Archive for the ‘Apps for Mac’ Category

Screenshots of Office for Mac 2015 have just been leaked onto the Internet. It has been a while since Microsoft last updated the Office suite, and it seems like the newer version carries a design language that is heavily borrowed from its Windows counterpart.

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With the Handoff feature now live for everyone to take advantage of, and having integrated iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, users have really taken a liking to what may be one of the hottest features Apple has thrown at users in a while.

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Apple has updated its iWork suite of apps with a bunch of new features for both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The complete set of changes along with direct download links can be found right here.

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With all the excitement surrounding the release of new hardware alongside the public release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, it’s easy to miss some of the smaller, almost stealthy going-ons at Apple. One of those is the release of iTunes 12.0.1 that has just gone live for Mac OS X and Windows users.

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Skype just received a fresh new design and a UI overhaul for Windows and Mac, with much emphasis placed on the IM functionality. According to Skype, a large number of users have been found to be sending IMs during a video chat, and I can definitely include myself in that list. If you’ve been using Skype on mobile, the change might not be a shocker to you as you pick up the design cues that were originally used for the mobile versions of Skype. While the new Skype has been released for Mac, Windows users get access to a preview version for now.

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Apple’s mammoth launch today of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch may be done with, but with so much having been announced in a short space of time, only now do we get the chance to take a step back and digest the new features. Amid the fallout from today’s proceedings at the Flint Center, Apple has rolled out iTunes 11.4 for those on OS X Mavericks, which, as you might imagine, includes support for the all-new iOS 8.

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If you’ve ever wanted to make you Mac sleep remotely, and with the touch of just one button on an iPhone or an iPad, then you’re going to want to read this handy little tip.

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The App Store is full of great apps, but even though we’re happy to pony up the cash for some of the very best experiences, it’s always nicer when they’re free. As usual, we’ve got a nice assortment of apps and games ready for you to download for your iOS device, so fire up the App Store app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and join us after the break.

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Apple has just made available a new version of iTunes for Mac OS X and Windows, with bug fixes the order of the day. More details on what’s new and where to download it from can be found right here.

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Shazam is just a great service. The days of sitting there for hours trying to remember a song your heard earlier, or pestering a friend to see if they know the title / artist, or even Googling fragments of the lyrics – yes, we’ve all been there – are long gone. The music recognition app works its magic in seconds, retaining information on tracks that it tags, and more recently, has broadened its horizons to incorporate TV shows and advertisements. Today, after having had the iOS / Android apps out for a good couple of years now, a Mac version has just been released, and the inconspicuous app is not only useful for those occasions when you don’t want to have to reach for your mobile device, but its always-on nature means you certainly won’t miss a thing.

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Apple has just released iTunes 11.2.2 – a fairly rudimentary update that fixes issues relating to podcasts. Apparently, some users were finding that podcast episodes were accidentally downloading after the previous installment, which was iTunes 11.1.1, and thus, Apple felt it necessary to push another update that also includes a bunch of stability improvements.

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No matter what platform you may be using, arming yourself against the continual wave of malware should be a top priority, and if you happen to be a Mac user, you’ll be pleased to learn that VirusTotal has just announced an app for Apple’s OS X. It’s called VirusTotal Mac OS X Uploader, and given its reputation for wheedling out and eradicating malicious intrusion before it can wreak havoc on your devices, is sure to be a hit on the Mac as well.

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Ever since the release of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, Apple has been actively drafting in certain iOS features to its desktop software, and although we’re still quite a way off a completely unified OS, this appears to be the direction that the Cupertino outfit is headed. Even though it’s both useful and infinitely convenient to have the likes of iMessage available at desktop level, a new iOS app called Notifyr shows that this amalgamation of platforms can be taken even further by pushing any and all iOS notifications to the desktop.

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When it comes to the Mac vs. PC debate, there only tends to be one winner in the eyes of gamers, and thanks to its broader reach and general versatility in upgrading hardware, Microsoft’s ecosystem is favored almost all of the time by the gaming faithful. Nevertheless, publishers still strive to release titles for OS X even if considerably later than the corresponding PC editions, and if you love your Mac just about as much as you enjoy a little first-person action in Call of Duty, you’ll be pretty stoked to learn that both Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 are now available to download.

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Along with the release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, Apple has also updated the iTunes app to version 11.2. The download is only available to those running 64-bit Windows and Mac OS X, so if you’re rocking either platform, check the important details below.

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Let us introduce you to Andy. Or Andyroid. Not a particularly outstanding product name, but definitely something Android fans will need to have in their lives. It isn’t exactly a great secret that the world of mobile is huge right now. Mobile hardware, the software that powers them and the third-party apps to extend them are extremely hot property at the minute. But don’t you sometimes feel that the gulf between mobile and desktop is getting larger and larger? Andyroid is a product that’s looking to solve that by breaking down the barrier between the two.

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Apple’s iOS 7 release will always be remembered for its radical aesthetic changes, with almost every element having been given a visual makeover en route to dispelling skeuomorphism for good. But the update wasn’t entirely derived through vanity, and amid the clean-up job that Apple undertook with the interface, the Cupertino’s iOS software team also added several key features. Control Center, a portal for various toggles and controls, was among them, and now, a newly-released app adds this feature to the Mac.

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Photoshop is seen by the overwhelming majority as the de facto pinnacle of image editing and manipulation. Whilst revered for its vast tool set, seemingly unlimited plugins and general, all-round power, it is out of the price range of many average users looking to learn / dabble in a little Photoshopping. Each year, Adobe beefs up its umbrella of Creative Suite products (encompassing Photoshop), with prices remaining higher than most other paid software out there, but in something of a turn up for the books, Photoshop is now free.

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The fact that Dropbox forked out a cool $100 million to acquire Mailbox last year is a testament to how highly regarded the app is, but while it’s now seen as the go-to email solution for those rocking an iOS device, the fact that it’s only available on the iTunes App Store is very limiting. But when a company pays such vast sums of money to acquire something, expansion is generally forthcoming, and as such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Dropbox has released the Mailbox app for Android, as well as announcing a desktop version.

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Satya Nadella, the recently-appointed CEO of Microsoft and the third since its inception, was chosen for the role by the board for a variety of reasons. One of his core strengths – his heavy involvement in the company’s cloud services – was seen as the vital tool needed to carry the company forward into the cloud-based era, and already, we’re seeing evidence of the rationale behind his appointment. Today, Microsoft released a new, free OneNote app for Mac, a further free OneNote utility for its own Windows OS, and notably, a cloud-based API facilitating the integration of both first and third-party apps with with OneNote.

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