Apple Giving Away Snow Leopard To MobileMe Customers For Free

Macgasm notes that Apple has started to notify some MobileMe users of a new upgrade program offering a free copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard. This offer is being offered to provide users of Macs running older versions of Mac OS X the opportunity to upgrade to OS X Lion. In addition, this reduces cost of upgrading to OS X Lion, which is required to take full advantage of the features of iCloud.

In an article sent to MobileMe customers, Apple has recommended that potential customers get in touch with Apple to receive a free DVD of Snow Leopard so that users can upgrade to Lion, and move to iCloud. All you have to do is follow this link, log in to MobileMe with your Mobile Me account, and fill out your mailing information. Apple will then send you a Snow Leopard DVD for free.

Since OS X Lion is only available via the Mac App Store, users need to have Mac OS X Snow Leopard installed on their Macs. This allows users to access the store. Since MobileMe will be discontinued in favor of iCloud as of June 30th, Apple is encouraging MobileMe users to move their accounts to iCloud. Once again, it just goes to show how much Apple cares about its customers. I don’t know of any other company that would offer an entire OS for free so that users can use one of their products.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard is still available via the Apple online store for $29 for users wishing to purchase it.

How To Create a Lion Install Disk with Lion DiskMaker

Most of the world is aware that Apple released OS X Lion exclusively on the Mac App Store. While this model of digital distribution guaranteed enough copies for everyone who wanted one, and cut down on the possibility of heat effected lines. However, what this didn’t provide was a physical backup of the install files.

Lion natively creates a recovery partition on any Mac it is installed on. While that will be fine for most cases of simply reinstalling the OS, it has its negatives. If you hard drive becomes corrupted, or physically breaks, you will need to start over from Snow Leopard. That sounds very annoying, but developers have been working hard to make it a non-issue.

While it is possible to create a Lion install disk manually, it can be a little complicated. Thankfully, a French developer has made it a little easier with a free tool called Lion DiskMaker. In order to make use of it, you will need a copy of the Lion install file.

While that isn’t a problem if you have not yet installed Lion, it requires a little trickery to get said file on a machine already running Lion. In order to do so, open the Mac App Store and click the “Purchased” tab while holding the “Option” key. You will then be able to re-download the install file, and thus create an installation disk.

Once you have the Lion installer, you need to download and unzip Lion DiskMaker. Once that is done, you need to put your destination disk into your machine. You can use a DVD or a flash drive of size 4GB or greater. Once you are set up, run Lion DiskMaker. You will notice that the app is written in French, but its still very easy to use.

Step 1. – When you first open the app, you will see this window. If you are using a DVD, click the button that says “DVD.” If you are using a USB thumb drive, click the one that says “USB.”

Step 2 – The next window that pops up will be this one. Click the button on the right, and you will be taken to the selection window shown below. For this example, I used a USB key, so I picked that drive eon my system and hit “Choose.”

Step 3 – Once you choose a disk, the program will begin to run. It will unpack the needed files from the Lion installer, and then proceed to burn them to your disk of choice. This can take up to a half an hour, so be patient.

Step 4 – After the burning is complete, you will see this window. You can click the button on the right to exit the application, or the one on the left to create another disk. Once you are done, be sure to unmount/eject your drives correctly, and place the finished media in a safe place.

As you can see, its easy to create your own Lion install disk. While I hope an English version of this app is available soon, the French version does the job and is very easy to use. if you have any questions or comments, let us know in the comments section.

Update:  A version of Lion DiskMaker is  available  in English. You can grab it here. Thanks to  Guillaume Gete for the email and the link to the US version.

Mac OS X Lion – Beauty with Brains

As expected, Apple showcased Lion, the next edition of OS X, at WWDC 2011 in San Francisco. The Lion is a major release with more than 250 new features. Due to time considerations, Apple didn’t detail all of them. However, it did give a rundown of the top ten features. We have already discussed most of them in the past; nevertheless, here’s another quick look at some of show stealers in OS X Lion.


Multi-touch gestures: Apple (correctly) believes that touchscreens are simply not feasible on notebooks and desktops. The vertical form factor makes them unintuitive and annoying. Instead of trying to add touch support to the Lion, Apple has chosen to integrate multi-touch gestures. All new Apple notebooks feature multi-touch trackpads, and desktop users can use the Magic Mouse to enjoy the goodness of multi-touch. All popular gestures including pinch-to-zoom and two finger zoom will be present in the Lion. The Lion will do away with scrollbars, which will now show up only when you are scrolling.

Full Screen Apps: Lion will feature a new full-screen mode, which can be easily leveraged by application developers. Several inbuilt applications like iPhoto, iMovie, and Safari will have full screen support. Full screen mode can be triggered via a control present in the upper-right corner, and applications can be switched by simply swiping.


Mission Control: Two of the best productivity enhancing features of Mac are Expose and Spaces. Expose provides a quick overview of open applications, and Spaces groups those applications in a neat and customizable manner. Mission Control marries these two features. Mission Control displays all open applications, along with widgets and spaces, and multiple instances of open applications are grouped into stacks. Essentially, it is a task switcher on steroids.


Mac App Store: The Mac App Store has already surpassed big names like Best Buy and Walmart, and is currently the #1 channel for buying Mac software. The App Store will be built into the Leopard, and will feature automatic updates, push notifications, and sandboxing (isolation of untrusted apps from the system).

Launchpad: Apple has taken the application screen in iOS that we are already familiar with, and added it to Lion. Launchpad displays all installed applications in a full screen, multi-page, grid layout.

Resume, Autosave and Versions: These three are my favorite features in Lion simply because they can be a real time and life saver. Lion is capable of automatically saving your work across the system. It also saves the application state. So when you quit an application and then relaunch it, everything from the opened documents and toolbar placement to highlighted text is same as before. Lion supports versioning, and multiple copies of the same document are maintained. It is essentially per-document Time Machine, which allows you to go back and restore past copies of a document, or even mix and match different versions of a document. The versioning system is storage efficient as only changes between different document versions are saved, instead of the entire document.



AirDrop: This is a peer-to-peer (P2P) application that makes sharing files over the Wi-Fi a breeze. You can share any file with a fellow AirDrop user by simply dragging and dropping the file on the user’s thumbnail in the AirDrop application interface.


Mail: Lion features a significantly spruced up Mail. Apple has taken oodles of inspiration from Google, and has added conversations, search suggestions, labels, favorites and folders to Mail. Search in particular is quite powerful and flexible. The interface has also been changed. The new Mail sports a two column layout that looks quite similar to the iOS email client.


Although, Mac is still way behind Windows in terms of market share, it has been making steady progress. According to Apple, it has outgrown the industry every quarter for the past five years. Mac has a user base of 54 million around the world. While the sales figure of Windows 7 alone dwarfs the entire Mac user base, it is worth noting that while PC has shrunk 1%, the Mac has grown 28%.

The developer preview of OS X Lion will be released later today, while the final build will be available in July. Snow Leopard users can purchase the Lion directly from the Mac App Store for as little as $29.99. In other words, Apple is releasing Lion as a standard Mac application. This means that Lion will be available on all authorized devices, and will weigh less than 4 GB. The upgrade process will be seamless for Mac users, while for users migrating from Windows, there will be a Windows Migration Assistant.

The Lion takes ample inspiration from iOS for iPhone and iPad, and builds on the already strong foundation of OS X. It’s an attractive operating system, which seems to have the right combination of beauty, grace, brains and power.

Images via Engadget

Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview Released

Amidst all the hype surrounding the iPad 2, it might be easy to forget that Apple still develops a desktop operating system – one with its fair share of fan boys. However, fear not, development of OS X Lion is on schedule, and Apple has just released the developer preview


Mac OS X Lion, the successor to the Snow Leopard, was first previewed in the “Back to the Mac” event held in October. Check out our original coverage if you need a refresher. Lion is a major update which builds on many of the best features found in the iPad and the iPhone.

We already knew that it will feature multi-touch support, full-screen apps, Launchpad and Mission Control. However, there are quite a few other notable improvements that Apple hadn’t earlier mentioned. They are:

  • AirDrop: A simple, hassle-free way to copy files between Macs wirelessly.
  • Versions: A versioning system that will automatically save successive versions of your documents, providing a simple way to browse, edit and revert to previous states.
  • Auto Save: A system-wide mechanism that will automatically save your documents as you work on them.
  • Resume: Another system feature that can restore apps to the state they were in before you quit the app or shutdown your Mac.
  • Mail v5: The new email client will feature grouped conversations, wide-screen layout and MS Exchange 2010 support.

The developer preview is now available to Mac Developer Program members through the Mac App Store. OS X Lion is expected to be released in summer.

New Apple MacBook Air(s) Revealed!

Apple has finally announced the successor to the MacBook Air. This time the MacBook Air will come in two screen sizes of 11.6-inches and 13.3-inches. The 13.3-inch MacBook Air will sport a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics card and an SSD for all your storage needs. The 13.3-incher is only 0.68-inches thick at its thickest point and only 0.11-inches thin at its thinnest point. Apple quotes the battery life of the 13.3-inch Air to be around 7 hours of wireless weband a whopping 30 days on standby. Apple_MacBook_Air

The smaller MacBook Air the one with the 11.6 inches of screen size will sport a resolution of 1366×768. The smaller Air will sport a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo which is upgradeable to 1.6GHz. Like the 13.3-inch Air, the smaller Air also packs 2GB of RAM and the GeForce 320M graphics card. Both the Airs have sport a full unibody aluminium construction. The smaller Air will have a smaller’ battery of up to 5 hours.

The 13.3-inch MacBook Air will set you back by $1,299 with 128GB SSD while 256GB of storage space will set you back by $1,599. The 11.6-inch Air with 64GB of storage space will cost $999 while the 128GB version will cost $1,199. Both the Airs are available from today at all the various Apple retail stores.

Max OS X 10.7 “Lion” Sneak Peek


It’s official. Apple has just announced the next edition of the Mac Operating System – the Lion. Although Apple didn’t reveal everything about the Lion at today’s event, it gave us a sneak peek at what we can expect from the successor to the Snow Leopard.


Over the past several months, it has been all about the iOS. The success of the iOS has helped Apple reach new heights and carve out segments that simply didn’t exist before. And, the same iOS is the main inspiration behind the new OS X. The highlights of today’s presentation were:

  • Apple will introduce full multi-touch support in Lion to take advantage of the multi-touch capable trackpads present in MacBooks, as well as Apple’s very own Magic Mouse. In fact, Apple is also going to launch a full-fledged multi-touch capable trackpad for desktop users.
  • The Lion will also allow apps to run in full screen mode, similar to the way we are accustomed to using apps on the iPhone and the iPad. This should make reading books or surfing the web a joy.
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  • As predicted by many, Apple will also launch an App Store for desktop apps. Obviously, the new App Store will be modeled after the highly successful iPhone App Store. There will be both free and paid apps, with Apple taking 30% revenue share. Installation as well as uninstallation of apps will be hassle free and a single click affair. The App Store will automatically ensure that you have the latest version of each app installed on your system.
  • OS-X-Lion-Launchpad

  • Another new feature in Lion is Launchpad, which is simply a home screen for your apps. It will display all the apps installed on your system in a neatly arranged grid, similar to the iPad. In fact, Apple is even dubbing this as an iPad layer.
  • OS-X-Lion-Mission-Control

  • Full screen apps, Launchpad, Spaces and Expose are going to be the cornerstone of the Lion user interface. And integrating all of them together will be another nifty feature called Mission Control, which will group apps with multiple instances into stacks.

The Lion will be launching in the summer of 2011. The new set of features are just what we have come to expect from Apple – fresh and exciting. Don’t forget to share with us your initial impression of the Lion.

via Engadget

Root Samsung Galaxy S In A Single Click

Two weeks ago we told you about two applications which lets you root your Samsung Vibrant or the Samsung Captivate in just a single click. Now if you’d follow our site, you would have noticed that TGA_GunnmanSamsung Galaxy S commented on that post saying he has released an application which allows you to root the Galaxy S in just a single click. Now, the one-click application to root Galaxy S has been updated, and works under Windows as well as Mac. Yes, now even Mac users can root their Samsung Galaxy S in just a single click.

The application supports rooting both Android 2.1 Firmwares, and Android 2.2 firmwares. Along with rooting, this application also installs Busybox Installer and SuperUser on your phone. Here is the link to the thread.

TGA_Gunnman has also promised to release an application to root the Samsung Vibrant in a single click, whenever its launched.

Razer Commits To OS X With Full Driver Support For Orochi

In a Facebook post, the Razer team has announced that they have updated their drivers to offer full feature support in Macs.

Orochi is Razer’s stunning looking laptop gaming mouse. The mouse operates in wireless and wired modes. The wired mode is meant for some serious fragging while the wireless (bluetooth) mode can be used for work.

With the new drivers update, users can perform the following:

  • Adjust Performance
  • Button Assignment
  • Manage Macro
  • Manage Profile and Lighting

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Got a Mac? You’ll finally be able to make use of those GPUs! Steam + Razers = #WIN!