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Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 launches October 26

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Microsoft, Software

Office for Mac 2011It’s been a long time coming, but has finally announced that Office for Mac 2011 will be released on October 26th. It’ll be available in a Home & Student edition, as well as Home & Business. The one big difference between the two is that Home & Business is $80 more, but includes Outlook for Mac. You can pre-order Office for Mac 2011 now from Amazon:


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NeatDesk for Mac review

NeatDesk for Mac review

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got tons of paper sitting around that would be better served being scanned into your computer and kept in some sort of document management system, rather than in piles around the house or on your desk. A couple of weeks ago, we got the NeatDesk for Mac Desktop Scanner system in for review. The NeatDesk (available on Amazon) is really more than just a scanner, since it also includes the NeatWorks document management software, which in and of itself claims to do a lot, and works with a bunco of other scanners as well (you can buy NeatWorks software on its own.) When the scanner arrived, we were excited to give it a try…but that feeling soon turned to impending doom. If this thing was anything like the NeatReceipts scanner we’ve been using for the past couple of years, it meant that we’d be in for a day full of long, slow scans. You know what? We couldn’t have been more wrong.

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12-core Mac Pro gets unboxed

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Galleries, PC

Mac Pro 12-core box

The folks over at OWC just got one of the new 2.66GHz 12-core Mac Pro units in their office, and they slapped together and quick and dirty unboxing gallery showing off the goods. Of course, with Apple sticking by their longstanding top-of-the-line desktop design, nothing on the outside really looks all the much different. Still, though, it’s a sign that these beasts are finally shipping, and that’s gotta count for something.

You can pick up the new Mac Pro now from Apple.

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Gallery: 12-core Mac Pro gets unboxed


Apple Magic Trackpad unboxing

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple, PC, Peripherals

Magic Trackpad box

A few days ago, Apple introduced their Magic Trackpad to the world. It’s a multi-touch wireless trackpad device that mimics the trackpads found on MacBook and MacBook Pro computers, but optimized for the Mac mini, iMac, and Mac Pro. We snatched one up as soon as they went on sale, and are currently in the process of reviewing it. In the meantime, though, we took a bunch of photos and put them up in our Magic Trackpad unboxing gallery. Go ahead and take a look, this thing is sexy.

You can pick up a Magic Trackpad for $69.

Gallery: Apple Magic Trackpad unboxing


Apple (finally!) releases 27-inch Cinema Display

apple 27-inch cinema display

We’ve been waiting a long time-seriously, years—for Apple to release some sort of update to the top-end of their Cinema Display line, and they’ve finally gone and done it. Today, Apple announced their new 27-inch Cinema Display. It boasts a resolution of 2560x1440 and costs $999, just $100 more than the 24-inch model that is is replacing. In fact, Apple is also discontinuing the 30-inch LCD model, which currently sells for a whopping $1799.

You get the same ports that you had on the 24-inch model, but pick up a brighter panel with an improved response time (12ms, down from the older 14ms of the 24-inch model.) Apple will be shipping these in September.

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Apple Magic Trackpad now available for $69

Apple Magic Trackpad

So, looks like that wireless trackpad peripheral that’s been rumored and leaked has become official, and it’s called the Apple Magic Trackpad. It’s basically a larger version of the trackpad found on the Macbook Pro. Aluminum, glass-covered, and multitouch. It communicates with your Mac over Bluetooth, takes two AA batteries (included,) and requires Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.4. You can pick one up now for $69.

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Parallels Desktop 5 build 9370 released

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PC / Laptop, Software

Parallels Desktop 5 for mac 9370

For all of you who run Windows and Linux virutal machines on your Mac by way of Parallels Desktop 5, you should know that the company has released an update this morning aimed at improving performance and enhancing compatibility. The update is recommended for all users of Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac, and is free. Here’s the list of changes:

  • Mac folders shared with Windows now work correctly with MS Outlook, Lotus, Quicken and other Windows applications.
  • Support for Autodesk Revit 2011 was fixed.
  • MS Office 2010 activation is preserved in Boot Camp virtual machines.
  • OpenGL now works correctly in Ubuntu 10.04 virtual machines.
  • Virtual machines using Boot Camp partitions on 512 GB solid-state disks (SSDs) now work correctly.
  • The problem with invisible virtual machines list on new MacBook Pros (released in early 2010) was fixed.
  • A rare problem with Windows virtual machine’s screen turning black after upgrading to Mac OS X v10.6.3 was fixed.
  • Problems with Parallels Service stopping to respond when the Parallels Desktop settings file is corrupt were fixed.
  • Problems with screen resolution in Mac OS X Server v10.6.3 virtual machines were fixed.

You can get a copy of Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac for $10 off with $175 in free software.


Bleeding Edge TV 355: Orange iPhone 4 Bumper Case

When the launched, there was a rush and quick shortage of the iPhone 4 . When Apple announced the cases, there were five colors announced (black, white, orange, blue, green, and pink,) but when the device launched, only the black case was available. The other colors are still super-hard to find, and currently have a three-week wait time when ordering them from the Apple Store. We were able to get our hands on the orange Bumper Case, and give you a quick video showing it off. Oh, and yes, we put it on backwards.

You can pick up an iPhone 4 Bumper Case from Apple for $29.


Bleeding Edge TV 354: Unibody Mac mini vs. Apple TV vs. original Mac mini

With the newly redesigned unibody Mac mini, it appears that Apple is trying to bring the best of the original Mac mini and the current Apple TV together to make a more formidable machine. After all, the Mac mini is now the only Apple Mac computer that sports a built-in HDMI port, perfect for connecting it to your home theater. In this episode we compare the look and build of the new Mac mini, the original Mac mini, and the Apple TV.

You can pick up the unibody Mac mini at Apple now.


Bleeding Edge TV 352: Unibody Mac mini vs. Original Mac mini

A couple of week ago, introduced a completely redesigned , sporting a unibody enclosure along with an HDMI port and SD card slot. The new machine is much thinner than the original design, which the mini has been sporting for about five years now, and we figured we’d give you an up-close comparison of the two models so that you can see both the obvious changes, as well as the more subtle ones.

You can pick up the new Mac mini from the Apple Store online now.


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