With the latest MacBook Pro update Apple introduced the new high speed port Thunderbolt. It is designed by Intel and looks promising:
↯ Up to 10 Gbps of throughput in both directions (20 times faster than USB 2.0).
↯ Provides 10 watts of power to peripherals through electrical cables (Thunderbolt also supports optical cables).
↯ PCI Express is the technology behind this, linking up to six supported devices together (by daisy-chain). Supports data, video, audio, power.
↯ Provides native support for Mini DisplayPort displays. Also supports DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI and VGA using an adapter.
↯ Compatible with USB, FireWire 800 and FireWire 400, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet (via adapters).
↯ Supports Target Disk Mode (boot capabilities not confirmed).
Look at this thin, sweet external hard drive. If you want to store your bits in style you have to pay for it though. The magnesium Mobile Drive Mg by Freecom doesn’t come cheap. The largest drive with 750 MB of space, FireWire 800 and USB 3.0 ports is about 194 US-Dollar. But can you really pay too high a price for beauty?
Pretty self explanatory, right? WiFi2HiFi turns your iPhone into a wireless audio output for your Mac. All you have to do is download the free streaming server for Mac OS X and buy Wifi2HiFi for 99 cents. The setup via your WLAN is managed by the software. However, there is a streaming delay of four to five seconds. So this is really only for listen to music. Of course you may connect the iPhone to your stereo. So this thing lets your stream anything that iTunes via AirTunes won’t!
Looking to connect and control your Mac remotely (VNC)? There are several different ways! One is through another Mac on your local network. Just head over to your “System Preferences” –> “Sharing” and activate “Screen Sharing”. Now select “Computer Settings…” and tick “VNC viewers may control screen with password.” Set a password and you’re done! The Mac now shows up on your network list in the Finder of other Macs and you can control it like your own machine. The second control option is via your iPhone or iPad. For example with Remoter. If you want to connect to your Mac through the Internet (again using another Mac or iPhone) you have to know what you’re doing. There is a pretty detailed guide on this page. The easier road is through Hamachi. In case you need to control your Mac from a Windows machine, give Team Viewer a try! It’s free for private use and works like a charm.
Posted in Home, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Mac OS
Tagged Hamachi, Mac OS X VNC, Remote Access Mac, Remote Control Mac, Remote Desktop Management, Remoter, Screen Sharing, Set Up Remote Access, TeamViewer
One of the best ways to control your Mac with your iPhone is Remoter. The app is pleasantly easy to set up. The Remote Desktop app (VNC) teams up with the Screen Sharing function build into Mac OS X (have a look in your system preferences under sharing). You can open/close applications or move files among many other things. Using Bonjour you’ll have your wireless desktop control running in seconds. Connecting through the Internet is slightly more tricky. You can find a tutorial over here. For $1.99 (currently 0.99) it’s a bargain!
Never miss an episode of your favourite TV show again. Add your favoutite programs and this app will tell you in how many days the next episode airs. You get an overview of all seasons and episodes ever made, including a small summery of the content. Next Episode costs you 2.99 dollar.
With a few clicks you can turn your favourite song into a ringtone for your iPhone:
1. Select a song in iTunes (if the file format is MP3 convert it to ACC by right-clicking on the selected song and choosing “Create AAC Version”).
2. Select the created AAC Version and press Cmd + i
3. Go to “Options” and check “Start Time” and “Stop Time”. Set the time code to the part of the song you want (30 seconds max).
4. Drag the song from the iTunes Library to your desktop and change the ending to .m4r
5. Now drag the renamed file back into iTunes and it will show up under “Ringtones” ready for the next iPhone sync.
Bring your different instant messenger accounts and social platforms together with Adium. It supports ICQ, AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Bonjour (iChat), Facebook Chat, MySpaceIM, MobileMe and IBM Lotus Sametime among others. Since Adium is Open Source it costs you nothing.
…is another cute weather app. It also doubles as a world clock. You get a great high definition globe in 3D and once you add your preferred cities to the list, you see the local time and current weather conditions. The clouds are rendered in real time (with a three hour delay). A tap on the weather icon brings up the forecast for the next few days. Living Earth HD costs 1.99 and runs on the iPad too.
Not only handles this converter app all sorts of units (computer units, currencies, picas and pixels), it comes with a calculator too. What more can you ask for? Convert ~ the unit calculator packs all the features you need, great design and useability in a $1.99 price tag.
A simple tool for combining up to four pictures into a small photo arrangement. The options are fairly limited but it does a quick and easy job. And exportis your creative results (1.024 x 1.024) via e-mail. Diptic is 1.99
Great cooking app with easy and tasty recipes by Jamie Oliver. You get step by step instructions with text, pictures and videos. A shopping list is included and Jamie Oliver shows you in a special video section how to cut garlic, fry a steak and what you need to know about spices. All packed in an amazing app design. Probably one of the nicest apps out there – 20 Minute Meals ($7.99).
Feature rich application to plan and manage your workout routes, hiking trips and bicycle tours. You can import GPS data (GPX, TCX, KML) from your iPhone and other devices or your workout routes from the Nike+ Sportband. Create routes on your Mac and export them to your iPhone. TrailRunner supports services like Google Earth, openStreetMap and sites such as GPSies.com and EveryTrail.com. It also handles GPX and Polar HMR data and keeps track of your workout schedule. TrailRunner is Freeware.
Posted in Mac OS, Misc.
Tagged Fitness, Freeware, GPS, GPX, KML, Misc, Nike+, Polar HMR, TCX, TrailRunner
Are you into felt at all? This is a nice case made from felt and leather for the iPad. It’s 85 Euros and doubles as a “stand”. The Tilt iPad Case is made by Hard Graft. If you prefer a cardboard cover, click this!
Apple provides a convenient way to browse the Online Store with this free Apple Store app. You can search and buy products online or look for Apple retail stores around the world. For now you only find this app in the App Store US.
This piece of software lets you create, maintain, encrypt, and install configuration profiles on one or several iPhones. Administrators can install provisioning profiles and authorized applications. iPhone Configuration Utility is also useful to edit settings for VPN, Wi-Fi, APN and change parameters for Exchange accounts, mail settings, and certificates. Licence: Freeware