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Amazon Cloud Player

Amazon’s impressed us with the strength of its MP3 catalog, and the frequent deals it offers on albums. A lot of times, we find ourselves going there for music instead of iTunes, especially because the whole process has been made so simple. Now it’s taking a crack at a music playback app for OS X, essentially replicating the “tunes” part of iTunes. Amazon Cloud Player (Free) was previously accessible over the web, but now it can be downloaded directly to your Mac.

 

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Apple iWork (2014)

How long has it been since iWork got a legitimate update? Well, stop counting the years. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote make up iWork (2014), and they’re all available as free updates and fresh downloads, starting today. All three apps have been rewritten to be faster and smarter.

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Apple iLife (2014)

Apple’s software engineers have been pretty darn busy. In addition to iOS 7 and Mavericks this year, the company has just announced new versions of iLife for the Mac; iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand (Free) have all been updated, and are available today. Now, the apps look a lot like their also-updated iOS counterparts. Oh, and they’re all free.

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Apple OS X Mavericks

Bye bye big cats; here comes OS X Mavericks (Free). Introduced at WWDC 2013 and rehashed at the company’s fall event, Apple’s newest Mac operating system release is loaded with all sorts of new features, and is the first release in a series named after locations in California. Just like the rumors suggested, there’s tabbed Finder browsing. It’s just like Safari, but allows you to easily access and move documents across what would have been, in the past, multiple folders. Even cooler: tagging. You can tag your files with different colors and categories, and easily sort them in the Finder sidebar. Oh, and it’s all free. That’s right, for the first time, Apple is letting anyone running Snow Leopard or later update their Mac, for no charge.

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$15
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Feral Interactive SEGA Superstars Tennis

We can almost picture Sonic saying, “hey, I want in, too!” as he watches Mario and his crew playing tennis. Now he has his chance, as SEGA Superstars Tennis ($15) brings together the company’s flagship character and his friends in a fun take on tennis. Expect more than grass and clay courts, and simple serves and volleys. This game travels across crazy levels, with all sorts of fun gameplay features.

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$30
Apps

Plasq Comic Life 3

Attention aspiring Stan Lees and Jack Kirbys: it’s time to head over to the Mac App Store. Plasq has just released Comic Life 3 ($30), the third edition of its comic-creating software. The app allows you to create single pages, or entire comic books, all in one powerful interface on your Mac. It’s complete with photo filters, comic lettering, speech balloons, and more.

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$10
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Beautifun Games Nihilumbra

We tend to fall for dark, artsy games, and the Mac App Stores seems to be full of them. One of the most recent is Nihilumbra ($10), from Beautifun Games. Available at a ten percent discount to celebrate its launch, it puts you in the body of a creature created from nothingness, named Born. It’s a side-scrolling physics puzzler that looks to be worth some attention.

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$100
Apps

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

It must be that time of the year; here’s the newest version of Adobe’s consumer-level photo software, Photoshop Elements 12 ($100). It’s the same core software as before, but as always, updated with new features for the new year. Mobile connectivity is a big one, but there are plenty of others that might just make the software worth buying if you don’t already have it, or upgrading for a discounted $80 rate.

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Free / $2/year
Apps

Ivan Pavlov Parcel - Delivery Tracking

Ivan Pavlov’s app Parcel - Delivery Tracking (Free / $2/year) isn’t novel, but it’s a well-designed package tracking tool. Designed to work across your Mac and iOS devices, it ensures that you’ll be able to keep tabs on your deliveries at all times. The apps are free to use, and allow you to track up to three simultaneous packages gratis. Subscribe for $2 a year, and you’ll be able to keep an eye on unlimited deliveries, plus get push notifications about their travels.

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$60
Apps

VMware Fusion 6

The back and forth has been going on for years: last week, Parallels announced the newest version of its Windows-emulating software Parallels, and now here’s VMware with Fusion 6 ($60). Like its competition, this software allows you to run multiple operating systems on OS X at the same time, including newly-added support for Mavericks and Windows 8.1. If you’re already running a 4.x or 5.x version, the upgrade is $10 less.

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$40
Apps

Aspyr Media Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite ($40) is one of the most highly regarded video games of the year, and has finally found its way to the Mac thanks to Aspyr Media. Six months after it was launched for consoles and PCs, it can now be downloaded through the Mac App Store, among other outlets. It’s the third game in the Bioshock series, though not a direct sequel to the first or second games.

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$80
Apps

Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 9

Well, this isn’t terribly surprising: with a new version of OS X just around the corner, Parallels Software has a new version of its Windows-running Mac software ready to go. Parallels Desktop 9 ($80) will be available on September 5 as a fresh download, or can be grabbed now as an upgrade to older versions. As with every new edition, version 9 brings increased speed and fresh features, plus support for the latest PC and Mac operating systems, including the yet-to-be-released Windows 8.1 and Mavericks.

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$3
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Charles Aroutiounian Hue Menu

Although it’s expensive, Phillips’ Hue Connected Bulb system is still quite cool. It’s fun and sometimes practically useful to change the color and brightness of lightbulbs in one or more rooms. Developer Charles Aroutiounian apparently feels the same way: he just released Hue Menu ($3), an app that gives you full control over the Hue system, right from your Mac.

 

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$3
Apps

urbn; pockets This is my body - Anatomy for kids

It’s not often that we feature kids apps here, but then again, it’s not often that we find any that really catch our attention. Just released, urbn; pockets’ This is my body - Anatomy for kids ($3) popped out in the Mac App Store, and upon closer inspection, is certainly worth checking out. Developed by doctors, it’s an interactive tool to teach kids all about the human body.

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$20
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The Fullbright Company Gone Home

Sure, we’ve played video games without weapons before, but never without any other people, other than the character being controlled from the first-person perspective. That’s new. Gone Home ($20), from The Fullbright Company, is a new title out for those who are looking for a new type of gameplay, and have some patience. Set in a home, it tasks you with finding out what happened to your family after returning to emptiness from a year abroad.

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