Category Archives: News
The Humble Indie Bundle is one of the higher quality game bundles around (there are quite a few of them these days), and the eighth iteration, just announced this week, is one of the best deals we’ve seen in a while. The bundle features seven different games (all available on the Mac, along with Windows and Linux versions if you happen to OS that way) for a name-your-own price. You’ll get Little Inferno (which began on iOS, but later arrived on PC), the excellent indie MOBA Awesomenauts, Capsized, heart-tugger Thomas Was Alone, and the very atmospheric Dear Esther, along with two other titles if you pay higher than the average (currently about $5), the beautiful Proteus and the violent but very well-designed Hotline Miami.
There are going to be a lot of very happy musicians, public speakers, and presenters around the world now that Newer Technology has introduced the US$49.99 GripBase Podium. Combining an adjustable-height stand with a sturdy base and a protective iPad case/holder, the GripBase Podium makes easy to keep an eye on an iPad or iPad mini screen while keeping your hands free.
This week’s Productivity Tip… As a kid I used little Day Timer notebooks to keep track of my schedules and projects. Of course my duties in high school were minimal compared to today, but those pocket-able sprial-bound notepads were great for capturing and tracking all my “stuff.” In film school I met a videographer who kept track of his schedule using a PalmPilot. I loved how, for years, my PalmPilot kept perfect sync with my Mac — provided I put it in the cradle every day and hit the Sync button. Today, we don’t have that sync button. The “cloud” has removed the need for it, right? Well, that depends.
Instacast for Mac OS X has come out of beta and is available today as a trial or a US$14.99 purchase. The app is a versatile podcast manager and player that syncs with the iOS version of Instacast 3 ($4.99).
The Mac app mirrors the iOS version, allowing you to manage, delete, play and find audio or video podcasts of interest. The Mac app supports AirPlay, and podcasts can be shared social networks or email. The Instacast system allows you to keep your podcasts in sync across all devices that have Instacast installed, and has some impressive search capabilities to help you if you don’t know the name of the podcast you are looking for.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt over at Apple 2.0 had an interesting post today talking about why Apple’s share price took such a beating in April. Elmer-DeWitt pointed out a column by Canadian money manager and financial columnist Mal Spooner in which he describes a burst of short selling between April 2012 and April 2013.
Short-selling is the brokerage practice of selling stock that you don’t own, betting that the price of the stock will drop. The short selling of AAPL that started last April was described by Spooner as being like swarming, where an “innocent bystander is attacked by several culprits at once.”