50 Billion App Store Downloads Countdown has begun

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A little over a week after Apple announced that the 45 billion App Store downloads mark had been passed (which took just over 4 months to get from 40 to 45 billion), the count down for 50 Billion downloads has begun. As with the previous grand giveaways, the lucky person who downloads the 50 billionth app will win a $10,000 App Store Gift Card. But as an added twist, the next 50 iOS users to download an app will also score a $500 Gift Card. In other words, the contest will end after the 50,000,000,050th app has been downloaded. For the complete details, head over to the 50 Billion Downloads page on iTunes, where you’ll also find the Top 25 Paid/Free iPhone and iPad apps of all time.

GAMEVIL giving away retro iOS games for Free

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GAMEVIL, best known for their RPGs and having just released the anticipated Diablo-like dungeon crawler Dark Avenger, is now offering a handful of their “Retro” iOS games for $0. From the fun and casual titles like Air Penguin and KAMI RETRO, to the popular JRPG series ZENONIA (parts 1 through 3), a good selection GAMEVIL games can now be downloaded completely free – for a limited time. Check out the complete freebie links after the break.

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Konami’s PowerPros 2013 World Baseball Classic now free for a limited time

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Konami’s recently released PowerPros 2013 World Baseball Classic for iPhone has dropped to free for a limited time (previously $4.99). This is the second instalment on iOS following POWER PROS TOUCH and the game is based on the popular baseball series from Japan - Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū. PowerPros 2013 features 2 game modes (exhibition and championship) and you get to choose from 16 “world” teams, which pack over 400 of the worlds best players. If you’re a fan of this long running baseball video game series or just baseball games in general, be sure to grab this one while it’s still free.

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Google Search app for iOS gets Google Now feature

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Google Now has been available to Android phones for several months now, and it has finally arrived for the iPhone and iPad. Described as ”the right information at just the right time”, Google Now is the latest feature found within the Google Search app. Once you sign into your Gmail account, “Cards” will appear at the bottom that provide helpful info like local weather, currency conversion when travel abroad, traffic conditions to your next likely destination, sports scores, flight status and much more.

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Mac Deals: Best time to buy a Mac, iPhone and iPad

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Thinking of buying a new iMac, Macbook, iPhone or iPad, but don’t exactly want to pay the full retail price found on launch day? Dealnews has analyzed over a year’s worth of Apple deals to help buyers with when to buy a Mac, or more specially, when they can expect to find the best discounts on Apple hardware. Here’s the quick rundown:

  • MacBook Pro 15.4″ with Retina Display - wait 9 months and save $350
  • iPhone 5 - wait 3 months and save $73
  • iPad (current gen) – wait 1 month and save $59
  • iPad mini – wait 3 months and save $29

Since Apple doesn’t normally slash prices on their iDevices (save for perhaps Boxing day and Black Friday), the best places to find discounts are resellers like MacMallAmazon and even the Apple eBay store (certified refurbished products). Check out the infographic after the break.

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CARROT updated to V3.0, now free for a day

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CARROT, the quirky todo list “with a personality”, has received its next major update (V3.0) and adds three most-requested features from its users: the ability to set reminders/due dates, repeating tasks and Siri Integration (have Siri add tasks into CARROT for you). But since this is not your ordinary todo app, these first have to be unlocked by actually completing tasks on your list (mark tasks as completed, score points and level up). Think of it as an incentive to get productive. Just don’t expect it be as complex as Things (TMA Review) or OmniFocus; it was designed to be fast, simple and most of all, fun to use. CARROT is now free for a day as well, so grab it for your iPhone, unlock all the goodies and get busy.

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$0.99 iOS Gaming deals for the weekend

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SEGA has dropped prices on a number of their Sonic themed games for the weekend to just a dollar, and they include Sonic CDSonic The Hedgehog 4 Ep. II (both of which were $4.99) and Sonic Dash. Titles from from other publishers – both big and small – have also knocked off a few bucks off their games. Most of the deals are likely good through Monday, so have a look at the full list of app sales after the break. 

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iOS 6.1.3 update now available for iDevices

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The lastest iOS update – version 6.1.3 – is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This primarily fixes the security hole that was found in 6.1, one that allowed access to the phone module right from the locked screen without entering the correct passcode. The update also brings improvements to Maps for users in Japan. As for jailbreakers, you may want to stay away from 6.1.3 for the time being, as David Wang (one of the devs for the evasi0n and their untethered iOS 6.x jailbreak) told Forbes several weeks ago that the 6.1.3 beta 2 update patched one of the bugs that the Jailbreak exploits. This means that 6.1.3 isn’t likely to work with the only untethered jailbreak solution at this time. For the rest of you though, you can grab the latest iOS update right from within Settings –> General –> Software Update or on your desktop via iTunes.

Game Boy Advance emulator hidden within “Awesome Baby Names” app

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An app called Awesome Baby Names has made it through Apple’s approval process and it’s not what you think. Through a series of taps in just the right spots, a hidden Game Boy Advance emulator will be revealed, thus allowing you to play all your favorite GBA roms you might have kept somewhere on an external hard drive. The app costs $1.99 and likely won’t last much longer on the App Store, so if your phone’s not jailbroken and you’d like to play some Mario on your iPhone, you may want to grab it before it’s pulled. Screenshots on how to unlock the emulator from within the app after the break.

Update: It appears the app’s been pulled from the App Store.

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Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience can now be streamed on iTunes

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Justin Timberlake’s highly anticipated album The 20/20 Experience drops next week on March 19th and if you simply can’t wait to hear JT’s falsetto vocals, iTunes is now streaming the album in its entirety.

Justin Timberlake rekindles his love affair with music on The 20/20 Experience. JT brings back the sexy synergy with production gurus Timbaland and J-Roc — “Tunnel Vision,” “Spaceship Coupe” and “Don’t Hold the Wall” are at once primal and futuristic pop excursions. He pours his falsetto into soul (“That Girl”) and over Latin beats (“Let the Groove In”). The 20/20 Experience shows Justin in full focus, reunited with his first love and it feels so good.

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