MacUpdate Promo: 11 Mac Apps for $50

MacUpdate Promo

MacUpdate is running a bundle promotion where you can can 11 mac apps for just $49.99 (a $381 value). These bundle promotions come and go on a variety of sites, and more often than not the included apps are just OK. But, this one has some nice apps including, Parallels, 1Password, TechTool Pro. Check the site for the complete list.

It should be noted that the version of Techtool Pro included in the bundle is 5. The current version of the app is 6, so you’ll need to spend an additional $40 for the upgrade if that’s an important app to you.

How close is your home to a nuclear power plant?

Map of US Nuclear Plants

The situation currently unfolding in Japan has reignited the debate over the safety of nuclear power. If you live in the United States, and you’re not quite sure how close you live to a nuclear power plant, you may want to check out this interactive map over at CNN Money.

The map shows the location of every nuclear plant here in the US. If you enter your zip code it will tell you if you fall within a “danger zone”.

If a crisis at a nuclear reactor happened in the U.S., could you be living in a danger zone? In a 10-mile radius, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the air could be unsafe to breathe in the event of a major catastrophe. In 50 miles, food and water supplies may be unsafe.

Turbine-Free Wind Power

Turbine-Free Wind Energy Video

This looks very cool. The video isn’t embed-able, so you’ll have to watch it, here.

Conservationists argue that wind turbines pose a risk to birds, bats and sensitive habitats like shorelines. People living close to wind farms, meanwhile, complain of constant noise and vibration. This year, engineers responded with a new way to draw electricity from the wind: oscillating wind panels. Read More…

Slow Motion Video: How Dogs Drink

I had never really given it much thought, but I’ve always assumed that when a dog drinks it curls it’s tongue forward to scoop up the water. Apparently, dogs actually curl their tongue backwards (towards their body) to bring the water into their mouths. Who knew?

YouTube Link

The Stolen Scream


The Stolen Scream: A Story About Noam Galai from FStoppers on Vimeo.

Very interesting story of how some images were repeatedly stolen from Flickr and used in a wide variety of ways over several years. Unfortunately this kind of thing seems all too common in todays world where many people seem to think that everything on the internet is free to take and do whatever they want with it.

About two years after publishing photos of myself screaming on the Flickr, I discovered that my face was ‘for sale’ in several stores around the world, as well as on the Web and spotted it in places like Spain, Iran, Mexico, England and many other places. When I realized that its not a one-time-thing and my face is being used in so many places i decided to start collecting images/videos of all my ‘appearances’.

via Richards Notes | Noam Galai on Flickr

Stream your iTunes music and videos to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

One of the big new features in iOS 4.3 is the ability to use Home Sharing to stream content from your iTunes library on your Mac or PC to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch over a Wi-Fi network.

It’s a cool feature, but the process to set it up is not terribly intuitive. I was actually going to write up a little tutorial, but Macworld beat me to it. Check out their tutorial, here.

Donate to Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund through iTunes

Red Cross donation through iTunes

Apple has added the ability to donate to the Red Cross Japan earthquake and pacific tsunami relief fund directly through iTunes. Donations are set in pre-defined amounts of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200, and will be deducted from your existing iTunes account. 100% of you donation will go to the Red Cross.

It’s extremely simple and fast. Just click the link below to launch iTunes, and then click the amount you wish to give. I encourage everyone to donate. If you don’t want to donate through iTunes, I encourage you to give through the Red Cross site directly, or though another organization.

Give to the Red Cross through iTunes