• Beautiful Mac Mail Client Sparrow Really Sings With Full IMAP, Priority Inbox, And Multi-Touch

    When Sparrow first launched in October of last year, I raved about its design and simplicity, but noted a few downsides. One was that it was Gmail-only. And even though it was Gmail-only, it lacked some of Gmail’s power features, such asPriority Inbox. With version 1.1,  both of those issues have been addressed. And a whole slew of new features more has been added. First and… Read More

  • Like The Screencasts In The EightBit Video? Try Sound Stage For Mac

    Earlier today my colleague MG Siegler wrote about EightBit, a new social game and included the above video, with plenty of demo screencasts of the EightBit app. Those screencasts were via Sound Stage 1.3 for Mac, a desktop app that in addition to recording HD desktop screencaps, hooks into an iOS simulator to take screen captures of iPhone app demos. The app launched its new revamp yesterday… Read More

  • Apple's JointVenture For Business Gets Official

    Apple has officially launched its JointVenture support for small businesses. Support comes from the Apple store and will be provided by the Apple Genius Bar. The plan is only available to business customers when purchasing a Mac, but the $499 service will include training and support for up to five “systems,” which include iOS devices and Cinema Displays. Read More

  • Sparrow, The Beautiful Mac Email Client Flies Into The Mac App Store — And Into Funding

    Back in October of last year, we wrote about Sparrow, a beautiful new mail client for the Mac. But whereas most mail clients are now web-based, Sparrow decided it was time to focus on making a great native email experience once again. And today that gamble appears to be paying off. Sparrow 1.0 has just launched in the Mac App Store and it has immediately shot to the number one paid app in… Read More

  • Apple's Cook On iPad/Mac Relationship: “If This Is Cannibalization, It Feels Pretty Good.”

    During the earnings call following Apple’s blockbuster Q1 2011 results, a questions was asked about Apple’s Mac business as it relates to the iPad business. The iPad business, after all, is growing much faster (and just overtook the Apple portable computer business in terms of revenue). So is it affecting the Mac business by eating into it? “Was there any cannibalization? Read More

  • Twitter: No Plans For A Windows Client — But Never Say Never

    Twitter: No Plans For A Windows Client — But Never Say Never

    At one point, a long, long time ago, Twitter was just a super simple website with some SMS integration. Then it became a slightly more robust website. Then it became an iPhone app. Then an Android app. Then an iPad app. Then a very robust website. BlackBerry, Windows Phone, etc. Now, as of today, there’s an official Mac desktop client, Twitter for Mac. Just about all of the bases now seem… Read More

  • Twitter For Mac: Stripped Down And Meh

    Twitter For Mac: Stripped Down And Meh

    The Mac App Store just launched this morning (it is a separate app store from what’s in iTunes that comes with the latest update to Mac OS X), and already the top free app is Twitter for Mac. I just installed it and started to play around with it. My first impression is meh. Twitter for Mac is a stripped down version of the excellent Twitter for iPad app. Imagine if you took just… Read More

  • Apple’s Mac App Store Opens With More Than 1,000 Apps

    Apple this morning announced that the Mac App Store is now open for business, as previously announced, with more than 1,000 free and paid apps. The Mac App Store brings the iTunes App Store model straight to the Mac – it’s available for Snow Leopard users through Software Update as part of Mac OS X v10.6.6. Read More

  • RSS Is Dead, But Reeder For Mac Makes It A Beautiful Corpse [Preview]

    For a long time after the launch of the iPhone, despite thousands of apps for just about everything you can imagine, there was no killer RSS reader app. That changed when the 2.0 version of Reeder arrived earlier this year. It’s so good that I often prefer using it to reading feeds in Google Reader, long my go-to RSS reader. And the iPad version is even better. And now it’s about… Read More

  • With OS X Lion, It's No Longer Point & Click, It's Flick & Swipe

    With OS X Lion, It's No Longer Point & Click, It's Flick & Swipe

    It feels like we’re on the verge of something — “feel” being the keyword. Personal computing has more or less been the same for a few decades now. It’s the mouse, the keyboard, the monitor, and the machine. With things like notebook computers, this has been altered a bit, but it’s the same basic idea. But with the rise of smartphones and now tablets, the… Read More

  • Might The Mac App Store Lead To A New Class Of Micro-Apps?

    Might The Mac App Store Lead To A New Class Of Micro-Apps?

    This weekend, Ryan Block put up an interesting post on gdgt entitled: Will the Mac App Store have enough to sell? He raises a number of good points for why Apple may not be able to replicate their current App Store success with this new desktop store. But I’m left wondering if the store won’t lead to a new class of app: a sort of micro-app for the desktop. Block makes the… Read More

  • Tread Lightly When Embracing The Mac App Store

    Is there really any doubt the Mac App Store will be anything other than a huge hit when it debuts in 90 days? Seven billion downloads on the current App Store would suggest that Apple knows what it’s doing (and that people really love to slingshot cartoon birds into buildings). And the benefits of the App Store are clear: it’s an easy-to-use, one-stop source of safe, tested software. Read More

  • OS X 10.7 Lion: It's OS X Meets iOS. Muti-Touch, Mac App Store, Mission Control, More

    Today during their Back to the Mac event today at their headquarters in Cupertino, Apple gave a first glimpse of the next version of OS X. As anticipated, OS X 10.7 is going to be called “Lion”. What perhaps wasn’t so anticipated (though we guessed), was how inspired it would be by iOS. Apple CEO Steve Jobs noted that iOS came from OS X. But he noted that with IOS… Read More

  • If Apple Spun Off The Mac Business, It Would Be Number 110 On The Fortune 500 List

    If Apple Spun Off The Mac Business, It Would Be Number 110 On The Fortune 500 List

    Today, during their Back to the Mac event at their headquarters in Cupertino, CA, Apple kicked things off with some numbers they wanted to share. COO Tim Cook took the stage to rattle off these numbers. Specifically, he wanted to talk about the Mac. Of all of Apple’s revenues, Macs represent 33 percent of the revenues in the past year. This means the Mac is a $22 billion business. This… Read More

  • Apple Q4: $20B Revenue, $4B Profits, 3.89M Macs, 14.1M iPhones, 4.19M iPads — All New Records

    Apple Q4: $20B Revenue, $4B Profits, 3.89M Macs, 14.1M iPhones, 4.19M iPads — All New Records

    You don’t need to look any further than Apple’s stock price over the past several months to know that they’re on a roll. A year ago, the stock price was at about $190 a share. Today, it closed at $317.93 a share — an all-time high. In fact, they’ve hit several all-time highs this month alone. Their market cap is quickly approach $300 billion. And now the company… Read More

  • Will OS X 10.7 "Lion" Be The King Of The Apple Jungle, The Last Of Its Kind, Or Both?

    Will OS X 10.7 "Lion" Be The King Of The Apple Jungle, The Last Of Its Kind, Or Both?

    As you’re well aware by now, this morning, Apple sent out invites to an event taking place in one week at their headquarters in Cupertino, CA. The invite reads, “Back to the Mac.” and asks those invited to “Come see what’s new for the Mac on October 20, including a sneak peek of the next major version of Mac OS X.” But the most interesting thing about the… Read More

  • Sparrow Is Like Tweetie For Mac Plus Gmail. It's Beautiful, But A Bit Slow

    For the longest time, all I’ve wanted is a solid native Mac client for Gmail that supports starring of messages. Sure, there have been some out there, but they’ve all been lacking. Today, I may have finally found a good one. Sparrow is a super-simple Mac client for Gmail. If you’ve used Tweetie for Mac (which is now owned by Twitter, but development is more or less… Read More

  • Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice Shambling To The Mac Tomorrow

    Good news for Mac gamers: Left 4 Dead 2 is coming tomorrow. If you already own it for the PC, you will own it on the Mac. If you don’t own it yet, go buy it. Steam is including all of the previously released DLC as well, so you won’t miss out on any of the L4D2 gaming goodness. See the press release after the jump. Read More

  • Firefox 4.0 For Mac Might Get Hardware Acceleration

    Much love has been thrown in Google Chrome’s direction of late, not least of which because, well, it’s quite snappy. But let’s not forget the trailblazing browser that helped open the door for all these non-Internet Explorer browsers: Firefox! Yes, Mozilla is closing in on version 4.0 (I’ve been running the betas for some time now, and I’m a fan of the new Mac… Read More

  • 9/14/10: Parallels 6 ‘Drops’

    You know what comes out on Tuesday, September 14? Halo: Reach, right, but besides that? Parallels 6, the virtualization software that makes certain Mac users’ lives a little bit easier. It runs on 64-bit processors this time around—woo! Read More