BriteMac Introduces VM2Go Utility

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Date: Monday, April 16th, 2007, 08:14
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As virtual machines have become more popular, software for managing them begins to become necessary. Responding to this, BriteMac has released VM2Go, a shareware utility that allows users of the best-selling Parallels Desktop for Mac to easily load and maintain the individual virtual machine profiles they’ve created with the program. Virtual machines can then be transferred to an external drive such as an iPod, DVD or thumb drive.
VM2Go is available for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and is a 1.5 megabyte download for free, although will require registration after being run 20 times according to Macworld News.
If you’ve tried the program and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 3.0.2 Released

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 08:58
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On Thursday, Mark/Space announced that it had released The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 3.0.2. The update, a 28.1 megabyte download, serves as a free upgrade for registered users and runs US$39.95 for new users to purchase and download or US$49.95 to have a CD-ROM shipped along.
The new version of the software, which enables Macs to go beyond communication services provided through Mac OS X and iSync, allows for synching with Windows Mobile devices. Data such as contacts, calendars, addresses, notes, iTunes content and iPhoto pictures can be transferred back and forth via this program. Version 3.0.2 serves as a maintenance update and removes the need for the device to be running in “flight mode” prior to connecting to the Mac according to Macworld News. This update also provides support for the Orange 3100 and HP RX 19XX series devices.
The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later and a G4, G5 or Intel-based processor to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Skype 2.6 for Mac Beta Hits, Adds Call Transfer Feature

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:24
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Skype has just announced a public beta of its 2.6 version for the Mac OS X platform. The new version, a 29.6 megabyte download, adds the following new features:
-User reminders and notifications for events such as appointments.
-Call Transfer feature to bounce a call over to current Skype contacts.
-Public chats can now be joined.
-Chat typing indicator to see when others are writing messages
-Skype Prime services access.
-Automatic Update now allows client to upate without having to visit a web site to download a new version.
-DTMF tones for automatic answering services available also during Skype-to-Skype calls.
Skype 2.6 requires an 800 MHz G4, G5 or Intel processor, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, 512 megabytes of RAM, 40 megabyes of free hard disk space and a microphone to run. The software is a universal binary and runs at native speeds on both the PowerPC and Intel-based hardware architectures.
If you’ve tried the new version and had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Opera Browser Hits Version 9.2

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:25
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On Wednesday, Opera Software released version 9.2 of its free web browser.
The new version, an 11.2 megabyte download, incorporates new features such as Speed Dial (a means of accessing favorite web sites in newly opened ab windows, then clicking on a site thumbnail to open a web site) as well as integrated BitTorrent support, content filtering, Widget support, a fraud protection scheme, IRC support and support for multiple search engines according to Macworld News.
Opera is programmed as a universal binary and runs at native speeds on both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures. The browser requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback about it, let us know.

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VMWare Releases Fusion Beta 3

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 10:16
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VMWare has recently released beta 3 of Fusion, its virtualization product for the Mac that allows users to simultaneously run operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux and others on their Intel-based Macs.
The new version boasts the following fixes and improvements:
-Much faster operating speeds.
-Full Boot Camp partition recognition support
-A Windows Easy Install wizard program to make installation easier.
-Improved virtual machine management. Multiple virtual machines and their individual settings can be centrally controlled from the Virtual Machine Library.
-Improved international support (European and Apple keyboards now have full functionality within the program).
-Host-Only Networking: This creates a network completely self-contained within the Mac between the virual machine and the Mac.
-Improved Suspend/Shutdown State: VMWare now takes a screenshot of the last known state of the virtual machine as well as a “play” button to resume use of the virtual machine.
-Improved Hardware Editor: Settings for virtual hardware are now fully functional and devices can be removed when the virtual machine is powered down.
-Improved Networking Performance: In some cases, networking in earlier beta versions was slow with single-processor virtual machines. VMware Fusion Beta 3 solves this problem and greatly improves performance in this case. Virtual networking no longer fills system logs.
-VMware Fusion Beta 2 wireless networking added many entries to the system log. Beta 3 release resolves this issue.
The new beta can be downloaded here after signing in through a registration form.
If you’ve tried the new beta and have had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Purple Ghost Releases iRepo X

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 08:01
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On Tuesday, Purple Ghost Software released iRepo X, a shareware utility that allows users to both transfer songs to and from an iPod as well as recover lost songs on the iPod back to your Mac.
Like similar programs, the software allows users to connect a friend’s iPod, then go through a list of songs and select which ones they want to copy over.
iRepo X is a 3.3 megabyte download (courtesy of MacUpdate) and retails for a US$12.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The application is a universal binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the software and have comments or feedback about it, let us know.

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Google Desktop for Mac Out the Door

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Date: Wednesday, April 4th, 2007, 08:59
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Internet giant Google has released Google Desktop for Mac, a desktop search tool the company states will work alongside Apple’s Spotlight feature built into Mac OS X 10.4.
Google Desktop functions as localized search tool as well as a web-enabled tool that can search through GMail, Google’s image engine, the company’s map program, available online media, etc.
Although Spotlight currently stands as an established local search standard on the Mac, Google claims its program can currently utilize any Spotlight plug-ins thtat users already have installed on their system according to Macworld News.
The program, a one megabyte download, is activated by hitting the Command key twice to bring up a search window. Begin typing and, like Spotlight, Google begins to display results such as whether it finds a document or application. If the first 10 listed results found don’t match what you’re looking for, clicking a “Search Web” option below the found results will pull up your default web browser and Google’s search engine results for your request.
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iScroll2 0.27 Adds 2-Finger Scrolling to Older Apple Laptops

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Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2007, 07:28
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Though hardly a secret feature by any means, discovering that your iBook, PowerBook, MacBook and MacBook Pro can be scrolled through simply by using an extra figner on the trackpad amounts to one of those “Hey, that’s kind of cool!!!” moments.
Unfortunately, this ability wasn’t present until Apple’s 2005 laptops came on the market.
Daniel Becker’s iScroll 2 0.27 adds full support for this on most of Apple’s aluminum PowerBook G4 units as well as all iBook G4 models introduced from 2003 to 2004. The program, a free 176 kilobyte download courtesy of sourceforge.net, is based on Apple’s AppleADBMouse driver, which was written for the Apple Desktop Bus-powered trackpads found on older Apple laptops. This code was then released via Apple’s Darwin project and has since been rewritten to support newer laptop models.
iScroll 2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later and a 2003 aluminum PowerBook or iBook G4 to run.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with this, let us know.

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OpenOffice.org 2.2 Released

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Date: Friday, March 30th, 2007, 07:34
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OpenOffice.org, the free, open source miltilingual office suite project, has been updated to version 2.2. The software, based on free code and XML capabilities with support for the OASIS Standard OpenDocument format, features the following fixes and improvements among others:
-Enhanced text display throughout.
-Better support for Pivot Tables in Calc.
-Several key improvements in Base.
-A more robust Mac version for X11.
OpenOffice.org supports both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures for the Mac with multiple versions available for Mac OS X. The program is about a 134 megabyte download depending on version selected and requires Mac OS X and the latest version of Java for the operating system to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.2 Beta

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 08:46
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On Wednesday, Apple released the latest public beta of is Boot Camp utility. The program, a 138 megabyte download, allows Intel-based Mac owners to easily create a Windows partition and install Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later on this partition. The Boot Camp Assistant program will burn a CD or DVD containing all of the required drivers for Windows.
The new version adds the following fixes and changes:
-Support for Windows Vista (32-bit).
-Updated drivers, including but not limited to trackpad, AppleTime (synch), audio, graphics, modem, iSight camera.
-Support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player).
-A Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions.
-Improved keyboard support for Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, and French Canadian.
-Improved Windows driver installation experience.
-Updated documentation and Boot Camp on-line help in Windows.
-Apple Software Update (for Windows XP and Vista).
Though currenlt free to any who want to use it, Boot Camp is still in beta and shipped “as-is” with no official support from Apple or Microsoft.
If you’ve tried the new version and have had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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