Saturday, June 25, 2011

iOS 5 Beta 2, iTunes 10.5 Beta 2 and Xcode 4.2 DP 2 released

Yesterday Apple released iTunes 10.5 beta 2, iOS 5 beta 2 and the Developer Preview 2 of Xcode 4.2.

So whats new?

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Unarchiver - a much more capable replacement for "Archive"

The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than Archive Utility, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems. I personally find it useful for opening Japanese archives, but it should handle many other languages just as well.

It is very simple to use and install - simply copy it into your Applications folder or whereever you prefer, and then set archive filetypes to open using it. This can either be done the usual way, or by double-clicking the icon to show The Unarchiver's preferences.

Supported file formats include Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, RAR, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other old and obscure formats.

The Unarchiver is free and open source, download here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

IconBox - download, organize & customize your icons

IconBox is an iPhoto like application that enables you to store, manage & change your icons or dock using simple drag & drop like functionality which has been seamlessly integrated into our new "Box" system.

Very similar to CandyBar from Panic, but it works with Lion and is imho more easy on the eye.

Download free Trial. (30 days full working, then buy it for 29$)

Monday, June 20, 2011

OptiBay - Replace Superdrive with a second Harddisk

So finally the final piece i need for my hardware upgrade arrived, the OptiBay.

It is basically an adapter that allows you to replace your MacBooks SuperDrive with a second harddisk. The installation is "quite" easy and done in a few minutes.

My little 13'' machine now features 620GB Storage, a Intel X-25M 120GB SSD and a 500GB 7200rpm Seagate Momentus.

Next post will be in depth look at the software update, dropbox home folder syncing and a little glimpse at iCloud.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lion Preview: Developer Preview 4 (build 11A494a)

Yesterday Apple released a update for the Lion Developer Preview 4. The new build number is 11A494a and besides a new background for the login screen i see no differences so far.

Well seems to be stable again.

So no much optical changes, i guess its just a stability/speed improvement update.

If you wonder if Lion is already ready for all day use, i would say yes its already very stable, fast and really an improvement over Snow Leopard.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Perfect MacBook Setup - Part 1 Hardware

Since i have to stay a while on my late 2008 13'' MacBook before i can buy a new i7 MacBook Pro, i decided to tune it with a brand new Intel SpeedStar 120GB SSD and a fresh Installation of Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 4.

E3: Street Fighter IV Volt

Upcoming Street Fighter Game for iOS, controls are a bit hard but it has great graphics, and its Street Fighter!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

E3: Shadow Gun upcoming iPad Game

Not only the WWDC had some interesting news for the iPhone and iPad, the E3 had some awesome stuff as well.

Check out Shadow Gun

Looks like a "Gears of War" rip off, but an awesome one.
One of the first "next gen" games for the iPad which is using the current development branch of the Unity 3D Engine instead UDK3.

Friday, June 10, 2011

iOS 5 Jailbreak (tethered) available

To allow developers to "play around" ;) the iPhone Dev Team released a jailbreak for iOS 5 on the
iPhone4, iPhone3GS, iPad (1) and the iPod Touch 3G/4G.

The jailbreak is tethered means you need to do it every time your restart your device.
If you wanna keep your unlock STAY AWAY from it.
You can't activate your device with it (so you still need registered UUID).

PS: if you want a UUID registered contact me :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lion Preview: Developer Preview 4 (build 11A480b) review

Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 4, build 11A480b is ready to download from the Apple Developer Center, and some reported they had it available via Software Update but that wasn't the case for me.

Installation looks a little bit different (better) and i guess its the same installer which gonna be used in the final version.

Monday, June 6, 2011

iOS 5 - First Hands On (on a iPad2)

Fast post, before i go to bed i wanna share a little gallery of iOS 5 on my iPad2.

The Setup Process

WWDC - iTunes 10.5 Beta

Just installed iTunes 10.5 Beta and so far i could only spot optical changes.

WWDC - iOS 5 ready to download (iTunes 10.5 as well)

After a little downtime the Apple Developer Center is back and iOS 5 beta is ready to download!
Xcode 4.2 and iTunes 10.5 beta are available as well and it seems you need iTunes 10.5 beta as well to install the new firmware.

Will tell you more in around 1 hour...

WWDC - iCloud

Syncing your digital data is getting harder and harder with more devices and more content to manage. In the past the Mac/PC was the digital hub but today it's just another devices.
Now the iCloud gonna be your new digital hub (for the cloud haters: you can stay with your pc/mac as hub) and takes care of syncing and pushing your content to all your devices. Also iCloud can be integrated in any application (a new api:3) making it possible to sync data of all applications that support it.
Change your calendar, contacts, photos on one device and the data gets updated on all your other devices automatically.
It's fully integrated in the AppStore, iBooks and iTunes,
buy once and use it on all your other devices (no extra costs)

WWDC - iOS 5, 10 Key Features

The 10 Key Features of iOS 5

1. Notifications

Notifications are no longer modal, not interrupting and just appear as a bar on the top of the screen and fade out after a while. They appearatnly took the style from Mobile Notifier a jailbreak extension. (they hired the developer).
A swipe on the top bar (like for SBSettings) brings up the notification center a unified place showing weather, new notifications,sms etc.. it kinda looks like the Lock Info jailbreak extension.
There is also a way better lock screen with all features of the notification center and widgets 
(weather,news etc..).

WWDC - Mac OS X Lion

Here is a fast overview of the Mac OS X Lion preview from this years WWDC.

Emphasis is on the new iOS like gestures, Mission Control and Launchpad.

They showed gestures for switching to full screen and back.
Photo Booth has full screen mode and new effects, expect twitter birds.
In depth preview of the auto save and Versions feature.
AirDrop peer 2 peer file exchange over WiFi, its already available in the beta builds will write in depth about it soon.
New Mail
Mac OS X Lion will be released in July for 29,90$ only on the Mac Appstore.

Read more about Mac OS X Lion.

Next: iOS5

Saturday, June 4, 2011

BootXChange - customize your boot screen!

BootXChanger will allow you to change the boot image and background colour on Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6. I had no time to test it on Mac OS X Lion yet (currently on a trip) so use it on your own risk on 10.7.

The usage is straight forward and some sample images are included as well.

Limitations If your image has transparency, it will be redrawn over the background colour before being applied, so save the original somewhere in case you want to change the background colour later.
Some macs will scale big images down when booting, or ignore the image if it's really big. Others will happily accept a full-screen image.
If you have a PowerPC Macintosh, you can use BootXChanger 1.0.4, which you can still download from

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Caffeine - don't let your Mac fall asleep

Simple, realy useful, tool i use daily to stop my MacBook from going to sleep-mode.

Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Right-click (or ⌘-click) the icon to show the menu.