How to fix choppy video playback in Safari on OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2014

Recently I ran into a problem that I found to be quite annoying. Flash video playback in Safari began suffering from major stuttering and choppiness. It was so bad that videos essentially became unwatchable while using Safari.

For someone who’s constantly watching and editing video like me, this proved to be a big problem. I even pondered switching to Chrome for a bit, but quickly dismissed that thought and set out to find a solution to the problem.

Fortunately, the solution to fixing choppy video playback in Safari is an easy one. Have a look inside and we’ll show you how. Read More

 

Pixelmator 3.2 ‘Sandstone’ coming with Repair tool, app goes half price for entire week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

As Peter Cohen put it, Pixelmator is to Photoshop as Sketch 3 is to Adobe Illustrator and I couldn’t agree more.

I don’t use the most advanced Photoshop features and Pixelmator ($29.99 in the Mac App Store) has served me well as more than a very capable alternative to Adobe’s image editing application. I use Pixelmator on a daily basis to edit press photographs, optimize images for web distribution, touch up snaps taken on my iPhone, create various compositions, convert between different formats and what not.

After issuing a major 3.1 update back in January with Mac Pro GPU acceleration and other goodies, the team is now teasing another forthcoming update, this one code-named Sandstone… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D43 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Apple has seeded another beta for OS X 10.9.3 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes one week after the sixth beta of 10.9.3 was released, which brought about few notable changes.

The new beta build is available to registered Mac developers through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store, or as a complete download via the Mac section of Apple’s online developer portalRead More

 

Screens VNC 3.0 for Mac is out with all-new design, menu bar icon and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Fans of Edovia’s ‘Screens’ application will be happy to hear that the studio has updated the popular VNC client for Mac to version 3.0. The release follows a major update to the iOS app in December, and brings an all-new design, several new features and various other improvements.

For those who haven’t used Screens VNC before, it enables you to connect to your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from virtually anywhere in the world. The remote connection is secure, and provides access to your files, applications, media, text documents and much more…

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MiniPlayer iOS jailbreak tweak is now available for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2014

MiniPlayer, a gorgeous jailbreak tweak by Italian developer MPow, has been available on iOS for quite some time and with time, it’s gotten even better.

As Jeff noted in his review of MiniPlayer 2.1 last May, this tweak makes it ridiculously easy to control your music directly from the app’s interface with a simple tap and hold gesture on the now playing album art.

Subsequent updates have added more stuff like Play Next, enhanced scrubbing and search and what not. And yes, it’s an iOS 7 compatible tweak.

If you’ve been loving MiniPlayer on your jailbroken iOS device, you can now have that compelling experience and minimalist user interface (courtesy of Surenix) on your Mac, too! Read on for the full reveal… Read More

 

Deluxe Edition of Sim City 4 launches as $19.99 Mac App Store exclusive

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2014

The Mac edition of Sim City, an open-ended city-building video game which debuted on the PC back in 2003, was released in August of last year.

Previously available as a boxed product, Aspyr Media on Friday announced that SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition has made a triumphant return to the Mac. The game’s available in the Mac App Store as a digital download that’ll join Steam and other Mac digital outlets in coming weeks.

Deluxe edition of Sim City includes both SimCity 4 and the Rush Hour expansion pack, which gives you more control over your city’s transportation options and challenges you to build out a region of cities. And, you get two bonus disasters: UFO attack and Autosaurus Wrecks.

On top of all the goodies you’ve come to love about Sim City, Deluxe edition includes a nice Mac-exclusive feature allowing your iTunes library to be played in the game.

The $19.99 game can be found exclusively in the Mac App StoreRead More

 

1Password for Mac and iOS 50% off in wake of Heartbleed bug

By Cody Lee on Apr 11, 2014

If you’ve been holding out on purchasing Agile Bits’ popular 1Password app due to price tag, you may want to pay attention. In wake of the nasty Heartbleed bug that has compromised millions and millions of usernames and passwords this week, the developers have decided to discount both Mac and iOS versions of the app by 50%… Read More

 

Apple updates iMovie for Mac with new title options, speed effects and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

Apple pushed out a notable update for the Mac version of its iMovie software this afternoon. The release, which brings the app to version 10.0.3, includes a handful of new features—like new title customization options—and various other improvements.

iMovie users can now sort events in the app’s side bar by date, and change the font, size and color of new titles. Additionally, you can crop and rotate clips in events and add speed effects to clips using the Adjustments Bar. We have the full change log below… Read More

 

A timeline of all the products Apple is rumored to launch this year

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Apple is preparing to release a bevy of new products this year, according to a new research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The highly regarded analyst has laid out a timeline of all the products Apple is rumored to launch in 2014, beginning in Q2 and going all the way through December.

Kuo sees Apple starting with an iMac refresh in late Q2, followed by upgrades to the iPad Air and iPad mini. He then sees the company introducing a new 4.7-inch iPhone and the oft-rumored iWatch in Q3, and closing out the year with a refreshed Apple TV, 5.5-inch iPhone and a 12″ MacBook… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D38 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Apple has seeded another beta for OS X 10.9.3 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes one week after the fifth beta of 10.9.3 was released, which brought about few notable changes.

The new beta build is available to registered Mac developers through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store, or as a complete download via the Mac section of Apple’s online developer portalRead More

 

Mailbox lands on Android, coming soon to OS X

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Mailbox, the popular Dropbox-owned email client, announced this morning that it would be bringing its app to two new platforms: Android and OS X. The Android version will be available later today in the Google Play store, and the team says that the OS X version is “coming soon.”

First launched on iPhone in February 2013, Mailbox is an email client that syncs up with Gmail, Yahoo Mail and iCloud. It’s not feature-rich, but it stands out thanks to its gesture-based navigation and procrastination features, which let you delay various email actions to a later time… Read More

 

Upcoming ‘PushNotify’ tweak will let you forward push notifications from iOS to the Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 8, 2014

I’ve been testing PushNotify for a few weeks, and now I can finally talk about what it does. A lot of you have been asking me about this tweak, because you’ve seen its settings featured in my other videos and screenshots.

PushNotify, to put it simply, is a jailbreak tweak that lets your forward push notifications to the Mac. It does so by means of a small menu-bar utility that runs on the Mac, and a jailbreak tweak that’s installed via Cydia on your iOS device.

We’ve taken PushNotify for a test drive on video, and we’d like to show you how it works. Check inside for the details. Read More

 

Atmospheric puzzle game Year Walk is now available on Mac OS X

By Lory Gil on Apr 5, 2014

Just in case you haven’t heard of the thought-provoking and innovative atmospheric puzzle survival game Year Walk, it was a hugely popular iOS title based on Swedish mythology that was impressive, to say the least. Its dark theme and bizarre characters stood out amongst the droves of Angry Bird clones that flooded the App Store.

Simogo just launched a Mac OS X version of Year Walk that includes some big changes, including new puzzles, new areas to explore, and new graphics. It’s like getting to play the game for the first time, all over again… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D33 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 3, 2014

Apple has seeded another beta for OS X 10.9.3 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes one week after it released the third beta of 10.9.3, which added various improvements.

The new beta build is available to registered Mac developers through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store, or as a complete download via the Mac section of Apple’s online developer portalRead More

 

LaCie Fuel now offers 2TB of wireless storage for your Mac and iOS devices

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2014

LaCie, a Seagate Technology brand that makes premium storage solutions and accessories, has refreshed its Fuel external wireless hard drive with an expanded capacity of two terabytes.

That’s double the storage of the previous Fuel and LaCie claims the updated product now offers “more storage than any 2.5-inch wireless hard drive on the market.”

It uses Seagate’s free Media app to make available your files to Apple devices over a Wi-Fi network.

The Fuel also includes a built-in ten-hour battery and plays nice with AirPlay so you can mirror content on your big screen TV through the Apple TV.

The full reveal is after the jump… Read More

 

This Friday, EA’s Origin distribution platform will finally go all-digital

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2014

Super publisher Electronic Arts is finally bidding a fond farewell to optical media as its Origin platform is going all-digital this coming Friday, April 4.

For those unfamiliar with Origin (formerly EA Download Manager), it’s a digital distribution software that lets players purchase DRM-enabled games for desktop and mobile and download them to their system using the Origin client.

Origin for Mac has been available since February of last year and now the Origin game store will be entirely digital downloads for PC and Mac, the publisher announced… Read More

 

Total War: Shogun 2 hitting Mac this Spring

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2014

Strengthen your citadel, gather your samurai and prepare to lead your clan through the legendary warfare of the Sengoku period because Total War: Shogun 2 is coming to a Mac near you this Spring, developer Feral Interactive announced this week.

The sequel to the popular 2000 turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game, Shogun: Total War, the game is set in Japan’s Sengoku, or Warring States period of the 16th century.

You, the leader of one of nine competing clans, are challenged with using diplomacy, espionage and military brilliance to dominate the feudal Japan and unify the country under one undisputed ruler, the shogun… Read More

 

Realmac teases Reminders coming to Clear to-do app in early-April

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2014

Not to be outdone by fellow developer Flexibits who yesterday teased the upcoming iPad edition of its popular calendar and to-do app, Fantastical, today Realmac Software shared a few tidbits concerning a forthcoming Clear update featuring Reminders integration.

The company is currently wrapping up work on the iOS and Mac releases of Clear with Reminders integration. They were originally shooting to launch the apps in March, but refining the Reminders functionality took longer than expected so now they’re looking to release the updates in early-April.

Read on for more… Read More

 

Rumor: Retina MacBook Air and iPad Pro due in second half of 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2014

Following a forum post by a reputable user on the Chinese website WeiPhone claiming Apple could soon release a new 12-inch MacBook model without a fan and featuring the Retina display and a redesigned trackpad, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes is now reporting that a new version of the company’s ultra-thin notebook, the MacBook Air, is getting a Retina display treatment later this year, around the same time when a rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro is reportedly dropping as well… Read More

 

Google Now cards now rolling out on desktop in Chrome for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2014

Rich desktop notifications have been available in Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac for some time now, provided you were on the Canary channel where Google hosts early and unstable alpha releases of its browser. The normals, however, had to wait until desktop notifications for the Now cards made their way into the stable Chrome channel.

According to Google itself, that day is today – people on stable Chrome releases should start seeing Google Now alerts being pushed to their Macs and PCs. The handy alerts are nested right inside the browser’s notification center that sits in your Mac’s status bar (bottom-right if you’re using Windows)… Read More

 
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