This morning, I woke up to a Reeder full of articles about Apple’s new announcements in yesterday’s keynote. Living in Asia makes it a bit tough to watch keynotes live, and Apple usually doesn’t even stream them live online. After reading through the articles and checking through Apple.com, I didn’t really feel the need to watch the full keynote. I enjoy watching Apple’s product launches, but this one felt like one I could skip. Incidentally, it turned into a very exciting keynote for Mac users, with new iMacs and Mac Minis, but still, I could find what I needed to know from Apple.com’s pages.
That said, I’ve watched tons of Apple keynotes over the years, especially while Jobs was still alive and doing his magic on stage. I’ve gone back and rewatched portions of old keynotes to see how Apple’s changed (ouch, the fonts in old keynotes hurts to look at), and listening to Jobs’ speeches from when he first came back to Apple gives a unique perspective on the company.
So how about you? Do you always watch Apple’s keynotes, or do you just pick choice ones to watch? Or have you never watched an keynote before (is that even possible)? We’d love to hear your thoughts below!
Just because Apple held an iOS-focused event yesterday — there was some Mac news, but most of the announcements were focused on a smaller Apple-branded tablet — doesn’t mean there are no Mac deals. In fact, there are quite a few this week, including Gemini, Trine and Trine 2, and BusyCal 2. Catch them all after the break. (more…)
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Have you ever been frustrated by the lack of a numpad on your Macbook or Apple wireless keyboard? There’s not many good ways to put one into a laptop, and I for one like the Apple wireless keyboard’s size. But during tax season, or any other time I need to run though a lot of numbers, I sometimes wish I had a handy little numpad on the side.
Earlier this month, I got an email from developer Yi Lin, letting us know about their newest app: Numeric. Numeric is a simple calculator app that turns your Magic Trackpad into a multi-touch numpad. Just drag your mouse cursor to the app, then tap on your touchpad at the spot the number or function should be, and it’ll be entered in the calculator.
It’s not perfectly easy to use, at least at first, and I found myself hitting the wrong numbers more than not. But after a few minutes of playing with it, I found that I could reliably run through simple calculations just by tapping my fingers on the touchpad, and it definitely felt easier to use than the built-in Calculator app. It reminds me of Flutter, by using your Mac’s hardware in new and unique ways, and I definitely found Numeric fun to use.
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If you’re dying to try out turning your touchpad into a multitouch calculator, you can grab a copy of Numeric from the App Store today for just $0.99. If you can wait just a bit, though, we’ve got 30 (yes, thirty) copies of Numeric to giveaway to our readers!
If you’d love to win a copy of Numeric, just 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, just as in most of our giveaways.
We’ll close the giveaway at the end of the week, so hurry and get your entry in!
Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.
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Fresh off the presses, here’s Mac AppStorm’s roundup of the very best app and Apple-related news and goings-on this week.
Tweetbot for Mac was just released and the Internet, at least the geeky parts thereof, was on fire as a result of this, but not for the reasons you would expect. Indeed, networks like Twitter and App.Net were overflowing with mentions of Tapbots’ first Mac app. In most cases, thought, the discussion was focused on the pricing of the app, not so much on its features and merits.
As of the time of writing, Tweetbot will set you back $20, an admittedly premium price for a Twitter client. But isn’t a quality app worth something, at least?
Ever since the first, bug-riddled alpha version was released back in July, fans of the popular alternative Twitter client Tweetbot have eagerly been awaiting its proper release on the Mac. Today, the waiting game is over. Tapbots released the full version in the App Store after submitting it to Apple at the start of the month, and it’s extremely impressive.
It’s always exciting to come across new, upcoming apps that seem exceptionally promising. That’s exactly what Records for Mac is. It’s an upcoming database app for the Mac that aims to make databasing much more accessible to everyone, with a graphical app that lets you quickly add and sync data, and more. That’s quite a lot to pull off, especially since most databasing apps are far from simple to use, so we were eager to learn more.
We were excited to get a chance to interview the Push Popcorn team about their work on Records, and what we can expect from it. Keep reading to hear about their workflow, the Macs and apps they use to build Records, and more.
Apple introduced FaceTime on June 7, 2010, and released it with the iPhone 4 later that month. Later that year, Apple announced a Mac version of the service, but put it in beta and the final version was released in February 2011. People didn’t know what to think of this new way to communicate. Video chat was nice, yes, but most people use Skype, so what was the purpose of Apple’s own solution? To connect all Apple users with video chat, apparently.
The aim of FaceTime seems too simple, too limited. There wasn’t a lot of hype surrounding its launch because most people didn’t see themselves using it on a daily basis. What was this service lacking and what could it benefit from gaining? A few suggestions are available after the break. (more…)