We love learning about the work that goes into making the apps we love. We got a chance to talk to Marcelo, the developer behind Should I Sleep, an app that we’d reviewed and ran a giveaway of recently. He provided some insight into their development process, and how they get the ideas for their apps.

Join us after the break to learn more!

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It’s been 29 years since Apple unveiled the original Macintosh, long enough that the Macs most of us use today would seem like science fiction compared to the original Macintosh. But the story of Apple doesn’t start with the Mac.

8 years earlier, Jobs and Wozniak demonstrated the Apple I, the computer that started it all, at the Homebrew Computer Club. Then, a year later, the Apple II was demonstrated, and it soon became one of the first computers to be released that was a mass success. The Macintosh came along, but it was still years before the Apple II computers had fully disappeared from Apple’s lineup.

My own first Apple computer (of sorts) was decidedly not a Mac. Instead, it was the one Apple device that seems to be the early predecessor of Apple’s real future as a mobile device company: the Newton.

So did you ever use an original Apple computer? If so, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

And if you’re curious what Macs your fellow AppStorm readers are using, our giveaway from last week turned into an impromptu poll about that!

Did you know your MacBook Pro has a motion sensor? The hardware in your Mac – no matter which Mac you own – has some great features that you might have not even ever realized. We keep coming across fun apps that show some of the more unique ways you can use your Mac’s hardware, so we decided to put them together in a roundup.

Before we start though, we would like to point out that there are a couple handy articles throughout this roundup. These articles will help you enhance and customize the way you use some hardware features on your Mac. The rest of the roundup is filled with fun and useful apps that can make your Mac even more useful. With that, let’s begin!

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I never liked OS X’s Spaces. Even in Snow Leopard, before Apple overly simplified their implementation of multiple desktops, I felt that something was missing. I could never make Spaces work the way I wanted, and it only got worse when Lion removed the option to arrange spaces in a grid.

Then I tried TotalSpaces, and suddenly multiple desktops became integral to my workflow. Let’s take a look at how it won me over, and why TotalSpaces is what Spaces should have been.
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Like the Humble Bundle’s pay what you want bundles? Then you’ll love Macbundler’s latest bundle: the Pay What You Want Bundle!

This bundle is similar to the Humble Bundles, since you can pay what you want for the bundle, starting at $1. That’ll get you the first two apps: the game Destination: Treasure Island, and Imagericks Pro, a simple image editor using Core Image filters. Beat the average price that everyone else has paid, and you’ll also get Data Guardian, a secure database for your Mac, Cockpit, the missing control center for all your apps, and Thoughts, a great way to keep your info together on your Mac.

Best of all, with every purchase you can give to the two charities that the bundle is supporting: charity: water and StandUp To Cancer. So what are you waiting for? Go get your own copy of the Macbundler Pay What You Want Bundle! It’s only available through Friday, so don’t wait too long.

Right now, you can get the first two apps for $1, or pay more than $7.90 to get all of the apps. Or, donate even more and help make sure everyone can get the bonus extra app that’ll be unlocked when $10,000 has been raised for charity!

If you happen to get the bundle, be sure to come back here and tell us what app you liked the most!

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After Sparrow dropped its steady development, many users included a new item to their wish lists: a replacement to the dear mail client. The spotlight was turned onto projects that pledge to revolutionize the way we work through our inbox, using existing apps or brand-new apps. However, revolutions take time.

Airmail is a mail client that retains the simplicity which made Sparrow such a appreciated application. Because, sometimes stripping a resource to the bone is the real shake-up we need.

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About a year ago we published a review on a up-and-coming web browser called Sleipnir, giving it a great score and calling it a browser you just have to try. Recently a new version of the browser for the Mac has come out, and when we saw that the developer was calling it “the most advanced web browser yet”, we knew we had to take a look at it once more.

In our previous review, we praised Sleipnir for its sleek, clean cut design and its innovative tab navigation. How does the new one fare in these categories, and what’s new in it? Let’s check it out.
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If you’re looking for a great new way to take notes on your Mac, there’s a new app you might want to check into: Noted. Our own Stef Gonzaga recently found it to be a simple but powerful note-taking application in her recent review of Noted. With a touch of Things’ design, bright icons, and Markdown support, it sure looks nice.

There’s so many notes apps, it’s terribly hard to choose between them. That’s why it was interesting to get a chance to talk to Allen, the developer behind Noted. Stay with us after the break to learn more about the inspiration behind Noted and what’s next for the app!

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In an earlier Mactuts+ article, “Picking Passwords: Pitfalls, Practicalities and Protection”, we examined the requirements and problems of modern passwords and why they are hard for humans to remember but easy for computers to crack. We also touched on how we can manage this conundrum. In this article, we will have our cake and eat it; we will use complex, secure and unique passwords for everything. All of those passwords will confirm the specific requirements and rulesets of each service – even if that means that the criteria differs between services. And we will remember just one secure password to do this.

Head over to Mactuts+ and read more!

Having trouble finding the right app for the job? Or are you having trouble getting your favorite app to work the way you want?

The world of apps can be rather confusing. There’s dozens of similar apps that make it tough to decide which one is really best, and then there’s things that seem impossible to do with any app out there. We’re trying to help with our reviews and app comparisons articles, but we just might be missing that one category where you need more info.

That’s why we’re restarting our Ask the Editor series. If you’ve got questions about the best app for the job, or want to find an app for a specific purpose, fill out the form below, and we’ll find the best answers and round them up in an article next week. Or, if you just have an app you want more info about, or some ideas about things you’d find useful for us to write about, send them in, too!

We’re looking forward to seeing what answers we’ll have in our Ask the Editor post next week!


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