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New and notable apps for iOS and OS X – March 25 edition

It has been busy in the App Store with a handful of new apps landing on iOS and OS X, including some high-profile titles like Field Trip from Google , the official CBS Entertainment app and Ridiculous Fishing . Take a few minutes and check out our list of other standout apps from the past few weeks! New iOS Apps Temple Run: Oz [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $0.99] Disney and Imangi Studios present Temple Run: Oz – a brand-new endless runner inspired by Temple Run 2 and the film Oz the Great and Powerful. The Final Hours of Tomb Raider [iPad, Category: News, $2.99] The Final Hours of Tomb Raider takes you behind the scenes at developer Crystal Dynamics to chronicle the four-year development of this series reboot. Occasions+ [iOS Universal, Category: Productivity, $0.99] Occasions+ is the best way to keep track of and remember important occasions in your busy life. Sonic Dash [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $1.99] Play as Sonic the Hedgehog as you dash, jump and spin your way across stunning 3D environments. Block Fortress [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $1.99] Block Fortress gives you the freedom to create a stronghold in almost any way you can imagine, and then puts you in the middle of the action trying to defend it from the relentless attacks of the menacing Goblocks. Infinity Space [iOS Universal, Category: Games, Free] Infinity Space is a game which reflects the incredible history of mankind to face the unknown. Blux Lens [iPhone, Category: Photography & Video, $0.99] Connect two devices remotely via wifi, use Blux Camera to control Blux Lens then place your new lens anywhere. Facetune [iPhone, Category: Photography & Video, $1.99] Fun and powerful portrait photo editor that’ll let you achieve magazine-level portraits. Field Trip [iPhone, Category: Lifestyle, Free] Field Trip, your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you is now on the iPhone. CaptureAudio [iPhone, Category: Productivity, $0.99] CaptureAudio is a brand new vision for doing voice memos on your iPhone and iPod touch. Huemore from Curious Satellite [iPhone, Category: Productivity, $1.99] Huemore. The Creative Color Camera for iPhone.Designed to meet the needs of serious photographers and crafted for ease of use. Repix – Remix & Paint Photos [iOS Universal, Category: Photography & Video, Free] Paint unique remixes from photos using magical Repix brushes. Chord! [iPhone, Category: Reference, $4.99] Chord! is at the same time the simplest and the most complete chords and scales app for guitar or any fretted instrument like bass, ukulele, banjo, etc. Gramatica [iOS Universal, Category: Photography & Video, $0.99] Gramatica is a powerful Instagram gallery app. Filter out unwanted photos, create lists of people and tags, fast-switch between accounts, pinch to zoom. The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends Stickerbook [iOS Universal, Category: Education, $0.99] Explore your creativity with vibrant stickers featuring Eric Carle’s classic characters The Very Hungry Caterpillar and his friends, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Busy Spider and The Very Clumsy Click Beetle. EverClip for iPad – Clip to Evernote from Any Apps [iPad, Category: Productivity, $5.99] EverClip is the easiest way to collect websites, texts and images to Evernote. PhotoCal with Event [iOS Universal, Category: Lifestyle, $0.99] PhotoCal lets you arrange and view your photos more efficiently, while keeping you up to date on your events. Star Wars Pinball [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $1.99] Set in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars Pinball lets you interact with the most iconic characters, and relive the greatest moments of the Star Wars universe in 3 Star Wars-themed tables. Planet Read [iOS Universal, Category: Education, $1.99] Planet Read trains students to learn how to read effectively without memorizing. MAYDAY! Emergency Landing [iOS Universal, Category: Games, free with in-app purchases] Face the most dangerous weather conditions and aircraft failures and fly your passengers safely home.You have just one objective: to land safely – easy to play, difficult to master. Stargate SG-1: Unleashed [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $4.99] Get involved in the action – defeat Jaffa warriors, infiltrate a Goa’uld labor camp, solve cryptic ancient puzzles – and stop a new evil menace before it’s too late. Super Stickman Golf 2 [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $0.99] With over 20 dynamic courses, new power-ups, customizable characters, 60 achievements and two different multiplayer modes, Super Stickman Golf 2 will keep you on the fairway for a long time. NightSky[TM] [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $4.99] NightSky is the critically acclaimed and award-winning physics-based puzzle game–now on iOS. Rock Bandits – Adventure Time [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $1.99] Help Finn and Jake rescue Marceline’s stolen fans in Rock Bandits. New OS X Apps Textastic [OS X, Category: Developers Tools, $2.99] Textastic is a simple and fast text, code and markup editor, includes support for more than 80 source code and markup languages. Valentina Studio [OS X, Category: Business, Free] Valentina Studio is a free multi-connection Database Administration tool that allows you to connect to PostgreSQL, Valentina Server and mySQL, and work with local database files of Valentina DB and SQLite. Eternity Warriors 2 [OS X, Category: Games, Free] You’ve been tasked with cleansing Demon Towers and defeating an even deadlier demon army than before. Outline [OS X, Category: Productivity, $19.99] Open your OneNote notebooks on Mac. No virtual machines, no web apps, no subscriptions. DiskSpace [OS X, Category: Utilities, Free] This is a utility program to view used, free, and total disk space for hard drives, network drives, and USB drives. Kickoff – Chat and Tasks for Teams [OS X, Category: Productivity, $27.99] Kickoff is a real-time chat and task sharing tool designed for small teams. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition [OS X, Category: Games, $19.99] Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition[TM] includes the entire Baldur’s Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and never-before-seen content including a new adventure and three new party members. New and notable apps for iOS and OS X – March 25 edition originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Daily Deals for February 22, 2013

It’s time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring a handy list from Dealnews and our own hand-picked selections that include some sweet deals on iOS and OS X software (all prices are USD). Deals from Dealnews ZAGG : [iPad Accessories] ZAGG Folio Cases and Keyboards: 50% off, deals from $60 + $3 s&h. MegaMacs : [Mice/Trackballs] Apple USB Mighty Mouse for $33 + $4 s&h. eBay : [Camera Accessories] 160-LED Mountable Continuous Light Panel w/ Filters for $25 + free shipping. Best Buy : [Secure Digital Cards] PNY SDHC Cards and USB drives: Deals from $4 + free shipping (updated). eBay : [Printers & Scanners] Pandigital Photo/Negative Scanner w/ 512MB SD Card for $29 + free shipping. MegaMacs : [Mac Pro] Refurbished Apple Mac Pro Xeon Quad 2.66GHz Workstation for $560 + $27 s&h. Rakuten Shopping : [Camera Accessories] Complete Portrait Studio Kit for $280 + free shipping. eBay : [USB Hard Drives] Seagate 4TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $150 + free shipping. Adorama : [Camera Accessories] Sunpak Aluminum Tripod w/ Pistol Grip Ballhead for $25 + free shipping. eBay : [Computer Speakers] Acoustic Audio 200W 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System for $30 + free shipping. Best Buy : [USB Flash Drives] SanDisk Cruzer Switch USB Drives from $5 + free shipping. Small Dog Electronics : [iPad] Refurbished Apple iPad 64GB WiFi Tablet, 2 cases for $300 + free shipping. iOS Software BoothStache [iOS Universal, Category: Entertainment, Now free, down from $0.99] An easy to use and funny way to add different types of mustaches on face photos, instantly on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. 7 Elements [iPad, Category: Games, Now free, down from $0.99] Set off in a mysterious ancient civilization theme, “7 Elements” brings traditional match-3 game to a whole new level. MoneyWiz – Personal Finance for iPad [iPad, Category: Food & Drink, On sale for $0.99, down from $4.99] MoneyWiz is a professional-grade budget and money tracker that will help you nail down income and expenses. Turner [iOS Universal, Category: Lifestyle, Now free, down from $0.99] Welcome to the HD world of Turner and British art. Recurring Events [iOS Universal, Category: Business, Now free, down from $0.99] Recurring Events lets you repeat an event any way you want. InstaFisheye [iPhone, Category: Photography & Video, Now free, down from $1.99] Fisheye camera is now available in square format, lets you quickly shares to Instagram or your favorite social network. Tin Man Can [iOS Universal, Category: Games, Now free, down from $0.99] Hover through four imaginative worlds and get Tic home safely. Grafio [iOS Universal, Category: Productivity, On sale for $6.99, down from $8.99] Create business models, flow charts, concept models and more. MineGuide Pro for Minecraft [iOS Universal, Category: Reference, Now free, down from $1.99] Minecraft guide also supports all three popular Minecraft versions. PC, Pocket Edition and Minecraft Xbox Live Arcade. Doodle Truck 2 [iOS Universal, Category: Games, Now free, down from $0.99] Day or night, rain or shine, real truckers are always ready to truck, so pick up your load and deliver the goods. Stickyboard 2 [iPad, Category: Business, Now free, down from $4.99] Imagine a giant whiteboard with a never-ending stack of sticky notes, now with Magic Arrange and Retina display support. Plants vs. Zombies [iPhone, Category: Games, Now free, down from $2.99] Get ready to soil your plants as a mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home. Apple’s App of the Week. Plants vs. Zombies HD [iPad, Category: Games, Now free, down from $6.99] Get ready to soil your plants as a mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home. Apple’s App of the Week. OS X Software iFrame [OS X, Category: Photography & Video, On sale for $0.99, down from $4.99] iFrame allows you to combine your best photos and frame them in 33 different layouts which can be configured in multiple ways to give you over 100 unique frames. Part of AppyFridays . Habits [OS X, Category: Lifestyle, On sale for $4.99, down from $19.99] Habits is a life changing app which provides an awesome framework for people to create new habits and resolutions and to usher a lot of positive changes in our life. Part of AppyFridays . Colorstrokes [OS X, Category: Photography & Video, On sale for $1.99, down from $3.99] ColorStrokes is simple, yet powerful and artistic app to make your pictures pop. Part of AppyFridays . Slicer [OS X, Category: Productivity, Now free, down from $5.99] Slicer is an invaluable window management app for OS X. XnSketch [OS X, Category: Photography & Video, Now free, down from $0.99] With XnSketch you can easily turn your photos into cartoon or sketch images. Stickman Base Jumper [OS X, Category: Games, Now free, down from $0.99] Pack your parachute and jump down the highest buildings in the world and experience the amazing feeling of Stickman Base Jumper. Clear [OS X, Category:Productivity, On sale for $6.99, down from $9.99] Keep it together with Clear, an app for list-keeping that is simple, quick and satisfying to use. Markdown Live [OS X, Category: Productivity, Now free, down from $1.99] An easy-to-use editor for the Markdown markup language. Daily Deals for February 22, 2013 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Daily Deals for February 12, 2013

It’s time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring a handy list from Dealnews and our own hand-picked selections that include some sweet deals on iOS and OS X software (all prices are USD). Deals from Dealnews StackSocial : [Mac Software] Macgo Blu-ray Player for Mac downloads for $30. Adorama : [Secure Digital Cards] SanDisk Flash Cards: 32GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC for $20 + free shipping. MegaMacs : [iPad] Refurbished Apple iPad 64GB WiFi Tablet for $319 + free shipping. Sierra Trading Post : [Notebook Carrying Case] Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Medium 15″ Laptop Messenger Bag for $56 + $10 s&h. B&H Photo Video : [Camera Accessories] Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4-5.6 Zoom Lens for $99 + free shipping. AT&T Wireless : [Cell Phones] New and Refurbished AT&T Wireless Smartphones from 1 cent + free shipping. MegaMacs : [iPod Accessories] XtremeMac HomeShow Audio Kit for iPod for $5 + $1 s&h. CowBoom : [iPods] Used 3rd-Gen Apple iPod touch 32GB MP3 Player for $80 + free shipping. all4cellular.com : [iPhone Accessories] Apple iPhone 5 Lightning to USB Cable for $13 + free shipping. MacMall : [iPad] iPad mini at MacMall: 16GB WiFi for $324 + free shipping, 32GB for $424. B&H Photo Video : [Camera Accessories] Bower 24mm Aspherical Wide Angle Lens, $10 credit for $499 + free shipping. mwave : [USB Drive Enclosures] Kingwin USB to SATA/eSATA Adapter for $6 + free shipping. iOS Software xCalendar – Export/Import Calendar to/from an Excel file [iOS Universal, Category: Productivity, Now free, down from $1.99] xCalendar exports all of your events from your iPhone or iPad to an Excel file by email, USB, WiFi and Dropbox. Frocket [iOS Universal, Category: Games, Now free, down from $0.99] Blast-off to solve puzzles, explore levels and zap past danger to capture finely frosted cupcakes. Big Lens [iOS Universal, Category: Photography & Video, Now free, down from $0.99] Big Lens gives you the ultimate in focus and filter tools for your iPhone. Super Monsters Ate My Condo [iOS Universal, Category: Games, Now free, down from $9.99] Adult Swim’s giant, hungry monsters are back for a second helping in Super Monsters Ate My Condo. A Clear Watermark [iPhone, Category: Photography & Video, Now free, down from $1.99] A tool for adding customized clear watermarks to your photos. Captain Nova [iOS Universal, Category: Games, Now free, down from $0.99] Captain Nova is a retro-style platform game made in the style of classics you know and love. Wedding Planner for iPad [iPad, Category: Lifestyle, Now free, down from $5.99] Wedding Planner for iPad makes planning your special day easy and trouble free. OS X Software Clear [OS X, Category: Productivity, On sale for $6.99, down from $9.99] Keep it together with Clear, the list-keeping app that is simple and quick to use. Delicious Library 2 [OS X, Category: Reference, On sale for $16.99, down from $34.99] Catalog, browse and share all your books, movies, music, video games, gadgets and even clothes. Markdown Live [OS X, Category: Productivity, Now free, down from $1.99] An easy-to-use editor for the Markdown markup language. Bass Cat [OS X, Category: Games, Now free, down from $3.99] Bass Cat is a game with 50 highly entertaining levels designed to help kids and adults learn how to quickly identify notes in the bass clef. Iconizator [OS X, Category: Developers, Now free, down from $4.99] Iconizator is a document-based app that searches for PNG files within a root folder, allows assignment of replacing images and publishes changes. Two Dollar Tuesday [OS X, Category: Various, $1.99. ] Two Dollar Tuesday offers three OS X apps for $1.99. Titles this week include Vector, WebCrusher and System Lens. Apple’s Get Stuff Done [OS X, Category: Productivity, up to 50 percent off] The third and final week in Apple’s Get Stuff Done promotion. Titles in the sale include 1Password, Fantastical, PopClip, Soulver, Snagit, Clarify, mSecure, Dropzone, Yoink and Keycard. Daily Deals for February 12, 2013 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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10 End-Of-The-Year Tech Related New Year Resolution Recommendations

As the year comes to close and a new one begins, it’s a good time to make fresh goals or carry out tasks we have put off for quite some time. The following list is my personal recommendations for tech related tasks—from the vitally important, backing up your computer hard drive, to the most difficult challenge of spending a whole day without getting on your computer. My list includes links to MUO articles that provide ideas for how to carry out specified tasks, but you’re also encouraged to of course research other ideas and solutions. I also welcome your recommendations for tech related tasks I didn’t include in this list. 1. Backup Your Computer Hard Drive Technicians who repair computers say that, still less than half of computer users back up their hard drive. While with most newer computers, hard drive failures may occur less, it only takes one for it to happen and loss of all your data. Justine’s article on Redo Backup is a good one for PC users, while the default Time Machine and Super Duper are good programs for Mac users. A full backup of your system requires an external hard drive that is larger than the memory of your computer’s internal drive. Create an automatic system so backups can be done and checked on a regular basis. 2. Backup Media Files If you are storing photos, music, and other important media files on your computer, these files should be a part of your backup system, but I suggest you also keep a special off-site backup of photo files that are most important to you. Precious photo files can’t be replaced, so copying them to an external drive, such as a thumb drive, can be serious insurance against loss of most your important photos. If you have enough room on a Google, Dropbox,or any other cloud storage account, backing up precious media files to a dedicated storage is another data recovery solution. It’s simply a matter of dragging and copying important files to another location. 3. Change Passwords Change the password of your financial and administrative accounts, your router, and other sensitive accounts or pieces of hardware . I know it’s a mental challenge to memorize new passwords, but for the accounts you access on a regular basis, it’s well worth the effort. 4. Clean Out The Hard Drive Take an hour and clean out your computer’s hard drive of files and applications you no longer use. Especially look for those files that are over a few hundred megabytes and determine if you still need them. 5. Create a Photo Book After you have backed up all your photos, create a book of the year’s most memorable photos. Sure, it’s great to have your photos stored on Facebook or Flickr.com, but a printed book is still more tangible and attractive for viewing your precious memories. Even if you have lots of low-resolution photos,  on your smart phone for instance, they can still be published in a photo book. In the U.S., stores like Wallgreens and Costco have fairly easy online ways to layout and order printed photo books. 6. Budget Your Money If you’re not doing a good job of keeping track of your finances and budgeting your money, sign up for a free Mint.com account . Allowing Mint to download your financial accounts is one of the best ways to monitor and budget your spending. It’s like the old envelope budgeting system, but it’s all digital. 7. Cook New Meals If your typical dinner meals are becoming a little stale, subscribe to one or more online recipe sites , and commit to cooking at least 5-10 new dinners next year. I use the  Paprika  iPhone app to download recipes and keep track of favorite meals. 8. Cancel Subscriptions Go through your email client and unsubscribe to newsletters and social website notifications you haven’t been responding to. Reducing email clutter can reduce the amount of time you spend reading and managing emails, and thus help you make time for other things. 9. Automate Computer Tasks If you haven’t been using automation workflows and keyboard shortcuts, you’re probably not being as productive on your computer as you could be. There are ways to automate tasks on a  PC , Mac , and Ubuntu without knowing a single word of code. There are even ways to automate online tasks, using tools like ifttt . Make a goal of creating a few automation hacks. Once you do a few, you’ll no doubt want to do more.   10. No Computer Day Choose one day a week in which you avoid getting on the computer. As much as the computer is a part of our daily routine, it can cause us to become detached from other important responsibilities and social interactions. I try to avoid getting my computer either on Saturday or Sunday, unless it’s related to work. Well, these are my ten recommendations. What are yours? Start today and make a list of the tech related tasks you need to get done. Image Credit: 3d Robot Image Via Shutterstock The post 10 End-Of-The-Year Tech Related New Year Resolution Recommendations appeared first on MakeUseOf .

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Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

The proliferation of the smartphone has plunged our world into a new era of technology dependence. At one time, landlines and payphones were all we had–and we survived just fine, thank you very much. But now, it’s almost laughable if you don’t own an iPhone or Android, and for some of us, we can’t even go a day without them. Smartphone addiction is a real issue for modern society and, like most addictions, people who are addicted don’t truly realize how addicted they are. And even if you aren’t addicted yourself, chances are good that you know someone who is. What Is Smartphone Addiction? Before we can discuss smartphone addiction , we’ll need to define addiction as a term. According to my dictionary, this is what we’ve got: ad ·dic ·tion [uh-DIK-shuhn] the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma That’s the definition we’ll be working with. And even as I typed out the definition, I could see the symptoms of addiction in myself and the people around me. I’m sure you could, too, if you looked hard enough. “Enslavement” might be a harsh term, but no one can deny that smartphones have such an effect on people that “habitual” and “routine practice” are noteworthy terms. How many times do you take out your phone and steal a glance out of habit? Do you check your phone right after you wake up? Right before you go to sleep? Habitual, indeed. And what about the part where “cessation causes severe trauma”? Of course, “severe trauma” is a bit vague on its own, but we all know those people who can’t be apart from their phones for more than a day, or even a few hours. Have you ever known someone who grew anxious when they lost their phone? So in simple terms, here’s my definition: smartphone addiction is when your smartphone is so engrained in your routine life that breaking away from it causes you psychological anxiety. Smartphone Addiction Checklist But even if you know the definition of smartphone addiction, sometimes the reality of it can escape you. Denial, as it’s called in most addiction-fighting circles, is a very real aspect of addiction, and it can be dangerous because if you don’t believe you’re addicted, then you won’t take the steps necessary to recover. Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you may be addicted to your smartphone: Do you check your smartphone within an hour of waking up? Do you check your smartphone within an hour of going to sleep? Do you check your smartphone at times without any reason? Do you check your smartphone over 30 times per day? Do you have to check your smartphone the moment you receive a text message or email? Do you check and use your smartphone during face-to-face interactions? Do you feel the urge to text, call, or social network while driving? If you were asked to give up your smartphone for one week, could you do it? How to Break Smartphone Addiction The simplest solution would be to give up smartphones cold turkey until the addiction subsides, but that’s not always the most practical answer. If you are addicted to your smartphone, it probably feels very automatic to you. You check your smartphone without even realizing it. One response, then, is to be very conscious of your actions. Every time you check, ask yourself, “Why am I checking?” It could be due to boredom, loneliness, or anxiety. Once you pinpoint the cause, you can find something else to alleviate the problem. Turn off alert signals and notifications. Most text messages and emails don’t require immediate attention (unless you are working a time-sensitive job, in which case you may want to skip this suggestion). Force yourself to check your phone only once every hour, or even less often. Turn off your phone altogether. During those times when you don’t need your phone, like during office hours, you may want to turn off your phone. This forces you to go a long period of time without even touching it, which can help to offset addiction by making you less reliant. Find out what it is about the smartphone that’s addicting. Is it social media? Then delete your Twitter and Flickr apps. Is it social networking? Delete your Facebook app. Is it email? Disable push notifications. This way you can still use your smartphone without having it consume so many hours of your day. If you’re addicted, it’s never too late to fight it. If you think one of your friends may be addicted, then let them know gently. Addiction can be dangerous when it starts to interfere with work, relationships, and health. You may not want to be the one who tells your friend that they’re addicted, but if they’re texting while driving, you may be the one who saves their life. Image Credit: Smartphone Girl Via Shutterstock , Infographic Via OnlineColleges.com The post Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? appeared first on MakeUseOf .

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What Does Your Computer Say About You?

A personal computer is, well, personal. Assuming like most people, you bought your own computer (or had some say about what it’s going to be), your choice of hardware likely reflects quite a bit about you. So, what sort of person are you — just an occasional user? A nerdy coder? A hard-core gamer? Tell me what your hardware is, and I’ll tell you who you are. Age And by “age” I mean the age of the system, not of the user (I don’t think there’s any correlation). Of course, maybe you had the same computer for 15 years and just happened to trade up for a newer model this year, so this is one of the least accurate metrics in this highly scientific post. Less than a year old:  Cutting edge! You’re hip, trendy, and up-to-date with the latest in the world of computer hardware. 1-3 years old:  I would say you’re just about average. Nothing to get excited about here — maybe other categories would prove you more unique? Older than 3 years:  You’re not a demanding user. You need your computer to be there for you, but it doesn’t have to perform extraordinary feats of number-crunching and graphics. “No simple answer”: If you can’t exactly say how old your whole computer is, because it contains a mix of parts you’ve been carrying over from previous builds and adding to over time, well, that certainly says something, you huge nerd, you. Desktop or Laptop Laptops have outstripped desktop sales a while back, so sticking with a desktop as your primary computer definitely means something. Again, I’m talking about your own computer, not the one you have in the office. Run-of-the-mill Laptop:  I mean just a regular 15″ machine, a cute little laptop you got for a good price. This is the bland option: You wouldn’t terribly mind had it been a desktop; it was cheap, and it gets the job done. Ultrabook, MacBook, etc.: This is what I would call a “laptop on purpose”. You actually want a laptop. You like your technology slick, tightly packaged, and portable. You’d never crack the computer open, and you like having the freedom to work outside. Desktop: You like being able to pop open your trusty ATX box and reach inside to stick in a fourth hard-drive; you don’t mind being tethered to your desk because you never go outside, anyway. Screen Size (And Count) The screen is pretty much the primary mode of communication from the computer to us, so there’s a lot to consider here: 10″:  Wait, is that a netbook you’re toting? Aww, how quaint! I remember those devices. 11″:  Yes, a single inch makes a difference… With an 11″ screen, you may well be a MacBook Air user, in which case I just wanted to say your computer isn’t a netbook, so don’t be mad. Hey, and do you have an envelope I could use? 13″:  Being mobile is important to you. You actually tote your computer around, and maybe use it in coffeeshops and so on. 15″:  We’re still in laptop territory, but this is definitely your primary computer. You don’t have to carry it around too often, though. 17″:   This is as big as a laptop’s going to get. You should have gone with a desktop, and you know it. Maybe it’s one of those enormous gaming laptops, which are really just desktops in disguise. On to desktop territory: 19″:  You’re using an ancient monitor which you’ve been wanting to upgrade forever now. 21″-24″:  Still a single monitor, but we’re definitely getting somewhere now. You like your desktop computer, and if you’re a Linux user, you may even have a tiling window manager. 27″-30″: You’re enough of a nerd to know what IPS means, and you love your enormous Cinema (or equivalent) display. You secretly think people with dual-monitor setups aren’t as chic as you are. And now, multiple-monitor time: Laptop + display:  You’re savvy enough to plug an external monitor into your laptop and enjoy the benefits of dual-monitor productivity. You’re not addicted, though, and could quit at any time (or so you like to think). 24″+24″ : You’re a desktop user with a penchant for ergonomics, who likes dragging windows around a vast landscape, but you didn’t want to go crazy. 3 monitors:  I don’t even care what size your monitors are; you’re in love with pixels. Each monitor has a specific role, and one of them is probably a “Facebook monitor”. You like to turn off the lights and sit basking in the glow of the LCDs. More than 3 monitors: And we’re back in gamer territory; you’re obsessed with flight simulators or racing games. The only other option would be that you’re a day trader. You may rarely turn on the lights in the room — the screens provide more than enough illumination for all of your needs. Choice of Keyboard and Pointing Device If the screen is the main way the computer talks to us, then the keyboard and pointing device are how we talk back. First, keyboards: Whatever came with your machine:  If it’s a laptop, you use the built-in keyboard and trackpad; if it’s a desktop, you use the keyboard that came with it. This probably means you don’t type very much. You might be a coder, but I can already tell you’re not really into input devices. ThinkPad keyboard and pointing nub:  These are the exception to the laptop rule. If you use a ThinkPad, chances are the keyboard was a major part of your buying decision, and that you just love those smiley keys. MS Natural 4000:  You care about keyboard ergonomics, but you’re not about to go crazy about it. Happy Hacking, Filco, IBM Model M, and friends:  Your keyboard looks like it was made in 1985, and that’s how you like it. The loud clickety-clack of the Cherry MX keys drives anyone near the computer crazy, and that’s how you like it, too. Kinesis Advantage or Maltron: You care about keyboard ergonomics, and you did go crazy about it. You spend much of your free time over at Desktority and Geekhack debating Cherry MX Red vs. MX Brown, have strong opinions about grid layouts vs. staggered ones, and are seriously considering taking a Dremel to your board to add a few extra keys. Now, pointing devices: Whatever came with your machine:  See above. Razer Boomslang, Logitech G9x, and friends:  You’re a gamer! Shocking, I know. Logitech Trackman:  You have limited desk space and/or just don’t like moving your arm around so much just to push a tiny cursor across the screen. Kensington Expert Mouse:  You have a thing with trackballs, the larger, the better. You also don’t care much about aesthetics, and may win this year’s ugly Christmas sweater contest. Wacom: Ah, an artist! You get funny looks from people when you play Minesweeper with your pen, but hey, it’s fun. Let the good times roll! Hard Drive If your drive is hard, that means… okay, let’s not go there. Seriously though, if you’re running out of space, chances are you’re an obsessive downloader, or maybe an amateur photographer with enough budget for a DSLR but not for an extra hard drive. Graphics Hardware   Okay, this one’s easy: Either you have discrete graphics (and know your card’s make and model), or you don’t. I don’t even need to know what card and make it is to tell you the rest: You have discrete graphics and can tell me the model:  You’re a gamer. Maybe not an extreme gamer, but you care enough about graphics to actually think about it when getting a computer. There’s also a slim chance you do some Bitcoin mining on your GPU, so I’ll put that in as an option (Bitcoin miners, tell me about your GPUs in the comments!). You just plug in a video cable: In other words, you don’t know what discrete graphics are, or maybe you do know but you just don’t care. You’re definitely not a gamer, and you probably don’t do anything that has to do with 3D graphics or Bitcoin mining. What, No Mac vs. Windows vs. Linux? Guess what: no. I’m not even going to go there. And you shouldn’t go there in the comments either. Just tell me: What’s your computer like? Did I get my prediction right? Image Credits: geek biting keyboard via ShutterStock , old computer via ShutterStock , office with many monitors via ShutterStock , workstation via Amir Mohammad Saied , graphics card via ShutterStock The post What Does Your Computer Say About You? appeared first on MakeUseOf .

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Daily Deals for December 5, 2012

It’s time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring a handy list from Dealnews and our own hand-picked selections that include some sweet deals on iOS and OS X software (all prices are USD). Deals from Dealnews MacLegion : [Mac Software] MacLegion 11-App Holiday Bundle for Mac downloads for $50: djay, iRip, more DiscountMags : [Magazines] Macworld Magazine 1-Year Subscription (12 issues) for $10 Verizon Broadband : [Computer Services] Verizon FiOS Triple Play w/ free $300 Visa Card, router, more for $80/month MacMall : [USB Hard Drives] Buffalo 1TB Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $180 + free shipping Adorama : [Secure Digital Cards] Sony 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card for $15 + free shipping MegaMacs : [Mac Software] Apple Logic Express 9 for $60 + $6 s&h eBay : [Computer Accessories] Rosewill 15-Piece Computer Tool Kit for $7 + free shipping MegaMacs : [Mac Pro] Refurbished Mac Pro Xeon Quad 2.66GHz Workstation for $860 + $31 s&h ExperCom : [iMac] Apple iMac Intel Core i5 3.2GHz 27″ Desktop for $2,220 + $23 s&h Not Specified : [iPhone Cases] OtterBox Defender Case w/ Holster for iPhone 4S for $15 + free shipping Crutchfield : [Media Receivers] TiVo Stream HDTV Broadcaster for iPad or iPhone for $110 + free shipping Sonic Electronix : [Computer Speakers] Limitless Creations Desktop Speakers from $15 + free shipping iOS Software Army Wars Tactics : [iOS Universal, Category: Games] On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99. A modern reinterpretation of the classic SRPG genre. TaskPaper : [iPad, Category: Productivity ] On sale for $0.99, down from $9.99. A to-do list with a paper-like user experience. Part of OneDollarWednesday . MacJournal for iPad : [iPad, Category: Lifestyle ] On sale for $0.99, down from $5.99. An app to capture your deepest thoughts and keep them private. Part of OneDollarWednesday . Moop Sounds Funny : [iPad, Category: Entertainment ] On sale for $0.99, down from $1.99. A sound board with 60 top quality sounds. Part of OneDollarWednesday . Ski Safari : [iOS Universal, Category: Games] Now free, down from $3.99. Skiing with a casual gameplay experience. NoteLedge : [iPad, Category: Productivity] On sale for $0.99, down from $4.99. A note-taking application that combines handwriting, typing, audio and video recording. SquareDiary HD : [iOS Universal, Category: Lifestyle] Now free, down from $2.99. a finished-in-a-minute diary format for iPad. MyArtists : [iPhone, Category: Music] Now free, down from $2.99. A music player with a personal touch. iContacts Pro+ : [iPhone, Category: Utilities] Now free, down from $1.99. Contact manager with intelligent group management. Flick Golf! : [iPhone, Category: Games] Now free, down from $0.99. Just flick, spin and curve your shots to try and sink a hole in one. Apple’s App of the week. Flick Golf HD : [iPad, Category: Games] Now free, down from $0.99. Just flick, spin and curve your shots to try and sink a hole in one. OS X Software PDF Converter Professional : [OS X, Category: Productivity] On sale for $1.99, down from $21.99. A PDF converter tool specially designed for Mac OS X users. Robotic Rename : [OS X, Category: Utilities] Now free, down from $0.99. Batch rename a list of files. MacUpdate Bundle : [OS X, Category: Misc ] Nine great apps for $49, instead of $478. The apps in the bundle include Data Rescue 3, Espresso 2, Snapz Pro X 2.5, TotalFinder, TotalSpaces, Mac DVDRipper Pro 4, PopChar X 6, MoneyWell 2, Swift Publisher 3, Company of Heroes and Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Platinum. BONUS: Live Interior 3D Pro is included for first 12,000 buyers only. Macbundler Bundle : [OS X, Category: Misc ] Nine great apps for $45, instead of $536. The apps in the bundle include MacScan, Rapidweaver 5, MotionComposer, Tidy up, Screenium 2, iFinance, Pulpmotion, Devonsphere express and Cocktail. MacLegion Holiday 2012 bundle : [OS X, Category: Misc ] Nine great apps for $49.99, instead of $548. The apps in the bundle include TechTool Pro, Freeway Pro, djay, Capo, Fantastical, RipIt, iRip, Beamer, Code Collector Pro and Copy Paste Pro. Alarm Clock Pro is available for free to the first 5,000 customers. Daily Deals for December 5, 2012 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Mophie delivers the OUTRIDE for action iPhone camera work

Popular iOS accessory maker mophie is stepping outside its battery-based products and debuting a new, sports action camera mount for the iPhone 4/4S. The OUTRIDE camera system includes a durable mount, a beefy camera-centric case and software to tie it all together. The polycarbonate case and mount is waterproof and shock proof so you can take it biking, boating and skiing without missing a beat. There’s also an iPhone app that lets you create a profile and share your nail-biting adventures with your friends. The OUTRIDE system costs $130 and will be available in mid-September. [Via Engadget ] Show full PR text mophie Transforms the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 into a Dedicated Action Sports Camera with OUTRIDE Hardware, App -based Video Community Empowers Users to Ride, Record and Share Salt Lake City (Aug. 1, 2012)-Summer Outdoor Retailer-mophie[TM], leader in developing innovative solutions that allow consumers to do more with their mobile devices, today debuted its action sports camera, outride, a hardware and app solution that puts the power to record and share tricks, tracks, rides, and epic moments in the hands of action land and water sports enthusiasts, using only their iPhone. OUTRIDE eliminates the need for dedicated video or camera devices, which add bulk and can cost upwards of $300, by harnessing the existing features of the iPhone and adding the hardware and software for outstanding, all-in-one filming, editing and sharing. OUTRIDE hardware is waterproof and impact resistant and comes bundled with a variety of custom mounts to capture action shots in the surf, snow, dirt or concrete. The release of OUTRIDE incorporates several product innovations that have earned mophie credibility in the action sports community by including features such as extreme durability and portability engineered specifically to meet the needs of the lifestyle. OUTRIDE’s debut is also a clear statement that the brand is putting down roots in the category and is committed to trailblazing the development of solutions and applications that can transform the iPhone into a device that can serve many functions, eliminating the need for consumers to spend on additional, dedicated devices. “With the ever-growing action sports market, and our success in developing ruggedized products for those rough-and-tough tech users, we felt we were ready to design and develop a product that would take the iPhone and its camera capabilities to its limits,” said Ross Howe, vice president of marketing at mophie. “While the action sports community has a lot of camera and video options to choose from, they weren’t able to share their moments with the community in real time. OUTRIDE gives the action sports community these capabilities in a durable, compact, quality and cost-efficient way.” Using the iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 and OUTRIDE as an action sports camera has many advantages, including the ability to review your own footage or shots, share those moments and follow others in the community, instantly. The free OUTRIDE app, is the perfect complement to the hardware solution and is the key differentiator from other action sports cameras on the market. With the OUTRIDE app, users have instant gratification in capturing and viewing their content, as well as sharing it on the OUTRIDE community page as well as various social media networks, on the fly and in the moment. Available in mid-September, OUTRIDE bundles range from $129.95 to $149.95 at mophie.com. Key features and benefits of the outride include: Turning the iPhone into a Dedicated Sports Camera-Bundling the case, mounting system and the OUTRIDE app, gives users the option to transform their iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 into a dedicated action sports camera. Features of the OUTRIDE hardware include: High-impact, water-proof and lightweight polycarbonate housing protects the iPhone in any scenario Water-proof Modular quick-release mounting system allows recording at any angle and attachment to any surface on a variety of sports equipment Wide angle lens is optimized for recording action sports “Lights, Camera, Action!”-Whether you have a passion for surfing, motocross or skate, there is an OUTRIDE mounting kit that will fit your sport. Capture, View and Share-Free on the iTunes store, the OUTRIDE app is a place for the action sports community to search and share videos from around the globe, on-the-go: Personal Profile-Get started by uploading a profile picture and adding in your location. From the personalized profile, users can view captured videos and photos, find and follow friends, and customize categories Capture-Allows the user to shoot both vertically or horizontally View-Custom settings allows for a unique viewing experience, and provides notifications of “friends” updates Share-Community-based sharing allows users to discover new users and connect with the “mophie” community within the app and through other social networks For more information on OUTRIDE and the full suite of mophie products, please visit www.mophie.com. Mophie delivers the OUTRIDE for action iPhone camera work originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:00:00 EST. 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Apple to add food and drink category to App Store

Yesterday, Apple sent out a letter to developers detailing a new Food and Drink category that is coming to the App Store in a few weeks. The category is to include “apps that help users cook and bake, mix drinks, manage recipes, find new restaurants and bars, and learn what their friends like to eat and drink.” Pertinent applications, many of which are currently listed in the Lifestyle category of the App Store, will be moved automatically to the new category by Apple. There are currently thousands of apps for managing recipes and finding restaurants, and the upcoming iOS 6 Maps application will add to the mix by including Yelp check-ins. The Food & Drink category isn’t expected to include diet, coupon clipping, food-related game, or grocery shopping apps. Apple’s letter noted that developers have until July 8, 2012 to opt out of having their apps moved to the new category. [via The Verge ] Apple to add food and drink category to App Store originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Adium Updated To Version 1.5

Adium, the popular free open-source chat client for OS X which supports multiple IM protocols (including Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk and Facebook) has been given its first update in a year and a half, bringing it up to version 1.5. Adium 1.5 for OS X 10.6.8 and above has been released with a load of new and improved features The new release adds support for the latest version of Growl (version 1.3), allowing you to view your chat notifications easily from any part of OS X. However, if you’re not a fan of Growl, then Adium 1.5 includes its own notification system, nicknamed ”Mist” so you can stay up-to-date with minimum effort. The release, alongside the usual bug fixes, also adds support for 64-bit Macs for the first time and the transcript viewer (which saves all your conversations) has been given an overhaul with a speedier and more refined interface, with new ”Next” and ”Previous” buttons so you can highlight terms in individual transcripts. You’ll also notice that several icons and buttons have been redesigned slightly and the transcript viewer has been given a slight interface tweak to bring it up to Lion’s design standards. You can grab the free update via Adium’s website by clicking on the source link below. Bear in mind though, that because this update adds 64-bit support, you’ll have to update any plug-ins installed, which can be done via the Xtras page of Adium’s website. You’ll also need to be running OS X 10.6.8 or later, though I’m sure this won’t cause any frets for most people! Source: Adium 1.5

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