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Best Mac apps for instant messaging

Posted by On August - 21 - 2014
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There are a lot of instant messaging services out there. There are fewer instant messaging clients that are actually capable of supporting multiple services and protocols. Here are the best for the Mac.


Adium

Adium is a free app for the Mac that can connect you with quite a few different instant messaging services. It works with AOL Instant Messenger, XMPP (so it works with Google Talk and Facebook Chat), MSN Messenger, ICQ, Twitter, IRC, and more.

Adium supports features like tabbed windows, integrates support for OS X’s own Contacts apps, and lets you theme your message windows so you can customize the look and feel. It’s a nice alternative to Apple’s own Messages application, especially if you’re dependent on instant messaging systems that Messages doesn’t support.

Messages

Apple’s default messaging app is a vital tool, especially thanks to its integration with Apple’s iMessage ecosystem, making it possible to trade messages, audio and video with anyone who uses a Mac or an iOS device. It supports other messaging protocols, too: AOL Instant Messenger, Google Talk, Jabber and Yahoo. For many people, Messages is the only instant messaging app they need.

Where Messages comes up short is in supporting protocols like IRC, ICQ and some others. That’s where Adium comes to the rescue.

Trillian

Like Adium, Trillian supports a broad number of protocols: Google Talk, MSN, AIM, ICQ, Facebook, Yahoo and others. It does a great job of integrating with social networks. Trillian’s also available for iOS, so you can have the same messaging experience regardless of what device you’re using.

Trillian is free to download, but to get the most out of it you’ll have to pay. It’s available for a one-time charge of $ 60, or a 20/year “Pro” subscription, both of which net you lots of other useful features like cloud history, tabbed chats and integration with email, so you can do basic mail management or just get alerted to new messages as they come in.

The bottom line

I’ve left off other applications that people certainly use for instant messaging, but don’t fit the multiprotocol mode. Skype is used by hundreds of millions, for example, but it’s not designed to support other systems besides Skype. I’ve also avoided IM systems that depend on a browser to work.

But still I imagine I might have left some out. If there are Mac instant messaging apps that you can’t live without, give ‘em a shout out in the comments!









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Just when you thoughts the world was just starting to get over Flappy Bird, the developer has returned with yet another title, which has just launched on both iOS and Android. Dong Nguyen’s latest hit, titled Swing Copters, puts players in charge of controlling a dude with a copter helmet. The object of the game is to avoid the swings and progress as far as possible, much like its predecessor.

We’ll not spoil the gameplay for you, so be sure to head into the App Store and download the title. Is it addictive? Absolutely, we’ve tried it already. Will it be as successful as Flappy Bird? We’ll have to see, but we bet Nguyen sure hopes so. Let us know how you get on in the comments.









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The final staged release of the first Hearthstone expansion, Curse of Naxxramas, went live today. The Curse of Naxxramas expansion introduced a series of single-player challenges, broken up into five sections, each unlockable with in-game currency or in-app purchases of $ 6.99, or $ 19.99 for the whole batch.

This free-to-play card game has been massively popular among both casual and hardcore gamers, earning itself a spot on our best free iPad games list. For a deep dive, read our full Hearthstone review.

Curse of Naxxramas offered many new cards for defeating the various undead-themed bosses. Many of them focused on Deathrattle abilities, which trigger whenever a minion dies. In addition to the standard single-player bosses, there were hardcore heroic variants available, each with their own unique card rewards, as well as class challenges which pit set decks against various Naxxramas foes.

Grab Hearthstone at the link below, and start working on your daily quests to save up for the new Naxxramas content, if you haven’t already. How many of you are still playing? What kind of deck are you into?









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The Music app that comes built into every iPhone and iPad is responsible not only for storing your music collection from iTunes, it also houses iTunes Match and lets you access iTunes Radio, both of which can eat tremendous amounts of data. And that’s not counting any iTunes in the Cloud purchases you may make. If you aren’t careful, the Music app can quickly eat through your carrier’s data allowance. If this is an issue you’ve been running into, here are some ways you can curb how much data the Music app consumes!


1. Disable the Music app from using cellular data

The quickest and easiest way to keep the Music app for eating through your data plan is to restrict its access to only Wi-Fi. Doing this, you’ll still be able to listen to any content that is physically stored on your iPhone or iPad. You just won’t have access to anything that relies on data such as iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud purchases, and iTunes Radio.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Cellular.
  3. Scroll down and under the Use Cellular Data For section, find Music and turn the setting to Off — the list should be in alphabetical order.

That’s it. The Music app should no longer consume any cellular data.

2. Sync music you listen to often instead of streaming it

If you don’t want to go nuclear but would still like to conserve some cellular data, syncing music you listen to often instead of relying on iTunes Match, is a great way to do just that. Simply sync over your favorite playlists, artists, and albums from your iTunes library on your computer. Or download them while on Wi-Fi with iTunes in the Cloud. This will minimize the amount of data your iPhone or iPad pulls. Then when you want to access music in iTunes Match, you’re only doing so for things you don’t listen to quite as often.

3. Only download music from iTunes in the Cloud over Wi-Fi

If you purchase a lot of music from iTunes, you may notice that you can download and delete it on demand. If you have fast data speeds, this makes it extremely convenient to download music and then delete it to save storage on your iPhone or iPad.

I know many people that do this on a regular basis. Just keep in mind that each time you download an album over cellular, it most likely consumes several megabytes of data at a time. So if at all possible, avoid downloading music when you’re on cellular and opt for Wi-Fi instead.

4. Limit how often you use iTunes Radio

Like any other streaming music service, iTunes Radio uses a data connection in order to serve up radio stations on your iPhone or iPad. If you use the service frequently, this is most likely the reason you’re using so much data within the Music app. Just like iTunes in the Cloud purchases, limiting iTunes Radio usage unless you’re on Wi-Fi is a huge way to mitigate how much data the Music app eats.

5. Disable automatic downloads for music

If you purchase music on your computer via iTunes or through another device regularly, your iPhone or iPad may be downloading it over cellular without you knowing it. Luckily, there’s a super easy way to prevent this behavior from happening by disabling music from downloading automatically. Or if you don’t want to completely disable automatic downloads, just disable the option to use cellular data for all automatic downloads. You may find you save even more data.

Other tips for keeping data usage in the Music app under control?

If you’ve had the Music app eat large amounts of data on your iPhone or iPad, what was actually causing the issue? Was it something different than listed above? If so, be sure to let us know what and how you resolved the problem in the comments!









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When the Apple logo really doesn’t matter

Posted by On August - 19 - 2014
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Last week I posted an editorial extolling the virtues of Apple-branded routers: I think the AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule and AirPort Express make a lot of sense, even if their price and performance can be trumped by other products. There are loads of other cases where I wouldn’t even think twice to go with a third party instead. Here are some of them.


Mice

I admit that the Magic Mouse is nice for its support of gestures on the smooth, featureless surface, but I have to tell you that of all the products that Apple makes, it’s my least favorite. I infinitely prefer the feel and features of third party mice.

Lately I’ve really been enjoying the Razer Taipan mouse that I reviewed back in July. It had a terrific feel and remarkable sensitivity, loads of programmable buttons and absolutely amazing software drivers that let me get the most out of it.

One of the reasons I prefer third party mice to Apple’s own is because I play games, and for the most part, games play wretchedly with the Magic Mouse. That’s because most game developers assume – rightfully, in the case of PC gamers – that their users will have scroll wheels, distinct right buttons, possibly programmable macros and other things that make playing games easier.

While the Magic Mouse may be well-integrated with the operating system and with plain-vanilla apps, games are a different story. I realize I’m an edge case here, but there are other arguments for third-party mice too — they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit different hands, designs vary to accomodate different mouse holding techniques and more.

Keyboards

I have an Apple Wireless Keyboard and I use it with my Mac Pro, but I don’t really like it all that much. My desk setup for my Retina MacBook Pro incorporates a Matias Mini Tactile Pro keyboard, which I infinitely prefer for its mechanical design.

Apple’s keyboard is nice and quiet, but Matias’ has a much stronger key feel that I like, as I prefer to get a bit of resistance from my keyboard as I’m typing. I’ve been using personal computers since the late 70s, when almost all computer keyboards were mechanical, so I’m a bit old-school in this respect.

Even if Matias’ products don’t suit you, it’s not that hard to find a keyboard with Mac-specific layout. Assuming you’d rather go with a commodity keyboard designed for Windows, that doesn’t matter: OS X’s support for PC keyboards is spectacular. If it doesn’t recognize your keyboard, it simply asks you to press a few keys so it knows what type of keyboard you’re using, and it’s off to the races.

Displays

Apple’s Thunderbolt Display is, as I’ve opined before, too long in the tooth for me to bother with. What’s more, it’s $ 999 — way, way out of my price range. That’s why the last two displays I got came from an online reseller called Newegg.com. I got good deals — sales, in fact — on ViewSonic displays that I’ve been very happy with.

Of course, the downside of buying a third party display is that it often doesn’t integrate visually with your Mac as nice as you might like — the Thunderbolt Display’s design language is consistent with the Mac’s, even if it echoes an older iMac design. But the ViewSonics’ black bezel basically disappears for me when I’m using it (I pay no attention to it), so I haven’t found it to be that much of a distraction.

It may cost you a bit of extra money to get the display working with your Mac. If your Mac is equipped with mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt, you’ll need to buy an adapter to connect a DVI or (heaven forbid) a VGA display to your Mac — that means budgeting another $ 20-$ 30 depending on whether you go with Apple or get a third-party interface. But compared to what Apple charges for its one, singular display, you’ll still be get a much better value shopping for a third party display and buying the adapter.

Cables and memory

Apple charges a premium for its own branded Lightning and 30 pin Dock Connector cables. You can find less expensive alternatives anywhere — I even see them at the gas station near my house. But stay away from the really cheap ones. I’d spend a bit more money and get something that carries the Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch logo, which shows that it’s been given the thumbs up by Apple.

In the case of Macs that have upgradeable memory — the standard MacBook Pro, the 27-inch iMac, the Mac mini and older models — you can save a fair amount of cash by going third-party instead of paying Apple’s premium price when you get your Mac configured at the factory. Now, in the case of systems like the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro, you have no choice, since the memory is soldered to the motherboard. But I’ve never had a Mac with upgradeable memory that I didn’t go with third party RAM on, and saved myself a ton in the process.

How about you?

There’s other stuff I left out, like external storage and printers, since Apple doesn’t make any devices like that anymore. But I imagine there are some peripherals and accessories that I’ve left out which you prefer to get from third parties rather than buy from Apple. So what do you have? Let me know.









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Which social networks do you use? [Poll]

Posted by On August - 19 - 2014
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You can find me @reneritchie most of the time. That’s because the social network I use most is Twitter. I use it on my iPhone on the go, on my Mac while I’m working, and on my iPad while I’m reading or browsing. I use it to follow a few people I know and a lot of people in my industry. I seldom look at RSS anymore. To find out what’s going on, I use Twitter. To keep in touch with real-life family and friends, and a few other people in the industry who prefer it, I use Facebook on the iPhone or the web. I use Instagram as well — also @reneritchie — from my iPhone, and sometimes share to Twitter and Facebook from there. And… that’s about it. Only not really. Let me explain…

I do use Facebook but I don’t put a lot of personal information there. I don’t store a lot of photos, I don’t check in, and don’t do anything much at all but share the occasional story, and like and comment on the occasional post or link. That’s more than I do on LinkedIn though. Mostly because I can’t find anything else to do on LinkedIn. Likewise Pinterest.

Google+ I use because Google’s bundled Hangouts there and that’s our office video conferencing tool and what we use for our podcasts. Otherwise, I share the occasional story there too, and the occasional +1 or comment, and I keep up with my Google- and Android-invested friends. Like LinkedIn, however, I’m hard pressed to find anything else much to do there. And… that’s about it. Seriously this time. Kinda.

Everything else has fallen by the wayside. However, I’m curious how you use social? Which networks are you on the most, how do you access them, and what do you use them for? Let me know your vote up top — just pick the ones you use a lot! — and give me the details in the comments below!

Note: I’m only including social networks with some public component in this, so no Snapchat or WhatsApp or the like.









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App development education group Big Nerd Ranch has announced a roadshow for Swift and iOS 8. Coming this fall, the eight-city show will offer advanced classes for both Swift and iOS 8 to experienced iOS developers. These will be one-day courses, and developers can sign up for either or both. They will run from 8AM to 5PM and cost $ 700. Both classes will go over the ins and outs of Apple’s new software and programming language, for instance, detailing the differences in writing in Swift and Objective-C.

The Roadshow will kick off on October 2 in Atlanta, lasting there until October 3. The show will come to San Francisco on October 9 and 10. From October 16-17, the show will be in Portland Oregon and New York City. Washington DC and London will have it on October 23 and 24, while Chicago will host on November 6 and 7. The show ends with the Austin, Texas stop on December 11 and 12.

Registration for the show opens on August 18. If it’s coming to a city near you, will you be signing up for one or both of the classes? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: Big Nerd Ranch









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Best iPhoneography of the week

Posted by On August - 17 - 2014
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Every day, millions of photos are taken around the world, and a good chunk of those are taken on an iPhone. It’s no wonder why — the iPhone is super portable, has an amazing iSight camera and an incredibly easy to use Camera app. Combine that with the ability to share photos instantly via Twitter, Instagram and other social networks, and you have the perfect solution for capturing and publishing any moment imaginable. So, each week we’re going to scour the social networks for uplifting, inspiring, touching, and all around amazing photos using #iphone #iphoneography #vscocam and similar hashtags and embed the best of what we find. And since iMore has an Instagram account now, if you really want to get our attention and get featured, use #imoregram to make sure we don’t miss it. Enjoy!




Remember to tag your photos with #iphone #iphoneography (and especially #imoregram if you want to make it super easy!) for next week. And if you want to take your iPhonegraphy to the next level, check out:

What was your favorite iPhone (or iPad — we don’t judge!) photo of the week? Drop a link in the comments below!









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Today Only: Buy the BodyGuardz Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for iPhone 5, 5C, 5S and save 50%

These ScreenGuardz are custom designed to protect your iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5′s display while reducing annoying glare at the same time. They’re made of an ultra-slim polymer and shield your screen from abrasive elements at all times. Includes 2 per pack!









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Most of us have many different account types linked to our iPhones and iPads. This includes sign-ins for email, contacts, calendars, and even services like iMessage. If you let a small child use your iPhone or iPad, it may be a good idea to revoke the ability to change and alter accounts while restrictions are enabled. This way you never


How to block the ability to change accounts with iOS parental controls

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Restrictions.
  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions at the top if they aren’t already. If they are, skip to step 6.
  5. Choose a 4-digit passcode that only you will know. Your child should never know this password.
  6. Tap on Accounts under the Allow Changes section — it’s close to the bottom of the page.
  7. Tap on Don’t Allow Changes.

That’s it. No one will be able to change accounts unless they turn off restrictions first.









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