Simplify for Mac review: access multiple media players from one controller

By Lory Gil on Feb 12, 2015

A third-party media controller can be very useful. I like having a special widget for Spotify right in my Mac’s Notification Center. What would really be nice is an app that allows you to control multiple players from one widget.

Simplify for Mac is a media player that lets you control the playback of iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and Vox right in your menu bar. We’ve got a detailed app review of Simplify for Mac today. Read More

 

How to enable window previews of running apps in the dock on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 10, 2015

One of the things that I appreciate about Windows is the ability to view previews of running apps by hovering your mouse cursor over an app in the Taskbar. OS X doesn’t natively allow you to do such a thing, but it’s nothing that HyperDock—a $9.99 purchase from the Mac App Store—can’t handle. Read More

 

ControlAir: control your Mac media apps with simple gestures

By Sébastien Page on Feb 5, 2015

Gone are the days when we had to painfully reach for the mouse, drag the cursor around the screen, and click to pause, play, or skip a song in iTunes. All sarcasm aside, there are times when it’s just not that practical to either reach for the keyboard or the mouse to control the music playing on your Mac, and this is an experience ControlAir is trying to improve.

ControlAir is a new Mac app that gives users touch-free control over their media and entertainment apps. Using ControlAir, users can just lean back and control music and video applications using air gestures, without ever having to touch the keyboard or the mouse. Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac returns to Mac App Store

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Tapbots, the maker of popular third-party Twitter application Tweebot, has brought back the application to the Mac App Store after pulling it over the weekend.

“We’ve worked with Twitter to resolve Tweetbot for Mac authentication issues,” Tapbots said in a tweet on Monday. “The app should be back on the Mac App Store soon.”  Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac pulled from Mac App Store over running afoul of Twitter’s token ceiling

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2015

Bad news, Tweetbot fans. Developer Paul Haddad woke up this morning to the realization that his popular Twitter client for the Mac has been pulled from the Mac App Store.

As if the app’s disappearance wasn’t enough, existing copies are experiencing authentication issues, allegedly over reaching Twitter’s strict limits on how many users are permitted to login to a particular application, as first discovered by 9to5Mac.

“We are aware of Tweetbot for Mac authentication issues,” reads the official tweet from developer Tapbots. “We have contacted Twitter and are waiting for a response. Thanks for your patience.” Read More

 

Apple posts major Logic Pro X update with new sounds, AirDrop support and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2015

Apple released a significant update for Logic Pro X Wednesday afternoon, bringing the popular pro audio software to version 10.1. The update includes an expanded sound library, support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite, and a number of other new features and improvements.

The expanded sound library contains over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments. There are also 10 new Drummers capable of producing beats in a variety of hiphop and electronic styles including Techno, House and Dubstep. We’ve posted the full 10.1 change log below. Read More

 

Good deal: 10 Mac apps for $10

By Cody Lee on Jan 7, 2015

Heads up Mac users, StackSocial is offering another one of its infamous software bundles this week. The promotion allows you to snag 10 highly rated Mac applications for $10—a significant discount from their original price tags.

Included in the package are apps such as Disk Map, which visualizes all of your files and apps on your hard drive, the clipboard tool CopyClip 2, and MenuTab Pro for Facebook, which lets you access Facebook outside of your browser. Read More

 

Apple puts into effect 14-day return policy on digital purchases in Europe

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2014

Apple typically handles refunds of digital purchases on a case-by-case basis and with an “All Sales Final” provision. But now, Apple’s reportedly switched to a 14-day return policy for movies, TV shows, music, books and apps in most European markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France, German blog iFun.de [Google Translate] reported Monday.

Apple’s updated policy in these countries states that customers can now cancel their digital purchase within fourteen days from when they received their receipt “without giving any reason,” with the exception of iTunes Match, Season Pass, Multi-Pass and iTunes Gift Cards and Allowances that can’t be refunded once you have redeemed the code or activated the service. Read More

 

A huge list of apps and games on sale right now

By Cody Lee on Dec 24, 2014

As many of you are aware of by now, there are tons of apps and games on sale in the App Store. It’s Christmas time, so developers know there are going to be a lot of new iOS devices activated, and people are going to have an unusual amount of free time.

Thus, a number of apps and games have been significantly discounted or made free for a limited time. These titles come from both high profile studios like 2K Games, as well as indie devs, and iDB has compiled them all into a single list for your convenience. Read More

 

DockPhone lets you easily place phone calls from your Mac

By Sébastien Page on Dec 22, 2014

DockPhone is a new app that lets you dial and call any number directly from your Mac. Based on FaceTime’s capabilities, and taking advantage of the new Continuity feature found on OS X Yosemite, DockPhone lets you make calls via your iPhone cellular connection right from the Mac, effectively adding a simple feature that users would have expected Apple to ship with Yosemite in the first place. Read More

 

Nest Notification Center widget Thermos gets a warm update

By Sébastien Page on Dec 19, 2014

A couple weeks ago, I told you about Thermos, a widget for Notification Center on Mac that lets you adjust the temperature of your Nest thermostat. At the time, I was quite impressed with the widget, despite the fact that I felt it was a bit limited and contained a minor bug. This is now a thing of the past as Thermos was just updated with new features, and a fix for the pesky bug. Read More

 

App Santa is back with big discounts on great apps

By Sébastien Page on Dec 16, 2014

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, App Santa will still bring you great deals on award winning apps by independent developers. Available now through December 26th, App Santa is offering up to 60% on many must-have applications for both iOS and Mac. It’s like Christmas before Christmas. Enjoy! Read More

 

With new Password Changer feature, Dashlane can change all your passwords at once

By Sébastien Page on Dec 9, 2014

Password manager Dashlane introduced today Password Changer, a new feature that allows you to change all your passwords at once, including accounts secured by two-factor authentication. Powered by Dashlane’s recent acquisition of startup PassOmatic came up with the core technology, the feature, that is just entering beta, currently works with about 70 different websites, including Apple, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, but will open up to more sites in the future. Read More

 

Thermos lets you set your Nest thermostat temperature from OS X Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Dec 3, 2014

Thermos is a recently released Mac application that works hand in hand with Nest to allow you to set the temperature of your thermostat right from Notification Center. Additionally, and if you also have Nest Protect smoke detectors in your home, the app will be able to send you push notifications in case smoke or carbon monoxide has been detected by the devices. Read More

 

Google buys iOS app prototyping startup RelativeWave, makes Mac app free

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Google has acquired RelativeWave, the team responsible for the popular iOS app prototyping software Form. Form is available for Mac and iOS, and allows designers and developers to create rich interactive app prototypes and run them on their iPhone or iPad.

In a note on its website today, RelativeWave announced that they would be joining Google to continue their work on the software, saying they “want to get Form in the hands of as many people as possible, and this is [their] first step in accomplishing that goal.” Read More

 

Continuity Keypad adds a beautiful phone dialer to OS X Yosemite

By Timothy Reavis on Nov 13, 2014

Out of all the features that Apple introduced with OS X Yosemite, Continuity is one of the most convenient and useful. With its ability to handoff apps between devices, make and receive phone calls, and send SMS messages from the desktop, Continuity has become one of the most-used features of OS X Yosemite. But despite its newfound call-handling features, Yosemite lacks a dialer for quickly making phone calls to numbers not in your address book, and that’s where Continuity Keypad comes into play. Read More

 

Apple rolls out refreshed Mac App Store design for OS X Yosemite

By Cody Lee on Nov 6, 2014

Late Wednesday evening, Apple began rolling out a refreshed UI design for its Mac App Store in OS X Yosemite. Following up last month’s OS X update, the new Mac App Store look features flatter graphics, thinner font styling, and tons of white space.

As you can see in the screenshot above, Apple has done away with skeumorphic elements like shadows and well-defined tables, in favor of thin gray lines. The new UI feels faster, lighter and more streamlined, and again more in line with OS X Yosemite. Read More

 

Tumblr launches new desktop app in the Mac App Store

By Cody Lee on Oct 17, 2014

Tumblr today released a new desktop application for OS X Yosemite in the Mac App Store. Complementing the micro-blogging site’s iOS client, the new app allows users to browse Tumblr, post to their own blogs, and perform various other actions.

The UI is very minimalistic, and goes great with the new design language in Yosemite. The app also takes advantage of a few OS X features such as Full Screen mode, and the Share button—you can post to Tumblr from almost anywhere on your Mac. Read More

 

1Password 5 for OS X Yosemite released with refreshed design and more

By Cody Lee on Oct 17, 2014

Adding to the list of growing OS X Yosemite software updates, AgileBits posted a new version of 1Password for Mac this morning. The update, which brings the client to version 5.0, offers full support for the just-released OS upgrade, complete with refreshed design and other improvements.

Among the improvements is enhanced iCloud sync, which is faster and more reliable than ever (note: iCloud sync now requires 1Password 5 on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to function). Wi-Fi sync also got an upgrade, and now allows users to sync attachments with devices on the same network. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite update now available in the Mac App Store

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

Earlier today, Apple announced that its highly anticipated OS X Yosemite update would be available today. And we are happy to announce that the update just landed in the Mac App Store, and is now available to all users for free, as long as you have a compatible Mac machine.

The release is a major one for the Mac platform, as it brings about a number of improvements. The software’s UI design has been refreshed, bringing it more in line with iOS, and there are several new features including Notification Center widgets, and text message forwarding. Read More

 
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