Apple is offering their Mac OS X Up-To-Date upgrade program to Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger” for US$9.95. If you purchase a qualifying new Macintosh on or after April 12th, 2005 that does not have Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger” included, you can upgrade to Tiger for US$9.95. The program ends on July 22nd 2005 and your order must be postmarked or faxed by July 9th 2005.
In related news, a reader asks:
Is there a central source to see what commercial and shareware software is certified for Tiger? I’m not upgrading this time around until 99% of the applications I use are certified. And even then I may wait. When Panther came out I had to spend about $2,000 for all of the software updates.
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Comicblogging is here: Plasq‘s new Comic Life takes images from your iPhoto library (or other image files) and converts them into beautiful full-color comic books. Just drag the images into a variety of pre-set layouts, add captions, speech/thought bubbles, and sound effects (POW!), and you’re done. You can share the images via the Web, .Mac, email, print them via iPhoto Kodak printing, or even publish an RSS feed.
I got the scoop as a regular reader of createdigitalmusic is one of the developers, so I’ve been playing with this for a couple of days. The app is simply incredible. It’s elegant and utterly Mac-like, with an iLife-style interface. Even cool sound effects (creaking and whooshing) as you manipulate elements, which should be annoying, are strangely fun.
US$39.95 – download now
Apple added a feature called Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS) to the PowerBook line in early 2005. The sensor attempts to prevent data loss by parking the heads of an active disk drive after detecting a “sudden motion”, which could be due to strong vibrations or a fall. The SMS is also called the Mobile Motion Module, The Mac OS X kernel refers to it as “AMS,” for Apple Motion Sensor, so we’ll adopt the term “AMS” to refer to both the hardware and its software abstraction. Read More…
Sven Kissner wrote an article about his experiences with his new PowerBook, Mac OS X and Linux.
I’m playing with my PowerBook for about two days now and even though not being too tolerant when it comes to operating systems, I have to admit that OS X itself is pretty appealing. It has that Just Works-touch I sometimes miss with GNU/Linux. I’m afraid there’s probably not too much to write about, it?s nearly too simple and I found my way around pretty fast.
Well those crazy kids at Google are at it again. You probably already knew that you can set Google‘s homepage, messages, and buttons to display in your selected language via the Preferences page. But did you know that you can set Google’s interface language to Elmer Fudd, Pig Latin and Swedish Chef? (Bork, bork, bork!)
“I’m Feewing Wucky”
Back in February we mentioned Google Maps an excellent new mapping site from the search engine giant. I am happy to report that one of my suggestions has been added to the new mapping service – satellite images. GMaps now allows you to view satellite images for almost any US address down to about 500 yards visibility. Read More…
PocketMac has just released the US$9.95 PocketMac for Playstation Portable (PSP), which is the first tool to automatically sync Mac users digital music, photos and contacts to their PSPs. What’s more, the feature of contacts synchronization is unique to Mac users with PocketMac for PSP includes patent-pending technology to add the ability of PSPs to process contacts.
Updated – A reader mentions that PocketMac PSP is not the first tool to sync music/photos – iPSP does this, and and also converts video. PocketMac PSP is the only app to convert contacts though.