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Resourceful users have found a way get paid Mac App Store apps for free

Apple loves to brag about numbers, so it should come as no surprise that the boys from Cupertino are overjoyed by the news that the newly launched Mac App Store crossed the one million downloads mark in just 24 hours.

"We're amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is." 

The Mac App Store provides users a simplified way of searching for, purchasing, and installing OS X applications. Anyone that is familiar with the App Store for the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad would feel right at home using the complimentary service for his or her MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air.

Interestingly enough, even though Apple's Mac App Store seems to be off to a good start, it still has it problems. Many users were getting an "error 100" message when trying to access the store early yesterday. The only way to clear the message for many users was to Log Out of their current session of OS X and log back in.

Even more troubling is that fact that some paid apps can be easily pirated by downloading the .dmg files from the internet and using a "purchase" receipt from a free app.

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RE: What a coincidence!
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/9/2011 2:05:54 AM , Rating: 2
I saw Windows tablets, Android tablets including the Motorola Xoom, and the Blackberry Playbook at CES this week. The iPad has nothing to worry about because every single one of those devices are inferior to the iPad in every way.

This isn't Apple's fault, blame everyone else for not properly balancing user interface, functionality, ergonomics, and battery life. Once they get on the ball with a good device, something none of them can claim to be, then they can compete.

The other interesting thing is that the iPad's functionality continues to get extended via applications (something you choose to ignore) and broadly accepted hardware compatibility with other hardware manufacturers, something that also worked in the favor of the iPod with the dock connector being put into everything from alarm clock to cars.

The big thing in home AV at CES this year (aside from Panasonic's STELLAR 2011 plasmas) this year was AirPlay being integrated in pretty much everything. From the lowliest receiver to a high-end McIntosh prepro, it seems that everyone is putting iOS control into their devices (which means goodbye to Crestron and every other touchscreen home integrator and their $15000 systems, woohoo!). Hell, you can even control non-AirPlay or non-wifi components with an iPad app and some IR blasters.

If CES made one thing clear this year, it is that every other tablet out there is a joke, and that they have a hell of a mountain to climb. We'll see how they do. Android is still a very inferior and immature platform, but Microsoft managed to make a very good device with Windows Mobile 7. Again, we'll see who gives the iPad legit competition in a few years.

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