Digiarty is giving away a two-title combo pack!!!

In the past we have reported about Chinese developer Digiarty  and their Give Aways well now they are doing it again, currently the company is giving away a two-title combo pack, which includes a video converter and a DVD ripper, for free till May 25.

Even if you’re a fan of Handbrake —  you might still want to check out the kit’s different feature set, which includes the ability to rip even encrypted DVDs.

According to the company website the offer ends May 25th so you might wanna hurry.
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Apple Launches $0.99 Mac FaceTime App on Mac App Store

Today is one busy day for Apple, they have just officially launched the FaceTime for Mac App on the Mac App Store for $0.99

The app was in public beta before this, but with the imminent launch of the new MacBook Pros, Apple has launched version 1.0. New MacBook Pro owners will get FaceTime pre-installed, so it appears as if this download is only for existing Mac customers.

Although buyers of new MacBook Pros should have it come preinstalled on their machines, if you want FaceTime on your existing Mac, it’s going to cost you $0.99 and is available through the Mac App Store

According to the Apple website:

Simple to Get Started
• Setup is quick and easy – just enter your Apple ID.
• With just one click, you can make a video call to an iPhone 4, an iPod touch, or another Mac.

Easy-to-Organize Contacts
• Make calls using your existing Address Book contacts – you don’t have to enter your contacts from scratch.
• Add the people you call most often to your Favorites list.
• Quickly review your past calls with Recents.

High-Definition Video
• Receive HD video calls at up to 720p on supported, Intel-based Macs.*
• A Mac with a standard-definition camera delivers up to VGA-quality video for Mac-to-Mac calls.

Elegant Interface
• Window and playback controls fade away so the focus stays on your conversation.
• View transitions smoothly when an iPhone 4 or iPod touch user switches from front to rear cameras or from portrait to landscape views.
• FaceTime’s widescreen aspect ratio makes it easy for families and groups to participate in a call.
• Enjoy your video call full screen, using every inch of your beautiful Mac display.

Ring Anywhere, Any Time
• Incoming calls ring on your Mac, even if FaceTime isn’t running.
• If you have more than one Mac, incoming calls ring on every one so you can answer on the Mac that’s most convenient.

Apple Introduces Thunderbolt

Not only the Apple Store got a major new release, the whole Apple site got an overhaul and now includes information about a lot of their new cool features. The website now includes an overview of Thunderbolt, which they all-but-confirm is Light Peak and designed in collaboration with Intel Labs (who has their own press conference scheduled for later this morning).

According to Apple Thunderbolt is up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and twice as fast as USB 3.0. It’s a single cable that consolidates almost all existing ports, from FireWire to USB to miniDisplay to eSATA. This is one cable to rule them all.

And even though the new MacBook Pros come with only one Thunderbolt port, it shouldn’t matter for end users: two 10Gbps channels on the same connector mean you can daisy chain multiple high-speed, data-intensive devices and multiple displays to the same port without using a hub… and without reducing performance.

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“Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”

NEW MacBook Pros are here!!!!

When the Apple Store came back online, one of the major changes was the new MacBook Pros

As expected the new MacBook Pros make the leap to Intel’s new architecture, Sandy Bridge, starting with the 13-incher’s 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU and stretching all the way up to the $2499 17-incher’s 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor.

Furthermore, the MacBook Pro has seen some minor enhancements, too: the entire lineup has dropped in weight, and all models feature a slightly larger trackpad than before, and they include a ‘FaceTime HD’ camera versus the iSight of previous models.

Specs copied from our friends at TUAW.com

13″ MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with a 3 MB shared L3 cache or 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • Display: 13.3-inch LED-Backlit with 1280×800 resolution; Glossy only
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1333 MHz (2×2 GB), supports up to 8 GB
  • HDD: 320 or 500 GB, 5400 RPM Serial ATA hard drive; optional 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB DDR3 SDRAM shared memory
  • Other features: FaceTime HD camera, 8X slot-loading SuperDrive, Thunderbolt High-Speed E/A and Mini-DisplayPort, 802.11N WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, SDXC, FireWire 800, USB 2.0.
  • Price: Starting at $1199

15″ MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.0 or 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 6 MB L3 Cache; optional 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache
  • Display: 15.4-inch LED-Backlit with 1440 x 900 resolution; Glossy or Anti-Glare
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1333 MHz (2×2 GB), supports up to 8 GB
  • HDD: 500 or 750 GB, 5400 RPM Serial ATA hard drive; optional 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive, 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive, or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256 MB GDDR5 RAM or AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB GDDR5 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Other features: FaceTime HD camera, 8X slot-loading SuperDrive, Thunderbolt High-Speed E/A and Mini-DisplayPort, 802.11N WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, SDXC, FireWire 800, USB 2.0.
  • Price: Starting at $1,799

17″ MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 6 MB L3 Cache; optional 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache
  • Display: 17-inch LED-Backlit with 1920 x 1200 resolution; Glossy or Anti-Glare
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1333 MHz (2×2 GB), supports up to 8 GB
  • HDD: 750 GB, 5400 RPM Serial ATA hard drive; optional 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB GDDR5 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Other features: FaceTime HD camera, 8X slot-loading SuperDrive, Thunderbolt High-Speed E/A and Mini-DisplayPort, 802.11N WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, ExpressCard/34 slot, FireWire 800, USB 2.0.
  • Price: Starting at $2,499

Apple opens Mac App Store!!!

Apple's Mac App Store Now Live With 1,000 Apps

As reported earlier Apple was scheduled to open the Mac App Store today January 6th, it seems as if they kept their promise, just moments ago Apple released the Mac OS X 10.6.6 which includes the Mac App Store, all that’s needed is Snow Leopard and an iTunes account.

You’ll have to download the software update Mac OS X v10.6.6 to install the App StoreAccording to Apple all of the below mentioned additions will make your life easier!

“Discover Mac apps: Browse featured apps, top charts, and categories, or search for something specific. Read detailed app descriptions and user reviews, and flip through screen shots.

Buy and install: Easily purchase apps with your iTunes account. Apps install in one step and are quickly available from the Dock.

App updates: The Mac App Store keeps track of all your purchased apps and notifies you when free updates are available.”

Thus begins our Mac App Store coverage. Stay tuned to TUAW all day for in-depth analysis and exploration.

Sling Media releases SlingPlayer for iPad.

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It has long been rumored that Sling Media has been working an iPad version of its SlingPlayer Mobile application, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the app, it “slings” television content from a set-top box connected to a user’s television to computers and mobile devices.

The SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad is now available in the App Store, however it does come with a price tag of $29.99, which is the same as for the iPhone version, even though the iPad app offers higher-resolution video than its iPhone counterpart.

The whole program has been overhauled to use iPad’s intuitive native interface, and a recent channels feature puts a viewer’s recent channels at his fingertips.
Currently the software is compatible with Slingbox SOLO and PRO-HD set-top boxes. There are several cool features of the app, such as the ability change channels, control your DVR, and of course watch shows over Wi-Fi and 3G.

For those interested the app can be downloaded from iTunes here.

If you have bought the app let us know what you think.

Digiarty Software gives MacX DVD Ripper Pro away free!

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Download MacX DVD Ripper Pro for Free Until November 1st [Updated]Mac OS X: While Windows and Linux users abound with free DVD ripping software, OS X isn’t quite as lucky—but today, you can grab the incredibly full-featured MacX DVD Ripper Pro for free.

While we’ve featured some great programs in the past, like MacTheRipper, there are few free rippers out there that are as fully featured as other premium apps. MacX DVD Ripper Pro will not only rip a DVD into any video format you want, but it can also rip straight to iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, iPad, and PSP-friendly formats. This is particularly handy, since other popular programs required you to use other apps like our favorite encoder HandBrake to play it on other devices. Obviously, we still love Handbrake, but it’s nice to avoid that second step and just rip straight to your iPhone.

The only downside is that it won’t rip your DVD into an ISO or uncompressed VIDEO_TS files, so if you want menus and extras, you’ll have to look elsewhere. You can rip it into a full-quality MPEG-4 file, however, so if your goal is only to rip the movie, it’s a pretty great program for it.

The program is usually $50, but is free for the rest of today. Update: Digiarty Software has extended this deal to November 1st for those of you that didn’t see this post in time, so you can still grab it for the next few days! Just hit the link to download the program, and copy and paste the license code BD-TGTXUVYO-OONQRP to activate the full version. Entering the key manually may not work, but it should take if you just copy and paste the key in.

Apple updates iMovie mobile to 1.1

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Apple’s official iMovie app for iPhone has been updated to version 1.1. The new update requires iOS 4.1 and is compatible with the new iPod touch. The updates also adds several new features, including the ability split video clips, automatic music looping, and more.

What’s new

– Compatible with iPod touch (4th generation).
– Ability to split video clips.
– Automatic music looping when video extends beyond music track.
– Scrub to preview clips in Video Browser.
– In-app Tips page that illustrates how to use key features.
– Updated Photos Browser with newest images at top.
– Mute badge to indicate video clips with audio disabled.
– Additional performance and reliability improvements.

For those who already own iMovie simply update it through iTunes, the rest of you can buy it through iTunes for $4.99

YouTube mobile website gets major upgrade!

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Admit it, you also belong to those that love watching videos on YouTube’s mobile website it just makes the iPhone that much better. Well the mobile version of YouTube just got that much better, thanks to some hefty HTML5 optimization.

The website has a completely icon-driven dashboard which now greets the YouTube visitor clicking away on the iPhone. The dashboard offers quick and easy access to subscriptions, playlists, favorites, your videos, search and settings, and is now a lot more finger friendly.

The biggest change, though, is speed: videos load much quicker than the native YouTube player, as well as gaining higher-definition options for watching on the likes of the iPhone 4’s Retina Display.

This new mobile website will also work with the iPad, providing a lager interface than the iPhone website does.

You can visit the new redesigned site by going to m.youtube.com.

Gameloft holds sale on several iPad games!

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For those of you who enjoy playing sports games, or any kind of games, on the iPad this will be great news. Two of the most popular sporting games for iPad have gone on sale today, however be aware of the fact that this is a limited time offer only. Gameloft has slashed the prices of Real Soccer HD (previously $6.99) and NFL 2010 HD (previously $4.99) to just $0.99.

Furthermore Gameloft also has a sale currently running on two of their other games including Hero of Sparta HD and Brain Challenge HD, both of which have also been reduced to $0.99. But thats not all, the savings don’t stop there, – as well as their sales, Gameloft have permanently cut the prices of both Modern Combat: Sandstorm HD and Gangsta: West Coast Hustle HD from $6.99 to $4.99.

If you are interested in reading a review of the games check the links below:

NFL 2010 HD Review – Macworld
Real Soccer 2010 HD Review – Macworld

If you want to see the official game websites then click the links below:

NFL 2010 HD – Gameloft Page
Real Soccer 2010 HD – Gameloft Page