Apple launches massive iOS sale w/ 100 apps for $0.99 ea: Rayman, Angry Birds, Pixelmator, Spider-Man, many more

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Unlike most App Store promos, Apple has now quietly kicked off one the largest iOS game/app sales we have seen this year. The news comes courtesy of participating app developer Readdle.

The sale includes 100 apps and games at “new low prices”, most of which are $0.99. While we have posted some of these titles over the past week in our daily/game app roundups, this is the first time they’ve all appeared together in one giant sale. Now is your chance to fill up your app library, as we are seeing all-time lows on games, productivity apps, photography apps and much more.

A couple standouts are Pixelmator (Reg. $5), GoodReader (Reg. $5), The Room Two (Reg. $3), Rayman Jungle Run (Reg. $3), BADLAND (Reg. $4), Real Racing (Reg. $5), Angry Birds titles, and well, far too many to mention here. Not even including the insanely popular Angry Birds games, just these apps alone combine for a 4+ star rating from 100,000 reviews.

If there is still a couple apps you can’t find in this sale, then be sure to hit our daily roundups for even more discounted options and the new Free App of the Week. You’ll also find Screenium 3 on Mac for 50% off (Reg. $50) for a limited time.

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Disney’s award-winning Animated iPad app hits a new all-time low price of $3 (Reg. $10)

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Great stories are the heart and soul of Disney. They are the very essence of every immersive theme park ride, memorable piece of merchandise, and unforgettable song. Disney’s award-winning Animated iPad app offers a deep dive into the creative process behind these stories through “interactive images, animated clips with frame-by-frame control, Disney 3D characters to animate, and a rich timeline of all 53 Walt Disney Animation Studio features.” In 2013 Apple named Animated the iPad App of the Year.

Disney Animated is usually priced at $9.99, but it dropped down to a historical low of just $2.99 this morning. Heads up this app is massive. You’ll need 6GB of free space on your iPad to install it via the App Store, but it only uses 2.0GB when installed. If you don’t have that much free space, make your purchase on iTunes for Mac or Windows and then sync the app to your iPad.


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Headphones: Sennheiser Urbanite on-ears for $75 or XL over-ears for $130 shipped (Orig. up to $250), more

Sennheiser Urbanite over-Ear Headphones for iOS in NationFocus Camera has a couple notable Sennheiser deals today. You can grab the Sennheiser Urbanite On-Ear Headphones for iOS in Nation (blue and red) for $74.95 shipped. That’s $125 under the original listing, $45 better than Amazon, and the best price we have posted.

You’ll also find the Urbanite XL over-ear models in the same color for $129.95 shipped. That’s $120 under the original listing, $50 under Amazon and the best price we have ever featured.

Both models feature stainless steel hinges, aluminum sliders, a detachable cable with remote/mic for iOS devices, foldable design and a 2 year international warranty from Sennheiser. Both the XL and on-ears sit with 4+ star ratings from 50+ Amazon customers.

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Stary Board cuts the weight to become the “world’s lightest” electric vehicle

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Using your own muscles to propel a bike or skateboard is so played out in 2015. We’ve seen the lightest e-bike on the road and now a group of inventors is showing off “the world lightest” electric vehicle of any kind on Kickstarter.

The Stary Board is enjoying massive success after a few weeks, raising more than double its goal in that time. Weighing in less than most newborn babies at nine pounds, this new skateboard promises fast speeds at a low cost.  Read more

Save 30% on back-to-school fashion at Amazon: Herschel Backpack $36 (Reg. $70), Lacoste, PUMA, much more

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It’s that time of year: back-to-school promotions are beginning to pop-up and Amazon is right in the thick of things. The popular online retailer is currently discounting a wide selection of clothes, shoes, backpacks and accessories by 30% when coupon code 30FORFALL is applied at checkout. This promotion applies to eligible items shipped and sold by Amazon, free shipping is available for Prime members (free trial) or on orders of $35+.

Our favorite deals include:

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Bluetooth speakers: Urge Basics Soundbrick $18 shipped, Liger waterproof shower speaker $10 shipped, more

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Tanga offers the Urge Basics Soundbrick Bluetooth stereo speaker in blue, red, black, pink or white for a low $14.99 + $2.99 shipping. That’s $62 off the original list price, $6 less than Amazon and the lowest we can find for them. The speakers have a lithium-ion battery that can last up to 8 hours of continuous play. Amazon shoppers gave it 4.3/5 star reviews. 

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Also at Tanga, is the Liger waterproof shower speaker for $9.99 + $4.99 shipping. Today only with the code: WednesdayShip used at checkout you can drop the shipping charge making it only $9.99 shipped. That’s $30 off the original list price, $8 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen. The speaker works with any Bluetooth enabled device and has a built-in microphone for hands free calling. It received 3.8/5 stars from Amazon shoppers.

We also found the following Bluetooth speakers today:

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Jabra SOLEMATE Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker in black $60 shipped (Reg. $90+), more

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Update (7/22 10:35am): Focus Camera is offering the JBL Charge 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker in multiple colors for $89.95 shipped (Reg. $120+).

Amazon is offering the Jabra SOLMATE Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker in black for $59.66 shipped. That’s $120 under the original listing, about $20 below the next best prices, matching our previous mention and the best we can find. This particular speaker system sells for $150 on Best Buy.

It has three front facing speakers, a bass radiator, speakerphone functions, 8 hours of calls and music on a single charge and features Bluetooth, USB and 3.5mm connectivity. While you have to buy the interchangeable soles separately, you get a durable sound bag for playback in rough conditions, USB cable and a 3.5mm audio cable (located in the sole) thrown-in for free. This model has received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 800 Amazon customers.

If you’re looking for something a little bigger, Amazon also has the certified refurbished Jawbone BIG JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for $127.99 shipped (Orig. $300), matching our previous low.

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Learn to build 11 apps with this exclusive iOS 9 Swift coding course: $59 (Orig. $299)

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The launch of iOS 9 is just around the corner, but there is still time to become a full-fledged app developer. The iOS 9 Swift Coding Course teaches Apple’s coding language from scratch, and it is currently $59 over at 9to5Toys Specials.

You don’t need any experience with coding to take this course, as the tuition starts at the shallow end of Swift. However, you soon make progress, learning your way around Apple’s Xcode app and the features of iOS 9. You can then move on to iCloud integration, setting up notifications, and using the new stackView and AVAudioRecorder classes.

The format is step-by-step video instruction, followed by an assignment to test out your new skills. All together, there are ten functioning apps to build. This process not only hardwires the newly acquired skills into your brain, but it also gives you a nice portfolio. In total, the course amounts to 35 hours of content.

  • Dive into the details of building apps for iOS 9 with 35 hours of video
  • Be one of the first to build apps for iOS 9 and dominate the App Store’s top downloads
  • Become proficient in Swift and Xcode
  • Create an iCloud app
  • Set up push notifications for your app
  • Work with iOS 9 classes like stackView and AVAudioRecorder
  • Implement Swift code in unique ways
  • Follow the easy to understand step-by-step format

You can currently get 80% off this exclusive course – add to cart now.

QuickLock, a Bluetooth and NFC compatible lock: $49 Shipped (Orig. $60, CA Tax Only)

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Convenience and security are usually polar opposites. But the QuickLock uses NFC and Bluetooth to provide one-tap access to your protected stuff. You can currently pick one up for $49 with free shipping. That’s $8 less than Amazon’s shipped price where it gets 3/5 star reviews from limited reviewers.

Gizmag.com and Cnet.comboth gave it solid reviews. The QuickLock is made from die cast zinc alloy, making it practically unbreakable, and it has no keyhole. Instead, it comes with a key card, which you simply swipe over the lock to gain access. Alternatively, you can unlock the QuickLock from your phone, or with the separately available keyfobs and ring. To give other people access, you can sync up to fifty keyfobs or cards with each QuickLock, and an unlimited number of phones. This system is a lot more secure than a regular combination lock because you don’t have to pass around codes. The lock charges via the supplied micro USB cable, and it will remain operational for two years on a single charge.
  • Made of die cast zinc alloy, rendering it virtually indestructible
  • Allows for one-tap access via a fob or ring (sold separately), a card, or smartphone
  • Includes convenient access for multiple people: works with up to 50 wireless NFC keys and an unlimited number of phones
  • Prevents having to remember combinations or locate keys for your locks
  • Provides battery life for up to two years on one charge
  • Charges via a micro USB cable

You can currently get 18% off the QuickLock at 9to5Toys Specials add to cart now.

Blinkist Premium 1 Year Subscription: 1000+ Grasp Nonfiction Books – Read in under 15 Mins: $30 (Orig. $80)

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If you don’t have time to read the essential books in your life, Blinkist summarizes great non-fiction titles for quicker access to big ideas. It is kind of like a digital Cliff Notes. For a limited time, 9to5Toys Specials has a one-year subscription for $30.

Blinkist’s library has been carefully curated to bring together the great minds of business, marketing, psychology, and more. It contains over one thousand “blinks” — brief summaries which condense the key insights from the full text of each book into a fifteen-minute read. You can enjoy blinks on iOS, Android, Kindle, and on desktop via Blinkist’s web app. You can also collect your favorite titles into a private library, highlight snippets, and save content to Evernote. Alternatively, you can listen to audio versions via the apps. The service adds forty new blinks every month, so you shouldn’t run out of interesting content.

  • Get unlimited access to a collection of 1000+ books
  • Listen to works in audiobooks format for convenience and variety
  • Access 40 new titles each month
  • Highlight and save snippets of text you find interesting
  • Use Evernote to sync and store your snippets
  • Build a private library of works viewable offline
  • Send books to your Kindle and read them from there
  • Also available on audio

This deals takes 62% off the price of a one-year subscription – add to cart now.

Review: The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 is a big-ticket Bluetooth speaker with a lavish design

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We see a lot of Bluetooth speakers come through for review that typically fall in the $50-$300 range, rarely topping a price mark higher than that. The question is: do higher priced models deliver a superior sound experience to justify spending two or three times as much other options?

Bang & Olufsen is known for its great sounding audio equipment that have beautiful designs but aren’t necessarily the most cost-effective for the average consumer. B&O released the Beolit 15 back in the winter as a new addition to its family of more affordable B&O PLAY audio products. After spending a few weeks with this Bluetooth speaker, it’s time to answer the question of affordability vs. quality.  Read more