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Get WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Kung Fu Edition free

Make backups of your movies or convert them for viewing on various mobile devices with this free utility, which normally sells for $50.

Until May 31, you can get WinX DVD Ripper Platinum free of charge.
Until May 31, you can get WinX DVD Ripper Platinum free of charge.
Digiarty Software

Do you like pandas? Movies about pandas? Movies about pandas who do kung fu? That's great, but it's not important right now.

Starting today, Digiarty Software is offering WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Kung Fu Edition free of charge. It normally sells for $49.95.

What's the "kung fu" part all about? According to a Digiarty rep, this version of the program is "branded to hail the release of [the] long-awaited 'Kung Fu Panda 2' film. It is designed with [the] new addition of 'Kung Fu Panda' image on the interface--while [retaining] all the advanced features of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum. Kung Fu indicates power and flexibility. That's why we call it Kung Fu edition."

Ooookay. Somehow I doubt DreamWorks gave the okay to use the "Kung Fu Panda" image in a DVD-ripping utility. But, hey, that's for Digiarty's legal department to sort out. Other than that, this is the same great utility I've used for years, but with a handful of new copy modes (such as cloning DVDs to ISO image files).

I'm glad to report that this giveaway doesn't require any Facebook "liking" or even registering via e-mail. You can download the program right here and use this code to register it: WINXRP-5357-7234-1561. (Make sure to leave out the period when you paste it in.) Doesn't get any easier than that.

As always, DVD Ripper can convert your movies to just about any format known to man: AVI, MP4, iPhone, iPad, Zune, and so on. The one and only catch is that this freebie doesn't entitle you to upgrades or technical support. (Don't worry much about the former; Digiarty seems to do these kinds of giveaways on a regular basis.)

If you don't already have a ripper in your software arsenal, I definitely recommend getting this one! The promotion runs until May 31.

Bonus deal: Good news, Xbox owners! For what promises to be a limited time, and while supplies last, goHastings has a refurbished used Kinect for $74.99--including the awesome Kinect Adventures game. That's about $55 less than the price of a new Kinect. Shipping adds a little over $2. The only question mark is the warranty, which isn't listed.