Your Mac is a finely tuned, intricate machine. Just like a car, every aspect of your Mac plays a crucial role in its overall performance. This Cult of Mac Deals offer is for an app that will help keep your Mac running in tip-top shape. That’s because we’re featuring xScan – the same software many professionals use to diagnose technical issues with Mac operating systems.
xScan has been specifically designed to help you monitor the behavior and health of your Mac in a simple and straightforward manner. Consider it lifetime health insurance for your Mac – and Cult of Mac Deals has it for only $10.
Here are some of the features of xScan:
Detects all hardware and hard drive failures.
Customizable alert management including optional email alerts.
Monitor the behavior and temperature of processors.
Monitor the size of your disks space, even for hidden partitions.
Monitor used memory and processor levels.
Monitor bandwidth (In and Out).
Detect the communication of apps with remote servers.
Additional technical information for airport/wifi networks.
Viewable analytics via innovative chart.
View recent crash reports from apps with the ability to remove the program completely.
Export a report to PDF format.
This software works in real time…meaning you’ll be alerted the second an issue arrives. xScan will also provide useful tips to help you fix these issues. To learn even more about xScan – including all important reminders surrounding this offer – head over to the Deals page.
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Evernote Food, the iOS app for foodies that lets you keep a record of all the recipes and restaurants you want to remember, has received a major new update adding a number of neat new features. In addition to OpenTable reservations, users can now share recipes with their friends, enjoy better search results, and more.
With Evernote Food 2.1, you can add recipes from Evernote to Evernote Food’s “My Cookbook” section using a specified notebook or tag, making it even easier to keep track of your favorite meals. And if you want to share those recipes with your friends, you can do so via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
If you don’t fancy cooking tonight, Evernote Food will also help you find a great restaurant, and book a table. The latest version adds venue ratings from Foursquare, so you can find the best places to eat nearby, as well as OpenTable integration, so you can book without leaving the app.
Improvements have also been made to images and search. Meal images load more quickly, and you’ll now get improved search results for recipes and meals. Furthermore, you can now browse and search for recipes in Chinese and Japanese.
You’ll find Evernote Food 2.1 in the App Store now by hitting the source link below. As usual, the app is completely free.
Amazon’s Gold Box deal today is a 4TB Seagate Backup Plus hard drive for $140. This is an excellent deal. Here’s why:
First, at $140 — which is at least $35 lower than the next closest price — it comes out to $35 per TB, which is a fantastic price even for bare drives. Second, this is a well-liked desktop model with USB 3.0 connectivity. The Wirecutter’s Seamus Bellamy rated it as their “favorite external drive.” Finally, if you’ve ever lost a laptop or had an onboard drive fail, you know recovering your data costs way more time and money than simply doing proper backups.
Holding an iPad, especially the larger-sized iPad one through four, can be an exercise in finger strength, especially when typing with your thumbs in landscape mode and holding the iPad with both hands. Luckily, back in iOS 5, Apple gave us all the ability to split the iPad keyboard and move it closer to the middle of the screen. This also comes in handy with the new iPad mini when in landscape mode.
Here’s how to make it happen.
Bring up an app in which you need to type, like the Notes app. Tap into a new note, and when the keyboard comes up, you have two ways to split it. One, tap and hold on the icon in the lower right-hand corner that typically dismisses the keyboard. A menu will pop up that says Undock and Split. Choose Split to spread the keyboard apart, bringing the keys closer to the edges of the iPad, making them more easily accessed with thumbs. The other way to split the keyboard is to simply place one finger from each hand in the middle of the keyboard, and swipe outwards. Or, if you have big hands, you can do it with a pinch outward tap and swipe gesture.
Tap and the keyboard dismiss button to see the popup menu. This time, choose Undock. The keyboard will float to the middle of the screen. If you tap and swipe the dismiss key upward, you’ll get both effects: the keyboard will slide upwards on the screen, and eventually split. Find the most comfortable place to place the keyboard, and go from there.
Tap and hold the keyboard dismiss button to Merge and Dock your keyboard as well, or pinch in and drag downward.
In the rankings of where you need to use proper grammar and spelling and sentence structure, text messages has to be in the neighborhood of last place. Right next to YouTube comments. It’s because texts are a mindless quick shot form of communication. But maybe writing poor word vomit texts points to something larger… like having a stroke. That’s what some doctors have found. And they’re calling it dystexia.
Doctors in Detroit have found a 40-year-old man who has no problem in reading, writing or comprehending language but suffers from dystexia. His text messages make no sense! He messaged “Oh baby your” but followed it up with “I am happy”. The next day he couldn’t convey his thoughts and spoke abnormally and doctors discovered that he had suffered a mild ischemic stroke.
What’s fascinating though is this bit from the NY Times:
Another doctor handed the man a smartphone and asked him to type a text message with the sentence, “The doctor needs a new BlackBerry.”
“She said, ‘Type this exactly how I’m saying it, and don’t make any abbreviations or anything,’” Dr. Kaskar said.
In response, the man typed, “Tjhe Doctor nddds a new bb.”
When asked if the sentence looked correct, the man said he could not see anything wrong with it.
As doctors found a lesion in his brain’s Broca’s area, they’re speculating that the Broca’s area might be the part of the brain that handles texting. The man who suffered the stroke went through other language tests and doctors couldn’t find any deficit in comprehension, his only problem was texting. So maybe we have a part of our brain that treats texting as a new form of language. And maybe poor texting could eventually become a stroke symptom. Read more about it at the NY Times.
Blackberry’s demise, much talked about and somewhat goaded, is on hold while the world reacts to the Blackberry 10 OS and two handsets launching on March 22. And already someone has come forward to buy a million units. So that’s…unexpected.
The purchase is the biggest single order in Blackberry history. It’s not clear who all those phones are going to, but a Blackberry spokesperson told AllThingsD that it was an anonymous “established partner.” Could be a carrier or a government organization, or maybe it’s just the mom of every Blackberry employee chipping in.
I hate taxis. I hate having to find one. I hate having to talk to the driver. I hate paying them, and then worrying about how much I’m supposed to tip them (presumably spending the entire journey chatting to their cousins via Bluetooth headset counts as “service.”) So I’m very happy to have Taxi Turvi in my arsenal. It’s a weapon to be wielded against dodgy cabbies.
I have a friend who loves taxi journeys so much that she wants to travel the world in the back of cabs. I find them a constant source of stress. I’m also happy to just walk away without paying if the driver is obviously trying to rip me off, but not everyone is as stupid as me, so they can now fight fraud with evidence.
When you climb into the cab, hit “start” in the Taxi Turvi app. When you arrive at your destination, hit “Stop.” That’s it. Now you can see a map showing your route, and the shorter route the driver probably should have taken. Now, when he tries to charge you according to the meter that’s been running the whole time during his deliberate detour, you can show him the map and hope that he’ll relent.
Still got no satisfaction? You can tap in the driver’s number and post it to Facebook for some public shaming. The app will even recommend a tip, based on the driver’s efficiency I’d guess.
Cab drivers will hate it of course. Even the good ones. Sometimes they take a detour because of local knowledge. What might look on the map like the long way round is in fact a route which avoids the local game-day traffic. Or maybe there are extensive roadworks? Still, if you know the town yourself then Taxi Turvi should still provide a good tool. And as it works pretty much anywhere that you have a cellphone and GPS signal, it’s great in foreign countries, where you have no idea of where you’re going.
The app is free, and available right now.
Last year, Twitter acquired a small music discovery service called We Are Hunted. The site was shut down, and now Twitter might be ready to use it in a big way.
A new report claims that Twitter will launch its own music discovery app for iOS called Twitter Music. If things go well, we might even get the app as soon as this month.
CNET reports that the standalone music app for iOS will suggest artists and songs to listen to based on a variety of different channels so that you get your own personalized music recommendations.
We’ve seen a lot of companies try to create a great music recommendation service, but most of them aren’t that great, so it will be interesting to see if Twitter’s social network is the key to find great music. According to CNET, the music will be streamed to your iPhone via SoundCloud.
The interface for the new app will consist of six tabs, one called #NowPlayer, another for suggestions, one for artists you’re following, one for artist the people you follow follow, one for popular songs, and the last tab will be for rising artists.
While no word was released on price, We Are Hunted was a free service, so we imagine Twitter Music will be free too. It doesn’t sound like it will really take on Rdio and Spotify just yet, but you can think of it as a Shazam and Soundhound competitor when it comes out.
Google has just announced that it’ll be killing off Google Reader in its latest ‘spring cleaning’. That means many people’s favorite RSS reader will be turned off for good on July 1, 2013.
We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.