Awesome deal: The MacHeist 4 Bundle, 15 Mac Apps for $29

The MacHeist 4 Bundle is here folks and it’s one of the best I’ve seen in recent memory. For just $29, you’ll get 15 Mac apps, which include Bejeweled 3Scrivener (a great tool for writers), DiskTools Pro, Jurassic Park and Sam & Max from Telltale Games, and more. The deal even includes a 1 year + 3 months of the Premium upgrade to Evernote, a fantastic note collecting app that I simply can’t go without (I use it to store everything from receipts and memos, to reminders for where I store things and research material I find on the web). Personally, this alone is worth the $29 price tag. The 3 apps that will be unlocked when 25K bundles have been sold are: Firetask, BioShock 2 and Painter Lite. And 25% of the each purchase goes to 1 of 10 charities of your choice.

If you’ve got a Mac, don’t miss out on this awesome bundle. Just don’t procrastinate though; you’ll have 8 more days to score loads of great apps for a fraction of the total cost. Check out the video promo after the break.

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Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies chews its way onto the App Store

The Gamebook Adventures are among some of the more underrated gaming experiences on iOS in my opinion. The choose-your-own adventure style of play, great writing, and Tin Man Games’ excellent gamebook engine have helped make each installment a satisfying one. And the latest entry into Tin Man’s growing catalog is none other than the all new Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombieswritten by the legendary Ian Livingstone himself. This comes 30 years after he and Steve Jackson co-authored the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

“Insane megalomaniac Gingrich Yurr is preparing to unleash an army of monstrous zombies upon the world. He must be stopped and his undead horde defeated. In this life-or-death adventure the decisions YOU make will decide the fate of the world. Can YOU survive or will YOU become a zombie too?”

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Carmageddon now available for iOS, FREE for the first day of release

Carmageddon, the classic vehicular combat video game that was released in the late 90′s, is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Inspired by the cult movie Death Race 2000, Carmageddon pretty much makes all other (action) racers pale in comparison. It was at one point even banned in a number of countries due to its violent nature.

Carmageddon is the original freeform driving sensation, where pedestrians (and cows!) equal points, and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines. The game features anarchic drive-wherever-you-like gameplay and over-the-top surreal comedy violence. It’s the racing game where racing is for wimps.

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iPad Mini to be announced soon? Apple sends out invites for ‘Special Event’ on Oct 23rd

Apple has announced via press invites that a special event will be held on Oct 23rd in San Jose, with the tagline “We’ve got a little more to show you”. The ‘little’ presumably alludes to the long speculated iPad Mini, a more portable iPad that has been rumoured to have a 7.85″ (non-retina) display, a thinner body, a rear facing camera and the new lightning port. With a host of other 7″ tablets flooding the market – most notably the Nexus 7 – it is expected that the iPad Mini’s price point will be an attractive one, possibly in the $249-299 range for a 16GB model. Here are several mockups of what it could look like next to an iPad 2/3.

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Just Landed for iPhone simplifies picking up friends and family at the airport

If you find picking up people from the airport a chore (check flight times, calculate when you should leave home etc.), let Just Landed for iPhone help. It’s currently free, well designed and actually works. Unlike a host of other flight tracking apps available for iOS (i.e Flight Track), Just Landed simply tracks inbound flights. Enter the airline code and flight number, and the app will show the landing time, terminal number and approximate driving time based on traffic conditions. And so long as location services is turned on, it’ll even notify you in the background when the the flight has landed and when you should leave for the airport.

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Control Insect robots from your iPhone and iPad

Sure we’ve seen plenty of iPhone controlled helicopters in the past (like the HELO TC Assault) and even the wacky Sphero ball, but what about insect robots? Brought to you by iHelicopters, an online reseller specializing in i-remote toys and gadgets, the iPhone controlled Beetle and Bug puts you in the driver’s seat of these creepy mechanical critters. By plugging in an IR transmitter into your iDevice and using the free i-Robot app, you’ll be able to move them all about from a distance of up to 6 meters away. Sadly, you won’t be able to make them fly, but just making them crawl near your girlfriend should scare them plenty.

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Latest Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour video shows off killer graphics

Gameloft has released the first Dev Diary video for Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, the highly anticipated FPS and one of the most popular in the genre for iOS and Android. The next installment in the series utilizes the Havoc game engine, which you can thank for its spectacular graphics. One twist that should please gamers is how they’ll only only be able to play as US soldier, but also the president-kidnapping villain, Edward Page. MC4 will also offer a new specialization systems feature that will allow you to choose from several ‘perks’, those of which provide various bonuses to complement different styles of play.

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iPad Mini screen protector product page up on Zagg.com

The iPad Mini hasn’t even been announced yet, but that hasn’t stopped numerous manufacturers in China from selling cases based on (presumably) leaked specs. Now Zagg, makers of the ZAGGFolio Keyboard Case (TMA review) and  invisibleShields for mobile devices, has added a landing page on their website for the Apple iPad Mini Screen Protector. You can’t actually buy it yet, or even pre-order the Mini’s invisibleShield, but it shows that it’s coming soon and there’s an option to submit your email to be notified when it does become available. As it stands, the only option mentioned is the Screen Coverage for $24.99, though it maybe safe to assume that a full body protection coverage option will be offered at a later time.

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Apple’s (Free) App of the Week: LostWinds

Frontier Developments’ highly rated platform adventure title LostWinds is Apple’s App of the Week.

An innovative, fresh platform-adventure bursting with gameplay ideas – wield the awesome elemental powers of Enril the Wind Spirit, from raging tornados to the subtlest breeze, in a stunningly presented combination of combat, exploration and puzzle solving.

Guide and protect Toku, a young boy and the only one who can help you release the curse placed upon the enchanting world of Mistralis and its people by evil Balasar.

Between the gorgeous graphics, choice of touch/d-pad controls and clever puzzles, LostWinds (normally priced at $3.99) is a must-have for fans of platform games. It’s certainly one of my favorites in the genre for iOS. And should you find yourself a fan of Toku, LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias is also available for $3.99. Video trailer after the break.

LostWinds Frontier Developments, LostWinds - Free

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Apple pays tribute to Steve Jobs

One year ago, on Oct 5th, 2011, Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer. Today, Apple pays tribute to the one-of-a-kind visionary with a heartfelt video eulogy on its homepage and a letter from Tim Cook.

Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.

I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.

Tim

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