The Lifehacker Mac Bundle: 9 Mac apps for $49.99

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Users looking to get more out of their iMacs and Macbooks will find plenty to love about the Lifehack Mac Bundle, where 9 handy Mac apps are now on sale for just $49.99 (a $310 retail value). Apps that are part of this bundle include Mac Pilot 5 (easily enable and disable hundreds of hidden features in Mac OS X, among other things), TechTool Pro 6 (complete diagnostic checks, drive repair and data recovery) and one of my favorites, TextExpander 4 (create custom keyboard shortcuts for “expanding” user-defined text). To take advantage of this great bundle, head over to Stacksocial (deal ends in 18 days) to add some or all of these apps to your desktop workflow. And if you’re feeling lucky, several Giveaways are still ongoing, including 2 iPad minis, a Dropbox Pro account for life and The Omni Group bundle.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day: Letters from Nowhere (Full)

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.

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G5′s Letters from Nowhere is a hidden object game in which you explore more than 48 puzzle-filled locations in search of your husband. He’s only gone and mysteriously disappeared, you see.

Throughout your search, you’ll have to seek out over 1,000 unique items and complete 11 mini-games. Dig Achievements? You’ll be pleased to read that Letters from Nowhere features Game Center support, then. Both the iPhone and iPad versions were previously $4.99, so if you’re a fan of the genre, be sure to grab them while they’re still free.

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Skype for iPad updated with several new features, 30% off Skype gift cards

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Skype for iPad has been updated to version 4.5 and with it, comes several new additions:

  • The app automatically reconnects a dropped call when wifi or 3/4G network reception is poor
  • Add money to your Skype account from within the app to call mobile/landlines worldwide or send SMS (currently only available in US, UK, France, Sweden and Estonia)
  • Swipe from left of the screen to open a new sidebar of your recent conversations

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iOS 6.0 and 6.1 Untethered Jailbreak (evasi0n) is here

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The wait for an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini is finally over. Team evad3rs has moments ago released the evasi0n jailbreak, which isn’t only untethered (meaning you can reboot without having to “tether” to a computer), but is compatible with all iDevices running iOS 6.0 through 6.1. iPhone 5 users can now get back to using awesome Cydia apps like SBSettings, Zephyr and Springtomizer 2, just several of the non-Apple sanctioned apps that seriously enhances the whole iOS experience. To get started, check out the evasi0n FAQ page for step-by-step instructions on how to install this Jailbreak. But before you continue – and assuming you want to run iOS 6.1 while Jailbroken – it is recommended that you update your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad via iTunes, rather than directly from your device –> settings (aka OTA).

FAA’s Free App of the Day: Ticket to Ride Pocket

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.

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This digital iPhone adaptation of the best-selling Ticket to Ride board game (now free for a limited time) features four different game modes: Solo, Pass-and-Play, Local, and Multi. That last one allows you to dip in and out of multiple asynchronous matches against opponents from around the world.

For those of you who’re unfamiliar with Alan R. Moon’s classic board game, you have to build profitable rail networks across Europe and North America before your opponents do the same. A brief walkthrough of how the popular board game’s played after the break.

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Reservations for upcoming Mailbox app now open to iOS users

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Mailbox, the soon to be released Gmail client for iOS that’s unlike any other on the App Store, can now be reserved through the company’s website. If you’re not familiar with Mailbox, it’s a highly unique email app that’s designed to help you reach the ever elusive goal of “Inbox Zero”. Using intuitive swipes, you can easily archive or trash your messages, and even snooze emails for reading at a later time (choose between preset categories or pick your own date/time). Snoozed messages will then archived and removed from view, and eventually return to your inbox automatically, thus allowing you to concentrate on what’s important.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day: King Oddball

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.

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King Oddball (TMA Review), brought to you by 10tons, is a rather strange yet addictive physics puzzler. In it, you take on the role of a miffed king and attempt to flatten targets with huge boulders that you launch with your tongue.

Your aim, then, is to crush as many targets as you possibly can with each and every boulder that you let loose in order to wipe out the human civilisation. You do this across 120 levels, which are packed with collapsing structures and plenty of opportunities to unlock Game Center-powered achievements. King Oddball is now free (was $2.99) and is a universal app for the iPhone and iPad.

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The Mac Freebie Bundle – 8 Mac apps for Free (value of $117)

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We’ve covered a number of Mac Bundles in the past, and this is first time I can recall that it’s being given away absolutely for free. Held over at Stacksocial, there are 8 Mac apps found in the bundle and they include Ondesoft Screen Capture ($30), ClipBuddy ($30, a great tool that saves all the clips you make) and Image Smith ($16). The only thing that’s required is for you to have a free Stacksocial account, and then Like/Share it either via Facebook or Twitter. The total value of the Mac Freebie Bundle is $117, and there should be at the very least an app or two that you’ll find useful.

The giveaway ends in 14 days, on Jan 30th. A break down of all apps included after the gap.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – Car Jack Streets

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.

Car Jack Streets is a Grand Theft Auto-esque action title in which you take on the role of Randal Meyers, who’s a down on his luck gambler that owes big bucks to the Italian mob.

Your aim, then, is to pull off legal and illegal jobs around a crime-ravaged city to pay off your debt and ensure that you don’t wake up next to a horse’s head. Car Jack Streets features tons of cars, helicopters, and other vehicles, and a varied arsenal of powerful weaponry. If you’re a fan of GTA type games, be sure to grab this one while it’s still free.

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Get your free copy of Fairway Solitaire (full version) for the iPhone

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Big Fish Games is now giving away free copies of their smash hit Fairway Solitaire, a mighty addictive variation of solitaire with a golf theme. This solitaire game with a humorous twist has the player attempting to clear all the cards in a hole (over 350 to play through) with “golf clubs” and playing cards in their own deck. The only way to capture a card is to use one from the deck that is either one number higher or lower than that on the playing field. The real fun lies in trying to string together a series of card runs, which in turn will unlock golf bucks (in-game currency) and other achievements.

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