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Today we’ll be giving away five copies of Snowtape, an application that will be fully reviewed next week. Snowtape is the perfect solution for recording audio from various Internet radio stations, automatically tagging each file with appropriate information and album artwork. Perfect for quickly filling your iPod with interesting new music.

If you’d like to win a copy, simply leave a comment on this post letting us know who your favourite music artist is. Be honest – we won’t judge you!

The competition will run for one week, and we’ll announce the winners on Friday 23rd October. Good luck!

While you sit in front of your screen for hours on end, perusing tech blogs and pretending not to be addicted to Facbook, are you considering what sort of impact you’re having on the environment!? If you’re like me, the answer is “Hey pal, it’s a computer not a Hummer. Back off.” Luckily however, the good folks at Apple have put a lot of time and effort into this problem for us.

In honor of Blog Action Day we’ll be taking a look into what makes Apple one of the greenest technology companies you’ll find by examining the actions that they are taking to reduce their carbon footprint in the areas of manufacturing, transportation, product use, recycling, and facilities.

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Organising your thoughts can be a difficult task when approaching a complex problem, and there’s no reason why you can’t enlist the help of your trusty Mac. “Mind Maps” have become increasingly common as a way to manage a stream of thoughts, ideas and information – though their graphical nature doesn’t easily fit into a traditional software package.

Today I’ll be looking at 9 different specialist mind mapping applications for the Mac. Some are fairly expensive, commercial solutions – others are relatively budget-friendly. Hopefully there’s something for everyone, and you’ll be mapping our your own thought process in no time!

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Google Quick Search Box is the next step in the evolution of Google Desktop: it goes a step beyond simply letting you search the files on your computer to provide an integrated tool that lets you take a variety of actions from a launch bar. It’s designed in part by Nicholas Jitkoff, one of the original developers of Quicksilver.

The biggest advancement with Google Quick Search Box is the ability to perform actions on your search results. Where once you could only find files from Google Desktop, you can now launch files, email them as attachments, and move them to the trash just as easily.

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Even with Finder’s Cover Flow view option, organizing your applications, files and creating smart collections isn’t the easiest thing to do. However, with an application called Berokyo this can be done in a simple and stylish way.

Berokyo lets you add files, smart collections and applications into “cabinets”. Along with providing a way to organize your desktop, it allows you to quickly launch your applications, open documents, and personalize each “cabinet” to your liking.

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Few people would argue that we’ve begun to see a fundamental shift away from broadcast television to online media in recent years. That said, there’s still a phenomenal demand for digital, cable and satellite television (and some great programming available).

Just because broadcast TV isn’t streamed over the Internet, doesn’t mean that your Mac can’t play a part in the experience. Today I’ll be looking at EyeTV, an application designed to watch, pause, record and convert television on your Mac. To use the application, you’ll also need a compatible TV receiver (I’ll be using the EyeTV Sat, which supports HD in the UK).

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Thank you to everyone who entered our Daylite competition. We had three of the “Daylite Bundles” to give away (including the desktop application, plus a 1-year iPhone app license), and the winners have now been chosen.

Thanks again to Marketcircle for providing the free licenses, and without further ado – here are the three lucky winners!

  • Bundle #1 – Garry Aylott
  • Bundle #2 – Eric Vitiello
  • Bundle #3 – Josh Crain

Sorry to everyone who missed out (we still love you!), and rest assured we’ll be back with another great competition next week.

The 15% Offer

We’re also pleased to let you know that if you’d like to purchase a license outright, you can benefit from 15% off for 30 days (starting from today). Simply use the code appstorm when making your purchase!

Having a home delivery newspaper subscription is great. Every morning, we acquire our daily dose of news from all around the world right in front of our door step (well, most of the time). However, at the end of the year, we end up with a plethora of piles of newspapers (and it isn’t cheap!)/

With RSS, you can receive an infinite number of different news feeds right within one application. To help you choose how you view those feeds on your Mac, we’re listing 8 popular RSS Readers available for OS X.

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