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Civilization V for Mac Now Available

Attention Mac Gamers: The wait is over. Civilization V is now available! Thanks to the game porting magicians at Aspyr, Sid Meier’s latest creation is now available in all of its turn-based empire building glory. No matter whether you’re an old hand at the game or new to its addictive turn-based gameplay, the latest iteration of the Civilization franchise has something for everyone. With streamlined city and civics management options, a refined technology tree and a fresh-faced combat system, the game is a strategy gamer’s dream come true.

So, what are you waiting for? You can snag your copy of Civilization V from GameAgent or Steam. Speaking of Steam, it looks as though as with many of the service’s other offerings, if you’ve already purchased Civilization V for Windows, you’re able to download the Mac version free of charge.

 

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Home Screen Wallpapers Not Actually Available on 2nd-gen iPod touch or iPhone 3G

It appears that the iPod touch 2nd generation and iPhone 3G does not support wallpapers on the Home screen after all. It does still have the nifty selection of wallpapers, however, though they’re only available on the lock screen.

This is sort of a surprise considering that that both the US and Canadian Apple sites say that both devices are compatible with the 4.2 software update.

From the US site:

From the Canadian site:

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Id Software's Mutant Bash TV Approved for App Store, Should Be Available for Sale on Thursday

According to a recent tweet by Id Software gaming mogul John Carmack, the Rage-engine-based Mutant Bash TV was approved by Apple’s App Store and should be available tomorrow morning. 

Strangely enough, the title doesn’t seem to be available anywhere else internationally, meaning it could take a bit to filter through the regional App Store networks. Either way, come tomorrow, there shall be enraged mutants trying to kill you–but that’s not always a bad thing.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

 

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iTunes 10.1 Now Available for Download

Fire up that Software Update app, because iTunes is ready for a tune up. iTunes 10.1 has just been released and it includes the following:

– ability to use AirPlay to wirelessly stream videos from iTunes to the new Apple TV
– installation of iOS 4.2 on your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch
– a number of important stability and performance issues

For more information, head over to the support site at the the official Apple site.

Civilization V for Mac Available November 23

Today, Aspyr announced the availability of Civilization V for the Mac. According to the press release, the game will be available in digital and boxed forms on November 23, 2010, and Aspyr is currently taking pre-orders. To sweeten the pre-order deal, there are several giveaways, including the ability to win an autographed copy of Civilization V.

There’s no doubt that you’re waiting and wanting to get your hands on a copy of the game. So, Aspyr has started a pre-order for Civilization V on Game Agent. You can pre-order the boxed copy (with free shipping) or the digital copy.

When you pre-order, you can also get in on a special giveaway. A lucky, randomly chosen pre-order will receive a special edition copy autographed by Sid Meier. Ten runners up will receive an Aspyr t-shirt.

For more information about the release date announcement and the giveaway, check out the Aspyr news release.

 

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Civilization V for Mac Available November 23rd

Today, Aspyr announced the availability of Civilization V for the Mac. According to the press release, the game will be available in digital and boxed forms on November 23, 2010, and Aspyr is currently taking pre-orders. To sweeten the pre-order deal, there are several giveaways, including the ability to win an autographed copy of Civilization V.

There’s no doubt that you’re waiting and wanting to get your hands on a copy of the game. So, Aspyr has started a pre-order for Civilization V on Game Agent. You can pre-order the boxed copy (with free shipping) or the digital copy.

When you pre-order, you can also get in on a special giveaway. A lucky, randomly chosen pre-order will receive a special edition copy autographed by Sid Meier. Ten runners up will receive an Aspyr t-shirt.

For more information about the release date announcement and the giveaway, check out the Aspyr news release.

 

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iPad Now Available from Verizon and AT&T

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We told you about it earlier this month, and the day has finally arrived: The iPad is now available for sale at both Verizon Wireless (coupled with a MiFi 2200) and AT&T (where it uses the native 3G data plan).

Engadget is reporting that Thursday, October 28 has finally arrived, and with it, Apple’s iPad is wrapping up a pretty big month for the device retail-wise. After landing in both Target and Wal-mart (not to mention all of the Best Buy stores that didn’t already have it), the tablet is now available for sale at wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T.

Verizon Wireless announced earlier this month that they were taking on the iPad, but in an interesting twist, they’re selling the Wi-Fi only model bundled with one of their MiFi 2200 mobile hotspots. Verizon pricing is 9 for the 16GB model, 9 for the 32GB model and 9 for the 64GB model, and their no-contract data plans are pretty fair at for 1GB, for 3GB or for 5GB. Unfortunately, you can’t get that data plan pricing by buying the MiFi alone — it’s a special deal for iPad buyers only.

Of course, if you don’t want an extra device to carry around (even though the MiFi is impossibly small to begin with) and are looking for the “real deal” 3G-equipped model, head over to one of the AT&T retail stores and be prepared to drop the same dough for the all-in-one model.

AT&T’s U.S. data plans are the same — per month for 250MB or for 2GB. The telco is also offering international data plans for the iPad, but truthfully we don’t see them getting used by anyone with at least a modicum of common sense, especially when the four plans start at for a mere 20MB and don’t get much better when they top out at a whopping 0 for 200MB. Not to mention the fact that there are so many free hotspots all around the world now. You have been warned!

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YoJimbo 3 and Yojimbo for iPad Now Available

Long before everyone was crazy about Getting Things Done, and Evernote kept track of well, everything, Bare Bones’ Yojimbo was rocking Macs with a beautifully simplistic and insanely flexible database solution. The latest version of the venerable data management application–Yojimbo 3— offers a number of excellent new features that will keep long-time users of the software’s previous iterations happy, while at the same time entice new users to give what Bare Bones has to offer a go.

In addition to Yojimbo’s already hefty feature set that allows users to build a scalable mixed-content database of lists, PDFs, HTML, images and other vital information, Bare Bones has, with the third version of the application, introduced the ability to scan documents directly into a Yojimbo collection. Better still, road warriors will be happy to know that a much begged-for Yojimbo for iPad companion application will now allow you to sync your data collections for on-the-go viewing without having to crack out a laptop each and every time you need to review a tidbit of information.

Sadly, at this time, the iOS application’s users will have to make due with a one-way sync between Yojimbo and their iPad, as Yojimbo for iPad doesn’t allow for the input of new information. Still, if you’re willing to sacrifice the ability to enter new data on the go in favor of using a proven desktop data wrangling solution, this could very well be the time to consider taking a peek at what Bare Bones has to offer.

 

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Limera1n for Mac Now Available, New Pwnage Tool Incoming

Limera1n for Mac

There’s been a flurry of activity on the iOS jailbreak scene over the last week, but we Mac users have had to sit on the sidelines for most of it, since both the Limera1n and GreenPois0n tools were Windows-only — but that’s changing.

If you’d rather not hit up one of your Windows-loving friends in order to jailbreak your iOS device, we have some good news for you. George “Geohot” Holtz’s eleventh-hour Limera1n tool, released last weekend for Windows systems only, is now available in a Mac version as well.

The application, which is now up to version RC1b, is still as simple as ever — hit the download link on the Limera1n website, connect your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 3G/4G running iOS 4.1 or iPad running iOS 3.2.2 via USB and double-click to open Limera1n. Click the “make it ra1n” button, wait for your device to enter recovery mode and follow a trio of application prompts (a full tutorial is available at Redmond Pie, but it’s quite simple).

Once that step is finished, you’ll see the Limera1n logo on your device and the jailbreak will complete with the message, “Geohot says: Enjoy your jailbroken iPhone. Your jailbreak is ready, turn it on when done.” Start the Limera1n app and you can either install Cydia (the jailbreak equivalent of the App Store) or uninstall the Limera1n app once you’re done with it. Restart your device and you should be good to go!

Meanwhile, the Chronic Dev-Team is hard at work on a Mac version of the similar GreenPois0n tool, which is now available for both Linux and Windows, and the original Dev-Team has announced via Twitter that they hope to have a new version of Pwnage Tool available on Sunday for users of the new Apple TV as well as others who want a more customized jailbreak experience (including custom boot logos).

Keep in mind that there is currently no unlock for the iOS 4.1 baseband, but there are early reports that a new exploit has been found so it may be forthcoming — although with iOS 4.2 on the horizon in November, the hackers will likely hold onto it until that release.

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Rumor: Civilization V Will Soon Be Available To Mac Gamers

Civilization isn’t so much a game franchise as it is a force of nature. Throughout the game’s various iterations and updates, the the turn-based strategy phenomenon has maintained a reputation for instantly enthralling players, causing millions of hours of sleepless nights, poor time management, the alienation of loved ones and some pretty serious cases of numb-bum.

Given the carnage that Civilization can cause in the lives of people’s lives, you’d think that Mac users, a normally enlightened, productive bunch, would want nothing to do with the latest version of the game, Civilization V. You’d do well to think again: When the game became available to eager PC-based empire builders in mid-September, great sorrow washed over Apple gamers when it became clear that for the time being, a Mac version of the game wouldn’t be available. Quietly weeping, we turned to our Boot Camp partitions to get our game on. Fortunately, the pain and embarrassment of being forced to boot into Windows to play Sid Meier’s latest offering will soon be coming to an end, as Firaxis Games/2K Games has announced that Civilization V will soon be available as an OS X application.

According to MacRumors, a reliable source has commented on the fact that Mac gamers won’t be left out of the Civilization V party for much longer. While there’s still no word on timing or pricing, a rumor, at this point, is better than nothing. For those of our readers who have already purchased the game for Windows, don’t fret–as you most likely noticed when installing it onto your system, Civilization V requires a Steam account in order to complete the software’s registration process. It’s a very good bet that as soon as a version of the game becomes available for OS X, it’ll be made available to early PC adopters for at no cost.

 

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