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Parallels Desktop 7 For Mac Arrives with OS X Lion Support, New Mobile App

Parallels Desktop 7 for MacIf your workday consists of running any kind of Windows application or even multiple instances of OS X Lion, you’re no doubt excited about Parallels Desktop 7, the latest version of the virtualization software arriving September 6, complete with OS X Lion support and a new mobile app.

Parallels has announced the release of the seventh version of Parallels Desktop for Mac, a major new update to the leading virtualization software which users turn to for running Windows and Linux side by side with their Mac, no rebooting required. The latest version, which starts shipping September 6, includes more than 90 new and enhanced features topped off by full OS X Lion support — including the ability to actually run additional instances of OS X Lion as a guest on the same system, which should have Mac developers jumping for joy.

“As Macs have become more popular than ever, a growing number of Mac users, including enterprises, find they need to run critical Windows programs on their Macs,” explains Parallels CEO Birger Steen. “Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac lets you run popular apps like Windows Internet Explorer, Access, OneNote, Quicken and more, even the most demanding graphical programs, without rebooting and without compromise on speed and usability.

“Run Windows applications like they were made for your Mac,” Steen continues. “The people have spoken and Parallels listened to make the best even better. Whether you’re a business, individual or student, Parallels Desktop 7 gives you the best Windows on Mac performance plus mobility from any iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.”

Among the features of Parallels Desktop 7 is a new look and feel, complete with support for OS X Lion technology such as Full Screen, Launchpad and Mission Control for your Windows applications. A new “Switch to Mac” Edition includes a high-speed USB transfer cable to make it easier than ever for Windows users to make the change. Shared iSight and FaceTime HD cameras now work in both Windows and Mac applications as well.

Of course, Parallels Desktop 7 is about speed, too. The previous version handily beat out the competition in more than 4,000 benchmark tests conducted by MacTech, and the latest version aims to widen the gap even further. Start, stop and resume Windows quicker than ever with maximum speed and performance for 3D and graphic intensive applications with up to 1GB of video memory, with music, movies, videos and games now supporting 7.1 surround sound.

Finally, the Parallels Mobile app has also been updated — it’s no longer free but now allows users to access Mac or Windows applications and documents from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch from anywhere, at any time, complete with sound (even for Flash videos) as well as cut and paste within Windows.

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac will be available to new users for .99 starting September 6, but existing users can get in the action right now with a .99 upgrade available immediately from the Parallels website (the same pricing will also be extended to those crossgrading from competing VMware Fusion). An all-new version of the Parallels Mobile app is now available from the App Store at a discounted price of .99, which will go up to .99 in the near future. Current users can update for free by simply downloading the latest version.

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OS X Lion 10.7.2 and iCloud for Mac Seeded To Developers

Apple seeded new releases of iCloud for Mac beta 7 and OS X 10.7.2 to developers today through the iCloud developer portal.

The new iCloud for Mac build is beta 7, while the new OS X build is version 11C37.

iCloud For Mac

This is the latest step in developing iCloud, Apple’s new service designed to store your content, including music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and wirelessly push it to all of your Mac computers and iOS devices. iCloud is scheduled to be released to the public this fall.

Via 9to5mac

 

Adrian covers daily news and the weekly “Law & Apple” column for Mac|Life.com. You can follow him on Twitter, if you want to.

 

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OS X Lion Wallpaper Left Out an Entire Galaxy

Cupertino has tightened its grip and wiped out entire star systems with the release of OS X Lion, according to a report by Boing Boing.

Lion’s default desktop image is a well-treated version of this Astronmy Pic of the Day. However, in creating the image, Apple obliterated several stars as well as an entire galaxy.

See for yourself. Here is the original image of the Andromeda Galaxy produced by astrophotographer Robert Gendler:

Original M31 Image

And here is the new default Lion desktop (with labels added to show what was omitted):

M31 for Lion

David Kaplan, assistant professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, sent the images to Maggie Koerth-Baker at Boing Boing. He added in an email, “Apple has once again altered the Universe according to their whim. They moved/removed many stars, and got rid of a whole galaxy.”

M110, we hardly knew ya!

Kaplan said without rechecking the actual sky, “he can’t guarantee that galaxy M110 hasn’t actually vanished from the sky. But he’s pretty sure it’s only really been lost to Photoshop.”

Or perhaps we are made to think so. But these cleaned up images, they may be too accurate to be just a Photoshop job…

 

Adrian covers daily news and the weekly “Law & Apple” column for Mac|Life.com. You can follow him on Twitter, if you want to.


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OS X Lion Wipes Out Entire Galaxy

M31 (Andromeda)

Cupertino has tightened its grip and wiped out entire star systems with the release of OS X Lion, according to a report by Boing Boing.

Lion’s default desktop image is a well-treated version of this Astronmy Pic of the Day. However, in creating the image, Apple obliterated several stars as well as an entire galaxy.

As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

See for yourself; here is the original image of the Andromeda Galaxy produced by astrophotographer Robert Gendler:

Original M31 Image

 

And here is the new default Lion desktop (with labels added to clearly show the losses):

M31 for Lion

 

David Kaplan, assistant professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, sent the images to Maggie Koerth-Baker at Boing Boing. He added in an email, “Apple has once again altered the Universe according to their whim. They moved/removed many stars, and got rid of a whole galaxy.”

M110, we hardly knew ye!

Kaplan said without rechecking the actual sky, “he can’t guarantee that galaxy M110 hasn’t actually vanished from the sky. But he’s pretty sure it’s only really been lost to Photoshop.”

Or perhaps we are made to think so. But these cleaned up images, they may be too accurate for Photoshop. Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise.

 

Adrian covers daily news and the weekly “Law & Apple” column for Mac|Life.com. You can follow him on Twitter, if you want to.

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Apple Releases Lion Recovery Disk Assistant for External Drives

LionToday, Apple released Lion Recovery Disk Assistant software in order to better serve users who have a need to create recovery partitions on external drives.  The software builds upon Apple’s Recovery features within Mac OS X Lion by adding support for creating a Recovery Disk on external drives.

The release notes from Apple mention that the resulting partition will have all of the same capabilities as the built-in Lion Recovery: reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or surf the web via Safari.

In order to create an external Lion Recovery with the assistant, you’ll need a Mac that already has an existing Recovery HD.  The external drive will also need to have at least 1GB of free space.  The Lion Recovery Disk Assistant comes in as a lightweight 1.07MB download.

It should be noted that the new partition won’t show up in the Finder nor in Disk Utility on Mac OS X, however you can simply access it by rebooting the Mac while holding the Option key.

Just a heads up though that users are warned that the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant will wipe out all data on the external hard drive.  Apple advises that users back up data or create a new partition on the drive prior to running the assistant.

Apple also continues that if the Recovery HD is created for a Mac that shipped with Lion, then the external recovery drive can only be used with that system.  On the bright side, if the assistant happens to run a Mac that made the jump from Snow Leopard to Lion, then the external recovery drives can be used on other systems that upgraded from Snow Leopard.

via AppleInsider

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(Image courtesy of gadizmo.com)

 

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Skype For Mac 5.3 Arrives with OS X Lion Support, HD Video Calls

Skype for Mac HD callSkype’s Mac client has had a rough time of it since the most recent full version rolled out, although the company is working hard to win back the good will they lost by making it more like the Windows version. Case in point: Monday’s 5.3 update, which brings OS X Lion support as well as HD video calls.

Skype’s The Big Blog announced
that their Mac OS X client has been updated to version 5.3 (5.3.0.1074, to be exact) with “a number of fixes and improvements to the user interface” as well as a pair of welcome additions, support for OS X Lion and HD video calls.

“Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X is built to work with Apple’s newest desktop operating system, Lion, in addition to being compatible with past versions of OS X going all the way back to Leopard,” the blog reveals. “You’ll also be able to send and receive HD quality video when talking to your friends and family. You’ll need to use the Mac’s built-in webcam or choose from a variety of webcams from our Skype Shop, such as the Logitech C910, to make video calls in crystal clear HD quality. To receive clear HD video calls on your Mac, we recommend an upload/download speed of 1.5Mbps.”

The update also offers some welcome improvements to the user interface, matching Skype for iPad, which was released last week. You can now see your contacts as large photos, or switch to a list view with additional detail about the people you call — a welcome addition to the Mac client, to be sure.

Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X can be downloaded directly from the Skype website; at this writing the update wasn’t showing up in the previous version’s “Check for Updates” mechanism.

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Report: OS X Lion Experiencing Freezing Conditions

Frozen LionReports are streaming in that OS X Lion is freezing up for some users, according to 9to5mac. Although reports indicate problems at the login screen or after waking up the machine from sleep, many of the issues seem to occur around playing video clips in iLife apps. The video problems apparently exist with or without Flash Player installed.

Apple Support has a thread with over 300 replies regarding Lion freezing problems with the 2011 iMac, and another thread dealing with icy conditions around the login screen.

For many users, it appears a hard reset fixes the problem. One user experienced multiple frozen screens when using iMovie, only to have the issue resolved after repairing permissions with Disk Utility.

New OS often have some bugs to work out, and earlier reports dealt with Lion not playing nicely with MobileMe, among other things. But freezing requiring hard reboots is really frustrating; hopefully, these issues will be addressed and dethawed in a soon-to-be-released update.

Via 9to5mac

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Office for Mac Update Will Bring New Lion Features, But Not Yet

MS Office for LionArs Technica reports that an update is coming for Microsoft’s Office for Mac that will deliver new Lion based features, including Auto Save and Full Screen Mode. That update, however, is still a few months away.

According to the report, the main Office apps, Word, Excel, and PowePoint, run fine on Lion right now, but bugs have appeared with secondary apps and features. Windows Live Messenger has a serious crashing bug and is waiting on an imminent update to be released and do some fixing, and Outlook seems to have some issues importing emails from Apple’s Mail app. These and other smaller issues will be handled with periodic updates, but bringing the cool Lion features to the big three Office apps is something that will be “measured in months not days—just to set expectations,” according to Microsoft’s Pat Fox.

Apple’s productivity suite, iWork, is of course completely updated to work with Lion. With all of the advance time Microsoft programmers had to work with the Lion code, giving the much less expensive iWork apps a lead of several months to entice users with Lion features is rather surprising to many users.

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Man Charged 122 Times For OS X Lion

122 Lions Is A Lot Of Lions

There is a wild lion loose in John Christman’s PayPal account, and he is not happy about it.

See, the .99 price tag for OS X Lion seems extremely reasonable to most people, unless you have to pay it 122 times. Because that equals over ,800, which would not be reasonable to anyone. And that is exactly what happened to John Christman, according to MacRumors.

On July 23, Christman attempted to do a clean install of Lion on his Mac, using a beta version of iTunes to manage the download. When iTunes prompted to install all of his previously purchased apps, he accepted, and that is where the fun began. Apparently, when each download started, Christman was charged .79 to his PayPal account. He downloaded 116 of his apps, and several hung up and needed to be redownloaded, but by then the damage was done. Christman was charged the full price for Lion 122 times, with the total cost equaling ,878.40. 

Ouch.

Christman is having serious issues getting any help with the issue, as he states, “Apple blames PayPal, PayPal blames Apple. They both are claiming to investigate, but I am stuck broke for three days now.” 

Apparently when Christman notified PayPal and told them to dispute the charges with Apple, PayPal closed the cases and marked them as “refunded”, though he has not seen any money yet. “My mortgage is due in 2 days, and thanks to them, I don’t have the money,”  he claims.

According to MacRumors, Christman is not the only customer having lions run all over their wallet; Apple Support has a long thread going on the subject, and other bloggers have also complained about PayPal and Apple hitting them up multiple times.

MacRumors states they reached out to Apple on behalf of Christman, and Apple said they would “they would work with John directly to try to get his issues resolved.”

Good luck, John Christman.

Via MacRumors

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Starcraft, Diablo II Won't Run Natively in Lion

Diablo 2

If you’re a Mac gamer who appreciates the old Blizzard classics, then you may want to think twice about upgrading to Lion just yet. Blizzard has announced that some of its older games will not run natively in Mac OS X 10.7.

Right now it seems like Warcraft III will still run fine, but Diablo 2 and Starcraft will not. “So what?” you might say. “Nobody cares about these 11 year old games anyway, right?” You’re very, very wrong. Both games still enjoy a fairly large community that rivals some modern B-list games, and this is bound to affect a number of customers.

“Due to certain changes in the Mac operating system, StarCraft, StarCraft: Brood War, Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction will not run on Mac OS X 10.7,” said a representative of Blizzard. “While these titles should still technically be able to operate under Boot Camp, we will not be able to provide support for these titles running on Mac OS X 10.7.”

The games will continue to run fine on Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6), and Blizzard will continue to support and patch those games. Warcraft III didn’t escape unscathed though. It’s updater apparently won’t run on 10.6, so Blizzard is trying to invent a workaround. For the time being, that game wont be able to be patched on Lion.

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