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Over the last couple of weeks we’ve run a competition to win a Wyzowl promo video – I’m pleased to announce the four Wyzowl winners today!

  • Android – EveryU
  • iOS – PaperPlay
  • Mac – infiniteNIL
  • Web – RiddleMe

Congratulations to the winners, you’ll be contacted shortly – make sure you follow AppStorm for more great competitions!

When it’s time to buy a new MacBook, there’s a lot of decisions you’ll have to make. Air or Pro, or Retina Pro? In-store model, or extra ram? Faster processor or more storage?

Most of these choices are permanent nowadays, with even the ram soldered to the motherboard. But in many ways, the screen size will define how you use your Mac more than many of the other decisions. The 11″ Air will be the most cramped, but will also be the most portable, while a 15″ Pro will give you the most space but will also feel much more like a desktop and will be less portable.

I just purchased a new MacBook Air that’s en route from China right now. I chose the 13″ Air, as it felt like the best middle between size and portability, and sure hope I feel like I’ve made the right choice. It made me wonder what your favorite screen size is. What MacBook screen size do you own, or would you purchase if you could choose any right now?

Our weekly sponsor this week is StackSocial, a new site featuring deals on Mac apps, training courses, and more.

This week, StackSocial is featuring the iStack Mac Bundle, which includes 10 essential Mac tools for just $49.99. It includes Parallels 7, one of the most popular ways to run Windows and other operating systems on your Mac, which retails for $79 by itself. It also includes SnagIt, a popular screenshot tool, and Clarify, one of the best ways to turn screenshots into tutorials. There’s 6 other great apps, as well as an iOS development course to help you get started making your own iPhone apps.

Then, if that’s not enough, StackSocial has a number of ongoing deals, with new specials coming out all the time. It’s a site you should keep your eye on if you want to get great deals for your Mac.

Go Get It!

If you’ve been wanting a great deal on Parallels 7, SnagIt, Clarify, and other great Mac apps, then be sure to get the iStack Mac Bundle for just $49.99 before the deal’s over on July 26th. Or, feel free to check out the other great deals that StackSocial has on offer now and in the future. With great deals on apps and training courses, there’s specials that every Mac user would find interesting.

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

 

This week has been another really busy one in terms of app news so let’s get started and see what’s been happening!

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With Mountain Lion just around the corner, most of us will be running a new OS in the next few weeks. Among the deeper changes that Apple baked into their latest version of OS X, there’s a ton of new apps coming along for the ride: Notes, Reminders, Notifications Center, and more. Plus, long-time standbys like Mail are getting updates along with the rest of the system.

The interesting thing is, all of the new apps are ones that originally appeared in iOS, but Apple’s finally bringing them to OS X. Coming along is the skeuomorphism – mainly with stylized leather – that Apple recently seems to love applying to new apps.

Many of us already have ways we keep up with notes and to-dos, and perhaps have already used alternate email and calendar apps, too. This time around, though, do you think you’ll be using the new apps, or trying out the updated ones? Or will you stick with you existing apps, or perhaps even try a new 3rd party app instead? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

As always every Wednesday, here are our weekly picks of the best (and free) deals on the App Store for this week.

Happy downloading!

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We Mac users always seem to get some great deals, especially in the form of app bundles, and the iStack Mac Bundle from Cult of Mac is no exception. For $49.99, you can get 9 fantastic Mac applications and the first 5,00o buyers of the bundle get a bonus iOS app development course, worth $497, thrown in absolutely free.

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Do you love Mac apps? Are you always on the look-out for the latest and greatest Mac software to work faster and be more productive? Do you have a passion for writing and engaging your audience? If so, you might just be a perfect fit for the Mac.AppStorm writing team.

We’re always on the look out for fantastic new writers across the AppStorm network, but we’re particularly wanting to find a few new contributors to Mac.AppStorm over the next few days. All our writing positions are paid, and we’ll work with you to choose apps to review and suggest article ideas.

To write for Mac.AppStorm having writing experience is vital, and we’ll only look at submissions with good linked examples. If you have both a passion for the written word and a love for all things Mac, then we’d love to hear from you. Register your interest here, and we’ll be in touch!

The Gold Master (GM) version of Apple’s new upcoming version of OS X, Mountain Lion, was released yesterday to registered Apple developers, hinting at an imminent release. This version is often the “final” version of the operating system before being released to the public, unless any bugs are discovered by developers and the OS code is “frozen”, often meaning no further changes are going to be made.
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We’re excited to let you know about the latest addition to the Tuts+ family — Mactuts+!

Mactuts+ is focused on teaching you how to use your Mac more effectively, efficiently, and powerfully. You’ll learn about the basics of OS X, how to switch, how to use accessories and time-saving software, work with your Mac in an enterprise setting, and how to save time with advanced productive tips and tricks.

Read on to find out more about how the site will complement Mac.AppStorm, and learn about our $1,000 competition!

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