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  • fingersnaps 10:34 pm on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    How to Install Snow leopard in VMWARE | Snow Leopard 

    Snow leopard in VM? Sure, I’ll take it….

  • fingersnaps 1:37 pm on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Predict the Possibility of Earthquakes Anywhere With OpenHazards 

    If it works well, it can be a very useful tool for where I live!!

  • fingersnaps 8:58 pm on December 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Snagit Mac Beta is a powerful new image capture tool 

    Filed under: Utilities, Macintosh, Beta

    Snagit Mac Beta is a powerful new image capture tool

    Macby Jay Hathaway (RSS feed) Dec 16th 2009 at 4:09PM

    Snagit is a flexible, powerful tool for capturing some or all of your screen, and it’s now available for OS X as a public beta. It docks on a screen edge, where you can either click to pop open the controls, or drag it anywhere as a window.

    Snagit is extremely easy to use, thanks to a feature called “all-in-one capture.” By clicking one big red button, you can capture a selected area, a whole screen, or just one window. If you’re grabbing something with a vertical scrollbar, like a long webpage, you can use Snagit’s scrolling capture (which is also part of the all-in-one button) to get the whole thing.

    Snagit doesn’t stop at capture, though: it also offers a lot of handy editing options. Word balloons, arrows and captions are easily added – the Mac version can even bend arrows, which is a neat feature that Snagit for Windows doesn’t have. Snagit also allows you to combine two images with a simple drag, which is something I wish my favorite Mac screencap app, Skitch, could do.

    All in all, Snagit’s Mac beta is slick-looking and stacked with useful features.

    I can’t tell you how excited I am about this news!! This used to be one of my must have apps on Windows as my job requires it everyday. Now I am on Mac, and this would still be a must have!!

  • fingersnaps 11:00 am on December 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Droplr Offers Simple Drag and Drop File Sharing for Mac OS X – File Sharing – Lifehacker 

    Check out the screencast, I think Droplr is a pretty neat tool!!

  • fingersnaps 10:57 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Most Popular Free Mac Downloads of 2009 – Best of 2009 – Lifehacker 

    Nothing beats finding just the right application to fill a common need, fix a problem, or boost your productivity. Give yourself an early present this holiday season with 15 of the most popular Mac downloads of 2009.

    Like last year’s most popular Mac downloads, this list is based on the popularity of apps we’ve covered in 2009, regardless of the original release date of the app. Many were brand new this year, while others were solid updates to popular software. If you took a look at yesterday’s Most Popular Free Windows Downloads of 2009, a few of the cross-platform favorites may look familiar. (I’ve rounded up the most popular cross-platform downloads at the bottom of the post.)

    Snow Leopard: The Feisty Kitty That Could (and No, It’s Not Quite Free, Either)

    The release of Snow Leopard was nearly as big a deal for Mac users this year as Windows 7 for Windows folks, and while it was never strictly a download (unless you grabbed it from less reputable means), it’s worth highlighting. Over the course of the year, we helped out by prepping your Mac for Snow Leopard, highlighted its biggest improvements, and held your hand while upgrading. If you didn’t want to pony up for Apple hardware, we even showed you how to install Snow Leopard on your Hackintosh PC, no hacking required—and luckily for the frugal among us (no, this one’s not free, but it was a big deal in the OS X world so we figured we’d include it), the $29 upgrade disc worked whether or not you were upgrading from Leopard.

    2009 Was Still a Year of the Jailbreak

    The iPhone hardware may be getting better and better, but Apple still hasn’t gotten any better at opening up the app store to, oh, competition. As long as that’s the case, jailbreaking apps like PwnageTool and QuickPwn will still be extremely popular. Read more >>

    Magnifique Customizes Your OS X Theme

    The release of Snow Leopard didn’t do all that much to change Leopard’s spots, but Magnifique certainly does. This free skinning app is full of user-generated Leopard-customizing goodies. Note: Magnifique does not support Snow Leopard, so you’ll want to steer clear of it if you’ve upgraded. Unfortunately the Magnifique development seems to be at a standstill at the moment.

    DoubleTwist May Be the Coolest Universal Media Manager Ever

    People fed up with iTunes’ restrictive stance on non-Apple devices (see Apple and Palms’ dance, for example) were very interested in doubleTwist, a universal media manager that automatically converts files to the appropriate formats and seamlessly syncs them to your PSP, Android device, BlackBerry, and more.

    Google Quick Search Like Quicksilver from Google

    A lot of people were disappointed to learn about Quicksilver’s grim future a while back, but many of you were heartened to learn that Quicksilver’s creator had released a similar tool working with Google called Quick Search Box. Then again, it appears Quicksilver’s not entirely dead just yet (see below).

    Pollux Automatically Cleans and Tags Your iTunes Library

    For all the access to track metadata contained in the iTunes store, iTunes is a slouch at cleaning and tagging mislabeled or poorly labeled tunes. Pollux was an absolutely killer iTunes supplement that grabbed song, artist, album, and other metadata names, along with lyrics and album art, quickly and accurately. The problem? Shortly after we highlighted it, Pollux was shut down because the APIs it accessed stopped letting it access them for free. We liked Pollux better, but if you’re looking for something similar, check out TuneUp (free and pay versions available).

    Picasa for Mac Beta Released, First Look

    After years of Windows-only support, Google released the first Mac version of Picasa at the beginning of the year, and it didn’t take long before the majority of our Mac readers preferred it to iPhoto. You go, Google.

    Quicksilver Releases Update, Improves Performance

    Just when we thought Quicksilver was no more, it turns out that several contributors are continuing occasional development over at social coding web site GitHub. Their latest release brought on some solid performance improvements, and it worked well (for us at least) with Snow Leopard.

    Glims Turns Safari into a Browser Worth Using

    Free Safari plug-in Glims adds a handful of new features to Safari, giving it the kind of features one might expect from a more, ahem, customizable browser—for those of you who still prefer Safari to its more feature-rich counterparts.

    Popular Cross-Platform Apps:

    Google Chrome—Dev Releases and Beta At Last

    Google Chrome is just over a year old, but it’s actually much younger for Mac users. We got our first glimpse at Chrome on OS X back in April, and it wasn’t until last week that Google released the first beta for Macs. Be sure to check out our power user’s guide to Google Chrome if you’re just getting started.

    Namebench Helps You Find the Fastest DNS Server for Your Computer

    Google very recently announced a free DNS service they boasted as fast, but rather than take their word for it, we pointed you toward namebench (and several readers also pointed toward the excellent DNS Name Server Benchmark). It tests various popular DNS servers to find what’s really going to be the fastest choice for your system.

    Google Earth 5.0 Released, Looks Incredible

    We’re sort of junkies for maps and 3D, so when Google Earth 5 was released, we were pleased as punch. The update featured historical imagery, ocean maps, and improved world touring capabilities. Maybe we just like saving ourselves some dough in these tough economic times with a little Google Earth sightseeing.

    And Then There Was Firefox

    The notorious Firefox memory slow-downs may have some of us down on the reliable old ‘fox, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t all still eager to grab the latest and greatest releases and stick with it as our default browser—whether it’s the big Firefox 3.5 release or the Firefox 3.6 beta (1, 2, 3, or 4). We’re looking forward to more great Firefox’ing in 2010.

    Thunderbird 3 Officially Released with New Features, Improved Look

    Sure it was two years since Thunderbird‘s 2.0 release, but at least they didn’t disappoint. Thunderbird 3.0 comes with solid new search and filtering tools, better looks, and a great new tabbed interface.

    HandBrake Updates to 0.9.4 with Over 1,000 Changes, 64-Bit Support

    Free, open-source DVD ripping and encoding tool HandBrake released a pretty saucy update last month with a ton of fixes and improvements. It’s no coincidence that it’s always been our readers’ favorite video encoder, and this year’s big-ish (but still not 1.0) update should only help keep it there—even though several users aren’t thrilled that the HandBrake devs have dropped AVI/XviD.

    Now, because we like a good polling:

    Which Is Your Favorite Mac Download of 2009?(opinion)

    Got a favorite Mac download from 2009 that you’d add to your list of favorites? Let’s hear about it in the comments. If you’re craving still more popular Mac downloads, you can also take a look back at the most popular free Mac downloads of 2008.

    Send an email to Adam Pash, the author of this post, at gvcf+nqnz@yvsrunpxre.pbz


    This is a pretty nice list for Mac users!! Highly recommended!!

  • fingersnaps 5:00 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Most Popular Free Windows Downloads of 2009 – Best of 2009 – Lifehacker 

    Must have!!!

  • fingersnaps 9:21 pm on December 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The Google Phone, Unlocked (Confirmed And More Details) 

    Last night, we started seeing some Tweets from Google employees and others about a new Android-powered Google phone that was apparently handed out at an “all hands” meeting. Now Google is confirming

    that it is indeed “dogfood” testing a new Android device with employees around the world.

    But this isn’t just another Android phone. Very trustworthy sources who have seen the phone say that it is the Google Phone we first wrote about last month (despite the uninformed

    saying we were dreaming). It will be branded Google and sold by Google as an unlocked phone, which could change everything

    . As we wrote in our original post:

    Google is building their own branded phone that they’ll sell directly and through retailers. They were long planning to have the phone be available by the holidays, but it has now slipped to early 2010. The phone will be produced by a major phone manufacturer but will only have Google branding (Microsoft did the same thing with their first Zunes, which were built by Toshiba).

    There won’t be any negotiation or compromise over the phone’s design of features – Google is dictating every last piece of it. No splintering of the Android OS that makes some applications unusable. Like the iPhone for Apple, this phone will be Google’s pure vision of what a phone should be.

    The phone itself is being built by HTC, with a lot of input from Google. It seems to be a tailored version of the HTC Passion or the related HD2 (Unlocker scored some leaked pictures

    back in October which are of the same phone).

    Here are the details we know so far about the phone: It will be called the Google Phone and will launch in early January, 2010. It won’t be sold by any one carrier, but instead will be an unlocked GSM phone. In the U.S., that means T-Mobile and possibly AT&T, whose exclusivity deal with the iPhone is about to run out. It will be running Android 2.1

    The phone is “really, really fast,” says someone who has seen one in action. It runs on a Snapdragon chip, has a super high-resolution OLED touchscreen, is thinner than the iPhone, has no keyboard, and two mics. The mic on the back of the phone helps eliminate background noise, and it also has a “weirdly” large camera for a phone. And if you don’t like the touchscreen keyboard, a voice-to-text feature is supposed to let you dictate emails and notes by speaking directly into the phone.

    Google image

    Website: google.com
    Location: Mountain View, California, United States
    Founded: September 7, 1998
    IPO: August 19, 2004

    Google primarily provides search and advertising services, which together aim to organize and monetize the world’s information. In addition to its dominant search engine, it offers a plethora of tools and platforms including its more popular… Learn More

    Android image

    Company: Google
    Website: code.google.com/android

    Android is a software platform for mobile devices based on the Linux operating system and developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance. It allows developers to write managed code in Java that utilizes… Learn More

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    2010 is going to be such an exciting year for the smartphones!!

  • fingersnaps 4:58 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Thunderbird 3 Officially Released with New Features, Improved Look – Thunderbird – Lifehacker 

    Hooray!! Just updated it on my Mac. Smooth, easy, painless….All mails, backup, settings remain intact….

  • fingersnaps 1:35 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Disk Inventory X 

    Heard it’s great and it tells you what’s taking up on your HD on OS X….

  • fingersnaps 1:50 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    VMware wants dual-OS virtualized smartphones, no ugly boot-loaders — Engadget 

    Multi-boot smartphones??…That’s a little too much..LOL

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