FIFA Soccer 12 released for the Mac

For the FIFA fans among our readers this will be great news!!!

FIFA has finally come to the Mac, thanks to EA Sports and TransGaming. This is the first time the hugely popular soccer franchise has graced our Apple computers, bringing with it all the major changes that are introduced in FIFA 12, such as the Impact Engine, which makes for more accurate physics; and Precision Dribbling, which allows you to keep the ball better when you’re close to opposition.

FIFA Soccer 12 for Mac is $39.99, and is available as a download from GameTree Mac, what makes this even better is that this release comes days earlier than its release on consoles.


Apple most popular among college students

A survey of 158 college students, all undergrads, says 60 percent of new PC purchases by the group this year consisted of Macs. That’s not a huge sample, but it is a representative one, as more and more students are going with OS X-driven computers rather than the old desktop PC. According to the same study last year, Apple held only a 38 percent share, so interest in Macs among this group has almost doubled.

More students than last year also brought a tablet with them to school, though shares in that department are apparently leveling. Apple’s iPad is down a few percentage points, as is the Kindle, while the “other” category is up by 10 percent.

As volatile as those numbers are (which, unfortunately, casts a little bit of doubt on how relevant this study actually is), there are hints that these undergrads are definitely Mac-inclined in their back-to-school purchases. Apple may have become a mobile device company, but its Mac sales are still stronger than ever.

Final Cut Pro X Update adds Free 30 Day Trial and XML Import

Responding to mass rioting amongst its users, Apple promised as far back as July that they would eventually be restoring XML support in Final Cut Pro X. Now it’s finally here, along with numerous other improvements.

After much criticism Apple has added a 30-day free trial, which means Apple won’t have to repay money for those users who are unhappy with their purchase.

Obviously, the biggest addition in FInal Cut Pro X’s update is the ability to import and export project in XML, meaning that users can now take XML formatted projects from FCP7 and other editing software and edit them in FCPX. In other words, Final Cut Pro X just gained a semblance of backwards compatibility.

In addition, here’s what is new:

• Support for events and projects through Xsan, the company’s technology that allows multiple computers to concurrently access storage

• Support for media stems (or audio channeling). This lets users assign a “role” to media once it’s imported, so that when it’s time to export things like dialogue, sound effects and soundtracks, those exports can be done in a single pass.

• Custom starting timecodes

• Full-screen view toggle for Mac OS X Lion users

• GPU-accelerated export (was previously only CPU-based)

Final Cut Pro X 10.1 is available through the Mac App Store either as an update or for purchase.

Best Buy Expects Sprint iPhone 5 in 1st Week of October

Though this could likely be Best Buy reading the same rumors as the rest of us, the company is anticipating that the iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order during the first week of October. BGR points to an internal memo:

Thanks to a leaked document from a Best Buy source, we have discovered that Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores are anticipating taking preorders for the iPhone 5 starting in the first week of October. What’s a tad bit more interesting, however, is the mention (and further anticipation) that Sprint will be carrying the iPhone 5 at launch.

Best Buy warns, of course, that dates may change. A report that Sprint will also be carrying the iPhone 5 was recently revealed by the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, ThisIsMyNext reports that Best Buy is also expecting a new “Apple Fixture Installation” on Friday, October 21st.

Parallels releases Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac.

Earlier today Parallels announced Parallels Desktop 7 which is an updated to the already immensely popular Mac virtual machine hosting software. Those familiar with the software will know that it allows Mac users to run Windows, Linux, now Lion in a virtual environment. If the latter item wasn’t enough to catch your attention you’ll be pleased to know that it also ships with 90 new and enhanced features.

Parallels claims that the new version of Parallels is 60 percent faster than Parallels Desktop 6 when resuming Windows and that it offers a 45 percent faster 3D graphics experience. Although performance is a big plus the real improvements are linked to Mac OS X Lion, since Parallels Desktop 7 now supports full-screen mode, Launch Pad, and Mission Control while running Windows applications.

The two biggest enhancements in Parallels Desktop 7 are tied to your Mac’s built-in camera and Mac OS X Lion. Parallels 7 can take advantage of your Mac’s iSight or FaceTime camera in both Windows and Mac OS X simultaneously. It can also now host Mac OS X Lion in a virtual machine which is something I’m sure developers will love.

Mac OS X Lion – running in a Parallels Desktop 7 virtual machine.

Finally, one other feature is for people who own a Mac, but don’t have a licensed copy of Windows. Parallels 7 will now allow you to use a feature called Windows on Demand. That new feature allows you to buy and automatically install a copy of Windows 7 as a virtual machine on your Mac.

The pricing of Parallels Desktop 7 is as follows: $79.99 for the full retail version and $39.99 for the student version. If you are upgrading from Parallels Desktop 5 or 6 the cost is $49.99. If you are PC user switching to the Mac the Parallels Desktop 7 Switch to Mac version, which includes a USB cable and video tutorials on how to use a Mac, costs $99.99. Volume or Enterprise licenses are available. Parallels Desktop 7 will be available on September 6, 2011.

Tim Cook gets 1,000,000 AAPL shares if he remains CEO of Apple until 2021

Wow this is pretty interesting, MacRumors have read the 8-K form which Apple has filed with the SEC to announce this week’s changes to Apple’s executive board, however they have found something just as interesting. Apple has awarded 1,000,000 stock shares to new CEO Tim Cook.

In connection with Mr. Cook’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer, the Board awarded Mr. Cook 1,000,000 restricted stock units. Fifty percent of the restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of August 24, 2016 and August 24, 2021, subject to Mr. Cook’s continued employment with Apple through each such date.

With the current stock price at $383 that brings the total to somewhat more than $383M, we can only hope they will be worth as much in 2021.

Dropbox update adds Lion support

Dropbox normally uses a silent-but-deadly approach to handle its updates. Basically it installs it automatically for you sometime within a week or so of the new release.However we were wondering if it would really hurt to let us know that the new updates are ready, especially for a big change like restoring the Dropbox submenu in Lion?Here’s how you can manually upgrade without waiting for Dropbox to catch up.1. First confirm that you are running an earlier version. Dropbox > Preferences > Account reports the current version.

2. Next, head on over to the install page and download the 1.1.40 installer. Open the dmg. Quit your earlier Dropbox install and drag the new version into Applications.

Apple releases iOS 5 Beta update


Well the final release of iOS 5 just keeps getting closer, and the folks at Apple are hard at work to make the OS as good as possible, which is why they released the 6th Beta.

While most users are impatiently waiting for the  iOS update to go live for everybody, currently it is only officially available to paid devs only at the iOS developer site.

Make sure you read any release notes on-site. Also don’t forget to register your device at the developer portal and prepare it for development before installing the new beta onto pre-beta equipment.

The beta is, as always, released under the terms of Apple’s NDA, so we really can’t tell you much about it.

Make Mail App in Lion look like it did in Snow Leopard

One of the biggest changes that Apple has implemented in Mac OS X Lion is Mail version 5.0. The new version of Mail has a whole new look and feel to it that I’ve heard a few of you complain about. Well good news this tip will show you how to reverse the new modern look that Mail is sporting these days into something a bit more classical.

  1. If you haven’t already launch Mail on your Mac running OS X Lion.
  2. Open the preferences pane for Mail by selecting Preferences from the Mail menu or by pressing the Command key plus the comma key at the same time.
  3. Select the Viewing tab in the preferences window that opens.
  4. Click Use classic layout.

Mail will now change how its window is configured from the new modern look introduced in Mail 5.0 to one that looks a bit more classical like it did in Mail 4.0.

If you like you can tweak the classical look by selecting several sub-options under the Use classic layout. You can decide whether or not you want to show To/Cc labels, contact photos in the message list, or how many lines of a message you want to show in preview (the default is 2).

If you decide to change these sub-options you’ll have to do so without having the Use classic layout box checked, because if that option is checked these sub-options are grayed out. Personally I think that is a bug in the Mail application, but for now this work around will get you past that.

Apple adds 90 second song previews internationally

Apple has extended song previews to 90 seconds in some international iTunes music stores. As noted by MacRumors, the extended previews are available in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and some other parts of Europe. As with the US store, not all songs will have 90 second previews; some are still limited to 30 seconds.

When Apple first began offering 90 second song previews in the US back in December they apparently did so without consulting the music labels. Instead they simply added a new agreement to iTunes Connect that the labels had to accept to continue adding songs to iTunes. It read:

“We are pleased to let you know that we are preparing to increase the length of music previews from 30 seconds to 90 seconds on the iTunes Store in the United States. We believe that giving potential customers more time to listen to your music will lead to more purchases.”