Get Parallels Desktop and MacPilot for $49 in MacHeist’s Summer Bundle

get-parallels-desktop-and-macpilot-for-49-in-macheist-summer-bundleMacHeist has just announced a new Summer Bundle that combine Parallels Desktop with MacPilot for $49. Parallels Desktop is the popular Mac virtualization software which normally retail for about $80. MacPilot is utility software that allows you to enable and disable hidden OS X features without resorting to command line.

MacHeist’s software bundle in the past has been popular with Mac users. If you have purchased MacHeist bundles in the past, you will get another $10 off the total price for this Summer Bundle, bringing it to $39. If this is not enough sweetener, MacHeist will give away a mystery bonus application for the first thousand customers.

Good deal indeed for a saving of $40 if you have been eyeing to get Parallels Desktop. But you better hurry as this offer runs through the end of June, which means you have only four days left.

Apple Boot Camp, Crossover/Wine or VMWare Fusion/Parallels Desktop on your Intel Macs?

apple-boot-camp-crossoverwine-or-vmware-fusionparallels-desktop-on-your-intel-macsWhat is the best way to run Windows applications on Intel Macs? This is one of the common questions for new Mac users especially switchers from Windows. For some, the ability to run Windows applications is a must-have feature when they pick up a Mac. Windows applications especially custom made programs from your company and games are more often than not Windows only, and there is no equivalent available in Mac OS X.

Back in the PowerPC Mac days, virtually everyone who needs to run Windows applications uses the program Virtual PC. Microsoft decided not to develop an Intel Mac compatible version of Virtual PC when Apple switched to using Intel processor in January 2006. Since then, a number of products have appeared to take advantage of the Intel processor for better Windows support than ever. These products fall into three broad categories, each with different strong points.

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iSuppli Says 3G iPhone Costs $173 to make

isuppli-says-apple-3g-iphone-costs-173-to-makeMarket researcher iSuppli, as with what they usually do with new Apple products, issued their teardown cost estimate of the 3G iPhone. iSuppli came up with a total of $173 for bill of materials and manufacturing costs. This is a virtual teardown estimate as iSuppli has yet to obtain an actual 3G iPhone. Apple 3G iPhone will be available on July 11th, 2008.

This low cost might explain why Apple is able to sell the new 3G iPhone for a low $199 price tag. The two main reasons according to iSuppli are: mobile phone service providers will subsidize the phone by paying Apple about US$300 per unit and the low cost of manufacturing materials for the 3G iphone.

In comparison, Apple sold the original iPhone for $499 initially, which costs $226 to make and does not include 3G and GPS components. Apple has managed to build the second-generation iPhone for 23% less than the first one. The most expensive component on the 3G iPhone is the $22.80 8G bytes of NAND flash memory, followed by the touchscreen at $20, iSuppli estimates.

This initial estimate does not include the cost of shipping, distribution, software development, packaging and accessories included with each iPhone. Taiwan’s Hon Hai (Foxconn), the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, is making the new iPhone at factories in China.

New Updates for Office 2004 and Office 2008 for Mac

new-updates-for-office-2004-and-office-2008-for-macOffice 2004 for Mac 11.5.0

Microsoft releases Office 2004 11.5.0 update today which improves compatibility with documents that were created in Office 2008 for Mac and in 2007 Office for Windows. This update also enables Office 2004 for Mac to read and to write Open XML Format documents provided you have installed the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac (Visit Microsoft Mac Downloads website to download the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac). This update also improves stability.

Check out Microsoft support website for detail description and download the update.

Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.1

Microsoft releases Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.1 update today which fixes a number of performance and stability issues. This update requires Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 1 as a prerequisite which you can download from Microsoft Mac Downloads website.

Check out Microsoft support website for detail description and download the update.

Microsoft Extends Windows XP Support till April 2014

microsoft-extends-windows-xp-support-till-april-2014In a surprised news, Microsoft has promised to provide support for Windows XP till 2014, a full 13 years after Windows XP was released in October 25, 2001. Microsoft normally terminates support for its operating system within 10 years of its release.

Microsoft senior VP Bill Veghte said the software maker will provide security patches and other critical updates for Windows XP until April, 2014. “Our ongoing support for Windows XP is the result of our recognition that people keep their Windows-based PCs for many years,” Veghte wrote in a letter sent to customers. Majority of Microsoft’s large customers have not upgraded to the newer Windows Vista (released January 2007), due mainly to Vista’s resource requirements and lack of compatibility with older applications. Many of them are expected to skip Vista altogether and continue to use Windows XP until Windows 7 becomes available in 2010 or later.

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iTunes Store Reaches Five Billion Songs Sold

itunes-store-reaches-five-billion-songs-milestoneApple today announced that iTunes Store has reached its five billion songs milestone. This is impressive, coming less than a year when Apple iTunes Store made its three billion songs milestone. Lets look at the past iTunes Store milestones:

  • iTunes Store sold its one billion songs on February 23 2006.
  • Apple announced the three billion songs milestone on 31 July 2007.
  • In April 2008 we heard the news that iTunes Store has passed Wal-Mart to become the number one music retailer in US based on the amount of music sold during January and February 2008. This data is from market research firm NPD Group’s MusicWatch Survey.

Equally impressive in the same announcement is “iTunes customers are now renting and purchasing over 50,000 movies every day”. According to Apple, this makes iTunes Store “the world’s most popular online movie store.”. Startling figures indeed as iTunes Store has only about 2,000 films in its catalog.

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Mozilla launches Firefox 3


Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 3, a major update to the popular free open source browser that is “two to three times faster” and uses less memory than its predecessor. As part of the launch on 17 June 2008, Mozilla kicked off a “Download Day” campaign in a bid to set a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of software downloads in 24 hours. Mozilla Firefox 3 is available in approximately 50 languages and on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux platforms. Download Mozilla Firefox 3.

If you are a Mac user like we do, you might ponder if there is a need to switch to using Firefox with all the hype around it. Shouldn’t the standard Apple Safari browser be good enough? If you are questioning and not downloading Firefox now, the answer is ‘Yes’. With the recent release of Safari 3.1, Apple has made Safari one of the best browsers in the market and Safari is gaining market share.

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