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Deal Of The Day: 95% Off On The Award-Winning MacLovin Bundle

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A MacLovin Bundle? What’s not to like? For $39 you can get your virtual hands on $861 worth of stuff for the Mac. That’s 8 applications, including Cinemagraph Pro ($100 value) and djay (a $20 value), as well as access to the OS X App Masterclass, a $500 value. With that eCourse, you’ll get 22 hours of instruction to learn how to code for the Mac. Learn Xcode and Objective C all the while editing some sweet footage with Cinemagraph Pro, DJ’ing with djay, as well as creating HTML 5 content with Hype2. All this for $39? What are you waiting for?

[ 95% Off On The Award-Winning MacLovin Bundle ]

Shazam for iOS Now Integrates With Rdio

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With its latest update, Shazam has gotten considerably more useful. On more than one occasion have I Shazam-ed a song only to have to then manually launch Rdio, search for it, and then play it. It’s annoying and unnecessary and I had been waiting for this kind of integration for a long time. Now, whenever you tag something, you’re given the option to play it in Rdio, or better yet, to play the song directly in Shazam without even needing to launch Rdio separately. The integration is seamless and really well done. It’s an obvious partnership that adds appeal to both services. For users of both, know that the functionality is just an update away, so get to it!

VIA [ UberGizmo ]

McDonald’s Thinks Their Fast Food Isn’t Fast Enough, And Are Working On An App To Fix That

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Apparently, being able to get a burger served to you in less than a minute just isn’t fast enough in the eyes of McDonald’s. The company is running a very limited pilot test in 22 locations in Columbus, Ohio, where a new application called McD Ordering is supposed to make the ordering process even faster and more streamlined. The way it works involves you placing, and paying for your order in advance through the app, which then generates a unique QR code. Simply present that code once you’ve reached the restaurant and the food will be handed to you. The system is meant to cut down on errors and, well, interaction time with potentially less than pleasant McDrones.

It’s not being advertised anywhere, but apparently 10 orders a day or so are being placed at the moment. The app is free on iOS and Android, but the mixed reviews apparently stem from customers not being aware of which locations they can use it at.

Our only gripe with the idea is that McDonald’s food has a very narrow freshness window, which is likely to be missed as your paper bag patiently waits for you to make your way to the location. If they integrate a GPS-powered zone warning, whereby the McD’s workers receive your order only once you’re a certain distance away from the restaurant in the hopes it’ll be ready just as you walk through the door, then maybe this can work. Otherwise, enjoy your stale Big Mac.

[ BusinessInsider ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Deal Of The Day Ending Soon: 1 Year Of iOS/Android Game Design Training For 93% Off

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Designing a successful mobile game can be a surefire path to riches, but you need to skills and knowledge to get there. Learning how to build iOS and Android applications without breaking the bank is now possible thanks to the above set of 8 interactive course, spread out over a year. Last time we posted about this, a good number of you guys took the plunge. The deal is ending tomorrow, so if you were even mildly curious, now’s the time. You’ll pay $79 for $1,200 worth of courses, which include “Intro to 2D game design with GameSalad, Intro to 3D game design with Unity 3D, Introdution to 3D Animation with Maya…” and others.

[ 1 Year Of iOS/Android Game Design Training For 93% Off ]

Deal Of The Day: 1 Month Of Home Radio For Free

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Not all deals are as wonderful as each other, and today’s is only offering a $5 discount. But then again, if you’re looking for a radio app and want to save the $5 asking price in the process, there’s Home Radio waiting for you. You have access to 30,000 AM and FM stations from around the world in a clean and minimalist application. Play anything you want with one click. It works on Macs.

[ 1 Month Of Home Radio For Free ]

Deal Of The Day: The Summer Blockbuster Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle!

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These Mac bundles are the reason we started working with StackSocial. They’re awesome and this new one is no exception! You’re looking at the chance to pay whatever you want for $400 worth of applications with the Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle. If you pay less than the average price (around $10 as of this writing), you get only three of them: Tangerine, DiscLabel, and Syncmate Expert 5. But if you pay even one cent more, all 10 are yours! What’s more, if you decide to pay more and make it even once onto the Leaderboard (of those who’ve paid the most for this bundle), you’re automatically entered to win a, 11″ MacBook Air. So what are the apps?

Path Finder 6
Access & Manage Your Files In A Flash

Fantastical
The Mac Calendar You’ll Actually Enjoy Using

Flux 4
Powerful Mac Web Design Made Easy

Gemini
The Duplicate Finder – Mac App Store Best of 2012

Logoist
Develop Professional Quality Images With Ease

Tunes Cleaner
Delete Duplicate Songs & Revitalize Your iTunes Music Library

MacX iPhone DVD Ripper
Rip Any DVD to Your iPhone, iPad & Other Apple Devices

DiscLabel
One Step To Professional-Looking Labels

SyncMate Expert 5
Sync All of Your Devices & Online Accounts Right to Your Mac

Tangerine!
Create Amazing Playlists For Any Situation Or Activity

So that’s it! What are you waiting for? You should know that 10% of the profits will go to charity, so you’re not only getting a good deal, but you’re helping those in need as well.

[ The Summer Blockbuster NYOP Mac Bundle ]

Turns Out Snapchat Doesn’t Delete Your Pictures Forever

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Been using Snapchat to send some racy pics because you thought they’d be deleted forever after a while? Think again. It turns out the company recently settled with the FTC regarding these specific claims. That’s right, all those videos and pictures you thought were gone forever could actually be accessed using easily obtainable third party applications, after their “expiration date”. As a matter of fact, some of these applications have been downloaded millions of times! The very feature that made Snapchat special turned out to have been non-existent to any mildly motivated individual.

As part of the settlement, Snapchat has to “create and implement what the FTC has called a “comprehensive privacy program,” and it will be monitored by an independent company for the next 20 years.” So you might want to hold off on sending anything too sensitive until the company’s fixed this.

[ FTC's Press Release ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Cloak App Helps You Avoid Those You’d Rather Not See

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There are many applications that let you find your friends nearby; Cloak does the exact opposite and gives you the tools to avoid those you’d rather not run into. Created by former Buzzfeed creative director Chris Baker, Cloak lets you tag some of your friends as “undesirables” (say a nasty ex, or that creepy guy at the office that you have no choice but to work with) and then keeps track of their whereabouts through their own check ins and public geo information. If you happen to wander within a preset radius of their known location, Cloak notifies you and gives you the chance to run away.

The tagline is “incognito mode for real life” and we’re kind of really digging the idea. It’s free, although iOS only at the moment.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Boost Your Reading Speed To Broadband Levels With Spritz

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Spritz is a new smartphone application in development that could dramatically increase your reading speed in as little as a few minutes. Instead of teaching you to silence your inner voice (which is a skill needed for effective traditional speed reading and is a common bottleneck), it presents the words to you in a completely novel format: flashing them one after the other at a preset speed. In this fashion, you don’t have to scroll your eyes from side to side; you just look at the same spot and the words come to you. Eventually, your inner voice ends up disappearing, and you simply understand the words without vocalizing them. It’s counter intuitive but extremely effective, boosting reading speeds up to 500 words per minute very quickly. Some people are even able to blaze at up to 1,000 wpm, allowing them to read an 80,000 word novel in less than 2 hours.

You can try it yourself at the link below. It’s really fun. And it’s a little different from other applications (like Spreeder) in its implementation. For instance Spritz “places each word at the “Optimal Recognition Point (ORP),” which is the placement in front of our eyes that’s best for reading comprehension of each individual word (multisyllabic words are read differently monosyllabic ones).” And it flashes a blank screen at the end of each sentence, preserving the essential rhythm of ideas.

It’s a great little program, but it’s not ready for primetime. The plan is to launch on Android first, although the company is working on iOS, web, and Microsoft phone SDKs. We’re not clear on the timeline, but keep an eye out: this one’s pretty awesome.

[ Try Spritz ] VIA [ DVice ]