OS X Mavericks is finally here, so MacLife proudly presents a series of informative how-tos to keep you updated on what has changed and how to use it. Check back often to learn more about the newest Mac operating system from Apple.
One of the more surprising (and nicer) changes Apple made to OS X with Mavericks was the ability to use any TV or display connected to an Apple TV as a second display for your Mac. All Macs that supported AirPlay mirroring in OS X Mountain Lion now have the ability to use AirPlay-connected TVs as a second display in Mavericks. In this article, we’ll show you how to turn this feature on and configure additional options, like changing where the audio comes from and the size of the secondary display.
You’ll have nightmares for days after playing Somethin’ Else’s spookily excellent audio-only survival horror game, Papa Sangre II. This sequel to the innovative 2010 original returns you to the land of the dead in a hunt for trapped memories — this time guided by the voice of Game of Thrones star Sean Bean, who brings a delightful British charm to the proceedings. Papa Sangre II builds well on the successes of its predecessor, but it demands too much from you at times and ultimately sinks into frustrating, tiresome repetition.
Cosmetically, GarageBand 2.0 doesn’t look very different than the previous version, though there are some slight visual tweaks to bring the overall aesthetic in line with the rest of the flattened-down look of iOS 7. Perhaps the single most important functional change is that you can now create compositions with up to 16 tracks on all supported devices running with pre-A7 processors – double the amount allowed before – and up to 32 tracks on the newest A7-equipped iPhones and iPads.
The SuperTooth Disco Twin speakers let you enhance the audio experience on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or other Bluetooth-enabled device with a high-efficiency bass-reflex system that pumps out 16 watts of RMS power per speaker. You can win a pair of speakers for free by entering this month's promotion after the jump!
Portable speakers are known for being portable first, and sounding great...well, almost never. Bose is aiming to change that perception with the SoundLink Mini, a diminutive 1.5-pound speaker that connects to any device via Bluetooth. With seven hours of playback on a single charge, and surprisingly good bass, the SoundLink Mini is an itty-bitty powerhouse, whether it’s on your desk or hanging out in the backyard.
From its days as a pedestrian tab in Music to its clunky, crashy standalone app, Apple has never given podcasts the attention they deserve. A number of top-notch developers have expertly picked up Apple's slack, so when we heard that the makers of the popular RSS reader Feed Wrangler had taken a crack at it, we naturally couldn't wait to check it out. There are essentially three main things that make up a decent podcast app: clean navigation, easy discovery, and seamless listening. Pod Wrangler dutifully checks off each of these boxes, with an utterly simple approach that gives it a leg up on its competitors.
Take your Apple device's sound to the next level with the Minx Go Bluetooth speaker from Cambridge Audio. Sleek and compact, this portable speaker is built to wirelessly stream music to your iPhone, iPad, laptop, or other device so you can fill the room with high-quality sound for up to 18 hours. We're giving one away for free after the jump!
It’s been years since Apple updated its venerable Logic digital audio workstation (DAW) software, and more than a few Mac musicians were despondent about Logic's fate. But out of left field, Apple shipped a significant update that has largely restored faith in the future of the application. Logic Pro X is perhaps the best, most refined version yet, with a cleaned-up interface, even more great instruments and effects, and a price that truly cannot be beat.
Serious music-making and song-sequencing apps on iOS tend to fall along the more complicated end of the spectrum, requiring many hours of tweaking, fiddling, and experimenting before you can master them. It's rare to find a song-crafting app that aims squarely at the younger set and strives to inject a bit of lighthearted fun into the process. Luckily, StarComposer bridges that gap fairly well. It packs a simple, streamlined presentation and enough musical variety to keep its intended audience tinkering away with lots of silly songs, but a couple of head-scratching design decisions keep it from being truly great.
Radio isn’t dead yet, but it has evolved to be something that you listen to on your own terms, picking and choosing programs to check out at your convenience. AGOGO gets this, bringing you personalized audio programming with a slick interface and a number of curated channels. It pulls in the latest radio and newswire archives, podcasts, your local and online music collections, and other audio selections across many different areas, establishing itself as an excellent one-stop shop for your mobile listening needs.