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Josh Johnson is a writer, designer, photographer and lover of all things Apple from Phoenix Arizona. He's been using Macs since the logo on the laptops was upside down.

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The past decade has been a remarkable one for Apple. They’ve revitalized and reinvented their product line several times and have even shifted a large portion of their vision and focus to devices that didn’t exist in the 90s.

Innovation has been the name of the game since Jobs took back the helm right before the turn of the century. This spirit of innovation has brought Apple back from the grave and kept customers forking out cash on major device purchases on at least an annual basis.

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Once upon a time, physical media sales ruled the music landscape. Wal-Mart thoroughly enjoyed its reign as the largest seller of CDs on the planet. Then iTunes came along and took online music distribution from a niche to the most popular way for people to buy music.

Now a new breed of businesses are beginning to fill the landscape. Instead of offering single songs or albums, they give customers the freedom to listen to any combination of songs or albums they want, either completely free or with a low monthly fee. Are these services merely enjoying rapid but short-lived growth or do they represent the future of how we consume music?

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Last week Steve Jobs announced that he was stepping down as CEO of Apple Inc. and passing the torch to his successor, Tim Cook. To put it mildly, Mr. Cook has some pretty large shoes to fill.

The last time Jobs left Apple, his replacements nearly ran the company into the ground. Profits were in the red, Microsoft had won the marketshare game and Apple’s stock price was at an all-time low. Steve came back as interim CEO in a sort of temporary fourth down Hail Mary that proved so successful that he stayed in the position for another fourteen years. Steve put Apple back on the map, made it the highest valued company on the planet and completely revolutionized a few industries along the way.

Fortunately, this time Steve was very active in surrounding himself with extremely talented people, such as former COO Tim Cook. Most industry experts see a positive outlook for Apple in the next few years, confident that people like Cook, Schiller, Ive and Forstall are more than competent enough to continue Apple’s reign.

Today we want to know what you think. Will Tim Cook, who has actually been filling in as CEO for quite some time, be able to lead Apple into a prosperous and exciting future or will we see a repeat of the 90s?

We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Stuf 2.

Stuf is a super advanced clipboard manager. Not only does it give you full access to your clipboard history, it lets you easily copy and paste between Macs over your wired or wireless network!

Share With Anyone

Stuf stores your clippings and can share them with any other Stuf users, even in a different country, with your permission of course. Stuf can use any network drive to share clippings, but we really recommend you use DropBox.

Stuf stores your clippings in simple folders, so DropBox can easily mirror them to your other computers, keeping your clippings synchronized.

Easy to Use & Lion Ready

Stuf is easily accessed through a user definable global shortcut or an always accessible menu on your menubar. You can access shared clippings just as easily, through the menu, or the easy to use new user interface.

Stuf 2 has been rewritten from the ground up, it’s faster, leaner and designed for Lion.

Go Get It!

Check out Stuf on the Mac App Store and start clipping smarter today! If you want to give it a test run first, head over to the Stuf website for a 30 day free trial.

It’s time for another “Ask the Editor” post today. A big thank you to everyone who sent in their questions – it’s great to have the chance to help you out with your Mac-related queries and quibbles.

Today I’ll be offering some advice about apps for creating and managing bibliographies, keeping track of your finances and setting up advanced alarm actions. Read on for some awesome tips and tools to make your Mac experience even better.

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Great news! We’ve selected our five Fanurio winners. Here are the names that came up in our random drawing:

Huge thanks to everyone who entered and shared the giveaway. Check back soon for more great giveaways. In the mean time, why not check out one of our awesome app roundups?

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Fanurio is a time tracking and billing software application, highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices. Whether you need to round time, use multiple currencies or create invoices with your own layout, Fanurio has the right tools to help you get paid.

We’re super excited to announce that we have a whopping 5 Fanurio licenses to give away this week!

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Entering is simple, all you have to do is click the link below and send out the resulting tweet (or just copy and paste), then leave a comment below with a link to your tweet. That’s it!


We’ll announce the winners one week from today on Thursday, September 1st. Good luck to everyone who enters and thanks for reading Mac.AppStorm!

Shortly after stepping down as CEO of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56. Today we honor our favorite turtleneck wearing tech guru with a brief look back at his amazing career and five industries that will never be the same.

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We’ve all seen and used “social browsers” in the past. The idea is nice but the result is often a bulky, awkward and cluttered browser that you wouldn’t dream of using full time.

Rockmelt is here to change that. This browser might be the first ever to successfully integrate the services you use most with a solid browsing experience, all snapped neatly on top of an app that you might already use every day.

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When Dashboard widgets first debuted in OS X Tiger, I was immediately hooked. It was a lot like the precursor to iPhone app addiction. There were all these cool little utilities that performed tons of useful and entertaining functions. In no time at all I had a Dashboard full of widgets. I even went so far as to learn to break into certain widgets so I could customize the interface, add different sounds and perform other tomfoolery.

My fascination was fairly short lived. The “out of sight, out of mind” theory kicked in quickly and I soon began going entire weeks and months without so much as a glance at any of my widgets. Before long I closed them all down to save on memory.

These days I leave a few widgets open: weather, iStat and Google Analytics, but I rarely remember to check on them. However, the new Dashboard swipe gesture in Lion has reminded me to check on my old friend Dashboard more frequently.

It seems though that most developers have lost interest in the feature, even Apple doesn’t go out of their way to showcase widgets like they used to. In practice, Dashboard seems like an abandoned project but one that Apple is cautious about removing altogether. How long before Apple kills Dashboard completely or gives it a refresh good enough to bring it back into the spotlight? Perhaps a widget section of the Mac App Store could breathe new life into an old feature?

I’d like to know what you think of Dashboard. Cast your vote in the poll and let us know whether or not you even use it anymore. After that, leave a comment below with your opinions about what should be done with Dashboard. Is it fine the way it is? Should Apple abandon it? Should there be an App Store for widgets?

We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, NetUse Traffic Monitor.

NetUse provides the best way to monitor your network traffic on the Mac. Utilizing the SNMP feature of any modern Internet router or gateway, NetUse monitors and collects real-time Internet usage statistics for all the computers in your home or office that share an Internet connection. Many ISPs have started to cap your Internet usage and NetUse is here to provide network usage statistics in a simple and elegant way.

Reasons to love NetUse

Simple and Easy to Understand Statistics
NetUse Traffic Monitor provides a simple and easy to understand real-time Internet usage monitoring not only for your personal computer but the whole your network.

Tracks Your Internet Usage and Saves Your Money
Skip the surprises at the end of the month with huge bills and calls to ISPs to find out that Internet usage exceeded your current monthly usage allowance. Monitor your usage and surf the Internet at your own pace.

Easy to Use and Feature Rich
NetUse is a powerhouse under the hood, yet it’s easy to setup and use. The configuration assistant illuminates complicated configurations and in most network setups, NetUse just auto-configures itself!

Huge Supported Hardware List
NetUse works great with Apple’s routers as well as any SNMP enabled hardware either consumer or enterprise level. NetUse features full SNMP support including version 1, 2c and 3.

Free Hardware Compatibility Test
Check out the free SNMP test utility to test your network setup ensuring NetUse will work before you buy the app.

Go Get It!

NetUse has recently released an amazing update with full MacOS Lion support, greatly enhanced hardware support, an redesigned configuration wizard and an improved user interface.

Check out NetUse on the Mac App Store and start tracking your Internet usage to save your money.

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