Kanex XD Lets You Use Your Console & Blu-ray Player With Your iMac

This will be interesting for the gamers among you, if you own a 27-inch iMac or 27-inch Apple LCD Cinema Display, then you can connect your console to the screen. The Kanex XD enables you to take any device with a HDMI connection – such as your PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Blu-ray player – and hook it up to your iMac or Cinema Display via the Mini DisplayPort connector.

It’s perfect for casual gaming at your desk or catching a Blu-ray in your lunch hour, and it’s a great way to make the most out of your expensive Apple display. It looks great. Its small, sleek and sophisticated aluminum design will look right at home the moment you place the XD next to your Apple iMac or Cinema Display..

Setup is completely effortless: take your XD out of the box and plug it into the power outlet, then connect the HDMI cable from your source to one end and the Mini DisplayPort cable from your iMac to the other. All cables are supplied with the XD, so you won’t need anything extra to get you going.

If you’re stuck in a small office or apartment and you don’t really have room for both a TV and a big Apple display, using the XD to turn your existing Apple equipment into a TV works incredibly well.

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iPad still launching internationally March 25!

Even though many people had been worried that the ipad 2 launch would be delayed due to stock shortage, Apple has now confirmed that the iPad 2 launch internationally is still planned for this Friday, March 25.

According to an Apple spokesperson apparently the company is still following the date listed on the website, which means many European countries will get iPad 2 on Friday afternoon.

The launch definitely has been delayed in Japan, due to the Sendai earthquake and its consequences, but supposedly (according to an Apple Store employee) it’s on everywhere else, including Canada.

If you are trying to get an iPad 2 somewhere in the world this weekend, bewarned that the international launch will probably suffer from the same issues that the US launch did, with long lines, long waits, and not a lot of solid information to go around.

Full Press release below:

CUPERTINO, California-March 22, 2011-Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect.

Pricing & Availability

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April, and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

iMovie® and GarageBand® for iPad apps are available for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store℠ on iPad or http://www.itunes.com/appstore. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colors in vibrant polyurethane for $39 (US) or rich leather for $69 (US).

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.7

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After months of developer testing and builds Apple has finally released Mac OS X 10.6.7, the latest update to their Snow Leopard operating system.

What’s new? Big fixes include a boost to Back To My Mac’s reliability, some minor updates to the Mac App Store, resolves an issue with transferring files to SMB servers and incorporates a number of security fixes.

Big bugs fixed include an issue with mid-2010 MacBook Air kernel panics, AirPort driver issues, improved brightness on external displays and a DVD player playback issue only seen on 64-bit Macs, as well as a rare issue that could cause users accounts to disappear after the system went to sleep.

In addition and per usual, the latest update to Snow Leopard supplements an already excellent operating system with the standard gaggle of enhancements to stability and compatibility.

If you want to check out the full list of changes, you can find it below.

What’s included?

This update is recommended for all versions of Mac OS X v10.6 through 10.6.6 Snow Leopard, and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac; including fixes that:

• Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac.

• Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers.

• Address various minor Mac App Store issues.

Additional improvements

• Includes all the improvements in the previous Mac OS X v10.6.1, 10.6.2, 10.6.3, 10.6.4, 10.6.5, and 10.6.6 updates.

• Includes Safari 5.0.4.

• Includes RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.

• For information about the security content of this update, please visit article HT1222.

• Resolves a window resizing issue with X-Plane 9 on Macs with ATI graphics

• Addresses an issue with MacBook Air (Mid 2010) computers that could cause a kernel panic.

• Address issues in the AirPort driver for certain devices.

• Improves brightness on external displays and projectors.

• Addresses an issue where DVD Player may display black video on some Macs using the 64-bit kernel.

• Addresses an issue with some NEC displays in which the screen may appear black when connected to a Mac Pro (Mid 2010).

• Resolves an issue in which some Multiple Master (MM) fonts were missing from Mac Pro (Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (15-inch & 17-inch Mid 2010), and iMac (Mid 2010) computers.

• Addresses various issues with MacBook Air (Mid 2010) computer performance.

• Resolves an issue in which clicking the Updates tab in the Mac App Store could cause the Mac App Store to become unresponsive.

• Fixes a problem opening an afp:// URL that points to a file, and changes the AFP mount path to conform to previous Mac OS X releases. For details, see article HT4538.

• Includes the ability to repair certain issues that may prevent hardware RAID volumes from mounting. For more information, see article TS3631.

• Fixes a rare issue in Mac OS X v10.6.5 that could cause user accounts to disappear from the Login window and System Preferences after putting the system to sleep.

• Improves the reliability of dragging files or folders to the Trash when using an NFS home directory.

Thanks to MacRumors we have the direct links below:

– Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update (475 MB)

– Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update Combo (1.12 GB)

– Mac OS X Server v10.6.7 Update (541.21 MB)

– Mac OS X Server v10.6.7 Update Combo (1.15 GB)

– Security Update 2011-001 (Leopard – Client) (241.35 MB)

– Security Update 2011-001 (Leopard – Server) (473.23 MB)

– Server Admin Tools 10.6.7 (241.32 MB)

2011 MacBook Pro freezes under heavy load!!!

The new MacBook Pro seems to have a lot of smaller issues, so far many owners of 15-inch and 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pros are reporting that their notebooks are freezing up entirely under extensive load.

At first it was rumored to be single episodes, however one user reported on the Apple forum that he was able to reproduce it on every MBP at his local Apple Store.

Apparently, owners of 2011 MacBook Pros are reporting that under heavy load, their notebooks will freeze, even as sound continues. The cursor will still be movable, but the computer is completely unresponsive, and the only way to solve the problem is a hard reboot.

A rather lengthy thread, more than 41 pages, on Apple’s discussion forum describe brief blackouts and flickering when hooking up  a 2011 MacBook Pro to a 24-inch Cinema Display via the new Thunderbolt port, which is backwards compatible with DisplayPort. The fact the built-in display isn’t affected might suggest a problem with the Thunderbolt port, although it’s most likely software-related.

Apple hasn’t yet acknowledged these persistent glitches. They are reportedly aware of these problems, some users wrote, and are investigating them.

AT&T Acquires T-Mobile USA

This is the news of the moment AT&T just bought T-Mobile USA for $39 billion making the competition between mobile carries smaller, now there are only three real contenders on the US market:  AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.

Both carriers use the same technologies: GSM, HSPA+ and LTE. AT&T Mobile will become a monopoly for GSM cellular services in the US.

This doesn’t bode well for consumers who will now only have one GSM carrier to choose from and one less carrier for anyone to choose from.

AT&T will become the largest US cellular carrier surpassing Verizon by a nice margin based on an estimated number of subscribers at Verizon as 94 million. Purchasing  T-Mobile will add about 34 million subscribers to AT&T’s 96 million creating a subscriber base of approximately 130 million for the combined carrier.

Below you can read an excerpt from the press release:

AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile USA From Deutsche Telekom

Provides fast, efficient and certain solution to impending spectrum exhaust challenges facing AT&T and T-Mobile USA in key markets due to explosive demand for mobile broadband

Enhances network capacity, output and quality in near term for both companies’ customers

AT&T commits to expand 4G LTE deployment to an additional 46.5 million Americans, including in rural, smaller communities, for a total of 294 million or 95% of the U.S. population

Provides 4G LTE service for T-Mobile USA’s 34 million subscribers

More than $8 billion in incremental infrastructure spend by a U.S. company over seven years, enabling nation’s high-tech industry, innovation and economic growth

Creates substantial value for AT&T shareholders through large, straightforward synergies

Dallas, Texas, Bonn, Germany, March 20, 2011

Read the complete press release here.

Switzerland most Mac loving country on earth

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The official Pingdom blog did a little research into Mac market share around the world according to StatCounter (all based on browser visits to a pretty solid sample of 3 million websites), and it turns out that Switzerland is the most Mac country in the world. OS X has a 17.61 percent market share there, making it the country with the highest share on the planet. We’ve actually heard this before — the Macworld Expo has been to Switzerland, and there are a number of terrific Apple Stores in that country as well. The Swiss really love their quality computers, apparently.

Luxembourg follows next on the list, and the United States comes in at third with 15.36 percent Mac share. The United Kingdom, strangely, didn’t make it into the top 10 of the list at all, and the Mac share in Asia, where Apple is making big pushes lately, is only 1.61 percent. Granted, one percent of a couple billion computers is still a lot, but you’d expect that to grow over the next few years.

The least Mac-savvy region in the entire world? South America, where Mac OS X, according to these numbers, claims only a 1.08 percent market share. Looks like more of our friends to the south will have to look into just how enjoyable using a Mac can be.

Filemaker Releases Bento 4, Updates iPhone and iPad Apps

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Apple subsidiary Filemaker today announced the release of Bento 4, a significant update to the company’s personal database software for Mac OS X. With the release, Bento is now available on the Mac App Store for the first time, although boxed versions are also available.

New features in Bento 4 include support for label printing, new options for printing forms, the option to export templates with data included for pre-populated templates, location data integration, and more. Bento 4 is priced at $49 for a single license or $99 for a five-license pack. Current Bento users are eligible for a $20 rebate.

Filemaker has also released updated versions of Bento for iPhone and iPad, priced at $4.99 each. The updates bring several enhancements including voice memo support and multitasking.Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad have both received significant updates. You can now record voice memos into media fields on your mobile devices and tie them to your records, perfect for capturing events, logging meetings for later review, and just capturing notes without typing. Voice memos can be synched with Bento 4 for the Mac.

Bento for Mac users can make more use of their information on the Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad. Now you can sync iCal tasks from the Mac, edit simple list data on your iPhone, and use related records to link libraries.

Other enhancements include multi-tasking and improved support for the iPhone Retina display.

The Bento iOS applications also now offer support for multiple languages for the first time, with Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch now being supported.

MacUpdate Bundle: 11 Mac Apps for $49.99

A few times a year, the wonderful people at MacUpdate compile a bundle deal with some awesome must-have Mac applications, this time their latest bundle delivers at least 12 Mac applications for $49.99 (a $381 value if all purchased separately) including:

– Parallels Desktop 6 – Run Windows on your Mac without rebooting
– Divvy ($14) – Create custom workspaces on your screen
– 1Password ($39) – Easily manage website logins/passwords
– MacUpdate Desktop ($10) – Keep your Mac software updated automatically
– DVD REmaster Pro 7 ($49) – Convert DVD movies to iPhone or Apple TV
– Mac DVDRipper 2 ($9) – Copy DVDs to your Mac
– Hands Off! ($24) – Monitor and control access to your network or disks
– App Tamer ($14) – Pause idle apps from consuming CPU cycles and battery life
– TechTool Pro 5 ($98) – Disk utility and repair
– Civilization IV ($19) – Turn based history game, Game of the Year winner.
– A Better Finder Rename ($19) – File, photo and MP3 batch renamer

The Bundle can be found HERE!

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Add New Multi-Touch Gestures To Any iPad For Only $4.99

Earlier we reported that the new iOS 4.3 would add multi-touch gestures to the iPad, however for some unknown reason Apple decided not to add this in the final build, however you can easily add it on your own.  It will take only a few minutes and you don’t have to jailbreak your iPad to get them.

The only requirement is that you’ll need a copy of Xcode 4 and if you don’t already have a copy you can purchase it for $4.99 in the Mac OS X App Store. Registered Mac OS X or iOS developers in the paid development programs for either operating system can download a copy of Xcode 4 at developer.apple.com after logging in with their developer credentials.

However, you don’t need a developer account to activate these gestures either — at least for the time being. The only thing is that if you are still holding on the the Windows system, then you are out of luck as this only works on Mac.

Here are the steps.

1. If you haven’t already purchase a copy of Xcode 4 and install it.

2. After installing Xcode 4 launch it and connect your iPad (any model) to your computer. The iPad should appear in the Organizer window under Devices.

3. Select the attached iPad in Organizer and click on the “Use for Development” button.

4. If you are prompted to enter your iOS developer credentials go ahead and enter them if you have that information otherwise click Cancel on the dialog box. If you select Cancel and get an error just ignore it.

5. Xcode will activate developer features on your iPad. This might take a few minutes or less.

6. Launch the Settings app on your iPad, tap General, turn Multitasking Gestures On.

You’re all done!

 

Steve Jobs sends e-mail to Apple employees in Japan offering support!

According to several news sites Apple CEO Steve Jobs is reported to have sent a message to Apple staff regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The contents of the email were first posted to Chihouban.com (via Macotakara), and later on other sites.

The email which was said to have been sent to all Apple employees can be seen below:

To Our Team in Japan,

We have all been following the unfolding disaster in Japan. Our hearts go out to you and your families, as well as all of your countrymen who have been touched by this tragedy.

If you need time or resources to visit or care for your families, please see HR and we will help you. If you are aware of any supplies that are needed, please also tell HR and we will do what we can to arrange delivery.

Again, our hearts go out to you during this unimaginable crisis.
Please stay safe.
Steve and the entire Executive Team

Apple has set up Red Cross donations through iTunes, and delayed plans to launch the iPad 2 in Japan due to the recovery efforts. Furthermore recent rumors have stated that the Apple Stores have been used as shelter and communication hubs for the thousands of stranded people.