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Finally: NY Times Gets Full iPad App

NYTimes for iPad

Even if you’re only a casual reader of The New York Times, most everyone agreed that the newspaper’s limited Editor’s Choice iPad app left a lot to be desired when compared to other offerings. Today, the newspaper updated the app to version 2.0, now simply known as NYTimes for iPad.

The New York Times has updated their limited Editor’s Choice iPad app and rechristened it NYTimes for iPad with version 2.0. The refreshed app now gives users access to all sections of the newspaper as well as a selection of blogs, photo slideshows accessible within articles (as well as in their own section), breaking news alerts and improved design and navigation.

“Introducing the enhanced New York Times app for the iPad,” the app description reads. “Now with all of the sections, articles, videos and photos you expect from The Times.”

Of course, all of that goodness comes at a price — or rather, it will come “early 2011,” when the news giant will likely start charging for at least some of the iPad content. In the meantime, you’ll only have free access to four sections of the iPad app — Top News, Most E-Mailed, Business Day and Video. To get unlimited access, you’ll have to log in with an existing account or register for a new one (it’s free) from inside the app.

“The NYTimes iPad app now includes over 25 Times sections, including Arts, Technology, Politics, Science, Style and more,” the app description touts. “Experience breathtaking new sections for Photos and Videos. Read a selection of the latest Times blogs. Share articles, photos and video through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.”

It’s good to see that The Times has realized the shortcomings of its iPad offering, and it appears to now have feature parity with the iPhone/iPod touch version at long last. There’s no word on if and when the small-screen version will also be switching to a pay model next year, but we’d say this is a good indication that the free ride may soon be over for news apps.

NYTimes for iPad version 2.0 is a 2.2MB download compatible with the iPad only and requires iOS 3.2 or later.

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It's Here: Left 4 Dead 2 Finally Debuts for Mac Gamers

Finally. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for since Steam arrived for our Macs. The zombie killing, co-op madness of Left 4 Dead 2 has finally hit the Steam store. Currently, only the sequel of this riveting series is available for Mac gamers.

You’ll be able to play as one of four survivors fending off hordes of the “infected” in apocalyptic Southern United States. You and your groupmates must make their way through each campaign, making sure to hit every safe house and checkpoint while you navigate to the rescue vehicle at the campaign’s finale. There are also five different types of boss “infected” in each campaign that you and your teammates must band together to defeat, including The Charger and The Spitter.

If you’re planning on purchasing Left 4 Dead 2, why don’t you play with us this Friday? Frag the Editor Friday will resume as normally, and at least one of the editors here at Mac|Life headquarters will assist you in your quest to stay alive.

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iTunes 10 Now Ready for Download, Finally!

iTunes 10 is now live! Finally! It feels like we’ve been waiting for centuries. Anyway, go and get it! Go and revel in all of its glory!

The new iTunes 10 includes Ping, a new social music discovery tool that combines the best of Twitter and Facebook from within iTunes itself. You can follow others and be followed to share your music tastes with friends and family.  You can also view upcoming concert and event listings happening near you. The Ping service is available in 23 countries and to all 160 million iTunes users.

The new iTunes also promises better syncing and includes a new capacity bar, so you can tell how much space you have on your device in real time--real talk.

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