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Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff that you can get, and possibly make use of this weekend, without spending a single penny. The freebies this time include a collection of Mac apps, a course on how to make your own iOS games, and a smattering of free App Store titles .
It's not as if your iPhone can't record audio and in fact record it remarkably well. Yet there are times when it isn't good enough or it isn't convenient to use your iPhone. There are also times when it isn't appropriate or even allowed to have your phone out –– and there are times when you will benefit from having two recorders. Cue the broadcast-quality Sony ICD-UX533.
We've previously covered MindNode in both its iOS and OS X versions and the short version is that we liked them, they're handy and easy to use mind mapping apps. It's a regularly updated and well cared for app, though, with the universal version for iPhone and iPad having since gone through 14 further revisions since our January 2015 look. Now in its latest versions, MindNode 2.2.2 for OS X and MindNode 4.2.2 for iOS have added To Do tasks right into their maps. Given how often we use mind maps as the start of a process that concludes with a long To Do list, it's only surprising that we've never thought to hanker for this feature before.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN search through online retailers for bargains, offers, and discounts on hardware, software, gadgets, and games for our readers. The still-alive deals from yesterday have been kept with dead deals moved off the list, with the new additions including a 55-inch 4K LG TV for $698, a Vizio 2.1-channel sound stand for $78, and other potential Valentine's Day gifts.
Back in what feels like the dark ages, when the Apple Pencil was announced, you know, possibly pre-Obama, perhaps pre-Ballmer, we were handed one to try. As it happens, at that exact moment the Pencil was put in our hands we were intently focused on the iPad Pro's screen and how the Smart Keyboard worked. It felt practically as if we took the Pencil out of politeness and wrote our signatures on the screen as quickly as we could before handing it back. Flash forward more time than we imagined, and now we're being unexpectedly handed the box by a courier and trying to remember what we ordered.
We feel a bit like we're rats suggesting that SoundCloud is a sinking ship that we're going to desert but right now, this week, there is reason to make certain you have all of the audio you've uploaded there. It will be a blow if the company closes as a result of poor financial returns, as it's a service we've enjoyed personally and we continue to use professionally: you can hear every one of the MacNN podcast shows on there. Nonetheless, the firm has announced serious financial losses and while we hope they can turn it around, we don't want you (or us) to lose any of our audio on there.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN search through online retailers for bargains, offers, and discounts on hardware, software, gadgets, and games for our readers. The still-alive deals from yesterday have been kept with dead deals moved off the list, with the new additions including a Fitbit Charge for $80, a TiVo Roamio OTA HD DVR and streamer for $30, and a Seagate Expansion 4TB portable external hard drive for $120.
Editions at Play is the new Google bookstore and it is a brand new idea of bringing pages to life, of adding interactive elements and of bringing old-fashioned books into the 21st century. Stop us if you've heard that before. As with ebooks before them, as with Choose Your Own Adventure books before that, this new Editions at Play idea puts the reader at the center of the action. It's meant to solve the problem of people not reading much, by meaning they don't have to read much.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deal lists, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to have their own Big Deals post. Today's choice is a new software bundle from MacUpdate, which offers a collection of ten Mac apps said to be worth $100 for just $20, with the first 1,000 people who buy the bundle receiving FX Photo Studio CK as an extra bonus on top.
As with other holidays, some of the best gifts are things that will last a while, so the person will frequently be reminded of your thoughtfulness (as opposed to flowers, which die quickly and are just as swiftly forgotten). To that end, MacNN Editor Charles Martin and One More Thing podcast co-host Malcolm Owen have come up with a few items that we think will create a lasting impression, and prove useful all year long -- arranged in no particular order, but covering a wide range of budgets. We've tested most of these, and some have been received as gifts, and they are all still much appreciated.