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  • Six ways to master the Mac App Store and the iTunes Store

    Posted April 10, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    Both the Mac App Store and the iTunes Store may appear to be applications, but they are actually websites. That means you can use powerful Web-based tools--like Google search--to find apps, music, movies, and more. Here are six tips for using a Web browser to access the stores more quickly and efficiently.
  • Venture beyond the Mac App Store

    Posted November 20, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    The Mac App Store is great for the majority of simple applications you might want to purchase. But there are plenty of other apps—ones from registered Apple developers but not in the Store—for you to explore and try. Here are some of the ways to find such apps, get them onto your computer, and keep them up-to-date.
  • Developers stymied by Mac App Store approval delays

    Posted October 9, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    Some developers say that Apple is slowly getting worse at approving apps for the Mac App Store. Apple, of course, reviews all apps submitted to the store, just as it does with the iOS App Store; developers are thus at the company's mercy when it comes to getting their apps--or updates to those apps--available to customers through the Mac App Store.
  • SketchBook Pro relaunches with new features

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 10:37 am

    A new version of SketchBook Pro, the “artistic toolkit” application for the Mac, has made its debut on the Mac App Store, offering an interface overhaul and cloud support among other features.
  • TED Books brings popular lectures to iOS

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:03 am

    The TED series of brainy, idea-mongering lectures became a phenomenon among the YouTube cognoscenti in recent years, and now the people behind the lecture series have unveiled a new app to keep the conversation going.
  • Mountain Lion features you may have missed

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:51 am

    Apple first previewed Mountain Lion back in February, so developers and tech journalists have had plenty of time to get familiar with the OS update. However, at Monday's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, Apple announced a few previously undisclosed features coming in Mountain Lion, such as dictation support, Power Nap, and Safari improvements.
  • Apple adds iPad to back-to-school promo

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Amid the hurly-burly of Apple's sweeping announcements Monday, the company also quietly launched its annual back-to-school promotion, offering $100 gift cards to customers who buy a qualifying Mac and $50 to those who purchase a third-generation iPad.
  • Sandboxing deadline arrives: What it means for Apple, developers, and you

    Posted June 4, 2012 - 10:38 am

    Depending upon whom you ask, Friday, June 1 is the best or worst thing to come to the Mac App Store since it opened its doors in 2011. As of now, new and significantly updated apps submitted to Apple's Mac App Store must implement sandboxing.
  • Mac app developer sells 6,700 copies of app in a day

    Posted May 24, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    If you are looking for a way to make your Mac application stand out from the 10,000-plus apps on the Mac App Store, a well publicised price cut may well do the trick.
  • Growl shows that open source and the Mac App Store mix

    Posted October 3, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    Mac users have had their own notification platform for more than five years in the form of the open-source software Growl. Growl 1.3, released Monday, boasts a number of changes, including new features and new rules for development. But its most significant change may be the fact the utility is now available from the Mac App Store--and only the Mac App Store.
  • Developers hail Mac App Store successes

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    The launch of the Mac App Store on 6 January 2011 was met with a mixture of excitement and trepidation among software developers. How are they feeling now?
  • 'Installed' apps, the Mac App Store, and you

    Posted January 12, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    If you've spent some time browsing the aisles of the new Mac App Store, you've probably come across software marked as "Installed"--despite the fact that you didn't purchase it from the store. It's one of the most confusing aspects of the Mac App Store, and one on which Macworld has fielded a lot of questions already.
  • Developers weigh in on the Mac App Store

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 5:53 pm

    The Mac App Store is the biggest thing to happen to Mac software distribution since the Internet itself—some might say that the store is even bigger. Many users haven’t bothered with boxes and CDs of software for some time, instead juggling combinations of ZIP files, Mac disc images (DMGs), drag-and-drop operations, and installation wizards.
  • Apple: Mac App Store hit 1 million download mark in 24 hours

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    Apple Friday said that more than 1 million apps were downloaded from the Mac App Store on its first day.
  • Mac App Store gives gamers plenty of options

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    Thursday’s launch of the Mac App Store not only opens a new avenue for getting software onto your computer. It also marks a big step forward for Mac gaming.
  • Mac App Store stumbles over pre-owned apps

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    Apple’s Mac App Store is up and running. It works. It works well. Very well. Apple has done a great job with this software, especially considering it is a 1.0 product.
  • Mac App Store piracy concerns raised

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 11:49 am

    Some Mac App Store apps have been cracked with simple cut-and-paste workaround, a report claims.
  • Mac App Store hits 1 million download mark

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 11:42 am

    It took just 24 hours for Apple to rack up 1 million downloads from the Mac App Store, the company announced on Friday morning. The store opened on Thursday, with more than 1000 Mac applications available for download.
  • Mac App Store opens with more than 1,000 apps

    Posted January 6, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    On Thursday Apple opened the Mac App Store, releasing a software update for Snow Leopard that allows Mac users to buy software using the same mechanisms they use to buy iOS apps and media via iTunes.
  • Apple announces Mac App Store will open on January 6

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 10:52 am

    If you’ve been eagerly anticipating plonking down your hard-earned cash for Mac apps, then you’ll want to mark your calendar. Apple announced on Thursday that it would open the doors to its new Mac App Store in 90 countries on January 6, 2011.
  • Apple clarifies Mac App Store rules

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 5:42 pm

    Make no mistake: the news that Apple would be launching a Mac App Store was probably the most significant story to come out of the company's Back to the Mac event in October--or at least the one with the most far-reaching implications. But since that initial push, which promised that the store would open within 90 days, Apple's been largely quiet about the new venture. On Friday, however, it updated its Developer News page with three tidbits of information for developers looking to submit apps.
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