Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Preview 4, redesigned iTunes 12 and Yosemite Recovery Update

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2014

In addition to seeding the fourth beta of iOS 8 this morning, Apple has also released the fourth Developer Preview of its new OS X Yosemite operating system. The update comes two weeks after Preview 3, and well over a month after Apple announced Yosemite at WWDC.

The update is labeled as build preview 4 1.0 and can be downloaded via an update in the Mac App Store, or as a full download from Apple’s online developer center. It does not, however, appear to be out in Apple’s recently-launched public Yosemite Beta Seed program yet… Read More

 

The best icon packs for OS X

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 19, 2014

As a follow-up to our recent article on how to change app icons in OS X, we’ve scoured the internet for the best icon packs for Mac apps in existence. The result is a beautiful assemblage of icons that is certain to give your Mac a fresh, new look.

In addition to large, themed icon sets, we’ve added several individual icons of third-party applications that have received an early update from independent graphic designers, who took inspiration from iOS 7, OS X Yosemite, and Apple’s pre-Yosemite designs for iBooks, iLife, and iWork…

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Launch of 12-inch Retina MacBook may be pushed back to 2015

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2014

Taiwan’s Economic Daily News is reporting tonight that the launch of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display may be pushed back due to Intel processor delays. The long-rumored hybrid laptop was expected to finally launch later this year.

The problem is, the new MacBook, said to strike a better balance of performance and portability, is believed to be tied to Intel’s 14-nanometer Broadwell chips. These chips have been delayed several times, and now may not land until 2015… Read More

 

EU officials upset as Apple remains mum on proposed IAP policy changes

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2014

In-App Purchase, a way overused feature which provides a way for supposedly free games and apps to ask users for cash in order to enable advanced features or unlock virtual items, is increasingly drawing ire of regulators across the globe.

In-App Purchases are notorious for fooling less-informed adults and kids into downloading so-called freemium apps so it’s no wonder the European Union officials have repeatedly warned that companies like Apple and Google should stop labeling free-to-download apps that contain In-App Purchases as “Free”.

Companies could soon be forced to make the “true cost of apps” unambiguously clear before purchase, according to a complaint the European Commission filed today… Read More

 

Hearthstone ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ expansion hitting iOS, Mac July 22

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Back in March, Blizzard launched its popular free-to-play collectible card game ‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ on the Mac. A month later, it brought the game to the iPad, and promised an expansion pack for both platforms.

Today, the studio made good on its promise, announcing that Hearthstone’s first expansion ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ will be landing on PCs, Macs and iPads on Tuesday, July 22nd. You’ll find all the details on the add-on pack below… Read More

 

How to change a Mac app icon in OS X

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 16, 2014

Sometimes a company or developer will put a lot of effort into making an app function well and forget to take the time to design a nice-looking icon. While a utilitarian app is great, you’re not likely going to want it on your Dock unless it has an attractive icon.

Customizing an app icon by changing it to an image of your choosing is not only possible in OS X, but relatively simple. Whether you want to change it because the default icon doesn’t blend well with surrounding icons, it has an outdated design, or you simply dislike it, you can exchange it for a better-looking alternative in no time… Read More

 

Wunderlist 3 previewed: fast sync, gorgeous UI and 60+ improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Berlin, Germany-based 6Wunderkinder, the makers of the popular Wunderlist to-do, task and list management app, is getting ready to release a major new version. The wait for Wunderlist 3 is almost over, developers told me via email.

Filed as “our biggest update ever,” Wunderlist 3 brings fast real-time sync engine, top-to-bottom makeover with a beautiful new design and over 60 various improvements to put the fun back into note-taking, task management and list creation and curation… Read More

 

Sonico launches iTranslate for Mac with voice output, dictionaries, 80+ languages and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

German developer Sonico Mobile makes some fairly nice translation apps for the iPhone. Their excellent iTranslate app, available free for the iPhone and iPad, allows you to translate words and text into over 80 languages.

It supports voice input and output for most language pairs, which works much better than you’d think in terms of dialects, gender, speaking rate and other variables affecting translation accuracy.

Sonico is now bringing that same experience to your Mac with the launch of the native iTranslate for Mac app, a free download from the Mac App Store. With over 80 languages supported out of the box and features like voice output, fast text input, romanization and built-in dictionaries, Sonico’s software enables the App Store’s most popular translator tool on your Mac… Read More

 

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview usage 4x greater than Mavericks

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2014

Adoption rates of the OS X Yosemite Developer Preview are smashing records with four times greater usage than its predecessor, OS X Mavericks. Developers’ striking interest in the software is evidenced by usage stats web analytics firm Chitika provided Wednesday.

According to data, adoption figures of the Yosemite betas in North America have significantly outpaced those of OS X Mavericks, by as much as a factor of four.

Early adopters have helped OS X Yosemite Developer Preview hit 0.20 percent of total U.S. and Canadian web traffic originating from Mac OS X. By comparison, the OS X Mavericks Developer Preview was only able to hit a meager 0.05 percent mark after 30 days… Read More

 

Retina MacBook Air hits roadblocks as Intel’s Broadwell chips face new delays

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2014

It’s hardly a secret that Apple is looking to phase out non-Retina models from its MacBook Pro lineup.

Furthermore, the expected switch to all-Retina notebooks should over time affect Apple’s ultra-portable MacBook Air model, too.

I mean, even Apple’s Taiwan-based suppliers have been adamant that a long-expected version of the MacBook Air with Apple’s Retina display is due in the second half of 2014.

Unfortunately, it’s now almost certain that a Retina MacBook Air won’t see the light of day this year because the crucial components – Intel’s next-generation, extremely low-power Broadwell chips – reportedly won’t be available in volume until mid-2015… Read More

 

Apple releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2014

In addition to seeding the third beta of iOS 8 this morning, Apple has also released the third Developer Preview of its new OS X Yosemite operating system. The update comes three weeks after Preview 2, and over a month after Apple announced Yosemite at WWDC.

The update is labeled as build 14A283o and can be downloaded via an update in the Mac App Store, or as a full download from Apple’s online developer center. It does not, however, appear to be out in Apple’s recently-launched public Yosemite Beta Seed program yet… Read More

 

How to deactivate your Apple ID account

By Sébastien Page on Jul 5, 2014

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac, chances are that you have created an Apple ID account at some point. If you have an iTunes, App Store or iCloud account, then you have an Apple ID. Unfortunately, Apple does not allow you to delete your Apple ID account outright. But we’ve prepared this guide on how to deactivate your Apple ID account so that it is no longer linked to any devices or services…  Read More

 

Sunrise for Mac launches with offline mode, apps, native notifications and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2014

Sunrise, the popular and free replacement for Apple’s stock Calendar in iOS, has been making some notable strides.

Just last month, for example, the team added third-party app integration to Sunrise for iOS. And, the previous month brought us Sunrise for Android and a web app, making for a nice cross-platform solution.

Now available free in the Mac App Store, Sunrise for Mac brings the beautifully laid out iOS experience to your desktop, with such features as full offline mode, third-party app integration, notifications for reminders, support for Google and iCloud calendars and much more… Read More

 

Taasky is a beautiful and minimalistic task manager for Mac

By Joe Rossignol on Jul 2, 2014

Taasky for Mac is one of the latest entrants in a highly competitive market of apps for task management, to-do lists and getting things done. How it aims to stand out of the pack is with a beautiful and sleek design, but how does it stack up functionally? Taasky can be best described as simple, both from a design and usage perspective. After giving the app a test drive on my Mac for a few days, here are my first impressions…  Read More

 

Apple appears to have ended support for AIM accounts in OS X Messages

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2014

For years, Apple’s Messages app for OS X (previously known as iChat) has offered support for the aging AIM messaging protocol with mac.com and me.com IDs.

Then on Monday, as it said it would, Cupertino has ended AIM support for mac.com or me.com accounts in Messages on Macs running OS X Lion 10.7.1 or earlier.

However, it now appears that the company has actually phased out support for AIM accounts for everyone, regardless of Mac OS X version, and without giving users a heads-up… Read More

 

Apple launches $49 security lock adapter for Mac Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2014

Apple on Wednesday launched an accessory to keep your gorgeously reimagined late-2013 “trashcan” style Mac Pro secure and tethered.

Available through the Online Apple Store for $49, the Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter ties the cylindrically shaped workstation to your desk using existing Kensington locks or similar third-party locks, so a thief would need to drag the desk itself to steal your precious Mac Pro.

Moreover, it prevents unauthorized access to the computer’s internal components by securing the lift-off cover to the base of the machine with a security cable… Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac updated with support for multiple images, bug fixes and more

By Joe Rossignol on Jul 1, 2014

Tapbots has released an update for its popular Twitter desktop client Tweetbot for Mac this afternoon, bumping the app to version 1.6. Tweetbot now supports viewing and posting multiple images using the built-in Twitter photo service, although multiple images won’t show up in search or the streaming timeline until Twitter enables the feature in the future…  Read More

 

Photos for Mac won’t be dumbed down, says Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2014

Apple’s surprise announcement that it will cease development of its Aperture app in favor of Photos for OS X Yosemite has left watchers scratching their head. There’s also the problem of prosumers and iPhone photography enthusiasts, many of whom have grown dependent on Aperture workflows.

The problem is even more pronounced given concerns that any feature-parity between Photos on iOS 8 and the upcoming Photos for OS X Yosemite Macs would inevitably lead to significant dumbing down compared to Aperture’s feature set.

Case in point: the iWork for iCloud effect.

Anyway, Apple has now official confirmed via a written statement that Photos for Mac will include certain pro-grade features such as photo editing, image search and third-party effects and plugins… Read More

 

Apple’s Back to School launches with free $100 store credit on Mac purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2014

As predicted, Apple on Tuesday launched the 2015 Back to School promotion in the United States and in several countries around the globe, depending on their respective educational calendars.

Somewhat similar to last year’s Back to School promotion, Apple this year is providing students with a $100 Gift card with the purchase of any new Mac model.

Students who opt for an iPhone or iPad will be treated to a free $50 Apple Store gift card. However, this is the first time that Apple’s Back to School promotion is offering gift cards, redeemable against any Apple Store item purchase… Read More

 

Apple to launch yearly ‘Back to School’ promo tomorrow

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2014

MacRumors is reporting that Apple is set to launch its annual ‘Back to School’ promotion in the US and several other countries beginning tomorrow—Tuesday, July 1st. The company runs the promo at various times in different regions, depending on their respective educational calendars.

According to the site, Apple will be offering up iTunes Store/App Store gift cards to students that purchase a Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Similar to last year, it sounds like students will receive a $100 App Store gift card for the purchase of a new Mac, and a $50 card for new iOS device purchases… Read More

 
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