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Get it whilst it’s hot – Mac AppStorm’s weekly roundup of the best app deals out there.

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Our sponsor this week is Ondesoft AudioBook Converter, a great tool that can help you listen to your audiobooks wherever you want. It removes the DRM on standard audiobooks and converts them into the format you need for your player.

It’s frustrating to find audiobooks that can work just like you want, as most are locked down with DRM and won’t play on your car stereo or many portable devices directly. Often you could burn them to CDs, then rip them as mp3, but that’d be a slow, tedious process and you’d have to manually label each track.

That’s where Ondesoft AudioBook Converter comes in. It can convert your audiobooks into any of the most popular audio formats at 16x. It’s simple enough for anyone to use, but with advanced bitrate, sample rate, codec, and more controls to make it work just as you want. Best of all, it’ll automatically transfer all of the metadata, so your converted audiobooks will have everything the original DRMed files had.

Go Get It!

If Ondesoft AudioBook Converter sounds like just what you’ve been needing, then there’s no need to wait. You can download a free trial directly from Ondesoft and see if it’s what you need. Then, if you’re ready to buy a copy, you can purchase it directly for just $14.97, 50% off the normal price, by clicking this link or by entering the coupon code AppStorm at checkout. Hurry, though: the discount expires on November 30th!

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Ever since Chrome first came out for the Mac, I’ve been happy using it. Throughout all these years, I haven’t even had the curiosity to play around with other browsers, as Chrome has always been simple, pretty and functional enough to keep me satisfied.

However, when Mountain Lion arrived, Safari became a much more integrated part of the OS, with more integrated gestures, iCloud syncing, and the new sharing options. I finally just had to experience for myself. After a little more than a month using it, here are my impressions of the latest version of Apple’s browser.

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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.

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This week has been yet another busy one in the world of app news so without further ado, let’s get started!

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Winners Announced

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

Gus A.
@crescenteyed
@odabashianr
@SyntheticTone
@fragilexheart

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!

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Are you looking for a good way to simplify managing your money? If so, Savings might just be the answer.

Read on to find out how you can win a free copy of Savings!

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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?

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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.

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Get it whilst it’s hot – Mac AppStorm’s weekly roundup of the best app deals out there.

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Let’s face it: a new Mac can be rather pricey. There’s many reasons that they’re a great value, from their build quality to the components inside to the software they run, but at the end of the day, if you only have a limited budget for a Mac, it can be tough to find the Mac you need.

We’ve talked before about getting your Mac ready for sell, which is a popular way to recoup some of the cost of your old Mac when you’re getting a new machine. But what about buying a used Mac instead of getting the latest model straight from Apple?

The good thing is, there’s quite the active market for used Macs, and you can usually find almost any Mac you can think of for sell on Craigslist, eBay, or from a local shop. If buying used sounds a bit too risky to you, you could always go for a refurbished Mac straight from Apple, where you can get as much as $200 off many Macs.

So, have you ever purchased a used Mac? How’d it work out for you?

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