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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.

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Mighty Deals is a great place for any, and every, web professional to frequent – offering a wide range of deals perfectly suited to designers and developers! The deals range from Apps, to WordPress Themes, to Vector Icons, to eBooks – head over to the site to check them out.

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Our thanks to Mighty Deals for sponsoring AppStorm this week! Head over and check them out, who doesn’t enjoy a deal!

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.

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Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to each of our winners!

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to fill your Mac with duplicate photos? If you’re using a Mac with an SSD, such as a MacBook Air, you’ll notice it quickly, but even if your space requirements aren’t as stringent, it’s still frustrating to have to browse through duplicate photos.

That’s what’s exciting about PhotoSweeper. It’s a nicely designed app that takes the pain out of sorting and removing your duplicate pictures. It uses 5 methods to find duplicate photos, even ones that have been edited or saved in other apps. Then, you can preview photos together to decide which one to keep. It’ll make organizing your photos easier than ever.

Earlier this year, our team gave PhotoSweeper a 9 out of 10 in our review, and found it to be a great way to reduce the space pictures are taking up on your hard drive. That’s why we’re excited to have 25 copies of it to giveaway to our readers!

PhotoSweeper

Tweet to Enter

If you’d like to win a free copy of PhotoSweeper, 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. Alternately, if you’d like to share the exact same post on Facebook or App.net, feel free to do that and then leave a comment with the link. That’s it! We’ll then randomly pick 25 winners when we close the contest.

 

We’ll announce the winners next week on September 21st, so hurry and get your entry in today!

Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm, however, are ineligible to enter.

September 12th, 2012 was a day that had been anticipated by many for a long time. Ever since Apple released the invitations with the mysterious caption “It’s almost here”, along with a number 5 in the shadow, almost every tech blog has been speculating what will be announced. Maybe the long awaited iPhone 5? A refresh of the iMac line? A whiff of iTunes 11?

Today, those rumours have been debunked and at 10 AM local time, Tim Cook took to the stage of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The world was watching and so were we. Here’s what Apple announced.

NOTE: All images in this article are used with permission from Wired and licensed under the Creative Commons agreement.

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Over the past few weeks here at Mac.AppStorm, we’ve been taking a look at the state of gaming on Mac OS X, taking a look at and rounding up some of our favourite games on the platform. We’ve looked at the how the Resonance Cascade not only had drastic consequences for the Half-Life universe but revolutionised first-person shooters and some of the top games available to be downloaded right now on Steam and the Mac App Store.

It’s time to take a look back at the past month of gaming content in case you’ve missed any of our coverage! (more…)

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

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When Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone 5 years ago, many downplayed the device’s significance to the industry but still assumed it’d sell good thanks to Apple’s Mac fanbase. The iPhone quickly proved it could hold its own in the world, and thanks to the App Store and iCloud, you could easily use an iPhone today even if you didn’t own any other computer at all. Many iPhone users have never owned a Mac, and despite most Mac users love of all things Apple, there’s still many Mac users that have never owned an iPhone.

I’m one of those. I’ve owned an iPod Touch, and loved it, but continued using my old phone for voice calls and txts since iPhones are only sold unlocked in Thailand and cost more than an iPad upfront. Even with Apple’s upcoming launch of the next iPhone, I’ll be paying more attention to details about the next iPod Touch unless they seriously cut the unlocked iPhone’s price.

Whether for cost or just because you don’t use the phone that much, there’s still many of us who don’t have an iPhone. Are you in that number, or are you more devoted to your iPhone today than your Mac? We’d love to hear your thoughts in this week’s poll on the eve of Apple’s next major iPhone launch.

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in August. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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The Get Dealy Summer Bundle includes 10 apps, including award winning Mac and web apps that can help you be more productive and make it easier to work on your Mac. You’ll get Crossover XI to run Windows apps on your Mac, GaragePay to keep up with your PayPal payments easier, Snippets to help you quickly reuse code snippets, Espionage to encrypt folders and keep your data safe, Ronin to track time and make invoices, and more.

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Then, if you’re ever looking for deals on software in the future, be sure to check Get Dealy, as they’re always running great discounts on apps you’ll love.

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