Sunday, May 1, 2016

Upgrade pricing is the App Store’s weakness

When Apple opened the Mac App Store (2011) it made tracking and downloading software purchases much easier for the consumer, but it created a conundrum for software developers in some areas. In his 2012 Macworld article, "Why developers, customers sh...

Beautune is a capable OS X editor for making portraits

The digital era has given us a bountiful selection of apps to improve portraits we take. Photoshop, long the favorite for improving and retouching, is being challenged by a variety of apps that complete a single task -- improve portraits. Beautune, re...

A possible fix for your Mac’s lost audio alerts

I've experienced this issue many times. A new email arrives, or some other such event that ought to trigger and audible alert from my Mac, but I get nothing but silence. Until Apple decides to fix this long-standing problem, the Mac Observer has one p...

BioShock Infinite is the Mac game of the year

BioShock Infinite, one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, has come to the Mac via the Mac App Store. Originally released for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in March, its mix of jaw-dropping graphics, first-person shooter action, story an...

Replicating QuickCursor using BBEdit and Keyboard Maestro

Replicating QuickCursor using BBEdit and Keyboard Maestro QuickCursor was the first app I bought on the Mac App Store. It was a great utility which let you send text from any application to your favorite text editor, and then when you were d...

DeskConnect delivers Mac-to-iOS quick sharing

The forthcoming AirDrop functionality in iOS 7 will deliver a straightforward way for some iPhones and iPads to quickly share photos, contacts and more. That's great -- but, aside from the fact that iOS 7 isn't yet generally available, there are a few ...

Parallels Desktop 9 announced, available September 5

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Parallels Access, Parallels today announced the latest upgrade to the Parallels Desktop virtualization application. Parallels Desktop 9 will be available to the public on September 5, 2012, and includes a varie...

SimCity on Mac is "totally unplayable"

The Windows launch of SimCity didn't exactly go smoothly in March. There were issues with offline play -- namely, it doesn't exist -- and servers were flooded and impossible to connect to. But those issues seem to pale in comparison to today's releas...

Bug In Apple’s CoreText Allows Specific String Of Characters To Crash...

A bug in Apple’s CoreText rendering engine in iOS 6 and OS X 10.8 causes any apps that try to render a string of...

SimCity For Mac OS X Now Available To Download

The first beta of SimCity first rolled out at the beginning of the year, and a short while ago, it was confirmed by EA that SimCity for Mac would be ready for prime time at the end of August. Right on cue, SimCity has just made an appearance over at the Mac App Store, and considering how badly the PC launch went down thanks to its requirement of an always-on Internet connection, the publisher will be hoping for a lot less controversy this time around.

OS X menu bar app released to control Hue lighting

Earlier this year, Philips released its Hue Connected lighting system, which are WiFi- light bulbs users can control via an iOS app. The lights have proved insanely popular among both techies and ordinary consumers. Last March, Philips released an of...

OS X Vulnerability Offers Root Access To Intruders

Apple likes to keep its nose clean when it comes to security flaws, and prides itself on offering consumers a slightly better deal than rivals when it comes to keeping its products water-tight from potential attacks. By and large, the company manages to remain a top of any such issues, and when such time comes as they do arise, the response is usually swift and successful. However, an old, and as-yet unpatched security flaw within OS X offers intruders a route to root, so to speak, and the method, which involves playing around with certain clock and user timestamp settings, is rather alarming.

Logitech intros Ultrathin Touch Mouse T631 for Mac

Some people just cannot stand trackpads. My wife is one of those people, and every time I sit down at her iMac I just roll my eyes in disgust. She's using a six-year-old wireless mouse (Logitech, no less) that is ergonomic and all that, but it doesn'...

Fix for GoToMeeting issue with MacBook Air coming September 15

On August 23 we reported on issues Citrix GoToMeeting clients were having with the FaceTime HD webcam in the latest MacBook Air (mid 2013, Haswell). At the time there was no firm timetable for getting the issue fixed. Today I spoke with Sampath Goma...

How To Control Philips Hue Lights From Mac OS X Menu...

We first caught wind of Philips Hue last year, and at the time, we were rather impressed by a technology allowing us to control different colored light bulbs right from our iOS devices. Since March, the API and SDK for Hue light bulbs has allowed developers to take advantage of and manipulate the bright and colorful rays shot by Hue, but naturally, we've only seen mainly mobile apps hitherto. A new offering for Mac, which goes by the name of Hue Menu, offers a multitude of options in helping you find that perfect ambient glow.

Omni Group releases OmniKeyMaster OS X app for discounted upgrades ...

The Omni Group, makers of the popular productivity apps like OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, and OmniPlan have released a small, free OS X app that allows users who have previously purchased versions of its software through the Mac App Store to...

Parallels Access Puts OS X And Windows Apps On Your iPad...

Parallels has built its name up from a series of software allowing consumers to run Microsoft's Windows on a Mac. There are, of course, numerous apps offering a similar service, but with ease of use and generally smooth functionality, Parallels Desktop has become the go-to choice for many looking to enjoy the best of both worlds. Now, the company has come through with Parallels Access, an app for iPad that allows convenient remote control access to both Windows and OS X desktops and notebooks.

GhostStand From Twelve South Is A Clear And Ultra Modern Stand...

Apple's MacBook is an expensive commodity to say the least, and once we've forked out such hefty sums for the privilege of owning a shiny aluminum notebook, it stands to reason that we'll want to spend a little extra on making the experience of using it as joyous as possible. Thus, MacBook peripherals and accessories are in high demand, and few companies offer the kind of range and quality as Twelve South. The makers of the BookBook for iPhone 5 and others are back with another great product - GhostStand for MacBook.

Time to make holiday gifts with Picture Collage Maker for Mac

Now that summer is winding down and school and holidays are on the horizon, it's time to put all those photographs you took to good use. Instead of sending your creations to family and friends via email, where they will undoubtedly never see the ligh...

World’s smallest working Mac is a tiny work of art

What do you get when you take the host of the RetroMacCast (John Leake) a Raspberry Pi computer, some sheet PVC, a handful of electronics parts and a Linux-based Mac emulator? Mini Mac! Make no mistake -- this is a full working Mac running System 6. I...

Twelve South introduces GhostStand for MacBook

Now here's a way to make your MacBook look almost like it's floating in mid-air: the design wizards at Twelve South have announced GhostStand (US$34.99), a transparent Lucite platform that elevates a MacBook about six inches off of the desktop for ea...

Hype 2.0 is a solid WYSIWYG tool for HTML5 animation and...

When I made the transition from print designer to web producer in January, I wanted to make my graphic designing skills with me. PennLive.com, my day job, utilizes HTML5 to make the site desktop- and mobile-friendly and steers clear of Flash. While I k...
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