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As decent app news (apart from mundane updates) can sometimes be difficult to source some weeks, we’ve redesigned our weekly news roundup to give you both a flavour of app and Apple happenings throughout the week. We will try and keep all rumours to a minimal (unless they are highly relevant or pretty much confirmed), as there are plenty of other blogs out there on the Internet that cover Apple rumours in a bit more detail.
What we here at Mac AppStorm would like to focus on is high-quality, accurate and interesting news pieces from both the world of Mac apps and Apple as a company. So, without further ado, let’s see what’s been happening this week. Hope you enjoy it! (more…)
This week has been another fairly quiet one in terms of app news but we’ve still managed to find a couple of stories to keep you ticking over till next week.
This Week in Mac News is a new column we’re now publishing each Saturday, rounding up the latest Mac and Apple news. Just the fact here; no rumors. See, rumors are expensive, so we’ll stick to the facts.
Welcome to the first edition of This Week in Mac News. There’s so much going on in in the world of Apple, beyond just regular app updates, we wanted to be able to help our readers stay a bit more informed about what’s going on without having to trace down every rumor and Apple press release. That’s why we’ve started this new column, and we hope you enjoy reading. Let us know your thoughts about it and if there’s anything we’ve missed in the comments below.
With that out of the way, let’s get started with this week’s news. Briefly, Apple released a OS X 10.8.2 and 10.7.5 supplemental update with bug fixes, the company’s fourth quarter earnings will be announced on October 25, and Ping closed at 11:59 p.m. September 30. Keep reading for full coverage of these topics. (more…)
Apple’s best known for its beautiful hardware and native software that works together so great. Then, over the past year we’ve seen Apple push its iCloud services stronger, integrating them tightly into the latest versions of OS X and iOS. We’re used to that, now, but most likely think of iCloud as web services you use through native apps like Mail, Calendar, Reminders, and any of your other apps that sync data through iCloud.
Turns out, Apple’s been working hard at its own web apps for iCloud at the same time. Just head over to iCloud.com, sign in with your Apple ID, and you’ll get the same great experience with Calendar, Contacts, Mail, and now Notes and Reminders that you would have expected from your Mac or iPad. Only thing is, this time, they’re web apps that can run in any modern browser. Next time you’re stuck on an XP desktop at work, you could still use these apps from the web.
If you want to see more about the latest new iCloud.com features, head over to Web.AppStorm, where we recently dug into the latest and greatest parts of Apple’s web app suite.
This week has been yet another busy one in the world of app news so without further ado, let’s get started!
Happy reading! (more…)
The Humble Bundle has become one of the most popular and longest-lasting software bundles ever. After releasing a number of Android-centric bundles that included Mac games as well, they’re back again with the 6th of their namesake Humble Indie Bundles. This time, for any price you want to pay, you can get 5 popular indie games, as well as their soundtracks, and can get an extra game for beating the average.
It’s quite the deal, one you’ll likely want to check out as soon as you can. This time, though, there’s a bit more than just the bundle.
But first, you might want to go grab a copy of the bundle before it expires in early October. We’ll wait. All set?
There’s always a downside to being an early adopter when it comes to computers. If you, like me, jumped on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display bandwagon already, you’ll notice that there are a considerable amount of apps that aren’t compatible with the beautiful new Retina display.
Retinizer is a completely unsupported way to bring crisp text to some non-Retina applications until developers take the time to upgrade their apps. In this quick review we’ll take a look at Retinizer, and how well it performs with popular applications.
If an alien visited Earth and wanted to capture a summary of video gaming, they’d quickly become aware of Half-Life. The series is far from foreign to the hearts of most gamers, and the products of the Half-Life universe — both the Half-Life and Portal series — remain some of the highest rated games by critics. However, the series has become even more iconic for its unreleased sequel, Half-Life 3.
Half-Life 3, or perhaps more appropriately Half-Life 2: Episode Three, has become a notable case of anticipation and speculation. Years after the latest instalment to the Half-Life series, the game is yet to even get a mention by developer Valve, even though the episodic sequels to Half-Life 2 were announced as a triology. In this article, we’ll take a look at the story of Half-Life, both in the games released already and what’s speculated for the future.
Be warned: spoilers ahead! (more…)
It’s been an exciting week for Apple news what with the announcement of the iPhone 5, new iPods and iTunes 11 (in fact, my Twitter feed has seemed to consist of nothing but these topics) but we’ve still managed to find you some different news for your browsing pleasure this week.
If you still haven’t caught up on all the action from last Wednesday (and frankly, where have you been living these past few days?!) then be sure to check out our full roundup of all the new product announcements.
This week has, again, been a fairly quiet one in terms of app news but I’m sure we’ll have plenty to report on come next Wednesday (we may even see some Mac-related gear being announced) after Apple’s announcement! We will of course bring you a full roundup of all the new products just after the announcement but in the meantime, feel free to sink your teeth into this week’s news findings. (more…)