The one Mac app I have recently discovered via TUAW and have fallen deeply and desperately in love with is called “PhotoBulk” available for Mac users on the App Store for only $4.99 makes your life easier. Bloggers nowadays are being invited left and right to events in which we have to take endless shots and later come home, have the energy to turn on Photoshop to sit and edit each individual shot (changing the lighting, fixing things here and there, resizing, and later on adding our watermarks) a task that should’ve taken you maybe 30 minutes simply to write the text if not less now turns into 2 hours because of the editing you go through for the images.
I personally turn into a lazy couch potato which is why I don’t always blog immediately after I attend an event I was invited to, I can’t just sit there on Photoshop to edit, so I found this beautiful application which allows you to simply drag the images you want to edit (you can add as many as you want) select the information you want to do to the image [optimization, resize, add watermark] and simply click “START”. Voila 10 seconds later you have a new folder with the edited images ready to go into a post, you don’t believe me? Check out the video below and if you love it then go ahead and purchase the app and edit away! [Mac App Store]
Orbit Showtime Network otherwise known as OSN has finally announced the availability of their iPad app which basically allows you to access both Arabic and English entertainment and live sports channels on-the-go. OSN Play was introduced earlier this year when you were asked to sign up for it and all, now with this app you can become more mobile so instead of only watching your shows/live tv on your computer, you can access it on your tablet.
OSN Play is absolutely free for OSN subscribers. All you need to do is register on OSN’s website [Here] and download the free application from the iOS Store [Here]. Once registered, you can access OSN Play with the username and password available. OSN Play has 10 dedicated live-streaming channels and one of the awesome things right now is that you can live-stream the Olympics.
One more thing, with Airplay mirroring you can view it on your TV as well but then again that defeats the purpose in a way doesn’t it?
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and download it.
So the wait is finally over, as of less than an hour ago “Mountain Lion” appeared on the Mac App Store and is available for purchase and download. I am currently downloading it for my insane amount of machines and later on this evening I will point out a way for you to create a Mountain Lion Installation USB Drive so you can install your copy on a number of machines you own.
Available now for 19.99$ [Download Here]
Note: If you purchased a Mac anytime in between June 11 – July 25 visit the following link to enter the Serial number of your machine and get your free copy of Mountain Lion. You basically qualify for a free upgrade from Lion to Mountain Lion. [Link]
The wait is finally over! Those of you who are anxiously waiting for Apple’s latest Operating System release (OS X) Mountain Lion the wait is finally over. Apple has announced today that Mountain Lion will be offered for sale on July 25 for 19.99$ on the Mac App Store (I believe 10$ cheaper than last years).
The release was announced by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, in which he reconfirmed that iOS6 will be out this fall. Being that I’m a huge Apple fangirl (yes I admit that I am, and everyone is calling me right now “Mother of Apples”) I have found TUAW’s list of “Getting Ready for Mountain Lion” quite helpful. So be sure to check them out here. [Link]
Look forward to the following new features:
- Preview gets a built in minimal image editor and is more than just an application to view photos.
- Messages are now available on your Mac machines, so you can carry on your iMessage conversation on your desktop/laptop.
- Dictation is available and works similarly to Siri in terms of you speaking the text and your computer will type it.
- Sharing comes built in with iWork, Safari, and almost everything on your system.
- Notifications are there just like they are on your iOS device.
Tim Cook also hinted out on some amazing new things coming our way soon by stating “We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.” I can’t wait to see what they are, most signs point to a smaller version of the iPad and of course the next generation iPhone.
Yesterday as I was browsing Shahid.NET to catch the latest episode of “Kannat Al Sham” and “Saher Al Lail 3” I noticed a little mark that said something along the lines try our new iOS application. I was surprised and later that evening before going to bed I downloaded the FREE app.
It’s simply a cool app which allows you to access Shahid.Net’s database of TV Shows/Episodes whether they aired on MBC4 or MBC1 they’re there. Ramadan Shows along with English Shows. All you would have to do is select which program you’d like to watch and you can watch it immediately. Currently for Ramadan they are uploading the episodes as soon as they air (let’s give it an hour or so after it airs the episode is available) and you can watch it with little interruptions. The awesome feature of the app is that if you have an Apple TV (read: Swera) you can immediately send the show you are watching to ‘AirPlay’ on your big screen. It’s clear enough and depending on how fast your internet is, you can easily enjoy your time with it.
One of my pet peeves with the app is the fact that it only functions on Wi-Fi and sometimes can experience some crashing. Otherwise it’s a great one out there. If you remembered my earlier post as to where to watch your Ramadan Shows, Shahid.Net was an option there now there is an app to further help it out. To find out what shows are currently available on the app regarding the Ramadan series here is a list I have compiled:
- “Ferqat Najy 3a6allah”
- “7alaft 3omry”
- “Saher Al Lail 3”
- “Kannat Al Sham o Kanayen Al Shamiya”
- “7eber El 3eyon”
- “Al Khawaja Abdulqader”
- “6aish 3eyal”
- “Ya Hala Eb Shooj Weyana”
- “Banat Al 3eela”
- “7ekayat Banat”
- “Khawa6er 8”
- “Al Mesageyel 2”
- “Ma3a Sebq El Esraar”
- “6areq o Hayona”
There seems to be an insane amount of technology news today that I felt needed to share with you and so I have compiled the best of the best in this little humble post.
I. Dropbox Expands Available Pro Plans
A few days ago Dropbox has decided to reward their faithful Pro subscribers by doubling their storage. Those of you who have purchased the 50GB Yearly package for 99$ a year now have 100GB and those who purchased 100GB for 199$ a year get 200GB!
What is “Dropbox”? It is an online storage system sort of like iCloud, Google Drive, Box.net, and more. You can store your photos, documents, and videos. Actually any kind of file and be able to share some with friends and family. It’s literally like having a USB flash drive on the cloud. Accessible from any browser or device with the app installed.
I was one of the lucky ones who got the extra 50GB and because I test drove the HTC One X a while back I got 23GB for free (for 2 years) and when I got the Samsung Galaxy SIII I got another 48GB for free (for 2 years) as well in total right now I have a whole shitload of Dropbox space (175GB) and I am happy! [Source]
II. “Tweetbot” Arrives on Your Mac in Alpha Mode
For those of you who are familiar with the “Tweetbot” app on your iPhone and iPad then you will definitely feel at home with the new “Tweetbot” app available for Mac. You can now experience additional power which you don’t get from the “Twitter for Mac” app such as being Retina-ready for the MacBook Pro, not to mention being able to check retweets of your content, mute chatty poeple or hashtags (works for Ramadan when the Dewaniya starts again), and seriously just get more control. If you are still interested then be sure to download the alpha (it’s not even in beta mode) which has a few features missing (iCloud collaboration, Mountain Lion’s Notification Center,etc) and will probably be buggy a bit. [Download here] [Read Quick Hands On by Engadget Here]
III. “Amazing Alex” Debuts on iTunes App Store
Brought to you by Rovio Mobile, the creators of “Angry Birds” and more this new app will be as addictive as the Birds were. You basically have to solve puzzles and gather points. I personally tried it and fell in love with it. Trying to make the ball fall in the basket is quite a hard task makes you think. I guess managers, supervisors, parents, spouses and literally anyone all over the world will lose loved ones to this new app. [Source]
IV. Nexus 7 Pre-orders Start Shipping
Google celebrated the fact that they started shipping the Nexus 7 pre-orders with a rhyme a la Dr. Suess style on twitter. So for the Marzouq’s, Frankom’s, and Qortuba’s of the world I think you can now rest assured that your new toys will be arriving soon! [Source]
I’m a bit late with my Technology Sunday posting, I was hibernating a bit and the weather didn’t help at all with all that dust being around us. Needless to say that the technology world was a bit silent in anticipation for this June 11th, D-Day in my books. But what was great was the availability of a nice “Diablo III” review that was available via Associated Press. It was quite interesting and for those gamer geeks I bet it would speak to you the most.