Don’t want to let go of your good ol’ first generation Mac Pro (Intel) just yet? But need to connect one or two new Apple Cinema Displays via Mini DisplayPort? The Radeon 5770 is for you. It’s affordable (US$ 249) and runs smoothly in the Mac Pro 1.1 though this combination is not officially supported by Apple. The cpu speed gain for 3D rendering is marginal (Cinebench says 2.92 compared to 2.79 with the GeForce 7300 GT). But OpenGL performance and HD video playback do improve noticeably. Well, it’s your choice, the thing works!
This little vertical scrolling shooter wins the player over by its easy and responsive tilt control. The 3d graphics are enjoyable too and you have several options to upgrade your weapons. If only AirAttack had more missions! All this fun for one us-dollar or 0,79 euro-cents.
For some unknown reason Apple doesn’t allow you to add artwork to radio streams in iTunes. But there is a way around it: Select the radio stream and press Cmd + i. Next give the stream an album name. After that you chose any song or audio file (for example an empty voice note) and give that file the same album name. You can now add a cover to this audio file and it will also be added to the radio stream. Remember to tick “Part of a compilation each time”.
Here comes another hard case (and external battery) for the iPhone 4. The Mophie Juice Pack Air features 1500 mAh which according to the company brings you an extra 5 hours of talk time. It’s yours for $80. Before you buy, check out Mili’s iPhone case too!
The App presents a selection of unique historical books held by the Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek). It includes digital copies of 52 manuscripts of great works such as the Nibelungenlied, the Ottheimrich Bible, the Babylonian Talmud or Parzival. App price: free.
Stylish black USB car charger for the iPhone. Solid work from Belkin. Goes for around $13 or €10.
Always wanted to take a screenshot of a whole website and in full resolution? Paparazzi will do it for you. It’s even free! In case you want to download an entire site, give SiteSucker a go.
Plays Windows Media Files (WMV, WMA) in your browser and in QuickTime. Licence: Freeware.
There are two kinds of people: the ones who hate the caps lock key and the ones who need it. If you hate it – simply turn it off! Go to “System Preferences” -> “Keyboard” -> “Modifier Keys…” and assign “No Action” to the caps lock key.
Handy app for a little bit of coding on the go. The HTML Writer lets you download HTML files via FTP or HTTP. Once the file is updated you upload it using the build-in FTP client. The app sells for 2.99.
Connecting preview monitors and other professional video equipment via SDI or HDMI to your Mac Pro can be pricey. Blackmagic’s DeckLink Series offers a welcoming inexpensive alternative. The PCI express cards support SD and HD and start from US$ 295 (SDI only). If you want HDMI support too the DeckLink Studio will set you back US$ 695.
Chill out time! This app brings you relaxing sounds of the rain forest, birds, and ocean waves. There are hundreds of free ambiance recordings to chose from and the sound quality is pretty decent when you’re using your headphones. Wakes you up or helps you to fall asleep. Also lets you manage your sound library so it doesn’t take too much space. Supports multitasking. Price tag: $2.99
Selling and buying stuff on eBay? You should consider this app! With eBay you can keep an eye on our own auctions and the items you are watching. Plus the app sends you push notifications when auctions are about to end so you can check your bid. Quite useful and with no price tag.
The Mili Powerspring offers protection and extra energy for your iPhone 4. With a capacity of 1600mAh it gives you an extra 6 hours of talk time. The charging time of the integrated battery is 4 hours and all in all it doesn’t look too bad, does it? Aprx. 85 US-Dollars. Or maybe you prefer the juice pack air by Mophie?
With this app the Boston Globe Photo Blog brings you stunning and dramatic pictures from around the world to your iPhone and iPad. The photo selections cover all sorts of current events with pictures you might never see otherwise. The app is well worth the 2.99 price tag if you’re into photos.
Retro racing game with an emphasis on car sliding action. LilRacerz Pro packs a turbo boost in the game play and there are coins you can collect to upgrade your car. Lots of fun for as little as 99 US-cents or €0,79
Free all-rounder for video and audio files. Plays almost anything you can download from the web. And it streams your DVDs and movie files to other Macs or over the Internet too. Highly customisable media player. Licence: Open Source
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Stitch together several overlapping pictures and create beautiful panoramas with Hugin. It’s not the most user friendly software on the planet, but offers many possibilities once you get the hang of it. Hugin is open source and there’s a good selection of tutorials on the official website.
Guide the “thing” through 19 levels and and master lots of changing obstacles, traps and enemies. The labyrinth is based on six different environments where you collect bonuses on the way. The developers have paid attention to graphics and music and the tilt control on the iPhone is just great. Dark Nebula Episode Two costs you 99 cents.
Mac users looking to run Windows or Linux on their Mac have several commercial options. There is also Boot Camp, Apple’s own (free) solution. VirtualBox however is a great open source alternative. You can run most major versions of Windows in a program window just like any other application and it’s fast. The software supports shared folders to exchange files between Mac OS X and Windows. Instead of shutting down Windows you have the option of saving the current state, which reduces start up and shut down times. It’s easy to set up, just make sure you install the guest additions/extension pack.
Visit the most impressive locations and look at breathtaking buildings around the world. Fotopedia Heritage shows you 890 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with thousands of pictures and short descriptions of the place. There is an app for the iPhone and iPad and they require an Internet connection. Free!