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For a while now, the Mac’s game library has become quite extensive. With the addition of Steam and the Mac App Store to the Mac’s arsenal, many great games have been added to the library including plenty of iOS ports. From the slew of games added, it is hard to find the true hardcore experience that a lot of heavy-hitting gamers are craving for on theirs Macs. Thankfully, for those trying to find serious hardcore experiences, we have compiled this extensive list of hardcore games.

The following list contains a broad range of video game genres from RGP, Stealth, and RTS, to Action, Racing, and Puzzle. All serious gamers with Macs should definitely give these titles a try in order to fulfill their Mac gaming hunger.

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This post is part of a series that revisits some of our readers’ favorite articles from the past that still contain awesome and relevant information that you might find useful. This post was originally published on June 14th, 2011.

Your Mac comes prepared with its own widget for you to check the weather, and it works just fine, but sometimes you want something more accurate, with more features, or perhaps that works through your menu bar or your desktop instead of in your widgets.

Today we are presenting you some of the most popular weather apps available for your Mac. These will range from simple menu bar apps to real pieces of art with animations and other visual flair. Take a look!

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Last month I wrote a how-to article on the website builder Rapidweaver. While RapidWeaver is a great piece of software with numerous options to create great looking websites, it also has a huge number of plugins available for users to try and use with their site.

In this article I’ve rounded up some of the best plugins available to RapidWeaver users to help you get the most out of your site. Read on to see my top ten RapidWeaver plugins.
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Somewhere in the course of Internet history, along with the decline of Del.icio.us, bookmarking lost it’s popularity. Nevertheless, bookmarks should be considered indispensable for any modern computer user.

Believe it or not, the Mac is actually home to several outstanding apps which should help you organize your bookmarks past the basic capabilities afforded by your browser. Some, like Pukka and Thumbtack aim to be as unobtrusive as possible, while others like Delibar have no problem showing off their interfaces; there’s something for just about everyone. So if you think it’s about time to get your bookmarks in order, this is one roundup you won’t want to skip!

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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference rapidly approaches, taking place just next week from the 11th to the 15th. As usual, there will be a keynote on opening day of this conference at 10 AM PT. There are many, many expectations of what will be announced at this keynote, from rumors of a new iPhone and iOS 6 to new MacBooks and an OS X Mountain Lion release.

Join me after the break for a look at the most important rumors pertaining to this year’s WWDC.

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By accident or by design, Growl is most likely installed on your machine; if it isn’t, you should probably look into it. Many applications offer support for it and some even come bundled with it. Growl is one of those applications that one thinks should be native to OS X, but sadly, it isn’t. Though as Mountain Lion rolls out its own notification system, the future of Growl seems to be precarious. We’re still huge fans though and thought you’d enjoy a nice big dose of Growl goodness.

Here we have a group of sexy, sleek, and shiny Growl themes ready for you to download, install, and use at your discretion. At the bottom of the article, there are a few extra Growl notification styles that have not been coded. You can use these as inspiration. If you keep an eye on them, the designers may end up coding them.

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I’ve always been a big fan of tower defense games. However, until pretty recently I had stuck to the web or my iOS devices to play these types of games. I recently began the search for some different tower defense-type games for the Mac and found a pretty decent variety.

This round-up features eight of the tower defense games that I enjoy. Some are traditional land-based games, others are more futuristic and some are a simpler and more accessible type of game. Read on to learn more and see which is right for you.

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An introduction to Instagram might be more than unnecessary, but for the few lost ones that have never heard of the service, Instagram is a mobile service that allows you to upload and share pictures right from your phone, with its characteristic vintage filters that make even the dullest photo look interesting.

However, Instagram has yet to come up with its own web service to view pictures from your computer, and right now the only way to browse through your Instagram feed (as well as upload pictures) is through your iOS or Android devices. That’s why today we’re going to bring you 5 third-party Mac apps that allow you to browse and interact with your Instagram feed right from your desktop.

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This post is part of a series that revisits some of our readers’ favorite articles from the past that still contain awesome and relevant information that you might find useful. This post was originally published on May 24th, 2011.

Macs are becoming much more popular with college students nowadays, owing to Apple’s generous student discount (around 15%) upon purchase. But once you’ve bought your shiny new computer, you’ll be wanting to know which are the best Mac apps aimed at college students and which ones to download or buy.

Up until a few years ago, Mac users had very little choice of software as they were seen mostly as a niche platform and therefore only ran specialist software.

As I was in exactly the same position when I bought my Mac, I’ve now created – for all the students out there – a list of 25 superb applications recommended for you. I’ve tried to keep this list relevant to any major and, in order to save on costs, I have tried to include free software wherever I can.

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The moment you boot up your Mac, a variety of things pry for your attention. Email, social networks, reminders, and all sorts of distractions eventually trap you in the middle of a tug-of-war, making it almost impossible to focus on a single activity.

As a result, you lose track of what you’re supposed to do. You might just find yourself looking up, wondering where the sun went all of the sudden.

Here’s the good news though: there are apps that can help you solve this productivity problem. In this round-up, I’ll share 15 Mac apps that help you focus, whether it’s dimming the screen, blocking social networking sites, closing inactive applications, or working in time bursts. You can use one or mix a couple of these apps to fit the way you work.

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