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Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out – July 2019

Apps designed for the Mac often don’t receive as much attention as apps made for iOS devices, so we have a series here at MacRumors that’s designed to highlight useful and interesting Mac apps that are worth checking out and potentially investing in.

This month’s picks include apps for making your Touch Bar more functional, adding quick switches to the Menu bar, creating to-do lists, replacing the dashboard that’s now defunct in macOS Catalina, and easily accessing Spotify and iTunes controls.

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(Free) – Pock is a simple little Mac app that’s designed to make your Touch Bar more useful by adding your dock to your Touch Bar so you can quickly access your apps and even files within folders. The Pock options are customizable, so you can choose what you need most, adding options like a now playing widget for controlling music, a status widget for getting info like WiFi connection of battery level, and more.

One Switch ($4.99) – One Switch is a nifty Mac menu bar app that adds various switches to the Mac’s menu bar. You can add toggles that will do things like hide desktop options, activate dark mode, keep the Mac awake, connect to headphones, toggle on Do Not Disturb, activate Night Shift, bring up the Screen Saver, and more. Options are customizable so you can make your One Switch menu do just want you need.

Microsoft To-Do (Free) – Microsoft earlier this month brought its popular Microsoft To-Do app to the Mac, making it more functional than ever because it’s now available across all of your devices. Mac users no longer have to rely on the web app, and can access features like task syncing between devices, file attachments, list sharing, color coding, and reminders for due dates, among other options.

Flotato (Free) – Flotato is designed to create web apps from your favorite website, so you can get quick access to the web services that you use most often. Flotato web apps can be dragged right into the dock, so you can set up quick access for things like Google Docs, Facebook Messenger, Netflix on the web, favorite news sites, and more.

Spotmenu (Free) – Spotmenu is another Mac app that’s super simple but super useful, especially for Spotify and iTunes users. Spotmenu lets you access Spotify and iTunes content from your menu bar, allowing you to see what song is playing, pause music, play music, and skip tracks.

If you have a favorite must-have Mac app that we haven’t highlighted yet, let us know in the comments, and we might feature it in a future video. For more of our Mac app picks, make sure to check out our Mac app archives.

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Mordhau developer denies it was planning a “toggle” for diversity

A bunch of white guys fighting with medieval weaponry in <em>Mordhau</em>.

Since its launch in April, medieval combat sim Mordhau has been a surprise hit for freshman development studio Triternion, selling over a million copies as of last month. But the online multiplayer game’s use of exclusively white male avatars has troubled some players looking for a more diverse set of character customization options.

Triternion has said that it plans to add more avatar variety in the future, but the studio created additional questions around those plans in a recent interview with PC Gamer. In that piece, the magazine quoted Mordhau developers as saying they were considering giving players the ability to turn off the pending customization options on the client side, effectively re-homogenizing the look of the characters on their own displays.

In response to a question about “adding female playable characters and changing character’s skin tones,” PC Gamer quoted Triternion’s Mike Desrosiers as saying, “Whatever stance we take officially, some group of people are going to be upset with us. And so, ideally we’d put the power in the players’ hands and give them the option to enable and disable different things.”

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