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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…)

The Mac App Store is rife with price cuts this week, so come take your bounty from Mac.AppStorm’s deals.

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When Mactuts+ first launched, we gave $1,000 to the person who submitted the best Mac Quick Tip screencast. Only one person could win (props to Joseph Darnell for snagging first place), but we received a ton of really good submissions. We’ve tossed them all onto YouTube and rounded them up for your enjoyment and education. Take a look, you’re sure to learn something cool!

Head over to Mactuts+ to read more!

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Bundlehunt! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Cristianno Martins
@djclothier

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

Meet the Mega Fall Bundle – the latest bundle from BundleHunt. It features 11 best-selling Mac apps and design goodies. At AppStorm we’re excited to offer you two chances to win one of the bundles!

The Mega Fall Bundle features an awesome selection apps that collectively retail for $1209, with BundleHunt you can get them for a mere $49.99, with AppStorm you get the chance to walk away with one for free!

The Mega Fall Bundle, their latest bundle, includes a variety of top-quality apps, including;

  • Kinemac
  • Moneywell
  • Printopia
  • Mailtags
  • PDFclerk Pro
  • Garagesale

Head over to BundleHunt to read up on the details!

Read on to find out how to enter!

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Apple Stores have become all but ubiquitous in most major cities around the world. I live in Thailand, which doesn’t actually have its own Apple Stores, but their Apple Premium Resellers here, iBeat and iStudio, look quite the part of their Apple Store counterparts. And they’re everywhere, in all major malls and even small-town superstores.

Apple Stores are great places to try out the latest Macs and iOS devices, and make it rather easy to, say, buy anything from new power adapter for your MacBook or a new MacBook in just a few minutes. But if you’re not content with the default specs, you’ll want to head to Apple’s online store. There, you can trick out your Mac with all the ram and SSD space Apple offers.

Or perhaps you’re looking to save some money. In that case, you might be better heading to Amazon.com or a brick-and-mortar retailer. They don’t offer quite as fancy of a shopping experience, but they often are a bit cheaper at least.

That’s why we’re wondering: how do your buy your Macs and other Apple hardware? I personally have purchased all of my Macs from Apple’s online store, though I tend to pick up accessories as I need them at local Apple Premium Resellers. How about you?

Our sponsor this week is CourseNotes, a great app for taking notes for school on your Mac or iOS devices. It’s been recently redesigned and is on a 50% off sell right now, so if you’ve been looking for a great app to help you out with your classes this semester, it just might be what you’ve been looking for.

CourseNotes describes itself as a student’s class companion for Mac, iPad and iPhone. It helps you take notes during classes, and keeps them organized by subject and class meeting. You can then review notes later and search through multiple class meetings or notes all at once. Best of all, you can track assignments by due dates, so you’ll never miss that important deadline for your term paper.

Even if you don’t take your Mac into the classroom, CourseNotes can still help you out with its iOS versions that sync over the air with your Mac. That way, you could type up notes on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch in class, then review your notes later in the dorm on your Mac. Then, if you’re trying to study as a team, you can share notes with your classmates over Bluetooth or through email, and can print notes via AirPrint or save them to Dropbox. That makes it quite the study aid for everyone!

Go Get It!

If you’d like to start keeping your classwork organized with CourseNotes, now’s the time to get it. It’s currently on a 50% off sale until October 14th, so you can get CourseNotes for your Mac for just $3.99. You can also grab a copy of the universal CourseNotes iOS app for the same price so you can keep up with your notes everywhere.

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

Today, we are excited to announce Building a Career Around Photoshop, a live online workshop that will help you take your Photoshop knowledge and skill to the next level.

Attendees can join in each week, download video recordings of each session, take part in homework exercises, and interact with other attendees, live and from the comfort of your own home. During these workshops we will be covering photo editing and retouching, graphic and web design, user interface design, digital art, and much more.

Each weekly session lasts two hours, giving you the chance to receive live training from one of our post popular and talented authors — Martin Perhiniak. It is an amazing investment in your future career, and we think you are going to love everything we have planned!

Visit the Tuts+ Live Workshop Page to Find Out More

We’d like to say a special Thank you! to our weekly sponsors from the past month, for sponsoring our site and for the great apps they make. If you would like to feature your app on our site with an advertisement, be sure to check out our available slots on BuySellAds or register for a weekly sponsorship for your app.

If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!

Logoist

A great icon can be the difference between success and failure for your app or company, so its worth it to take the time and make a great icon. Logoist can help you make a great icon even faster, with intuitive vector controls and touchpad support that make it easier than ever to design a vector icon. And if you’re stuck for ideas, Logoist includes textures and vector icons to help you make great icons on your own or with pre-made designs.

Get Dealy

Get Dealy is a great site for software discounts. They recently sponsored our site to feature their Summer Bundle, which offered great deals on popular Mac apps. The bundle’s now over, but you should be sure to check their site frequently for the latest Mac deals and bundles.

Mighty Deals

The Mighty Deals team keeps putting together great bundle deals filled with apps, icons, WordPress themes, eBooks, and more. Right now, they have a deal on a course to help you learn how to make your own professional icons, as well as a web design eBook bundle. If those don’t interest you, they’ve got more deals coming out all the time. It’s a great site that you should be sure to check out frequently for the latest deals!

Ondesoft AudioBook Converter

Ever wanted to take an audiobook you own along on a roadtrip, only to find that your in-car mp3 player can’t play the audio files? Ondesoft AudioBook Converter might be just what you need. It’s a great app for converting your DRM-protected audiobooks into almost any audio format you need, at 16x speeds. It’ll even make sure your metadata is intact so there’s nothing left for you to tweak. You’ll never need to burn and rip DRM-protected audio files again!

And a special thanks to you, our Mac.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We couldn’t do it without you!

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot and join the apps above.

Last week, yet another Humble Bundle was launched, and the special is still running through this week. The Humble Bundle has become one of the best known software bundles ever, and the team behind it continues to surprise with consistently high-quality bundles.

The Humble Bundle is unique in the world of bundles for the way it does business. You can pay whatever you want for a bundle, legitimately getting a ton of games for perhaps mere cents. Now, though, it offers extra games for those who beat the average price paid for the bundle, which is a great incentive to pay more for the bundle. Even still, most of the time, you can get over a dozen games for less than $6, including their soundtracks, Steam licenses, and the option to play them on OS X, Windows, or Linux. Not bad at all.

That’s why we’re wondering: have you ever bought a Humble Bundle? Do you look forward to new ones coming out so you can get more games for your library? We’d love to hear your thoughts about the most popular bundle in the comments!

Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to our winners! Stay tuned for more great giveaways coming up soon!

Bundles are a great way to get a ton of new apps for a great price. I’ve gotten several of the apps I use all the time, including Billings and WriteRoom, from bundles, and recently picked up some great new games and soundtracks from the latest Humble Bundle. The Humble Bundle is especially neat since you can pay just what you want, and this week, there’s a great new bundle with apps to help you be productive on your Mac that works the same way.

Our friends at StackSocial are running their Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle this week, which is one of the best deals we’ve ever seen for Mac software. You can get 6 great apps for any price you want, and if you beat the average price others paid for the bundle, you get Forklift 2, Typinator, and MacFlux 4 as well! Best of all, 10% of your bundle price goes to charities such as the EFF and Charity:Water.

All the goods in the bundle!

The Name Your Own Price Bundle is a great deal already, but we’ve got an even better deal for you. StackSocial gave us 10 of the full, beat the average price bundles with all 9 apps for our readers! You just might get the whole bundle for free!

Tweet to Enter

If you’d love to win one of 10 Name Your Own Price Mac Bundles, it’s easy to get your entry submitted. 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 and the app you’re most excited about from the bundle. That’s it!

 

We’ll announce the winners on Saturday, September 29th, 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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