Free and easy audio control for your Mac with AudioMate

AudioMate

Control all your audio input and output devices from the status bar, receive system notifications when relevant events happen on your audio devices, change the master output volume, sample rate, clock source, system default input and output and more!

AudioMate has gone open source, and is now free. Requires OS X 10.7 or later and a 64-bit Mac.

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Snapwire offers quality free photos

Snapwire photos

I’ve written about free stock photo sites I’ve found in the past. Recently, I came across Snapwire and thought I would share it with you all. Snapwire offers seven free photos every seven days. The photos all feature a CC1.0 license, which means they’re free to use in any way you wish. The site appears to be fairly new, so there isn’t a large collection built-up just yet. Hopefully it continues on for a long time.

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Photoshop Mix for iPad

Adobe Photoshop Mix gives you powerful, easy-to-use tools that let you combine and cut out images, apply looks, and make nondestructive edits on your iPad — all compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC.

The short video at the top of the page shows the general idea behind the app. Looks pretty cool. I wish my son would let me use his iPad so I could try it out.

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Rant: Mockups, leaks and delays… STFU!

A “mockup” cannot be leaked. In order to be a leak, the item in question must actually be real (from the company that actually makes the item) – not a computer generated or plastic molded concept image. A mockup is generally created for the specific intent of sharing with other people.

The RockAnd while we’re on the subject of bullshit headlines used by every blog looking for page views, a product cannot be delayed if a date for its release has not been given by the company that makes the product.

And, you don’t need an analyst’s supply chain check to tell you that Apple will almost always announce a new iPhone every September. It amazes me how many sites manages to publish articles that use 200-500 words, quoting “analysts” and the ever popular “anonymous source,” to tell you what everyone already knows.

Since I’m off on a rant here, allow me to lay a digital smack-down on sites that offer a list of 10 things Apple MUST add to the next iPhone. Without exception, every one of these stupid articles list at least eight things that nobody but the biggest tech nerd gives a crap about.

I’d like to hire The Rock to lay a real-life smack-down on all their candy asses!

Photo by Matt Brink.

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Free vector poster art

Freepik poster collection

Freepik has made available a great collection of poster artwork in vector format that you can use in your personal or commercial design. Each of the 26 posters in this collection includes a preview JPG, a text file with links to where you can buy the fonts used, a flattened Adobe Illustrator (.ai) file, and an editable Adobe Illustrator file. (more…)

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Monochrome brings social app viewing to the Mac

Monochrome

Monochrome lets you browse and check all your favorite social networks at the same time from the ease of your laptop or desktop Mac. You can listen to SoundCloud or watch YouTube while working on something else without the battery taking a huge hit.

If you don’t live with your iPhone in your hand at all times and want to view some of the most popular social networks in one small window on your Mac, Monochrome looks like a great solution.

All the social networks Monochrome supports can be seen in the screenshots below.

Monochrome networks

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Google & Microsoft: Where have I seen these companies before?

Over the course of the last two years or so, I have (for whatever reason) been paying more attention to Microsoft and Google as companies — not so much their products. The entire time, I kept thinking that they reminded me of another tech company. One that was too big to fail. I’m speaking about Apple, of course.

The list of “too big to fail” companies is long for those who were in the game early. Remember GEnie, Compuserve, AOL, Earthlink, WordPerfect, Macromedia, Quark, Netscape, IE, AMD, IBM, Syquest Drives, Zip disks, and more recently, MySpace. I’m sure I could think of dozens more if I had time.

Compuserve
I’ve had a hard time getting past the “outline” stage of an article about this topic, and yesterday I came across this excellent article at AppleInsider titled Google, Microsoft claiming Apple’s crown, albeit from 1994. Daniel Eran Dilger pretty much summed-up everything I wanted to say about the subject quite nicely.

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