Today is not only the 4th of July, but also a great day to pick up some App Store bargains! Let’s see what’s on offer.
Moka is a great, minimal way to read and share RSS streams on your Mac. The app links with your Google Reader account and has functions for sharing stories and posts directly, syncing every 5 to 30 minutes depending on what you choose. Moka also has additional functions that help you filter your feeds so you only see news that is entirely relevant to you and its minimal, fresh design makes it a pleasure to use.
Monotony is a feed reader that sticks to its principles and doesn’t overload you with complicated features and overpowering user interfaces. You can subscribe to RSS and Atom feeds directly from the application, and once a new article arrives, Monotony will discreetly alert you using Growl. There’s no Google Reader support and no customisation but, as I said above, Monotony sticks to its roots of being a simple RSS reader. It’s both minimal and extremely functional at the same time, something which some apps find quite hard to achieve.
We all love a free Mac game every now and again and Aydox is a great way to waste away a couple of hours yet still get something beneficial out of it. It combines strategy, anticipation and interactivity in one sweet package and the aim of the game is to challenge and improve the way you work with numbers. It’s suitable for all ages (including children) and you’ll soon pick up the concept of the game once you’ve been playing it for a short while!
And, because it’s the 4th of July, there are three special deals for Mac running only for today!
Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare
I’m guessing that Call of Duty really doesn’t need any introduction so I won’t bore you with the basics of the game! This version is more community-orientated and features a robust leveling system, a variety of unlockable goodies and over 100 challenges to keep you busy. Before downloading, check that your Mac is capable of running the game (the specifications are listed in the App Store) and be aware that the download is a beast: 7 GB in total!
djay is a great DJ software package for your Mac that integrates with your iTunes library and allows you to either mix on the go or automix using your chosen songs from your library. There are plenty of built-in features to help you achieve the perfect mix, including Harmonic Match (key detection and matching), BPM sync for perfect tempo matching and plenty of effects, such as Flanger, Phaser and Echo. It is priced very reasonably for a DJ software (some can cost upwards of $200) and although it’s not the most professional offering out there, if you’re simply looking to play at a block party, then it’ll get the job done.
Splashtop Remote Desktop
Splashtop is a way to access your Mac remotely either from your iPad (via 3G & 4G networks) or a way to access another computer (such as your Windows PC) directly from your Mac, meaning you do not have to have two computers set up. You can control each computer natively from either your Mac or iPad and files can be viewed and edited remotely, meaning no transfer of files back and forth between computers. You can also use it to watch videos up to 30 fps and stream music directly onto your iPad, unlike other similar programs where watching a video is nearly impossible owing to the low frame rate. You’ll need Splashtop Remote Desktop installed on your Mac to view and the free Streamer on the computer you want to control (available for both Mac and Windows).
Check Back Next Week!
Remember to check back next Wednesday for some more hot (and free) App Store deals and if you can hardly wait until then, feel free to share your thoughts and comments on the apps featured above!
And we’d like to wish a Happy 4th of July to all our American readers!