Gaming For Couples: The Peggle Family + The Beatles: Rock Band

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You love games, but your girlfriend or wife doesn’t. My goal is to change that. This week, 9to5Toys is debuting Gaming For Couples, a new weekly column looking at great games for couples to play together. We’re not necessarily going to pick the newest or hottest games for this column — instead, we’re going to suggest titles that are reasonably priced, made for both girls and guys, and widely available.

Our first edition looks at two picks just in time for the holidays: the Peggle franchise and The Beatles: Rock Band, both from Electronic Arts.

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IK Multimedia’s iRig HD-A is the “first digital guitar interface for Android”

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IK Multimedia has been providing musicians with software and recording gear for years now, with a number of affordable products available for Mac, iOS and PC. Its mobile interfaces and midi instruments allow iOS users to track and record musical ideas on the go, and today it is finally announcing its first step into the Android space…

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ASUS 31.5-inch PQ321Q monitor adds a high-end IGZO 4K display to your Mac for $1,470 (orig. $3,499)

Apple has blessed us with a beautiful 5K Retina iMac, but somehow forgot to update the ancient Thunderbolt Display. Now, Mac owners are once again forced to look outside of Apple to get the most from their computers. Apple will sell you a Sharp 32″ PN-K321 4K Ultra HD LED Monitor for $3,595 – but you’re much better off opting for the ASUS version (w/ the same panel) that just dropped another $500… Read more

1Password for Mac $34.99 (Reg. $50)

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AgileBits has just put its popular password manager app 1Password on sale for $34.99 (Reg. $50). While not the lowest we’ve seen, its the best price in around 6 months. Recently the company went freemium with the iOS 8 version, adding touch ID support in the mean time. This marks the first price drop since the company adopted the freemium model. Both versions are considered to be among the best options available for password management and sit with 4+ star ratings from thousands of reviewers.

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Pokémon TCG Online for iPad is now available for download in the U.S

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The Pokémon Company International announced that its Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is coming to the App Store today. Already available on Mac and PC, this marks the very first time an official Pokémon game has debuted on the iOS platform outside of Pokémon TV and the Pokédex app.

Head below for availability details and the release trailer:  Read more

GRID 2 Reloaded Edition is now available on Mac

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Feral Interactive’s latest console/PC port has now made its way to the Mac App Store in the form of GRID 2 Reloaded Edition. Originally released on PC and consoles, the Codemasters developed title was a successor to the original GRID title and designed to hit the sweet spot between frantic arcade racing and realistic simulation.

Head below for more details and some brief gameplay in the trailer video:  Read more

Todoist iOS/Android list and task manager 6-month Premium subscription for free ($14.50 value)

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AppSumo is offering 6 months of Todoist Premium for free. A one year Premium subscription to the popular note taking/agenda app will run you $28.99 via in-app purchases, so with today’s deal you are savings as much as $14.50.

With support for 13 platforms in total, including iOS, Android, Mac, Kindle, Windows and many more, Todoist Premium is a convenient way to keep all of your notes, reminders, location alerts and more synced across all of your devices. Other features include turning emails into tasks, auto backups, as well as a handy notification system.

Even though there are many different apps of this nature out there, with over 2 million users and strong reviews across the board, its hard not to want to give Todoist Premium a spin for free.

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Pioneer announces its new compact iOS/Mac WeGO3 DJ controller

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Today, Pioneer announced the latest edition to its affordable WeGO DJ controller line. The new WeGO3 is an “ultra compact” controller designed to make DJing approachable with support for all the popular DJ apps on iOS and Mac right out of the box.

Along with a quick demonstration video of the new WeGO3 in action, head below to find out more about what it has to offer including some interesting iPhone/iPad features with the included Lightning cable:  Read more

AutoDesk releases a new photo editing app for Mac as SketchBook Mobile for Android goes free

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Autodesk has released a new Mac version of its image editing app Pixlr today, while its popular SketchBook Mobile for Android goes free. SketchBook Mobile is a “professional-grade painting and drawing application” with 65 preset brushes and a wide range of customizable workflows. It has received excellent ratings from thousands of reviewers on both iOS and Android.

While still offering in depth editing for more professional users, Pixlr is designed to to make it easy “to transform everyday images into stunning works of art.” It features all of the same basic editing capabilities you’re used to along with an interesting double exposure effect and the handy Color Splash brush for injecting (or removing) color into particular aspects of an image. You’ll find over 100 effects, 340 overlays, 200 borders and more, but only a certain portion of the feature set is available for free:  Read more

Notifyr app goes free (Reg. $4), receive iOS notifications on your Mac

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Update: Just as a quick clarification, Notifyr is only free on every second day starting on August 6th.

We recently spotted a new app called Notifyr on the App Store, and today the developers have kicked off a sale offering the notification app for free. Every second day for the next 7 days Notifyr will be available for free of charge, down from the usual $3.99.

Notifyr is a two pronged notification service, providing the above iOS app and a free Mac companion app. Using a standard Bluetooth connection, your iOS notifications will appear on your Mac as if they were any other Mac Notification Center alert. These aren’t just Apple notifications either, “you can read your incoming WhatsApp messages, see who’s following you on Instagram or read any of the other kind of notifications from any app on your iPhone. It’s also possible to mute notifications from any app you like.”

We recently put the two apps to work in our hands on test of the system and found that everything from phone calls and Facebook Messages to iMessages and SMS messages worked seamlessly. For more details on the apps and limitations on devices head over to our full rundown.

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