updated 02:10 pm EDT, Fri August 8, 2014
Electronista and MacNN Weekly deals for August 8, 2014
Once again, its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current 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! We have a tendency to add deals over the weekend as we find them, so check back often!
Doxie announced an ongoing academic pricing program on every new Doxie mobile scanner, offering a great way for individual teachers and students to scan everything and go paperless at up to $40 off, depending on model. Primary, secondary, and college/university individuals are all eligible. Homeschoolers, private schools, charter schools, church schools, special schools for disabilities, and private homeschool groups are also able to take advantage of the program. Students and teachers can sign up for the deal at Doxie's education site.
If you want this next deal, be prepared to do some legwork. Sears has the Panasonic SCHTB70 2.1 Channel Home Theater System 120W Sound Bar with Built-in Subwoofer from 2013 on clearance chain-wide for $27. This is in-store only, but stock can be checked online.
Need some more storage? There's a particularly good deal from Adorama (selling on Ebay) for the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB portable USB 3.0 self-powered drive, now available in silver, red or blue for just $85 with free US shipping. That's a savings of $65 off the retail price, and the lowest we've seen for this highly-recommended model.
Xbox Live lapsed? Microsoft has a one-time deal for one month of service for $1. Worth it just for the free Games with Gold this month! For everybody else, watch out -- Xbox Live may be full of miscreants using this for trolling.
For PC gamers, EA Origin users can play Battlefield 4 for a week, under the Origin Game Time program. The offering is the full Battlefield 4 experience, both the (brief) single-player campaign, as well as multiplayer. The download is available until August 14 for download -- once the user starts playing, the 168 hour timer starts. Also on Origin is classic space sim Wing Commander 3 for free.
As previously mentioned, Apple is running a productivity app sale. Some of the apps on sale are Realmac's Clear, Ginger Labs' Notability, Flexibits' Fantastical 2, Andreas Karlsson's Tydlig, and Ten Touch's Grafio. The sale is for a limited time, and will end next week.
We like Broforce. We like it a lot, even though its in pre-release on Steam. For a limited time, the Broforce offshoot (and marketing tool) Expendabros is free to play on Steam. Yeah, it's not for OS X, but you've got Bootcamp, right?