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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!


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Apple Airport Utility 6.0 brings iCloud, fixes to Time Capsule, Airport Extreme, and Airport Express

Apple Airport Utility 6.0

Apple has been on fire these last few weeks rolling out all kinds of updates. Most recently Apple updated its Airport Express, Airport Extreme and Time Capsule base stations to include iCloud support for Back to My Mac and a few bug fixes with the 802.11n wireless network problems.

Also included with this update is the ability to wirelessly access your backed up data on these devices. It should be noted, however, that in order to take full advantage of the remote access included in this update you will have to be running OS X Lion. Run Software Update to grab the new hotness.


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: Has the OS become just another app?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Editorial, Features, Software

OS or App?

I upgraded my MacBook Pro to Apple OS X Lion in a lunch hour. Okay, it wasn't a lunch hour—I couldn't wait that long—but even more astonishing than the expediency (30 minutes to download and 35 to upgrade) was the effortlessness of the process.

At 9am yesterday morning, I opened the Mac App Store, clicked purchase, and let the installer work its magic. When I returned to my machine, it donned a fresh new log-in screen and a new OS. As tech journalist, this ought to have delighted me. Instead, I was left hungering for more.

It's not that Lion isn't a graceful creature; Apple's latest OS adds poise to an already agile predecessor. The 250 new features—Mission Control has already changed how I work—touch every corner of the OS and surpass the 150 additions of the refinement-focused Snow Leopard. Yet I can't help feel that something important is happening—has already happened—to very concept of the OS.

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Bleeding Edge TV 385: Logitech C910 HD Pro Webcam review FAIL

In this episode, we attempt to review the Logitech C910 HD Pro webcam. According to the package, it's a webcam that records in up to 1080p, and is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. We start recording using the iSight camera built right in to the Apple Cinema Display, and then we decide to switch recording to the C910 to show the difference in video quality. We were running Mac OS X Lion, the day after it was released. Witness the failure.

We asked Logitech what was up, and all they could tell us was that a future software upgrade would be released, however, they couldn't give any sort of timeframe for when we should expect it. 

Big thank you to Carbonite and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! Carbonite offers off-site backup of your computer, and you can get two free months (no credit card needed!) by visiting Carbonite and using promo code TPN. As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like.


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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Apple releases new Mac mini with Thunderbolt, Sandy Bridge, drops SuperDrive

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

Mac mini mid-2011 Sandy Bridge

If you're looking for an inexpensive Mac, the Mac mini is your answer, and Apple just released an updated model today alongside the release of OS X Lion. The new model sports Intel Sandy Bridge processors, either in the Core i5 or i7 flavor, along with a Thunderbolt port, Lion pre-installed, AMD Radeon HD discreet graphics, and Bluetooth 4.0. One thing that disappears from the Mac mini, though, is the SuperDrive. Instead, you'll have to rely on things like the Mac App Store for installing apps, and this shouldn't be too big a deal. The Mac mini starts at $599, and there's also a server version that ships with Lion Server for $999, and that one packs a Core i7 processor. You can purchase the new Mac mini now from the Apple Store.

Apple also released a refreshed MacBook Air today as well.


Apple MacBook Air picks up Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt, and backlit keyboard

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

MacBook Air mid-2011

Yes, we know that the big excitement of the day is the release of Mac OS X Lion, but if you're more of a hardware person, you should know that Apple has released a refreshed MacBook Air this morning. The 13- and 11-inch notebooks now sport Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, backlit keyboards, Thunderbolt ports (replacing the old Mini DisplayPort,) and ship with Mac OS X Lion installed.

Pricing starts at $999 for the 11.6-inch model, which gives you 64 GB SSD, 2 GB RAM, and a Core i5 1.6 GHz processor. For $1199, you get the 11.6-incher with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. Both models offer five hours of battery life. Moving on to the 13-inch model, that starts at $1,299 and hits you with a 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM, and a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Step it up to $1,599, and you get a 256 GB SSD instead, and the 13-inchers give you 7 hours of battery life. Everything else remains the same (which means the FaceTime cameras haven't been upgraded to HD) here, and they're available now on the Apple Store.


iWork Update 6 brings full Lion compatibility to Apple’s productivity apps

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

iWork Lion update 6

So, yeah, OS X Lion launched today, but you need your software to take advantage of all those new features in order to really get the most of the product. Apple know that, and they've released iWork Update 6 today, which brings features like full screen, Resume, Auto Save, and Versions to Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. You can grab it now through Software Update.


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.


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