I'm a sucker for bargains, and AppSumo's Windows Holiday Bundle for Charity is one of the best I've seen -- ever. It's stuffed with business-friendly apps and services, plus a few fun extras, with a combined value of $220. The bundle's price: just $19.
Sounds too good to be true, but trust me: it's the real deal. And 40 percent of the proceeds go to Charity:Water, a terrific organization that provides clean drinking water to people around the world.
Among the highlights:
Dial2Do (1-year Basic subscription) As regular Business Hacks readers know, this awesome service transcribes your voice into text, allowing you to create reminders hands-free just by dialing a special number.
BatteryBar Pro This must-have utility for laptop users provides a wealth of power and battery information. Microsoft's own battery gauge pales in comparison.
"The Complete Android Guide" (E-book) New to Android smartphones? Whether you're rockin' a high-powered Droid X or a more entry-level Samsung Intercept, Kevin Purdy's 282-page guide (provided in PDF format) will teach you everything you need to know.
Boomerang for Outlook This productivity-boosting Outlook plug-in is like a snooze button for e-mail: it lets you mark messages to reappear at the top of your inbox after a specific amount of time. Dave called it "truly brilliant."
Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro Offering robust real-time protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits, and other Internet threats, Cloud Antivirus received PC Magazine's Editors' Choice award. The Pro version includes 24/7 tech support.
Emsisoft Total Armor This commercial-grade firewall offers keylogger and DNS-spoofing protection, plus an online-banking mode to protect you from phishing attempts.
The bundle also comes with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, a six-month subscription to the awesome PlayOn service (which streams Hulu, Netflix, CBS, and other video sources to iPhones and other devices), and two fantastic games: Plants Vs. Zombies and Defense Grid: The Awakening.
So, to recap, you're getting a boatload of great stuff for a song, and you're helping charity in the process. What's not to like?