Tag Archives: Mac OS X

iTunes 10.1 released

iTunes 10.1 Software Update

Hot on the heels of 10.6.5 iTunes 10.1 has been released today. It was rumored on the interwebs that this update along with the iOS 4.2 (which has not been released yet) would hit the web shortly after  10.6.5. Soon all iPad owners will be rejoice as they can then multitask!

As described in the picture above, this update to iTunes lets you stream video using Airplay on the new (black) Apple TV, sync with iOS devices running 4.2, and bug fixes. I predict 4.2 will be released this weekend or on Monday maximum since it has already been in Golden Master for a while now.

Mac OS X 10.6.5 hits the pipes

10.6.5 Softeare Update

As usual thanks to Engadget for tipping me off. Today Apple released 10.6.5 on Software Update. No link to the Delta or Combo update dmgs yet, once I have found them I shall link to them. For those who don’t know what Delta and Combo mean, Delta means you must have 10.6.4 to install the update and comes in at a significant less file size than the Combo update. The Combo update on the other hand allows you to install it on any version of 10.6, so basically 10.6-10.6.4 or in computer geek terms 10.6.x. Anyways fire up software update from the top left of your Mac on the Apple menu. The bugfixes can be seen in the image above, Enjoy!

Update: Here is the link to the Combo DMG file. Delta update can be found here.

Skype 5 Beta hits OS X

Skype Icon High Resolution

When Skype 5 Beta hit Windows, I was really upset that it didn’t hit OS X. The reason for that was the video conferencing, which is a really cool feature. Today thanks to my friend Michael, I learned that it has finally made its way over to my favorite Operating System. The startup screen and the main application window look much better! Finally Skype users on Mac OS X can rejoice as Skype has a long history of taking its sweet time with Mac OS X and Linux releases. Anyways you can download the beta here!

MacX Video Converter Pro Giveaway

MacX Video Converter Pro

Again the friendly people at MacX (Digiarty) have created a giveaway and this time I am more on time with posting it! There are six (6) days left to nab yourself a free copy of this video converting software for OS X. There are 420+ codecs built in so it can convert many types of video files. The converter supports many outputs and youtube conversion. So give it a try if you are always converting videos.

MacX Video Converter Pro Giveaway

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Halloween Giveaway

WinX Dvd Ripper Platinum

The always friendly people at WinX have let me know that they are having another giveaway for Halloween. This giveaway is for Windows and Mac, and you have about five hours left to download it (my fault, I’ve been behind as usual in dealing with emails). They usually extend the giveaways though, so you might be able to nab it later.

Head on over to their site and download it now! (really nice Halloween graphics)

Canon T2i/550D and Canon EOS-1D Mark IV 1.08 Firmware update

Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love updating computers, gadgets, or anything that can be flashed with a new firmware/software. I just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Today thanks to engadget I get to have that feeling! My Canon Rebel T2i gets an update to 1.08 which fixes a bug while shooting video in manual mode, as well as some Spanish and French spelling mistakes in the menu for the 1-D Mark IV. Download links below

Canon Rebel T2i 1.08 Firmware: Windows + Mac

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV 1.08 Firmware: Windows + Mac

WinX HD Video Converter for Mac Giveaway

WinX HD Video Converter for Mac Icon

Today was the third Sunday of June, which means it was father’s day around the world. I made sure to contact my father and wish him a happy father’s day and let him know that he is appreciated. Sophia from WinX contacted me again and let me know that they are promoting their new converter software by giving it away on father’s day. Just by looking at the specs, this video converter can just about convert any file (it even supports Blu-ray .mts, m2ts files) to any output including preconfigured outputs for media devices (iPhone, iPad, Sony PS3,  Xbox 360, Zune HD, Blackberry, etc). It has the a similar interface as their other software, so if you have used any of their software it should be familiar. I think the Icon is really snazzy and reflects well with OS X’s great icon design. I would suggest that the interface be made more Mac like as reminds me of boilsoft applications on Windows. I know this application will come in handy because I do a lot of converting, especially when devices don’t support specific HD containers such as MKV.

To take advantage of this offer (which ends July 1, 2010) Visit the WinX HD Video Converter for Mac Giveaway page.

WinX HD Video Converter for Mac Screenshot
Click on image for full size

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac Giveaway

The nice people at WinX have let me know that they are having a giveaway for their newest software for the Mac OS X Platform. WinX DVD Ripper promises to rip all DVDs (including all the latest copy protections) to any output you could possibly think of. I only launched the software and quickly played around, but did not rip a DVD yet. I found it nice that they tried to keep it simple (Mac philosophy), yet gave the user full control, trust me that is hard to do since I come from an MIS major. Another really cool thing I liked was the ability to control the amount of CPUs to use for an operation. Since I have a four core Xeon processor, that might help out in the ripping speed. Only constructive critisisim I have at this point is to try and make the interface look more Mac like, while some people don’t care about this I think it would look nicer. Since it is still new, maybe they can incorporate that thought later down the line.

Now about the Giveaway. They are giving away the software free of charge to launch the software. This giveaway expires on May 1st, 2010 at 12:00GMT so grab it while you can.

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac Giveaway

Finally Here are two pictures.

*Registration Accepted*

After entering the giveaway serial number.

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac Interface

Screen shot of the interface (click on the image to see the full size)

Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro Vs Blue Eyeball 2.0 comparison

I wanted to get a webcam for my parent’s mac mini and was originally going to get them the same one that I had, (Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro) however I noticed at the Apple Store in Montreal that there was another HD webcam for $50 less. I decided to give it a try since the specs, and packaging looked promising. I had also looked at reviews online before purchasing it and they said it was good, only one compared it to the Logitech and said the Logitech was superior.  I found that the video is nothing like the Logitech and also the audio is quite low compared to the Logitech (with all the same settings). Since I could not find any video or photo comparison I have snapped a some pics and recorded some video from photo booth to demonstrate the difference. Hope you enjoy it.

Photo Booth Picture taken with Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro (Click on Picture for Full Size)
Photo Booth Picture taken with Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro (Click on Picture for Full Size)
Photo Booth Picture taken with Blue Eyeball 2.0 (Click on Picture for Full Size)
Photo Booth Picture taken with Blue Eyeball 2.0 (Click on Picture for Full Size)

Here is a video comparison of the two Webcams: