iTunes Free App of the Week: Brushstroke ($2.99 value)

This week’s free app from Apple is Brushstroke. Designed to transform your photos into “paintings in one touch,” you can download the app for free on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Releasing back in March of this year for $2.99, the lowest we had seen the app go previously was $1 for about a week in April.

Head below for more details on what Brushstroke can do:

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The Beatles collections and single albums get price cuts on iTunes

beatles-itunesHere’s an easy way to spend your holiday iTunes gift card hoard. Apple is currently running a sale on a variety of Beatles music collections and individual albums. There’s no word on how long the discounted prices will be in effect.

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iTunes Free App of the Week: Space Qube ($2.99 value)

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This week’s free iOS app courtesy of Apple is Space Qube. The blocky shoot’em up is regularly priced at $2.99 and can now be downloaded for free on all your iOS devices. This is the second time we have seen the game go free since release in late 2013.

Along with a custom, voxel-based ship editor that allows you to “create anything and take it for a spin” in space, Space Qube a series of unique enemies and boss battles to take on as well. Head below for more details…

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OfficeMax and Office Depot Black Friday Ads: 20% off iTunes gift cards, Beats by Dre, more

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Today we are seeing even more Black Friday advertisement leaks, we just got our hands on Office Max and Office Depot’s holiday offerings. The companies have merged and will be offering the same deals from both retailers. We’ve gone through and picked out our favorite deals that you can expect on Black Friday:

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Free digital copy of Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph movie

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Disney is celebrating the expansion of its Movies Anywhere service by making Wreck-It Ralph available for free.

You must create a free Disney Movies Anywhere account and then proceed to login to the service via the mobile app or website. Once logged in, you will be prompted to sync your account with iTunes and/or Google Play. To get access to Wreck-It Ralph for free you must at least sync your Disney Movies Anywhere account with Google. This offer is only available for a limited time.

And oh, I’ve met Ralph so I can say without hesitation that he is NOT a bad guy
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iTunes Free App of the Week: RGB Express Mini Truck ($2.99 value)

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Apple has selected RGB Express – Mini Truck Puzzle to be this week’s free iOS app. Regularly listed at $2.99, you can pick up the charming puzzler today on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for free. This is the very first time we have seen the game go free since it released on the App Store late last month.

Head below for more details and some gameplay footage:

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iTunes Gift Cards up to 15% off from Staples and Best Buy

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Save up to 15% on iTunes gift cards with two new weeklong promotions from Staples and Best Buy:

Staples offers greater savings, but the Best Buy promotion is more flexible allowing you to buy iTunes cards of multiple denominations, which is more helpful if you plan to give these as gifts.

Each card can be redeemed for music, movies, apps, books and more from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBook Store and all other Apple digital distribution stores.

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iTunes free App of the Week: JELLIES! ($1 value)

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Every week Apple picks one app to go free on iOS. Regularly priced at $1, arcade puzzler JELLIES! is now available for download on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for free. The game released back in June for $1.99 and the only other time we’ve seen it free was a short 3 day sale in late August. It has received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 210 reviews.

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Download an iTunes playlist with eight popular country songs for free (over $9 value)

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Need some more free tunes to go along with your new U2 album? People Magazine is back with another iTunes country music playlist for free.

Head to this page and click the blue “Get The Code” button to get your iTunes redemption code. This unique code can be redeemed via the iTunes desktop or iOS app. Please refer to the image above to see which songs are included in this playlist. All of the songs are currently priced at $0.99 or more on iTunes. US only.

Media: Bob Marley’s Legend album for $0.99, new Maroon 5 song free, Fandango movie ticket $7, more

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It’s really, really hard to find anyone who dislikes this album. In fact, I bet that many of you had Bob Marley’s Legend album on CD or even (gasp!) cassette. I’m also willing to bet that tape is now lost and the CD is scratched to holy hell.

Fire up Google Play and you can get a digital copy of it for just $0.99. Top to bottom, this album is killer. But my favorite tracks include No Woman No Cry, Buffalo Soldier, and Redemption song.

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Maroon 5 may or may not be your cup of tea, but since you’re reading this site I’m going to assume you’re a cheapskate and appreciate free tunes. Click over to this Kia promo page and simply hit the download button to grab a free copy of “Animals” from Maroon 5’s new album, “V.” Get the rest of the album on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.

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Amazon Local has one movie ticket from Fandango for $7 (up to $14 value). The credit can be used at over 22,000 Fandango cinemas. The promotional value expires on 11/30, but the paid value never expires.

iTunes is currently offering two different HD movie bundles:

Harry Potter 8-film collection for $49.99:

  • Includes: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.

Outrageous Comedies for $29.99:

  • Includes: Neighbors, Bridesmaids, Ted, Knocked up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin

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Smart buys: our favorite back to school tech essentials


These tech essentials will not only help you survive college life, but maybe even help you land a spot on the Dean’s list (no promises). Even though the majority of our top picks are geared towards college students living in a dorm, we think they can help students of all ages.

All of the recommendations below have been shaped by my experiences while attending a four-year private University.

Entertainment

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The fall is not only back to school season, but also home to the baseball playoffs and the start of the football season. MLB.TV is expensive and NFL Sunday Ticket is a hassle. We recommend a Sling Media Slingbox to keep tabs on your favorite sports teams while away from home. The all-new SlingBox M1 was just released and is the most affordable Slingbox ever at just $149.99.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 may be the flashy options for dorm room gaming, but we recommend saving a few bucks and opting for an Xbox 360 or Wii U. The Xbox 360 has a huge back super-smash-bros-wii-ucatalog of awesome games that are now priced to move. Plus, some next-gen games (like Mortal Kombat X), will also be available on 360 and PS3. The Wii U has had a rough run, but party games like Mario Kart 8 and the upcoming Super Smash Brothers make it an excellent choice for dorm room hang sessions.

Skip Blu-ray and DVD. The players will take up prime TV stand real-estate and it’s a hassle to find the movie you’re looking for and then physically pop it in a player (I know, first world problems). Instead, go with a Roku 3/streaming stick or Apple TV to stream your media from Netflix (free trial), Hulu Plus (free trial), and iTunes.

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It’s perfectly OK that listening to Norah Jones Spotify radio (student discount) helps you study, but don’t be that guy and play it out loud. A nice pair of headphones are key for school. If your budget allows it, then definitely upgrade to a set of noise-cancelling cans, like the Bose QC15, to drown out any background noise. Bust out a larger portable Bluetooth speaker like the Logitech UE BOOM (review) or Jawbone’s Big JAMBOX (review) when it’s time to party.

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