Apple nukes $100 rebate with purchase of qualifying printer, future incentive programs in question

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2012, 05:23
Category: News, retail

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You know, it was kind of nice having a nifty incentive/rebate to look forward to.

Per ” target=”_blank”>AppleInsider, Apple’s promotion that offered a US$100 rebate to customers who purchased a Mac and qualifying printer has been discontinued with no alternative incentives announced.

In a change to its promotion information webpage on Tuesday, Apple announced that the long-standing printer rebate program has been cancelled, leaving the company without any rebates or incentives for new computer buyers.

The Cupertino, Calif., company has traditionally offered some sort of incentive when customers buy a new Mac, such as the US$100 instant rebate when purchasing a computer and printer. While the programs were usually “limited time only” affairs, Apple’s latest printer rebate was a perpetual offer that stipulated the company could end it at any time.

Apple has advertised a US$100 printer rebate sporadically from 2001 alongside numerous other discounts and promotions for both hardware and software.

The company is also known for its educational rebates and discounts, including the annual back-to-school promotion which has offered free iPods to gift cards.

Currently, Apple offers discounts for students and teachers through its Education Store or at Apple Store locations and campuses though the program is more of an institution rather than form of incentive.

It is unclear whether Apple is slowly phasing out incentives as the company’s online store usually has some type of discount.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Skype updated to version 5.5.0.2069

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2012, 04:01
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, version 5.5.0.2069 of the Skype VoIP application was released as a public beta). The new version, a 23.2 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Improved Call UI.

- Accept incoming call with video.

- Improvements in quality and stabilization.

Skype 5.5.0.2069 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know.

Google releases Picasa 3.9.2.539 update

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Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2012, 11:07
Category: News, Software

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On Friday, software giant Google released Picasa 3.9.2.539, the latest version of its photo organization program for the Mac. Once installed, Picasa imports (without moving or copying) photos from the iPhoto library as well as other folders and external hard drives on your Mac. The program also includes assorted editing tools for straightening, text generation, red eye removal, collage creation and Photoshop-like effects and adjustments. The new version, a 33.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Fixed various crashes.

- Fixed an issue with users not being able to log in.

- Fixed some issues with nametags and contacts.

Picasa 3.9.2.539 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

QuarkXPress 9.2 update released

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012, 11:30
Category: News, Software

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Oddly enough, QuarkXPress is receiving fairly favorable reviews these days.

And if your life revolves around it, this may help a bit.

On Wednesday, software developer Quark released version 9.2 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 1.03 gigabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Create a new project specifically for ePUB.

- Add sound, video and hyperlinks to an ePUB e-book.

- Create new articles, visually crop pictures, and split text components in a reflow article.

- New Actions for iPad apps allow you to build buttons that control other media elements such as sound and video.

- iOS 5 Newsstand support.

- New Box From Clipping path command turns complex clipping paths into objects.

- And more….

QuarkXPress 9.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 later to install and run and retails for US$799.00 for the full version.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Adobe Reader, Adobe Reader Pro updated to 10.1.2

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012, 07:59
Category: News, Software

On Wednesday, Adobe released version 10.1.2 of its Adobe Reader application. The update, which can also be snagged through the Adobe Update Utility, adds the following fixes and changes:

- On printing a PDF file to a PCL printer via Acrobat or Reader, the italic output in the printout is not correct.

- Mouseover events in interactive PDF form fields do not work properly (Applicable only to Acrobat/Reader10.1.1).

- 3D PDFs may crash when viewed in VMWare.

- Policy protected file keeps incrementing *.DAT file in …Acrobat10.0Security and results in Reader X crashing when closing the file.

- When converting a webpage having a scrollable inline frame only the visible content is converted and content seen on scrolling down is dropped.

- Form submission performance is slow with ZCI on Reader 10.1.

- Product view generated in Catia hides some elements when converted to prw/pdf.

- Repeatedly opening and closing PDFs in one browser session may cause a freeze or crash.

- Form goes into unresponsive state when signing form.

- Fixed critical security vulnerabilities in Versions 10.1.1 and earlier.

- Improved stability.

- Support for Mac OS X 10.7.2.

- Web Capture for Firefox 7 and later.

Acrobat Reader 10.1.2 and Acrobat Pro requires an Intel-based processor and Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new versions and noticed any differences, please let us know what you think.

MSI demoes external Thunderbolt-based GPU for Apple notebooks at CES

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012, 05:49
Category: Accessory, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

Ok, this is interesting.

Over at CES this week, MSI is showing off a new external graphics solution that can connect to a Mac through a high-speed Thunderbolt port. Per AnandTech, the MSI GUS IIrelies on the high bandwidth capacity of the 10Gbps Thunderbolt port found on the latest Mac models, including the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

“The external chassis features a Thunderbolt interface and an internal PCIe slot,” Anand Lai Shimpi noted. “Despite running on a MacBook Pro there is currently no OS X support for the solution, but it does work under Windows. Presumably if there’s OS X support for the GPU inside the enclosure it would work under OS X as well.”

No timeframe for launch or price for the external GPU were given, but the product could be a solution for users who want more graphics processing power for their MacBook when it’s in use at home. The GPU featured in the MSI GUS II must be powered by PCIe alone, as there are no auxiliary power connectors inside the device.

Thunderbolt-based external drives have also been prevalent at CES this year. Seagate plans to ship by the middle of this month adapters that will allow existing Seagate GoFlex drives to fit into a Thunderbolt slot, while Western Digital plans to release new Thunderbolt drives by the middle of 2012.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Adobe releases Lightroom 4.0 public beta, adds slew of fixes and features

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2012, 10:47
Category: News, Software

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On Tuesday, software giant Adobe released a public beta of version 4.0 of its Lightroom photo editing utility. The Lightroom 4.0 beta, a 409 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), adds the following fixes and changes:

- Highlight and shadow recovery brings out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights.

- Photo book creation with easy-to-use elegant templates.

- Location-based organization lets you find and group images by location, assign locations to images, and display data from GPS-enabled cameras.

- White balance brush to refine and adjust white balance in specific areas of your images.

- Additional local editing controls let you adjust noise reduction and remove moiré in targeted areas of your images.

- Extended video support for organizing, viewing, and making adjustments and edits to video clips.

- Easy video publishing lets you edit and share video clips on Facebook and Flickr.

- Soft proofing to preview how an image will look when printed with color-managed printers.

- Email directly from Lightroom using the email account of your choice.

The Adobe Lightroom 4.0 beta is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

CrossOver Games updated to 10.3

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Date: Monday, January 9th, 2012, 04:21
Category: News, Software

CrossOver Games, the popular gaming emulation program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 10.3. The new version, which is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Fixes for Skyrim on Linux.

- Patch fixes for World of Warcraft.

CrossOver Games 10.3 retails for US$39.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 and or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Onyx 2.4.3 released

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Date: Monday, January 2nd, 2012, 04:46
Category: News, Software

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Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.4.3. The new version, a 13.7 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:

OnyX doesn’t relaunch anymore after restart or shut down
Deleting the Logs improved
- Enable/disable Text Selection in Quick Look.

- Enable/disable iTunes notifications.

- Choose search option by default in Safari.

- Path Bar displayed from the Home folder or root.

- Show/hide the path of background image on the Desktop.

- Enable/disable Time Machine Local Backups.

- Translations improved.

- New version integrated 3.7.9 of sqlite3.

- Info panel improved.

- Bug corrected while rebuilding the Mail Envelope Index

- Bug corrected while emptying the trash.

Onyx 2.4.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Rumor: Intel Ivy Bridge-equipped Mac notebooks to launch April 8th, 2012, sport ample new features

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Date: Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, 13:52
Category: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor

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It’s kind of neat when the rumors point towards a specific date.

Per DigiTimes, Intel is rumored to release a total of 25 new 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge processors on April 8, 2012, signaling a potential launch window for Apple’s next generation of Macs.

Intel will release 17 desktop CPUs and 8 notebook Ivy Bridge processors in early April according to the article. The initial chips are said to include models 3820QM and 3720QM, priced at US$568 and US$378, respectively, which could be candidates for Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup.

The notebook Ivy Bridge processors will feature the new Intel HD Graphics 4000 architecture. Intel’s M-Series lineup is expected to have nominal thermal design power of between 35 watts and 55 watts.

Set for a “later” launch, according to sources, are the Core i7-3667U and Core i5-3427U processors, intended for Intel’s Ultrabook lineup. Those processors would also be possible candidates for Apple’s own thin-and-light notebook, the MacBook Air.

Earlier reports have said the i7-3667U processor will be clocked at 2GHz, and can overclock to 3.2GHz in single-core mode, while the i5-3427U will run at 1.8GHz and overclock to 2.8GHz in single-core mode. Both models are said to feature a graphics processor clocked at 350MHz that can run as high as 1150MHz.

The rumored April 8 launch date for the first Ivy Bridge processors is slightly earlier than what a leaked roadmap from Intel showed earlier this month. Those documents showed a tentative launch date of May 2012 for the new chip platform.

Recent reports have pegged a MacBook Pro update from Apple to arrive in the second quarter of calendar 2012, a timeframe that would fit with the April debut of Intel’s next-generation Ivy Bridge processors. The new MacBook Pros are rumored to feature a redesigned look with new high-resolution 2,880-by-1,800 Retina Display screens.

Retina Display MacBook Pros would be possible with Ivy Bridge because the next-generation architecture will bring support for 4K resolution. That gives Apple and other PC makers the option to build a display that is 4,096 pixels across.

For high-end MacBook Pro models with dedicated graphics cards, one report from November claimed Apple will switch to Nvidia for its 2012 notebooks. The last MacBook Pro models to feature Nvidia graphics arrived in 2010.

As for the MacBook Air, Apple is expected to expand the lineup and add a 15-inch model. Currently, its ultraportable notebook is available with screen sizes of 11.6 inches and 13.3 inches.

Cool stuff if it’s true. Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments section.