“Just remember, every cloud has a silver lining. Except for mushroom clouds. They have a lining of Iridium and Strontium-90.” This is just one of many witticisms that the new Carrot Weather for Mac ($10) will entertain you with as you try to figure out whether to bring an umbrella with you for the day. Billed as an app “overflowing with personality,” Carrot’s weather forecasts are anything but dull, with dialogue, characters, and scenery that will change in surprising and unexpected ways.Read More
The epic three-dimensional real-time-strategy game that set the standard for its genre returns on the Mac App Store as Homeworld Remastered ($35), a new compilation of the all of the campaigns from the original 1999 Homeworld and the 2003 sequel, Homeworld 2, remastered with high-definition graphics, a fully remastered score, and high-fidelity voice recordings by the original actors. As an added bonus, the Remastered edition also includes the Classic versions of both games for the purists that want the nostalgia of playing the originals.Read More
Juiceboxx’s MacBook Charger Case ($20) is exactly what it claims to be — a two-piece hardshell case that snaps in place around a MacBook charger to prevent the cord from fraying. The polycarbonate case attaches to a charger — Juiceboxx currently offers cases for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro chargers — and the cord is threaded through a hole to the outside before snapping the case into place. A built-in groove still allows for winding the charger’s cord up for storage.Read More
In tandem with today’s launch of Apple Music, the company has also pushed out an update to its GarageBand ($5) music creation software, with a tie-in that allows artists to now publish their tracks directly to the Apple Music Connect service, allowing jams and mixes in progress to be quickly shared with fans.Read More
For casual Instagram users, the web site and mobile apps are probably more than sufficient, but if you’re heavily into the social photo service, Menu Bar Labs’ Diapositive ($4) provides an OS X app for getting at your Instagram feed. Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite, this app provides a stream-like browsing experience similar to Twitter clients we’ve seen, with tabs at the top that let you access your own feed, Instagram’s most popular posts, posts you’ve liked, profiles, and a search for users and tags. The feed itself is elegantly simple, with photos front and center, descriptions and tags, and easily accessible buttons for liking and commenting on posts.Read More
Western Digital’s newest update to its My Passport for Mac ($100-$200) portable hard drive features 256-bit AES password-protected hardware encryption. The Time Machine-compatible hard drive uses USB 3.0 for fast transfer rates. Backed by a three-year limited warranty, the updated My Passport for Mac comes in 1TB, 2TB, or 3TB options — we received the 2TB version.Read More
Although trackpads are becoming more popular options for Mac users, a lot of folks still prefer to use traditional mice as their pointing device, and Logitech continues to up the game in this area with its MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse ($80). Designed for portability, this new mouse features a new Darkfield Laser Sensor that’s designed to track on any surface you put it on — including glass — so you can use it just about anywhere you happen to be, with nothing more than a flat surface required. The compact design allows you to easily slip it into a bag, and a countered shape and rubber surface makes it comfortable even for prolonged use.
The scroll wheel on the MX Anywhere 2 mouse is equipped with hyper-fast scrolling, so you can quickly read through long documents or Web pages and then shift to click-to-click mode for more precise navigation.
Similar to the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse can be customized by using Logitech OptionsTM software to replicate touch gesture controls on Mac® computers so you can accomplish more with precise control. The rechargeable battery lasts up to two months replacing the need for spare batteries, and one minute of USB-cord charging gives you up to two hours of usage.
While Apple brought its new “Force Touch” feature to the 13-inch model of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display around the same time as the new MacBook, Apple’s larger model has taken a bit longer to get the update. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($1,999 - $2,499) goes a step beyond simply adding the Force Touch trackpad, however, with some nice performance boosts to storage and battery life.Read More
Apple has updated its iMac with Retina 5K Display ($1,999 – $2,299) which first debuted last fall, dropping the price of the original model, introducing a second more affordable option, and emphasizing the higher resolution display by adding “5K” to the product’s name. Sporting the same 27” 5120 x 2880 display, the $1,999 model features a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics, 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage alongside four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.Read More
We were pretty impressed with IK Multimedia’s iRig Pads MIDI Groove Controller when it arrived last year, and the company has now taken its offering up a notch with its iRig Pads Editor (free), a Mac application that lets users much more easily customize the MIDI controller for their own personal creative process.Read More
While advanced photo editing tools such as Photoshop can certainly allow you to do things like apply blurs in order to hide private information, or “redact” images, it’s definitely overkill if that’s all you want to do on a regular basis. And of course, not everybody even keeps these kinds of “pro” tools on their Mac. Fortunately, if all you’re looking to do is redact documents or screenshots, however, Nothing Magical’s Redacted ($5) offers an inexpensive and quick solution. Simply drag-and-drop the image you want to work within into Redacted and drag boxes over the sections you want to hide. You can even choose from three different redacting styles — pixellate, blur, or a simple black bar.Read More
While Apple’s Photos app is a handy way to organize your photos, its options for converting and updating metadata are limited at best, so in these cases you’re better off simply exporting your photos and passing them through a third-party app more specifically geared toward the task. Enter Overmacs’ Reformator ($12), an app expressly designed for bulk image operations, including converting into popular formats, assigning meaningful names, watermarking with text and images, making adjustments, and more.Read More
Mobee Technology’s Magic Hub ($50) is a peripheral that mounts on the back of an iMac to give users three extra USB ports. Magic Hub has four USB 3.0 ports — one is used to connect with the iMac itself — and all ports output 2.1A. The peripheral is directly powered by the iMac or monitor itself, and it’s able to charge devices even when the iMac is turned off.Read More
Now that Apple has released its Photos app for OS X, it’s probably a good time to deal with cleaning up your library before migrating it over and moving it to iCloud Photo Library — especially since you’ll need to pay Apple for space to upload your photos to iCloud, and if you have duplicates in your library, those definitely will count. If you’ve already made the plunge and migrated your library over to the new Photos app, you’ve probably noticed that Apple has done nothing to deal with avoiding duplicates, and of course if you’re trying to consolidate photos from more than one place to get them all into a single Photos library, the process can get even more confusing. Fortunately, Overmacs has you covered with PhotoSweeper 2.1 ($10), an update to our favorite photo duplicate management app release, made to specifically add support for the new Photos app.Read More