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Free Snow Leopard OS for remaining MobileMe Users!

 MobileMe to be killed by 30th June

MobileMe will be killed by 30th June 2012, iCloud will be officially taking over MobileMe. But in order to access iCloud services, you will need to be on the latest Mac OS Lion. Thus Apple is giving out free copies of Snow Leopard OS to all remaining MobileMe customers who have yet to jump onboard to Lion.

Free Snow Leopard for MobileMe users!

Please note that you will still need to purchase Lion from Mac App Store after upgrading to Snow Leopard before you can use iCloud’s services. So if you still not on Lion/Sn0w Leopard and still having MobileMe account, check out this link in order to get your free Snow Leopard DVD. Mac OS Lion costs $30.

Existing MobileMe users will be able to get up to 25GB of iCloud Plan.


Real Mac OS Lion’s Gestures [Funny]

Have you upgraded to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion? If so, are the gestures above very familiar to you? I’m sure all this gestures drawn by joyoftech are over-exaggerated, but I’m sure some of the less techy users might face one of the few issues drawn.

Huge Changes, less forceful by Apple

In this OS update, although lots of things have changed and Apple introduced a few new gestures too, but most of them are optional. Things like the “natural” scrolling which invert your scrolling can be switch around. Scrollbarless windows can be switched to always show scrollbar. Thus I feel that Apple is quite soft in Lion’s approach this time round.

This might be due to the growing market of Macs, lots of new Mac users, thus changes cannot be too forceful, else they might have too much bad comments/review.

Have you updated to Mac OS Lion? What’s your feedback on it? Tell us!


Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is finally out!

King has arrived!

Finally Mac OS X 10.7 Lion has arrived yesterday! It has been 2 years since Apple launched Snow Leopard. This update to Mac OS X might be one of the largest looking at the number of functions changed.

Price is King.

Although Mac OS Lion have tons of updates and changes, but Apple priced this massive OS update at only USD$29.99! Price is king, incredible price for such a nice update to your Mac! I’m still in progress of updating to Lion, thus I will only post my review of Mac OS Lion after a few days of usage! Stay tuned!

Update your Mac OS to Lion now via Apple App Store

 


Apple launched Final Cut Pro X today!

From Apple’s Press Release:

Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing With Final Cut Pro X

CUPERTINO, California—June 21, 2011—Apple® today announced Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac® App Store™ for $299.99.

“Final Cut Pro X is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We have shown it to many of the world’s best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped.”

“I’m blown away by what Apple has done with Final Cut Pro,” said Angus Wall, Academy Award-winning film editor. “Final Cut Pro X is incredibly modern and fast, but most importantly it lets you focus on telling your story in the most creative way, while it actively manages all of the technical details.”

At the heart of Final Cut Pro X is the Magnetic Timeline, a trackless approach to editing your footage that lets you add and arrange clips wherever you want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way. You can use Clip Connections to link primary story clips to other elements like titles and sound effects, so they stay in perfect sync when you move them. You can even combine related story elements into a Compound Clip that can be edited as a single clip. The groundbreaking new Auditions feature lets you swap between a collection of clips to instantly compare alternate takes.

Content Auto-Analysis scans your media on import and tags your content with useful information. Final Cut Pro X then uses that information to dynamically organize your clips into Smart Collections, so you can easily find the clips you want by close up, medium and wide shots as well as media type and the number of people in the shot. You can also tag parts of clips with Range-based keywords to add custom search criteria to your media.

Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Final Cut Pro X is a 64-bit app that takes full advantage of the latest Mac hardware and software so you never have to wait for the next edit, even if you’re working with 4K video. Final Cut Pro X uses multi-threaded processing and the GPU on your graphics card for blazing fast background rendering and superb real-time playback performance. Additionally, a ColorSync-managed color pipeline ensures color consistency from import to output.

Final Cut Pro X also includes powerful tools for audio editing and color correction, and is complemented by two companion apps, Motion 5 for professional motion graphics and Compressor 4 for advanced media encoding, available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 each.

Pricing & Availability
Final Cut Pro X is available today for $299.99 from the Mac App Store. Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are available today for $49.99 each from the Mac App Store. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Pro X can be found at www.apple.com/finalcutpro.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Thoughts?

I’m excited. I was never a fan of the old Final Cut Pro UI, maybe because I started with iMovie, so I kind of got used to it. Now Final Cut Pro X looks very similar to iMovie, the UI, the way it works. To have a preview of what Final Cut Pro X looks like, Check out my previous blog post.


How To Recover Lost Data From Your Mac?

How To Recover Lost Data From Your Mac?

Using Mac is always very fun and eases your work. However, sometimes you may lose some data accidentally. You have to know effective Mac data recovery techniques. Losing useful Mac information can really interfere with your work output. It gives you hard time meeting work deadlines. Such cases can also mean you start fresh work repeatedly. Very many situations can make you lose data unexpectedly from your Mac. Here are some cases that can make you lose your files and folders:

  • Virus and spyware attack can make you lose your Mac documents.
  • You can also lose files when you delete them accidentally.
  • Through reinstalling Mac operating systems.
  • It can also occur due to unexpected power interruptions.
  • Through disk defragmentation or hard drive formatting.

The above cases are just some of the major factors that lead to Mac data loss. There are many ways on how you can prevent data loss. You need to apply the best strategies to recover lost data under any circumstance. Below are some effective Mac data recovery tips:

  • Install effective data recovery software. This is the best way to recover all files and folders lost under any circumstance. You can always download Mac Keeper from the internet. It has very good backup to make you recover all lost data.
  • You can also recover accidentally deleted files from your Mac trash. Mac salvage software is very appropriate for this case.
  • Save your files and folders at a different location before formatting your hard drive. You can also have a good backup before disk defragmentation.
  • Never save your recovered data on unrecovered hard drive.
  • Do not install or un-install any software before recovering all your lost data. This decreases your chances of recovering lost data effectively.
  • You should not configure your hardware before recovering lost data.

Knowing the cause of data loss is very important before applying any Mac data recovery measure. You need to select very effective data recovery software. Some software can only add technical hitches to your Mac. Therefore, you have to be very careful. The above tips help you enjoy your work. You need multi-purpose software that is able to perform many functions.

Good software is one that can provide good backup, cleanup and increasing your Mac speed. It should also be able to recover all your lost data under any circumstance. Remember that every software is unique in one way or the other. Working on your Mac can only be fun if you have a good backup. It ensures that you recover lost data instantly. This creates a very stress free work where you do not risk losing any crucial data unexpectedly.

Losing data does not mean you cannot recover any data. It is all about which Mac data recovery method you choose to use. Having anti-virus software is another added advantage. It detects and scans all the virus and spyware before they cause any serious problem. Meeting job deadlines without good Mac backup is very hard.

Apple has came out with a pretty good solution with Time Machine which comes with all Leopard or Snow Leopard users. So be sure to backup your data!

Guest Post by Tim Edmonds


Mac OS Lion love SSD [Video]

Lion And SSD

Apple had great success with the new Apple MacBook Air mainly due to the introduction of SSD drive which makes computer fast even if it is given slower processor. And because of the success, Mac OSX Lion will have TRIM support for SSD which will make SSD Drive write faster!

TRIM and SSD

What is actually TRIM? TRIM is actually replacing the data you have written before that has marked as delete. Meaning SSD Drive don’t need to “Delete” the bits before writing on it. Sounds complicated? Don’t worry, check out the video below, Linus did a very easy to understand video demo of TRIM on SSD:


Apple’s Plans for Year 2011 – iPhone, iPad, iMac and Macbooks

Do you wanna know what’s Apple’s Plan for Year 2011? Computerworld‘s Jonny Evans have made a very good guess/predictions on what’s Apple’s plan on 2011. It looks like a very good guess… I’m sure most of the period are quite straightforward, but looking at the guess, Apple will be having a very very busy year.

I hope we can see Lion OS earlier, best if it can be launch before the iMac/Macbook refresh so we can have Lion on the new iMac and Macbooks, and not after it.

January

* Mac App Store opens for business
* Apple introduces the iPad 2.0 — faster, thinner, new cameras, shipping “by April”.
* Apple reports Q1 results — confirm huge Mac sales growth, stellar iPad sales and extremely strong iPhone statistics.
* iWork 11 makes App Store debut.
* News Corp. ships ‘The Daily’ magazine

February

* Aperture upgraded
* First million apps downloaded from Mac App Store, iWork and a variety of free gaming apps see huge success.
* iAds spring partners unveiled, though Apple skips discussion of revenue.
* iTunes update brings TV show streaming and subscription services. Cable company shares take a dive.

March

* iPhone hits Verizon
* White iPhone ships, but supplies deeply constrained
* iBookstore update brings the Web to books
* iBookstore/iTunes Extra title creation tool revealed, will this be part of future iLife suite?

April

* Apple upgrades MacBook Pro range, some models lose optical drives and gain SSD as standard. “We said this is where mobile computing is going, we still believe this,” says Jobs.
* Apple reports Q2 results
* iPad 2.0 hits retail for the first time, over a million sold on day one.
* Final Cut Studio upgrade is 64-bit and integrates powerful iAd and virtual environment creation features.
* iMac update now ships with Magic Trackpad as standard.

May

* iPad 2.0 achieves six million sales in first two months.
* Logic Studio upgrade ships, now offers additional features for live performance mixing, including automated level controls for live desk recording.

June

* Steve Jobs keynotes WWDC
* iPhone 5 debuts at WWDC
* WWDC sees beta release of OS X Lion to developers.
* Safari 6 offers improved Flash support — Flash now an optional extra.
* OpenJDK Project announces first fully-tested public beta of Java for OS X Lion and Snow Leopard systems.
* iOS 5 offers plethora of features, including new mapping and location-sensing tools. Apple focuses its pitch on easy-to-use and understand privacy controls for location and usage information.

July

* iPhone 5, iPad 2.0 reaches new countries
* Apple reports Q3 results
* Apple desktop products upgraded, now ship with Magic Trackpad as standard. Mac Pro now boasts LightPeak connectivity.

August

* Apple hosts special music event, introduces new products which ship in September (see below).
* Apple introduces Android emulator for iPhone, “There’s some good apps on Android, now iPhone users can run them on their iPhone, unless they use Flash,” says Jobs.
* Hell freezes over, iTunes app lets Android users purchase music from their favorite music store.

September

* iTunes 11 ships, offers cloud-based music locker service. “We’ve been working on this for a while,” admits Steve Jobs as he introduces the service.
* New iPod touch ships, chassis is more like the iPhone 4, capacity increased.
* iPad nano replaced by iPhone nano, worn like a watch and equipped with an A4 processor and the capacity for voice calls, this smaller cheaper iPhone is feature-limited but lets you Tweet, Facebook and email on the move.
* iPod classic gets speed bump.
* Apple TV gains latest (A5?) processor.

October

* Mac OS X ‘Lion’ ships
* iOS 5.1 debuts, extends iOS/OS X integration.
* iLife 12 appears, equipped with additional ‘cloud’-based features this is the first version of iLife to be made available exclusively via the App Store.
* Apple reports Q4 results.

November

* iOS 5.2 upgrade ships

December

* App Store downloads now reach 5 billion
* Mac App Store downloads reach 100 million
* Apple confirms 5 million iPhone nano sales, cuts price for Christmas market.


Back to the Mac: Mac OS 10.7 Lion

Mac OS 10.7 Lion is coming to us summer 2011.

We will be getting Multi-Touch gestures, App Store, App Home Screens, Full Screen Apps, Auto Save and Apps will resume when launched!

With Lion coming, we will be getting App Store for Mac! Most of the details will be similar to what we have seen for iPhone and iPad App Store.

App Store can be access just from App Store icon on Mac. The UI is very similar to iPhone’s App Store, but this time round it will be App Store for Mac. Searching, installing and purchasing works like a charm just like the existing App Store.

LaunchPad is a App Accessibility area for you to launch your Apps that you have download from App Store. What is cool about it, is that it looks and feel just like an iPhone or iPad. You can scroll through the pages of Apps you have just like iPhone. Folders and rearrangement of Apps can be done too.

Mission Control make use of Expose, Spaces and more to let you have a full view of your Desktop, Spaces and Windows opened on your Mac. Having Mission Control not only help you access your apps and program with ease, it is also very beautiful.

Mac App Store is coming to us in Snow Leopard within 90 Days, and Developers can start developing for it today.


Apple Event: Back to the Mac on 20th October 2010

Apple have confirmed that there will be an Event on 20th October 2010 call Back to the Mac. Of course from the event name itself, we can tell it will be focusing on Mac. So what will be refresh this time round?

We all know most of Mac’s product line has been refreshed this year or late last year, they are Macbook, Macbook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini and even Apple TV if you count it in. So what product is not refresh? Of Course it is Macbook Air! We haven’t seen any updates to Air for quite a while, and it might be time for an update before christmas.

But look at the picture of the Event, Lion. Yes, a new OS should be coming to us soon. I won’t be surprise to also see iLife to be updated together with Mac OS as iLife haven’t receive any updates for almost 2 years. It will be a very cool update I suppose else we won’t have to wait for 2 years for it!

So Stay tuned for more information on the Apple Back to the Mac Event, and we will be blogging about it!


Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.4 with Security Updates

Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.4, the fourth update for Snow Leopard. This updates are mainly security patches and updates.

Details of the Update are:

The 10.6.4 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It includes Safari 5 and general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

– resolve an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
– resolve an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening
– address issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers
– improve reliability of VPN connections
– resolve a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing
– resolve an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view
– improve compatibility with some braille displays

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4150.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

I don’t see any issue after updating, if you guys encounter any issues after updating please let us know by commenting on the post or tweet to us @usingapple!


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