App Store Free App of the Week: Halftone 2 Comic Book Creator ($2 value)

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Apple has now selected the Halftone 2 Comic Book Creator as the new Free App of the Week. Typically selling for $2, this is the first time we have seen it go free, outside of a Starbucks app offer. Already featured as an Editor’s Choice and One of the Best Apps of 2013 by Apple, you can pick it up for free on all your iOS devices.

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Free Mac App Bundle: X-Mirage, iTunes Converter, more ($146 value)

x-mirage for mac free app bundleFor the next 4 days you have the chance to get your hands on 5 great Mac apps for absolutely free.

9to5Toys Specials has the Ondesoft 5-app software bundle for 100% off the list price. These apps all together are valued at $146 and include the following: X-Mirage (pictured above) that lets you mirror anything from your iOS devices to your Mac, an iTunes media converter, audiobook converter, easy screen shot taker, and a clipboard management app. ondesoft mac app collection free download

Just follow the link and you’ll be on your way to some great free new apps. You can see the rest of our free and discounted apps in our daily roundups.  Read more

Gift cards up to 20% off: Sears, GILT, Cold Stone Creamery, iTunes, more

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Update (5/27 1:20pm): The below Staples gift card deal is live again.

We have a number of discounted gift cards today on eBay courtesy of PayPal. First up is Staples. You can grab three $25 gift cards for just $64.98. Add 3 to your cart and a $10 discount will automatically be applied. That’s nearly 14% off the wide selection of electronics, home products, Apple devices and just about everything else the national retailer has to offer.

As usual, they can’t be redeemed for cash and no more than 5 cards can be applied to the same purchase. A valid PayPal account is required to purchases these cards.

Head below for more discounted gift cards and be sure to grab these discounted iTunes gift cards while you still have a chance:

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App Store Free App of the Week: Quetzalcoatl puzzle game ($2 value)

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Apple has now unveiled the new Free App of the Week: regularly listed at $1.99, you can now pick Quetzalcoatl up for free on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Hundreds of App Store reviewers have given it a near-perfect rating while praising its unique gameplay. After a quick parsing of the reviews, it seems like the screenshots and promo images don’t do this game justice. From what I was able to discern, this is a game you need to play to appreciate. And this week you have nothing to lose if you want to give it a shot. Read more

iTunes Free App of the Week: Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down! ($2 value)

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Apple has picked Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down! to be this week’s free iOS app. Available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, you can now download the “pick-up-and-play puzzler” for free. Regularly listed between $1 and $2, this week’s sale is the very first time we have seen the game go free since its release in early February.

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Spotify reboots its popular 3-month $0.99 Premium plan for new subscribers

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There’s no other way to slice it — streaming services are the future of music. The days of walking into a CD store (remember Sam Goody?) are long gone and most people don’t even bother with iTunes downloads anymore. And as of right now, Spotify is running away with the streaming music crown.

It’ll usually cost you $9.99 per month to have access to Spotify’s full set of features, but for a limited time new subscribers can jump on the streaming bandwagon for just $0.99… Read more

djay 2 for iPhone & iPad go free for the very first time

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Update (4/23 3:40pm): Apple has officially named djay 2 as its Free App of the Week.

Whether you’re a professional DJ or just enjoy spinning for your backyard parties, we’ve got a serious price drop on a very popular app today. For the first time since it’s release, iPad has gone free, it regularly goes for $10. djay 2 for iPhone has also dropped its price to free, for just the second time (Reg. $3).

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This full-featured DJ app puts users in complete control of the party with integrated support for Spotify and iTunes, enabling users to spin the latest hits anywhere. All you need to do is hook up your device to a sound system and djay 2 will enable you to perform live, create and record mixes or simply sit back and the let the app do the work for you.

djay 2 brings life to the party with a number of included audio effects with additional in-app purchases adding more custom mixing options. Not only is the feature list long, this app has all the connectivity and interface abilities that professionals would hope for. Bluetooth and AirPlay remove the need for a wired setup while popular MIDI controllers from Pioneer, Philips and many more are supported. Algoriddim has partnered with other companies to create hardware specifically designed for the djay 2 app that will help get you started.

Head over to our daily games and apps roundup for the latest deals on iOS, Android and consoles.

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Media: dozens of Blu-rays for $4 ea, Red Hot Chili Peppers free live album, iTunes movies $10 ea, more

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Just like a few weeks ago, Amazon and Target are heavily discounting tons of Blu-ray movies. This time around every movie is even cheaper at just $4 a piece. If you choose to go through Amazon you’ll have to place an order of $35+ or be a Prime member (free trial) to get your hands on these discounted movies at no additional cost. Likewise, if you’re ordering from Target you’ll have to spend $25+ to get free shipping or opt for free in-store pickup. REDcard holders will receive free shipping on all orders.

Our top picks are available from Amazon and Target for $4 each:

*note: as Amazon begins to sell out you’ll be able to lock in the discounted price and your items will ship ASAP

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Walmart has a selection of Blu-rays for $5 each with free in-store pickup including Due Date, Sucker Punch, Faster, She’s Out Of My League, Cloverfield, and more.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers post many of the band’s live performances available for purchase digitally. Each show usually costs $11.95 in MP3 or $15.95 in high-quality FLAC. The band recently made its 6/24/04 performance from Cardiff, Wales available in MP3 for free. The show includes live renditions of Around The World, Scar Tissue, Otherwise, Get On Top, Give It Away, and many more.

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iTunes has a couple dozen time travel movies on sale for $9.99 each in HD: Back To The Future I/II/III, Men in Black 3, Donnie Darko, Austin powers in Goldmember, more

This week’s $0.99 movie rental is Frank Millers Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
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