App Store promo – Great Games 50% off: Halo Spartan Strike $3 (Reg. $6), Implosion $5 (Reg. $10), more

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Apple is back again with another big sale on iOS games in the App Store. We saw some of these titles on sale through the week and now Apple has officially collected them as part of its “Great Games” sale. Many of these apps are big names that we rarely see go on sale.

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The full list of games that have been discounted:

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Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone and iPad goes free as IGN’s iOS Game of the Month (Reg. $3/$5)

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IGN is now offering Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone/iPod and the HD version for iPad as its free game of the month. These titles typically go for $3 and $5 respectively, with today’s price drop being only the second time the iPhone version has gone free and the first instance for the HD rendition. You can now download this game for free on iOS for iPhone or iPad.

Follow along as the Bloons build towers and try to protect their fortress from enemies. There are three different games modes and four separate skill levels, including a family friendly mode for everyone to play. See the full description below.

Check out our daily game/app roundups for more discounted and free iOS deals including the original Infinity Blade for free50% off the new Scanner Pro 6, free downloads of cooking app Green Kitchen ($5 value) and Star Walk 2 is the Apple free App of the Week. You’ll also find this month’s console freebies in our Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus roundups. Read more

App Store Free App of the Week: Star Walk 2 goes free for the first time ($3 value)

Apple has now officially selected Star Walk 2 – Guide to the Night Sky as the new App Store Free App of the Week. Regularly listed at $2.99, you can grab the app for free on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch from now through this time next week. This is the very first time we have seen the app go free directly on the App Store since it released in August 2014.

It received an Apple Design Award in 2014 and has been used by more than “10 million people”. Head below for more details: Read more

Readdle launches Scanner Pro 6 for iOS w/ updated features & release day pricing: $3 (Reg. $6)

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Today, popular productivity app developer Readdle has launched Scanner Pro 6. While we have seen the app drop down to free previous to being updated to the latest version this morning, Scanner Pro 6 is currently available for 50% off for a limited time. You can download the scanner app for $2.99 to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, but it will shoot back up to $5.99 once the limited release pricing period ends, which could be as early as tomorrow.

Even better, Readdle says the existing 7 million Scanner Pro customers will get the update for free. Head below to find out what made it the number 1 app in 20 countries and what version 6.0 brings to the table: Read more

The first chapter in the epic Infinity Blade trilogy is now available for free (Reg. $6)

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Back in March of 2011 a game by the name of Infinity Blade hit the App Store. Since then, it has become one of the most popular action games on any mobile platform, and was followed up with two very successful sequels. Only twice has the game ever been offered for free since release, both of which were more than two years ago. But from now through this weekend, developer Chair is celebrating FREEdom by offering it for completely free once again.

Head below to find out more about the game’s combat, visuals and more: Read more

Halo Spartan Strike for iOS gets its very first price drop: $3 (Reg. $6)

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Microsoft is now offering Halo: Spartan Strike on iOS for 50% off. It is regularly listed at $5.99, but today you can grab it on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for just $2.99. Not only is the lowest we have ever seen on the official mobile Halo title, it is the very first discount since the game released back in mid-April.

Head below for more details and gameplay footage for this twin stick-style shooter: Read more

Quick Review: Eton Scorpion II is a rugged solar electronic survival kit for $50

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I’ve been using the Eton Scorpion II Model NSP101WXGR Rugged for over a month now. Eton specializes in making durable emergency weather radios and this is their new “everything portable model”. In the small package, it contains:

  • A STRONG.5W LED flashlight. Lots of USB batteries contain LED flashlights now. This one is brighter than all of the others’ put together. It is a real flashlight as opposed to a pen/key light.
  • Receives AM/FM/NOAA Weatherband radio. The radio is great with the antenna pulled out pulling in many stations. I don’t like the design of the buttons (would almost be impossible to navigate in the dark) and the speaker isn’t great. Overall a win though because you are trying not to die not hear the “midtones and lows”.
  • The digital Tuner also has a clock which turns on any time you hit a button.
  • It is super small, portable and rugged with a cool green tone design. I love the design and it is totally droppable and water resistant.
  • 5V 1A USB output charges smartphones with a 800 mAh lithium battery. This isn’t huge but will give you a few hours in a crunch. Even more impressive, there are 3 ways to charge the battery: hand crank, Solar and MicroUSB. The solar isn’t going to keep your iPhone charged, but it will keep the device ready for when you need it in a window. The hand crank will charge your phone. Like a fishing reel, about 20 cranks will add a bar of battery to the device. I think you could probably operate the emergency radio on solar alone. 
  • Bottle opener – because just because the lights are out doesn’t mean you should stop the party.

So I see two use cases for this device. One is an emergency device that you keep at home in a window solar charged for when your power goes out. That’s where I used it.

However, with the carabiner and the ruggedness, I think i this is geared toward campers and cars where it can clip to your backpack and provide you with lights, radio and extra power (bottle opener) when you need it.

At $50, it seems like a very worthy investment for me. Read more

iPhone 5 & 1-Yr Unlimited Talk/Text, 500MB LTE/m $300 shipped (Orig. $1,141, CA Tax Only)

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Update: Deal won’t go live until midnight ET/9pm PT.

9to5Toys Specials now has the iPhone 5 with one year of Unlimited Talk-and-Text from FreedomPop for $299.99 with free shipping. The deal combines a great phone with generous network service.

The iPhone 5 still remains one of the best handsets money can buy. Underneath the sleek exterior there is enough processing power to run iOS 8 at speed. It is also equipped with a Retina display and a superb 8MP camera. In this deal, you get a certified pre-owned 16GB model with FreedomPop service. As the name suggests, this provides unlimited talktime (including international calls) and text messaging. In addition, it comes with 500MB of LTE data, voicemail, usage alerts, and tethering. Best of all, there is no contract, so you can leave whenever you like with no cancellation fees.

  • Unlimited talking and texting, plus 500MB LTE data per month for 1 year – worth $131.88
  • 1 year of Premier Service Bundle – worth $360
  • No contracts or early termination fees
  • Sleek, durable design
  • Free international calling
  • Dependable performance

The deal takes 73% off the regular price of this matchup. iPhone at $300 too much? Grab a Galaxy S3 for $150. Boom.

App Store Free App of the Week: Warhammer Snotling Fling ($4 value)

Apple has now officially handpicked Warhammer: Snotling Fling as the new Free App of the Week. The catapult crasher regularly goes for $4 and can be downloaded onto your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for free until this time next week. While we have seen it dip down to $1, this is the very first time it has gone free on the App Store.

Head below for more details and some gameplay footage: Read more

App Store Free App of the Week: Slayin endless RPG goes free for the first time ($1 value)

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Apple has now officially selected Slayin as the new Free App of the Week. This is the very first time the 8-bit inspired endless RPG has gone free for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, having been listed at $1 since it released in April of 2013. It has amassed an impressive 4.5 star rating from 27,249 reviewers in the mean time.

Head below for details on Slayin and to see the highly rated rogue-like RPG in action: Read more

Giveaway: The DODOcase $80 Apple Watch and iPhone charging solution stands out amongst the rest

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Update (6/18 11:45am): @kbranch is our winner – thanks to everyone for entering our giveaway!

With most Apple Watch orders finally being fulfilled, the accessories market for the new timepiece is beginning to take shape. We have already reviewed a handful of options for keeping Apple’s latest device charged and displayed. While these products offer unique solutions to power management, there is still room for developing this product category.

DODOcase, purveyors of handcrafted goods in San Francisco, is leaning on its talents to create a dock for Apple Watch and iPhone whether your on the road or at home. We’ve spent a few weeks with the Dual Charging Dock Organizer, head below for our full review and details on how you could win one for yourself. Read more

Here Active Listening Earbuds let you control the volume of the world

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Bluetooth earbuds that connect to our iOS devices are not a new trend. We’ve seen them in varying degrees of design and success over the last few years. Doppler Labs is aiming to take that design and help you hear in a whole new way. No, not hear your music, but the sounds around you.

The Here Active Listening System is designed to allow users to customize the sounds of the world around them. Filter out a crying baby? No problem. Bump up the bass at that concert? Taken care of with the swipe of a finger. But it’s the design that has really caught Kickstarter’s attention… Read more