MacUpdate Desktop 5.0

MacUpdate Desktop 5.0 is essentially an automatic update application which covers over 30,000 Mac applications. Desktop 5.0 has a really simple easy to use interface. Almost instantly displaying a list of all the apps installed on your Mac, and shows you which (if any) currently have updates available for them. But wait! It doesn’t stop there, simply by clicking on the out of app gives you the option to download and install the update without even leaving the application! This is ideal if you have a large collection of apps which are regularly updated. There’s even an option to update all out of date applications at the click of a button!

Not only does desktop cover your apps, but it’s also capable of checking for and downloading updates for widgets, screen savers and preference pane apps.
Once you have downloaded and installed your updates the view switches to enable you to quickly confirm all updates have been installed successfully.
The application also supports watchlists (see picture to the left) which enables you to group together your applications, so that you can perform updates on only one category of application at a time. Handy if you are short on time, but want to update all of your regular use apps at once!
MacUpdate Desktop 5.0 is a subscription based service which is $20 per year, however for that you get some additional member only benefits:
  • Website watch lists – the website watch lists enable MacUpdate Desktop 5.0 to monitor and auto-sync watch lists from
  • Daily Newsletter – Members get the added benefit of receiving a daily email featuring all the new software titles released that day
  • Customisable Layout – As a member you receive access to an additional three different layout designs to choose from
  • Email update notifications – If you don’t want the pain of having to run the update check each time, you can sign up to be notified of new updates matching keywords of your choice
  • Hide banner ads – As a member, you also get the option of switching off the banner ad’s that the application displays
  • and more
MacUpdate Desktop 5.0 is also available as a 10 day free trial, so what are you waiting for!! 

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Enable iPhone Proximity Lock

If you have a Mac, and an iPhone then M.H.A. have the perfect application for you! Airlock is a bluetooth device proximity sensor, which once linked to your iPhone will automatically lock your mac when you walk outside of the predefined radius. Not only does this work on the iPhone but it even works with the iPod touch.

Not only does it lock your mac, you can set specific applicationsapple scripts to fire when it locks and unlocks. Making it the perfect companion for all those worried about the security of their data.
What if your iPhone dies I hear you say!! Well no worries people, as there’s always the manual override of simply entering your password and away you go!
Airlock is available from M.H.A.’s website for the small fee of $7.99

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Orbicule Undercover now 64-Bit

If you’re like me you will be constantly worrying about your MacBook and what you would do if someone stole it. That’s where Orbicule’s Undercover comes in.

Over the many years of laptop thefts there has been many variations on the ‘phone home’ technology. One of the most early applications I can remember was called ‘ET Phone Home’ which literally dialled a preset telephone number every few hours from your computer. If the line was engaged then the app new it was still at home and all was well.. However with technology moving on the way it is doing, relying on the machines modem now would be madness.
Applications like Undercover use local wireless network access points and IP Address geo-locating to pin point your devices location with up to a 10 meter accuracy, but also cover the modem and bluetooth for any tethered connections!
However, now there are so many applications like this on the market, developers are always looking for that little bit extra. Undercover not only reports back to Orbicules online tracking website, but is capable of taking screenshots of the PC, taking shots from built in webcams, faking hardware failure and displaying messages on the screen offering finders fee’s etc.
Orbicule are confident that they will help local law enforcement find your stolen MacBook, so much so that they offer a money back guarantee if they don’t! So really, you have nothing to loose! $49/£31.75 is a small price to pay in my eyes.
If your worried about privacy and would rather not have an application reporting back your location constantly then Undercover is ideal, as it only starts reporting once you have notified Orbicule that it has been stolen!
Orbicule also offer an iPhone variant, so you can feel assured in the knowledge all of your tech is covered.

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