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Carbon Copy Cloner updated with Mountain Lion, Retina display support

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

Carbon Copy CLoner 3.5

With the rumor that Mountain Lion will launch tomorrow, a bunch of developers have been released Mountain Lion compatable software updates recently, and we can now add the excellent Carbon Copy Cloner to the list. Carbon Copy Cloner allows you to automatically make backups of your data using a simple-yet-powerful interface. CCC 3.5 requires Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion, while 3.4.x will continue to run on Tiger and Leopard. As a nice bonus, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5 also includes support for the Retina display. Here's the full changelog:

  • This version of CCC requires Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion, and is fully qualified on each of those OSes. We will continue to provide user support and bug fixes for Tiger and Leopard users on CCC 3.4.x for a while longer.
  • Recovery HD support has been overhauled to better support the concept of "one Recovery HD partition per volume", rather than one per disk. If you have multiple backup volumes with different OSes (e.g. Lion and Mountain Lion), CCC can associate a Recovery HD with each one and apply the appropriate OS to each Recovery HD partition.
  • We have leveraged code signing within CCC for nearly five years. For GateKeeper compliance on Mountain Lion, however, CCC is now signed with an Apple Developer Certificate.
  • Most of the binaries in the CCC bundle are now 32/64-bit Intel-only binaries.
  • Fixed an issue that appeared in 10.7.4, specific to Macs running Lion with a 64-bit kernel, in which the /Volumes folder on the destination volume would be locked rather than hidden. This resulted in external volumes being unmountable when booted from the backup volume.
  • Performance of deleting scheduled tasks is much improved.
  • CCC previously encountered some performance problems when simultaneously saving very large numbers of scheduled tasks (e.g. > 29). These problems should now be resolved. This is most applicable when updating CCC, or when CCC has been moved and all tasks must be re-saved at the same time.
  • Updated graphics for High Resolution support on the new MacBook Pro (Retina).

You can get the new update now.

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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.7.4

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Mac OS X 10.7.4 download

The latest update to Mac OS X Lion is now available in version 10.7.4. According to Apple, here's what you should expect:

The 10.7.4 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac including fixes that:

  • Resolve an issue where the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting is always enabled
  • Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards
  • Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to a server
  • Improve the reliability of copying files to an SMB server

You can grab the update now by using Software Update!


Mac OS X Lion has been downloaded 6 million times

Lion App Store

If you were wondering if Apple was making the right decision in launching Mac OS X 10.7, better known as Lion, as a digital download on the Mac App Store, it looks like that question has been answered. At this morning's Apple event, Tim Cook announced that Lion has been downloaded 6 million times. According to Tim, it took Windows 7 twenty weeks to reach what it took Lion 2 weeks to achieve in terms of install base.

So, there's your answer. If you're one of the few who has yet to install Lion, get it now!


Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac available September 6

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Microsoft, PC / Laptop, Software

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

The folks over at Parallels have been hard at work on perfecting the software for OS X Lion, and now it's ready. Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac will go on sale on September 6th, bringing a bunch of Lion features to apps that you're running in Windows. Expect the ability to use Lion features like Full Screen, LaunchPad, and Mission Control with Windows programs, along with the ability to run multiple copies of OS X Lion and Windows at the same time. On the performance end of things, Parallels Desktop 7 is 60 percent faster than the previous version for resuming Windows, and 45 percent faster for 3D graphics. ALso new is improved 5.1 surround sound, and support for 7.1 surround as well.

On September 6th you'll be able to download a trial or full version of Parallels Desktop 7, as well as purchased boxed software from retailers. The standard price is $79.99, while the Switch to Mac edition is $99.99. If you're switching over from VMware Fusion (Parallels competitor) you'll get a special price of $49.99, and if you're upgrading from a previous version of Parallels, you also qualify for the $49.99 price. Lastly, if you're a student, you get it for $39.99.

We'll be testing out all of the new features of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac, and will report back with our thoughts soon.


Mac OS X Lion now available on USB thumb drive for $69

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software, USB

Mac OS X Lion USB Drive

Apple is now selling its updated Mac OS X Lion operating system as a $69 thumb drive.

The device is currently shipping within one to three business days.

"OS X Lion is available on a USB thumb drive for installation without the need for a broadband Internet connection," Apple said on its Web site. "Just plug the drive into your USB port and follow the instructions to install."

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Apple OS X Lion sells over a million copies on day one

Lion one million sales

Apple on Thursday announced that the company's customers had downloaded more than a million copies of OS X Lion on Wednesday, the fastest pace in Apple's history.

Wednesday marked the release of Apple's OS X Lion, which Apple released as a digital download - and only a digital download, from its Mac Apps Store - for $29.99.

In snapping up Lion, Apple customers apparently set new records for Apple's eight major operating system. The release also comes amid news that Apple may begin ditching boxed software.

"Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, in a statement. "Lion is a huge step forward, it's not only packed with innovative features but it's incredibly easy for users to update their Macs to the best OS we've ever made."

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Mac OS X 10.7 Lion now available

OS X Lion Mac App Store

Today is the day, and Mac users everywhere have been downloading and updating their computer to the newly-released Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. If you haven't gotten in on the fun, you can download it now from the Mac App Store for $29.99. Buy it once, and you can use it across all of your Macs. Lion Server is also available as a $50 add-on.


Mac OS X Lion launches tomorrow, July 20

OS X Lion launch

During today's Apple earnings call, CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced that Mac OS X 10.7, better known as OS X Lion, will be launching tomorrow on the Mac App Store. Lion will be available as a 4 GB download, and will sell for $29.99. Once purchased, you can install it on all Macs that you own at no extra cost, and without any sort of authorization key. Apple is touting 250 new features in Lion, with things like Launchpad (an app launcher that is reminiscent of iOS,) Mission Control (a replacement for Expose,) Resume, touch gestures, and more included. Lion Server will also be available as a $50 add-on.


OS X Lion hits Golden Master status, seeded to devs

OS X Lion GM Seed 11a511

Apple has just released the golden master version of OS X Lion to Mac developers. We already know that the final, public release of Lion will be coming on July 14th, so it makes sense that Apple would be ready to give the stamp of approval on today's release, as golden master means that , barring any glaring oversight, that this is the final version that customers will be able to purchase in the Mac App Store for $29.99. The build number on the release is 11A511, and Mac devs, you can download it now.


OS X Lion Developer Preview 4 update now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Lion Developer Preview 4 update

Hot on the heels of the release of OS X Lion Developer Preview 4 at WWDC 2011, Apple has already released the next update to the Lion build. No details yet on the fixes/additions/improvements in this one, but if you are running the latest OS X 10.7 Preview, you can find this update waiting for you in Software Update. Go ahead and run it, and if you find anything interesting, do let us know, mmkay?


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