinese developer Digiarty and their Give Aways well now they are doing it again, currently the company is giving away a two-title combo pack, which includes a video converter and a DVD ripper, for free till May 25.
Even if you’re a fan of Handbrake — you might still want to check out the kit’s different feature set, which includes the ability to rip even encrypted DVDs.
According to the company website the offer ends May 25th so you might wanna hurry.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple and Time Inc. have finally reached a deal to allow subscribers to the print editions of Time’s major magazines to access the iPad versions of those magazines free of charge. The deal breaks a months-long impasse that initially focused on paid subscription models but has also included accommodations for print subscribers. The two companies had reached an agreement for People last August, but Time’s other titles have remained outside of that agreement until now.
Starting Monday, subscribers to Sports Illustrated, Time and Fortune magazines will be able to access the iPad editions via the apps, which will be able to authenticate them as subscribers. Time Inc.’s People magazine already had such an arrangement, but readers of most publications have had to pay separately for the iPad version regardless of their subscriber status.
According to the report, Time and Apple remain in disagreement over plans to offer digital subscriptions to iPad editions. Apple has of course rolled out an in app subscription program in which it collects 30% of all subscription revenue and gives subscribers direct control over whether their information is shared with publishers, and while several newspapers have begun offering content under the program, magazines have been more reluctant to do so.
Time Inc. and other major publishers have yet to agree with Apple on terms for selling subscriptions to their iPad editions, the next step beyond making them available to existing print subscribers. Talks are hung up on Apple’s resistance to sharing information with publishers about their iPad customers, which publishers say is critical to applying the “TV everywhere” model to magazines.
In the absence of subscription plans, most users are stuck with purchasing single issues of their magazines for the iPad, a much more expensive proposition that has led to weak sales figures for most publications.
Many companies have been affected by the catastrophe which has hit Japan, several companies have already donated to relief organizations, now AT&T has officially announced that customers can call and text Japan for free through March 31st.
The offer extends to customers in the United States and Puerto Rico, and is in reponse to last week’s earthquake and tsunami.
AT&T also said wireless customers will not be charged for international long distance calls or texts to Japan that were placed after March 11th.
And AT&T landline customers can apply for 60 minutes of credit for calls to Japan from March 11th to March 31st.
Those interested can read the whole press release below:
Among todays great news is the fact that Apple has decided to make Find My Iphone (iOS device) a completely free service. Find My iPhone / iPad is now free for iPhone 4, the iPad, and the fourth-gen iPod touch running iOS 4.2.1.
Just like with the paid version, you’ll be able to locate your device on a map, lock it, display a message, play a sound, or remotely wipe your data from any browser or the updated iOS app, which should presumably go live sometime today.
While we still think it would be amazing if Apple would make MobileMe a free service for all, we are still happy with this update. If you’re not familiar, the service basically does two things: it helps you locate a lost iOS device or lock down your data if your device is stolen. You still turn it on in MobileMe preferences, but now it just doesn’t cost you anything. In the event you lose your iOS device, you can use one of your other iOS devices or the MobileMe web site to track it or lock it down.
Mac OS X: While Windows and Linux users abound with free DVD ripping software, OS X isn’t quite as lucky—but today, you can grab the incredibly full-featured MacX DVD Ripper Pro for free.
While we’ve featured some great programs in the past, like MacTheRipper, there are few free rippers out there that are as fully featured as other premium apps. MacX DVD Ripper Pro will not only rip a DVD into any video format you want, but it can also rip straight to iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, iPad, and PSP-friendly formats. This is particularly handy, since other popular programs required you to use other apps like our favorite encoder HandBrake to play it on other devices. Obviously, we still love Handbrake, but it’s nice to avoid that second step and just rip straight to your iPhone.
The only downside is that it won’t rip your DVD into an ISO or uncompressed VIDEO_TS files, so if you want menus and extras, you’ll have to look elsewhere. You can rip it into a full-quality MPEG-4 file, however, so if your goal is only to rip the movie, it’s a pretty great program for it.
The program is usually $50, but is free for the rest of today. Update: Digiarty Software has extended this deal to November 1st for those of you that didn’t see this post in time, so you can still grab it for the next few days! Just hit the link to download the program, and copy and paste the license code BD-TGTXUVYO-OONQRP to activate the full version. Entering the key manually may not work, but it should take if you just copy and paste the key in.
At the Apple press conference earlier today Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that after long investigations, of the signal problems with the iPhone 4, the company has decided to offer all iPhone owners a free bumper.
Steve said that they have spent a lot of time looking at the statistics from AppleCare, and have asked how many iPhone users really are experiencing the reception problems. You would expect with all the press that the numbers would be astronomical… But the actual number is……0.55% Just one half of one percent.”
However since Apple wants to keep all of their customers happy the have decided to offer the following support:
– Apple will provide all iPhone 4 customers who purchase their phones by September 30th a free case. Customers will be able to choose from Apple’s own bumpers, as well as third-party cases sourced from other vendors.
– Customers who have already purchased a bumper can receive a refund. Apple’s site will begin taking orders for the free cases beginning late next week, and the company will re-revaluate the case situation as it gets closer to the September deadline.
– Any customer who is still unhappy with their iPhone 4 can return it, provided it is undamaged, within 30 days of purchase with no restocking fee charged.
So there will be no iPhone recall, and Jobs didn’t really apologize either, he just maintained that the issue was one common to other mobile phones and as reported above according to their data, affects a very small percentage of iPhone 4 owners.
Digiarty is currently giving away free copies of its HD Video Converter for Mac, according to their website the offer ends on June 20th. The software supports over 200 video and audio codecs, and converts videos into formats compatible with a variety of devices. This includes multi-track HD videos containing several language and video tracks. Digiarty adds that it is also currently offering a small discount on DVD Ripper for Mac, bringing the price down to $36.