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EFI firmware updates

Posted on 20 April 2015 by Katie

Apple has recently released  EFI firmware updates for their June 2009 MacBook Pro and early 2009 iMacs, in order to rectify a mistake.

How many of you have found that your SATA drive interface has been running at 1.5Gbps instead of 3Gbps?

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Mac Dropbox Download Bonus

Posted on 17 April 2015 by Couchy

Dropbox now has 8GB 10GB for free with a few referrals! When did that happen!

Use this link to get +250MB when you signup

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Overburn CD or DVD Mac OSX

Posted on 16 April 2015 by Couchy

I recently had to burn a 704MB .avi (divX) file to a 700MB CD through my MacBook. I was pleased to find that although the default OSX Mac burner won’t overburn you can easily do this through a few terminal commands to bypass the overburn block.

1. Firstly create a directory with a short name (will be easier to type into terminal) that only contains the file you wish to burn, remove .nfo files (if a torrent file) or previews/covers leaving just the main .avi file. I called mine “movie”.

2. Open terminal (click finder and type it in if you haven’t used it before).

3. Browse to the directory above movies, enter “cd /user/downloads” where the directory containing the files you are burning is /user/downloads/movie (cd simply stands for change directory). Terminal will then display that you are in that directory. If you get stuck here because you haven’t used terminal before comment below and I will help you out.

4. Create an iso of the movies folder, in terminal enter “hdiutil makehybrid -o isofilename movie/” and your .iso will be created from the files in the folder movie. The progress will be displayed in terminal (doesn’t take long).

5. Enter your cd or DVD into the drive and burn using “hdiutil burn isofilename.iso” (while still in the same directory, which you will be if you follow the steps above). You will not be given the option of what speed to burn the disc at (in most cases this fastest setting is fine),  status will again be displayed in terminal while burning and verifying the disc.

6. Once burned you can delete isofilename.iso if you don’t plan on making any more copies.

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10 Reasons Macs are better out of the box

Posted on 05 April 2015 by Couchy

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A look at a few of the reasons why its just so easy to just open your new Mac and start using it instead of fighting with your hardware and software to do what you want.

Macs look cool

Before you even turn your new Mac on you are going to notice this one, it looks great. Design is great, buttons are great, ports are great. Even the cords and other accessories are well designed.

Not as many viruses

With very few viruses that target Macs out in the wild, most users do not ever install anti virus programs. If you were on Windows you would be crazy to go online without a firewall and anti virus. Navigating your way through anti virus trial offers and what is the best anti virus forum threads isn’t exactly fun.

OSX and dock is where its at

Your OSX toolbar is going to be a welcome change to your cluttered Windows desktop, its all there right from the first time you turn it on. Windows 7 does give the OSX dock a run for its money though.

No need to install 50 million drivers

Your sound and wireless will just work. There won’t be a need to scour the internet for the correct drivers you will just be able to get online with the network of your choice at a few clicks.

Unobtrusive updates

Windows is renowned for prompting multiple update downloads the first time it is switched, most of them are for security purposes. Macs download updates automatically letting you get on with what you want to do with your Mac.

iLife

Standard on every Mac iLife lets its users play around with photos, music and video straight away.

Sweet Apps

Software support used to be a problem for Macs but the fact that you can now boot windows so easily this is no longer an issue. There are plenty of Mac exclusive apps you will be glad you can use as well.

It talks nice to your iPhone and iPod

Your iPhone and iPod will feel right at home on your Mac. Programs like Liveview utilise both Mac and iPhone, once again no crazy drivers to hunt down before it works.

Apple retail store

If you need help learning how to use your new Mac you can attend a workshop at an Apple Store, did we mention there is no charge. Or if you have a quick question you can just ask one of the staff. If you buy your Mac at an Apple store someone will even help you move all your old files over to your new Mac, handy!

If something goes wrong

Not that it often does but if something goes wrong you can take your Mac into a retail store where everyone will know exactly what your talking about. Customer support is excellent and anyone that works on your Mac will have worked on the exact same configuration before.

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A new more magical mouse emerges

Posted on 02 April 2015 by Couchy

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Now you will be able to click, swipe and scroll through your digital life on Mac. Touted as the worlds first multi touch mouse the device retails for US $69.00 ($99.00 AUS, go figure).

Check out the images below then head over to Apple for the pitch.

http://www.apple.com/magicmouse/

I have yet to try one but seems like a big improvement over the mighty mouse.

 

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iTunes U a fun way to learn

Posted on 30 March 2015 by Katie

I have recently started using iTunes U and believe its the coolest way to learn. It allows you to access up to 150,000 educational resources made available by various institutions like MIT, Stanford, Duke, and many more. iTunes U is now available to download directly to your iPod touch and iPhone.

How many of you have been using it and what do you think of it?

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Win a MacBook with Twitter

Posted on 20 March 2015 by Couchy

All you have to do to be in the running to win a MacBook Pro is include #moonfruit in your tweets.

Follow moontweet to find out who the 10 lucky daily winners are. View the original blog post.

Competition is fierce though in the last 5 minutes I count 100′s of entries!

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Top 10 apps that make you want to switch to Mac

Posted on 17 March 2015 by Couchy

LiveView: on-screen prototyping on your iPhone

This is just freaking cool. LiveView can send a preview of what ever you are working on straight to all the iPhone’s on your LAN. The iPhone appears on your screen so you can position it over what you want to stream 1:1.

I’m sure we will see some innovative extensions come out of this. Although designed for collaboration you could use it to keep an idea on whats happening on your mac when you are away, say for example if you were in a chat application or some work specific program that can’t run on your iPhone.

Mac OS X 10.5 and iPhone OS 2.2 Required

Billings

Fast, efficient and beautiful invoice creation. If you read any freelance blogs there is no doubt you have heard of it. We cannot find any alternatives on other platforms that do the job quite as well.

Billings | Professional Time Billing for Anyone.

Coda: Grow beautiful code

This is one of the apps that has switched the most web developers from Windows to Mac. Created to streamline your entire web process it achieves it in style.

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EventBox: Social networking in a box

A smart way to organise your Twitter, Facebook, Google, Flickr, Digg profiles to name a few, also supports RSS content. $15.00 while in beta.

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Scrivener: The biggest software advance since the word processor.

If you do any freelance writing or need to compile a hefty research report than this will be right up your alley. A 30 day free trial is available so away you go get scriving! (yeah that’s not really a word).

Delicious Library

Although not very practical for sheer OMFG look at this this app takes the cake. One of the coolest features though is to keep track of who borrowed your stuff by drag and dropping into your address book.

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Think

Designed to help you block out all those social networking apps and distractions, it can’t block out your girlfriend (yet) but other than that its got all the moves to help you focus on the task at hand.

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MacSaber: I can’t believe you thought this was just for iPhone

Free for all your duelling fun. It comes with one instruction do not get carried away and drop your $2000.00 PowerBook.

Cha-Ching

Track your spending with Cha-Ching for Mac and iPhone. Free for Mac and $2.99 for the iPhone companion.

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iLife ‘09

This sells Macs period. Whether its the parent who could never work out how photo editing worked on a PC or the kid who wants the simple Mac way this is the killer app.

iLife ’09. iPhoto. iMovie. GarageBand. iWeb. All part of every new Mac.

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10 of the Best Free Games on Mac

Posted on 14 March 2015 by jake

Have you ever tried searching for that certain game to play on your Mac OS X? Well, worry no more because here’s 10 of the best FREE games available on any console including Mac OS X. The list is based from PC Fastlane. These games are available for download. Just click the titles.

10th – Battle For Westnoth

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Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host against whom none can stand! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition.

9th – Scorched 3D

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Learning how to play is easy, just point the turret, adjust power and trajectory, select a weapon – and shoot! Manage your inventory of weapons with the prize money you can win during each round of combat. Learn the basic controls using the tutorial mode, or set up your own game by customizing dozens of economy and environmental conditions to your liking, or simply play online immediately at one of the various public servers.

8th – Chopper

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Chopper is an action-packed, side-scrolling helicopter game. Complete your mission, and return to base, while avoiding enemy fire from tanks, bazooka-wielding mad men, and jets.

7th – Sauerbraten (Cube 2)

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Free single and multi player 1st person shooter game with some satisfying fast old school game play. A large variety of game play modes from classic SP to fast 1 on 1 MP and objective based team play, with a great variety of original maps to play on.

6th – Freedoom

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This game is an open source version of Doom. Enjoy a jam-packed action of zombie-killing madness.

5th – Neverball

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Tilt the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course before time runs out. Neverball is part puzzle game, part action game, and entirely a test of skill.

4th – Quinn

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Quinn is an arcade-style tetromino puzzle game written and designed specifically for Mac OS X.  It features a clean, elegant user interface, beautiful graphics, and smooth, subtle animations for fluid gameplay.  Instead of reinventing the game with yet another variation of the rules, the goal of Quinn is to combine the simplicity of the original idea with the genuine Mac experience for perfect user enjoyment.

3rd – Glest

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Glest is a free 3D real-time strategy game, where you control the armies of two different factions: Tech, which is mainly composed of warriors and mechanical devices, and Magic, that prefers mages and summoned creatures in the battlefield.

2nd – FreeCiv

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Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the stone age to the space age.

1st – PlaneShift

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PlaneShift is a Role Playing Game immersed into a 3D virtual fantasy world which is FULLY FREE to play. Fully free means you will have no surprises of premium content which will limit your game play or unbalance the game. There are no limitations in skills, ranks, abilities, items you can gain with your free account.

Enjoy!

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New CDN for Apple Scene

Posted on 13 March 2015 by Couchy

This is just a test post for the new CDN we are enabling here at Apple Scene. In short what this means for the readers is the blog will load much faster, especially static files like images. :>.

Update: Check out how much faster we just got at Pingdom.

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