Duet Display lets you use iPhone or iPad as an extra display for your Mac, without lag

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Although Duet Display is not the first app to allow your iOS device to act as an extra display for your Mac (Shape’s $10 iDisplay comes to mind), it’s the first app to have done screen extending right.

Built by ex-Apple engineers who worked at the company for three years on the iPad and iMac, the software delivers a Retina display at a smooth sixty frames per second with no lag whatsoever.

Featuring touch control, Duet Display makes interactions with your Mac fun and smooth while taking advantage of the fact that an additional display increases productivity by giving you up to 48 percent more pixels to work with. Read More

 

Algoriddim launches djay Pro for Mac with 4-deck support, Spotify integration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

German developer Algoriddim on Thursday completed its suite of apps for DJs by releasing djay Pro for Mac. Building on djay 2 for the iPhone and iPad, the Pro edition brings 4-deck support and the full power of Algoriddim’s low-latency mixing engine.

The app has some rather advanced features such as Spotify and iTunes integration, support for professional DJ hardware, high-definition waveforms, audio effects, meta data and FX purchases from iOS versions of djay and much more.

Jump past the fold for the full overview of djay Pro for Mac. Read More

 

Apple seeds Safari 8.0.3 beta for OS X Yosemite to developers

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple seeded Safari 8.0.3 for Yosemite to developers on Wednesday, along with Safari 7.1.3 beta for Mavericks and Safari 6.2.3 for Mountain Lion. The new version of Safari joins the new OS X 10.10.2 beta that was released to developers last Friday. Read More

 

Minecraft maker Mojang releases Scrolls for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014

Available starting today for Mac and Windows PCs and Android tablets, Scrolls from Minecraft maker Mojang takes the best bits of collectable card games and combines them with the most interesting strategy elements of tactical war games.

More than two years in the making, the mash-up game invites you to build your army, develop strategies and take control of the hexagonal battlefield by defeating your friends in online multiplayer challenges, no matter which platform they’re playing on.

If you prefer playing alone, Scrolls have you covered with single player challenges along with casual play. A free demo version of Scrolls is available to try before you buy it. Read More

 

Apple posts Safari updates for OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014

After releasing then pulling a update for the desktop Safari browser on OS X last week, Apple on Thursday posted Safari 8.0.2 for Yosemite.

In addition to allowing Yosemite users to import username and passwords from Mozilla’s Firefox browser, Safari 8.0.2 fixes a few annoying issues, among them history not syncing across devices if iCloud Drive is disabled and another one prevent a saved password from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain.

The update is available through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. A standalone installer should be available shortly from the Apple Support website. Safari 7.1.2 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2.2 for OS X Mountain Lion were also released on Thursday. Read More

 

App Recap: discounts, new apps to enjoy mid-week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014

Welcome to Wednesday. As we prepare for an onslaught of new arrivals that will be hitting the App Store midnight, a number of apps and games have been updated with new features and we’re here to tell you what’s changed.

We also want to make sure you stay on top of recent discounts as some apps get slashed by as much as eighty percent with the others going all the way down to zero bucks.

And it wouldn’t be a roundup without taking a look at some of the forthcoming releases due later this month or sometime next year. This is App Recap, an app-focused column by iDownloadBlog. Read More

 

Legendary Grim Fandango adventure has been remastered, coming to Mac in January

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

Grim Fandango, the legendary neo-noir adventure game that LucasArts released back in 1998 for Windows, with Tim Schafer as the game’s project leader, is getting a thorough makeover soon. This classic dark comedy style game made history as the first LucasArts’ adventure to use 3D computer graphics overlaid on pre-rendered backgrounds.

According to DoubleFine Productions, Tim Schaffer’s publishing company established in July 2000 after his departure from LucasArts, the game will be launching next year on January 27 across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC, Mac and Linux.

Featuring revamped graphics optimized for today’s high-resolution screens, Grim Fandango Remastered sticks to the original vision. The game takes place in an afterworld called the Land of the Dead, through which recently departed souls must travel before they reach their final destination, the Ninth Underworld. Read More

 

App Recap: Facebook’s Graph Search launches on iPhone, MasterCard’s Apple Pay ad and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

App Recap welcomes you to Monday. Our daily column that helps make sense of the latest iPhone, iPad and Mac apps, games and media on iTunes is back with tons of goodies, discounts, software news and more.

We also feature a new Apple Pay television commercial by MasterCard featuring Gwen Stefani and a huge update to Paper by Fifty-Three while casting spotlight on a holiday-themed update to The Sims FreePlay and the latest Star Wars: Commander refresh that features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Read More

 

Apple posts iTunes Best of 2014 charts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

Like in years past, Apple ahead of the holidays published its list of the best and most popular apps, movies, TV shows, music and books available on iTunes. In the category of the top paid iPhone app, Heads Up! came in first. Facebook’s Messenger is Apple’s top free iPhone app and Clash of Clans emerged as the top grossing iPhone app, respectively. On the iPad side, Minecraft, YouTube and Clash of Clans have been rated as the App Store’s top paid, free and grossing apps, respectively.

Without further ado, here’s the rest of Apple’s most popular apps and media in 2014. Read More

 

App Recap: apps, games, movies, holiday tunes and more to enjoy this weekend

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2014

As we head into the weekend, spare a few minutes and check out what’s been making round on iTunes today. App Recap, our daily column that highlights new apps, discounts, media and entertainment, is here to help you make sense of it all so you can focus on stuff that matters.

In today’s edition, we bring you a few new apps and games that we think are worth your attention, some notable discounts on popular and lesser known apps and games, some nice Christmas tunes, low-priced iTunes movies and some of the blockbuster flicks hitting the silver screen in the coming months.

And for the first time since its inception, App Recap now features a laundry list of jailbreak tweaks and news. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 or iOS 8.1.2 on Mac OS X using a virtual machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2014

As has been the norm as of late, OS X releases of the latest jailbreak tools have lagged behind their Windows counterparts. The TaiG jailbreak, which released to much surprise early this morning is no exception.

But what if you’re an OS X only user who doesn’t have access to a Windows machine? Are you left out in the cold waiting until TaiG decides to release an OS X version of its tool? Not necessarily.

Inside, I’ll show you how easy it is to run a Windows virtual machine on OS X absolutely free of charge. Doing so will allow you to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 even if you only have a Mac. Best of all, it’s absolutely free to do so. Check out our video tutorial after the break for the full how-to.

Update: this post was originally created for iOS 8.1.1, but you can follow the same steps to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using the latest version of TaiG. Read More

 

App Recap: app-packed Thursday

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

Welcome to this action-packed edition of App Recap, iDownloadBlog’s daily column which highlights some of the best new apps, games, updates, media and other digital goodies found on iTunes. Most developers release major new apps on Thursdays and today was no exception.

From noteworthy discounts and Facebook’s Slingshot update to Square’s food ordering app, a new and fully-themable iOS 8 keyboard, Tomb Raider II, the official Game of Thrones game and more, App Recap helps you make sense of it all via an easily digestible form so you don’t need to waste your precious time finding that needle in the haystack in the App Store. Read More

 

Apple seeds second OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Dec 4, 2014

Apple has seeded the second beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this afternoon. The update, labeled build 14C78c, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store and the Dev Center for all registered Mac developers.

Today’s release comes a little more than two weeks after the first 10.10.2 beta, and Apple has asked developers to focus on Wi-Fi connectivity. Users have complained of Wi-Fi issues since updating to Yosemite in October. 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

 

App Recap is back and it’s better than ever!

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2014

After a longer than expected hiatus, App Recap is back! For those unfamiliar with it, App Recap is iDownloadBlog’s daily column that strives to surface the best new Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps you should focus on, notable updates to your favorite apps you should care about, not-to-be-missed deals and freebies in the App Store and Mac App Store, and interesting accessories, software announcements and other tidbits of interest to our readers. Without further ado, here’s what’s in store for you today. Read More

 

Developers of Clear release Typed, a gorgeous Markdown editor for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2014

Realmac Software, the creators of Clear, Ember and many other apps, on Tuesday released a beautiful Markdown editor for the Mac, Typed. Whether you run your own blog on a daily basis or just want an easy to use app for writing, Typed has you covered with full support for Markdown.

For those unaware of Markdown, it’s a plain text formatting syntax designed by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber which makes it easy to style your documents and easily convert them to HTML and many other commonly used document formats.

Typed features a minimal user interface with Auto Save support, customizable keyboard shortcuts, the ability to generate, preview and export HTML code and much more. Read More

 

Twelve South’s Cyber Monday: 25 percent off BookBook cases for iPhones, iPads and Macs

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2014

Twelve South, a premium accessory maker that designs and builds cases, stands, chargers and other Apple-exclusive accessories, is having a Cyber Monday sale today.

Calling it the biggest BookBook sale ever, they’re taking 25% off all BookBook cases for iPhones, iPads and Macs and more, except for the Rutledge Edition finish.

Specifically, Twelve South’s iconic genuine leather BookBook cases for iPads, MacBooks and iPhones and the BookBook Travel Journal are all included in the promotion. The sale lasts today only and quantities are limited, so it’s good to move quickly on this. Read More

 

Apple’s Black Friday kicks off with iTunes Gift Card deals on qualifying purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2014

Apple this morning kicked off its Black Friday sale with $25-$100 (PRODUCT)RED iTunes Gift Cards on qualifying Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV and Beats by Dr. Dre purchases. Once your iTunes Gift Card has been redeemed, you can use your iTunes credit toward any purchase on the iTunes Store, including media and apps.

In addition to donating the proceeds from (RED) apps to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS until December 7, Apple will also automatically donate a portion of retail sales to the Global Fund to support the fight against AIDS. Read More

 

Pixelmator for Mac and iPad go half price in Black Friday sale

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2014

Pixelmator, the powerful Photoshop replacement for the Mac and iPad, has gone half price ahead of Black Friday tomorrow. Sébastien yesterday posted a running list of iOS apps and games on sale this week, but Pixelmator definitely deserve’s a post of its own due to its tremendous popularity and quality.

This capable image editor features full support for the latest Yosemite and iOS 8 Continuity technologies such as Handoff and iCloud Drive. The Mac edition of Pixelmator has been marked down to $14.99.

The app normally costs $29.99 so you can save fifteen bucks if you purchase it discounted. And Pixelmator for iPad, which debuted in the App Store a month ago, is still just $4.99 as the team extended launch promotion for another week. Read More

 

Good deal: name your own price on this awesome Mac software bundle

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2014

Good news Mac owners, StackSocial is running another one of its popular “name your own price” software promotions. There are 9 apps in the bundle, and 1 instructional course, which combined normally sell for $543. But, as the headline suggests, you can literally name your own price.

What’s the catch? The deal site keeps a running average of what people are paying for the package, which is currently at $4.51. Pay below the average price, and you’ll only get 3 of the applications mentioned below, but pay equal to or above the average price, and you’ll get the entire package. Read More

 
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