Tag Archives: Mac

Sky Go Announced

13 Jun

Sky have annouced that their mobile subscription phone service will be replaced by Sky Go…

From next month, all Sky TV customers will have the opportunity to watch Sky channels and programmes on PCs, laptops, mobiles and tablets at no extra charge.

Available free to all Sky TV customers, Sky Go will provide flexible access to Sky content across multiple devices including the iPhone, iPad, PC and Mac. Launching on July 6 th , it brings together two existing services: Sky Player, Sky’s online TV service, and Sky Mobile TV, the UK’s largest mobile TV service, with these services rebranded as Sky Go . Offering even more value from the Sky subscription, this will allow customers to watch live linear channels in line with their subscription while on the move in the UK and Ireland.”

Sounds pretty good for Sky customers.  Our understanding is that the service will be available on iOS devices and Android as well as Mac and PC.  It will not however count towards your Xbox subscription.

Check out the full press release from Sky.


iCloud & Apple

2 Jun

We have a sneaky feeling there will be some big surprises on Monday when Apple gives details of the future of iOS, OSX and their “cloud based services”.

It is certainly not like Apple to announce beforehand what the keynote speech will cover albeit it is usually already widely known through the hints and graphics used to announce when the keynotes will take place along with the press invites.

The iCloud concept has been muted for some time now and with Amazon and Google already providing such streaming services and the concept of Spotify heavily subscribed to in some parts, it has given Apple an opportunity to do something they do well.  Sit back, observe and take stock.

In this process, you can usually guarantee that there will be some Wow to the keynote, an angle that only Apple could have delivered or thought of and a way that such services will work that only Apple efficiency can deliver.  And given the investment Apple has made in to their data centre and announcements that there will be more data centres, then the reality dawns that Apple has been looking at this for a long time, and they have been able to consider what they will deliver for a long time.

The fact that the keynote will also cover iOS and OSX future releases, and that MobileMe is due an upgrade (even perhaps iTunes is due one), then it all points to the sort of synronicity and cross device features that Apple have become so good at.

Stay with us on Monday for details.


Amazon Mac Download Store On amazon.com

27 May

So just to hot up the relationship with Apple, Amazon has now launched a download app store for Macs competing directly with the official Mac App Store.  The Mac Download Store is not quite as nifty as the integrated OSX Mac App Store but still with some desirables not available on the official download spot such as Microsoft Office and Toast 10.

From a consumer point of view, lets just say that healthy competition will hopefully be good for all of us buying Mac Apps!  Apple may feel differently.


CleanMyMac…more cheaply!

20 May

CleanMyMac is a great App for your Apple Mac that allows you to “clean your mac”!

Not only can you clean up your cache, trash and mash (okay I used that because it rhymes, Paul MacCartney I am not!), it also efficiently uninstalls programs properly and can generally improve your system performance.

It allows you to get rid of unneeded languages to save space, clean up logs and so on but what I really like about the App is that it can find and remove leftover files.

So check it out as I have noticed today that there is 15% off, see the developers website.

Believe the Hype…

20 May

Hype 1.0 is a new App on the Mac App Store that allows you to create simple but creative websites using HTML5.  Simple and easy to use, attractive websites can be yours in a few clicks with a Keynote like usability to the program, and you can even create animated sites.

The App works well creating sites that work as well on IOS devices as OSX and the reality is that it is pretty well priced.

So if you fancy building your first personal website or if you are a seasoned pro and want to knock something up quickly that works well and looks attractive, check out Hype.

Available now on the Mac App Store.

We are bananas about it!


Things productivity app for Mac, iPad & iPhone tested

19 May

I am big on anything which helps me organise my to do tasks and keep focussed on what are the most important tasts.  My only issue is that I do not want to be messing around for ages trying to figure the app out.  I have also been really disappointed by many productivity apps in working across all the platforms I use (for me Mac, iPad and iPhone).

So when a friend recommended Things to me I thought I would give it a go.  I was a little disappointed that I could not try without buying but once I got in to the app it was clear that would not be a problem as I became increasingly impressed.  So here are the features I like;

  • It will handle to-dos, notes, due dates and provides ability to have individual project areas.
  • You can track what is due today, what is coming up whats next, pretty much any way you like using the Smart task lists.
  • I can enter repeating tasks.
  • It can sync with my iCal Mac calender program.
  • If something pops in to my mind to do and I need to note it quickly, I can make a Quick Entry rather than going through loads of options.
  • I particularly like the “Someday” filing feature for those tasks I would like to get round to or projects I am thinking of doing but will wait.  This feature is particularly good as it stops those someday features disappearing from my mind altogether so I never get round to thinking about them.
  • Logbook keeps a record of all my completed tasks so I can go back if I am unsure or want to review or pull back in old tasks for whatever reason.
  • I like the way I can tag tasks, to-dos etc with my own tags.
But ultimatelty what I really like about the app is how I can sync it across iPad and iPhone as well to keep all my devices up to date as to what I have coming up and when things are due.  And it works great as long as you have all your devices on the same wireless network.
There are a few draw backs;
  • You have to pay for the app on each of your devices so I had to pay for my Mac app, iPhone app and iPad app.  Pricing is reasonable but they should really think about a discount for those users who are effectively buying all the cross platform apps at the same time.
  • It only syncs across devices on same wireless network.  Its not a great problem but it would have been great to sync over the mobile network especially given that my iPad is 3G enabled.
  • It is not really built to send tasks between different users even though you can add colleagues so over a network even, it is not a standard feature albeit they do have a workaround but all seems a little stressing when it could be built in to work the Mac way, seemlessly.
The developers Cultured Code are always proiding updates so no doubt they will start to bring new features (as they do), provide bug fixes (as they do) and hopefully sort something out on my three issues with the app.
Having said all of that I think this is a terrific app and well worth buying especially if you would like simplicity without compromise.  It’s even won awards!
Available on Mac App Store for your Mac and iTunes for iPhone and iPad or see their website using link above.

More Evidence of Apple iCloud?

19 May

Patently Apple are reporting a patent highlighting Apples plans for a Cloud media streaming service.  But the article suggests there is something unique about the way the service is to be delivered.

To avoid streaming problems, the media source is partially locally stored.  See Patently Apple for their full article.

Given the reports suggesting Apple has done a deal for media streaming with EMI and on brink of other similar deals, this all points to hopefully something imminent, perhaps as early as June at the next Apple Developers Conference.


Apple signs deal with music companies for iCloud licensing?

19 May

Some reports kicking around this morning giving a clear indication of Apples plans to introduce Cloud streaming to our Apple devices.  CNET is reporting a deal has been signed between Apple and EMI with other big players to closely follow.  So it now appears its a matter of when not if and perhaps Apples annual June announcement will be the time and place.

So what about new hardware to signal the release of iCloud streaming from Apple, we are some way off normal new iPod  announcements but with many reporting the iPhone update this year will not be until September, is it likely that Apple has switched the iPod and iPhone announcements this year in terms of their scheduling from past annual announcements?

We are likely to find out soon.  So June could be a big month, Lion OSX, iCloud, possible new hardware and a revised MobileMe offerring which has been rumoured for some time.  And then later in the yeat iPhone 4s or 5 and iOS 5?

Do you get the feeling the Apple machine is gearing to drop some pretty big announcements in the market?