How to prevent your Mac from sleeping on a per-app basis

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Over the years I’ve used a ton of apps of this nature. Recently, NoSleep has worked like a charm. The main flaw to apps like NoSleep is the lack of customization. Wether it be the lack of a menu bar icon, lack of preferences, or even a really bad design, these sorts of apps lack a feature here and there. The biggest drawback to most of these apps is the ability to enable/disable them on a per-app basis. They’re not “environmentally aware.”

The Mac has a unique system when handling battery. Unlike Windows, OS X always runs at full power all the time. Letting you be productive regardless of the battery state. The OS allows you to set timers to dim the screen or go into a screensaver, that’s it. Over the past several years, Apple has been working on improving battery life. OS X is arguably the best at reserving battery life. With additions such as AppNap (software), or Intel’s Haswell processor (hardware), the latest devices can withstand a full days worth of usage, according to Apple.

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Upcoming ‘Drawer’ expands your dock

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The upcoming tweak Drawer by the new development team EnvisionTweaks plans to spice up your dock. This tweak allows you to have multiple rows within your dock. Imagine a Control Center which contains your dock, and more.

With a simple swipe up from the home screen (user configurable gesture), you can bring up this beautiful expanded dock. By default the extra row will match the number of icons in your dock. From the design perspective, the tweak is what you’d expect from an iOS 7 tweak. Mimicking the Control Center’s design, the tweak has a subtle blur and a grabber at the top. The rest is what you’d expect. A list of icons.

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Mailbox beta for Mac: Powerful, beautiful, yet very beta


Mailbox is without a doubt one of the most popular iOS mail clients on the planet. Next to the stock mail client, there’s virtually no competition. Unlike many of the other mail clients including iOS — to some extent — Mailbox is a gesture based client. With the future of smartphones, tablets, and technology in general, we’re moving away from physical tappable buttons to gestures. Today, the team over at Dropbox will be bringing its popular iOS client to the Mac.

The app also sports a beautiful, elegant, simple user interface. In the eyes of Apple, there’s a ton of open white space, with a blue tint matching it’s icon. It makes the stock mail client look dated (and that speaks for itself, even in Yosemite). Apple needs to take note in this department.

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OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 released to developers

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Two weeks after the fourth developer beta of OS X Apple has released the sixth beta to its developers. OS X Yosemite is planned to have over 200 new features and a major UI overhaul set to release to the public this fall.

The update labeled preview 6 1.0 and can be downloaded via the Mac App Store, or can be downloaded in full on Apple’s Developer Center. However, it looks like Apple’s newly released Yosemite public beta hasn’t been updated.

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Lockscreen launcher: New way to launch apps


This tweak is very useful  to all of the users out there that need a quick access to all of their most used apps right on the lock screen. No, it is not like JellyLock, even though they both have the same function but with a different twist. Lockscreen launcher has a small arrow on the right side of your screen, all you have to do is slide to the left and you most used apps will appear.

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AppControl: Control app settings with a flick

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Doesn’t it annoy you when you open Passbook and suddenly the whole screen is bright? Wish there was a way to stop that? Or maybe a way to do that in other apps? In either case, the developer behind AppControl had the same mindset, and more…

AppControl allows you to access app settings for any given app. These app settings include volume, brightness, hide preview (in the app slider), and password protection. For example, if you want your screen to be super dim, but want the volume to be super loud when launching Spotify, that is now achievable. Or if you are going birthday shopping on Amazon for your wife, you can simply hide the app slider preview, and password protect the app.

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VolumeStatus: Volume indicator in the status bar

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Have you ever wondered how loud you’re playing your music at, but didn’t want to check because that huge volume HUD gets in the way of what you’re doing? Maybe you’re playing a game, or reading a book. It’s pretty frustrating nonetheless.

VolumeStatus, a tweak developed by Rabih M. feels your pain. This tweak allows you to have a volume indicator in the status bar. The best part is that it animates. Just like on the Mac, when you change the volume, the indicator will update as you’re changing it.

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How to get the Control Center on the Mac

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With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 (here’s an amazing article going over iOS 8), just around the corner, we will soon have two operating systems that work seemingly well together. One major setback on OS X is the lack of the Control Center. In OS X Mountain Lion we saw the Notification Center ported over to the Mac. So why no Control Center? The folks over at Cindori asked the same question.

The app Control Center for Mac allows just that. While the app isn’t new, it’s a pretty handy utility. Just like Control Center on iOS, this app allows you to have quick access to things you need most. Obviously the mobile and desktop operating systems are different.

When initially installing the app it greeted me with a somewhat intuitive popup. Just like powering on your iPhone for the first time, it tells you how to enable/disable the Control Center, as well as the ins and outs of the app. After going through the initial setup, it prompted me to purchase the app. Though the app does have a 7 day free trial, which is always great.

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