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Art Authority, developers of the award-winning line of classic art apps, today announced all Art Authority apps will be on sale for half price on Black Friday, November 29, 2013. Art Authority for iPad and Art Authority for Mac will be priced at $4.99, and Art Authority K-12 for iPad at $3.99, each 50% off through the App Store. Art Authority for iPhone will be a particularly good deal at $1.99 (60% off).
Art Authority for iPad is the only iPad Reference app named to both of Apple’s Rewind “best of” lists. It brings nearly
70,000 high-resolution classic works of art to users’ fingertips. Hailed as “an experience unlike any other” and “visually dazzling,” the app (along with the K-12 age-appropriate edition) professionally displays paintings and sculptures by over 1000 major western artists from ancient times through current-day. Art Authority for Macintosh and iPhone bring similar functionality to these devices.
All the details of the Art Authority line of apps are available on the Art Authority web site.
Art Authority is the product of an innovative collaboration between two separate software companies, Open Door Networks and Project A. Art Authority’s mission is the design, development and deployment of the best ways for users to experience art on their modern-day devices.
AlliOSNews readers, let Black Friday begin… on Thanksgiving!
Now that you have all consumed your turkey, stuffing and are likely watching football, put those iPads and laptops to work and start saving big on MacMall’s 60 hour Black Friday sale. It is underway now and there are savings everywhere in the store.
Here are some of the amazing savings you can have while supplies last:
- $499 off a MacBook Pro with Retina 15″
- $41 off a 16GB iPad Air
- $60 off a 64GB iPad Air
- $102 off a 21.5″ iMac with an i5 2.7GHz processor
- $40 off an iHome dual charging stereo clock
There are literally hundreds of things to find savings on throughout the store. Plus shipping is free on almost every item.
Click on the banner above and start savings! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Software development company, TappyTaps has announced a Thanksgiving event sale for Baby Monitor 3G for both iOS and Mac. The Baby Monitor 3G app lets you hear every noise from your baby’s room, and you can even see live video, talk to, and soothe your child remotely. Past versions required two iOS devices: the first remained in the child’s room as the monitor unit, while the second remained with the parents; and, until now, the Mac could only be used as the parent device.
But, following feedback and requests from our customers, this new update of Baby Monitor 3G for Mac also lets you use
your computer as a monitoring device. This gives you far greater flexibility and means you can check on your baby from an iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch, or even another Mac. This highly requested feature gives parents greater flexibility and even allows those without two iOS devices to use the app to its full potential.
Coming off of the first beta issued last week, Apple has seeded a new beta of OS X 10.9.1 to the developer community. 10.9.1 will be the first major update to OS X Mavericks when it is released to the public in the coming weeks.
The new beta is Build 13B35 and is asking developers to focus heavily on Mail in OS X. According to our secret developer, there are a lot of improvements around Gmail support in Mail along with improved reliability around Smart mailboxes and contact groups.
Other things developers are being asked to review are VoiceOver issues with reading text with an emoji, a periodic update of the Shared Links when they are open in the Safari sidebar and improved VPN functionality when connecting to a OS X server.
There is no indication of if this is the last beta (likely not) nor do we know exactly when OS X 10.9.1 will be generally available to the public. It is important to note however that Apple seems to have picked up the pace on development on both iOS and OS X. Updates are coming much more frequently than they were previously on both platforms. According to our developer, this latest build feels “very complete” but ultimately that is for Apple to decide.
If you are interested in the Apple Developer program, just visit http://developer.apple.com for more details and information.
Independent game developer Mando Productions today announced that their highly anticipated title The Dead Flowers Case is now open for backing on Kickstarter. Mando Productions, led by the creative minds behind best-selling classic adventure game Syberia, has teamed up with acclaimed Steampunk sculptor and artist Stephane Halleux, to bring his amazing universe of characters to life in a point and click murder mystery adventure for PC, Mac and Tablets (Android and iOS). Stephane Halleux is also the creative force behind ‘Mr Hublot’, recently shortlisted in the Best Animated Short Film category in the 86th Academy Awards.
Backers of the project will have a chance to own bespoke items from the game including artbooks and limited edition character statues signed and authenticated by Stephane Halleux himself. They’ll also have a chance to meet the artist and the game developers in Paris.
The Dead Flowers Case is set in a fantasy mechanised “Steampunk” alternate reality in which flowers and plants have long
since become extinct and the world runs to (apparent) mechanical perfection. However, this precise order of things is thrown into chaos when the body of a senior employee at a car factory is found dead at his desk. The only clue to his murder are the dead flowers placed by his side. From this point, the player assumes the role of detective, exploring the game’s world, questioning its strange and colourful citizens, and uncovering more clues that will eventually unravel the mystery as to who committed the terrible crime. The game’s 3D characters are all fully rendered in real-time 3D by the game engine against pre-designed, highly detailed backdrops.
Twelve South is proud to present BookBook Travel Journal, a new way to travel with iPad. BookBook Travel Journal is an all-in-one leather travel case for iPad Air or iPad mini – and all the essential accessories that go with it. Inside this vintage book-style case you will find a soft-lined sleeve to store your iPad, plus a dozen adjustable elastic bands and pockets to neatly organize your power adaptor, cables, stylus, headphones and more. Compatible with iPad Air, iPad mini and all previous iPad models, BookBook Travel Journal is available now for $99.99 at Twelve South.
Rather than stowing small items like a charger, stylus, mouse, noise-cancelling headphones and other important travel
items in the depths of a cavernous backpack, the BookBook Travel Journal keeps them sorted and within easy reach. This handsome, genuine leather case offers a small, lightweight solution that enables users to leave behind their bulky backpack, messenger bag or briefcase when on the go. Now you can store everything you need for your next presentation, meeting or class inside the ultimate reference book – the BookBook Travel Journal.
“If your workspace, your business trips or your weekend getaways are now iPad only…you just don’t need that extra large laptop bag anymore,” said Andrew Green, Creative Director of Twelve South. “What you need is a case just the right size for the essentials: your charger, a nice set of headphones, a few cables and your iPad. BookBook Travel Journal keeps everything neatly organized and ready to go without the bulkiness of the old-school computer bag. So next time you travel, all you need is a good book.”
Still traveling with a MacBook Pro or Air? BookBook Travel Journal works like a toolbox for your MacBook, efficiently and neatly stowing all of your accessories like your mouse, power adaptor, jump drives, earbuds, cables and other adapters. Not ready to give up your favorite bag? Use BookBook Travel Journal to organize and store everything previously just tossed inside.
Slide open the dual zippers on this versatile travel case to reveal four pockets, five elastic bands and a plush-lined compartment for iPad that keeps your gear safe, organized and at the ready. BookBook Travel Journal is thoughtfully designed to keep your most important accessories – including your high-end headphones with fold flat ear cups – perfectly indexed against a soft tweed, leather-accented interior. The iPad sleeve accommodates the new iPad Air and mini (as well as all previous iPad models), even with an Apple Smart Cover attached. BookBook Travel Journal offers you the ultimate in iPad and accessory storage, all in a case that’s about the size of the Steve Jobs book by Walter Isaacson.
A bonus feature of BookBook Travel Journal is that it shrewdly disguises your iPad and accessories as a vintage book, keeping everything inside safely out of sight to those around you. Set BookBook down in a busy airport cafe and nearly everyone who sees it will think it is the book you will read on your flight or an old calendar folio. Take BookBook Travel Journal on your next trip. Order today at twelvesouth.com.
OS X Mavericks is the 10th version of the UNIX-based “Ten” OS from Apple. This new version is not revolutionary as previous versions of OS X have been but rather is evolutionary. There are refinements throughout the OS that bring a sleeker, more uniform feel to Macs but also brings online several new feature that, until Mavericks, was only on iOS. It is clear that paths of OS X and iOS continue to converge at many points, particularly around apps.
It could be argued – successfully we think – that the bulk of the really cool bits of OS X Mavericks are actually things that most users will never even know are working in their favour. Indeed with changes to how your Mac’s CPU and memory are utilised by OS X, even older Mac’s should see a little more pep-in-their-step with the underlying architecture changes.
In our review of OS X Mavericks we will touch on those under-the-keyboard changes that make your Mac operate more efficiently and we will cover the key new features and functions of this latest edition of OS X. All-in-all we think that OS X Mavericks is a worthy successor to the hugely popular and rock-solid Mountain Lion and should bring benefits and unification of applications and processes to many Mac users.
Personal Hotspot is a feature that has been available in iOS since version 4.3 and allows you to effectively turn your iPhone into your own Internet access point. By configuring it, you can connect your Mac, PC or WiFi only iPad to your iPhone as if it were a WiFi access point, leveraging the 3G connectivity that your iPhone has for Internet Access. In this How To we will show you how to enable Personal Hotspot on your iPhone and connect up a device to it.
Before we begin there are two important things you need to keep in mind about setting up your Personal Hotspot. First, you have to have the feature enabled on your account with your mobile provider. Most providers throughout the world charge an additional fee to enable the feature and allow only a certain amount of data via this “tethering”. You will need to make sure that you have this on your account with your provider or you likely not be able to enable the feature on your iPhone. For the purpose of this How To we are assuming you have this enabled on your account. Please do not email AlliOSNews to enable this feature for you. We can’t do it – you have to go through your mobile carrier.
Secondly, you should be very mindful of the amount of data that you are using when you are using your Personal Hotspot on your iPhone. Macs, PCs and other connected devices can rapidly consume large chunks of data and if you have a small and/or limited data plan you could end up with significant overage charges. Put it another way: Most of us should only use Personal Hotspot as an emergency solution to get online from your Mac or PC.
Wallpapers for our Mac, iPhone and iPad are what in many ways give our devices a personal touch. The challenge though is finding a wallpaper that fits us as individuals. That is where uDesktop NEXT comes to the rescue. uDesktop NEXT is a Mac app that allows you to find wallpapers for your Mac – including Retina sized ones – your iPhone and iPad in a wide range of categories. Better still, the app makes finding these wallpapers easy and making them your wallpaper is a snap. uDesktop NEXT is one of the better wallpaper apps for Mac we have reviewed here at AlliOSNews both for its ease of use as well as the thousands of wallpapers, most of which are unique to the app, that are downloadable for free from within it.
Apple has quietly released OS X 10.8.5, the latest update for Mountain Lion. The update, which is available through updates in the App Store app on your Mac, brings a wide range of fixes, updates and improvements to the current OS from Cupertino.
In the release notes on this update, Apple provides a rather detailed list of items addressed n the update.
The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update:
- Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages
- Improves AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Resolves an issue that may prevent a screen saver from starting automatically
- Improves Xsan reliability
- Improves reliability when transferring large files over Ethernet
- Improves performance when authenticating to an Open Directory server
- Addresses an issue that prevented a smart card from unlocking preference panes in System Preferences
- Contains the improvements included in MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0
The update is free to those already running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
After upgrading my Mid-2011 Macbook Pro with this update I can say that Mail performance has greatly improved and seems far more reliable, especially with an Exchange account.