It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of resource management sims. I like buying cows with just the wheat I can grow in my flash-based farm and building entire cities out of the wood my tiny computer minions chop themselves. And boy, do I like Christmas. Put the two together, and I’m sold.
That’s how construction management simulation Trade Nations: North Pole found its way onto my computer. Not only do I get to build Santa’s home town, but since developer Z2Live has teamed with Child’s Play, I can also help out a good cause. There’s nothing like doing a good deed at the holidays, and hopefully the gameplay of Trade Nations: North Pole will leave you feeling just as warm inside.
‘Tis the season to drive around town buying presents, travel hours to see relatives, to try to keep from being the Grimp while muttering Bah, humbug! under your breath. In all seriousness, the holidays are a great time to relax, stay away from email and your desk, and focus on spending time with your family.
If you’re like most of us, your Mac is the machine you use to get work done, and you’d be just as glad to get rid of it for a few days while you unwind. But then, your Mac can be a nice companion on trips and during holiday parties, giving you an easy way to play festive music, throw pictures together into a movie, and more. iOS devices are great for that too, but sometimes its nice to have a full computer at your disposal.
That’s why we’re wondering: when you travel for the holidays, does your Mac come along too? Or are you just as glad to leave it at home and get a few rare days that you’re not in front of the computer? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
I wanted to take this chance to show my appreciation to everyone who reads Mac.AppStorm, and wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Whether or not you receive a shiny new Apple gadget as a gift this holiday, I hope you have a great few days away from the hustle and bustle of technology.
We have plenty in store for 2011, including the official launch of Android.AppStorm and Windows.AppStorm, as well as countless more reviews, how-tos, roundups and news! I hope you’ll join us on the journey, and am looking forward to sharing everything we have lined up with you.
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful holiday.
For many people, Christmas Day is a great opportunity to switch off completely. I always try to avoid using gadgets and technology, preferring to spend quality time with the people that I really care about. It sounds cliché, sure, but days like these are incredibly important from time to time.
We’re all permanently connected to the Internet, and our access to emails, social media, and the ongoing barrage of communication is no longer limited to “the office”. If you’re anything like me, it sometimes feels that your iPhone is physically attached to your body, following you around everywhere you go.
Sometimes, this is brilliant. Being in constant communication and always “plugged in”, gives us a connection to the world that people would never have dreamt of a few decades ago.
But it’s no way to live your life every day of the year.
Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, why not consider the 25th December a day to leave your MacBook lid firmly shut, turn off your iPhone, and just enjoy the day with family and friends? You never know – it might just be something you want to make a regular thing!
It’s been a fast-paced, fun-filled month of festive giveaways, and you’ll be pleased to know that we’re ending our Christmas promotion in style. We have over $1,000 of hardware and software to give away, including a second chance to get your hands on a few popular applications, and various different iPods!
We also have an exciting announcement surrounding a new member of the AppStorm family – iPhone.AppStorm! So if you’re an iPhone or iPod touch owner, be sure to read on for more information.
Best of luck to everyone who enters, and Happy Christmas from the AppStorm team!
If you’re looking to perform research or manage information on your Mac, there’s a good chance you will have come across DEVONthink. It’s a powerful app, designed to manage and keep in order all those disparate pieces of information so important to your work or studies.
Today we’re giving away five Infoworker’s Pro Bundles, comprised of both DEVONthink and DEVONagent. Read on for more information about these applications, and details how to enter!
I’m a big fan of 1Password, and find it to be one of the most useful day-to-day utilities I use on my Mac. It can help save the headache of needing to remember every password, speed up the process of filling in repetitive forms, and automatically generate remarkably secure login credentials.
We have two full licenses to give away today, so read on for more information about the 1Password and how to enter!
Bento is a “personal database” solution for OS X, suited to any number of different tasks. It’s very versatile, and could be used for anything from managing contacts to planning events. It integrates well with the iLife suite, can import/export data to various other OS X applications, and has a fully functional iPhone companion app.
We have five full licenses to give away, so read on for more information about the app, and to find out how to enter!
We’re helping you to stay organised today, with three copies of the wonderful Hazel up for grabs. Hazel is a handy utility for creating rules to organise your files. It can automatically move certain types of file to certain folders, help correctly remove applications, assist with emptying the trash, and can even ensure your iLife library is automatically up-to-date.
We have three full licenses to give away, so read on for more information about the app, and to find out how to enter!