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apple fan websiteMacWorld fever has come and gone. It has been a roller-coaster ride for most Mac users, I reckon. HRH Steve Jobs was absent from the very last Apple keynote at MacWorld. Phil kind of disappointed me with a poor performance and product release during the keynote.

Maybe I expected too much from it all. Still, the internet is always buzzing with announcements about everything Mac. I’d like to share some of my favourite Apple websites:

News and reviews

The Unofficial Apple Weblog

The ultimate starting point and a must-read for every Mac user and Apple lover. TUAW is one of the largest and most popular news website for all things Apple-related.

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MacNN

Besides news, MacNN also showcases and reviews products and accessories that will go with your Apple goods.

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MacWorld

It’s the online version of the printed magazine. MacWorld features Apple news and reviews on popular Mac applications and other electronic paraphernalia.

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Ars Technica’s Apple section

Ars Technica is one of the internet gargantuans on news and tech. They’re also kind enough to provide a separate stream just for Apple news.

MacRumors

If you want to be with the elite of Apple news, read about it here. As the name states, MacRumors is a reputable source of rumors about upcoming Apple products. Some turn out to be hoaxes (pretty funny ones, actually) but most of the time, they’re pretty spot on. But in the end, rumors will be rumors, so this site should be taken with a pinch of salt.

MacRumors is very well-known for providing live coverage of Apple’s MacWorld keynotes. Sadly, Apple will not be attending future MacWorld events.

AppleInsider

Insider news. Hmm… But seriously, this is where most of the stuff on MacRumors come from.

Alltop’s Mac section

Alltop was launched not long ago. Their aim is to aggregate news by topic from a huge repository of sites and list them all on one page.

LifeHacker’s Mac section

We all know and love LifeHacker. Personally, I love their DIY tips, some are pretty way out there. They also have a dedicated Mac section to review and suggest cool apps to download. In addition to that, they feature How-to’s and “hacks” for your Mac.

Technical Support

Mac OS X Hints

The Mac users “How-to” and troubleshooting guide for those innate Mac issues that we’ve so come to love and embrace. If you run into any issues with your Mac, this is the first place to search. They also list a lot of tips which are stumbled-upon by users.

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Hackint0sh

For more advanced troubleshooting, ask the gurus at Hackint0sh. It started out as a site for inspiring individuals to discuss about running OS X on third-party components (hacked Macs) and has now blossomed into the most respected Mac hacks site.

Hackint0sh is also the forum for a lot of iPhone users to gather and discuss about yellowsn0w and hacking the iPhone i.e. unlocking, jailbreaking, third-party application repositories, etc.

Apple Pro Tips

Do you think that you know everything there is to know about Mac OS X? Check out the monthly pro tips from Apple and be at the top of your game.

Just wacky

Cult of Mac

This website is for the Apple fanboi. Or maybe not. They feature a lot of product placement (especially Apple’s) and basically how life revolves around the Mac.

Macenstein

Macenstein is a very wacky website, with the weirdest anecdotes. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out their random Mac chick. Chick and gadgets, ah what a wonderful combination (for us geeks).

The Joy of Tech

I love this tech comic. It pokes fun at a lot of things, even Apple!

Mac Applications

Version Tracker

To get you started off, Version Tracker is akin to Download.com. They have a huge variety of applications for both Mac and Windows. It also lists apps for iPhone and Palm OS.

MacUpdate

Unlike Version Tracker, MacUpdate is solely for Mac applications. Other than that, their system of listing apps is quite similar.

MacApper

They hit a rough patch a couple of months ago due to lack of writers but recently, MacApper has returned from the dead and is currently on the road to recovery! They review popular paid and sometimes, hopefully, free Mac applications.

iusethis

iusethis is a great site where Mac users can share their experiences with applications and vote on which applications they use. If certain applications gain popularity quickly, they will be promoted on the “Hot” list. Their “Interesting apps” list is also worth checking out.

iusethis also aggregates software reviews from several sites and places the links on the application’s page, thus making it very easy for end-users like us to know if that piece of application has been trialed and tested.

BrokenStones

You’ll have to thank me for this later. If you’re looking for an invite, they can be obtained from their invite site. The instructions are pretty complicated but trust me, it’s worth joining this Mac community.

I have a couple of invites left so I you’re in a dire need for one, just shout out in the comments with your email address. If the demand is high, you’ll have to devise something to catch my attention.

**** Editor’s update : After this article came out, the owners of BrokenStones went a bit off their heads and demanded to Jackson that we remove their site from this article.  Never mind that the article was already published.  Never mind that Google had probably already cached the page.   Never mind that people can still find their site by Googling it.   Nope.   They went totally PMS on us, revoked Jackson’s invites and insinuated that we had blown their cover and they would have to make a run for it!   In the end, they asked us to just remove the weblink so we agreed.   Anything for a quiet life! ****

MakeUseOf’s Mac section

Yeah, you didn’t think that I’d leave this out, did ya? MakeUseOf’s Mac section is growly substantially, covering reviews on popular and cool Mac apps. We also have a biweekly dedicated column for Mac newbies called Macnifying OS X.

Have I left out any of your favourite Mac sites? Let me know what I’ve been missing out on. Shout out in the comments. Remember, I have a few BrokenStones invites if you really, really want one.

  1. arian
    December 22, 2009 at 7:55 am

    nice article i was wondering if i could have a broken stones invite code ive been looking for one for a long time so please send me one to arian340@hotmail.co.uk i mean every mac fan should get one

  2. MacNBits
    June 28, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Just in case you can't get an invite to Brokenstones, MacNBits is probably the second best Apple-specific tracker on the net. It's pretty easy to get an invite if you just post on their forums and introduce yourself.

    macnbits.com/

  3. Jan
    June 24, 2009 at 11:58 am

    i just read your comment on the invites... i`ll see if there is another way.. thanks anyways..

  4. Jan
    June 24, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I am pretty sure you don`t have any invites left, but do you know anyway to get an invite without going through their invite page? I am new to the Mac world, so i do not meet their requirements..

    Thanks a lot

  5. mike tyson
    June 2, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    The PirateBay said:
    were going to do a video streaming site. Its true. Its in the works being done right now and as usual we put a bit of Pirate Bay mentality behind every project we do.

  6. Ramesh
    May 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    thank you for highlighting the most important bookmarks for mac community. I am looking for a brokenstones invitation for the long time. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee send me one (prrameshh at yahoo.com)

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    May 26, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    datarecoverymac.org/macbookdatarecovery.php MacBook Data Recovery Software recovers lost & deleted Data from your MacBook. Amazing Software.. give it a try!

  8. José
    April 27, 2009 at 8:36 am
  9. Allen
    March 19, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Nice collection i was just searching for this board..........thnks

  10. Nikhil
    February 15, 2009 at 12:59 am

    hey... just read your article, and realised you have been as good as your word wrt the broken stones link! I am one of the few mac users in india and desperately need all the support i can get! (That pleading enough for you?)
    Seriously, Pirate Bay sucks for purely mac apps, and i would be really grateful if you could send me an invite.
    Thanks.

  11. mitto
    February 4, 2009 at 8:58 am

    hey,

    you forgott ifixit.com/

    thanks for all the links ...

  12. charlie
    January 26, 2009 at 4:35 am

    well i love reading macdailynews i love it to bits it should be the first one on the list plus it has links to many of the other sites.

    An invite would be highly appreciated thank you for offering

  13. irfan9727
    January 20, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Applegeeks! Where is applegeeks? :)

  14. taylor
    January 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    what is broken stones? a torrent site? how do i get n invite?

    • Jackson
      January 20, 2009 at 6:45 am

      Please see comments above regarding BrokenStones. Thank you

  15. Bryan
    January 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    This is exactly the type of list you'd expect from someone who "switched to the Mac a couple years ago." There are a few good choices (joyoftech, osxhints, macrumors), but the rest (like TUAW) exist mainly to hawk accessories and bland, uninformative analysis.

    That Daring Fireball didn't make this list is criminal. Anyone who's serious about Macs or Apple reads Daring Fireball.

    In fact, just scratch this entire list and replace it with John Gruber's Linked List. Seriously, once you start reading all the high-class content that he covers, TUAW pieces seem like amateurish drivel.

    • Will Bowling
      January 14, 2009 at 10:03 am

      ON that same note, osx.iusethis.com is a great source for Freeware and Shareware Apps.

  16. Will Bowling
    January 13, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    CSS Web Standards Designer here. 'Been using a mac since the Apple II. Please send an invite to BrokenStones Por Favor! TiltedCircle{at}gmail{dot}com

    Cheerz!

  17. Jackson
    January 12, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    A little bad news, MUO readers.

    I've overlooked a rule in BrokenStones about mentioning their site on a public space and also regarding invitation protocol. As a result, my invites have been revoked and they have requested that I remove BS from this list of websites.

    The problem is, even if the mention of BS is removed, the cat is already out of the bag. And because this is an error on my part, I will respectfully accept any action taken unto my BS account.

    The hardest part is disappointing the MUO readers here expecting an invite. My most sincere apologies.

    • Jash Sayani
      January 13, 2009 at 10:23 am

      Thats ok!

      BTW, I dont understand why everyone is after a Broken stones invite... What does the community offer??
      Really eager to know.

  18. DJ
    January 12, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Yes please and thank you. I would be spinning if I got a Brokenstones invite.

    djtrane@shaw.ca

  19. M4rtin
    January 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I'd like to have an invite. You know, I'm french from Canada, Stuck in tons on snow...

    Oh well...what can I say?

    Je veux une invitation

    !!!

  20. Mark
    January 12, 2009 at 11:36 am

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    • Jackson
      January 12, 2009 at 11:38 am

      I'm afraid that's not going to do you any good. Seems like pure spam to me.

  21. Peter
    January 12, 2009 at 10:30 am

    would love a brokenstones invite! will trade for demon invite ;)

    peter at visualthesis dot com

  22. Christopher Muir
    January 12, 2009 at 9:30 am

    the most coveted site in macdom. I am a broke photographer, trying to get an edge. Please help me with an invite. criffy@gmail.com

  23. DRoss
    January 12, 2009 at 9:08 am

    No Daring Fireball?!

  24. Claire
    January 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Good list. Could you check out my new site and see if you want to add it to your list:

    Mac Lists

    Thanks.

    Claire

  25. Shawn
    January 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I'd also vote for macgurulounge, which is a great site for tips, hints, and how-tos. Plus, you can ask questions, and they actually answer them.

  26. John Koetsier
    January 12, 2009 at 2:35 am

    Surely you are joking. Or this list was made by someone who hasn't actually regularly followed Mac news for very long.

    The grandaddy, the must-see, the gloriously 1997 Mac website of all is macsurfer.com.

    Your site, brokenstones, and several others on the list are absolutely definitely not on the top 20 Mac sites "every fan must bookmark."

    • Jackson
      January 12, 2009 at 8:55 am

      Hi John,

      AAMOF, I am a recent Switcher, you caught me. I would appreciate any advice and direction you Mac gurus out there have to offer.

  27. Bobby
    January 12, 2009 at 12:16 am

    I would really enjoy an invite to the brokenstones website. Why? No reason, really... I'm just your average, normal, everyday Mac user. I'm not the greatest, but I'm not the least, either! Do I really deserve it? I don't know - that's for you to decide! If it were up to me, I'd certainly give myself an invite to brokenstones.me. But, if it were up to me, I also wouldn't be typing here, right now. I'd have already invited myself and be on to some other thing, having taken care of said invite. But, then, I wouldn't be here, typing away with the rest of the fine people here, so I'm glad in at least one way, that it's up to you, and not up to me. If I do wind up with an invite, I will indeed use it to advance to good, and not evil - or something like that... OK, well, I best go, so you can go decide who's worthy of such an invite. May you have a lovely day. Thank You.

    • Jackson Chung
      January 12, 2009 at 12:24 am

      You forgot to leave your email address, Bobby.

  28. Mike Rose
    January 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks for including TUAW -- and I agree, you really need to add TidBITS to the list. Macintouch, MacWindows and MacFixit also worthy of inclusion, and both lowendmac and xlr8yourmac have fantastic (if specialized) content.

    • Jackson
      January 12, 2009 at 8:51 am

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for dropping by!

  29. Julio Ojeda-Zapata
    January 11, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Hard to take this list seriously if TidBITS isn't on it.

    • Jackson
      January 12, 2009 at 8:49 am

      TidBITS, noted. Thanks

  30. Jakov
    January 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    hey great website recomendation :)
    if you can please send my invitation code on iggy_pop@net.hr for brokenstones.

    thanks bigtime

    cheers

  31. Arvin Bautista
    January 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Oh man, it's just so hard to find good torrents for the mac; oftentimes people don't even bother saying if an app is windows or osx only. As a recent mac convert, getting my productivity up to as much as I was using a PC is a huge deal!

    so please, add me to your invites. email is arvin@greasypigstudios.com

  32. Perros
    January 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Hey,

    Great list, I've just bookmarked pretty much all those links in delicious.

    I would like an invite to brokenstones. Unfortunately I don't have an account on any of the other sites linked from the invite site.

    So here is why you should give me the invite: I've only just switched to a Mac (purchased an iMac), so I'm wanting to explore all that's on offer :-) Also, if you're interested in British TV, I can swap an invite to thebox.bz.

    My e-mail address is perros - at - gmail.

    Cheers,

    -Perros-

  33. Lauren
    January 11, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Add me to the list of people that would love a broken stones invite. my email is lauren.bird@gmail.com

    Thank you so much!!

  34. dan
    January 11, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Nice article, but you didn't actually explain what brokenstones is or why anyone would want to jump through the hoops to get an account...

    • Jackson
      January 12, 2009 at 8:43 am

      Sorry. I didn't actually get into the details of explaining it because it's kind of a gray area. You see, BrokenStones is a ratio-controlled Mac torrent community. I'd say it's the best place for all your Mac software needs. And right now, invites are required for new user registration.

    • Kalle Andersson
      January 14, 2009 at 8:27 am

      BrokenStones is like PirateBay but for macapps.

  35. Bloake
    January 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    How many invites do you plan on giving away? Just one?

    • Jackson Chung
      January 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm

      I have several (but not enough to give 1 to everyone) and I plan to give them all away.

      • Bloake
        January 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm

        Cool!! I'll think of something invite-worthy to say then :)

  36. Bloake
    January 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Great sites!! I agree above that 9to5 should be added to the list :) And I'll take an invite: bloake@gmail.com

  37. Jackson Chung
    January 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    It's not easy for me to pick who gets the invites, so I'll extend the offer until the end of next week (18/1/08). If you want an invite, you've got to catch my attention! Tell me why you deserve the invite. It's just for fun so don't take it too seriously. Also remember to enter your email address so that I can send the invite to you.

    At the end of the next week, I'll gather all the comments and pick the most interesting one.

    Sound good? Comment away.

  38. frisco ted
    January 11, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Another great post!! This is why MUO sits at the top of my feed reader.

    Can you please send a brokenStone invite to frisco dot ted at gmail ?

    Thanks!!

  39. James
    January 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I'll take an invite please. :)

  40. antonio Pavia
    January 11, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    great selection... i only had 4 of the 20 you listed
    PS can i have a Broken Stones invite too... please?

  41. Snaggy
    January 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Great list, and thanks for including geekculture.com/joyoftech/index.html on it. :-)

    • Jackson
      January 12, 2009 at 8:59 am

      Hi Snaggy!

      I love your comic! Even the classic oldies are worth seeing again... Keep up the great work.

      Say hi to Nitrozac for me.

  42. Dustin
    January 11, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I would love to have a brokenstones invite as well... thanks! (email: dustinmroberts@hotmail.com)

  43. Chetan
    January 11, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I too am a chronic apple writer ;)
    You can check out at
    thewwwblog.com/category/apple/

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