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Battery life has been a standard concern across multiple mac models after Apple gave out their OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion update last year. After hearing the concerns of several macbook owners, MacObserver started testing various macbook models to keep a track of battery life performance on macbooks for various version of OSX. Apple address the issue of battery life problem in OSX Mountain Lion and soon gave out 10.8.2 update that promised to fix the battery life of all macbooks, soon after the update was given out MacObserver conducted their own tests and confirmed Apple’s claims to be true. The latest version of OSX, 10.8.3, seems to be out last week promising few fixes and patches in the OS but it had a surprisingly good update (unclaimed by Apple officially in their update) that increases the battery life of Retina MacBook Pro 15″.

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With the hunger for processing power growing exponentially defying Moor’s Law over time, top in the line processor manufacturers begin to showcase their product line up for years to come. Nvidia launches its next generation GPU, Volta, that promises a memory bandwidth of around 1 TB/sec which is almost 4 times its current flagship GPU being shipped. Volta uses DRAM directly mounted on top of the GPU, just separated by a layer of silica substrate. The two layers are directly connected by drilling through the silica. Though no details about the price and exact date of availability are revealed yet, Nvidia says that they are aiming for a 2016 launch.

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Are you a user of App.net? The check out this cool tweak from developer Steve Streza that integrated App.net messaging and file sharing into OSX native messaging application, iMessage.

Steve Streza is the person behind last year’s Apparchy that pulls out App.net timeline updates and displays them on native twitter client on iOS, but Apparchy failed to take off later on due to high dependencies on third party APIs and a proxy server maintained by Steve Streza. Whenever the proxy server went down or new versions of twitter clients are released Apparchy would go dead making it unusable.

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Apple released a support document last Friday confirming the blocking of older version of Adobe Flash Player Plug-in that might potentially lead to Safari users being exploited. Adobe has already patched the concerned exploit but Apple is doubly making sure that Safari users update Flash Player by blocking the older version and thus making most Flash based sites being blocked on Safari, including Youtube.

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If you are not new to Mac OS X, probability is that you would already know about Growl. With the release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, they have not yet updated the application which shows you alerts in form of banners. Apple has integrated Notification Center in Mountain Lion from iOS. Logically, all those banners or alerts from Growl must be pushed to Notification Center, but this is not happening.

To deal with this issue, developers at Growl have seeded a beta called Growl 2 to selected users. While we don’t know who are these users, we have to live with the fact that Growl 2 would be released very soon. The info has been publicly announced on the official website, according to which the list of features include splitting of action and visual displays, support for Mac OS X 10.8 notifications, integration of Prowl and boxcar, fixation of CPU issue etc.

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Just few hours after Apple has seeded Mac OS X Mountain Lion on Mac App Store in the form of an OTA upgrade to download all over the world, there are certain users who are facing issues while redeeming code to claim their free copy of Mac OS X Mountain Lion. These users have claimed the free copy through a from which was made available to them via Apple site.

Once the form is filled with the serial no. of your Mac, Apple sends you a mail with encrypted PDF containing promo code and sends another email with a password. However, when some of the users attempted to enter the same promo code on Mac App Store, they were being thrown with an error which says “the code has already been used. Each code may be used only once”. [click to continue…]

Apple has finally launched its next major operating system, Mountain Lion on Mac App Store. It’s available at a price point of $19.99 in the form of an OTA upgrade. Existing Mac OS X Lion users can directly go to Mac App Store for the download. If you face any server error issues, it could be due to Apple servers being bombarded with the traffic. However, you shouldn’t lose hope and continuously give it a try.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion has 200 new features. Most of them have been taken away from iOS and ported to Mac OS X. The Mountain Lion OTA upgrade is of 4.05 GB. If you have purchased a Mac after June 11, you could download it for free. Rest of the users need to purchase the operating system from Mac App Store. Some of the features include Notification Center,  iMessages, Reminders, Notes, Gatekeeper, Voice dictation etc. [click to continue…]

We all must be already aware of the fact that Apple would push Mac OS X Mountain Lion on Wednesday through Mac App Store. Priced at $19.99, it’s an OTA upgrade for people who want to upgrade their machines to latest operating system from Apple. But there’s a catch. After the installation is complete on your machine, the installation file destroys itself. Due to which you won’t be able to get .dmg file yet again.

To solve this problem, all you need to do is to make a bootable disk or USB key drive before installation. There are several other ways to do it. But one of the handy way is through Lion DiskMaker which has been updated to support Mac OS  X Mountain Lion. It’s an application that has a pre-written Apple script to make bootable Mountain Lion disks. You don’t even need to point it to the .dmg file. It automatically finds it in your system if present. [click to continue…]

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has announced in the conference call that Apple next generation operating system for Mac OS X would hit Mac App Store on Wednesday. As expected, this would come in the form of an OTA upgrade for existing Mac OS X Lion users. However, rest of the folks need to upgrade to the latest version of Mac OS X Lion to upgrade to Mac OS X Mountain Lion.

Previously, Mountain Lion was seeded only to registered developers in the form of GM version. Mac OS X Mountain Lion is a hybrid of iOS and Mac OS X features which includes 200 new features including Notification Center, deep Twitter and Facebook integration, Notes, Reminders, Gatekeeper, iMessages, etc.  We are currently not sure about the exact timing when it would be made available on Mac App Store. [click to continue…]

Developers at Tweetbot who came up with Mac twitter client this month have pushed yet another update of Tweetbot for Mac Alpha to fix popover issues. These popover issues have been experienced by many people who had been using Alpha 2 on Mac OS X. This update is available directly from the Alpha 2 version, so existing users don’t need to go to the site for download.


Just navigate to Tweetbot>Check for updates in the menu bar and you would get the option on your Mac. Even though Tweetbot for Mac is in alpha stage, it remains one of the finest twitter client we have ever seen on the platform. It has already won hearts of numerous people even at this moment. Devs have also informed that the final version, whenever it is made public would support only Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8). [click to continue…]

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