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New MacUpdate promo bundle

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

The latest bundle deal from MacUpdate has just gone live (111 sales as I type) offering the usual deal of 10 apps for $49.99 with three locked until sales targets are reached. The first target is 1,000 sales so it shouldn’t be too hard to see all the apps being made available. I’ve bought the last two of these deals and everything was unlocked so I expect the same will happen this time. The apps on offer are:

  • HookUp An iTunes and iPhoto companion which allows you to access, stream and download media from shared libraries in a remote network
  • Alarm Clock Pro manages alarms and a variety of notification methods
  • Periscope is a webcam recording app
  • DEVONagent powerful internet search app
  • Mellel word processor with several advanced features
  • Norrkross Movie video editor offering features beyone iMovie
  • Bookends bibliography/reference and information management system
  • MacJournal personal journaling software (locked until 1,000 sales)
  • Contactizer Pro manage, share, organise personal and business information (locked)
  • LightZone powerful desktop photo-editing (locked)

I’m guessing this bundle is aimed at students off to college or university, with the exception of the last app LightZone. This sells as either a basic version for £75 or a full version for £115. The MacUpdate bundle doesn’t say it’s the basic version included, so it looks like a £115 app plus nine other apps for under £30. Now that’s a bargain, especially since I have been looking at buying LightZone for a while.

UPDATE Lightzone has now changed to Lightzone Basic on the description page. Looks like that was just too good a deal to be true.

Psystar Sues Apple, claims anticompetitive practices

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

In an unexpected move, Mac clone maker Psystar has counter sued Apple, accusing the company of restraint of trade and other violations of antitrust law. Apple had originally filed a formal complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on July 3rd. Now that Psystar has responded, Apple has 30 days to reply to the allegations.

Psystar are looking to challenge the EULA of Mac OSX, which states that the operating system can only be used on Apple hardware. It’s starting to sound like a David and Goliath battle, but if the comment on Engadget that ‘EULAs have traditionally been upheld in California and Florida’ is any indication Psystar has a tough battle ahead.

This is one case that could have a huge impact on the future of Mac OS, especially the right to run it on non-Apple hardware. The chance to buy a legal copy of OSX for a hackintosh would be a big improvement, even though it’s looking like a very slim possibility at the moment.

Read more at

AppleinsiderMacworldEngadgetTechradar