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26
Nov

Japan wants the world’s fastest supercomputer by 2018


Our world is in transition, with automation and digitization edging-out more humane forms of industrial labor. Some countries are actively pushing against that, but others, like Japan, are running head-first towards the future. The nation is believed to be pushing to build the world’s fastest supercomputer in an attempt to revitalize its recent malaise. Reuters is reporting that officials will spend $173 million on a machine capable of achieving 130 petaflops and besting current world number one, China’s Sunway TaihuLight.

Japan’s not had a great time of it recently, with an aging workforce and a slow-growing economy that generates plenty of comment. Historically, it’s been the center of the technology world, but South Korea and China have both supplanted the nation in the field of consumer electronics. The last time that Japan was king of the supercomputing hill was way back in 2011 when Fujitsu’s K Computer (pictured) topped the world rankings at 10.5 petaflops.

The country has asked various companies to bid for the honor of actually building the machine, codenamed ABCI (AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure). The winner will be announced after December 8th, and will expected to come online in 2018, at least according to anonymous sources. When operational, Japan will rent out time on the platform to companies who currently utilize Google and Microsoft services in an attempt to win back home crowds. It remains to be seen if it’ll be successful, but it’ll be worth the wait to watch it unfold.

Source: Reuters

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26
Nov

GoPro has a voice-controlled remote for its voice-controlled cameras


One of the reasons we gave both of GoPro’s new cameras — the Hero5 Black and Hero Session — good scores is that they both allow you to use voice control to do things like start and stop recording, take photo bursts, set a highlight tag, shoot pictures, change modes and switch the camera off. In our tests, we found that the feature works well, although on blustery days wind noise can prevent the camera’s microphones from picking up the sound of your voice. In part to address that sort of problem, GoPro just unveiled the Remo, a voice-controlled remote meant to be used with its new voice-controlled cameras. Like the Hero5 Black itself, the clip-on remote is waterproof, albeit to 16 feet here instead of 33. It also responds to the same commands as the two cameras, in 10 languages.

In addition to controlling for wind noise, you might clip it to pets or small children and start a recording from afar. In that use case, the voice commands will work with in a 33-foot range. The remote is available now for $80, with both clip and wrist housings included in the box. That’s a reasonable price for a stocking stuffer (no coincidence GoPro announced this on Black Friday, right?), but hopefully Engadget can test one soon so that we can actually vouch for it.

Source: GoPro (1), (2)

26
Nov

Amazon will spend $1 billion to conquer the Middle East


Amazon is one of the world’s largest retail destinations, but it doesn’t have much traction in the Middle East. That’s why rumors that it’s looking to buy Souq.com, the Amazon of the Middle East, make so much sense. Bloomberg is reporting that Jeff Bezos and crew might spend up to $1 billion on the site to gain a foothold across Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Neither party is talking about the deal, but if it’s getting reported in an august financial publication like Bloomberg then it must be serious.

Souq has looked to solve challenges that aren’t so prominent in the US and other countries where Amazon is dominant. Inc. profiled the company a few months ago, revealing that the retailer had to develop a new payment platform for a region where credit cards aren’t ubiquitous. So, users are able to shop for products by topping up a prepaid card available at various brick-and-mortar retail outlets. Another issue is logistics, since some regions don’t have as sophisticated delivery services as others — but perhaps that’s something that Amazon can help with.

Source: Bloomberg

26
Nov

Choetech USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter review – CNET


The Good Relatively cheap. Adds HDMI and USB 3.0 ports to any USB-C port. Its USB-C port can be used for both pass-through charging and data transfers.

The Bad It’s bulky and has only one USB 3.0 port.

The Bottom Line An affordable adapter with more useful features than most of its rivals.

If you want to get more out of your USB-C port, this adapter could be just what you need.

The adapter adds HDMI and USB 3.0 connections to a USB-C port. It’s an alternative to the $60 Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter, and at $30 it does the same thing for half the price.

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It only has one USB 3.0 port (the Satechi has two) but its included USB-C port can be used for both pass-through charging and data connection. The adapter is available in only one color, unlike the Satechi, which has matching colors with Mac notebooks. It’s also rather bulky and doesn’t feel as solid as the Satechi.

Still, it gets the job done. If you need to quickly connect your new Mac notebooks to a big screen, this is an easy recommendation.

26
Nov

‘No Man’s Sky’ will get base building in its first major update


There’s some good news for No Man’s Sky fans this Black Friday: The game is soon to get its first major update, according to a post from the developer, Hello Games. The bad news: Hello Games won’t reveal much about the patch, except to say that it’s called the “Foundation Update” and it will bring — wait for it — the foundations of base building. If that name wasn’t punny enough for you, the studio adds that the Foundation Update is also “putting in place a foundation for things to come.”

And that’s all we know. Hello Games says the update will arrive “soon,” but didn’t otherwise specify a time frame. The developer also says it will follow up with detailed patch notes at a later date.

To say this is the first update for No Man’s Sky wouldn’t technically be true. Since launching on the PlayStation 4 and PC back in August, the game has seen a sizable day-one patch and patches to fix a slew of bugs. Adding to these woes, Hello Games has been accused of false advertising, after screenshots in the Steam store seemed to promise a different game altogether — one centered on open-ended space exploration instead of resource gathering.

Via: Polygon

Source: Hello Games

26
Nov

Black Friday Specials: Save bigger than ever on these software bundles and subscriptions as prices drop for Black Friday


Get ready to kick 2017’s bum by learning a new marketable skill, picking up a super-fun hobby, beefing up your home network security, or simply making the most of some well-deserved downtime. Any one of these software deals are on Black Friday mega sale for a limited time.

Become an Ethical Hacker Bonus Bundle

MSRP: £551.30 ($681 USD) | Sale: £39.67 ($49 USD) | Price Drop: £20.24 ($25 USD)

With 340 lessons spread out over 9 courses, you’ll be on your way to hacking on the right side of the law in no time. This thorough bundle takes you from beginner ethical hacking through advanced and beyond, teaching you specialized skills and how to launch a career in the industry.

Complete Arduino Starter Kit & Course Bundle

MSRP: £420.88 ($519.90 USD) | Sale: £50.99 ($62.99 USD) | Price Drop: £48.56 ($59.99 USD)

This fully stocked no-experience-required beginner’s ARDX Arduino starter kit and course bundle will lead you through 13 different electronics projects with straight-forward, illustrated instructions, including troubleshooting tips. Control lights, buzzers, motors, and more—you’ll be humming “Mr. Roboto” before you know it.

Getflix: Lifetime Subscription

MSRP: £692.16 ($855 USD) | Sale: £31.57 ($39 USD) | Price Drop: £23.48 ($29 USD)

World travelers, rejoice! Keep on streaming shows with your favorite VOD service from anywhere when you watch via Getflix. This essential service routes internet traffic more efficiently and unblocks more than 100 channels for streaming movies, sports, and more on any device, internationally.

PureVPN: Lifetime Subscription

MSRP: £483.30 ($597 USD) | Sale: £72.05 ($89 USD) | Price Drop: £47.76 ($59 USD)

True online security and freedom can be yours with the world’s fastest VPN. PureVPN’s network is trusted by over a million users and allows more simultaneous device connections than most other VPNs. Use on just about any device with an internet connection to encrypt data and secure your connection, even on the sketchiest public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Bonus price drop: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

MSRP: £97.10 ($119.95 USD) | Sale: £32.34 ($39.95 USD) | Price Drop: £24.25 ($29.95 USD)

Nod your head to the beat in any weather with these water- and sweat-resistant Bluetooth earbuds. With enhanced battery life, a secure, lightweight fit, and auto-pairing to your device when their magnetic design is pulled apart, you can focus more on what you’re doing and less on your earbuds.

26
Nov

Bragi’s ‘Headphone’ takes on Apple’s AirPods


Almost three years ago, Bragi left an indelible mark on the headphone universe. The then-unknown company launched a pair of “truly” wireless headphones on Kickstarter that not only cut every wire, but boasted a slew of fitness-tracking features, all wrapped in a superslick design.

Bragi delivered on its promise, releasing the Dash this summer, but with a few compromises. The fitness features weren’t comprehensive enough to be valuable, the microphone wasn’t great, and even basic connectivity with phones wasn’t very stable. You can’t have bleeding edge without a few cuts, though, right?

Enter “the Headphone.” These $149 buds look a lot like the Dash, but are a much simpler proposition. The Headphone drops nearly all the smart features, and the result is arguably the product Bragi should have launched originally: a solid pair of truly wireless headphones. The Dash was definitely an impressive opening act, though, and perhaps necessary to earn the company the gravitas to be taken seriously.

The very first thing I noticed about the Headphone is that the build feels cheap compared to the Dash. The Headphone comes in a light plastic case — not a cold, weighty metal one this time. There’s no battery in that case either; it just serves as a charging cradle (and case, obviously). The Dash’s smooth, touch-sensitive controls have been replaced by physical buttons on the right bud. There’s also no app connectivity with the Headphone, and no onboard storage for music. So why bother? Well, there’s at least three very good reasons: connectivity, battery life and price.

Bragi defined the truly wireless headphones category, and many competitors soon emerged. Remarkably, all of them — almost without exception — suffered some form of connectivity hiccup. This could be between the buds themselves, or between the headphones and your phone when outside (an issue with the Dash). Some cheaper products presented both problems.

With the Headphone, connectivity issues have vanished — even outside walking with your phone deep in your pocket. The Dash is very sensitive, and if you have your phone in the wrong pocket, music would suffer dropouts. With the Headphone, I’ve had the odd minor glitch while turning my head to look for traffic crossing a road, with the phone in the opposite pocket.

The audio connectivity isn’t just better than the Dash; it’s better than any “truly” wireless buds I’ve tried (Erato’s Apollo 7 and Earin, to name a few). Importantly, the Headphone’s buds never lost connection with each other either — a common problem with these products. Best of all, unlike similar headsets, Bragi didn’t use a design with something hanging out of your ears (looking at you, AirPods) to help ensure good connectivity. Like the Dash, the Headphone sits flush in your ear, making them much more inconspicuous.

One downside to the physical buttons is that they require quite a push to register a click, so you’re basically mashing the earbud into your ear each time, which can feel uncomfortable. This mashing effect happens with all three buttons on the right bud. It’s a relatively minor annoyance, as you can always use your phone to control the volume, but it’s something to get used to.

The lack of fitness features on the Headphone isn’t a problem, as there are many other ways to track activity. But I did love the ability to load music onto the Dash and leave my phone at home when going for a run. Not many truly wireless buds offer this — Samsung’s Iconx is one of the others — but it’s a feature that elevates the usefulness of wireless earbuds, especially when music streaming might not be convenient.

A feature the Headphone does have is the “transparency” mode that Bragi helped pioneer. Transparency uses the microphone to blend ambient noise around you (traffic, people talking, etc.) with your music. Handy when you don’t want to stop your music, say when buying a coffee. But also a potential lifesaver for cyclists who gotta have their tunes on the ride to work.

It’s definitely a welcome addition to the Headphone’s relatively basic feature set, but for some reason, the ambient noise doesn’t seem to be quite as audible as it is on the Dash in the same conditions. My doorbell pierces through much less on the Headphone while listening at moderate volume, and sometimes I had to remove a bud to engage in conversation, which is less common with the Dash. Perhaps Bragi reconfigured it the second time around.

More important, music sounds pretty good on the Headphone, but a caveat: Bragi’s press materials told me this might not be the audio profile that will be on retail units. The profile on the model I’m wearing right now is fairly neutral. That’s to say, it’s sounds like there’s less emphasis on the bass and the high midrange frequencies (vocals, melodies, etc.), which are commonly ramped up in consumer headphones.

Again, if we’re comparing to the Dash, I actually prefer the Dash’s audio profile. It feels a little thicker, and has more impact (and a fair bit louder). The Headphone is still a very good listen, and probably more suitable to those who listen to live/acoustic music. My noisy brand of angry dance music just doesn’t feel quite as thumping this time around, though.

The microphone, on the other hand, is less impressive. I rang a number of friends and family and didn’t tell them I was using a hands-free, and nearly everyone asked me where I was calling from in that “you-sound-different” kinda way. I recorded a few tests on my MacBook using the mic on the Headphone, and they ranged from poor to inaudible. You’ll be able to use these to make calls, but it’s not a strong suit.

It might seem like there’s a lot of things lacking in the Headphone, and to a large degree that’s true … if you compare it to the Dash. Pit the Headphone against most of the competition, and suddenly things look rosier. The general connectivity situation is a great step forward for the category. The audio quality is solid (even if the mic is lacking), and the six or so hours of battery life is pretty decent (though a shame there’s no battery in the case).

At $149, the price undercuts Earin’s lightweight buds by some $50, and is (no doubt deliberate) $10 less than Apple’s AirPods, which is perhaps the competition Bragi’s really setting its sights on. With a better battery life, decent audio and enough change to buy yourself lunch, the Headphone should appeal to those iPhone 7 owners shopping around for a wireless set. Especially if Bragi can deliver on it’s “November” ship date and beat Apple to market.

26
Nov

Six gifts for your paranoid friends and family


It pays to be paranoid in a time of rampant breaches, social media account extortion, identity theft, fake security products, ransomware, and hack attacks on all. That’s why we’ve put together a gift guide for those among us who don’t want to find out they have a security issue the hard way. Typically that would include things like VPN subscriptions or password manager recommendations, but that’s no fun when it comes time for everyone to open their presents.

That’s why we’ve selected six sweet gadgets that’ll protect the privacy and security of those you care about. Carefully screened to keep out the “security snake oil” products flooding the gadget market, our picks have been selected with a keen eye on things that actually work to fight attacks that actually happen.

YubiKey 4 ($40)

There’s one way you can keep your accounts safe: by carrying a physical key that’s required whenever you log into your online accounts. That’s why some hackers always carry a YubiKey with them everywhere they go. Phishing, malware and other attack methods simply won’t work because they’d need your username, password and plug in your YubiKey to work. The little USB key acts like two-factor authentication for any service or site you register it with (ones that support two-factor, that is). What’s more, it requires no special software, works across multiple devices, and rides along discreetly on your keychain.

PortaPow Data Block USB ($7.89)

PortaPow Micro USB Cable ($11.99)

Attacks like ransomware can spread between devices when you connect them, but often times we can only charge our phones or tablets from a USB port. This means we run the risk of viruses or data hacking if we pull a little extra battery life from an unknown socket. Plus, it usually means slow charging. This little must-have solves all of these problems: it’s a lightning-fast charge and blocks the transfer of data. PortaPow’s Micro USB Cable is the same thing but in micro cord form: it prevents your device going into data transfer mode by blocking data on the line, and like the PortaPow USB, it charges faster than standard USB cables.

Stewart/Stand Stainless Steel RFID Blocking Wallet ($14.95+)

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you may know that malicious hackers can easily clone your passport or steal your credit card, debit, or driver’s license credentials just by brushing up against your wallet or purse. That’s because anything with an RFID (Radio-Frequency IDentification) chip in it can be cloned by someone using very inexpensive hacking tools. The only way to prevent that is to carry an RFID-blocking wallet or passport case, which physically blocks this kind of personal breach… Except most of them are cheaply made and look awful, and seldom have options for those of us who like to flaunt our paranoia with feminine flair.

Blink(1) MK2 ($30.00)

Know someone with Twitter anxiety, constantly checking to see if they’ve been mentioned? Or would you like to know when your computer’s acting weird behind the scenes, like if suddenly your CPU starts getting slammed for possibly nefarious reasons? Maybe you want to know when a web page has changed, or anything else you’d like a notification for… That’s what the Blink is for. It’s a tiny, discreet USB plug that’s actually an LED indicator, one that you can set to flash in different colors and patterns depending on what you’ve set it to tell you. It works with IFTTT for serious flexibility, and comes with a five foot extension cord.

Toool Emergency Lock-Pick Card ($29.95)

Picking locks isn’t hard to learn, but few people pick up the skill. If you ever get locked out of your house, need to get out of handcuffs, or don’t want to call some creepy locksmith to help you get into your home, The Lock-Pick Card is a must-have. The wallet-sized card is actually a nine-piece lockpick toolkit. Simply snap the tools out of the card whenever you need to save your own bacon.

The Onion Pi ($69.95)

More people are starting to realize that to be safe online from criminal hackers, nosey marketers, stalkers, and overreaching authorities is to be anonymous. And that’s a very good thing. One of the most popular “snake oil” privacy gadgets is the so-called “Tor in a box” — a plug-and-play gadget that promises to make you anonymous online. Nearly all of these are made by clueless charlatans whose products put you at risk. But you or your favorite hacker can just make or build an “Onion Pi” for about $69.95 in parts with this free tutorial.

26
Nov

Grab These iPhone and iPad Apps While They’re on Sale for Black Friday


Today is Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year in the United States. Between now and Cyber Monday, a number of developers are offering deals on their iPhone and iPad apps. MacRumors has been keeping an eye on AppShopper, and we have more App Store sales to share today.

Name: Alto’s Adventure
Developer: Snowman
Sale Price: 99 cents
Previous Price: $3.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV)
TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:

Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins.

Along the way you’ll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain.

fantasticalName: Fantastical 2 for iPhone
Developer: Flexibits
Sale Price: $2.99
Previous Price: $4.99
Compatibility: iPhone
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

Fantastical 2 is the award-winning calendar app with features such as natural language parsing, reminders, a beautiful week view, and much more!

deliveriesName: Deliveries
Developer: Junecloud LLC
Sale Price: $2.99
Previous Price: $4.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

Deliveries helps you keep track of all your packages, so you always know when they’re going to arrive. Whether it’s the latest gadget you’ve preordered online, or a new graphic novel you can’t wait to dive into, Deliveries will keep tabs on it so you don’t miss the doorbell.

gearsName: Gears
Developer: Crescent Moon Games
Sale Price: Free
Previous Price: $1.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
TouchArcade Review: 5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:

Explore the fanciful world of Gears! A gorgeous 3D physics-based ball rolling platformer that redefines the genre, Gears immerses you into adventure with 3 beautifully detailed worlds of 27 unique and challenging levels. Gears will have you on the edge of your seat for hours of gameplay… this is like no game you’ve ever played before.

i3Name: Out There: Ω Edition
Developer: Mi-Clos Studio
Sale Price: 99 cents
Previous Price: $4.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
TouchArcade Review: 5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

You are an astronaut awaking from cryonics not in the solar system, but… out there… in a far and unknown place of the galaxy. In Out There, you will have to survive, tinkering your ship with what you can gather drifting in the void, and spot garden planets to refill your oxygen supply.

Space is an hostile place; dangerous and mysterious adventures will mark each step of your travel. You will not only meet intelligent species that won’t care about you, but also deal with ancient powers linked to your destiny and the fate of mankind itself.

headsupName: Heads Up!
Developer: Warner Bros.
Sale Price: Free
Previous Price: 99 cents
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

It’s the game The New York Times called a “Sensation,” and Cosmopolitan said “will be the best dollar you’ve spent.” Heads Up! is the fun and hilarious game from Ellen DeGeneres that she plays on her show, and you can play with your friends!

From naming celebrities, to singing, to silly accents — guess the word on the card that’s on your head from your friends’ clues before the timer runs out!

pixelmatorName: Pixelmator for iOS
Developer: Pixelmator Team
Sale Price: $1.99
Previous Price: $4.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

Pixelmator is a powerful, full-featured, layer-based image editor that lets you touch up and enhance images, sketch and paint, as well as create advanced image compositions on iPad and iPhone alike.

riptideName: Riptide GP: Renegade
Developer: Vector Unit
Sale Price: 99 cents
Previous Price: $2.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:

You are a hydrojet rider, framed and cast out from the Riptide GP league, forced to race illegally through city waterways, flooded ruins, and churning factory machinery in an effort to reclaim your reputation and your title. Play through the single player career to unlock new vehicles, playable characters, and customization features as you take down bosses and build your crew.

i10Name: Forbidden Desert
Developer: Button Mash Games Inc.
Sale Price: $1.99
Previous Price: $6.99
Compatibility: iPad
TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:

Your mission to recover a legendary flying machine has just been thrown into chaos. An unexpected sand storm has forced your helicopter to make a crash landing. Now, stranded in the vast desert and exposed to an unrelenting storm, your only hope for survival is to quickly excavate the ancient city, find the parts to the flying machine, and rebuild it to escape.

i11Name: The Orchestra
Developer: Amphio Limited
Sale Price: $2.99
Previous Price: $13.99
Compatibility: iPad
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

A new way to experience classical music. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, performing extracts from eight works representing three centuries of symphonic music.

i12Name: Pandemic: The Board Game
Developer: Asmodee Digital SAS
Sale Price: $2.99
Previous Price: $6.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:

As skilled members of a disease-fighting team, you must keep four deadly diseases at bay while discovering their cures. Travel the world, treat infections, and find cures.
You must work as a team to succeed. The clock is ticking as outbreaks and epidemics fuel the spreading plagues. Can you find all four cures in time? The fate of humanity is in your hands!

dontstarveName: Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Sale Price: $1.99
Previous Price: $4.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
TouchArcade Review: 5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:

Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition, brings the hit PC game enjoyed by over 4 million players to the iPhone and iPad. Now you can experience the uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic on the go!

i14Name: Infinite Blade III
Developer: Epic Games
Sale Price: 99 cents
Previous Price: $6.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
TouchArcade Review: 5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:

Siris and Isa have joined with the God-King Raidriar in a desperate attempt to destroy the Worker of Secrets and his army of Deathless titans. Uncover new mysteries to wield the power of the Infinity Blade in this timeless adventure of champions and villains.

Previously Highlighted Deals

talismanName: Talisman
Developer: Nomad Games
Sale Price: $1.99
Previous Price: $3.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal)
TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:

Talisman: Digital Edition is a classic fantasy adventure board game, where you embark on a dangerous quest, fighting dragons, battling serpents, and avoiding the deadly curse of the Hag. These are some of the many obstacles you will face. So choose your character wisely, Warrior, Assassin, Thief or Wizard? There are 14 available, unique in their strengths, weaknesses and special powers. To win the game race your opponents through a perilous realm, journeying to the heart of the land to find the crown of Command.

heroes-of-loot-2Name: Heroes of Loot 2
Developer: OrangePixel
Sale Price: 99 cents
Previous Price: $3.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal)
TouchArcade Review: 4/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:

After their job, of keeping the dungeons in balance, was done, our heroes needed a new job. Roaming the lands they found a call for heroes, a castle in need, possible even a damsel in distress?

Pick two heroes to take into the adventure, controlling both heroes and using their special skills to navigate the dangerous castle hallways, rooms and floors. Switching between the two characters to solve quests, puzzles, and of course clear the dungeons of all evil.

space-gruntsName: Space Grunts
Developer: OrangePixel
Sale Price: 99 cents
Previous Price: $3.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal)
TouchArcade Review: 4/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:

Space Grunts combines fast paced arcade action with turn-based gameplay.

The year 2476, Earth’s space-federation has been building moon-bases across the galaxy. One of those moon-bases has been sending a distress signal.

Space Grunts are a group of intergalactic “problem” solvers, sent to investigate..

You play one, out of a team, of Space Grunts, and your mission is simple: find your way into the moon-base, and figure out what has happened. You’ll have to fight your way through aliens, robots, security drones and base-systems. Find the lower levels of the moon-base, and get to the core of the problems.

screens-vnc-iosName: Screens for iOS
Developer: Edovia
Sale Price: $9.99 (Late Thursday to Early Tuesday)
Previous Price: $19.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal)
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

Leave your computer behind and travel light! Screens lets you connect back to your Mac, Windows or Linux PC and control it from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world.

scanner-proName: Scanner Pro
Developer: Readdle
Sale Price: $1.99 (Wednesday to Friday)
Previous Price: $3.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal)
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

Scanner Pro is the best app for quickly scanning and saving a digital version of a paper document. Scan any papers, ranging from a receipt to multi-page documents. Scanner Pro will automatically detect borders, correcting distortion and geometry. Share, email and upload your perfect scans. Use OCR to convert any scan into a text.

pdf-expert-5Name: PDF Expert
Developer: Readdle
Sale Price: $4.99 (Wednesday to Friday)
Previous Price: $9.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal)
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. It allows you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and even merge PDFs. Moreover, PDF Expert 5 is the best choice for filling out PDF forms right on your iPad and iPhone.

printer-proName: Printer Pro
Developer: Readdle
Sale Price: $3.99 (Wednesday to Friday)
Previous Price: $6.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal)
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

Printer Pro lets you wirelessly print from the iPhone or iPad. It can print directly to many Wi-Fi printers or any printer attached to your Mac or PC via helper application installed on your computer.

calendar-5Name: Calendars 5
Developer: Readdle
Sale Price: $3.99 (Wednesday to Friday)
Previous Price: $6.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal)
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

Calendars 5 is complete re-imagining of what the best mobile calendar experience should be. Calendars 5 is smart, excels in both tasks and events and runs on any iOS device you might have. It’s the calendar app you have been looking for.

pdf-converterName: PDF Converter
Developer: Readdle
Sale Price: $1.99 (Wednesday to Friday)
Previous Price: $3.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal)
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:

Make PDFs from any file that you have on your iPad or iPhone. Save Word, Excel, Powerpoint or iWork documents, web pages, photos and even clipboard content as professional quality PDFs. Everything from a multi-million contract to a web page you want to read later can be saved as a PDF in just a few taps.

Keep an eye on AppShopper and our Black Friday roundup for additional app and software deals through Cyber Monday. The roundup also tracks good deals on Apple products such as iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, Beats headphones and accessories, and more from retailers such as Best Buy, Kohl’s, Target, and Walmart.

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