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Apple Maps 3D Dividing Line Screenshot

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Here’s a fun shot showing the dramatic difference in Apple’s new map app vs the old 2D style.

 

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Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4 Update Out

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No word on what has changed, but a new update the Developer Preview 4 is rolling out on the App Store now.

 

 

**6/20 Update**

The display preference panel now dummies things down a little and matches the one being used on the new Macbook Pro 15″ Retina.  Screenshot shown below.

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iOS 5.1 Now Available

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Only a few short hours after it’s announcement, iOS 5.1 has been released into the wild.  What are you waiting for?

Here’s the full list of changes:

  • Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
  • Redesigned Camera app for iPad
  • Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
  • Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30 second rewind for iPad
  • Updated AT&T network indicator
  • Addresses bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

Parallels

Use Parallels to Test OS X Mountain Lion & Windows 8

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Want to try out the latest and greatest operating systems from Microsoft and Apple?  Parallels is a great way for Mac owners to try new operating systems on their mac without formatting and committing a machine to testing.  In a less than an hour, I  was able to install and run Windows 8 Customer Preview and OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview on Parallels without any major hiccups.  I’ve listed a brief rundown of instructions and tips for each install below:

Parallels OSX Mountain Lion and Windows 8

Windows 8 Customer Preview:
Download link and Install Key: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/iso

Overall a very straightforward install in Parallels.  First download the .iso from the link above, I used the 64 bit version.  Next create a new virtual machine in Parallels and select “Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file”.  Based on a few forum tips I unchecked ‘Express installation’ on the following screen due to some reports of crashing.  If you choose to install Parallels Tools after your install be sure to disable the Smart Mouse setting for now until Parallels updates issues some users are having.


OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview:

Available only for paid OSX developers: https://developer.apple.com/devcenter/mac/index.action

Here again, I did not run into any many issues.  Start by creating a new virtual machine in Parallels and either ‘Install OS X Lion Using the Recovery Partition’ or a disc image if you have one.  Once Lion is installed, launch the Mac App Store and download and install the OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview.  As with a normal Lion install, Mountain Lion seems to be a little laggy on Parallels but is good enough to monitor the progress of apps and the overall system before taking the leap of a full install.

 

**UPDATE 3/6/2012**

Parallels has just pushed out Build 7.0.15055 that officially ‘experimentally’ supports both operating systems.  This update adds the Windows 8 logo to the launcher and may fix the issues users have been experiencing with Windows 8.

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Create A Signature Stamp In The Mac Preview App

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Did you know you can create your own signature stamp in the Preview app in Mac OSX Lion? No longer will you have to print, sign and scan that document.  Here’s a quick video on how to go about it:

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PaperKarma iOS App

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PaperKarma for iOS pledges to not only rid your snail mail box of annoying junk mail but also make you feel good about saving a few trees at the same time.

It works by creating an account with the app, or logging in with Facebook to verify your identity and address. Now grab a piece of junk mail and snap a quick pic from your device. Supposedly your picture is then compared to a database of known junk mail and the developers will then forward your request to be removed from future mailings from the advertiser.

As of this writing the developers are claiming they are having a hard time keeping up with the large number of requests that are coming in so they say it may take up to 24 hours for a confirmation of removal. If it works as advertised, the service sounds like a great idea. As Leo from iPad Today mentioned, the developers may be getting a kick back from the advertising companies for providing them with better marketing data. With this tool many of them can remove unwanted consumers that postage and material would normally be wasted on. Sound fair to me.

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Steve Jobs

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iBooks 1.2 Available For Download

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What’s New in Version 1.2

• Experience fully illustrated books, from children’s picture books to beautifully designed art books, available for download in the iBookstore.
• Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
• Print PDF documents and notes you’ve written in iBooks using AirPrint.
• iBooks now fits more words per page by automatically hyphenating text, available only on iOS 4.2 or later.

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Chase iPhone App Lets You Make Deposits From Your Phone

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Available early this morning, the new Chase iPhone app allows you to take pictures of the front and back of your checks and deposit them without the need for a trip to the bank.  I just tried two checks of my own and they were deposited flawlessly.

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iPhone 4 Back In Stock At AT&T

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As planned, AT&T has opened the floodgates and the new iPhone 4 is once again available for order on att.com.  A quick drive by my local AT&T store this morning showed at least 50 people in line waiting to get one in their hands today.  Currently online orders are expected to ship in 7-10 days with free priority overnight shipping.

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