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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 ]

EA: You Can Leave Any Rating You Want, As Long As It’s A 5-Star Rating

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In a world where an app’s success or failure often depends on its rating, EA isn’t taking any chances and has started using some dodgy tactics to boost its image online. In the Android version of the freemium game Dungeon Keeper you get an occasional prompt to rate the game, which is normal practice in most applications. However, this particular prompt gives the following options: if you’re thinking of leaving a 5-star rating, you’re directed to Google Play Store where you can leave your glowing review; if it’s anything less, pressing that button will open a window where you can “leave feedback”, skipping the Play Store altogether.

Sure, you could still leave a 1-star review, but you’d have to manually go to the Play Store, find the game, and leave a review. This obviously stacks the deck in EA’s favour, despite the company’s claim that this tactic is employed to “collect valuable feedback from players who don’t feel the game is worth a top rating.” Given that the wording on the prompt is “5-Star ratings from you help us provide free updates!”, it’s clear that content is being held hostage in exchange for an artificially inflated rating, and isn’t sitting right with gamers. It’s no surprise then that the company was voted Worst In America, 2 years running.

VIA [ TheVerge ]

Say Goodbye To Vertical Videos Forever With Horizon

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Ever read the comments on Reddit whenever some schmo shoots a video with the phone held vertically? Not pretty, right? Even worse is when they start holding the phone vertically, realize their mistake and rotate sideways… Then all you have is a video that forces you to tilt your head 90 degrees in order to watch. It’s stupid. The Horizon app promises to fix these problems forever. Using the phone’s accelerometer, you’re presented with an always-horizontal window that appears even when you’re holding your phone upright. It serves to remind you that the phone is in the “wrong” orientation, and also serves as the viewfinder. Yes, the shooting area will be smaller if you keep shooting while the phone is upright, but it will resize dynamically if you tilt. Actually, no matter what angle you’re pointing the device, the video stays horizontal.

There are multiple aspect ratios to pick from and even filters to play around with. It’s unfortunately iOS only at the moment and it’ll cost you all of $1.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Roadie Tuner Gets That Guitar Tuned In An Instant

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There are those who can quickly tune a guitar by ear, and then there are those who can’t. Fortunately for the latter group, there’s a product like the Roadie Tuner to help. It’s a small handheld device that pairs with your smartphone and automatically tunes your strings. Just place it on each peg, pluck the string in front of your phone, and it’ll do the required adjustments. You can even choose from alternate tunings, or even create your own. Also, it’ll analyze the tonal quality of your strings and alert you when it detects it might be time to change them. As a matter of fact, Roadie Tuner isn’t limited to traditional guitars; it’ll tune any stringed instrument, with any number of strings. Currently on Kickstarter, a $79 pledge will get you yours, with a delivery date of June 2014.

[ Kickstarter ] VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

3D Printing App Makes Object Creation Easier For Windows 8.1 Users

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The ecosystem around 3D printers gets a little more mature each day. Just last week we were reporting that about the Smithsonian launching a set of 3D files of their exhibits that you can print at home. And now comes news that Microsoft has released an application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. It’s meant to make it possible for people with no experience with CAD software to easily create objects to print. Aside from containing a catalogue of items that you can use immediately, the app allows you to modify them and even to import your own external ones, of course only as long as you have the hardware to do so. It’s free and you can give it a spin at the link below.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Print You Own iPhone Keyboard On A Piece Of Paper

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Maybe you find the keyboard on the iPhone a tad too cramped? Your big meaty fingers make a mess of everything? Maybe you’d be better off giving this application a look, then. It’s called Paper Keyboard and involves you physically printing a special keyboard on a piece of paper. You know, like people did in 2006? Print stuff in 2D? Right, so once the keyboard is printed, you place your phone in the specially designated area and its front facing camera takes care of the rest. Its “sophisticated algorithms” track where your fingers are and register the key presses. You’re then free to use that text in other applications.

Now… we’re not sure about this one, cool as it sort of sounds at first. If you’re able to print something, there’s a good chance there’s a full computer nearby, no? So why not just use that? Like, this could be useful if you have to type a really long email and don’t want to stare at a tiny keyboard for the whole thing. But if there’s a computer nearby… what’s the point?

In any case, it’s free to download and try out, though they’ll ask for money if you want to use the in-app chat application.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]