Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Monday, July 30, 2012

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Long Live The Mac: Why The Mac's Golden Age Is Coming To An End
Mountain Lion Roars, Captures 3.2% Share in First 48 Hours
OWC Mercury Helios PCIe Expansion Chassis With Thunderbolt I/O
Video Guide To SSD Installation - Speedy Storage Transplant Made Easy
Archy Brings Google Drive To The Humans
Does Mountain Lion Do Graphics Faster?
How to Talk to Your Mac: Using Dictation Effectively
How to: Make an OS X Mountain Lion Install Disk, DVD or USB
OS X Recovery In Mountain Lion
Free Screenshot Helper For More Professional Looking Screen Captures
Paragon Software Group Introduces Industry's First NTFS for Mac OS X 10 with Full Support for Apple's New Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Prosoft Engineering, Inc. Announces Mountain Lion Compatible Versions For Data Rescue 3 and Drive Genius 3.


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Long Live The Mac: Why The Mac's Golden Age Is Coming To An End

Mac360's Kate MacKenzie observes that by conventional measure, we're living in the Golden Age of the Mac, which for many years, quarter after quarter, has outpaced the growth rate of Windows PCs, the latest version of OS X widely trumpeted as one of the best ever, and its all about to end.

How so?

Ms. MacKenzie notes that during Apples last fiscal quarter, the company shipped 4-million Macs, respectable but picayune in comparison with 17-million iPads and 26-million iPhones that were shipped, for a cumulative total of 43-million iOS units vs. 4-million Macs. Ergo: despite record Mac sales, the iPhone and iPad are outselling the it by more than a 10 to 1 margin.

The reign of desktops and laptops as the computer of choice for the great unwashed masses of computer users has arguably already ended, says Ms. MacKenzie, with the PC and the Mac having been relegated to the dump heap of specialized apps which require CPU horsepower and screen size beyond that of today's handheld devices, but fewer of us will need to do that kind of work going forward as more functionality and convenience is added to iPhones and iPads.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://bit.ly/NcRIvb






Mountain Lion Roars, Captures 3.2% Share in First 48 Hours

A Chitika Insights research report notes that Apple's newest desktop operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, has received largely positive reviews thus far, and recent statistics are showing high adoption rates for updates to iOS.

Chitika Insights conducted a study into Mac OS X usage statistics following the release of Mountain Lion, and found that within the first 48 hours, usage rates for OS X 10.8 were already rivaling those of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. While over 45% of users still operate on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, anybody using 10.6.6 or higher is eligible for the upgrade to 10.8, and suggests that those who skipped the upgrade to Lion, which had mixed reviews, may be more inclined to make the jump to Mountain Lion.

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The report suggests that with 3.2% of all Mac users upgrading to OS X Mountain Lion in the first 48 hours, Apple's latest operating system stands to do much better than its predecessor OS X Lion, which experienced only a 14% market share after 3 months on the market, with Mountain Lion's rapid adoption rate supported by a relatively low price point for the operating system as well as an expansive list of desired feature improvements.

For the full report visit here:
http://bit.ly/N23bi1






OWC Mercury Helios PCIe Expansion Chassis With Thunderbolt I/O

OWC's new Mercury Helios PCIe Expansion Chassis gives users of Thunderbolt port equipped computers like the Mac mini, iMac, and MacBook the ability to tap into a wide variety of professional-level performance PCIe adapters that were once the sole domain of desktop workstations. Helios utilizes any half-length PCIe 2.0 card (up to 6.5") to provide a massive boost to your workflow.

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Helios boasts throughput up to 10Gb/s, and is an ideal solution for high-performance PCIe cards made for video capture/editing, media transcoding, audio processing, and data storage. Users of portable and all-in-one computers can now enjoy the functionality and productivity gains of these PCIe cards wherever their work takes them.

Feature Set:
• Daisy-chain up to six devices.
• Rugged yet lightweight aluminum housing can go anywhere your work takes you.
• PCIe card expansion offers: up to 10Gb/s SSD data transfer, uncompressed HD video capture, 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and more.
• Automatically powers on/off with your computer.
• Use any half-length x1, x4 or x8 PCIe card via Thunderbolt technology.
• Ventilated quiet cooling with a variable speed fan.
• Works perfectly with OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSDs
• One of the fastest upgrades for Mac Pro and PCs - Up to 820MB/s speeds.
• Mac & PC Bootable with No Driver Setup
• No drivers make Accelsior a simple Plug and Play bootable solution.

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The Mercury Helios will sell for $399.95

Bundled with a Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD, prices range from $679.99 for a 120GB capacity to $1819.99 for 960GB.

For more information, visit:
http://bit.ly/Oe2lTU






Video Guide To SSD Installation - Speedy Storage Transplant Made Easy

A Register Hardware video tutorial notes that an SSD is arguably the best hardware upgrade you can install on any laptop or desktop PC, coming in a range of capacities and prices that will deliver instantly noticeable improvements in performance along with enhanced reliability.

The Register's video has all the info you need to go about the installation yourself.

You can check it out at:
http://bit.ly/O1vqRp





Archy Brings Google Drive To The Humans

Archy's developers say:

Archy brings Google Drive https://drive.google.com/start?continue=https://drive.google.com/%23#home to the real world. And its not a dream. Its a fact. smile

When some months ago we started with Archy we had a three words idea: 'make it easy.' And from this idea we have created Archy. We want to help you to work with Google Drive and Google Docs files in an easy way. And we think we have achieved this goal....


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Feature Set:

Management In An Easy Way
- View your Google Drive in a clear and clean way. Easily manage by saving time and increasing productivity.

Simple Sharing
- Archy is the simplest way to share files through Google Drive. Simply drop a file and choose who you want to share the file with.

Preview Everything
- With Archy you can preview any document, including Google Docs, without needing to open it. Save time!

Edit Any Document
- Open any document format with whichever application you like. When saving new revisions they will automatically be stored in Google Drive.

Offline Support
- Work with your documents from any location, including no internet connection. When reconnecting, any changes that have been made will be automatically synchronized.

Notifications
- Know in real time if new documents have been shared with you or if any changes have been made. With Archy you will always be up to date.

Integration
- Archy works with Mac common keyboard shortcuts and also includes other tricks to help make work easier.

Mountain Lion Ready
- Get all the advantages of this new Operating System.

Grand Central Dispatch
- The best possible performance of your Mac: GCD can distribute his load across all the available cores.

Core Data based
-Core Data is the best solution to handle big data on a Mac Application.

Currently in a Beta fase, Archy requires OS X 10.7+

For more information, visit:
http://www.archyapp.com/






Does Mountain Lion Do Graphics Faster?

BareFeats' rob-ART morgan says:

We, like many of you, wanted to know if graphics intensive apps run faster or slower after upgrading from OS X Lion to Mountain Lion. To help answer that question, we chose to test three GPUs using seven graphics intensive tasks.

For the full report visit here:
http://barefeats.com/mtlion.html






How to Talk to Your Mac: Using Dictation Effectively

Lifehacker's Alan Henry notes that:

One of the more useful and interesting features in OS X Mountain Lion is Dictation, which allows you to speak to your Mac and have your words translated to text. It's system-wide, and works in any app where text can be entered. Before you dive in and start speaking to your Mac, here's how to use it to its fullest....

Dictation works out of the box. You don't need to train it with your voice, and while it does get better over time as it learns your voice, it's not like many mobile assistants that need hours of input before they work effectively. Best of all, it supports US, UK, and Australian English, so an accent from any of those locations won't matter much.

You can check it out at:
http://bit.ly/MOheJy






How to: Make an OS X Mountain Lion Install Disk, DVD or USB

Fairer Platform notes:

If OS X Mountain Lion experiences major difficulties, Apple probably has your back. Nevertheless, like backing up data, protecting your Mac from a catastrophic failure requires a 1-2-3 approach to be secure: 1.) A well maintained local copy (i.e. what's running on your Mac right now), 2.) local back up copy (what were going to make) and 3.) remotely sited OS X restore tools (Apples integrated recovery tools).

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And, when it comes to local backup copies you have two choices: DVD and USB memory stick.

But, first things first To burn a Mountain Lion install disk, you must first have a local copy.


For mini-tutorials see:
http://bit.ly/O7x3x8






OS X Recovery In Mountain Lion

Apple notes that OS X includes a new feature that lets you restore system software to your Mac with just a few clicks, without having to bother with install discs or drives.

OS X Recovery lets you repair disks or reinstall OS X without the need for a physical install disc. Since OS X Recovery is built into your Mac, its always there when you need it. Even if you dont need it, its good to know its there. And you don't have to search through original packaging to find install DVDs to get your Mac back up and running.

For more information, visit:
http://www.apple.com/osx/recovery/






Free Screenshot Helper For More Professional Looking Screen Captures

Screenshot Helper shows a full screen window with a solid color or a desktop picture so that you can take clean screenshots without having irrelevant windows and desktop icons in the background.

The easiest way to get a clean Desktop for screenshots on Mac OS X is to create a brand-new user account and log in as a brand-new user. But if you need to use your own user account for whatever reason and you have a messy Desktop many of us do, you can use Screenshot Helper to hide the actual desktop in order to take clean screenshots.

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Feature Set:

• Support multiple screens.
• Use the Preferences panel to change the color or the desktop picture.
• Shift - drag the window to snap to the edge of screen.
• Press command - B to show/hide the menu bar and the dock.
• Press command - U to show/hide the mouse cursor.
• Press command - E to cover the entire screen.
• Press command - D to cover the desktop icons only.

You can also make the entire screen solid black, white, red, green, or blue to check dead or stuck pixels on your LCD screen, or for a blue or green screen chromakey.

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New in Version 2.1.5
• Minor bug fix.

System requirements:
• OS X 10.6 or later

Free

For more information, visit:
http://bit.ly/A0nGBk






Paragon Software Group Introduces Industry's First NTFS for Mac OS X 10 with Full Support for Apple's New Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has announced the release of NTFS for Mac OS X 10, a standalone Mac OS X 10.8-compatible application for dual-boot users designed to eliminate barriers between Windows and Mac operating systems, and ease data manipulation and data transfer.

Since the release of Apple's new Mac OS X 10.8, Paragon Software provides Mac enthusiasts with the immediate release of the latest and most up-to-date NTFS for Mac OS X 10, addressing needs specific to today's Mac users. With test results demonstrating up to 150 mb/sec read and write operations, Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 10 achieves the speed of native HFS+ drivers and is claimed to be the industry‘s fastest NTFS driver, offering an efficient solution for those who want to share data between Mac and Windows.

"We are very excited to be among first cross-platform software developers to offer the most up-to-date NTFS for Mac OS X 10 to Mac users. Now all Mac users who switched to Mac OS X 10.8 Lion can continue to use Paragons NTFS driver safely and with no difficulties," says Paragon's CEO Konstantin Komarov. "Moreover, we are happy to provide all owners of Paragon NTFS for Mac X OS 9.5 with a free upgrade."

Paragon's NTFS for Mac OS X 10 is available to all 9.5 version users FREE of charge.

For more product information visit:
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/






Prosoft Engineering, Inc. Announces Mountain Lion Compatible Versions For Data Rescue 3 and Drive Genius 3.

Prosoft Engineering, Inc. has announced free updates to Mountain Lion compatible versions for Data Rescue 3 and Drive Genius 3.

"Prosoft is proud to be one of the first to release Mountain Lion compatible utilities," says Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft Engineering, Inc. "Now Mountain Lion users have a solution for Mac hard drive recovery software with Data Rescue 3 as well as an award-winning maintenance utility, Drive Genius 3 to begin improving the performance of their Mac."

Current owners of Data Rescue 3 and Drive Genius 3 can simply auto-update their application for FREE within the application. Data Rescue 3 and Drive Genius 3 are available to purchase online at: http://www.prosofteng.com

Data Rescue 3

Data Rescue 3 is data recovery software for the Mac. It can recover files from a problem hard drive or files that have been previously deleted.

Drive Genius 3

Drive Genius 3 improves the speed and performance of your Mac with award-winning features like Enhanced Repartition, Defrag, DrivePulse and DriveSlim.

For more information, visit:
http://www.prosofteng.com



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