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Monday, September 26, 2011

Download MyLexia iPhone App Helps Struggling Students

Lexia has released a new iOS app that is allegedly the industry’s first to provide real-time student skills data and norm-referenced performances measures. It’s called MyLexia, and it’s immediately available from the Apple App Store

MyLexia uses the Assessment Without Testing technology, which allows teachers and administrators have actionable performance data at the point of instruction, according to the makers of the app.

Lexia strongly believes that “Data-driven instruction is one of the cornerstones of today’s instructional methodologies. However, until now, accessing such data has typically required educators to repeatedly print volumes of progress reports or remain tied to the computer, making the use of real-time data during instruction nearly impossible,” the firm says.

The purpose of the app is to helps teachers quickly identify students that are struggling, in order to group them by specific skills for individual or small group instruction.

The software even tells teachers when students have earned a certificate or achievement. The document can be emailed to their parents or beamed to a wireless printer right from the app.

“Mobile access to real-time data allows teachers to clear obstacles for students as they occur,” said Lexia CEO Nick Gaehde. “With the power of Lexia’s Assessment Without Testing technology in the palm of their hand, teachers can identify and address skill gaps without interrupting the flow of instruction.”

Gaehde upholds that teachers many times fail to get their message across the class from behind their desk, while admins hardly make any changes by sitting in their office behind a closed door.

“The MyLexia App provides access to student data anytime, anywhere, allowing data-driven instructional decisions to happen at the point of instruction,” he said.

As part of Lexia’s Reading suite, the MyLexia app is available for free via the link below. It requires an active subscription to the Lexia Reading software.

Download MyLexia for iOS (Free)

How to Make Windows 7 Run Faster on Your Computer

Tweak your Win7.. Simple solution if your Windows 7 computer performing very slow.
Read and try this tips to get the best your Windows 7 performing.

I am going to explain in detail, the best, and most effective ways to make Windows 7 run faster on your computer.

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Uninstall Unused Programs
Pretty much everyone who uses their computer on a regular basis will have programs on their computer which they simply don’t use. Having programs on your computer which you don’t use means that you are putting unnecessary strain on your computer for no reason that benefits you whatsoever.

The fix this, all you have to do is uninstall any programs which you don’t use by using the instructions below:
Click Start, then click Control Panel. When the control panel screen appears, click Uninstall a Program. You will now see a list of the programs which are installed on your computer.

Now you should click any program name which you feel you don’t use or need, and then click Uninstall.
Now you will be promoted to an uninstall screen, and all you have to do from here is follow the instructions which are shown to you by the uninstaller.

Repeat this process for all and any programs you don’t use or need.

Delete Unused Files
This is really simple, and can be really effective. No doubt you will have files such as pictures, music, or videos on your computer which you know yourself you probably will never look/listen to again.
Having too many files on your computers hard drive can cause your computer to slow down due to the limited memory it can work with.

To delete unused files, all you have to do is go to your documents or desktop and find files you wont have any use for, and that are worthy of deletion.

Right click, and click Delete to fully remove the file, and free space.

Closing Task Tray Programs
More often than not, you will have programs running on your computer when you don’t even know it! Programs which are running in your task tray will still be causing speed decreases of your computer even if you aren’t actually properly using the program!

You should close all programs which are running in your task tray which you are not using.
Closing programs which you are not using in your task tray is unbelievably simple.

Simply goto the bottom right of your screen, right click, and close any programs which you are not using.
Although these methods of making your computer running Windows 7 faster may seem too simple, you would be surprised to how much they actually affect the performance of your computer!

If you still see no change in the speed of your computer after using these methods, then it’s probably because your computer simply can’t handle all that you want it to do, and that it’s time for you to upgrade to a more powerful computer.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6551090

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Eating Walnuts Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

A recent study performed on mice by the researchers at Marshall University showed that, when a modest amount of walnuts is included in the regular diet, this can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
 
The report in the journal Nutrition and Cancer states that the amount of walnut in the test diet equates to about 2 ounces a day for humans

It looks like including walnuts in the diet decreased the risk of breast cancer at up to half the rate. Also, the number of tumors and their sizes were significantly smaller. These changes came even after mice were genetically mutated to develop cancer.
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When healthy fats were added to the subjects’ diet, unhealthy fats were removed, which made researchers unsure whether it was the addition of healthy fats, the reduction of the unhealthy fats, or even both.

“These reductions are particularly important when you consider that the mice were genetically programmed to develop cancer at a high rate,” said Elaine Hardman, Ph.D., of Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, who led the study. “We were able to reduce the risk for cancer even in the presence of a preexisting genetic mutation.”

Study results also showed that a diet rich in walnuts changed the activity of multiple genes that are relevant to breast cancer in both mice and humans. Other testing showed that increases in omega 3 fatty acids did not fully account for the anti-cancer effect, and found that tumor growth decreased when dietary vitamin E increased.

Food is important medicine in our diet,” continued Hardman. “What we put into our bodies makes a big difference – it determines how the body functions, our reaction to illness and health. The simple stuff really works: eat right, get off the couch, and turn off the TV.

“The results of this study indicate that increased consumption of walnut could be part of a healthy diet and reduce risk for cancer in future generations,” she added.

Windows 8 vs Windows 7 - Boot Performance Comparison

The winner of the first Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 boot performance measuring contest is clear, and I doubt that we’ll ever see a comeback from Windows Vista’s successor in future comparisons. 


An important aspect of Windows 8’s evolution is the fine tuning of the start-up process. Technologies such as solid state drive (SSDs) and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) aside, the next iteration of Windows comes with optimizations which will let Windows 7 in its boot dust.

Featuring a new start-up mechanism which combines cold boot with resuming from hibernate, Windows 8 delivers unmatched speed, drastically reducing the time it takes toreach Metro-ready or desktop-ready.

The next version of Windows closes user sessions on shutdown, but makes sure to hibernate the kernel session.

Only a small portion of memory is actually written to disk, it’s what the Redmond company calls, session 0 hibernation, as opposed to full hibernation.

“If you’re not familiar with hibernation, we’re effectively saving the system state and memory contents to a file on disk (hiberfil.sys) and then reading that back in on resume and restoring contents back to memory,” explained Gabe Aul, a director of program management in Windows.

“Using this technique with boot gives us a significant advantage for boot times, since reading the hiberfile in and reinitializing drivers is much faster on most systems (30-70% faster on most systems we’ve tested).”

The two graphics included with this article, courtesy of Microsoft, reveal the comparison between the new Windows 8 start boot and the old Windows 7 cold boot.

Windows 8 fast boot
It’s rather obvious, that no matter the actual device customers will be running, it will deliver superior boot performance if it’s running Windows 8 as opposed to Windows 7.

“It’s faster because resuming the hibernated system session is comparatively less work than doing a full system initialization, but it’s also faster because we added a new multi-phase resume capability, which is able to use all of the cores in a multi-core system in parallel, to split the work of reading from the hiberfile and decompressing the contents,” Aul added.

Users can watch a video of Windows 8 booting on an EliteBook 8640p (Intel Core i7-2620M, 8GB, 160GB SSD) in just 8 seconds below.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Diesel Hybrid Cars Poised for Growth in Europe

The near future sounds cleaner for Europe, as researchers from Frost & Sullivan have come up with the conclusion that diesel hybridization is the key of meeting 2020 targets of 95g/km of CO2 emissions.

The study highlights the fact that, despite of higher initial costs, diesel hybrid vehicles bring better performance, lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel efficiency.
This way, CO2 fleet average of cars in the European Union will also be reduced.
“European car manufacturers have adopted different strategies to reduce PM and NOx emissions, and one of those adopted is engine downsizing,” stated Bharath Kumar Srinivasan, Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “However, downsizing a diesel engine will result in higher NOx emissions.”

World’s first series produced diesel-hybrid was just introduced by Peugeot in the form of the 3008 Hybrid4 with 200 bhp and CO2 emission as low as 99 g/km.

The diesel powertrain produces a power output of 163 bhp and the electric motor generates an additional 37 bhp. Both powertrains are capable of running independently, which means it can run in the all-electric mode within cities and thus being a zero-emission vehicle.

However, the higher costs of the technologies involved in a diesel hybrid, like the Hybrid4 technology, have been a key limitation to the launch of diesel hybrids. This could mean that attractive packaging should come into play.

“PSA has managed to combine the best of technologies into a single package,” Srinivasan explains.

One solution would be automotive alliances between producers with a strong diesel portfolio, such as Fiat, PSA, Renault, Volkswagen. This would lower the development costs and provide for a better deployment of vehicles.

Take, for example, PSA's cooperation with BMW for hybrid components and the BMW-Daimler-GM joint development of the two-mode hybrid.

The researchers also highlight the idea that the demand for diesel hybrids is set to grow to more than 300,000 units only by 2016-17.

Mango for Dell Venue Pro Coming Soon, Unlocked Devices First

Soon, Dell's Venue Pro users will be able to download and install a new OS flavor on their devices, and the company has just delivered some info on how the update is supposed to go down.

Windows Phone Mango, the next flavor of Microsoft's mobile operating system, is set to start arriving on existing devices in the next two weeks or so, and both carriers and handset vendors are making the final preparations for the event.

Among them, Dell was the one to announce that the new update will arrive on all of their Venue Pro devices in the U.S., EMEA and India, and that the unlocked flavors of the mobile phone will receive it first.
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Make no mistake about it, the carrier-branded devices will also be upgraded, only that this might happen a little later.

“Here’s what I can say at this point: later this fall, we will be supporting Mango for customers in the U.S., EMEA and India with unlocked versions of the Venue Pro,” Lionel Menchaca, chief blogger, Dell, notes.

“We will also support the Mango upgrade for those with T-Mobile, Cincinnati Bell Wireless locked versions of the phone.”

For the time being, no specific info on when the update might arrive on AT&T-locked devices has been unveiled, though all the necessary details are expected to become available in the near future.

Microsoft's Eric Hautala has just announced that the Mango update will arrive on devices in a week or two, and that it will also include software specific to each and every handset. This is why the AT&T flavor of Venue Pro will receive the update later.

“When I confirm definitive plans here, I will provide an update,” Menchaca continues.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS will arrive on all unlocked Dell Venue Pro units, as well as on the handsets available at T-Mobile and Cincinnati Bell via the Zune update process.

The update process will be similar with the one that users had to get through with the NoDo update, Menchaca concluded.

Flaw in iPhone 5 Touch-Panels to Affect Shipments - Report

Sources in the iPhone supply chain are reporting that Apple-partner Wintek is experiencing troubles with the touch-panels destined for the iPhone 5, a drawback that may affect the initial shipment.

Described as a “delayed bubble” by iPhone supply chain makers, the defect is hard to notice before it’s already too late. It generally shows up only after the lamination process of the touch panels, according to Digitimes.

However, the negative impact of this discovery is expected to be minimal. The reason basically has to do with the fact that the manufacturing process is identical to the one used for making iPhone 4 panels.

Wintek is expected to eliminate the flaw quickly, according to the sources cited in by the Taiwanese publication.

Another reason why the iPhone 5 will experience only minimal shipment constraints is Apple’s choice to have multiple suppliers for a single iPhone part.

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In the case of the iPhone touch panels, Wintek accounts for only 20-25 percent of the total production, the sources said.

Taiwan-based TPK Holding produces a substantial 60-65 percent of the panels used in Apple’s iPhone 5. Chimei Innolux makes up for the remainder.

Finally, the sources said that Apple has a target shipment of 25-26 million units of iPhone 5 in the fourth quarter.

Revealed earlier this week by All Things D, Apple is said to be preparing for an October 4 event for the launch of the fifth-generation iPhone.

The event, if confirmed, will also witness the introduction of iCloud (Apple’s replacement service for MobileMe), and iOS 5, the latest version of the mobile operating system powering iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch players.

Analysts and pundits alike expect the Cupertino, California technology giant to introduce not one, but two different iPhone models this time around, including one iPhone 4S that reportedly caters to the mid-tier customer base.

Mac OS X 10.7.2 Final Release ImminentMac OS X 10.7.2 Final Release Imminent

Apple has rolled out a new beta of OS X 10.7.2 to developers with a clear indication that this new build is likely to become the final shipping version of Lion’s second software update for end customers.

Listing no changes to the list of focus areas (AddressBook, GraphicsDrivers, iCal, iChat, iCloud, Mac App Store, Mail, MobileMe, Safari, Spotlight, and Time Machine) as well as no known issues, Lion Build 11C62 appears to be final, going by the seed notes.

According to those who are familiar with the build, Apple has posted the following release notes for Mac OS X 10.7.2 (courtesy of MacRumors):

The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices. iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:

 • iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
 • Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
 • Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.

 Getting started with iCloud is easy. After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel. Simply enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one and then follow the on screen instructions. To learn more about iCloud visit http://www.apple.com/icloud.

 The 10.7.2 update also includes Safari 5.1.1 as well as fixes that:

 • Allow reordering of desktop spaces and full screen apps in Mission Control.
 • Enable dragging files between desktop spaces and full screen apps.
 • Address an issue that causes the menu bar to not appear in full screen apps.
 • Improve the compatibility of Google contact syncing in Address Book.
 • Address an issue that causes Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
 • Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
 • Address an issue that causes a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
 • Enable booting in to Lion Recovery from a locally attached Time Machine backup drive.
 • Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
 • Improve Active Directory integration.

 For detailed information about Safari 5.1.1, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4922.

 For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4767.
 For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.



As readers will notice, the Support links included by Apple are not yet functional (save for the one detailing the security content of the update, as that Support document only gets modified, never replaced).

This OS X 10.7.2 beta delivers a new version of Safari (as the seed notes show) and comes with iCloud integration, marking the second time a Lion seed includes Apple’s Internet suite as a built-in component, rather than a separate download.

Developers enrolled with Apple’s programs can access the Mac Dev Center to download the latest Lion beta.

An Apple press event is rumored to go live October 4, when the company will reportedly launch its fifth-generation iPhone, alongside iOS 5 and iCloud (both of which have already been scheduled for launch this fall).

Since the launch of iCloud and iOS 5 is imminent this fall, expect Mac OS X 10.7.2 to drop very soon (especially given the nature of the new seed note format).

LG Optimus EX Leaks, With Full Specs Included

Based on Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, the new mobile phone is expected to become one of the flagship models that LG will bring to shelves in its attempt to gain more market share and match the devices launched by rival vendor Samsung.

Apparently, the phone maker will bring the new LG Optimus EX to shelves in its home land market, on the airwaves of wireless carrier SK Telecom.

The new device
reportedly packs features and capabilities that will put it close if not in line with the Samsung Galaxy S II, one of the best selling handsets on the South Korean market at the moment.

The handset is said to include a large four-inch IPS touchscreen display that will boast a WVGA resolution, a 700-nit NOVA panel that will clearly differentiate it from similar devices.

Moreover, it should include a fast 1.2GHz application processor inside, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 ship, paired with a ULP GeForce (AP25) GPU and capable of offering increased performance capabilities to all users.

The mobile phone will pack 1GB of RAM when launched, along with 8GB of internal memory, and a microSD memory card slot through which users will be able to add up to 32GB of external storage into the mix.

On the back, it will include a five-megapixel photo snapper with auto focus that can offer 1080p video recording capabilities.

The LG Optimus EX measures 118.0 x 63.4 x 9.65 millimeters (4.64 x 2.49 x 0.38) and weighs in at 127 grams (4.48 ounces ), while packing a 1,500mAh battery inside.

Rumor has it that the new device will arrive on shelves at SK Telecom in two color flavors, namely Black & Sliver and White & Champagne Gold.

For the time being, no details on the phone's arrival on other markets around the world have been unveiled, though chances are that it will see an international release.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Download Windows 8 Developer Preview Build 8102 Milestone 3 (M3)

 Windows 8 PCs with UEFI Secure Boot Could Lock Linux Out
Although he acknowledges that there’s nothing to panic about yet, Matthew Garrett, mobile Linux developer at Red Hat, posted a blog post designed to raise some concerns over the possibility that Linux might be locked out from Windows 8 PCs because of the new UEFI secure boot feature.

One of the new security mitigations introduced into Windows 8 involves bulletproofing the startup process, in an effort to fend off threats such as rootkits, and similar malware.

This is done by only loading components that are correctly signed by Microsoft as Windows 8 is booting.

Here is how Microsoft details the secured boot feature of the next major iteration of Windows:

“Secured boot stops malware in its tracks and makes Windows 8 significantly more resistant to low-level attacks. Even when a virus has made it onto your PC, Windows will authenticate boot components to prevent any attempt to start malware before the operating system is up and running.

“If the component isn’t correctly signed by Microsoft, Windows will begin remediation and start the Windows Recovery Environment, which will automatically try to fix your operating system.”

Secure boot is an aspect of the evolution of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, involving the integration of signing keys directly into the system firmware.

Code running on a machine with UEFI secure boot will need to also be signed with the same keys as the system firmware by the manufacturer of the computer.

According to Garrett, Microsoft considers secure boot enabled by default as a requirement of the logo program for Windows 8 PCs.

“The two alternatives here are for Windows to be signed with a Microsoft key and for the public part of that key to be included with all systems, or alternatively for each OEM to include their own key and sign the pre-installed versions of Windows,” he notes.

“The second approach would make it impossible to run boxed copies of Windows on Windows logo hardware, and also impossible to install new versions of Windows unless your OEM provided a new signed copy. The former seems more likely.”

Garrett stresses that a logoed OEM Windows 8 PC with UEFI secure boot will not boot generic copies of Linux, and there are a dime a dozen of those.

While Linux distributors could just as well sign their versions of the operating system, the very licensing of the platform creates some issues. Bootloaders under GPLv3 and GPLv2 simply won’t do, because the licenses imply that the vendors share the signing keys.

With OS kernels becoming part of the bootloader, they’ll also need to be signed. And even in the eventuality that devs sign their own code, they still need to work with manufacturers to have the keys included into the system firmware.

“There's no indication that Microsoft will prevent vendors from providing firmware support for disabling this feature and running unsigned code. However, experience indicates that many firmware vendors and OEMs are interested in providing only the minimum of firmware functionality required for their market. It's almost certainly the case that some systems will ship with the option of disabling this. Equally, it's almost certainly the case that some systems won't,” Garrett added.

Personally, I don’t think that Windows 8 PCs with UEFI secure boot will block users from installing, booting or running any operating system thy want, including Linux.

I welcome the new bulletproofed boot process of Windows 8 and I think that it will have a great impact on increasing the level of security for end users. At the same time, I’m confident that Linux will still continue to boot on new computers worldwide even after Windows 8 is launched.

Download Windows 8 Developer Preview Build 8102 Milestone 3 (M3)

Download Adobe Flash Player 10.3.183.10 for Mac OS X

Adobe Systems Inc. have issued a new version of their popular Flash Player, informing users that updating is imperative as the platform is suffering from a number of flaws that may end up with hackers taking control of the affected system.

Adobe categorizes the update as “critical”, and recommends that users update their installations to the newest versions at once. And here’s why.

According to the Photoshop-maker, Adobe Flash Player 10.3.183.7 and earlier versions for Macintosh, Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems have “critical vulnerabilities [that] could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”

On Android-powered devices, Adobe Flash Player 10.3.186.6 and earlier versions are also affected.

Adobe did some research and discovered that “There are reports that one of these vulnerabilities (CVE-2011-2444) is being exploited in the wild in active targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking on a malicious link delivered in an email message.”

Hence their decision to label the issue as “critical”.

“This universal cross-site scripting issue could be used to take actions on a user's behalf on any website or webmail provider if the user visits a malicious website,” the company adds.

The natural resolution, of course, is to update to the latest version of Flash. Adobe breaks it down by platform in the lines to follow:

“Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 10.3.183.7 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris update to Adobe Flash Player 10.3.183.10,” reads their security bulletin.

“Users of Adobe Flash Player for Android 10.3.186.6 and earlier versions should update to Adobe Flash Player for Android 10.3.186.7,” Adobe outlines.

Mac users can grab the latest Flash version using the link below.

Download Adobe Flash Player for Mac OS X (Free)

New Steve Jobs Book Announced, Launches this Fall

Agate Publishing of Evanston, Ill., has worked up this 160-page book chock full of Steve Jobs quotes and they plan to release it this November, about the same time Walter Isaacson’s official Steve Jobs biography comes out.

Featuring quotations sourced from various interviews, public appearances and writings during his time with Apple and away from Apple, "I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words" is considered to be a companion to Isaacson's bio, Doug Seibold, Agate's publisher, said.

"I very much see the book as an homage to Steve Jobs," said Seibold, according to ABC News, "and what really drew me to the project was the realization that Jobs is indisputably the most remarkable business figure of the past three decades, and that there was real value in collecting his public statements for the sake of all those people who will find insight and inspiration in them."

The report doesn’t say much else about the book other than Seibold had planned a later release of the book, but that he recently moved up the publication, as did Simon & Shuster, the publisher of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio.

The piece then includes a number of famous quotes from the former Apple CEO, such as one from a D5 Conference (All Things Digital) in 2007, when Jobs said: "We make tools for people. Tools to create, tools to communicate. The age we're living in, these tools surprise you. … That's why I love what we do. Because we make these tools, and we're constantly surprised with what people do with them."

Jobs has always been vocal about his company’s ultimate goal of simply making great stuff, and he probably never voiced it better than in February 2008 when, according to CNN Money’s Fortune magazine, he said: "We do no market research. We don't hire consultants. … We just want to make great products."

A quote from February 1996 when Jobs pinpointed competition’s lack of innovation is also given.

According to Wired magazine, Jobs blamed their failures on not having a very diverse experience, noting that “The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

Download Apple Snapseed Best Photo Editor - Free

 Download Snapseed, App Store’s Best Photo Editor, Now Free
Nik Software, Inc., a privately-held American company that develops solutions for the digital-imaging and photography markets, is offering its powerful Snapseed photo editing app completely free until September 23.

“Try Snapseed for FREE from 9/20—9/23 and get the app Apple named their iTunes App of the Week in August!”, reads an announcement placed right within the app’s App Store description.

“Snapseed makes any photograph extraordinary and puts a fun high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips. Now anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software!”, the company says.

Snapseed lets you browse and adjust your photos with a single tap using Auto Correct, as well as to achieve perfect stills with the more thorough Tune Image function.

Users can enhance specific objects or areas in their photos via Selective Adjust, and they can experiment with cool effects like Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Center Focus.

Finally, users can add Borders as a finishing touch and off go the pictures to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube and, of course, email.

The app supports 6.25 megapixel images on the iPad, iPhone 3Gs, and iPod Touch 3rd and 4th generation, and can go up to 16 MP on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4. According to the makers, larger images are automatically down sampled.

As far as supported formats go, Snapseed does everything from JPEG and TIFF photos to RAW photos. The latter requires iPad or iPad 2 and they can only be transferred using the Camera Connector Kit.

Updated last month to version 1.2, Snapseed is now a universal app meaning you download once and install the same app on both your iPhone and iPad.

The app now supports iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3rd Gen (32 & 64 GB), and iPod Touch 4th Gen (8, 32, & 64 GB) and requires iOS 4.2 or later.

Download Snapseed (Free for a limited time)

How to Print in OS X 10.7 Lion

 Solution to Print in OS X 10.7 Lion

Apple has issued a Support note on how to print in OS X Lion, the latest version of the company’s Mac operating system. Aspects described range from setting up a printer to sharing a printer queue, and more.

Support document HT4670, titled ‘OS X Lion: Overview of printing’ has the purpose of teaching Mac users how to use the printing functions of OS X 10.7. The instructions apply to any version of OS  X Lion.

The list of topics covered is provided as follows. Each section is expandable, with each one containing a wealth of information complete with imagery.

- Start a print job on the Mac and manage its options
- Generate and manage PDFs
- Manage the printer queue and printer dock icon
- Share the printer queue
- About graphic resolutions for inkjet and laser printers


For example, Apple tells users that, in order to start a print job, they will simply have to choose choose File > Print… from any application that can print or press ⌘P (Command-P), at which point OS X will pop up a print sheet.

A sample basic print sheet showing standard details of the print job is displayed above (click to enlarge).

Apple informs customers that their computer will “either have the necessary printing software already installed, or it will automatically download and install software when the printer is connected or configured.”

The company advises users against installing software that came with the printer, as it may be out of date.

Also, users must not connect the printer to their Mac until they make sure everything is set, both software- and hardware-wise.

“Follow the instructions that came with the printer to unpack, install ink or toner, and insert paper. Finally, use the instructions in this article to connect the printer to your Mac,” says the company.

Customers must ensure their printer is listed in Printer and scanner software for OS X Lion.

NASA SATELLITE THE SIZE OF BUS ‘COULD LAND ALMOST ANYWHERE’

Nasa and the US Department of Defense are tracking a 35ft spacecraft, the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or (UARS), as it heads towards a universe during 5 miles per second.

 Experts contend there is a one-in-3,200 risk of a space junk, which weighs 6 tons, attack someone.
However, a speed equates to which there will usually be a 20-minute notice prior to it strikes.
Debris is approaching to separate opposite a 500-mile area, with a greatest cube weighing 300lb, a weight of a vast refrigerator.
The expected alighting area spans cities as distant north as Edinburgh and as distant south as Cape Horn, upon a southern seashore of South America.

NASA spokespeople have stressed which a risk to tellurian hold up and skill from UARS is small.
They bring a statistic which in 50 years of space scrutiny no a single has ever been harm by descending space junk, whilst they claimed which people were many more expected to be fatally struck by lightning.
Mark Matney, an orbital waste scientist during NASA, said: “We know it is starting to strike somewhere in between 57 north embodiment and 57 south latitude, which covers many of a inhabited universe unfortunately.”
The greatest square of space waste to tumble from circuit was America’s 75-ton Skylab which strike Earth in 1979.
UARS was launched in 1991 to magnitude the ozone layer, wind and temperature. It was strictly decommissioned in 2005.
It is a greatest NASA booster to “come back” in 3 decades, after Skylab fell in horse opera Australia though Mr Matney pronounced similar-sized pieces of outlayed space station and satellite waste tumble to Earth about once per year.
US Strategic Command’s Joint Space Operations Center is “keeping everybody – not only NASA though all a sovereign agencies which understanding with open reserve issues – sensitive about where it is and predictions of where it’s coming,” a mouthpiece said.
NASA has warned people not to hold a waste if they come opposite it since it is expected to have pointy edges.

Source: http://www.imtechnonews.com/news/nasa-satellite-the-size-of-bus-could-land-almost-anywhere/1746/

Real BATTLE: WINDOWS 8 DEVELOPER PREVIEW VS. UBUNTU 11.04

 Compare WINDOWS 8 DEVELOPER PREVIEW VS. UBUNTU 11.04
In a video upon youtube, you’ll see how Windows 8 Developer Preview does opposite Linux set up Ubuntu 11.04 in a startup and apparatus comparison.

Both handling systems have been commissioned as is, with no modifying of settings solely for a Wi-Fi tie network after startup. Both handling systems were commissioned upon twin matching Dell Inspiron Mini 1012s, with 1GB RAM.

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Windows 8 Developer Build has been touted by Microsoft as being most leaner in a volume of resources it uses when compared opposite a own Windows 7 OS.

It has additionally been commended upon a quick foot time, and twin interface mixing a uses of a informed Windows Phone 7 ‘Metro’ character inteface as good as a Windows 7 Desktop interface.

Windows 8 is creation a run during clouded cover computing, that unequivocally is conduct to conduct opposite Google’s Chrome OS, though with a further of a same Windows desktop seen upon computers, it might interest to a open more than Chrome OS since of a harmony in using local apps as good as comparison Personal Computer applications such as Photoshop, Office suites and record storage.

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Blackberry as a Business Tool

Blackberry is a nearly an indispensable business tool for any trade. Especially for many small firms blackberry is like a boon. Blackberry software is highly responsive in a blackberry phone. You can use it both professionally and in personal life. It can do everything. From providing smart applications to helping you in your job or providing business software which connect you to business applications. Blackberry has a role to play everywhere. It can provide you with a secure access to business, email,calendar,applications,contacts,tasks and much more from blackberry smartphones.




Blackberry has a variety of business softwares which help user in gaining access to the applications and information they can rely upon. These business softwares facilitate greater IT control and connect blackberry smartphones to enterprise applications. Blackberry smartphones have many key business features. With Push Technology you can easily deliver messages and information to your smartphones.

It helps in increasing battery life while simultaneously decreasing bandwidth usage. Your blackberry smartphone can open and edit attachment; flag email for follow up, look for email and set out of office notifications and many more, off course with conditions attached. Contact information is synchronized between the pc and blackberry phones automatically. The users can search in the company address list, enhancing productivity, while working out of office. Blackberry applications give the ever busy professional greater and performance enhancing calendar features.

Executives can send out, accept and forward calendar appointments from their blackberry smartphones, without a worry that the changes will not synch with their pc. Blackberry greatly improves on employee’s ability to communicate quickly with colleagues. It lets employees take their instant messaging and social networking out of the office. Blackberry smart phones support blackberry messenger out of the box, also adding web-based IM and social networking solutions.

Blackberry business solutions provide a social and highly secure platform. Blackberry Balance application secures your business information on blackberry smart phones, separate from personal applications. It prevents information accessed from business applications from being copied and pasted into personal applications. Also access to organizer data on the blackberry phone is restricted from within social networking applications.

Blackberry Enterprise Server Express provides solutions to business to efficiently and quickly get started, and at the same time reducing costs. Advanced blackberry Smartphone get features with no software licensing charges or fees. Another feature is the Blackberry Enterprise Server. It is apt for large companies and government organizations, with their need for the high level of IT control and enhanced functionality, thereby ensuring workforce productivity and securing the sensitive data.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Download Linux Mint Debian Edition 201109 with Gnome and Xfce

Linux Mint has announced the release of its latest update to the "Debian Edition" of the popular and user friendly Linux distro. Linux Mint Debian Edition 201109 is now available in both Gnome and Xfce flavors.

ISOs for both desktop environments are available, if you want to give the Debian version of Linux Mint a try.

But if you already have it installed on your system, all of the changes and updated packages should already be installed, provided you've been keeping up with the updates.

"The team is proud to announce the release of LMDE 201109 with updated ISOs for Gnome and Xfce," the announcement read.

Here's a brief overview of what's new in Linux Mint Debian Edition 201109:

· All Linux Mint 11 features;
· Installer improvements (keyboard variants, locale, bug fixes, UUID in fstab);
· Update Packs, dedicated Update Manager and staged repositories;
· GTK2/GTK3 theme compatibility;
· Updated software and packages.


Linux Mint Debian Edition 201109 makes the jump to the Linux 3.0 kernel. With that comes a caveat for 32-bit users. The default kernel in the 32-bit ISOs, for compatibility reasons, is the 486 kernel.

This ensures that LMDE runs on a all but the most ancient computers, but it also means that multi-core processors won't be recognized.

So, if you have a multi-core processor, or multiple processors on your system, switch to the 686-PAE version of the kernel, available in the repositories.

Linux Mint Debian Edition aims to replicate all of Linux Mint's strengths and features while using a Debian base, rather than Ubuntu like the regular Linux Mint. There are advantages and disadvantages to this approach.

On the one hand, Debian provides a cleaner and lighter environment as well as a more 'traditional' Linux experience (which can be both a good thing and a bad thing).

On the other, there are more rough edges and you probably need more experience with Linux to get the most out of the Debian Edition. Once you put in a little effort to get it looking and running just the way you like it, it will be worth it though.

Download Linux Mint Debian 201109 ISOs for Gnome and Xfce, 32-bit and 64-bit here

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Download uTorrent, BitTorrent, Vuze for Windows, Mac, Linux

uTorrent Used by Half of BitTorrent File-Sharers, Top 6 BitTorrent Clients on the Web

The latest data from the BitTorrent world shows a more diverse cast of BitTorrent clients dividing up the market, though there are still only a few clients battling for position.


Surprising no one, uTorrent is on top of the pile, with almost half of BitTorrent file-sharers running it.

The BitTorrent-focused blog TorrentFreak, with the help of the Tribler P2P research team at Delft University of Technology, put together a picture of the BitTorrent landscape.

Using a batch of 557,536 unique peers, the team looked at what BitTorrent client each of them were using. Almost half, 48 percent, of them were running uTorrent.

The popularity of the lightweight BitTorrent client is no secret, uTorrent recently passed the 100 million users mark.

Coming in at number two, no big surprise here either apart maybe from its growing market share, is Vuze with 22.49 percent usage, 125,417 peers.

Vuze is followed by the BitTorrent Mainline client, which is essentially a rebranded uTorrent, apart from the Linux version, with 13 percent of those in the study using it.

Transmission, the open-source BitTorrent client for Linux and Mac makes a somewhat surprising entry at number four, being used by 7 percent of file-sharers in the study.

Moving down the list, Libtorrent ran on the computers of 1.02 percent of the users, while BitComent, the once popular client, managed to get only 1.01 percentmarket share.

All other BitTorrent clients put together only added up to 1.27 percent of use, however, it was impossible to determine the client used by 6.22 percent of those in the study.

All-in-all, the picture is clear, uTorrent dominates and it shows no signs of losing any strength. The only real competitor is Vuze. Transmission could put up a good fight, but it's not available on Windows, greatly reducing its potential user base.





Sunday, September 18, 2011

Download Nimbuzz for BlackBerry 1.3.61 Updated

Nimbuzz is free instant messaging with friends on Nimbuzz. Also import all popular instant messaging and social networks (Facebook, ICQ, MSN, Google, AIM, Yahoo, MySpace, Hyves).

A new version of Nimbuzz for BlackBerry devices is now available for download for the owners of a smartphone from Research In Motion, namely Nimbuzz 1.3.7.
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The new application release brings along a quite useful feature, one that was already made available for the owners of other devices, namely message delivery notifications.

The new feature is available for all BlackBerry users out there who have the application installed on their devices, the development team explains.

Basically, this includes the latest handset from RIM as well, that which landed on shelves last month with the new BlackBerry 7 OS on board.

Message delivery notifications in Nimbuzz 1.3.7 for Blackberry work in a simple manner, the company explains:
1 check mark (?) when your message was successfully delivered to the Nimbuzz servers
2 check marks(??) when your message was successfully delivered to the person you are chatting with. 


Please note this does not indicate that your chat was read by the other person but only delivered.

At the same time the new application release brings along a useful shortcut, aimed at making the 'Nimbuzzing experience' far more pleasant than before, namely fast scrolling.

What users will have to do to benefit from this feature would be to hold the “Alt” key while browsing up and down in their contact list.

“Lastly, we will be thrilled to find out that the new version is fully compatible with BlackBerry devices running on the new OS7,” Nimbuzz explains.

Whether it comes to installing the application on the new BlackBerry Torch 9810 or on Torch 9850/9860, on the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, or even on the new BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370, users will enjoy full support for it.

“We hope you will enjoy the new features and if you have any questions or suggestions please let us know,” the development team also notes.

 Download  The latest version of Nimbuzz for BlackBerry

All about Nimbuzz for BlackBerry 1.3.61


FREE messaging saves money on texting (SMS).

FOR EVERY PHONE - Nimbuzz works with every popular smartphone and feature phone across platforms worldwide.

FRIEND SUGGESTIONS show you which of your phone contacts are already on Nimbuzz so you can connect with them to save money on text messaging.

Chat History keeps your conversations handy for later use to look up important information.

Requirements:
· BlackBerry OS 4.5.0 or higher

What's New in This Release Nimbuzz for BlackBerry 1.3.61: [ read full changelog ]
· Message Delivery Notifications: See checkmarks when your message arrives at your friend's phone.
· Search contacts: start writing the name of your contact whenever you are browsing the contact list.
· Fast scrolling: hold Alt key while browsing up and down in the contact list for fast scrolling.

AMD Benches FX-Series Bulldozer Against Intel CPUs

At the same time with Intel's IDF, AMD is hosting its own press event meant to showcase the company's latest technologies and chips, and one of the most interesting demonstrations to take place over there is a comparison between a yet-unreleased FX-Series processor and some Intel Core CPUs.

AMD hasn't disclosed the specs of the Bulldozer processor that is used for this comparison, but two different scenarios are being shown to demonstrate the power of its chips. AMD,CPU,Bulldozer,FX-Series,Benchmarks, Intel CPUs, overclock
The first one of these pits an eight-core AMD FX processor against an unspecified Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge CPU, both systems running Handbrake to convert a 5-minute H.264 video in SD resolution.

According to Hardware Info, the Bulldozer chip performs this task with an average of 223 frames per second, while the Core i5 machine gets 188 fps.

Both systems will be comparable in price according to AMD, but one can't help but notice that Bulldozer requires twice the numbers of cores of Intel to surpass a Core i5 by just 20% in a multi-threaded benchmark like Handbrake.


The second scenario has the same FX-Series processor fighting against a Core i7 980X in Dirt 3 at a 2560x1600 resolution, both systems featuring two Radeon HD 6790 cards setup in CrossFire. The Intel machine finishes this benchmark with an average frame rate of 80.9 fps, while the much cheaper AMD desktop averaged 82.8 fps.

Despite the good result achieved by AMD, the selection of the graphics cards, the high resolution and the small difference between the two systems cast a shadow of a doubt over AMD's win, as the 2fps gain could also be caused by other factors, such as better CrossFire scaling on the 990FX board.

AMD hasn't made any official statements over the launch date of the first FX-Series processors other than saying these will arrive in Q4 of 2011. However, most rumors seem to point out to an October release.

You can see about AMD Bulldozer FX-8130P Engineering Sample Overclocked to 5.1GHz

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New Games, Books and Magazines in Ubuntu Software Center

Canonical announced that lots of new games, books and magazines will be available in the Ubuntu Software Center for all Ubuntu users.

While Canonical is preparing the final version of the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system, many developers submit their interesting apps in the Ubuntu Software Center. Today we want to introduce you to some very nice and attractive games that have been added in the Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) operating system since early May this year.

All of them being available in Ubuntu Software Center, at various prices. Will start with the awesome arcade game called Steel Storm: Burning Retribution, which costs $9.99 USD. It features 25 campaign missions and the player has to fight and defend the planet against alien attacks. Here's the trailer:



Next game is called Family Farm, a fantastic farm simulation game for all ages. In this 3D game users have to build up their own farm. Here's the trailer:
Braid is a cool and fun puzzle game where the players have to manipulate the flow of time in order to solve the puzzles. Here's the trailer:
Puzzle Moppet is another interesting 3D puzzle game where you have to save a little Moppet lost in the wilderness. Do you have what it takes to save the Moppet? Here's the trailer:
Users who like to build bridges can try the popular Bridge Construction Set game. It features 40 unique levels where the player can build draw bridges, suspension bridges, and lots more. Here's the trailer:
The top rated, highly acclaimed and addictive SpaceChem puzzle game offers players the ability to build machines and fighting monsters in the name of science, as an Reactor Engineer! Here's the trailer:
BEEP! is another interesting game where the player will take control of a precision robot vehicle to explore various planets in the Universe. Here's the trailer:
 
BEEP Game Trailer from Kiaran Ritchie on Vimeo.
Heileen, an anime adventure game, is a puzzle where the player will guide a young woman in the 17th century England through her adventures in exploring the New World, while solving various puzzle. Here's the trailer:
Oil Rush, this year's amazing 3D real-time naval strategy game, allows players to build up defenses and upgrade oil platforms. Here's the trailer:
TRAUMA is the latest addition to the Ubuntu Software Center, an unique game where you are in the mind of a traumatized young woman, experiencing her dreams in a interactive way. Here's the trailer:
 
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Last but not least, Canonical also added various recent issues of the Ubuntu User magazine by Linux New Media, an interesting social image editor app, called Photobomb, that's like a mashup tool for your photos. Book titles about Ubuntu and Linux will also be added in Ubuntu Software Center, soon!

Don't forget to visit our website next Thursday, September 22nd, for an in-depth article about the Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) Beta 2 release, when we will unveil more features and the download links, of course!  

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Download Age of Empires III Version 1.0.6 for Mac OS X

A new patch specifically targeting Mac gamers has been released for Age of Empires III, the third installment in the popular real-time-strategy (RTS) franchise, portraying the colonization of the Americas by the Europeans.

The Mac version of Age of Empires III, released on November 21, 2006 in North America and on September 29, 2006 in Europe, was ported over to the Mac and developed by Destineer's MacSoft Games. It was published in tandem by Destineer and MacSoft Games.

Age of Empires III has made a number of innovations in the series, most notably the addition of the "Home City," which combines real-time strategy and role-playing game (RPG) features.

Since its launch in 2006, two expansion packs have been released for Age of Empires III - The WarChiefs (released on October 17, 2006), which introduced three Native American civilizations; and The Asian Dynasties (released on October 23, 2007), which included three Asian civilizations.

According to Destineer Games, Age of Empires III patch 1.0.6 will update all previous versions of Mac Age of Empires III to that version.

The updater is for the U.S. (ie, English) retail version of Age of Empires III only.

Gamers are to note that updates for expansion packs will need to be downloaded and applied separately.

According to Destineer, the following changes have been made to Age of Empires III for Mac OS X and Windows:

· Re-wrote the MP3 playback system in order to be compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
· Increased the application’s base system requirement to Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later.
· The Mac build is now in sync with version 1.13 of the PC Age 3 software.
· Boat Particle Effects have been changed. This should result in better performance when using Navies (PC 1.13).
· Fixed more out-of-sync bugs (PC 1.13).
· Double Deck Exploit has been fixed (PC 1.13).


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Best Quick Look: Ubuntu 11.10 Beta

In two days, September 1st, Canonical will unleash to the world the first Beta version of the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system, due for final release on October 13th, 2011.

With this occasion we thought it will be a great idea to inform our Ubuntu readers about some of the interesting features that will be included in this first Beta release of Ubuntu 11.10.

We also remind everyone that just like the previous release (Ubuntu 11.04), this version of the Ubuntu operating system will have two Beta releases; the second one will be availble on September 22nd.

Ubuntu 11.10 is dubbed Oneiric Ocelot and will include new and breathtaking "under the hood" technologies, such as Linux kernel 3.0, multi-arch support, GNOME 3.2 desktop environment, GTK3, Python 3.2, GCC 4.6.1,

Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) 1.5.0, and lots more.

Highlights of Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1:

· Linux kernel 3.0.1;
· GNOME 3.1.5;
· Improved Unity interface;
· Revamped session and power indicators;
· New login screen (LightDM);
· New ALT + Tab switcher;
· Deja Dup backup tool;
· Mozilla Thunderbird 7 default email client;
· Mozilla Firefox 7 default web browser;
· Revamped Ubuntu Software Center;
· LibreOffice 3.4.2;
· Improved Unity 2D;
· Port to GTK3 of launchers and panel to perform better;
· Lots of bugfixes and overall improvements.

Even if it's not recommended, existing Ubuntu 11.04 users are able to upgrade this Thursday to the Beta release of Ubuntu 11.10 by hitting the Alt+F2 key combination and type in "update-manager -d" (without quotes) into the command box. Click on the "Upgrade" button where it says "New distribution release '11.10' is available".

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Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) will be the 15th release of the Ubuntu operating system. Don't forget to visit our website this Thursday, September 1st, for an in-depth article about the Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) Beta 1 release, when we will unveil more features and the download links, of course!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mac OS X Version of League Of Legends Officially Scrubbed

Riot Games is “regretfully” canceling the League of Legends Mac beta client developed in partnership with TransGaming, citing issues with maintaining consistent parity between Mac and Windows PC versions in a rapid update cycle.

Announced last year, League of Legends is regarded as a DOTA clone - an action RTS video game which challenges rival teams to destroy the opponent’s Nexus, or have them surrender. League of Legends is a session-based game in which matchmaking occurs based on the average Elo ratings of each individual players, with slight proprietary adjustments.

The game boasts five different modes: tutorial, custom, Co-Op vs. AI, normal and ranked.

In a forum post, the folks at Riot Games explain their decision to cut short the life of the proposed Mac client, saying, “Over the past 13 months we have been working with another company on a Mac version of LoL.”

“We have been silent because both companies have been exploring every possible avenue to ensure the Mac version is up to Riot standards. So far we have been unable to ensure a consistent quality bar across platforms.”

Noting that their rapid update cycle is at the heart of the issue, the game developer announces, “We are regretfully going to shut down the Mac Beta client indefinitely starting 12:00 AM PT on September 6, 2011.”

The studio promises to “continue to investigate the opportunity to provide player access on the Mac Platform in the future” but only when that opportunity “aligns with [their] service and content update standards.”

Testers that have accessed and used the League of Legends store during the Beta can either continue to play the Windows version of the game, or ask for a full refund.

Riot will also compensate active beta participants with a code that unlocks the Champions Pack, “as a token of appreciation for the time they have dedicated to helping us evaluate the Mac client and our sincere apology for not being able to have the testing work out as originally planned,” Riot states.

Today is the last day testers can login to the Mac client and click on the Store button to get their reward.

“Rewards will be added to the accounts of verified testers by the end of September,” Riot adds.

Apple Starts Offering OS X 10.7.2 Lion to AppleSeed Testers

Through its AppleSeed Software Customer Seeding program, Apple is rolling out the latest version of OS X Lion to regular testers, not just developers, in an attempt to iron out any potential bugs ahead of the company’s fall multi-software-release, which includes iCloud, iOS 5 and, of course, the unreleased OS X 10.7.2.

A program where customers are invited to test pre-release software, Apple Software Customer Seeding has the main goal of providing Apple Software Engineering with real-world quality and usability feedback.

The program gives testers a first glimpse at new and upcoming Apple software. What testers submit as feedback is then used by the Cupertino tech giant to make improvements.

An ‘OS X Lion Software Update Invitation’ has now been sent to select Apple customers, these people report, with the company saying “Apple invites you to participate in a software seeding project.”

“Our program, Apple Software Customer Seeding, provides customers with access to pre-release software so that they may explore new features, perform early compatibility testing, and submit feedback to Apple engineers.”

The company adds, “We have selected you, based on a referral and/or prior participation in our program, to assist us in testing an upcoming release of an OS X Lion Software Update.”

Selected testers will be required to have a Macintosh computer that already runs OS X Lion, either the initial version (10.7 build 11A511) or the incremented version (10.7.1 build 11B26).

Testers are not only given the opportunity to download OS X 10.7.2, but they’re also provided with the necessary directions to install and properly test out the software.

It is important to note that if you’ve been selected as a tester, your use of this pre-release software is strictly confidential.

According to the company formerly run by Steve Jobs, “all potential participants are required to sign a Customer Seed And Confidentiality Agreement before being accepted into the program.”

Download Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Lion, Windows

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Parallels Inc. has publicly released the latest version of their powerful virtualization solution for Mac users, Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac. The new version is now available for $79.99 as standard, whereas existing customers (of version5 or 6) can upgrade for $49.99.

In accordance with the developer’s announcement at the beginning of this month, Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is now available both in downloadable form, and as packaged software for delivery from the company’s official web site.

Also starting today, retail boxes of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac will be purchasable at Apple retail stores, as well as through the Mac maker’s online store.

Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, MicroCenter and hundreds of other retail locations nationwide will also be carrying the leading Mac virtualization software.

Although the updated Parallels for Mac delivers dozens of new features and enhancements, there are only a handful worth mentioning, but they seem to be more than enough to make the purchase worthwhile.

For instance, with Parallels 7 you can apply OS X Lion functionality to your Windows apps. That includes Full Screen, Launch Pad and Mission Control.

You can run multiple copies of OS X Lion or Windows and their applications on your Mac, and using the Parallels Mobile app from the iTunes App Store, you can employ your iOS device (iPad, iPhone or iPod touch) to watch Flash videos in Windows on your Mac.

Abilities that were already available in the non-updated Parallels Mobile app include accessing and running your OS X, Windows, Chrome, Ubuntu and other operating systems, their applications and files.

Finally, in Parallels Desktop 7 you get a little something called “Windows on Demand”.

What this feature does is it lets you purchase and automatically install Windows on your Mac right from Parallels Desktop 7. This option is limited to US residents.

Softpedia readers can download the software using the link below and try it out for free for two weeks.


Requirements:

· A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor.
· At least 2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended to run Windows 7)
· At least 700 MB of space available on the boot volume for Parallels Desktop installation.
· 15 GB of available disk space for Windows.
· A Windows installation disc, or other installation media for the operating systems you want to use alongside Mac OS X.




Limitations:

· 14 days trial
What's New in Parallels Desktop 7.0.14920.689535: [ read full changelog ]

OS X Lion Compatibility:
· Support for Full-Screen Apps introduced in OS X Lion.
· Launchpad integration: add Windows programs of your choice to Launchpad and use the Windows folder to access other Windows programs from Launchpad.
· OS X Lion-style animations when opening new Windows programs windows in Coherence.
· Support for Resume introduced in OS X Lion.
· Support for running OS X Lion in a virtual machine.
· Ability to create OS X Lion virtual machines using the recovery partition on Macs running OS X Lion.

Usability:
· All-new Parallels Wizard that enables you to create and import virtual machines to run Windows or another operating system, migrate your data from a remote PC, use Boot Camp, or download free ready-to-use virtual machines with Ubuntu, Fedora or Chrome OS.
· Windows can now be purchased and downloaded right from the Parallels Wizard (in the US and Canada only).
· Parallels Convenience Store provides an easy way to buy useful applications both for Mac and Windows.
· New, more intu...

How To Install Mac OS X Lion In VMware or Virtualbox on PC?

How To Install Mac OS X Lion In VMware or Virtualbox on PC?


Probably this is the first complete and working guide available on internet to install Mac OS X 10.7 Lion on VMware in Windows 7 Intel PC. After several days of searches, attempts, reading and collecting information from different places, I managed to install latest Mac OS X Lion 10.7 on my Intel Core2duo computer with VMware workstation in Windows 7.

This method should work in VMware Player also, but I prefer workstation because of Snapshot feature. I don’t think you would face any issues on other types of Intel processors, but make sure you have Hardware Virtualization Technology (VT), 64 Bit, and Core2duo or later supported processor. I’m not sure about AMD processor users. Someone please try and update in comments area for AMD processor with Lion on VMware.


What You Need?

  1. VMware workstation 7
  2. Lion OS X bootable VMDK file created from original installation medium (DVD or ISO file) – Check this guide and make this bootable image as described.
  3. Additional Files (Click here to download) – Its a zipped file from two sets of files and a darwin.iso file.
    One for patch your VMware software to support Mac OS X server guest ( Original Source), second one with pre configured Virtual machine files (Original source) and darwin.iso file to install VMware tools on guest to get more screen resolutions and VMware shared folders.
  4. Check the VT in your host BIOS as shown here with some tools.
  5. Just little bit time to read the complete guide :)

The Demonstration PC Configuration

I’m doing and taking screenshots for this guide from my Intel Core2duo 2.66GHz, 3GB RAM, Intel P35 chipset and Windows 7 32 Bit host Operating System


Steps to Install Mac 10.7 Lion on VMware–Windows 7 Intel PC

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Ubuntu 11.10's Best Default Wallpaper

Today's updates for the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system added a new default wallpaper to the existing ones.


With this morning's updates, the current development release of the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system got a new default wallpaper.

This new default Ubuntu 11.10 wallpaper is very similar to the default background found in the GNOME 3 desktop environment and the Fedora 15 release.

The wallpaper is called "Stripes" and it is part of the default theme of the GNOME 3 desktop environment, Adwaita. Here's how it looks on Ubuntu 11.10...
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This is exactly the same background image found on GNOME 3, and no modifications have been applied to it, like Fedora Project did for the default wallpaper of Fedora 15.

In the same news, Canonical updated the above background changer tool with a desktop theme selection entry, to easily change the theme. See below for details...
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If you want to know more about the upcoming features of Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), do not hesitate to take a look at our in-depth article with the top 10 features of the Oneiric release.

Among other features present in the Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system, we can mention Linux kernel 3.0, multi-arch support, GNOME 3.2 desktop environment (without the GNOME-Shell), Mozilla Firefox 7.0, Mozilla Thunderbird 7.0, Deja Dup backup client, revamped Ubuntu Software Center, GTK3, Python 3.2, and lots more.

Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) will be the 15th release of the Ubuntu operating system. Don't forget to visit our website on September 1st for an in-depth article about the Ubuntu 11.10 Beta release, where we will unveil more of Oneiric's features.

About Ubuntu


Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available from the network, and professional technical support from Canonical Ltd and hundreds of other companies around the world.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Download Ubuntu 11.10 Beta Version - Release on Oct 13

 Ubuntu 11.10 to release on Oct 13, beta download available now

The next milestone in Ubuntu’s development cycle will be met on the 13th of October, next month. If you’re impatient like some of us, you’ll want to get your hands on it as soon as possible. You can download the Ubuntu 11.10 beta build from their download page .

Remember that this isn't the final build, so there are bound to be a few glitches that will be ironed out on the way to the final release. A lot has gone into the forthcoming release that’s been codenamed Oneiric Ocelot. The last build, 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) introduced the new Unity interface and there’s been more development on that front in the new installment.



Oneiric Ocelot will be the last release this year

The window controls at the top, for example have now been hidden and the theme has been updated. The Software Center application has been updated and there’s a brand new switcher application, as well. The beta ships with Firefox 7 and Thunderbird 7 in their beta forms.

The final release of Firefox 7 is scheduled to happen in September itself, so it’s assumed that Ubuntu 11.10 will ship with the final release of the browser. Unity in 11.10 will run on top of a GNOME 3 layer instead of GNOME 2 like in 11.04. After Oneiric Ocelot launches next month, the next release (12.04) for Ubuntu will only happen in April, next year.