photoSpark is working to make strides to revolutionize the consumption of news. The new app allows users to share and read articles posted by friends from sources such as The New York Times and Medium.com. Spark’s aesthetically pleasing interface takes a minimalist approach allowing the user to focus on the content and easily navigate through the application.

This application divides articles into timelines (home, spark, fire) promoting articles within the network of users followed as well as trending articles. Users are encouraged to post intriguing articles, the more likes and comments brings the possibility of an article to catch “Fire” on the Fire timeline.  Overall, Spark offers an intuitive user interface and personalized news. Download Spark on the App Store today!

For more on Spark visit thesparkapp.com

 

 

OS X Mavericks Intro

 

The latest version of OS X has brought even more comfort to Mac Users. The powerful OS X Mavericks has so many new features that you may miss some of them if you’re not careful. So to help you become a Mavericks expert, we’ve decided to provide you a few tips and tricks for more efficient use of the new operating system.

Finder

By pressing Command + T, now you can open tabs in your finder, a lot like browser tabs in Safari. Furthermore, the previous Mac OS X Lion Finder could label folders and files with various colors. Now with Mavericks, these color labels could be assigned specific meanings under Finder Preferences.

Notifications

Few years ago, Apple enabled notifications from websites on Safari. Now, these notifications can be delivered even without having to be on the website that is sending the notification. These notifications can be managed under Safari preferences. Mavericks also allows a Do Not Disturb Mode which can be set under System preferences. This allows you to be free from notifications disturbing you for a certain period of time. In addition, Update notifications can be delayed through clicking the Later button on the Update notification.

Performance

App Nap  is a new feature that aims to extend battery life while enhancing overall performance. The App senses windows behind others and slows them down until they are switched back in to main focus. For example a video will stop playing once it is not visible in the window, to save power. In addition, the new OS X automatically frees up memory space when needed and compresses memory of other applications when inactive.

OS X Mavericks App Nap

Want to learn more about the OS X Mavericks?

Check out: http://www.apple.com/osx/advanced-technologies/

 

 

Meet Woodchuck, where local craftsmanship, quality, and nature are blended together to produce high quality wood products to fit into your lifestyle in the form of cases and skins made out of Cedar, Bamboo, Mahogany, Walnut, and Birch just to name a few.

Woodchuck Skins

Today we will be taking a look at the Woodchuck iPhone 5s Bamboo Wood Skin as well the Woodchuck MacBook Air Mahogany Wood Skin.

In terms of style, you can’t beat Woodchuck. The look and feel of the wood surpasses most other wooden cases that I have come across in the past in both the Mahogany and Bamboo wood types. The edges were perfectly rounded off, and the surface was sanded to be a smooth and splinter free.

For me, this was the perfect way to bring character to my MacBook Air in an extremely low profile way, as the skins are cut in a way that will not add on to your device’s width, but thick enough to be durable along with a 3M™ Non residue adhesive backing. I would still recommend being careful with the skin until it has been applied on to your device to prevent any bending or breaking of the wood.

Woodchuck Skins

Furthermore, the customization of the cases is a big plus for me. On the MacBook air case the design chosen was a wonderful pattern that you can see above, and I believe having the ability to customize the product brings a whole new side to Woodchuck. The extra dollars are well spent, especially if you have something meaningful to put on your case you cannot find elsewhere.

The Bamboo skin shown on my iPhone is attached to a slim black case I had previously (It also comes with a front panel piece). Woodchuck also offers different cases with the wood on the back, as well as the sides for $50 in all different sorts of variation.

Overall if you appreciate quality, minimalist fashion, I would highly recommend customizing your own Woodchuck case or skin for you Apple Products and show off your love of the nature.

Check them out at:
www.woochuckCase.com
Woodchuck iPhone 5s Bamboo Wood Skin ($29.99 + $20 for Custom Engraving)
Woodchuck MacBook Air 13 inch Mahogany Wood Skin ($49.99 + $30 Custom Engraving)

scrivener

Ever since Microsoft Word was developed in the late 90’s, it seems like everyone has been using Word to do anything with writing. Despite the expensive price, Schools and even businesses have required people to use Word for the past two decades. However, powerful Microsoft Word could not satisfy all writer’s needs. Yet it was because they didn’t have to. There are dozens of Mac applications that people are probably not aware of that have its own special features for specific writing purposes. Therefore, we’ve picked out  few of the best writing applications available for various purposes, to provide you options other than Microsoft Word.

For Bloggers: BYWORD

Price: $9.99

For all bloggers, this is the best application that helps you saves time and work more efficiently. Whether you’re writing for Tumblr, WordPress, or Blogger, this application helps you publish without having to copy and paste your writing into the site. In addition, you can directly send your writing to your Evernote account. The application does not offer  many customization options, however for people who do a lot of writing on the web, this is the most efficient application available.  (http://bywordapp.com)

For ScreenWriters: FINAL DRAFT

Price: $249.95

Although the price may startle you, this application is a screen writer’s best pal. The application comes with auto-formatting, multi-pane view and numerous templates, allowing screenwriters to produce the best screenplay possible. However it takes time and effort to get your head around the application. In other words, if you’re not a big time screenwriter yet, or you don’t have the money to spare, save the application on your wish list. (www.finaldraft.com)

For Researchers: SCRIVENER

Price: $45

Scrivener is the best piece of software for researchers or anyone writing a long article with multiple sources. It’s unique and powerful features include the cork board, which displays your documents in a outline view, the sidebar, where you can keep all kinds of sources in a folder. It’s like having a big virtual office. However, bear in mind that with the numerous capabilities and options, the application takes a while to learn. Just the tutorial is an hour long. But Scrivener is what you need if you have a complex piece of writing to handle. (www.literatureandlatte.com)

For Novelists: STORYIST

Price: $59

Some people might prefer to write novels using Microsoft Word or Pages but this application was made for the job.The application only has features that a novelist would need. The application has a color coded outliner, automator support, and work can be saved in to .docx or .rtf files. Furthermore, when you’re done with your work, the application is prepped to send it off to your editor. (http://storyist.com)

With the release date coming around the corner in Fall 2014, Apple’s next innovation has analysts guessing as to what features Apple will end up implementing in the iPhone 6.

 Here we will look together at some of the most popular rumors surrounding the screen on the upcoming iPhone:  Screen Size: Reports expect a larger screen. Ranging from 4.5 inches to 5.7 inches, rumors speculate that the screen size must be upgraded in order to compete with other top smart phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4.  If the screen is to be bumped up to size of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (5.7 inch screen) it would be at the midpoint between the iPad Mini and the current iPhone 5s/5. According to analyst Brian White, Apple’s iPhone 6 will be a 5 inch screen after meeting with an Apple supplier, he is confident such a screen will appear on the 2014 model of Apple’s iPhone. Other rumors suspect that Apple may release two different size models, with one close to the 6inch range and one much closer to the 4 inches sported by the current iPhone.  Materials: There are also reports of Apple deciding to use sapphire for the screen material. 9to5Mac.com reports that“Apple just procured enough sapphire crystal furnace to make 100-200m five-inch iPhone displays in Arizona”. If they were to use sapphire, the screens would be scratch-resistant, as well as far more expensive due to the cost of sapphire.

Some also believe that the screen will be curved rather than flat.  If Apple were to carry out such a feature, they would be running a large risk that many other cell phones have taken and have not seen much success with (see http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/316700/samsung-galaxy-round-and-5-other-curved-phones)

As the release date comes closer, we will continue to update you on the newest rumors circulating. Give us your opinion on what Apple may include in their newest iPhone