Apple’s Mac OS X software engineers were busy on Friday before leaving for the holiday weekend here in the U.S., pushing out a new build of the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6.8 that appears to offer the promised ability to squash the MacDefender malware as well as Mac App Store preparations for Lion this summer.
If you lived under a rock, then you didn't hear about Google Wallet, which was everywhere online and you can just tell it's one of those Google offerings that isn't going to Buzz or Wave itself away. But what the heck else happened this week? Well, we'll tell you all the questions you've been too embarrassed to ask about HTML5, we'll teach you how to get your mitts on some Spotify love, and we'll show you the strangest game you never knew you needed, like yesterday.
The competition's heating up! Or at least, Amazon's really trying for it here by launching its own Mac Download Store.
Although this seems redundant, Amazon does offer titles that are not currently available in Apple's Mac App Store, like Microsoft Office for instance. Also on the roster are titles from developers like Feral Interactive, Electronic Arts and Aspyr and Roxio.
The Mac App Store certainly has made buying Mac software a convenient affair -- just a click and a password, and boom, there it is. But like the iOS App Store, it's starting to fill up fast. That's good news for you -- lots of choice -- but it also means that when you type in a keyword or open up a category, you're faced with multiple options.
We're here to help.
We put dozens of Mac App Store offerings through our ringer of a reviews process and settled on 20 diverse applications that all scored well and come with our recommendation. Even better? They're less than $20 a pop.
We think the apps in our June issue’s cover story, “20 Killer Mac Apps Under $20,” (coming soon to MacLife.com!) are all great deals. But there’s no better deal than zero. These 10 fun and useful apps are all free in the Mac App Store -- without big “for a limited time!” callouts in their descriptions -- but developers are free to raise the prices anytime they like. So get ‘em quick.
The Mac App Store made it easier than ever for Mac gamers to find and download unique titles of all stripes -- indie darlings, casual smashes, and big-budget blockbusters. We scoured the listings to select 10 sharp picks that can be nabbed for less than $20 apiece. And since we’re simply glad you graciously took a moment away from Angry Birds to read this story, we’ll safely leave that sensation off this list. But it’s in the Mac App Store if you need it!
In keeping with their continued effort of transitioning Mac related software to the App Store, a new report out today says that once Apple decides to release Lion into the wild this summer, they'll distribute it via the Mac App Store. Users would be able to upgrade instantly without needing to pop any sort of physical media into their system.
If MobileMe and iWork were murder mysteries, you could say that the plot just thickened, as it were. An Apple source has revealed that the company is ending rebate programs for both applications, leading to speculation that refreshes are on the way.
Butterflies in the sky, you can go twice as high. Just take a look, it's on one of those apps on your iPad, it's Reading Rainbow. Yeah, the song doesn't work so well with those lyrics, does it? Well, Executive Editor Susie started singing it the other day and we sort of derived a little inspiration from it and decided to scope out a few apps you can read. And don't worry, this isn't a column where I regurgitate the three e-book readers available in either of the App Stores. We actually found some pretty cool apps, including one that has every piece of information you could ever want to know about Apple's computer history, an iOS app for sad, emotional poetry buffs, and the link to an amazing website full of all the creative inspiration you could ever hope for.