updated 12:51 pm EDT, Fri June 27, 2014
Electronista and MacNN staff's deal picks for June 27, 2014
Welcome to this week's installment of Friday Deals! Every Friday we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!
Apps and Software
Amazon is having a pretty large free app offer on its Android App Store. Highlights from the complete offering include media streaming receiver Plex(down from $5), Splashtop Remote Desktop (formerly $9), and classic Sega Genesis title Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (cut from $3).
A major update for MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree for iPhone and iPad has just been released. Celebrating this event, new users can purchase either title for 50 percent off! During the promotion MacFamilyTree 7 is $25 while MobileFamilyTree 7"> for iPhone and iPad sells for $7.
Steam and GOG.com's summer sales are ongoing. Many of the titles available are SteamPlay, meaning OS X, Windows, and in some cases Linux compatibility. The deals change often -- be sure to compare flash sale pricing with regular sale pricing.
Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? If Steam or GOG aren't your bag, the Mac App Store has first person shooters BioShock and BioShock 2 on sale for $5 each. Both games are marked down from $20 each. We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.
DEVONtechnologies, EastGate, Literature & Latte, Nisus Software, and Scribblecode have teamed up to offer their well-known Mac productivity tools for a discount. Mac fans get DEVONthink Pro, Tinderbox Six, Scrivener, Nisus Writer Pro, and Aeon Timeline for 25 percent off.
StackSocial is offering the Mac Freebie Bundle 3.0, containing seven apps for free. Available in the bundle are iOS screen mirroring tool X-Mirage 1.02.9, clipboard retention tool ClipBuddy 2.10.26, Flash media player ElMedia Player Pro version 4.3.6, photo mosaic tool cf/x Mosaic 2.0.4, video journal app Vidiary 2.5, journaling app Bits 1.0.5, and text art tool Sweetie 1.1. The bundle is completely free, and requires a StackSocial account to acquire. At full price, the apps total $119.
The FitBit One is highly regarded as one of the best activity trackers, with the widest compatibility. Amazon has the acclaimed device on sale today for $78. It's summer time, go get fit!
Vendor OneSale has the unpopulated two-bay ZyXEL network storage and media server on sale for $70. This is a 75 percent discount on the network attached storage device. Supported protocols are CIFS/SMB, NFS, DLNA 1.5, iTunes server, SqueezeCenter, and FTP. Shipping is included in the deal price.
Apple iPhone 5c and 5s
Earlier this week, we reported that Apple's current iPhone line was marked down at WalMart -- the offer is still good, and may be WalMart's permanent price. With a two-year contract, the big box retailer is selling the 16GB iPhone 5c for $29, and the iPhone 5s 16GB model for $99.
Alternatively, Costco has restarted sales on a limited selection of iOS devices. The Costco Mobile online store and some in-store kiosks are now carrying 16GB models of the iPhone 5s and 5c, as well as the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, with discounts as high as $121 off retail. The company is now offering the 16GB version of the iPhone 5s for $78 with a two-year contract from either AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. The iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina display are also available in the 16GB configuration, through Verizon and T-Mobile in the Wi-Fi + 3G/LTE edition only. Verizon is offering $100 off the retail price on contract. Not all stores have relaunched sales -- call ahead if a retail visit is in your future.
Samsung 840 EVO SSD - continuing
We examined the 750GB version of this last year, and found that even at full price, the price to performance benefit was outstanding. We're seeing continued low pricing on this drive, which may be the new reality for high-capacity SSDs produced start to finish by one company. Nearly the entire range is on steep sale, with the 120GB on sale for $79 ($0.66 per GB), 250GB selling for $159 ($0.59 per GB), the 500GB for $250 ($0.50 per GB), and the huge 1TB for $419 ($0.41 per GB).
Acer 11.6-inch 2GB Chromebook
Acer is selling last year's 11.6-inch chromebook with a Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage for $149 on Amazon -- click through to see the available vendors for Acer's offering. As Chromebooks go, the model has received fairly good reviews Internet-wide, and Google's moving Android apps to Chromebooks makes this a little more attractive.