Say hello to the Speck CandyShell for:
iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3S, iPhone 3.
With its “hard outer shell and soft, rubbery, shock-absorbent center” it offers the protection you might want for your precious Apple device. Looks pretty decent if you ask me and the $35 price tag is acceptable. User reviews are good and it comes in different colours.
With SSD hard drives still being expensive, size (or lack thereof) is an issue for some Mac users. Others struggle with keeping their disks clean and folders tidy. CCleaner is for both types. The free helper takes care of caches, unused language packages, cookies and other junk piling up on your drive. After analysing the disk, CCleaner shows you what could go to teh trash and how much space you would gain. There are plenty of options for the user to play with. Try it out and see for yourself!
Ladies & Gentlemen… here comes another awesome tool to convert video and audio files into different formats. What’s the point you ask? Usability! Adapter is self explanatory and comes with many useful presets for Apple devices, tablets et cetera. If you feel you need more advanced options over codecs and stuff go for Handbrake or MPEG streamclip. All of these 3 great media converters for (Mac) OS X are free!
A growing number of decent games are coming to the Mac. Fans of the classic strategy and simulation SimCity will be glad to hear that they can start building modern cities in polished graphics by February 2013. Meanwhile a trip to the past playing SimCity 2000 (and other old school games) might fill the void.
There are other time killers too. Head over to steam if you are up for the latest game titles running on your Mac such as Call of Duty: Black OPS.
Apple’s App Store (for OS X not iOS) has an expanding selection of quality games on display too. Many titles are originating from the iPhone, but you’ll find classics like Civilization V as well.
Apple has decided to let fans watch today’s special event “We’ve got a little more to show you” LIVE – you know, the iPad mini introduction! You may choose between the official live stream on the web –>right here<– or you can fire up your Apple TV and follow the event from the comfort of your sofa. Either way be ready for the October 23, 2012 event at 10:00 a.m. PDT, which translates to UTC/GMT 5:00 p.m. and CEST 7:00 p.m. The Online Apple Store is already offline…
Thanks jasonsandmeyer for the fake Passbook ticket for today’s iPad mini event!
In order to use AirPlay Mirroring – the new screen streaming feature Apple built into Apple TV and Mountain Lion – you need a Mac bought in 2011 or later. So if you have a Mac from 2010 or before you’re busted, you won’t be able to mirror your Mac’s desktop to your Apple TV even if you have Mountain Lion installed. Apparently the reason is the lack of graphics power, says Cult of Mac. The on-GPU H.264 encoding (if you really need to know). Someone else told me it’s because of content licence problems. But don’t give up, this is where AirParrot comes in. For a reasonable $10 you can enable AirPlay Mirroring on your pre-2011 Mac. Simple as that!
Using a Mac mini as a media center connected to your TV is a great thing. There’s just one tiny hiccup: the missing AirPlay feature from Apple TV. Wouldn’t it be cool to wirelessly connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV for easy photo and video streaming or to play games? Plus with Mountain Lion you can also stream the screen of a Mac to your tube via Apple TV – it’s called “AirPlay Mirroring.” Well, AirServer solves that problem. Just install the $15-tool on your Mac mini and you’re set – no need to buy Apple TV. Works pretty well with iOS 6 and Mountain Lion.
Retronaut has put together a collection of Apple print ads from 1975 till 2002. It’s funny to have a look at the tech past and interesting to see the evolution of Macs and advertising campaigns at Apple. You should check it out. Now can someone do the same with Apple TV ads, please?
Here’s a fine selection of wallpapers for your new iPhone 5 – free of charge. Not much more to say really. There’s no search box or sorting option by categories though. Just keep scrolling.
Beautiful and clean cut reader for feeds such as Google Reader subscriptions and RSS. Google Currents supports sharing articles through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Read It Later, Instapaper, Pinboard and other services. You can read articles offline and the universal app is free! It utilises Google trending to bring you the most recent stories of several categories like world, entertainment, sports and science. You need a Google account for this app though.
If you want to secure an external drive (USB/Firewire/Thunderbolt hard drive, SD-Card or USB-Stick), there’s an easy way to do this in Finder. Make a right-click on the volume of your choice (either in the Finder Sidebar or on your Desktop) and select -> Encrypt *nameofyourdrive* You get to choose the password and OS X will encrypt the disk. Be patient it takes quite a while and there’s now progress indicator. Thanks for the tip osxdaily!