Posts Tagged ‘Mac’

New arrival: Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Parallels Desktop 14 brings greater storage savings, faster launch times, improved graphics and the latest versions of Parallels® Toolbox for Windows or Mac. Prices below.

Through Parallels Desktop 14, customers now have access to more Windows features on Mac than ever before.

Through Parallels Desktop 14, customers now have access to more Windows features on Mac than ever before.

Parallels Desktop 14 also provides the following:

  • Improved performance. Up to 200 percent performance improvement on the iMac Pro® (audio and video encoding, AI, 3D modelling, cryptography and other complex math calculations workloads) thanks to AVX512 Intel Cannon Lake processor instructions set support.
  • Graphics Improvements. Parallels Desktop 14 now features improved OpenGL support for enhanced graphics, with notable improvements in SketchUp 2017/2018, CTVox, DIALux 8 and OriginLab.
  • macOS Mojave–Ready. Supports Dark Mode. Quick Look issued on Windows files now shows quick actions.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac is US$79.99 for an annual subscription or US$99.99 for a perpetual license.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac was launched in Singapore at The Working Capitol.

Parallels Desktop 12 and 13 perpetual license customers can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 14 for US$49.99, or upgrade to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition subscription for US$49.99 per year.

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New arrival: Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac software/OS

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition are available today for subscribers and upgraders from Parallels Desktop 10 and 11, with general availability from 23 August online and at local retail and online stores worldwide. Prices below.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac launches with 20 smart and simple Mac and Windows tools, macOS Sierra Readiness, and over 25 percent performance improvements. Tools to simplify common tasks will also be available as part of standalone Parallels Toolbox for Mac app.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac launches with 20 smart and simple Mac and Windows tools, macOS Sierra Readiness, and over 25 percent performance improvements. Tools to simplify common tasks will also be available as part of standalone Parallels Toolbox for Mac app.

Parallels, a publisher of cross-platform solutions and software for running Windows applications on a Mac, today launched Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac.

“Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac joins our long history of innovations in ease of use and personalization. In addition to delivering our best Windows-on-Mac performance and experience, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac simplifies a number of everyday tasks for millions of our customers in all walks of life,” said Jack Zubarev, Parallels president.

Parallels Desktop 12 is macOS Sierra ready, includes up-to 25 percent performance improvements, and features more than 20 simple single-function tools and utilities which are also available as a standalone Parallels Toolbox for Mac app.

In addition, all Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac customers will receive a one-year subscription to Acronis True Image backup solution, which includes a fast incremental backup feature that reduces the time and size of subsequent backups ups and provides up to 500 GB of free online storage.

New utilities featured in all editions of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac make it easy to perform common tasks with simple single-function tools for both the Mac and Windows virtual machines (VMs). Prices & Availability below.

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New arrivals: Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac with Windows 10 integration

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac launches with Windows 10 integration and OS X El Capitan readiness. Three versions available from today. Pricing for new and existing users below.

Parallels Desktop 11 now features Always on Cortana, Quick Look for Windows and Travel Mode to conserve battery life for road warriors.

Parallels Desktop 11 now features Always on Cortana, Quick Look for Windows and Travel Mode to conserve battery life for road warriors.

Exactly one year from the launch of Desktop 10, Parallels has released the new Desktop 11 which promises up to 50 percent performance improvements and makes Microsoft’s Cortana available to Mac users in OS X.

In addition to the consumer and business edition, Desktop 11 has a new Pro Edition that gives developers, designers and power users more tools and resources to be productive on a Mac.

The Pro Edition has all the features of the Business Edition except for the centralised administration and management (including single key) feature for mass deployment and mass management of Parallels Desktop and Windows VMs for employees.

Also new is a new subscription based licensing scheme for the Business Edition and Pro Edition, while the standard consumer edition remains on a perpetual license scheme.

The various editions and their pricing are summarised below.

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New arrivals: Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with OS X Yosemite integration

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Parallels boasts that Desktop 10 will be able to launch Office applications up to 50 percent faster and deliver up to 30 percent better battery life.

Upgrade available now (S$58), Full version available from 26 August (S$98).

Starting from today (20 August), current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac online.

Starting from today (20 August), current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac online.

Parallels today launched Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (Enterprise Edition) – software that enables Windows applications to be run on Macs.

New built-in intelligence and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including OS X Yosemite – greatly improves ease-of-use for both business users and consumers, allowing them to forget about the operating system and focus on the task at hand.

Parallels Desktop 10 will bring many of the announced features of Mac OS X Yosemite to Windows and Windows applications, supporting iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing from Windows, and control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook.

Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Mavericks.

Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Mavericks.

New ease-of-use improvements include Wizards that guide users through optimizing their experience, improved performance and battery life, and improved usability between operating systems so that people can complete tasks more quickly.
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Apple announces new iPads, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro & OS X Mavericks

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Apple announced the new 9.7-inch iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, new Mac Pro and MacBook Pro, free OS X Mavericks, as well as free iWork & iLife apps for OS X & iOS devices. All prices below include GST.

Update (12 November, 2013):

Apple has just announced that the iPad mini with Retina display will be available from tomorrow.

Update (1 November, 2013):

The iPad Air has debuted in Singapore, as well as the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (Wi-Fi models only), Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

The Apple 9.7-inch iPad Air (shown here) and and the 7.9-inch iPad mini has the same thickness and number of pixels in their retina displays.

The Apple 9.7-inch iPad Air (shown here) and and the 7.9-inch iPad mini has the same thickness and number of pixels in their retina displays.

Here’s a quick summary of the slew of announcements by Apple today.

iPad 2 Original iPad mini
16GB Wi-Fi S$528 S$408
16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular S$698 S$588
Accessories (in 6 colours)
Smart Covers S$58
Smart Cases S$118

iPad Air with 9.7” Retina display. 20% thinner and 28% lighter compared to the current 4th Generation iPad.

iPad mini with Retina display with a more powerful 64-bit Apple-designed A7 chip.Basically the 9.7-inch display of its bigger sibling is “squeezed” into 7.9 inches, with the same number of pixels but higher pixel density.

It now packs 3.1 million pixels (2048 x 1536) @ 326 ppi. Prices for the various configurations are tabulated below.

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Nubox upgrades Sim Lim store from AAR to APR status

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Nubox today opened its 10th Apple Premium Reseller (APR) store in Sim Lim Square. Prior to this, it had an Apple Authorised Reseller store at the geek’s paradise.

The new Nubox APR store replaces the previous AAR store in Sim Lim Square.

The new Nubox APR store replaces the previous AAR store in Sim Lim Square.

To be awarded APR status, the store met stringent criteria from Apple: ability to offer impeccable service to customers, store location and size and availability of staff with Apple Certified Support Professional certification.

In addition to the complete range of Apple products, Nubox@Sim Lim Square will offer a quality range of third-party accessories and software as well professional services that include training and service support.

Newstead Technologies now has 11 Nubox stores across Singapore, comprising 10 APRs and one AAR in Funan Digital Life Mall. The Funan AAR will also be replaced with an APR next month.

Evelyn Chua, the Chief marketing Officer of Newstead, tells me that she plans to open a twelfth Nubox APR in Bedok Mall next year.

Store opening promotions for Nubox @ Sim Lim Square from 24-26 August, 2012.

Store opening promotions for Nubox @ Sim Lim Square from 24-26 August, 2012. Click on thumbnail to zoom in.

For the time being, the plan is to stop at twelve. You can read more about Nubox and its stores here.

As part of the store opening, there will be promotional offers from today till Sunday.

PC Show 2012 promotions: Newstead/Nubox

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Newstead and Nubox will be at the PC Show 2012 at Suntec Singapore at the Level 3 Concourse.

Click on picture to view/download PC Show 2012 brochures from Newstead.

Click on picture to view/download PC Show 2012 brochures from Newstead.

Here are seven brochures for Newstead’s PC Show 2012 promotions from Nubox, and bargains/deals offered by Newstead for computers from major computer makers Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung and Toshiba.

New portable hard drive: WD My Passport Studio 2TB

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Western Digital has introduced My Passport Studio – its first 2TB portable drive dedicated for Mac users. It is available now at S$369.

Western Digital My Passport Studio 2TB portable hard drive, S$369 for Macs.

Western Digital My Passport Studio 2TB portable hard drive, S$369 for Macs.

The new My Passport Studio portable drive maintains its elegant and protective all-metal casing to complement the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

All-metal casing to match MacBooks.

All-metal casing to match MacBooks.

It is compatible with Apple Time Machine for quick and easy automatic backup of Mac hard drives, allowing Mac users to use one drive for the protection and transport of virtually all their digital content, everywhere they go.

In addition to the USB 2.0 interface, My Passport Studio has two high performance FireWire 800 ports.

The dual FireWire ports provide blazing fast upload and transfer speeds while also allowing users to daisy chain additional drives or other peripherals such as HD camcorders.

My Passport Studio also features hardware-based encryption and password protection software, and an all-metal design constructed for scratch resistance and a sturdy feel in your hand.

WD had just launched its My Passport 2TB portable hard drive last week.

 

Apple Mac Apps for the holiday season

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Here’s a selection of Apps from the Mac App Store to check out for your Mac as we transit from Lunar New Year to Valentine’s Day.

Angry Birds Seasons in Apple Mac App Store (SGD$4.99, Rovio)

Angry Birds Seasons in Apple Mac App Store (SGD$4.99, Rovio)

Angry Birds Seasons (S$4.99, Rovio)
With the dragon year, the new update from Rovio brings an all new mystical dragon, as well as tons of unique levels, and exploding fireworks that light up the night sky.

Tropico 3: Gold Edition from the Apple Mac App Store (SGD$34.99, Feral Interactive)

Tropico 3: Gold Edition from the Apple Mac App Store (SGD$34.99, Feral Interactive)

Tropico 3: Gold Edition (S$34.99, Feral Interactive)
Ever wonder what it’s like to own your own island? Tropico 3 has you covered, dropping you into a tropical paradiso where you call the shots. Rule with an iron fist or velvet glove as you expand your economy, and turn your land into a tourist mecca or military empire!

Cake Mania Main Street from Apple Mac App Store (SGD$4.99, Digital Chocolate)

Cake Mania Main Street from Apple Mac App Store (SGD$4.99, Digital Chocolate)

Cake Mania Main Street (S$4.99, Digital Chocolate)
Try your hand at city management in this all-new take on the Cake Mania franchise. Own multiple storefronts, upgrade your inventory, and grow your village into a shoppers paradise.

Fantastical from the Apple Mac App Store (SGD$19.99, Flexibits)

Fantastical from the Apple Mac App Store (SGD$19.99, Flexibits)

Fantastical (S$19.99, Flexibits)
Our favorite calendar companion for Mac is now additionally fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, & German languages with its latest update.  Type out the details of your appointment or event in normal speak and this app will schedule it for you right away.

PDFpenPro from Apple Mac App Store (SGD$99.99, Smile Software)

PDFpenPro from Apple Mac App Store (SGD$99.99, Smile Software)

PDFpenPro (S$99.99, Smile Software)
This powerful PDF editor comes with a wealth of functions including custom form creation and makes for a great alternative to the more expensive Adobe Acrobat Pro.  It’s newest update enhances the app with iCloud to allow for document sharing with its new PDFpen app for iPad.

Apple’s Mac App Store hits 100 million downloads

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

In less than one year, 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac App Store.

Apple's Mac App Store tops 100 million downloads.

Apple's Mac App Store tops 100 million downloads.

“With Autodesk products in both the App Store and Mac App Store, we can reach hundreds of millions of Apple users around the world,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president of Platform Solutions and Emerging Business at Autodesk. “With our free AutoCAD WS and the more powerful professional drafting tools of AutoCAD LT, we’re using the Mac App Store to deliver new products and reach a growing base of new Mac customers.”With thousands of free and paid apps, the Mac App Store brings the App Store experience to the Mac.

Users can buy apps using their  iTunes account, and download and install them in just one step.

Apple’s App Store now has more than 500,000 apps.

Overall, customers have downloaded more than 18 billion apps and continue to download more than 1 billion apps per month.

The Mac App Store offers thousands of apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories.

“The Mac App Store has unparalleled reach and has completely transformed our distribution and development cycle,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “Offering Pixelmator 2.0 exclusively on the Mac App Store allows us to streamline updates to our image editing software and stay ahead of the competition.”Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, see staff favourites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user ratings and reviews.

The Mac App Store is included with Mac OS X Lion and is available as a software update for any Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Mac developers set the prices for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees.