Archive for the ‘Mac’ Category

Safari 3.0 Install Snafu Cripples Some Macs

June 15, 2007

“Some Mac users who have tried the three-day-old Safari 3.0 browser beta are hopping mad at Apple Inc. because several notable applications won’t work after installing the application.Numerous postings on Apple’s user-to-user support forum recounted various misfortunes when they installed the Safari preview — or tried to. Only hours after Safari 3.0’s launch, a user identified as max said, “Just downloaded it, but while installing the installer crashed. [N]ow my old safari is gone and the installer app does no longer work!”

Others quickly jumped in. “Same problem here,” said Senne. “Installer crashed, can’t launch any Cocoa app. iTunes, Coda, Adium, etc…all fail to launch.” Others jumped in to say that they’d had the same thing happen to them. Cocoa is Apple’s object-oriented development platform.”

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Leopard First Impressions Published, Quashed

June 14, 2007

“The lucky devils who got a dev version of OS X Leopard posted some tidbits and were quickly DESTROYED by legions of Apple lawyers.”

They also ran a benchmark on the software and found no significant improvements in speed or performance in the new OS over Tiger. Oh well. Again, this is very early warez – kind of like Safari — so we can’t expect miracles. After all, Apple has been focusing on iPhone, right?”

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EA Brings Game Portfolio To Apple Mac OS X

June 12, 2007

“With mainstream successes such as the iPod, and the hotly anticipated iPhone, Macintosh products are on the rise, and now coming soon to an OS X based system near you will be a few new EA titles:

  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
  • Battlefield 2142
  • Need for Speed Carbon
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
  • Madden ’08
  • Tiger Wood’s PGA Tour ’08”

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id Software Debuts New Engine At Apple Conference

June 11, 2007

“Carmack introduced the technology, saying, “So the last couple of years at id we’ve been working in secrecy on next-gen tech and a game for it … this is the first time we’re showing anything we’ve done on it publicly.” He describes the demo happening on screen: “What we’ve got here is the entire world with unique textures, 20GB of textures covering this track. They can go in and look at the world and, say, change the color of the mountaintop, or carve their name into the rock. They can change as much as they want on surfaces with no impact on the game.””

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Who Matters More: Kevin Rose Or Steve Jobs?

June 11, 2007

” I’m as big a Kevin Rose fan as the next guy, but is he really more important in the world of business than Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or Eric Schmidt? You can vote right now online for who you think should have made it to the top of Business 2.0’s annual People Who Matter Now list (which will come out in our July issue).”

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Parallels Desktop 3.0 Now With Native 3D Acceleration

June 8, 2007

Here’s an interesting comment however – “Also after checking, this software costs more than XP Pro and Vista Home Premium.”

Parallels Desktop for Mac is currently the leading consumer level PC virtualization platform for OS X. The company made news when it first launched its Parallels Desktop, allowing users to run Windows XP at near native processing speeds. In some cases, users actually experienced an increase in speeds.

Parallels Inc. made headlines late last year when it announced that its popular application would be receiving a major upgrade in the form of 3D acceleration. One of the prime features that Parallels users could not take advantage of were 3D features on their Macs. At the time, Parallels spokesperson Ben Rudolph indicated that when finalized, 3D acceleration in Parallels Desktop would be “fast.”

This week the 3D version of Parallels Desktop for Mac (version 3.0) was made official, launching the much anticipated support for 3D acceleration.”

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OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X Released

June 5, 2007

“Nearly 6 years after announcing a Mac port, OpenOffice.org has released the first release of OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X that can finally run without X11!! An alpha is available for download today, but a lot of help is still needed to make OpenOffice.org available for Mac OS X. The site is very blunt: ‘WARNING: THIS SOFTWARE MAY CRASH AND MAY DESTROY YOUR DATA DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE FOR REAL WORK IN A PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT.”

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Hacker Cracks a Mac at Security Conference

April 21, 2007

But that can’t be, Macs are perfect!

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“A hacker managed to break into a Mac and win a US$10,000 prize as part of a contest started at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver.”

“Some attendees didn’t think it was a coincidence that on late Thursday Apple released a patch for 25 vulnerabilities in OS X.”

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DirectX 3D Acceleration on the Mac via VMWare

February 13, 2007

This is probably great news for you Mac fans….both of you.

An unexpected video has turned up showing the Windows Gaming capabilities of VMware Fusion Beta Build running on the Mac (via TUAW). Overall it’s pretty impressive and seems to handle the most demanding of game titles. According to a VMware employee, who just got wind of the video, he notes that DirectX 8.1 support will be included in both VMware Workstation 6 (Windows, Linux) and VMware Fusion (Mac), but DirectX 9 – which is required for running Windows Vista Aero – won’t be out for sometime (though it is their goal to include it).”

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