Back to school season is upon us, and while returning to class can be painful after and long and leisurely summer break, it does give us the opportunity to shop for new toys. Whether you're a fresh frosh or a senior almost ready for graduation, it's always fun to take advantage of the back to school deals that pop up every fall.
We all know Apple themselves are offering $100 worth of apps to any student who purchases a Mac, but there's so much more out there. So, we've scoured to web for some Mac deals on products every college student needs.
Games, games, games. The more you play, the more you enjoy, the better you feel. Mac gaming hasn't always been a priority for game publishers, but with digital distribution platforms like Steam and the Mac App Store, the world's made it easier to buy a game, download it and then play it right away. So if you're ready for it, from free to five bucks to full-priced must-plays, here are 10 top-shelf games every Mac gamer should be playing right now.
Minecraft is an enigma. The simplicity, both visually and conceptually, might turn off hardcore gamers who have no urge to build massive structures and replicas. But take up your tools for even a few hours and you'll inevitably be addicted by the game's scale. In Minecraft, your only impediment is your own creativity. Here's a glimpse of my time in the Minecraft world.
Spy shots are the images sent to rumor sites from secret sources and shadowy situations. They are supposedly from testing labs, or manufacturers, or even from bus riders who think they just saw an Apple employee flashing the latest goods on the commute home. Simply put, we can't get enough of them.
What makes them so compelling? Is it the hope that you will be able to tell your friends that you saw "it" first? Is it the rebel in you, that wants to believe in a world where someone is willing to defy the legendary secrecy of Cupertino? Do you just love to laugh at really bad Photoshop jobs?
Yes, there are times when you sound geezer-esque when you reference how good something used to be. Which isn't to say there isn't a point to be had.
In the face of video games having become multi-million dollar production efforts on the level of A-list movies, it's sometimes best to think back to the games we grew up with and loved (even if the local kids call you "Grandpa" and keep offering you glasses of prune juice in the process…). That being said, here's a gallery of 10 old school Mac games we really miss.
It's really heartening to see the tide turn back towards Mac game development since the launch of the Mac App Store, with big-budget blockbusters and familiar iOS apps alike coming to Mac screens everywhere. While paid games are in steady supply, it may be tougher to locate worthwhile free offerings amidst the loaded listings -- and sure enough, the selection isn't quite as robust as you'd expect from the iOS App Store. But give it time! Until then, we've rifled through the current selection and picked out 10 worthwhile offerings that cover a wide variety of genres (and attention spans).
It’s been more than three weeks since OS X Lion escaped from the Mac App Store and took up residence in Macs around the globe, and for the most part users are quite happy with their new houseguest. Part of the fun with any new operating system releases is uncovering the new features -- and this big cat has plenty of them.
The guys at Cupertino are always coming up with something new, from iPods that function as phones to full-fledged tablet computers. It's easy to forget that once upon a time, patents for devices like the iPhone and iPad left us scratching our heads (check out this blog post from 2006, if you need proof). To this day, Apple keeps us on our toes, and we can't help but wonder what amazing gadget will appear from their latest crazy patent applications. So, we scoured Patently Apple for 10 of the lastest, most ridiculous patents we could find -- only because we know, one day, Apple will surprise us with yet another device that will blow us away.
As we edge closer to September, the August rumor cycle begins steaming up. Will September 7 prove the magic day? Will the iPhone 5 make its appearance? Will you be able to buy it that day? And what about this mysterious discount iPhone we keep hearing about? Prepaid? All in the cloud? What gives?
This week GameFly announced its exciting new PC and Mac online rental service that will allow gaming fans to subscribe to the service and download any of the games GameFly has to offer straight to their desktop. Now, while they're not the first to offer such a service -- Steam already offers a heaping pile of Mac games -- they'll hopefully add more to the library in the future, which is why we’re so excited for it. Here are nine of the reasons we can’t wait to give it a spin.