I’m a big fan of the band They Might Be Giants — for years and years now, they’ve been putting out slickly crafted folk pop songs, complete with a good sense of fun and absurdity. The band has hosted a “Dial-a-Song” service for years, in order to let you hear their music over the phone, and now there’s even an app for that. The official They Might Be Giants app is now available and it’s a free download from the App Store right now.
It’s not filled with features (in fact, the app isn’t even formatted for the iPhone 5 yet, unfortunately), but it does do one thing well: It will play one different They Might Be Giants song every single day. There are five songs at a time available for listening, and every 24 hours, you can log in and get a new song to hear. If you like the songs you hear, you can click through to iTunes to buy them, or follow other links in the app to the band’s website or to buy tickets or learn more. That’s about it — it’s just a really cute yarn-and-cloth themed music player that plays only a few TMBG songs.
I first got to see League of Legends running on the Mac a few years ago, but a few months after that, the game’s Mac client still wasn’t available to the public. Riot then confirmed that it was ending work on a client for the popular MOBA title, but it looks like that wasn’t completely true. In a forum post, the company has suddenly announced that it’s readying a Mac client for an open beta soon, which means that Mac gamers will finally get to play the popular title natively on OS X.
Interested players can download the “Public Beta Environment” client right now from Riot’s website, and log in and start playing right away. The Mac changes will reportedly reach the live client “very soon,” which in Riot’s case usually means a week or two. Of course, nothing is confirmed on this client until we actually see a live announcement (especially considering that we’ve actually been waiting a few years for Mac support), but it definitely sounds like Riot has finally completed its work and is ready for compatibility to go live.
Apple launched a new three-week promotion on OS X productivity apps. The Get Stuff Done offer starts this week and features a handful of task managers.
We’ve already told you about Things 2, which is available at 50% off its regular price of $49.99. Also included in the sale are Todo ($6.99), Due ($4.99), The Hit List ($24.99), BreakTime ($2.99), TaskPaper ($11.99), 2Do ($14.99) and Clear ($6.99).
Runmeter is my personal favorite running app — it’s a great, in-depth way to track your runs, or any other cardio exercise you might do. Today, the company behind it, Abvio, announced Runmeter version 9, which will add both iPad support and support for iCloud, meaning that user data will now be stored on Apple’s backup service. Runmeter’s latest version will also support Facebook’s new Open Graph, and workouts can be shared via the company’s website as well. And finally, the app adds lots of support for power meters, which cyclists can use to track their workouts and then share that information with others as well.
It sounds like a great update to a fine app, and it should be available on the App Store soon. Runmeter (or Cyclemeter or Walkmeter, which are all essentially the same app, though are targeted at different types of exercises) is available on the App Store for $4.99 right now, and the update will be free to current users. In addition to revealing the update, Abvio also shared that Runmeter has reached a full million paid users, which makes Runmeter one of the most popular apps on the App Store, in the health and fitness category, or anywhere else.
It’s time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring a handy list from Dealnews and our own hand-picked selections that include some sweet deals on iOS and OS X software (all prices are USD).
Deals from Dealnews
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