Today Intuit announced the next iteration of its QuickBooks for Mac, which will hit the streets September 26. Aimed at small businesses, QuickBooks for Mac 2012 has more than 50 new features, and last week Intuit gave us a demo of four of them.
Adobe announced its next iOS app today at Photoshop World, called Adobe Carousel. This cross-platform app allows users to access their whole photo libraries on an iPad, iPhone, and Mac, make edits that sync automatically, and share those photos with family and friends. We got a demo of the new app-slash-cloud service last week, with plenty of screenshots inside.
If you’re a Mac user who needs to occasionally access Windows or Linux, chances are good that you’ve turned to Parallels Desktop, the leading virtualization software on Apple’s platform. If you’ve also already upgraded to OS X Lion, you’re in for a treat, because Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac has finally arrived with full support for the big cat.
If you need to share files from your computer with other internet users, there’s no easier way to do it than Presence, the app formerly known as FarFinder. With this week’s 2.7 update, the developer has improved reliability for the software as well as making the marquee feature EasyConnect absolutely free unless you transfer a lot of data.
More than six months after its introduction, we’re still waiting for the explosion of cool peripherals to plug into our shiny new Thunderbolt I/O port which now comes standard with all Macs (save for the lone holdout, the Mac Pro). Sure, we’ve seen some awesome, lightning-fast RAID storage and some hints of other greatness to come, but what about other potential uses for the technology? Here are a dozen things we’d like to see that port used for -- so let’s get cracking, engineers!
Any computer task—even one as enjoyable as rockin’ out to some tunes—can get a little dull. Enter MiniTune, a desktop remote app for iTunes. With it, you can control music playback with a little extra flair while adding some cool features to your musical routine.
There’s a reason why Apple’s computers have become the runaway success that they are today. As the saying goes, their products ‘just work’. It can be argued that the hardware’s near mythic reliability comes from a combination of Cupertino’s bullet-proof industrial design and the elegant strength of the code used to create OS X. That said, Apple’s not the only one able to crank out a nice little bit of all right. Microsoft has earned their share of pain after inflicting gems like Windows ME, Microsoft Bob and Windows Vista on unsuspecting consumers, but from the look of things, Redmond’s days of flinging flaming electronic turds on the public may be coming to an end. While it ain’t OS X, the stability seen in Windows 7 shows that Microsoft’s software engineers are willing to learn from their mistakes, and Windows Phone 7 is surprisingly pleasurable to use. In June, Microsoft officially announced the existence of a new operating system currently under development. It’s named—you guessed it—Windows 8. From what we’ve seen it’s shaping up to be a pretty slick operator, but will it be able to go blow for blow with Lion in areas the areas of feature set and functionality? Based on what we know about Windows 8 so far, let’s take a look.
Ding-dong, Deals –– Facebook’s Groupon competitor for finding nearby bargains -- is dead after just four months. (Don’t feel bad if you missed out…it was available in only five cities.) Deals is a rare misstep from a company that seems to get bad press only for occasional privacy-related dustups. Despite them, Facebook has done pretty well since launching in 2004. Here are five of the top ideas that have earned the House of Zuckerberg over 750 million users and one of the top spots in tech.
The end of August tends to be a slow time on the news desk, as last minute vacations are crammed in, as sleepy vacationers slowly get back in the groove of things, and as parents start bundling their kids off to school once more. Who has time for the news under those circumstances? Well, here's the stories that were heating up our thermometers this week, burning up the wires.