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OS X 10.8.3 beta reveals support for ATI 7000 Graphics, new Mac Pro imminent?

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Rumors

ATI 7000 in OS X 10.8.3 Beta

It is being reported that OS X 10.8.3 beta has ATI Tahiti 7000 drivers support and can be found in the system profiler. This could very well mean that Mountain Lion is ready for an imminent Mac Pro refresh. In addition, the new iMacs are said to have Nvidia graphics, so this support isn't mean for those--no current Macs has these graphic chips, so it's good news for those hardcore users that need extra muscle and have been holding out.

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Siri and Apple Maps Expected in OS X 10.9

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Rumors, Software

Siri for OS X 10.9

Siri and Apple Maps could come in the OS X 10.9. 9to5Mac is reporting that early builds of OS X 10.9, which was in development alongside OS X 10.8, include the iOS artificial intelligence agent, otherwise known as Siri, and Apple's take on maps as well. All this is according to their reliable sources, who shall remain nameless.

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Fender Squier Strat with iOS and USB integration available at Apple Online Store

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Accessories, USB, Apple, Music, Videos

Fender Squier Strat

Iconic electric guitar maker, Fender, has announced the new Squier Strat. It includes USB and iOS integration and is now available in the Apple Online Store for $199.95. The Squier Strat goes perfectly with music apps like GarageBand for iOS and also works with OS X. Check out some of the features, and a video, after the break.

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iA Writer 1.4 brings responsive design, Retina display optimization

iA Writer 1.4 Mac Mountain Lion

iA Writer, our text editor of choice for the Mac, iPad, and iPhone, has been updated today to version 1.4 for Mac. The update brings:

  • Responsive design: resize the windows to change the font size
  • In-app preview panel
  • Optimized for Retina displays
  • Formatted QuickLook preview
  • Standardized Find and Replace
  • Selection-sensitive word count

The responsive design aspect is a nice touch. iA Writer is currently on sale for $4.99 on the Mac, and 99 cents for iPhone/iPad. We highly recommend it.


Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac giveaway!

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

Parallels 8 Giveaway

If you've been checking out the Gear Live Twitter and Facebook pages, then you've likely been looking forward to our next giveaway, featuring Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac. Well, the time is now!

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac brings a bunch of power to the popular virtual machine software, letting you run Windows 8 right on your Mac in a variety of ways. In fact, if you are running Mountain Lion, you get your Windows 8 notifications right in Notification Center. Even if you aren't looking to throw Windows on your Mac, Parallels will let you run multiple instances of OS X and Linux as well. Imagine running Windows 8, Windows 7, OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, and OS X Snow Leopard Server, all at once, all on your Mac. That's the power that Parallels offers.

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac sells for $80, but we've got a bunch of codes to give away to Gear Live readers that'll let you download it for free! We have multiple ways to enter:

Do that, and you're in! At the end of this week, we will pick five winners randomly from all valid entries. The winner must be over 18 year old. Contest ends at 12:00am on October 19th!


Ask Andru: How do I convert cassette tapes to digital format?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Music, PC / Laptop, Software

Convert cassette tape to digital

With the move to cloud and digital content that's taken the world by storm, older technologies have fallen by the wayside. The problem, though, is that there are still plenty of great pieces of content that are relegated to VHS, film reels, cassette tapes, and records. Today in my Ask Andru column, we have a question from Janine, a kindergarten teacher who wants to know how to convert her books on cassette over to a digital format. Let's jump into it.

Q: I listen to your show and really enjoy all your tips.  I teach Kindergarten and have many books on cassettes that my students love listening to. Some of the cassettes are getting a bit worn. So I thought I could convert them over to CDs instead of buying new books with CDs. Do you have any suggestions on what would be the best way to do this that is affordable?

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Apple releases iPhoto 9.4 and Aperture updates, adding Shared Photo Streams

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

iPhoto 9.4 update shared photo streams

One of the main features of iOS 6 is Shared Photo Streams, and alongside today's iOS 6 release and Mountain Lion 10.8.2 release, Apple has also released updates for its digital photo suites, iPhoto and Aperture. Both iPhoto 9.4 and Aperture 3.4 include support for Shared Photo Streams on OS X Mountain Lion. With Shared Photo Streams, iOS users can share images directly from their devices with other iOS 6 users without having to email, SMS, or iMessage them to a bunch of people. It's really Apple's own photography social network. Check the Mac App Store or Software Update to get the latest versions of iPhoto and Aperture.


Apple releases major OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 update

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2

Alongside the release of iOS 6, Apple  has just released OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2. As we reported previously, this is a pretty substantial update. Sure, there will be the typical bug fixes and optimizations, but you will also find the long-awaited Facebook single sign on functionality, bringing sharing to (and notifications from) the social network built right in to OS X. The update also brings the Power Nap feature to Late 2010 MacBook Air notebooks, phone number support to Messages, shared Reminders lists, the ability to add cards to iOS Passbook from your Mac, and plenty more. We've got the full list of 10.8.2 changes here. You can download Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store.


OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 looking to be a substantial update, here’s the feature list

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

OS X 10.8.2 features

Apple is set to release OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 soon, and it's shaping up to be a pretty substantial update. Sure, there will be the typical bug fixes and optimizations, but we can also expect the long-awaited Facebook single sign on functionality, bringing sharing to (and notifications from) the social network built right in to OS X. The update will also bring the Power Nap feature to Late 2010 MacBook Air notebooks, phone number support to Messages, shared Reminders lists, the ability to add cards to iOS Passbook from your Mac, and plenty more. We've got the list right here:

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  • Single sign on for Facebook
  • Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos
  • Facebook friends' contact information and profile pictures in Contacts
  • Facebook notifications in Notification Center

There's plenty more, so hit the jump for the rest of the updates!

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OS X Mountain Lion has been downloaded over 7 million times

Apple Mountain Lion 7 million

During this morning's iPhone 5 event, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave us an update on how well Mountain Lion is doing…and it seems to be doing great. As of today, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has been downloaded over 7 million times from the Mac App Store. It's the best selling Apple operating system of all time.


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