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Deal Of The Day: 95% Off On The Award-Winning MacLovin Bundle

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A MacLovin Bundle? What’s not to like? For $39 you can get your virtual hands on $861 worth of stuff for the Mac. That’s 8 applications, including Cinemagraph Pro ($100 value) and djay (a $20 value), as well as access to the OS X App Masterclass, a $500 value. With that eCourse, you’ll get 22 hours of instruction to learn how to code for the Mac. Learn Xcode and Objective C all the while editing some sweet footage with Cinemagraph Pro, DJ’ing with djay, as well as creating HTML 5 content with Hype2. All this for $39? What are you waiting for?

[ 95% Off On The Award-Winning MacLovin Bundle ]

Deal Of The Day: Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle!

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The main reason we’re working with Stack Social for the OhGizmo! store is because they have killer Mac bundles. Today’s deal brings you $807 worth of applications for which you’re free to pay anything you want! The average price for all 9 apps and 1 online course is currently $9.06, and if you pay more than that, you get all 10 items; anything less and you get 3. But there’s more. If you pay enough for these and make the leaderboard, you will be entered to win a Macbook Air. Finally, 10% of the proceeds will go to one of three charities, for which Stack Social has already raised $18,742 at the time of writing. So what are these apps?

RapidWeaver 5
Create Powerful & Beautiful Websites, No Coding Required

TuneUp
Organize Your iTunes Music Collection in Just a Few Clicks

Disk Drill Pro 2.0
Protect and Recover Data Like a Pro

CrossOver 13 For Mac
Easily Use Windows Software on Your Mac

Voila
The Best All-in-One Mac Screen Capture Tool

Snapheal Pro
The Fastest, Easiest Way To Remove Objects + Enhance Your Photos

mSecure for Mac
Security Everywhere Made Simple

MacX Mobile Video Converter
Convert HD Video to Your iPhone, iPad, Android, & Other Mobile Devices

PDF Converter Pro For Mac
A PDF Converter w/Advanced OCR Technology

Projects In iOS E-Learning Course
Learn iOS Development Through DIY Building Projects

If even one of these apps is worth the average asking price to you, then you can consider all the other ones an added bonus. These are not trial apps, or limited in any way; you get the same service and support as someone who pays full price.

[ Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle! ]

Steam For Mac Arrives, Along With Free Portal For Everyone

By Chris Scott Barr

It’s been said for many years that Macs aren’t a viable gaming platform. As a gamer that owns both PC’s and Macs, I can generally agree with that statement. This week, however, Valve shook up the Apple gaming community by finally releasing Steam for Mac. At the time of launch, there were 64 titles available.

Valve took things a step further by deciding to make Portal, their popular puzzler, free until May 24th. This goes for both Mac and PC gamers. If you’ve never tried Portal, I’d certainly give it a shot. There’s really no other game out there that has quite the same spirit of this game. Between the mind-challenging puzzles and the dry humor of the robotic antagonist, there’s a lot to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Download it already!

[ Valve ]

MacTable Lowers Your iMac Screen For No Good Reason

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By Chris Scott Barr

I’ll admit to being a Mac user, but I’m an equal-opportunity geek, so I have several Windows machines as well. Mac users tend to get a reputation for needing things that are trendy and fashionable to go with their computers. That’s not the case with any of the people I know, but companies like SmartDesks aren’t helping matters by releasing products like the MacTable.

Here is a table specially designed for iMacs (though thankfully the table is compatible with Windows PCs), which basically means there’s a hole in it. The hole is the perfect size to hold an iMac, so that the bottom of the screen is flush with the table. Brilliant, now you’ve taken something that’s perfectly eye-level and dropped it by around 6 inches or so. I’ve used stations where you had to stare down at the computer the entire time, and they are not comfortable at all. I’m sure that some hip school will buy these and all of their kids will complain of neck pains. Awesome.

[ SmartDesks ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Extend Your MacBook’s Battery With The HyperMac

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By Chris Scott Barr

There’s nothing quite like running out of juice on your laptop when you’re in the middle of something very important and far from an outlet. Many road warriors will pack a spare battery for just such times. However, what if you don’t want to remove your battery (making you shut down your laptop or plug it in) or want more than just two batteries worth of use? If you’re using a MacBook of any kind, you turn to the HyperMac.

The HyperMac line of external batteries are a useful tool for any frequent traveler with a MacBook. While they might be a little larger in size than your spare battery, it does much more than just give you double the running time. First, they come in varying sizes, allowing you to run your laptop for up to 6x as long as it would with a single battery charge. Each one also comes with a USB port that can be used to charge any USB device (including your iPhone) while simultaneously powering your laptop. The HyperMac comes in four different sizes ranging from $200-$500 each.

[ HyperMac ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

OCZ Announces New RAM And SSD For Apple Notebooks

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By Chris Scott Barr

When it comes to laptops, there are only two things that you can really do to upgrade your hardware. That would be adding RAM and swapping out your hard drive. With the latest round of MacBook Pros, there have been some issues finding compatible RAM that isn’t direct from Apple (which is always on the expensive side). Luckily OCZ has your back on both RAM and a new hard drive for your Mac.

This week OCZ announced two new lines of RAM, and a new SSD specifically aimed at Mac users. First their “Qualified for Mac” RAM comes in DDR2 and DDR3 flavors. The DDR2 is 667MHZ PC2-5400 with a CL of 5-5-5-15. These can be found in single 2GB sticks either alone, or packaged in a pair. As for the DDR3 sticks, these are 8500 MHZ PC3-1066 with a CL of 7-7-7-20. They can also be found in single 2GB sticks, or in pairs.

OCZ also announced their new Vertex Seris Mac Edition SATA II 2.5-inch SSD. The drives boast sequential read/write speeds of 240MB/s and 170MB/s respectively, and 64MB of onboard cache. Not only will these boost the speed of your activities, but increase your battery life as well. The new Vertex SDD’s will come in 30, 60, 120 and 250GB capacities. No word on pricing or availability of these newly announced products.

[ OCZ Product Page ]

Psystar Further Taunts Apple By Releasing Yet Another OSX Desktop

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By Chris Scott Barr

I’ve been an avid Mac user since my dad purchased our first one back in the early 90′s. There was a period of a few years where my house was strictly PC-based. This wasn’t because I had a change of heart, but rather due to the fact that I’m a gamer, and Macs are very pricey. If you want to pick up a Mac for under a grand, you’ll have to either go with a Mac Mini, or the low-end Macbook. Either way you choose, you’re still not going to get the same amount of power as you would with a comparably priced PC.

Another option, of course is to make your own Hackintosh, which (and I speak from experience) can be a bit of a pain to initially setup. The result is a machine that runs OSX (just as well as any machine from Apple), and is more cost-effective than a real Mac. One other choice is to order a computer from Psystar. Yes, I’m talking about the company that still has an ongoing lawsuit with Apple. They’re back in the news with their third OSX-enabled offering dubbed the Open(3).

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Ecamm BT-1 Bluetooth Webcam For Macs

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By Andrew Liszewski

On one hand, having a webcam embedded just above your MacBook or iMac’s screen can be quite handy, since it never goes missing and it’s one less thing cluttering up your desk. But on the other hand, it really limits where that webcam can be pointed. Now there are probably hundreds of different webcams on the market that could easily solve this problem, but what sets the BT-1 apart is that it’s completely wireless, relying on Blueooth to transmit the video signals to your Mac.

So not only is the BT-1 completely flexible when it comes to where the webcam can be pointed, but the 10-30 foot wireless range is way more convenient that carrying 10-30 feet of USB cable. Now the 640×480 resolution of the BT-1 isn’t amazing, but it does encode the video using H.264 with 48kHz AAC stereo audio, so the compression shouldn’t be that bad. And given it’s completely wireless, you’ll have to keep in mind it does have a limited battery life of about 4 hours.

The BT-1 Wireless Webcam is expected to be available in late March (OS X only) for $149.99, but you can pre-order one now if you think it’s a must-have.

[ Ecamm BT-1 Wireless Webcam ] VIA [ Gear Live ]

Mac Users To Get Streaming Netflix Movies Before The Year Is Out

By Luke Anderson

I’ve been a Netflix subscriber for around a year now, which means I watch a lot of movies. When they started letting me watch streaming movies for free, even more of my time was spent watching movies. That is until I switched over to a Mac. See, the Netflix player has this one tiny requirement, which is that you have to use it inside of Internet Explorer. That’s bad enough on a Windows machine (Firefox all the way!), but damn near impossible on a Mac (unless you happen to also be running Windows inside of it).

Well it seems that the guys over at Netflix have heard the cries of the Mac-loving community, and are hard at work on making their software compatible with Apple’s OS. According to a recent announcement, you will be able to stream movies to your Mac by the year’s end.

[ Netflix ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]