Archive for the ‘Apps for Mac’ Category

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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We’ve all been in the predicament whereby we’re so consumed by work at our desktops that we forget to charge our mobile devices, and when the time to leave just seems to creep up on us, we’re left cursing the fact that we’ll have to spend the remainder of the day rationing those precious last few droplets of juice. But while a battery alert is easy enough to miss or ignore when we’re frantically trying to keep atop our email inboxes or compose documents, desktop notifications are a little harder to shake off. With this in mind, iBetterCharge seeks to ensure that we don’t leave our iPhone or iPad bereft of battery by pushing alerts straight to the OS X Notification Center, and not only does the app presents itself as a novel idea, but it’s also executed to perfection.

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It’s been a long time since F1 2012 raced into the Mac App Store, and now, finally, Feral Interactive is back with the OS X release of F1 2013. As ever, it’s a white-knuckle ride of covering every corner, chicane, and pit-stop of every track worldwide, and with official drivers to match, you can relive the highs and lows of the 2013 Formula 1 season on your Mac.

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iTunes Radio, which launched alongside iOS 7 late last year, touts itself as a great service for music lovers to explore and discover new artists. However, unlike standard iTunes music tracks, users don’t have the freedom of being able to move songs across different devices, for listening to at any time, anywhere. However, thanks to a little app called AirPlay Recorder, users can record the streaming audio for offline enjoyment, and for a one-off price of $9.99, you can create your very own, finely-tuned, all-weathers iTunes Radio.

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Twitter for OS X had been on the low for quite some time, so much so that some had started to debate the likelihood that the company had pretty much given up on the platform. All of that changes today, when a new and refreshed Twitter for Mac 3.0 has just been released on the Mac App Store. Believe me when I say it, the new version will make you want to use the native Twitter app on your Mac once again, and ditch all the third-party solutions that you might have had employed over the course of time.

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Tweetbot may be best known for its presence on iOS thanks to it being possibly the most popular Twitter app on the platform, but what some may forget is that Tweetbot has also got a home on the Mac after Tapbots brought the popular app across to the desktop. It’s been chugging along nicely ever since, and today received a sizeable update that brings one or two features that will be useful to anyone who happens to be using OS X Mavericks 10.9.

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Technology enthusiasts are always interested in experiencing new and innovative solutions that make daily life that little bit easier. The majority of us usually carry our phones around with us and the growing popularity of OS X means that more and more people are interacting with Macs on a daily basis. Security is generally high on everyone’s agenda when using our static and mobile devices, but where is it written that a secure computer has to be a tedious one? The new Knock app is aiming to put an end to that tedium by letting users unlock their Macs by simply ‘knocking’ on their iPhone.

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