Friday, November 16, 2012

gMaps Browser v1.2 - Navigation and new Search


New version is out, featuring a completely rewritten search that works much better and faster now. Route planning as added as well, but check for yourself:


Next version will feature "Points of Interest" and more navigation options.

Buy for 0,99$ from iTunes.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

gMaps Browser - Google Maps Client for iOS6

Just a few minutes ago my new App "gMaps Browser",a hybrid native/web Google Maps client for iOS6 got approved. Featuring Satellite, Road, Terrain Maps and the option to blend Traffic, Public Transit,Weather and Panoramico layers in.


The Google Maps view is loaded from a local html file, the UI itself is native and triggering the state changes via JavaScript. To allow external links i set up an handler which triggers before any request to an external link was made and opens them in Safari. The Location Search is using Googles Geocoding API. Took me 3-4 day to finish working on it in my spare time. Sadly i have to submit an update to make it work in full resolution on the iPhone 5 since i forgot to include the matching "Launch Images". On my own device it works without them but seems when i download it via the App Store i just get the regular iPhone4 resolution.

Any feedback is welcomed.

Download for free from iTunes

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mac OS X 10.8.2 is out


The newest Mountain Lion update is out, Apple adds social features like Facebook and is addressing issues like the battery run time with Mac OS X 10.8.2.

Facebook
  • Single sign on for Facebook
  • Adds Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos
  • See Facebook friends' contact information and profile pictures in Contacts
  • Facebook notifications now appear in Notification Center

Game Center
  • Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages
  • Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
  • Added Facebook "Like" button for games
  • Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement

Other new features
  • Adds Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010)
  • iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac*
  • You can now add passes to Passbook (on your iPhone or iPod touch) from Safari and Mail on your Mac*
  • FaceTime can now receive calls sent to your phone number*
  • New shared Reminders lists
  • New sort options allow you to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
  • Dictation now supports additional languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French, and Italian
  • Dictionary app now includes a French definition dictionary
  • Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts
General fixes
  • The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 update also includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, including the following fixes:
  • Adds an option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As
  • Unsent drafts are now opened automatically when launching Mail
  • Receive Twitter notifications for mentions and replies from anyone
  • URLs are shortened when sending tweets from Notification Center
  • Notifications are disabled when AirPlay Mirroring is being used
  • Adds SSL support for Google searches from the Smart Search Field in Safari
  • Adds a new preference to have Safari launch with previously open webpages
  • Resolves an issue that may cause the "Enable Autodiscover" checkbox to always remain checked
  • Enables access to the Mac App Store when Parental Controls are enabled
  • Support for @icloud.com email addresses
  • Resolves a video issue with some VGA projectors when connected to certain Mac notebooks
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent Active Directory accounts from being locked out
  • Resolves an issue that may cause the policy banner to re-appear prior to logging in
  • Improvements to SMB
  • Addresses an issue with NIS users when auto-login is enabled
  • Addresses an issue in which the Keychain may not be accessible
  • Ability to pre-authenticate a FileVault protected system
  • Addresses an issue that may cause Xsan to not automatically start after migrating from Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Download or upgrade directly from the Mac App Store.

iOS 6 available via iTunes and OTA



Apple just released the final version of iOS 6. You can upgrade over the air on your device or via iTunes.

Enjoy iOS 6 and check back later for a review.

Guild Wars 2 - Mac Beta available

Guild Wars 2, the smashing subscription free MMORPG hit which was released earlier this month got a Mac (beta) release today.

It seems ArenaNet staffers are big fans of Macs. "We offer them as part of our employee laptop subsidy program, and our president Mike O’Brien is rarely seen without his Mac laptop. We’re as excited as anyone to play Guild Wars 2 on OS X."

The Mac Beta is available to anyone who has purchased or purchases Guild Wars 2. All you need is an active Guild Wars 2 account to download the Mac Beta client. Just log in to account.guildwars2.com and click Download Client to get started. If you have any questions, check out the Mac FAQ.

System requirements:
  • Mac OS®X 10.7.X or later
  • Intel® Core™ i5 or better
  • 4 GB Ram or better
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 320M, ATI Radeon™ HD 6630M, Intel HD 3000 or better
  • 25 GB available HDD space
  • Broadband Internet cConnection
  • Keyboard and mMouse/eEquivalent


The Humble Indie Bundle 6


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Play on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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The Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle


Get 9 Award-Winning Mac Apps. Donate to Charity. Name Your Own Price.

Sounds like a good deal? Indeed it is; the bundle contains really great Applications including

  • MacFlux 4
  • iClip
  • Typinator
  • skEdit
  • Jaksta Music Converter
  • Fork Lift
  • MacCleanse 3
  • Sparkbox
  • iDocument

together worth 340$.

To buy it for any price you like go here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

iOS 6 - GoldMaster available

Directly after the iPhone 5 Keynote Apple released iOS 6 and Xcode 4.5 GM to developers.

 Download at the Apple Developer Center

Apple announces the iPhone 5

Today Apple announced the iPhone 5. The most prominent feature is the new 4'' 16:9 screen featuring a 1136x640 resolution equaling 326dpi. The home screen is using the additional space to display one row of icons more, all Apple apps have already been adjusted to take full advantage of the new resolution while 3rd party apps will slowly adept. If you run a App that is not adjusted you will get black bars on top and bottom of the phone and the application will run in 960x480. The screen is featuring a In-Cell technology making it brighter, better contrast and less reflection according to Apple.

Powered by the new Apple A6 CPU (specs unknown yet) the handheld is, according to EA and Apple, able to put out Console quality 3D graphics.

The new iPhone is featuring GSM, UMTS/HSPA+ (up to 42.2mbit) as well as LTE, BlueTooth 4 and Wi-Fi 802.11n boosting wireless connection up to 150mbit. The iSight camera stays at 8-megapixel but get improved sensors and stabilization. The front FaceTime camera is now a 1.2mbit (720p) HD cam.

There seems to be huge improvements on Battery since with all the upgraded features and even some really power-hungry stuff like LTE, the new iPhone is supposed have a overall better run time then the 4S.

According to Apple you can talk up to 8 hours, surf 8 hours on LTE, 10 on Wi-Fi and watch Videos for 10 hours. Standby is up to 225 hours.

This all comes in a really gorgeous crafted case that is 20% lighter and 18% thinner then the iPhone 4S.

For the first time since the introduction of the orginal iPod Apple is changing the Dock connector, the new one called "Lighting" is smaller and, which is really great, reversible. If you own already devices you plug-in via the dock connector don't fear; an adapter will be available


EarPods, Apples in-ear headphones got an upgrade as well and are supposed to be actually great this time.




Ordering starts on September 21th.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Textmate 2 - Open Sourced

One of the most famous Mac OS X Text-editors for coders, Textmate went open source in its second incarnation. Being in Alpha since December 2011, Macromates deciding to open source it and make it available to the community for free under a GPL3 License. Macromates hopes to spark interest in free projects as well as in commercial ones with the possibility of a upcoming commercial useable license.

"I am also a pragmatist and realize that parts of the TextMate code base is useful for other (non-free) applications, so I may later move to a less restrictive license, as is currently the case with the bundles. For now, please get in touch with us if there are subsets of the code base you wish to use for non-free software, and we might be able to work something out." (Source)

It is available on GitHub and you can download and compile it yourself. The toolchain required is quite extensive and if you run into the error:

bin/gen_build:391:in `dynamic_lib': undefined method `[]' for nil:NilClass (NoMethodError)

You need to clone the git repository instead of just downloading the source, i have no idea why this is happening.
Or just download the current build (a3a82c93ce87802eb82aaf6ee647a4bb24e9970a) right here.

Download TextMate2.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Apple vs Samsung - Internal Document from Samsung proves iPhones influence

Usually i stay out of the legal battle coverage, hate the game not the player. But this document which Apple brought up in court is really interesting. It proves Samsung improved the UI of their smartphones by studying and copying iOS. If this is illegal or even morally wrong i wont say, i just take it as Samsung acknowledging the quality of iOS.


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Monday, August 6, 2012

iOS 6 - Beta 4 Build 10A5376e released

Round about 2 months after the first developer preview of iOS 6 Apple released the new build 10A5376e aka Beta 4. It seems the dedicated YouTube App was removed so for now you have to use Safari to watch YouTube (something i did already for a while); i guess Google soon gonna publish a dedicated YouTube and Google Maps App. As always Apple also updated Xcode and the Apple TV Firmware. Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mac OS X 10.8 - Mountain Lion - Inspired by iPad. Re-imagined for Mac


Apple's next Big Thing; Mac OS X Mountain Lion is available now!


Mountain Lion continues the fusion of OS X and iOS which started with Lion. In the last installment of OS X the attempt of including useful features from the iPhone and iPad where halfhearted and basically reduced to Launchpad which got overall bad reception.

Mountain Lion seems to fix this, features like the Notification Center, Game Center and iMessage are actually useful and improve the cross plattform experience a lot. The sheer amount of new features Apple packed into this release is amazing.

Messages

The combination of iChat and iMessage, you can start a conversation on your iPhone and continue it on your Mac. Since every iPhone comes shipped with iMessage changes are you can spare some bucks and use this instead of SMS. Group chats, picture and video transfer and the ability to talk on any jabber server (like GTalk) makes it a really awesome instant messenger.


Notification Center

"Something new is always popping up somewhere on your Mac — an email, an instant message, a friend request, a calendar alert, and more. Notification Center makes it easy to stay up to speed, because there’s one place to see everything. Notification banners appear on your desktop and disappear quickly so they don’t interrupt what you’re doing. Swipe to the left, and you’ll see all your notifications in a simple, ordered list."
This is quite convient and makes add ons like GROWL pretty obsolete. The API is open for developers so any application can push news information, it wont take long till the majority of the apps will use it to keep you informed about background tasks and news.


You can use the notification center to post to Twitter and Facebook directly.


It is also possible to set the "Do not disturb" mode which will disable all notifications animations and sound ("silent mode").

Game Center

Since the launch of the Mac App Store we saw a huge increase of games for the Mac. Game Center gives you all the loved (or hated) features from other popular plattforms like Achievements, Social Networking and easy match setup.


Air Play Mirroring


This one is really great, it allows you to stream what’s on your Mac to your TV via Apple TV. I got 2 Apple TV's recently and use them a lot (wait for my upcoming post about jailbroken Apple TV and PLEX). Applications can use the Apple TV as a mirror of the regular desktop/application window or as a second output device. Keynote for example can play your presentation on the big screen while you control it on your MacBook.


Extended Privacy

In Mountain Lion you can choose what apps can access your contacts, location services or the built in Facebook and Twitter integration.

In this example Google Chrome wants to access my contacts to auto fill an address field.

Power Nap


When your Mac goes to sleep, it still gets things done with Power Nap. It periodically updates Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Photo Stream, Find My Mac, and Documents in the Cloud. When your Mac is connected to a power source, it downloads software updates and makes backups with Time Machine. While all that updating is going on, the system sounds are silent and no lights or fans come on, so nothing disturbs you. And when your Mac wakes up, it’s good to go.

Note: this only works on Macs with flash storage; the Retina Macbook Pro and the Macbook Air.

Dictation

Now you can talk anywhere you can type. Dictation converts your words into text. It uses the built-in microphone on your Mac, so there’s no need to set anything up — just start speaking instead of typing. When you say “comma” or “exclamation point,” Dictation punctuates for you. The more you use Dictation, the smarter it gets. It learns voice characteristics. And it recognizes people from your contacts so it enters names accurately. Dictation supports English (U.S., UK, and Australia), French, German, and Japanese.

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper helps protect you from downloading and installing malicious software on your Mac, no matter where your apps come from. And it gives you even more control over which apps you install. You can download and install apps from anywhere on the web, just as you always could. You can choose to download and install apps from the Mac App Store — the safest place to find apps for your Mac. Or use the Gatekeeper default option, which allows you to install apps from the Mac App Store and apps from identified developers. It’s a new way OS X keeps your Mac safe

iCloud

iCloud is how a Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch work together. It keeps your mail, calendars, contacts, reminders, documents, notes, and more up to date wherever you use them. So when you add, delete, or change something on your Mac, it also happens on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. And vice versa. You don’t have to do anything at all — iCloud is automatic and effortless. Just sign in once with your Apple ID and iCloud is set up in all the apps that use it. Suddenly, life’s easier to juggle.
The integration of iCloud is now much deeper as it was with Lion. Apps like Preview, Textedit and many more store by default all Documents in the cloud. You can, of course, always save files locally or completely disable iCloud.

Sharing

You’ll find the Share button throughout OS X Mountain Lion. It’s the new, easy way to share right from the app you’re using. Share photos, videos, and other files with Mail, Messages, and AirDrop. Send links from Safari. And with a few clicks, post straight to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Vimeo when the moment strikes.

Safari

New features in Safari make browsing the web smarter and faster. Now there’s one simple search field for both search terms and web addresses. As you search, Safari always stays one step ahead. It suggests a Top Hit, popular search terms, and pages from your bookmarks and history to help you find a web page fast. Tab View shows your open tabs. Just pinch to see them all and swipe to switch between them. When you open web pages on your iPhone or iPad, iCloud Tabs makes them available on your Mac, too.6 So you can pick up browsing wherever you left off. And now that Safari saves entire web pages in your Reading List — not just the links — you can catch up on your reading even without an Internet connection. Safari delivers the fastest JavaScript of any browser. So you get the best of the web.

Conclusion

Great update to OS X with many small and some big improvements and for just $19.99 its a no-brainer, so go get it now! 

Mountain Lion is available for $19.99 on the Mac App Store.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CheatSheet - know your shortcuts

Awesome little utility that just does one thing; shows you a list of all shortcuts for the current app. Just hold the ⌘-Key a bit longer and you get a list of all active shortcuts.

Download for free from the Mac App Store

Monday, July 16, 2012

iOS 6 - Build 10A5355d released

Apple released iOS 6 Beta 3 to developers, so whats new?



The new Apple Map app got way improved satellite images for locations outside the USA, some new settings and as it seems improved stability.

The privacy options got icons.


That is all i spotted so far, stay tuned for more updates.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mountain Lion GM Seed - Build 12A269


Apple released GM build of Mountain Lion 12A269, besides some last minute changes this version should be identical to the final version. 



A GM build of Xcode 4.4 was also released.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

App Player - Run Android Apps on your Mac

One year after the release of App Player for Windows, BlueStacks brings Android to Mac OS X.
With the current version (alpha-1) you can only test a fixed set of apps with the BlueStack App Player, with the upcoming alpha-2 release you will be able to download and install any Android app you like.
Running PULSE
It integrates quite nicely in the os, you can run Apps directly from OS X or from the player itself.


Since the current version is quite limited its hard to say how good it actually works, but it looks very promising so far.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mountain Lion - Developer Preview 4 Build 12A256

Apple released a Security Update for Mountain Lion via the Mac App Store.

This update tests the new Mountain Lion Security Updates system. The new system includes:
  •  Daily Checks for required security updates
  •  The ability to install required security updates automatically or after restarting your Mac
  •  A more secure connection to Apple's update servers.
This update includes general updates and improvements to Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4.

I think the Privacy Settings got updated as well.

Monday, June 25, 2012

iOS 6 - Build 10A5338d released

iOS 6 Build 10A5338d is now available at the Apple Developer Center and via OTA.
So far i spotted nothing new, but the settings icon does a nice animation while updating.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

All Mountain Lion Wallpapers

All 35 Wallpapers from Mountain Lion in 3200 × 2000 ready for Retina Display, including the already famous Zebra Retina Wallpaper. Note: the preview images in this post have a resolution of 1600x1000, download the zip linked at the bottom of the post for full 3200x200.


 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mountain Lion - Developer Preview 4 Build 12A248


Apple released a new build of Mac OS X Mountain Lion (12A248) and its the second time apple is pushing the update through the App Store instead of releasing a complete new DP.

So whats new?

Facebook integration
Like with twitter in the previous build you can now share images, websites etc.. directly from the OS to Facebook.


Note: to enable Facebook integration you need to download an additional plug in.

Power Nap
When your Mac goes to sleep, it still gets things done with Power Nap. It periodically updates Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Photo Stream, Find My Mac, and Documents in the Cloud. When your Mac is connected to a power source, it downloads software updates and makes backups with Time Machine. While all that updating is going on, the system sounds are silent and no lights or fans come on, so nothing disturbs you. And when your Mac wakes up, it’s good to go.

Note: this only works on Macs with flash storage; the Retina Macbook Pro and the Macbook Air.

A new wallpaper

Apple also released a new build of Xcode, 4.4 DP6.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mountain Lion - Developer Preview 4 Build 12A239



Yesterday Apple released a "near final" Mountain Lion, Build 12A239. Besides some stability and under the hood changes this update brought some visuell changes as well. The biggest one?
The Dock got updated.