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…The Mac Bundle Box sells apps for charity?

Mac Bundle Box

There’s something about Macs that just makes the app developers want to bundle, and the latest offering is the Mac Bundle Box (their fourth!), a collection of thirteen apps worth more than $333 that is selling for just $49.

In addition to the great deal they’re offering buyers, they’re also offering to do some good too, with 5% of each sale is going to Charity:Water, an organization that’s helping to build wells for the more than 1.1 billion people who don’t have safe drinking water.

The included applications are Relationship, Code Collector, DrawIt, Espionage, Cover Stream, DEVONnote, QuickScale, Project Calculator, Transcriva, Magnet, Involer, Stuf and Blog Assist, so if you’ve been looking to pick up any one of those, then perhaps now’s the time to pick up all of them and do some good while you’re at it.

[Mac Bundle Box]

[Via: TUAW]

…Apple is the leader of next gen computing?

iPhone SDK

The minds over at ReadWriteWeb seem to think that with the announcement of Exchange support and the iPhone SDK, Apple has set themselves up to become the dominating force in next gen computing, and I must say that I agree.

Here’s why:

  • The demand for small yet functional computers has already been demonstrated with the Asus Eee PC. If you can fit an entire computer into your pocket, you open up a world of possibilities.
  • The demand for pocket sized gaming devices has already been demonstrated with the DS (as well as all other pocket sized Nintendo consoles) and the PSP. Throw in Wii-esque motion controls and you’ve got yourself a winner.
  • Windows Mobile is terrible.
  • Exchange support means the iPhone can do what the BlackBerry does, only it looks good doing it, and can play games, movies, music, and more while you’re waiting.
  • It takes an iPod and a phone (two things many people carry around with them anyways) and combines them into one device. Why carry two when just one will suffice?
  • It’s an Apple product, so the UI is both beautiful and functional.
  • Combine a full SDK with a huge desire to develop for the latest and greatest mobile platform, and you’ll have throngs of developers jumping on board to develop amazing apps out of the gate. Microsoft Office anyone?

The list goes on and on.

Basically, as long as Apple can ride its current wave of iPhone success to conclusion, it will set the bar far beyond what anyone else is even striving towards at this point. The iPhone has created a whole new game, and currently, Apple is the only player.

Does this mean Apple will surely dominate next gen computing?

Time will tell, but all signs currently point to yes.

[Apple iPhone]

[Via: ReadWriteWeb]

…It’s Things Thursday: Steam storewide sale?


Valve is on top of the gaming world right now, and their Steam system is a great way to get new games.

If you’ve been holding off on getting yourself The Orange Box (and if you have a PC, you NEED this set of games), or any of the other titles in Valve’s repertoire (BioShock, Call of Duty, Quake, etc.) then be sure to check out their first-ever Steam storewide sale.

Every game in every genre from every developer and publisher on Steam is now on sale, and you can save 10-50% through January 1st. Plus, if you’re trying to make up for a poorly chosen gift, they also allow you to give the gift of game to friends and family through the Steam system.


[Via: Steam – News]

…MacHeist is back?

MacHeist II

MacHeist is back, and it’s (supposedly) better than ever.

If you enjoyed the Hubert hunting, dollar saving, developer screwing experience of the last MacHeist, then definitely check out this year’s version, as I’m sure it’ll be much of the same.

The source of the controversy following last year’s event was the fact that it raked in over $800,000 for those running the show, but then supposedly gave back developers (many of whom were small time, independent developers) only $5,000 per application.

Will this year be any different?

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


[Wikipedia – MacHeist]

[Via: TUAW]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Kongregate?


Kongregate is trying to create “the leading online hub for players and game developers to meet up, play games, and operate together as a community”. Currently in Beta; Kongregate already hosts 553 games, and has hundreds of gamers playing together at any one time. Though anyone can submit a game, a user rating system ensures that only the best games float to the top of the charts. In addition to regular playability, each game is wrapped in community features such as chat and challenges that allow you to play alongside your friends. Plus, developers receive a share of the microtransaction and advertising revenue, and retain the full rights to their games, so they are encouraged to write up some good stuff. If you’re looking for a place to kill some time, Kongregate is it.