Macintosh News Update – July 6, 2011

Photos of People Staring At Computers
Kyle McDonald wrote a stealthy app that captures a single photo every minute and sends it to his server if it contains a face. He then went around to different Apple stores around New York City and installed it on the computers, collecting more than a thousand photos. Before sharing the photos online, I decided to exhibit them in the same places they were originally captured. So I wrote another app that could be remotely triggered after being installed on all the computers in one location. (Read this entire story it gets more interesting)

A World Upside-Down – Apple and Google Launches
In a world where Apple can do no wrong and Google has had some product flops, this week their roles have reversed. Google launched its most ambitious social initiative yet with Google+. It is getting very good reviews from GigaOM, TechCrunch, Mashable and others. Due to “insane demand“, Google had to shut down invites to manage a slower rollout. (Even further proof that the world is upside: one of the original Apple Macintosh designers was the lead designer for Google+).

3D video editing software on Mac for Panasonic 3D camcorders
Shedworx is excited to announce 3D video editing software for the Panasonic 3D camcorder range. Mac users can now easily edit their 3D movies and watch it on their 3D TV.3D enthusiasts on the Mac can now easily load 3D video footage into RevolverHD, carry out simple edits, then export the finished project for playback on their Panasonic 3D TV. RevolverHD works on the ‘native’ 3D video footage which means that no video conversion is needed before or after editing. This gives the user a very quick editing workflow, so playback can happen in minutes, not hours.

New Go Sushi franchise gives away Macbook prize
Go Sushi’s second Victorian store, which recently opened in the north-west of Melbourne’s CBD, has been the first of the sushi franchises to give away a MacBook as part of a new promotion. Ronald Liew, a regular at the Go Sushi Brimbank store, won the first of six MacBook’s currently being given away in the Go Sushi ‘Win a MacBook Pro’ promotion. Go Sushi offers a variety of healthy, fresh sushi rolls and packs that are made fresh in store several times a day. Favourites at the Brimbank franchise include the tuna, salmon and avocado and chicken teriyaki.

Apple’s OS X Lion goes gold
The final version of Mac OS X Lion, known as the Gold Master, has been distributed to developers, suggesting that Apple is on track to launch its new operating system in July. The new build of OS X, which drops the ‘Mac’ tag, includes improved multi-touch gestures for those with a Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, or multi-touch ready MacBook or MacBook Pro laptop which the company claims will lead to a more intuitive user experience.

Top 10 most popular and dedicated Mac OS X apps that are worth the money spent
Here is a list of the top 10 most dedicated Mac OS X apps that will also be useful with Mac OS X Lion: Tab Launcher 1.1 – Tab Launcher is a productivity app for Mac OS X 10.5.1 or later versions. The aim of the app is to make sure that the system’s dock is clean and organized with only the active applications on display. The app also gives you the option of creating as many tabs as you like, and you can later personalize them by setting the title color, background color and font. Tabs can also be rearranged by dragging them. The app is available for $0.99. (see article for rest of list)

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