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2009 Holiday Gift Guide: Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

If you’ve got any Mac users in your life who haven’t upgraded to OS X 10.6 , we think it’s time you give them the nudge this holiday season. Snow Leopard is faster, leaner, and more intuitive. It’s also simple to install, and even hits the user back with some freed up hard drive space. The best part, though, is the price. Snow Leopard is just $24.99 at Amazon. Here’s the price breakdown:


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Mac OS X 10.6.2 now available

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

Mac OS X 10.6.2

just released the second big update to with Mac OS X 10.6.2. You can fire up Software Update right now to grab the good, which on my system looks to be about 500 MB in size. Here is a look at some of the fixes

  • an issue that might cause your system to logout unexpectedly
  • a graphics distortion in Safari Top Sites
  • Spotlight search results not showing Exchange contacts
  • a problem that prevented authenticating as an administrative user
  • issues when using NTFS and WebDAV file servers
  • the reliability of menu extras
  • an issue with the 4-finger swipe gesture
  • an issue that causes Mail to quit unexpectedly when setting up an Exchange server
  • Address Book becoming unresponsive when editing
  • a problem adding images to contacts in Address Book
  • an issue that prevented opening files downloaded from the Internet
  • Safari plug-in reliability
  • general reliability improvements for iWork, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut Studio, MobileMe, and iDisk
  • an issue that caused data to be deleted when using a guest account

There’s a lot there, and that’s without mention of the rumored killing of Intel Atom support in 10.6.2 as well. If you are running OS X on a Hackintosh, you may want to wait and see how this plays out. As for the rest of you, get to downloading!


Mac mini updated, $999 Mac mini server added

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

Mac mini server

Apple has updated the today, giving the two configurations that were previously available a nice bump in the specs department, and also adding a third to the mix, that being a Mac mini server. Starting with the $599 Mac mini, it now sports a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor (previously it was 2GHz,) 2GB RAM (previously 1GB,) and a 160GB HDD (up from 120GB). Next step up from there is the $799 Mac mini, which has a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, and 320GB HDD.

As for the new server version, it sits in the same enclosure as the other Mac minis, but has no optical drive. Instead, they throw in a second hard drive. So for $999, you get a Mac mini that includes two 500GB drives, includes Snow Leopard Server, 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM, and GeForce 9400M GPU. Definitely a good idea for a small business where an Xserve might be overkill, or even an advanced home network solution. The new Mac mini is available now.

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iMac gets quad-core Intel Core i5, 16:9 display

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

iMac with magic mouse

continues with today’s slew of updates with the new (on sale now,) which sees a bunch of improvements. First, it comes in two new sizes, 21.-inch and 27-inch widescreen 16x9 LED-backlit displays, which have a 178-degree viewing angle. The 27-inch model rocks a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, while the 21.5-inch model checks in at 1,920 x 1,080 (1080p.) Standard with these iMacs are the Apple wireless keyboard, and the brand new Magic Mouse - so the iMac has gone completely wireless. Both models gain an SD card slot, and the 27-incher also has a video in port, a first for the iMac.

As far as price goes, the introductory model starts at $1,199 and gets you the 21.5-inch display with 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, 4GM RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. For $300 more, you get a 1TB drive, and the ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. The 27-inch model starts at $1,699 with a 1TB drive and ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. Lastly, there is a $1,999 27-incher that sports a 2.06GHz quad-core Core i5 processor and ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card. That one won’t ship until next month, but all the rest are available now.

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Major Snow Leopard bug causing massive data loss

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PC / Laptop, Software

Snow Leopard bug

All you users, take heed: if you have the Guest account enabled, you’ll wanna remove it until Apple fixes the latest bug that’s been found, if you don’t want to lose your data. In a nutshell, what’s happening is that if you attempt to log into the Guest account, and the system hangs, it could lead to mass deletion of all user files on the primary account. That means everything. So you reboot to clear out the frozen system, log in to the main account, and files have vanished. Yeah, that’s pretty bad, and worse, Apple has yet to acknowledge it and issue any sort of statement to users on how to avoid this until they release a patch.

To be safe, we recommend simply disabling the Guest account on all your Macs that happen to be running Snow Leopard until a fix is released. Seriously, better safe than sorry.

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Zune.net now streams entire Zune music catalog in the browser (even on Macs!)

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Internet, Microsoft, Music, Software

One of the main gripes we’ve had with Microsoft as it pertains to the platform is that they have stubbornly decided to keep it to a PC-only experience, leaving those of us who live in out in the cold. Well, starting today, that changes. Kind of.

You see, the Zune Marketplace is now a part of Zune.net. Aside from having the largest audio and video podcast streaming directory, Zune now allows you to log in and listen to music from the Marketplace in any browser that supports 3. Technically, Microsoft says that this experience is officially supported in Internet Explorer and Firefox, but we will have to give it a shot in Safari. Anyhow, the caveat here is that you can log in as a Zune Pass subscriber and stream music. This doesn’t solve the problem that those on a Mac have where they can’t sync their Zune hardware or download music. Still, though, it’s a step in the right direction, and a nice bonus for Zune Pass subscribers to be able to access and stream music, including Smart DJ playlists, on the fly. This basically turns any computer running IE or Firefox into a terminal for you to log in and crank those Zune tunes, and we like it.

For those wondering, any activities you do with Zune.net stream will also be reflected in your Zune account and Zune Card. How cool is that?


Mac OS X 10.6.1 now available!

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

Mac OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard

has just pushed out the first point update to in Mac OS X 10.6.1. That was a pretty quick update, since Snow Leopard launched less than two weeks ago! Here are the changes you’ll find in this release:

  • Improves compatibility with some Sierra Wireless 3G modems
  • Addresses an issue in which some printer compatibility drivers might not appear properly in the Add Printer browser
  • Addresses an issue that might cause DVD playback to stop unexpectedly
  • Addresses an issue that might make it difficult to remove an item from the Dock
  • Resolves an issue in which the Command-Option-T keyboard shortcut would sometimes bring up the special characters menu in applications such as Mail and TextEdit
  • Addresses instances in which auto account setup in Mail might not work
  • Resolves issues when sending mail with certain SMTP servers
  • Addresses an issue in which Motion 4 could become unresponsive
  • Includes an update to Adobe Flash Player plug-in version 10.0.32.18

You can grab OS X 10.6.1 now by running Software Update.

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Bleeding Edge TV 317: Mac OS X Snow Leopard Video Review

A few days ago, we hit you with our Snow Leopard Review, and interspersed some videos into it. We admit, 2000 words may have been a bit much, and a bunch of you wrote in asking for one video review. Well, we’ve stitched together some of the Snow Leopard videos we’ve done, and put them all in one for a Snow Leopard video review. Mind you, this isn’t a full review of the entire operating system. Instead, we take a look at four or five new things that you, as a user, will see as new, different, or enhanced. In this video we look at the Finder, Expose, Dock Expose, Stacks, and a comparison between Quicktime X and Quicktime 7.

We hope you enjoy it, but if you just want our quick opinion - go ahead and pick up Snow Leopard. It’s worth it. In fact, you can pick up Snow Leopard at a discount on Amazon, saving yourself even more cash off the already inexpensive price:


Have you pre-ordered Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Hot Deals, Software

‘s next major operating system release, hits stores and doorsteps this Friday, August 28th. That’s at least 4 days earlier than even Apple estimated, as the expectation all along has been that Snow Leopard would see a September release. On Monday, the online Apple Store went down briefly, and when it came back up, Snow Leopard was center stage, announcing a delivery date of August 28th to customers who pre-order, so they’d get it the same day that it hit stores. If you haven’t yet, Amazon has got some nice discounts:

So, how about you? Did you pre-order Snow Leopard? Are you excited about it? Is it no big deal? Let us know, we wanna hear you.


New Mac OS X Snow Leopard Disc Art

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Design, Software

Snow Leopard Install Icon

First thing we noticed after getting our hands on the latest build ? The new OS X install icon, which is usually indicative of how the disc is going to look. Goodbye purple galaxy goodness, hello big, snowy animal.


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