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Sid Meier’s Railroads For Mac Is Here

For those readers who’s pretty much as old as I am, I’m sure you remember Sid Meier’s Railroad Tycoon back in 1990. The latest edition, Sid Meier’s Railroads (US$30) is a business simulation game developed by Sid Meier on the Gamebryo game engine that was released in October 2006 and is the sequel to Railroad Tycoon 3 according to Wiki and is now on the Mac. It’s not on the App Store yet but you can get it at Feral Interactive’s website, link here. Check out the trailer below.

Source: Feral Interactive

November 6, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Gaming, Gaming Related, OS X, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Major Evernote Revamp for Mac This Week – 29 October 2012

Evernote 5 for Mac is a complete overhaul of the application itself and there is over 100 new features (no kidding) implemented in this upgrade. It features a brand new sidebar, a better notes list with snippet and cards view, a grid view listing notebooks for better notebook management, integration with atlas and maps, a more powerful search engine and integration with Mountain Lion notifications.

The beta will be launched this week, 29 October 2012, check out the following video for some of the hot features. For full features listing, hop over to Evernote’s What’s New Page, link here.

Source – Evernote

October 28, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Mac, OS X, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Screencast – How to Launch Apps Like a Pro with Launchpad

Launchpad lets you quickly see every application that is installed on your Mac. It also lets you search, organize, launch, and if downloaded from the Apple App Store, delete applications. Let’s have a look at Launchpad and see how it can make managing your apps easy and fun.

Source – mac tuts+

September 16, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Mac, OS X, Tips and Tricks, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New OSX Lion 10.7.4 Released by Apple

The OS X Lion v10.7.4 Update includes fixes that:

  • Resolve an issue in which the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting is always enabled.
  • Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards.
  • Addresses permission issues that may be caused if you use the Get Info inspector function “Apply to enclosed items…” on your home directory. For more information, see this article.
  • Improve Internet sharing of PPPoE connections.
  • Improve using a proxy auto-configuration (PAC) file.
  • Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to an SMB server.
  • Improve printing to an SMB print queue.
  • Improve performance when connecting to a WebDAV server.
  • Enable automatic login for NIS accounts.
  • Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
  • Improve the reliability of binding and logging into Active Directory accounts.
  • The OS X Lion v10.7.4 Update includes Safari 5.1.6, which contains stability improvements.

For information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

Source – Apple

May 10, 2012 Posted by | Apple, OS, OS X | , , | Leave a comment

Scrivener – 20% Discount Code

Always wanted to get a decent writing tool for my mac and Scrivener (US$44.99) been on my shopping radar for quite some time.  Tonight as I was writing up my blog post for CNET Asia, this urge came back and I googled it to see if there’s any discount code out there.  Thank God I found a 20% off coupon off S. M. Worth’s site.  So, if you’re like me, in for a really nice writing app, check out Scrivener.

Source – Literature and Latte

March 8, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Blogroll, Mac, Microsoft, OS X, Productivity | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look Video on OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

Source – mwittchow

February 17, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Mac, OS X, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

First Look at Cobook – Easily The Best Mac Address Book App

The name of the game is social network integration and Cobook seems to be the smartest address book app for Mac users. The app features -

  • Just type in an email, phone or other piece of info and Cobook will sort out where to put it.
  • Connect your social network accounts and Cobook will automatically look up pictures, companies, phone numbers
    and other contact details.
  • Integrates with other Mac apps seamlessly. Synchronizes with OSX Address Book and other devices via iCloud.

Cobook from Cobook on Vimeo.

LifeHacker did a review on the app couple days ago and according to them the pros and cons are -

“Cobook understands what you’re typing based on its format, whether you’re searching or adding new information to a contact. If you type in a phone number that doesn’t exist it’ll offer to create a new contact. If a contact is listed, it’ll offer to add whatever information you’ve put into the search field. Cobook just knows what you’re trying to do. This makes it super easy to find and update your contacts.

On top of that, Cobook pulls data from Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to updated your Address Book without any effort on your part. This saves a ton of time because your updates will involve adding notes more so than it will involve adding phone numbers and addresses.

All in all, Cobook automatically updates your address book for you and makes it much easier to perform an manual updates you need to make yourself. Plus it’s free, and we love apps that both cost nothing and also happen to be pretty amazing.”

whilst the cons are -

“Because Cobook’s interface only lives in the menubar, this poses a few problems. First and foremost, if you want to view contact information while you’re typing in another window, you can’t really do that because clicking away from Cobook will hide the interface back in the menubar. Additionally, Cobook can really only live in one location and can’t be resized. While I like having it tucked away in the menubar, it can be problematic on occasion and it would be nice to be able to switch to a moveable window when needed.

Because Cobook syncs with your social media accounts, you’re letting it change you address book based on what other people input into their profiles. Most of the time this is great because you don’t have to update anything at all, but you also can end up with more information than you want or a different information than you need. This isn’t Cobook’s fault, but it’s something to be aware of when using an app that uses data you don’t control to change the data you do.”

I just installed the beta for myself and will add more of my thoughts to this quick review, what are yours? You can download the beta here at their website.

Source: LifeHacker

February 15, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Mac, OS X, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Mac Photo Editor App – Snapheal

SNAPHEAL is amazing, first-of-its-kind photo application that lets you perform professional image enhancements in minutes, doesn’t require any special knowledge and comes with the rocking price.

“Snapheal Performs Complex Photo Touch Ups and Object Removals in Two Clicks” – lifehacker.com

Here is what you can do:

  • Remove unwanted objects from the image
  • Make skin imperfections vanish
  • Erase unwanted text (watermarks, etc)
  • Dramatically enhance photos with clone & stamp tool
  • Lighten dark areas
  • Sharpen images
  • Add blur
  • Adjust saturation, gamma, light levels, shadows and much more

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January 4, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iMac, Mac, OS X, Photography, Photoshop | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Snapseed, Photo Editor App Free Till 23 September 2011

Snapseed, the incredible photo editor app from Nik Software is now FREE till 23 September 2011 (US). The app’s regular price is US$4.99, get it now before the offer ends for both your iPhone & iPad.

BENEFITS:
• Easily browse and adjust your photos with a single tap using Auto Correct
• Tweak your photo to perfection with Tune Image
• Use Selective Adjust to enhance specific objects or areas in your photos
• Experiment with fun and innovative features like Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Center Focus
• Add Borders for incredible finishing touches
• Email your creations or share them on Facebook and Flickr

SUPPORTS:
• 6.25 MP images for iPad, iPhone 3Gs, and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th Gen), 16 MP images for iPad 2 and iPhone 4 (larger images will be automatically down sampled)
• JPEG and TIFF photos
• RAW photos (requires iPad or iPad 2) transferred using the Camera Connector Kit (if files show up as a small thumbnail, go to Settings > Location Services and turn this setting to On for Snapseed. This is required to allow Snapseed to use the iOS RAW processing)

More tutorial videos after the jump.

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September 22, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iOS 4, iPad2, iPhone 4, OS X, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

SLOW Upgrdade to OS X Lion?

Is it just me or is the download really slow? Just wondering while downloading the Lion to my MBA before I even dare to set it on the iMac. Well, guess I’m bored waiting.

23:00 Started downloading

23:45 Done downloading, installation commenced

24:15 Done installation

so not too bad after all on a MBA

July 20, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, Mac, OS X, Store | , , , , | 8 Comments

Most Apple Stores Down – We’re Almost There – Come Lion

July 20, 2011 Posted by | Apple, OS X, Store | , , | Leave a comment

Postbox 2 Upgraded to 2.5 – Looks WOW

Postbox, the true alternative to the native emails apps, just got a facelift and I mean a facelift.  This upgrade to version 2.5 is no minor tweaking here and there but more like an overhaul to its UI.  New features includes -

Been using the Postbox on both Mac and Windows and am loving it….well…. will check out Lion’s new Mail app too and see how they sized up.  For now, I can say that the US$19.95 price tag is well worth it.

Source – Postbox

July 7, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, OS X, Windows 7 | , , , | Leave a comment

Apple WWDC in a Wrap

Think everyone is all settled after the keynote and think it’s time to wrap things up for the three major areas and thanks to TUAW who compiled the housekeeping list.

Mac OSX Lion

  • Lion will be available in July, and it only costs US$29.99 for all your devices.
  • Lion will only be available through the Mac App Store.
  • If you have a desktop Mac, now’s a good time to go get a Magic Trackpad to take good use of the new Mission Control feature.
  • Mac OS X is taking some design cues from iOS with Launchpad and new Mail design
  • Saving and backing up files will be easier than ever.

iCloud

  • iCloud replaces MobileMe and is now FREE.
  • iCloud wirelessly syncs data across all your devices.
  • Photo Stream makes syncing recent photos manually a thing of the past, pics gets synced across different devices.
  • iTunes Music purchases now appear everywhere via the iCloud sync.

iPhone

  • iCloud
  • PC Free – no more cables needed to hook up to iTunes for updates, now done via WiFi
  • Photography – the mapping of the Home button, by double tapping will now immediately launch the Camera app and with the Camera app loaded, a quick press of the “volume up” button will take the pic
  • Notifications – like the Android phones, notifications now appear in an ordered list in a special screen which you access at any time by swiping down from the top bar
  • Twitter – Photos and Camera app will allow you to post images and video to your Twitter stream and Youtube and Safari will post a links to the page or video you are currently viewing
  • iMessage – iMessage is the Messages app crossed with an instant messaging client crossed with a group messaging app.
  • Reminder – hmm…. need to find out more on this one.

Source – What Mac owners need to know after today’s WWDC announcements, Seven things iPhone users should know about today’s announcment

 

 

June 7, 2011 Posted by | Apple, iOS 5, iPhone, iTunes, OS X | , , , , | Leave a comment

Watch WWDC Live Stream at Ustream.tv

Watch it at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/omtwwdckeynote with live comments.

June 7, 2011 Posted by | Apple, iOS 5, Live Stream, OS X | , , , | Leave a comment

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