Earlier in November, Microsoft announced that they will be retiring MSN Messenger in the first quarter of 2013 (except in China), with service for the chat platform to continue in the form of Skype. Earlier today, the Skype app for iPhone and iPad was updated to version 4.2, bringing with it support for MSN Messenger. Now you can sign in and merge your existing Microsoft account and chat with your Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts. And if you’re new to Skype, the there’s a new option to create an account right from the app.
Quick. How many Apple TV ads have ever been made? If you said 485, that’d be correct. Well, according to someone with way too much time on their hands anyway. Found under the Youtube channel EveryAppleAds (via The Next Web), you can now watch all the classics in one place. From the very first Apple TV ad (1977) to the recent iPad mini adverts, it’s (supposedly) all there. Yes, you can re-watch all the Mac vs. PC ads starring Justin Long and the ‘other guy’ (John Hodgman). Below are but a few of the ones I’ve enjoyed from a number of years ago. For the full playlist, head over to the Youtube page.
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Burrito Bison is a rather strange game.
You’re tasked with launching an extremely chiselled gentleman as far as you possibly can through colourful candy-filled environments. Your aim is to squish and squash seemingly endless waves of fruity gummy bears in order to gain enough speed to smash through doors and escape from the dreadful (but incredibly tasty) Candy Land.
Naturally, this game is chock full of power-ups that will make your mission a little easier. These include rockets, a glider, explosive chilli peppers, and one of those pogo stick things that you probably played with as a kid.
Ravenous Games, Burrito Bison - Free
Gifting iTunes Gift Cards to your family and friends has just gotten a whole lot easier, thanks to the added ability to send them as digital cards right from Facebook. So if you see that it’s your FB friend’s birthday (or any other occasion), simply head over to their page and click on the “Gift” icon. Once the iTunes option has been selected, you can purchase them in denominations of $10/$15/$25/$50 and pay with your credit card. You can even recommend albums, movies, games, apps, and more to go along with the e-card. Can’t find the Gift button on your friend’s page (located above box area where you post on someone’s wall)? Unfortuntely, the gifting feature is currently only available in the US.
Apple’s yearly Black Friday Event is now live in the US and Canada (along with rest of the world). Products you’ll find as part of the yearly sale include:
- new iPad 4 (save $41 on 16GB, up to $61 off on 64GB models)
- iPad 2 (save $31)
- 5th gen iPod Touch (save $31 on 32GB and $41 on 64GB models)
- Macbook Pro with Retina (save $101)
- Macbook Air (save $101)
As with past sales, accessories are also throw in at a discount, with $11 knocked off the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, Wireless Keyboard and Smart Cover for iPad. You can even pick up the new EarPod earphones w/Remote and Mic for only $22 ($7 off). All in all, the prices on Apple hardware is slightly better than MacMall’s Black Friday Sale.
If you do plan on picking up some new iDevices/Macbooks today, you can do so online (free shipping) or in Apple Stores. The sale ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup for some of the most notable and recent freebies/price drops that are worth checking out this Black Friday and Thanksgiving Weekend. Besides a good number of games/apps you can pick up for free, loads are currently only $0.99, like Fieldrunners 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers Initiative and more. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time. Happy Thanksgiving!
Update: New price drops and freebies have been added to the roundup (denoted by **)
Like during every major holiday season, Electronic Arts has slashed prices on a bunch of their iOS games, many of which are now $0.99. FIFA SOCCER 13 is now at its lowest price point ever ($2.99) and their latest - Need for Speed™ Most Wanted has been discounted for the first time ($4.99). Some of the dollar deals include Plants vs. Zombies, Real Racing 2, MONOPOLY for iPad and much more. No word on how long the sales will last, though it’s probably a safe bet that they’ll be good through the Thanksgiving weekend. The complete roundup of App Store links after the gap.
Been patiently waiting for a price drop on Parallels 8? Well you’re in luck, because it’s part of the latest Mac bundle to hit the web this Thanksgiving season. With the Mac Utility Bundle, you get 5 apps for $59 – which is 75% off the total retail price. They include: Parallels 8, Snagit, MacOptimizer, Rubbernet and VirusBarrier. Normally Parallels 8 sells for $80 and it’s arguably the best utility for running Windows right from within Mac OS. Snagit’s another app I use heavily for capturing screenshots for TMA and other projects (it can also do video capturing), and this alone retails for $50. You have 7 days to take advantage of this great Mac Utility bundle, so head over to the Stacksocial page for the complete details.
And if you missed it earlier, the ProductivityMac bundle (9 apps for $29) is still on.
Nokia has released their first iOS app, which it hopes will lure users away from the various mapping solutions on the platform. Called HERE Maps, it’s based off HTML 5 and offers several features that Apple’s own Maps app lacks. Most notable of these include turn-by-turn walking directions (strangely enough, not for driving directions), community maps (selected countries), the ability to save map areas for offline use, and public transportation. You can also sign up for a free Nokia account that lets you ‘Collect’ places, which can then be viewed at a later time on mobile devices and even the web.
Photography sure has come a long way. From the first photo ever taken (which required an eight hour exposure) to the explosion of mobile photography, more and more users are relying on their cellphones to snap their pictures. The team behind Overgram (an app that lets its users add an assortment of text to their Instagram pics), have drummed up an infographic detailing its evolution. Some of the stats include: more than 3.5 trillion photos have been taken since the first photo, 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook everyday and photos make up 42% of all posts on Tumblr. Check out the full breakdown filled with stats, fancy charts and the like after the break.