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10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

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Wednesday’s post covering paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a great one, and you’ll still find a bunch of free downloads in there if you go back to it. We’ve got 10 fresh apps on sale for you to check out today though, and you’d better hurry because these are all limited-time sales that could end at any moment.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Gif Creator!!

Normally $0.99.

Gif Creator user to create a gif by building each frame content such as the background image, the background color and the text with its font and its color. The user can add any text he/she want as the text adapts itself to the frame, can add any image from its camera or gallery and can add the Apple emojis as stickers.

As usual, the app allows the user to share the final gif (as a gif or a video) using any app installed in his/her device as Facebook or Twitter.

FEATURES:

– Create gifs using text and images: The app allows to create each frame and edit the content by adding text, an image and changing several properties as the background color.

– iPhone & iPad support: Works on any model of this family of devices.

– Share to any app: Thanks to in-built share protocol, you can share the final image using any app installed on your device.

– Creates both gif & video: In order to provide maximum support to share, the app creates a video and a gif and the user can choose which one to share or save.

Download Gif Creator!!

AnyRate Pro

Normally $4.99.

A minimalist design yet powerful currency app.

Features
– Support 160+ currencies
– Historical exchange rates
– Real-time data provided by Yahoo Finance
– Detect local currency base on your current location
– Built-in calculator
– It still works when network is unavailable
– Support 3D Touch

Tips
1. Tap the base currency area to activate keyboard
2. Scroll the list to hide keyboard
3. Tap any currency on the list to set it as base currency
4. Tap and hold, and then drag to reorder
5. Swipe left to delete currency
6. Swipe left to view historical currency rates as well
7. Pull down to refresh
8. Swipe left/right on top currency area to delete last input

Other apps designed by us:
– AirLaunch: Launcher on notification center
– DataFlow: track your network data usage
– Fancydays: countdown your important days
– AnyRate: currency converter

Download AnyRate Pro

Lily

Normally $1.99.

Create music with Lily, a playful musical experience for people of all ages and musical abilities.

Compose a looping melody with each lily and build up interesting harmonies and melodic patterns.

Explore polyrhythm by composing looping melodies of different lengths and tempo to create complex musical patterns.

Save your compositions and switch seamlessly between them to chain multiple patterns together.

Record and share your creations to YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook with Everyplay.

• Choose from six lily flowers, each with their own unique sound over three octaves.
• Alter the number of petals to create melodies of different lengths.
• Select from five musical scales.
• Alter the tempo division of each lily to create interesting interplay between the lilies.
• Save your compositions and switch seamlessly between them.
• Record and share your creations with Everyplay.

Peace.

Download Lily

Video Vault

Normally $0.99.

Video Vault hide your photos, videos or any files behind a calculator.
What everyone can see is just an ordinary calculator.
Until you type in your secret passcode it became a private storage app in which you can hide your secret files.

Some of the features:

1) Add files with ease:
– Transfer any files between iPhone,iPad and computer wirelessly;
– Add photos & videos from camera roll;
– Add photos & videos from in app camera;
– Add sound records from in app microphone;
– Add notes from in app note pad;
– Save any files from other app

2) Multiple formats support:
– Video: mkv,wmv,avi,divx,xvid,rmvb,rm,flv,mp4,mov,3gp,m4v,mpg,ts,m2ts,asf,vob… almost all movie file formats
– Audio: mp3,wma,wav,flac,ape,ogg… almost all audio file formats
– Image: png,jpg,animated gif…
– Documents: pdf,txt,docx…
– Open file with other app

3) Build in browser and downloader:
– One tap on link to download any file;
– Long tap on image to download it;
– Search, download, play and share animated GIFs;
– Browse the internet without traces;

4) Security:
– Support folder passcode
– Support decoy passcode
– Support Touch ID
There are more functions than you can imagine. Play it, find it and enjoy it!

Download Video Vault

Fastclip

Normally $1.99.

Combine photos and videos with your music to create an amazing video slideshow in just a few taps. Perfect for sharing family memories, showcasing your photography. All your projects remain in the app for further editing.

– Select music from your library
– Add photos and videos
– Fit exact asset appear position on timeline
– Share result video

Features:
– Autosaves your project, you can continue in any time
– A lot of stunning photo filters
– Realtime preview
– Simple and clean interface
– Fast result video rendering

Download Fastclip

Handy Document Scanner

Normally $0.99.

“Handy Document Scanner” is useful to capture document or business card image.

FEATURES:

• Tesseract OCR integrated
• Convert image to PDF file
• Capture or import image from Camera roll
• Automatically detect image rectangle
• Perspective crop with magnetic pointer
• You can rotate with animation, adjustment image
• So you can share or save

Download Handy Document Scanner

Super Pixels

Normally $0.99.

Super Pixels – Pixel Art Drawing

You can draw pixel art right in your App.Make Pixel Art is designed specifically for pixel artists, with tools that make it easy to create pixel art masterpieces. Start drawing now!

Download Super Pixels

Is it Good?

Normally $0.99.

The absolute easiest local places rating and review app has finally made it to your mobile device! Find or provide your opinions of businesses and places all over the world all in one easy to use app. Rate places by simply answering one easy question, “is it good?” Simply Tap Yes or No to share your review with the world. Instantly view others opinions of all types of places and establishments in your proximity. Launch the app to quickly see what is good and bad near your current location by the shortest distance!

Don’t waste time reading with stars and digging through long reviews when you just need to know which places are good or bad near you. From restaurants to hotels, gas stations to public parking, and more. You’ll know right away which places and locations to visit and which places to avoid.

– Instantly see and filter good and bad establishments in proximity to your current location.
– Add and rate new establishments to let the world know places to go and places to avoid.
– Obtain rewards for adding and rating new locations.
– Easily navigate to your chosen location.
– Help drive customers to your favorite local businesses by quickly and easily sharing your review.
– Optionally write short reviews in addition to simply answering “Is it Good?”
– Great for finding local locations or searching while traveling.

Download Is it Good?

Cloud Hub

Normally $0.99.

Cloud Hub is a simple documents reader and manager for iOS platform.

It allows to download or upload files from clouds services like Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, Drive, iCloud. Built-in FTP client. Import media files from Photo Albums. Manage all local files stored in the app; change name, move, copy, delete, create directories, view the content of the most common file types like PDF, PNG, JPG, MP4, iWork, MS Office files. Share files using social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter etc.

• Cloud Hub reads files:
– PDF
– MS Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint (doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx)
– iWork: Keynote, Pages, Numbers
– text (txt, rtf)
– images (jpg, png, gif, tiff)
– MP3, WAV
– MP4, H.264
– html, css

• Access Services (download/upload):
– Dropbox
– Box
– OneDrive
– Google Drive
– iCloud
– FTP

• Local file operations:
– Copy
– Move
– Delete
– Change name
– File details
– Send via e-mail
– Share using social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.)
– Upload to server (Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, FTP)
– View the content of the most common file types
– Image viewer
– Video player (MP4, H.264)
– Music player (MP3)

• Local directory operations:
– Create directory
– Delete directory
– List chosen directory

Download Cloud Hub

ChipPhoto

Normally $1.99.

ChipPhoto is one of the best photo apps that allows you to cut your photos into 4×4 to 20×20 square pieces. Each of the pieces can move to any spot of the picture and they are all size adjustable.

After carefully adjusting and rearranging the little pieces, the seemed-to-be ordinary picture has been given a new life!! The new photo cannot be more interesting, amusing and fun. ChipPhoto can not only provide a new way of editing your pictures, giving whole new different looks, but also can be as jigsaw games for children.

Download ChipPhoto

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Ralph Nader pens open letter to Tim Cook criticizing $100B buyback, suggests lowering prices & more instead

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During its earnings release over a week ago, Apple announced a new $100 billion share buyback program. The move, while praised by some investors, has been controversial among some who say Apple should put its profits to use in another manner. Now, American politician Ralph Nader is joining those criticizing the new buyback program…

This week, Nader published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, explaining how there are better ways for Apple to put that money to work. Nader opens the letter by criticizing Tim Cook for not consulting Apple stockholders for their approval:

Last week, you announced the largest single stock buyback in corporate history, amounting to $100 billion.  Probably no more than you and two other Apple executives made this decision prior to receiving the expected rubber stamp from your congenial board of directors.  Your company’s owners – Apple stockholders– were neither consulted nor asked for their approval.

Nader also notes that the success of stock buybacks is a mixed bag – pointing to Cisco as an example. “Cisco, after huge buybacks and much greater profits and size, has its stock about one-half of its March 2000 value,” Nader writes.

Perhaps most notably, however, the politician outlines the other ways Apple could have used its profits that “would receive positive public reactions.”

First, Nader says that for 2 percent of that $100 billion buyback – or $2 billion – Apple could “award a full year’s pay bonus to the 350,000 Foxconn workers. Such a move would provide “economic relief and happiness” to the workers who “sweat for your immense wealth in difficult workplace conditions, unable to afford the Apple phones they manufacture.”

Nader then suggests Apple use some of the $100 billion on research and development, specifically relating to improving supply chain conditions:

You can invest in research and development on ways you can diminish the effects of your company’s toxic supply chain that stretches from the dangerous mines in Africa to the hazardous solid waste disposal when users discard them.  Many serious illnesses, fatalities, and injuries associated with manufacturing your products can be prevented.

Next up, he says some of the money could be used to “reduce some of the collateral damage from excessive iPhone use by youngsters that comes with a sedentary life of obesity.” While Apple has already promised stronger parental controls to help overuse of its technology, Nader suggests the company “invest in needed neighborhood recreational facilities all over the country.”

Nader writes that Apple would also cut prices for consumers, alleging that its current profit margins used to be a signal of market collusion and antitrust:

Of course, you could always cut your prices for consumers. In the 1960s and ‘70s, such profit margins as Apple’s would have been an antitrust signal of possible monopolistic practices or market collusion.

Finally, Nader says the conventional uses of corporate cash would also be acceptable, such as increasing salaries and pensions, improving hiring, and more:

Then there are the conventional applications of a cash-rich company to consider: productive new investments, raising employee salaries and pensions, improving hiring practices, and workforce training and consumer services.

The important thing to note here is that Apple announced a $350 billion investment in the United States economy – so the $100 billion buyback program accounts for less than one-third of that. Thus, it’s possible that the company will use the remainder for things like Nader outlined.

Do you agree with Nader that the $100 billion that Apple will use for the buyback could have been better put elsewhere? Let us know down in the comments.

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There’s nowhere your smartphone can’t see with this awesome wireless camera accessory

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If love cool new smartphone accessories, prepare to be wowed. The Depstech 1200P Semi-rigid Wireless Borescope Camera is a 16-foot borescope that connects to your iPhone or Android phone wirelessly. You can then snake the camera into any tight space and your smartphone becomes a remote viewfinder. Use it to look inside your walls, help run cable, poke around in holes dug by animals, or even retrieve lost keys courtesy of the include hook attachment. You can even record video and save it on your phone! It’s an awesome accessory that you’ll end up using all the time, and the new and improved version is available right now on Amazon.

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

  • Innovative WiFi Endoscope with great compatibility: different from endoscope camera in the market, this wireless wifi inspection camera will work with Android devices( Android 2.3+), as well as iPhone IOS system(iOS 6.0+). This makes the endoscope appeal to many users with various kinds of devices.
  • True 1200P Resolution Camera: reaching 1600×1200, this endoscope is able to capture HD snapshot of the unknown, mysterious places where the human eyes are difficult to catch the image, along with recording a vivid live- video in AVI format, available to be stored on your devices upon enabling the app to accessible to the Photo App.
  • CamTele Technology Seeing further & Wider: many professional technicians spare no efforts to develop the new technology, so this new product will have longer focal distance than common endoscope, getting rid of the limit within 1-3 inch, and the scope for a clear image can be extended to 15.7 inch, which will be more user-friendly in your inspection work.
  • Simple Operation Method – Turning on WiFi box to generate endoscope WiFi, connect your working device with the endoscope WiFi, and then just enjoy the expected view with our unique app “Depstech”.
  • Featuring 16.5FT cable, waterproof and 8.5mm diameter camera, 6 adjustable LED light on the camera, applicable for kinds of scenarios , regardless of dark area, damp or wet area etc. The semi-rigid cable can bend and hold it’s shape to access confined place, such as curved holes or pipes. Furthermore, it has a durable lithium battery, capacity up to 1800mAh which support 3-4h working time without LED light on, outshining other endoscopes with working time less than 1h.
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Apple faces class action lawsuit over failing MacBook butterfly keyboards

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Apple’s polarizing butterfly keyboard design is now causing the company some legal issues. A new class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple, alleging that the company knew about the reliability issues of the design before launch, yet released it anyway…

As outlined by AppleInsider, the lawsuit was filed in the Northern District Court of California and includes both the 12-inch MacBook and the MacBook Pro.

The lawsuit alleges that “thousands” of users have suffered from problems with the butterfly keyboard device that render it ultimately useless. The lawsuit says that even “minimal amounts of dust or debris” causes the keyboard to fail, thus rendering one of the “core functions” of the MacBook broken. This makes the device “inoperable and unsuitable for its ordinary and intended use.”

Apple’s butterfly keyboard and MacBook are produced and assembled in such a way that when minimal amounts of dust or debris accumulate under or around a key, keystrokes fail to register. The keyboard defect compromises the MacBook’s core functionality.

As a result of the defect, consumers who purchased a MacBook face a constant threat of non-responsive keys and accompanying keyboard failure. When one or more of the keys on the keyboard fail, the MacBook can no longer serve its core function: typing. Thus, when this defect manifests in the MacBook, the computer becomes inoperable and unsuitable for its ordinary and intended use.

The lawsuit goes on to allege Apple “knew that the MacBook is defective at or before” the release. Furthermore, it knew of the issues uses of the 12-inch MacBook were having, yet still brought the butterfly keyboard to the MacBook Pro and sold it at “premium prices.”

Additionally, the suit takes issues with Apple’s marketing – which touts that the butterfly keyboard offers “four times more key stability than a traditional scissor mechanism.”

The 1-year warranty Apple offers to users is acknowledged in the lawsuit, but it argues that “Apple routinely refuses to honor its warranty obligations,” instead instructing MacBook users to “try self-help remedies that it knows will not result in permanent repair.

Ultimately, the lawsuit seeks damages, legal fees, and alls for Apple to disclose the keyboard flaws and replace defective units, including reimbursement for the initial laptop purchase.

This certainly isn’t the first time Apple has come under fire for its butterfly keyboard mechanism. Earlier this month, a petition called for Apple to recall and replace defective MacBook keyboards – that petition has since accumulated over 17,000 signatures.

You can join the class action lawsuit here. 

 

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