Check The Battery of Your Magic Mouse or Keyboard

Users of Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse or Trackpad might find this free piece of code useful for monitoring the battery level of said devices via a Dashboard widget. Mighty Monitor does just that – and does it well! Hitting the Dashboard key on your keyboard is much faster than going through System Preferences –> Mouse etc. only to check the battery life of your Apple bluetooth devices, right?

 

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Like Jazz? Check Out This Jazz Radio iPhone App

This public Swiss radio station streams classic Jazz music right onto your iPhone (or through iTunes for that matter – check out the website for details). And it does so without any fee on your side (unless you live in Switzerland) or advertising – a pretty good deal. If your are into that kind of music give it a shot and download their iPhone app fresh from the App Store!

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Easy File Exchange Between Mac And iPhone

Haven’t heard of Dropbox? It’s a free online storage. Something like Apple’s iCloud. The cool thing – apart from that lots of people use it already and it’s easy to set up – you can also use it to exchange files between your Mac and iOS device quickly. Just get the app for you iPhone (or iPad) and install the thing on your Mac too. The rest is simple drag-and-drop business and it goes both ways of course.

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Visit All 58 U.S. National Parks. Well, Sort Of

Stunning – this Fotopedia app delivers the beauty of U.S. National Parks straight to your iPhone/iPad. Browse through hundreds of amazing photographs and plan your next trip to one of the 58 National Parks. They’re all here: from Acadia to Zion, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and the Glacier National Park. Interested in downloading Fotopedia National Parks? Go! By the way, there’s a similar app on European Wild Life.

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Check Where All The Space On Your Mac Has Gone

It’s simple, really. But you need to know where to look: Open the Finder window and hit “cmd & F” to bring up the search bar. Now select “Kind” and “Other…” and look for “File size”. By ticking the little box you can add it to the standard selection. What is left now, is to choose “is greater than,” enter a file size of your choice and there you have it! Just for choice: You could also go with this tool.

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(Free) Sofisticated DJ Software For Mac Users

Just in case you have been thinking about cultivating your DJ skills – Mixxx (not, it’s not porn) might be the right tool for the right price. The (free) DJ software offers pretty much everything to start with: iTunes integration, BPM detection and syncing, support for various audio formats (MP3, M4A/AAC, OGG, FLAC), plus Mixx plays nice with more than 30 DJ controllers.

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Keep An Eye On Your Home Network

iNet helps you to check which devices are connected to your home network, gives you their IP, MAC address and scans for active services. Not a tool everyone needs, but great for nerds, paranoid Mac users and network admins. There’s a free iPhone version (really quite limited) and the fully functional app for a steep $5.99.

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Take Voice Memos On The iPhone

This app provides one of the fastest ways to take a vocal note. Simply start VoCal and hold the iPhone to your ear as if you where placing a call. The tool will automatically start recording and stops as soon as you put your iPhone down. You may then set a time and date and VoCal will push and play the recording back to you. Fast and easy note taking for quite a hefty price tag of $6.99.

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Turn Your Mac Into A (Plex) Media Centre

Interested in transferring your DVD collection to a Mac for easier access and nicer presentation? The open source project – Plex – is the place too start. The free software effortlessly manages your movie library and streams your flicks not only on your home network to other Macs, but to the iPhone and iPad too (there’s an app for that, you know). You can also set up secure film streaming via the Internet. One way to move all your DVDs to your Mac while ensuring flawless streaming and picture quality is MakeMKV. There are many options for ripping and encoding DVDs, however, Plex, the MKV video format (and a Mac Mini) make a great team as a media center!

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The Ultimate Powerstation For Your iPhone

Ok, ok, it is pricey for a spare juice pack – $129.95 – to be precise. But it also says “ultimate” in the headline and the battery delivers a powerful 6000 mAh! Meaning you can finally start that trip around the globe without worrying all the time where to charge your iPhone. For some extra fun, the manufacturer throws in some dust and water resistance too. Meet the mophie juice pack powerstation® PRO over here. (The name is a bit overdone, I agree).

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Watch Live Television On Your iPhone

There are several ways to watch live television on your iPhone. One of them, with a fairly good assortment of channels, is FilmOn. The (free) app delivers BBC One and BBC Two, among many other TV stations from different countries, straight to your iOS devices. Give it a go, if you like. Dude, it even comes with a TV guide!

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Bluetooth Speaker And iPhone Charger

Not a bad idea, this Braven Bluetooth speaker. Because it not only enhances your sound experience when listening to music on the iPhone, but also charges the thing. Plus you can daisy-chain multiple speakers together for even more (surround) sound. There’s a shock resistant outdoor variant of the Braven six series available too. Prices range from $149.99 for the basic model up to $189.99 for the silvery version pictured above, promising up to 20 hours of wireless play time. For all technical details and colours head over to the company’s website.

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Trash Archives After Unpacking Automatically

Those ZIP-archives (and others) are surely useless, once unpacked. So why they aren’t moved to the bin by default, I do not know. However, here’s how to set things right: Just click on “Go” in the menu bar, then “Go to Folder…” and type in System/Library/CoreServices. Now open the Archive Utility and check out the preference settings of the app in question. In the settings you can opt for: After expanding: move archive to Trash. That’s it, one less thing to take care of on your Mac.

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Protect Your Data With The Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield for the iPhone is free to try and after a week you can chose to pay per month ($0.99) or for a whole year ($9.99). Your money will get you a secure (encrypted) VPN connection to a proxy server in the US. This means all data send via public hotspots (like e-mails and passwords) is secure. Plus you can sneak past geo-blocking websites and iPhone apps to access US-only content outside the United States. Hey, there’s a Mac version as well!

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Leather iPad Sleeve

Brown, black and purple are your colour choices for this perfect iPad sleeve (there’s even a Smart Cover compatible version). You can combine the leather with 4 lining colours (green, orange, yellow and aqua). The Joli Originals leather iPad sleeve is yours for 45 Euros (about $61) excluding tax and shipping. Joli Originals also makes this leather case for the iPhone and MacBook Air, in case you’re interested.

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abcNotes: Classic Sticky Notes On Your iPhone

This note taking app adds a cool “touch” to the digital world of the iPhone by making the Post-it notes seem almost real. You can move ‘em, rotate ‘em, scale ‘em and chose from all sorts of colours, shapes, fonts and backgrounds. abcNotes gives you a total of 15 virtual desktops to organise your notes. Other features include syncing to other iOS devices and export via e-mail). The universal app is yours for $2.99.

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The Beauty Of European Wildlife

Here’s a breathtaking collection of some 2400 wildlife pictures (including short descriptions of what you’re seeing). Thanks to Fotopedia Wild Friends you may enjoy all this animals and plants of the European continent on your iPhone or iPad. At the moment the app is even free. The initiative Wild Wonders of Europe wants to raise awareness for the “conservation of habitats and species for the health of the planet and for our own pleasure.”

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Best iPhone App Of 2011

Apple is publishing what they consider the “best apps and games of the year.” This includes best iPhone app 2011, best iPhone game 2011 as well as the best iPad apps. The title for the best iPhone app goes to Instagram, the best iPhone game of 2011 is Tiny Tower. The best iPad app according to Apple is Snapseed and Dead Space claims the title of the best iPad game of the year. Check out last year’s winners over here.

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Hide unwanted System Preferences

If you want to hide unused system preferences or re-arrange them alphabetically and not by categories, Lion will let you do that. Open “System Preferences” and click on “View” in the menu bar – there you go. Finally you can hide “MobileMe” and other Icons you don’t need. And don’t worry, you can always bring them back!

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Good-Looking AirPlay Speakers By Libratone

Pretty and pricey! The Libratone Lounge speaker (picture) and the smaller Libratone Live combine design, Apple’s AirPlay technology and punch. Both speakers come with a 150 Watt total. Which translates to 1x50W bass, 2x25W tweeter and 2x25W midrange. You can stream your music from iTunes, your iPhone or iPad sans cables to up to six speakers (depending on your WiFi). All this luxury doesn’t come cheap though. The Libratone Live sells for $699.95 and its bigger Lounge brother for $1,299.95.

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Get Automatic Duck Pro Import & Pro Export Free

The guys over at Automatic Duck are giving away their Import- and Export-Tools for Avid, Final Cut and Adobe After Effects for free! Pro Import AE imports timelines from Avid, FCP 7 into After Effects. Pro Export FCP exports AFF files from Final Cut Pro 7 and FCP X to Avid. Pro Import FCP on the other hand imports OMF and AFFcompositions from Avid to Final Cut Pro 7. Well, check it out the details for yourself… Automatic Duck will stop supporting the tools, that’s why you can download them for free now.

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Transmission Is THE BitTorrent Client For Macs

Dude, whatever you download is your own business, but the best software to get the job done on a Mac is probably Transmission. It’s a neat tool using little resources (CPU & memory), offering remote (web) access and full encryption. This BitTorrent client is an open source project and comes with most features you might need.

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Choose Your Favourite Firefox

Did you know Mozilla offers 3 different Firefox versions? Release candidates, beta versions and a developer builds, called Aurora. If you’re not the adventurous type and frequent updates are a nuisance to you, download the release candidate. If you have the urge to try the latest, go with the beta channel. Aurora is for people who want to join the rocky developer front. You can check your Firefox version via “About Firefox” from the menu bar.

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Free National Geographic Desktop Wallpapers

National Geographic is offering free downloads of photographs of their Photo Contest 2011 (which ends November 30th if you still want to join). Feel like re-decorating your Mac’s desktop with some amazing images? Go ahead! Many impressive pictures to chose from in three categories (Nature, Places and People). The resolution is 1600 by 1200 pixels.

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Thunderbolt Port: Apple Cinema Display Flickers

Owners of the Apple LED Cinema Display 24-inch (introduced in 2008) may experience problems when connecting the display to a Thunderbolt port: An “intermittent flicker.” The 24 Inch LED Cinema Display randomly goes black for a second. Don’t worry Apple has a fix for this – quietly hiding in the support section. (It does not show up via your regular software update). So just download the Firmware update yourself, follow instructions and you’re good to go.

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Crazy Fan Noise And Lack Of Responsiveness…

…may be symptoms after upgrading to a new Mac OS. It is usually related to Spotlight indexing your Mac and may take several hours (the older your Mac, the longer it takes). If you’re getting nervous, open Activity Monitor (in the Utilities folder) and check the CPU load (select all processes). If “mds” and “mdworker” are the ones causing the work load everything is fine. Let them be! If not, follow this hint.

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Check Your iPhone Storage

With thousands dozens of apps installed on your iPhone it is easy to lose track of which app is using how much of your precious iPhone space and secretly accumulating tons of data. You can keep track of (growing) apps by navigating to Settings/General/Usage. You’ll find a neat list of all your installed games and tools and their respective size in Gigabytes or Megabytes. With two taps you can remove (greedy) apps or the classic installed-long-ago-but-never-used apps.

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