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Apple has updated MacBook Pro with Retina display to include fourth-generation Intel Core processors, the latest graphics, longer battery life, faster flash storage, and next-generation Wi-Fi. Starting at a new lower price of $1,299 (US), the updated MacBook Pro with Retina display features a stunning high-resolution display, an amazing thin and light design, and the latest technology to power through the most demanding projects. “We’ve made the world’s best pro notebook even better by adding more performance and even longer battery life,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “MacBook Pro with Retina display continues to redefine the pro notebook.”

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Read the new updated specs for the new MacBook Pro Retina here


Today the first beta of the new version of XBMC has been released codename Frodo. Named after one of the founding members of XBMC.

The Features

Thanks to an incredibly successful GSoC experience and numerous dedicated developers who have been working on many projects for years, XBMC 12 figures to be one of the most anticipated feature updates in a long time. Features include…

  • HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine
  • Live TV and PVR support
  • h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
  • 64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux
  • Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types
  • Support for the Raspberry PI
  • Initial support for the Android platform
  • Improved Airplay support across all platforms
  • Advanced Filteringin the library
  • Advanced UPnPsharing
  • Translations now powered by Transifex

Download the newest build from here

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CDW Gold Award

Run Windows on your Mac

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.

– 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.

– 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.

– 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.

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

– 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…

CDW Gold Award

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Apple has released what it is calling a Supplemental Update to Mac OS X 10.7.3 which is designed to resolve issues with Time Machine.


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This is what Apple say about the update:

This update resolves an issue when restoring a Mac from a Time Machine backup.

This update is recommended for users running 10.7.3 with Time Machine backups.

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Synology have just released a DSM (Disk Station Manager) 3.2 update for it’s USB Station 2 devices, which includes support for Mac OS X Lion.


USB Station 2 is designed to provide a cost-effective solution for USB storage sharing, multimedia center, and print server for home and small workgroup. The operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager, delivers rich features for multimedia enjoyments, Internet file sharing, budget print server, and energy-saving options.

This new update offers new support for Mac OS® X Lion, CalDAV, Google Cloud Print, and UPnP routers along with additional enhancements to Download Station and File Browser.

USB Station 2 offers Mac-friendly solution that includes Mac OS X Lion support to provide a reliable backup destination with Time Machine®, and functions as a calendar server where synchronization to CalDAV clients of iCal in Mac OS X, iPhone®, iPad®, and Mozilla Sunbird® becomes effortless.

USB Station 2 now supports Google Cloud Print, allowing users to print documents remotely through their mobile devices without the need of driver installation. In addition, USB Station 2 recognizes UPnP compatible routers with just one-click setup under EZ-Internet wizard. DSM 3.2 extends the versatility of USB Station 2 with Download Station supporting the most popular file hosting sites and File Browser featuring fast drag-n-drop file upload.


DSM 3.2 for USB Station 2,
Release Notes: http://www.synology.com/releaseNote_enu/USB%20Station%202.php?lang=enu
Download: http://www.synology.com/support/download.php?lang=enu

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Today Apple released a new security update for OS X.

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Here is what is included in the update:

Security Update 2011-005 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X.

As with any security update, you should consider installing it as soon as possible.

A few weeks ago we reported on the release of a beta version of the KeepVault Connector for the Apple Mac. I’ve been using it for a little while now and so thought I would do a quick walk-through.

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Here is what KeepVault say about the Connector for the Mac:

KeepVault is proud to announce the open beta for KeepVault Connector for Mac OSX.  The KeepVault Connector will allow Mac users to simplify the process of sync’ing files from their Mac to their WHS.

The Connector client for Mac has all of the features and simplicity as our Connector client for Windows.  You can find more details on setup, requirements, and a download link in our forms (see links to our forums below).


· Automatically sync file from your Intel-based Mac to your Windows Home Server

· Automatically protect sync’d files to your KeepVault online storage account for replicated protection (requires a KeepVault subscription)

· Connector automatically watches for new and changed files

Before you download and install the Connector for the Mac, you need to have already installed and configured both the KeepVault Backup add-in for Windows Home Server, and also the KeepVault Connector add-in for Windows Home Server.

If you are not sure how to do that, you can take a look at our review and walk-through here.

The next step is to then download the beta Connector for the Mac, and you can do that from here. In my case I downloaded it on my PC as you can see, then copied it over to my Mac (not sure why I did it that why, I just did – old habits I suppose….)


Then you just run the Connector software on your Mac.


This will bring up the KeepVault Connector application, as show below. As you can see the server information and password has not yet been set.


All you have to do is click on the Change button and enter the server name of your Windows Home Server or the IP address, followed by your password. For some reason I couldn’t get it to work with the server name, but I think that was more down to my set up than the application, and the IP address worked perfectly fine. It will either say Available, which means its working, or Failed, which, surprise surprise, means it isn’t. If that happens, just try again, and confirm that your Windows Home Server is running and can be seen from the Mac.

You also need to decide if you want to sync to your Local Network Only (your Mac will only sync when connected to your home network) or from the Internet and Local (if you are away from home but connected to the Internet, this is a useful option). You will need Remote Access enabled on your Windows Home Server for this to work.


Now that I have configured that part, the next step is to decide what folders I want to sync. Just click the drop down box and then select a folder, followed by the Open button and then the Add Folder button.


Keep repeating this task until all the folders you want to sync are added, and then just sit back and wait while it syncs for you.


In case you were wondering, the version of the beta Connector shows up as 1.0 (1).


And that is it – the selected folders on the Mac are syncing.

I really like the Connector for the Mac, it is very simple and quick to install and configure, and it just works – exactly what I wanted and needed!

You can learn more about KeepVault from  here, it is really worth looking at. And if you haven’t signed up yet for an account, you can get a 10% discount for being a UWHS reader. That’s a cool offer!

Proxure have been in touch to let us know about a new Mac OSX Beta of their KeepVault Connector for Windows Home Server.


Here is what they said:

KeepVault is proud to announce the open beta for KeepVault Connector for Mac OSX.  The KeepVault Connector will allow Mac users to simplify the process of sync’ing files from their Mac to their WHS.

The Connector client for Mac has all of the features and simplicity as our Connector client for Windows.  You can find more details on setup, requirements, and a download link in our forms (see links to our forums below).


· Automatically sync file from your Intel-based Mac to your Windows Home Server

· Automatically protect sync’d files to your KeepVault online storage account for replicated protection (requires a KeepVault subscription)

· Connector automatically watches for new and changed files

· Sync from within your LAN http://forums.proxure.com/viewtopic.php?t=4365

· Sync from anywhere on the internet http://forums.proxure.com/viewtopic.php?t=4366

Look out for an in-depth walk-though soon.

In the mean time, you can download the Mac beta client from here and you can learn more about KeepVault here..

And you can read our review we did last year on KeepVault  for Windows Home Server.

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Apple have just released a huge update to Mac OS X, taking it to version 10.6.5. The update is 680 MB!

Mac Uodate

The 10.6.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

• improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers

• address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture

• address stability and performance of graphics applications and games

• resolve a delay between print jobs

• address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme

• resolve an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal

• address an issue where dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide

• resolve an issue with Wikipedia information not displaying correctly in Dictionary

• improve performance of MainStage on certain Mac systems

• resolve spacing issues with OpenType fonts

• improve reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays

• resolve a VoiceOver issue when browsing some web sites with Safari 5

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4250.

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

You can and should update your Mac now.

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