ProductiveMacs bundle: 9 Mac apps for $29.99

Here’s a Mac bundle from ProductiveMacs that should appeal to Mac users who want to get stuff done. For $29.99, you get 9 mac apps, the total value of which is $239. The most notable from the lot include the truly handy and popular TextExpander (expand custom keyboard shortcuts into often-used text and images), Path Finder (an award winning file browser and management app for Mac) and TaskPaper (a simple yet effective to-do list that lets you create projects, tasks, or notes without all the usual distractions. TaskPaper is also available for the iPhone and iPad for $9.99). I’ve been a long time user of TextExpander and it’s certainly saved me time and typing with all the shortcuts I’ve created on my iMac, be it addresses, urls, common phrases or even chunks of text. This normally goes for $35 alone, so for 5 bucks less you actually get 8 other apps as well.

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imo chat app updated with new design, group photo sharing and iPhone 5 support

imo, the all-in-one chat app that has 700,000 daily users and an average of 50 million messages sent per day, has been updated to version 3.3 on iOS. Aside from the support for iPhone 5’s 16:9 screen, imo’s iPhone interface has been completely redesigned to give its users a more streamlined experience. Gone are the bottom taps, which have been replaced by a left/right swipe gestures that reveal both Profile & Settings (ala Facebook) and accounts for the various services you’ve set up.

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djay for iPhone now free for a limited time

To help promote vjay, an iPad app that lets you mix and scratch your favorite music videos, algoriddim is now offering their highly popular djay for iPhone as a free download. First launched in 2011 for $9.99, djay is a great deejaying app that’s considered among the best in its genre.

djay transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into a full-fledged portable DJ system and seamlessly integrates with your music library, giving you direct access to all your favorite tracks and playlists. A hyper-realistic touchscreen interface and ultra-low latency converge to offer you a true professional mixing experience, right in the palm of your hand. You can perform live, record mixes on-the-go, or enable Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite playlist from your music library automatically.

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Rovio releases official gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars

After posting several video teasers over the past month, Rovio has released the official gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars. In partnership with Lucasfilm, the Star Wars themed Angry Birds includes your favorite characters like Han Solo, Chewie, Luke Skywalker and more. The classic and beloved catapult gameplay is all there (even the physics from Angry Birds Space), and adding to mix are lightsabres, blasters, jedi powers and so forth. Judging from the video, fans of both Star Wars and Angry Birds should be in for a treat. The game releases for iOS and Android (as well as other platforms) on November 8th and you can check out the official tumblr page for more info.

Borderlands Legends now available for iPhone and iPad

2K Games has finally released the anticipated mobile version of the bestselling Borderlands for iOS – Borderlands Legends. Unlike its console/PC sibling, you won’t find any FPS action, but rather a top-down real time strategy of sorts.

Borderlands Legends is the latest addition to the Borderland franchise, specifically designed for mobile and tablet. Control Mordecai, Lilith, Brick and Roland and take out the oncoming waves of enemies. Collect in-game cash by destroying enemies and purchase new weapons. Earn experience and level up your characters, unlocking new skills and abilities! Each character has their own set of unique skills and abilities, use them wisely to survive!

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Google Search app updated with improved voice search functionality

After nearly three months when it was first announced by Google, the Google Search app for iOS has been updated with significantly improved voice search functionality. Like Apple’s Siri, users will now get answers spoken back, along with a page of web results – just as if you had typed the query out yourself. Upon tapping the microphone button at the bottom of the screen and making your voice search, the app quickly displays the query text and results are returned almost instantly. In many cases, I’ve found it faster than Siri. As per Google blog, here are some questions you can ask:

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iPad mini Review Roundup

With just 2 days to go before the iPad mini’s worldwide launch in 26 countries, the reviews have started to hit the web. Tech bloggers from Jim Dalrymple of The Loop to The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky have all found the mini to be beautifully made, light and easy to hold with just one hand. Not surprisingly, the one thing most noted the 7.9″ tablet could use is a Retina display. While it’s still a good display by many accounts, those used to Apple’s high-res screen on the iPhone 5 and newer iPads will no doubt find that text isn’t nearly as sharp. That said, and despite its $329 price tag, the reviews are still calling the iPad mini the best ‘small’ tablet money can buy. The roundup after the break.

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iOS Deals for Halloween

Forever Lost: Episode 1 HD – now Free and perfect for Halloween night

Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup for the most recent freebies and price drops that are worth checking out this Halloween. You’ll find a good number of freebies and other sales, including Forever Lost: Episode 1 HD100 TrialsDungeon Story and more. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – DrawRace 2

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

DrawRace 2 is an award-winning racer that’s packed full of content, including a gymkhana skill game and a single-player campaign that features no fewer than 180 challenges.

In this high-speed racer, you navigate your motor around a series of detailed top-down tracks by drawing your vehicle’s path with your finger. The speed at which you trace the racing line on your device’s screen dictates the acceleration and deceleration of your car. Don’t expect an easy ride, basically. DrawRace 2 and DrawRace 2 HD for the iPad are both currently free for a limited time.

DrawRace 2 Chillingo, DrawRace 2 – Free
DrawRace 2 HD Chillingo, DrawRace 2 HD – Free

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iPad mini Pre-orders have begun, white and silver models to ship in 2 weeks

As revealed during Apple’s recent media event, the iPad mini is now available for pre-orders on Apple.com (in the US and 25 other countries). While the Black & Slate color is showing a November 2nd delivery date in all capacities, the White & Silver appears to be the more popular choice (either that or stock was limited to begin with) as its shipping date has been pushed back to 2 weeks. The 16/32/64GB Wifi only models go for $329/$429/$529, and the Wifi+Cellular have a $130 premium, at $459/$559/$659. If you’re planning on ordering the Wifi+3G/LTE mini, do note that these won’t ship until mid – late November, depending on what country you live in. Apple will also launch the iPad mini in stores on Nov 2nd, so there’s still a chance to line up and grab those shiny white ones sooner rather than later.