Here comes a great storage solution from Western Digital – decent size and nice design. The My Book Studio Edition II comes with 6 TB max and a variety of connections: FireWire 800/400, eSATA and USB 2.0. The thingy works with Time Machine, sports automatic backup software and supports several Raid configurations. The 6 TB storage sells for $550. There’s also a LAN-Version, The My Book World Edition II (price: $500 for 4 TB).
With ctrl+shift+eject you can quickly turn off your monitor’s brightness. This is a fast and easy way to save energy while you are away from your Mac for a short break. Works on the Mac Pro, portable Macs and the iMac.
Sure, there are many ways of renaming multiple files on your Mac. But for those who don’t feel like messing around in the Terminal or fiddling with Automator, NameChanger is a handy solution. You have many options to rename photos in different ways and the image browser gives you an overview of selected pictures. The tool is donation ware.
For travelers and those with contacts in different time zones, the World Clock App is a pretty useful thing. It quickly converts the time between your favourite cities and time zones and you can set different alarms for them too, simply by selecting a city. Two bucks will get you there.
Worldictionary is one nifty app! Just point your iPhone camera at a printed word in a magazine and the tool will instantantly analyse and translate it. Accuracy and speed are pretty impressive. Worldictionary supports English, Spanish, French, Italian and German among other languages. The app uses Google for translations and needs an Internet connection. Tap on the word and it comes up with further information such as synonyms. It’s quite worth the $4.99.
Mac useres unhappy with Apple’s meagre system preferences for the Magic Mouse, MacBook Trackpad (glass Trackpad only) or the Magic Trackpad may now turn to MagicPrefs for a solution. The gratis preference pane offers plenty of options to configure the input devices to your liking. Among different taps, clicks and gestures you can choose to invert scrolling, enable capslock notifications and speed up the tracking speed.
Well, this got to be the easiest way to transfer pictures off your iPhone and onto your Mac or another iPhone or iPad. Start the app and follow the given IP-address in your browser on the Mac. Now select the pictures and videos on your iPhone you would like to transfer and they appear as full resolution download links in the browser. There is also an option to download the whole bunch as a ZIP-file at once. The thing is universal and sets you back $2.99.
The Yoobao Executive Leather Case is one fine casing for the iPad 2! It’s all cow leather and works as a horizontal stand for the iPad too. You can find it at this shop for example for around 40 bucks of American currency.
This piece of code gives you the option to soft playthru audio from external devices on your Mac via line in. This is useful if you’re into mixing and recording sound using external sound sources. LineIn is free of charge and the download only a click away.
This is an app for people interested in advertising. Apple’s iAd Gallery shows you all the latest iAds in one place. You can browse through new ads, search for brands, flick through categories or collect your favourites. Some of the campaigns are quite fun and interactive – like the BMW X3 ad. You can choose between different backgrounds, give the X3 your favourite colour or select the interior leather colour. And of course there are pictures and videos to go with. Nothing major, but entertaining (U.S. only).
Apple’s free QuickTime Player offers a simple yet useful sound editing feature. Just open the song and select “Edit” –> “Trim” from the menu bar. Now you can listen and adjust the song legth to your liking. Helpful if you have to shorten a title to create a personal iPhone ringtone.
Not much to explain there, really! Take your favourite song (AAC file), dump it on the thing and it shows up in iTunes under “Ringtones” afterwards. Now sync with your iPhone and you’re done. Oh, and make sure the song is not longer than 40 seconds max! MakeiPhoneRington is free! Direct download <–
Probably one of the best ways to remotely connect to you Mac from your iPhone is through NetPortal ($2.99). You can view and save files from your Mac on the iPhone while on the go. Setup on your local network is easy! For a secure connection over the Interent you should know what you’re doing and check out the official setup guide!
Here’s a freebie which lets you change your Mac’s audio input and output devices quickly. SoundCheck lodges in the menu bar and sets your settings with one click. It also gives you the option to adjust the volume for output, input and system sounds. Thanks Rogue Amoeba! Direct download.