Apple’s line of MacBook Airs received nice spec bumps today, which include Intel’s fourth-generation core processors, Haswell. Haswell chips include the new Intel HD 5000 graphics, which is 40% faster than the previous generation Intel HD 4000. Haswell’s main benefit isn’t just that it’s just a new, better processor, but that it’s built especially for mobile. Intel’s latest chips are designed for power savings, and incorporate smarter low-power states. It’s an extremely efficient chip, resulting in a substantial increase in battery life over the previous generation of MacBook Airs.
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Last November Apparent Software had a fantastic and successful bundle sale. Now, they’re back with another great ProductiveMacs bundle that contains some even more excellent utilities that will help you get work done. Some of the highlights of the bundle are Dropzone (our coverage), Gemini (our review), Paperless, and Crossover. If you had to purchase all nine of these productive goodies separately they would cost $245 but this new bundle is priced at the super-low total of $29.99.
Alberto Garcia Hierro is the indie developer behind one of my most used iOS apps: Meme Generator. With a simple interface that collects popular memes from around the Internet, I use Meme Generator whenever I need to make a nerdy joke on Twitter. Sometimes, people like those jokes.
Alberto’s latest app is a free utility for Mac called Subtitles that, as the name suggests, fetches subtitles for movies and TV shows. As Alberto states on Reddit, Apple didn’t accept the app on the Mac App Store, so he released it for free on his website.
Using a clapperboard-like interface, Subtitles lets you drop movie files (of any format) into the Files area; after that, the app will query the OpenSubtitles database, and display a checkmark if a matching subtitle has been found. By default, Subtitles will download .srt subtitle files in the same directory of the video file you’ve given the app, and there is a preference to disable overwriting of subtitle files. Also in the Preferences, Subtitles lets you pick a secondary language, so that if no subtitles are found with the primary one, the app will automatically fall back to your second choice.
In my tests, Subtitles correctly fetched subtitles both in Italian and English. While you could achieve the same functionality simply by browsing the OpenSubtitles website, Subtitles for Mac can accept files from the Finder, it’s free, and it’s worth checking out.