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Kevin Whipps

I’ve been writing professionally since 1999, and doing automotive photography since 2004. I became a Mac fan in 2006 with the purchase of a 13-inch MacBook, and I haven’t looked back since. For more info about me and my work, feel free to check out my website and follow me on Twitter, @kwhipps.

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New subscribers to MobileMe generally know the basics: contacts, email, calendars and notes can sync across computers and devices, you get some storage, and a fancy email address to share with all of your friends. But if you’re anything like me, you opened up your iDisk for the first time, saw the Backup folder and thought, “What’s this for? There’s no way that a Time Machine backup would fit in the 20GB allotted for iDisk.”

Turns out, the Backup folder is for a program called Backup 3, which is made by Apple. What’s this for, and why would I need it if I use Time Machine?

Good question – let’s find out!

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Being productive is all about being efficient, and restarting your computer is always a process that steals precious minutes from your life. If only there was a way to have a fine level of control over this frustrating task…

That’s the concept behind Startupizer, a new app available at the Mac App Store. If you’re anything like me, you have a few different extensions that all load up prior to the machine actually being usable.

Startupizer lets you tweak your startup settings so that you decide what opens when, making boot times substantially faster. As usual, there’s more to it, so let’s take a moment  and delve into Startupizer and what it does after the break.

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It used to be that the world of games on the Mac was an open wasteland, populated by software that was more appropriate for children than for console-loving adults. But now, that’s not really the case. Yes, sometimes the games take slightly longer to come to market, but they come to the Mac all the same, ready for some hardcore action.

So here we have Bioshock, a very popular game for the PC and consoles that was released several years ago. In fact, it’s even seen a sequel, which isn’t yet available for the Mac.

So is this game worth the $40 price tag? To find out, I downloaded the demo and gave it a shot. The results are after the jump.

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I’ve always had a thing for Lego. When I was a kid, I lived and breathed the blocks, playing with them every day until eventually, I grew up and sold them all to buy a Game Boy. About 5 years ago, I decided to get back into them a bit as a relaxation technique, and now I find myself picking up a set every few months.

Recently, Lego reinvented themselves by adding a video game lineup to the mix. For the past few years they’ve put out games such as Lego Batman, Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones, all based on the popular properties.

Their latest one is Lego Harry Potter (Years 1-4), and it’s available on the Mac App Store right now. So how does the Mac version stack up to the console models?

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Most video games designed today are more about flash and pretty looks than they are about function. Sure, they can be fun to play, but when updates need to be installed every hour to fix issues and you can’t run it without a maxed-out Mac Pro, it becomes an exercise in futility.

Sometimes it’s best to harken back to the old days when games were fun and graphics weren’t particularly groundbreaking, but you could lose yourself for hours while sitting in front of a glowing screen.

The Incident is one of those games.Already a hit on the iOS platform, The Incident is now available on the Mac App Store, for just a few dollars. So is there a reason to play the game on the Mac over your iPhone or iPad? Hit the jump to find out.

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We live in a busy world nowadays. What with our e-mail, text messaging, and even phone calls interrupting our flow, it can be difficult to sit down and write something of substance. And when it comes to multitasking on the computer, well there are almost always ten windows open at any one time, and if that Apple Mail icon starts bouncing, we know it’s time to go get our dopamine fix…

Because of these distractions, there have been a crop of writing programs that have popped up for the Mac and iPad recently that strip away all of the apps running in the background, letting you focus on the task at hand: writing.

But is any of this stuff necessary? Is there any reason why you can’t just sit back with your laptop and a good word processing program and get the next great novel written?

Let’s talk this out after the break…

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Video games have come a long way in the past twenty years. It went from dumping nickels and quarters into 6-foot tall machines in a smokey arcade to sitting in a living room in front of a HD TV with a wireless controller in your hand.

Although those advances make living in the future much cooler, there’s something to be said for taking it back to the old school; playing the games of the past, just updated a bit to reflect current technology.

Pangea Arcade fits into that category. It’s been on the Mac for years now, but with the birth of the Mac App Store came a spot in the top of the charts for the game. So what makes this 3-in-1 combo pack so popular? Let’s delve deeper and find out.

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There is no tutorial for Braid. There is no how-to, no walkthrough, and nothing more than a simple introduction of which keys to hit when you want to move. In fact, when you first start up the game it takes a few seconds to even figure out what you’re doing. How could a game like that be any fun?

The fact is, Braid is a blast to play, even though it breaks all of the rules. It’s also one of the more addictive games out there, and now it’s available on the Mac App Store. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s a great way to lose hours of your day, all while rolling time backwards.

Feeling lost yet? Don’t worry, we’ll explain after the jump.

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It’s official: The Mac App Store is here, and with it has come a whole host of games for the Mac connoisseur. In the flurry of opening day, one game stood out to us as something that would be fun to try out, yet casual enough to pick up and play any time.

It’s called Garage Inc., and it’s the story of a nice guy in Chicago who decides he wants to open an automotive repair business. But then the mob gets involved and, well, we’ll tell you the rest after the break!

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Every day, we’re flooded with information. Some of it good, some of it bad, and some of it that we want to save for a rainy day.

Maybe you saw a cool tool on TV and you want to remember it later when you have some extra cash. Or possibly it’s a list of articles to help you build that Mac home theatre system you’ve been working on.

No matter what it is, wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to put everything for quick reference at a later date? For that, one option is Caboodle.

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