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Tonight saw Apple release OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 after a fairly long beta.

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The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

This update:

Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages
Improves AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Resolves an issue that may prevent a screen saver from starting automatically
Improves Xsan reliability
Improves reliability when transferring large files over Ethernet
Improves performance when authenticating to an Open Directory server
Addresses an issue that prevented a smart card from unlocking preference panes in System Preferences
Contains the improvements included in MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0

Have you updated yet? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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If you have a Mac and you wanted to run Windows, or another OS then you could use software such as Parallels Desktop 8, and we had three special Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac goody bags to give away – and here are the winners.

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New and enhanced features of Parallels Desktop 8 make life even better for people who love their Macs and want to simultaneously run Windows apps like Internet Explorer, OneNote, Quicken and more. Bringing together the newest versions of the world’s two most popular operating systems –OS X and Windows – opens up a world of opportunity by allowing users to choose how they want Mac and Windows to collaborate. From having the familiar Windows desktop in full screen to having Windows run invisibly, Parallels Desktop 8 delivers powerful performance to run Windows applications, even graphic-intensive ones, like they were made for a Mac. Use Mountain Lion’s Dictation feature in Windows apps, organize Windows “Metro-style” applications in Launchpad, and enjoy the brilliant Retina-display resolution in Windows applications.

Each Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac goody bag contains a copy of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, a notebook and a keyring, and we have 3 goody bags to give away.

And the three winners are:

Julie Clark

Catherine Smith

Ross Dargan

For those that didn’t win, stay tuned for more giveaways soon thanks to our friends at Parallels for the goody bags.

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If you have a Mac and you wanted to run Windows, or another OS then you could use software such as Parallels Desktop 8, and we have three special Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac goody bags to give away.

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New and enhanced features of Parallels Desktop 8 make life even better for people who love their Macs and want to simultaneously run Windows apps like Internet Explorer, OneNote, Quicken and more. Bringing together the newest versions of the world’s two most popular operating systems –OS X and Windows – opens up a world of opportunity by allowing users to choose how they want Mac and Windows to collaborate. From having the familiar Windows desktop in full screen to having Windows run invisibly, Parallels Desktop 8 delivers powerful performance to run Windows applications, even graphic-intensive ones, like they were made for a Mac. Use Mountain Lion’s Dictation feature in Windows apps, organize Windows “Metro-style” applications in Launchpad, and enjoy the brilliant Retina-display resolution in Windows applications.

Each Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac goody bag contains a copy of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, a notebook and a keyring, and we have 3 goody bags to give away.

So all you have to do to win a bag is to click on the Contact Us link here or at the top of the page and tell us what you would like to run on your Mac – simple!

Usual contest rules apply, and the three winners will be selected at random. This contest is open only to those in the UK – sorry! You can enter as many times you as you like, but only one entry per day will be counted.

The contest closes Saturday 29th June, so good luck.

Good luck and thanks to our friends at Parallels for the goody bags.

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Apple has just updated it’s iPhoto for Mac application to version 9.4.3.

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This update includes:

  • Photos can now be deleted from My Photo Stream by dragging to the Trash
  • Photos can now be exported from Photo Stream using the Export command in the File menu
  • RAW images manually imported from My Photo Stream are now editable
  • Fixes a bug that could cause manually-rotated photos to appear unrotated when shared to Photo Stream
  • Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly while syncing to Facebook
  • Resolves an issue that could cause calendar text to appear at the wrong font size, resulting in order cancellation
  • Fixes an issue that could cause books to have an incorrect number of pages after rearranging two-page spreads
  • Includes stability improvements

Do you use iPhoto? If so, tell us what you think of it by leaving us a comment below.

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Apple has just released OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3 update which contains a number of bug fixes and the ability to redeem iTunes gifts cards in the Mac App Store using the built in camera.

This update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including:

The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera
Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3 TB hard drive
A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly
A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins
A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs
A fix for an issue in Contacts that may cause cards to print out of order
A fix for an issue that may cause the desktop picture to change after logging out or restarting
A fix for an issue in Messages that may cause messages to appear out of order after waking from sleep
A fix for an issue that may cause the screen to display incorrectly after waking from sleep
Improves compatibility with IMAP servers in the Notes app
Allows the Slideshow screen saver to display photos located in a subfolder
A fix for an issue in Contacts that may cause addresses to print in the wrong location
Reliability improvements when using a Microsoft Exchange account in Mail
Xsan reliability improvements
A fix for an issue that could cause Active Directory accounts to be locked out after accessing the Security & Privacy pane in System Preferences
A fix for an issue that could cause link aggregation to not complete after a restart
A fix for an issue that could cause delays when logging into an Active Directory account on high latency networks

Safari 6.0.3 is included in the OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3 Update and contains fixes that improve performance, stability, and security, including:

Improves scrolling on facebook.com
Improves scrolling while zoomed in on a webpage
Improves performance on webpages with plug-in content
A fix for an issue that could cause the inaccurate appearance of an alert that bookmarks can’t be changed
A fix for an issue that could cause duplicate bookmarks to appear on an iOS device after editing bookmarks with Safari in OS X
A fix for an issue that permitted users to access unfiltered search results when searching from google.com when Parental Controls are enabled
A fix for an issue that could prevent Safari from restoring the last position on a webpage a user navigated back to

The update is nearly 600MB and requires a reboot when finished.

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Apple has just updated it’s iPhoto for Mac application to version 9.4.2.

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This update includes:

• Photos now can be added to shared streams or My Photo Stream by dragging them to “Photo Stream” in the source list
• Multiple email addresses can now be copied and pasted in the “Shared with” field for shared streams
• When more than five subscribers “Like” a photo in a shared stream, their names are now displayed correctly
• Contextual menu now includes an Import command to import all the photos contained in a shared photo stream
• Addresses the reliability of Shared Photo Streams when switching between iPhoto and Aperture with the same library
• Fixes an issue that could prevent Microsoft Outlook from being used to email photos from within iPhoto
• Updated national holidays are available for use in printed photo calendars
• Includes stability improvements

Do you use iPhoto? If so, tell us what you think of it by leaving us a comment below.

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Apple has just released OS X update 10.8.2 Supplement Update 1.o for Mountain Lion.

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This is a small updated that contains the following:

  • Resolves an issue that may cause certain Japanese characters to appear incorrectly in Mail
  • Allows Safari to access secure sites when parental controls are enabled
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent systems with more than 64 GB of RAM from starting up

Have you installed it yet? Let us know by leaving a comment below,

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Apple has just updated it’s iPhoto for Mac application to version 9.4.1.

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This update includes:

  • Improves the reliability of syncing to iOS devices via iTunes
  • Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly when using the Export command
  • Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quite unexpectedly when upgrading multiple books, cards and calendars
  • Resolves an issue with downloading and viewing photos synced from Facebook albums

Do you use iPhoto? If so, tell us what you think of it by leaving us a comment below.

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As many of you probably know by now I write a lot of books! Well my next book, An Introduction to Mac OS X Mountain Lion is now out.

The book is a 128 full colour pages which help you get the most out of your Mac.

Mountain Lion Book

The price is £7.99 and it can be ordered right now!

Why not buy it today? Well I had to try Smile

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Apple has just updated it’s iPhoto for Mac application to version 9.4.

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This update includes:

  • Supports compatibility with OS X Mountain Lion
  • Sharing options now include Messages and Twitter
  • Includes performance and stability improvements

Do you iPhoto? If so, tell us what you think of it by leaving us a comment below.

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Apple has also released OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 bringing updates and new features.

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The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes new features and fixes.

Updating your system

You should back up your system before installation; you can use Time Machine.

Do not interrupt the installation process once you have started to update your system.

You may experience unexpected results if you have third-party system software modifications installed, or if you’ve modified the operating system through other means.

Choose Apple () menu > Software Update… to check for the latest Apple software via the Mac App Store, including this update.

Other software updates available for your computer may appear, which you should install. Note that an update’s size may vary from computer to computer when installed using Software Update. Also, some updates must be installed prior to others.

You can also download the manual update installer. This is a useful option when you need to update multiple computers but only want to download the update once. These versions of the standalone installers are available from Apple Support Downloads.

Additional Information

This update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users, and includes new features and fixes:

Facebook

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

Game Center

  • Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages
  • Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
  • Added Facebook “Like” button for games
  • Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement

Other new features

  • Adds Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010)
  • iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac*
  • You can now add passes to Passbook (on your iPhone or iPod touch) from Safari and Mail on your Mac*
  • FaceTime can now receive calls sent to your phone number*
  • New shared Reminders lists
  • New sort options allow you to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
  • Dictation now supports additional languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French, and Italian
  • Dictionary app now includes a French definition dictionary
  • Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts

* Requires iOS 6
General fixes

The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 update also includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, including the following fixes:

  • Adds an option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As
  • Unsent drafts are now opened automatically when launching Mail
  • Receive Twitter notifications for mentions and replies from anyone
  • URLs are shortened when sending tweets from Notification Center
  • Notifications are disabled when AirPlay Mirroring is being used
  • Adds SSL support for Google searches from the Smart Search Field in Safari
  • Adds a new preference to have Safari launch with previously open webpages
  • Resolves an issue that may cause the “Enable Autodiscover” checkbox to always remain checked
  • Enables access to the Mac App Store when Parental Controls are enabled
  • Support for @icloud.com email addresses
  • Resolves a video issue with some VGA projectors when connected to certain Mac notebooks
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent Active Directory accounts from being locked out
  • Resolves an issue that may cause the policy banner to re-appear prior to logging in
  • Improvements to SMB
  • Addresses an issue with NIS users when auto-login is enabled
  • Addresses an issue in which the Keychain may not be accessible
  • Ability to pre-authenticate a FileVault protected system
  • Addresses an issue that may cause Xsan to not automatically start after migrating from Mac OS X Snow Leopard

have you updated yet? Let us know what you think of the update by leaving a comment below.

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Parallels Desktop 8

As someone who made the switch from having a Windows machine to a Mac as my main computer, I am particularly excited by the release for purchase today of Parallels Desktop 8. It has been available as an upgrade for Desktop 7 owners since last week, and you can now buy the full version.

Parallels Primer

What is Parallels Desktop? It allows you to run the Windows operating system and Windows applications on your OSX Mac seamlessly. There’s a lot more to it than that, but if you currently use a Mac and a PC, or you’re running BootCamp to use the two operating systems, you need Parallels Desktop. Really, you do. It lets you run a Windows instance as a window so it looks like a Windows desktop, or, more impressively, you can run Windows applications so that they look like they’re running natively in OSX without the Windows desktop anywhere in sight via Coherence Mode.

If there are one or two applications that you keep going back to Windows for, even if you’d like to be 100% OSX, then Parallels Desktop will let you get 99% of the way there.

The Windows instance (or indeed Mac, as you can run another Mac instance on your Mac as well) exists as a virtual machines, which means that it thinks it’s running on real hardware, when it’s actually running on top of OSX. This means you can easily start, stop and suspend the VM (analogous to pausing a video), without the hassle of shutting down a real PC machine. When you unsuspend the VM, it appears exactly as you left it.

As an iMac user, the best feature for me is that you can have the Windows desktop window as a full-screen application, and simply flick between the OSX and Windows desktops with the Magic Mouse gesture. PC, Mac, PC, Mac, PC, Mac – magic!

That really doesn’t do the software justice as it’s full of features. You can read more about it on Parallels’ own website.

What’s New in Parallels Desktop 8?

The main feature is of course that Desktop 8 makes Windows 8 play nicely with OSX Mountain Lion. It still runs Windows 7, of course, so there’s no need to wait until Windows 8 is fully released to get Desktop 8. There are lots more new and enhanced features delivered in Desktop 8 – here’s the lowdown from the Parallels blog:

This version of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac includes the following new features and enhancements:

OS X Mountain Lion Compatibility
– Run OS X Mountain Lion in a virtual machine.
– Create an OS X Mountain Lion virtual machine using the recovery partition.
– Parallels Desktop notifications are displayed in the Mountain Lion Notification Center.
– Mountain Lion Dictation support.

Windows 8 support
– Use Windows 8 in Coherence mode.
– Metro applications correctly use the full screen when Windows 8 is in Coherence mode, just as they would on a PC.
– Metro applications are scaled on Mac computers with lower resolution so you can use them comfortably.
– Windows 8 toast notifications are displayed as Mountain Lion notifications. Click the notification to launch the corresponding application.

Usability
– A new Presentation mode lets you connect an external display and start showing a presentation from a guest OS application with just one click.
– Full Screen view mode now lets you see the host and guest OSs at the same time when using two or more displays.
– View detailed information about how much disk space is taken by virtual machines, snapshots, and other Parallels Desktop files, with one-click ability to free up disk space.
– When in window mode, the mouse pointer sticks to the virtual machine windows’ edges to make it easy to access things like the Start menu in Windows 8, the taskbar (if hidden) in Windows XP, and the menu bar in OS X.
– In Coherence mode, the Mac keyboard menu bar icon indicates the Mac and Windows input language.
– Caps Lock and Input Language indicators make it easier to enter your passwords in Parallels Desktop.
– Merging the Windows Recycle Bin and the OS X Trash lets you empty just one to delete files from both. And if you Restore or Put Back a file from one, it is removed from the other.
– Easily check your virtual machine CPU and memory consumption.
– In Mission Control, all windows are grouped by application.
– Support for recent list for virtual machines in Mission Control.
– When you connect a USB drive, it appears in the guest OS as a USB drive instead of a shared folder.
– When shared, the Mac hard disk appears in the guest OS as a hard disk instead of a shared folder.
– Install Parallels Desktop more easily than ever before by simply double-clicking the Install icon. Parallels Desktop does the rest.
– Right-click the window of a shut down, suspended, or paused virtual machine for a menu that lets you find the virtual machine in the Finder, open configuration settings, and more.
– Easily distinguish your virtual machines in the Finder by icons that look like those of their guest OSs.
– Press and hold down the Option (Alt) key to display additional options in the Parallels menu in Crystal view mode.
– Switch your virtual machines to Coherence or Full Screen view mode with one click using the buttons in the title bar of the virtual machine window.
– New, more intuitive design to create or customize keyboard shortcuts for your virtual machines.
– Create your own keyboard shortcuts in OS X System Preferences to work with Parallels Desktop.

Integration
– Drag a file to a guest OS email application icon in the Dock to create a new message in that application with the file attached.
– Easily save and send files created in Windows Microsoft Office applications using your OS X email application.
– Drag and drop files between Windows virtual machines.
– Drag and drop files between Linux virtual machines and your Mac.
– Open the current Safari page in Internet Explorer with one click.
– Copy and paste text and images between the guest and host versions of OS X.
– Use OS X as a guest operating system in Coherence mode.
– Use OS X keyboard shortcuts to work with OS X virtual machines.
– Easily download and install Android from within Parallels Desktop.

Devices
– Send files to Bluetooth devices from Windows virtual machines.
– When a USB mouse is connected directly to Windows, the mouse pointer now consistently moves smoothly and is always visible.

Security
– Protect Windows using either Norton Internet Security or Kaspersky Security for Windows.
– Protect your Mac using Kaspersky Security for OS X.

Performance
– If you have a Mac with a Retina Display, Windows is optimized for a clearer, sharper interface.
– Significantly less free disk space required to remove or merge snapshots.
– Improved mouse pointer behavior in games.
– Improved Input/Output (I/O) performance.
– Improved 3D graphics performance.

The star features for me are the easy install, which I can vouch for, as well as the support for using OSX Dictation in Windows applications. As a gamer, I’m also excited by the graphics performance improvements. If you haven’t got it, get it!

Parallels Desktop 8 gets a Connected Digital World Gold Award as that’s the highest honour we have to give when really it needs a Platinum Award… maybe even an Unobtanium Award…

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