Valve makes Team Fortress 2 free for all


For those of you who have been wanting to play Team Fortress 2 but haven’t been willing to fork over the cash for it, here is some amazing news. Valve has turned its excellent team-based shooter Team Fortress 2 into an entirely free-to-play experience.

The game was originally one of the biggest titles Valve brought over when Steam was made compatible with the Mac, so it’s 100% OS X seaworthy — just install Steam and you’re good to get the game.

iOS 5 allows simultaneous app downloads and installs.

Here’s another little neat trick from the latest developer beta: in iOS 5, you’ll be able to download and install more than one app at a time, even on 3G.

Previously, if you wanted to install an app under iOS, you could install only one at a time. If you tried to install a second app while a first was installing, the icon would pop up on your home screen, but you’d just get a “Waiting…” message until the first app finished downloading and installing.

With iOS 5, all that changes: multiple apps download and install at the same time, with no queue. Even better, it all works fine over 3G:

It’s a small tweak, but it’s all part of iOS cutting the cord with the iTunes desktop.

Safari 5.1 beta gets refreshed download manager

In previous versions of Safari, running downloads popped up in a disembodied Downloads window that tends to get lost behind your open browser windows.

In Safari 5.1, though, the second a download starts, a little icon pops up next to the search bar. Clicking on this icon reveals a very iOS-like drop down window of past and current downloads. Clicking on a download opens it, while clicking the magnifying class locates it in Finder.

While we are unsure if this is really a novelty we still think it is pretty cool!

Banned Apps resurrected with iCloud

Remember all those apps which were first allowed into the App Store only to be removed later, well thanks to the cloud you can now re-download these great apps. CDFXapps noticed that the App Store app on their iOS 5-enabled iPad gave them the option of redownloading the no-longer-available DOS emulation app. This is part of the new iCloud feature, already in place, that lets you re-grab your iTunes purchases if you don’t have them locally.

This is certainly handy if you’ve accidentally deleted or misplaced an app that you bought before it got pulled — but somehow we have a feeling this particular loophole will get closed relatively soon.

Inception App includes movie and behind the scenes material.

Inception: App Edition is one of the first of Warner Bros.’ App Store releases that not only delivers the full Inception movie, but also offers a stack of movie extras all within an app.

If you purchase the full movie, then you can download the movie on to your device to play at anytime, even when you’re offline, or, if you wish to save space on your device, you can stream the movie over Wi-Fi or 3G. Other than the movie, the app features five exclusive tracks, bonus features that take you behind the scenes, an array of movie film posters, and multiple languages.

For film fans and movie buffs, Inception: App Edition is the ultimate way to experience this breathtaking film on your iOS device, and it features hours worth of additional content you wouldn’t normally have access to if you’d have purchased the film through the iTunes Store.

We hope that more movies will be released in this way as it is an amazing idea for movie fans.

Apple releases iTunes 10.1

Earlier today Apple released iTunes 10.1, bringing compatibility with AirPlay and support for iOS 4.2.

What’s new in iTunes 10.1

  • Use AirPlay to instantly and wirelessly stream videos from iTunes to the all-new Apple TV.
  • Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2.
  • Provides a number of important stability and performance improvements.
  • So far iTunes 10.1 is available for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher and Windows (32-bit and 64 bit), and can be downloaded directly from Apple or through the software updater.

    Apple releases update for Logic Pro and Logic Express

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    Apple has released updates for Logic Pro 9, its flagship digital audio application and Logic Express, the little brother.

    Both the Logic Pro 9.1.3 update (193.1 MB) and the Logic Express 9.1.3 update(139.68 MB) improve general stability and compatibility and addresses issues including:

    • Resolves problems related to the support of Hyper-Threading
    • Improved compatibility with 6 and 12-core Mac Pro systems
    • Support for iOS control surface apps that utilize the OSC protocol
    • REX files now supported in 64-bit mode
    • Improved compatibility with select Audio Unit plug-ins

    Both updates require Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and are recommended for all users of Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9 respectively.

    Further details on the Logic Pro update can be found here, and on the Logic Express update here.