Macworld Podcast: MacHeist

This installment of the Macworld Podcast turns its attention to the games Mac users play—specifically, an interactive Web game that’s taking place right now. And people who compete can win free Mac software.

Yes, I figured that might grab your attention.

The contest is MacHeist, and it involves putting your thinking cap on so that you can capture the software prizes. Guest interviewer Jason Snell sits down with contest organizer Phillip Ryu to talk about MacHeist, which is currently an invitation-only competition. However, if you listen closely to the podcast, you’ll hear Jason and Phill mention a special URL for free MacHeist invitations.

I figured that might grab your attention, too.

In addition to MacHeist, I share my thoughts on other recent Mac headlines, including the newly updated MacBooks and improvements to the performance of Rosetta apps, thanks to the Mac OS X 10.4.8 update. I also talk about my recent upgrade to a Mac Pro. My colleague Rob Griffiths recently wrote about how he filled up the internal drive bays on his new Mac Pro.

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Show Notes

MacHeist isn’t Phill Ryu’s first online to-do—he’s also an organizer behind the just-completed My Dream App competition, in which Mac users submitted ideas for new shareware apps to be built by a team of skilled developers.

We’ve just published benchmarks for the Core 2 Duo-powered MacBooks. Speaking of benchmarks, Macworld Lab is also responsible for the tests that show just how much the performance of Rosetta apps has improved on Intel-based Macs.

Listeners interested in the Mac Pro should check out Macworld ’s review of the desktop. Rob Griffiths also kicks off a multi-part look at his Mac Pro experiences with an entry on setting up his new 2.66GHz quad-core machine.

Music Credits: “Basic” by Epicte the Elemental. Want to hear more of his music? Need a DJ in the Washington, D.C. area? E-mail him at epicte [at] gmail [dot] com.

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