By Cody Lee on Mar 10, 2014
Folks in the market for a new desk may want to check out this new bamboo-topped TechDesk. It looks a bit odd at first, but the holes, cup holders and other cutouts were designed to keep you, your laptop and all of your iOS devices organized and accessible.
The holes you see in the middle of the desk are actually air vents for keeping your MacBook (or other notebook) running cool. There’s also a built-in mouse pad, slots for your coffee cup and magazines, and then multiple docks for your iPhones and iPads… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 7, 2014
Late yesterday, Apple seeded the first beta of OS X 10.9.3 to Mac developers. The beta seemed insignificant, with no mention of any changes or new features; just a brief request that devs focus their testing on audio and graphics.
But as it turns out, there is at least one notable difference in the beta: a new ‘Native’ Retina resolution option for 4K displays. This enables users with compatible displays to use OS X in a noticeably sharper Retina mode at 60Hz… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Mar 5, 2014
In a recent series of post focusing on managing your contacts, we showed you how to create contact groups on your iPhone and on your Mac. Today we want to push this a little further by showing you how to send group emails on your Mac.
Creating a group email can be a real time saver as you don’t have to manually enter each recipient’s email address manually. Instead, you can quickly type in the name of a group of contacts that you want to send an email to and have the “to:” field of your email client populated for you automatically.
In this post, we will show you how to send group emails from your Mac. As you will soon be able to verify, sending messages to a group from your Mac is a fairly simple and quick process… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2014
Apple’s iCloud is a great way to keep your content synchronized across any number of Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.
It keeps your photos, calendar items, contacts, passwords and more up to date across devices, including Safari items like bookmarks and open tabs.
This useful feature, called iCloud Tabs, unfortunately is limited to the Apple ecosystem and only works with the company’s own Safari browser for the Mac and iOS. As a result, people who rely on a non-Apple browser such as Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s Chrome are unable to access the tabs they have open on their other devices.
That is, unless they consider CloudyTabs, a nifty little utility by Josh Parnham that puts iCloud Tabs right in the Mac’s menu bar… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2014
After reportedly making the decision to axe the iPad 2 “in the near future”, now comes word that Apple’s non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro model is next on the chopping block. If true, this would streamline the company’s notebook offering after the non-Retina production winds down in the second half of 2014, in time for a refresh around Intel’s forthcoming Broadwell processors.
The move would reduce the Mac notebook lineup to non-Retina MacBook Airs (which may or may not get a Retina treatment later this year) and all-Retina MacBook Pros, potentially leaving future MacBook Pro buyers without a built-in CD/DVD optical drive… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Feb 28, 2014
I hadn’t even started typing the title of this post that I could already imagine the comments from witty readers. Of course you know how to delete photos from your iPhone. We all do. It’s so basic even my mom can do it without having to ask for directions.
Yet, deleting pictures directly from your iPhone can be a tedious task if your ultimate goal is to batch remove hundreds, maybe even thousands of photos. In this post, we will show you how to delete photos from the iPhone photo library. We will explore the various options we have for not only deleting photos one by one, but also for deleting all pictures from an iPhone at once.
All this information applies to the iPad too. The process is exactly the same no matter if you want to delete photos from iPad or iPhone. If you want to delete photos from your iPad, just follow the instructions below and you’ll be all set.
If you think you already know it all, I encourage you to take a peek at this post because you might still learn a thing or two… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2014
If you’ve been on the lookout for not-to-be-missed discounts on some of the finest iPhone, iPad and Mac games around, worry not as iDownloadBlog has you covered.
A number of awesome games have been discounted temporarily by 50 percent or more this week, representing a nice opportunity to pick up premium titles half price.
This includes 2K Games’ XCOM: Enemy Unknown for both iOS and Mac, the excellent physical puzzler The Room Two by Fireproof Games, Uppercut Games’ Epoch.2, the award-winning Limbo by Playdead Studios, Crescent Moon Games’ Shadow Blade and more. Jump past the fold for your iTunes download links… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2014
Apple has released an update for iTunes this afternoon, bringing the software to version 11.1.5. Don’t get too excited though, it appears to just be a maintenance release with only a handful of improvements.
Those improvements include a fix for a problem that may have been causing iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected, as well as better compatibility with iBooks for users on OS X Mavericks… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 18, 2014
Good news Mac owners, the Parallels team is running another one of its popular software bundle promotions. The deal heavily discounts 7 Mac applications, including Desktop Parallels 9, so you can get some great software for one low price.
This package is particularly special, as it features a number of our favorite titles including the 1Password password manager, Fantastical Calendar, and of course Parallels, which allows you to run Windows and Windows apps on your Mac.
Here’s a breakdown of everything included in the bundle: Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 17, 2014
DoubleTwist, the maker of the popular doubleTwist Media Player and AirSync, the app that lets you wirelessly sync your iTunes data, has released a new app for the Mac today. It’s called AirPlay Recorder, and it’s designed to record audio using AirPlay.
The app first appeared on Android back in January, and it essentially tricks iTunes into thinking it is an AirPlay device so that it will start streaming music. From there it records audio—including that from Apple’s recently launched iTunes Radio service… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 17, 2014
Apple has seeded the seventh OS X 10.9.2 beta to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The last few betas have each come about a week apart, but this one comes less than a week after beta 6.
The new build is available to all registered Mac developers through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store, or as a full download via the Mac section of Apple’s online developer portal…
By Lory Gil on Feb 15, 2014
Sometimes the simple things are what make our lives a little better. Sure there are some very useful productivity tools for saving and sharing websites (Evernote being my preferred option). But sometimes, you just need something a little simpler.
Gloss is a Safari bookmarklet for OS X that lets you highlight and save one sentence at a time from any website. It may sound too simple, but read on to find out why it might be the right fit for you… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2014
As part of the 2014 Supplier Responsibility Report that was published yesterday, Apple has refreshed its Supplier Responsibility website with a newly updated list of component suppliers and major manufacturing locations where Apple’s gadgets are being assembled.
Bloomberg analyzed Apple’s public documents and discovered that Flextronics International Ltd. has now joined the company’s supply chain as assemblers of ‘Made in USA’ Macs. Although Flextronics now gets to assemble Macs in Apple’s $100 million Austin, Texas plant, Foxconn remains the largest manufacturer of Apple products, with seven assembly locations in China and Brazil… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 14, 2014
Apple may not have impressed Wall Street with its holiday quarter, but it did reach a major [symbolic] milestone. During the 3-month period, the Cupertino company sold more Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches than the total number of Windows computers combined.
According to data gathered by analyst Benedict Evans, this is the first time Apple has surpassed the PC market in hardware sales. Now this doesn’t include Windows Phone. If you add that in, the two are more or less exactly equal, though Apple still wins in average selling price… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2014
Apple has lost one of its key iPad and Mac executives, Rita Lane, who has retired from the company, according to her public LinkedIn profile highlighted by Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac. Her role at Apple as Vice President of Operations was a significant one.
As such, she was instrumental in helping manage Apple’s supply chain and manufacturing for iPads, Macs and Mac accessories. Lane worked under the supervision of Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Jeff Williams, who took over from the previous op-chief Tim Cook, now the Apple CEO… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2014
Following notable excerpts from Daisuke Wakabayashi’s interview with Tim Cook in The Wall Street Journal, the financial newspaper has now posted the whole thing on its Digits blog.
The full interview gives us a more detailed insight into the mindset of Tim Cook’s Apple as the CEO discusses recent topics of interest, including Lenovo’s $2.9 billion purchase of Google’s Motorola Mobility unit and additional information regarding Apple’s share buyback program.
He also took time to touch upon the ongoing discussion concerning supposedly bigger iPhones in the pipeline, the current products not yet hitting the ceiling and lots more. I’ve included the best quotes and tidbits for your reading pleasure after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 6, 2014
Apple has seeded the fifth OS X 10.9.2 beta to registered Mac developers this evening. The last few beta releases have each come about a week apart, suggesting that they’re nearing a final version.
The new build is available to registered Mac developers through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store, or as a full download via the Mac section of Apple’s online developer portal… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 5, 2014
As serious as Apple has always been about making all of its own hardware and software, it’s hard to believe that OS X almost wound up on Sony VAIO PCs. But it’s true, according to Japanese freelance writer Nobuyuki Hayashi.
It’s even harder to believe that the effort was spearheaded by Steve Jobs himself, but it was. In a recent blog post, Hayashi recounts a time when Jobs and other Apple executives met with Sony and pitched them the OS X VAIO… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2014
Evernote for Mac has expanded on its stock search capabilities by introducing natural-language processing for your queries.
Activated from Evernote’s search bar and dubbed Descriptive Search, the feature allows for descriptive searching across your images, notes, documents, attachments and other data.
With Descriptive Search, Evernote fans can now search their notes by place, file contents, date ranges and lots more. This feature is now live in the new Evernote 5.5, available free of charge in the Mac App Store.
The full reveal is after the jump… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2014
Apple this morning published a new 30th Mac anniversary video, titled ’1.24.14′ and shot entirely on iPhones and edited on Macs.
Now, less than an hour ago, the company’s YouTube channel got refreshed with a behind-the-scenes video detailing the thought process that went into the creation of the well-received ’1.24.14′ ad.
I’ve included it for your viewing pleasure right after the break so give it a watch and then meet us in comments… Read More