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Trillian for Mac [Must Have Mac App #1]

I’ve been a full time Mac user for about 2 years now. The first thing that amazed me in OS X was the absolutely stunning user interface design of the applications in Mac. The application alone were enough to pull me over to the Mac side.

I’ll be posting a small review of some of the Mac apps I use on a daily basis and are a must have for anyone just starting with Mac OS X.

I’m going to start off with a app that I use the most – Trillian!

Trillian for Mac is a multi-protocol instant messaging chat application for Mac.

The various social messaging services supported by Trillian are:

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[Trick] Spoof Safari to Identify OS as Mac OS X 10.8

First of all Happy Halloween everyone. Here’s today’s Halloween special spoof post. Yesterday we reported about Apple already testing out the Mac OSX 10.8 courtesy Macrumors web site traffic logs from the past couple of months.

So on this occasion of Halloween how about spoofing yourself as a Mac OSX 10.8 user agent, this prank is courtesy OSXDaily.

  • Launch the Terminal
  • Enter the following command, replacing “http://url.com” no the end with the web address you want to give the user agent to:

curl -A “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_8) AppleWebKit/535.6.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.2 Safari/535.6.2″ http://url.com

After doing this the results will be reflected in the website logs with the Mac OSX 10.8 user agent for the site you have browsed.Alternatively you can also achieve this through Safari.

Spoofing the OS X 10.8 User Agent through Safari
Open  Safari’s Develop menu, pull down to User Agent and choose “Other” then paste in this:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_8) AppleWebKit/535.6.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.2 Safari/535.6.2

Spoof user agent Safari

 

New Mac OS X Trojan Steals Processing Power, Causes Slowdowns

A newly found Mac OS X Trojan bundles a component that steals processing power of video cards to generate Bitcoins, a popular type of virtual currency. A single virtual Bitcoin can be sold for as much as 4$ in the real world!

The new Trojan was dubbed DevilRobber by antivirus vendors and is being distributed together with several software applications via BitTorrent sites.

According to Mac antivirus vendor Intego “This malware is complex, and performs many operations.” Also said that “It is a combination of several types of malware: It is a Trojan horse, since it is hidden inside other applications; it is a backdoor, as it opens ports and can accept commands from command and control servers; it is a stealer, as it steals data and Bitcoin virtual money; and it is a spyware, as it sends personal data to remote servers.”

The Bitcoin mining program installed on infected computers is called DiabloMiner, is a legitimate Java-based application used for virtual currency’s production.

Bitcoin is a form of virtual cash that can be exchanged by users without the need for an intermediary bank or payment service.

The DevilRobber trojan steals processing power, which can lead to slow computer performance, as well as actual Bitcoins, which are kept in virtual wallets on the victim’s machine.

[How to] Clear and Free Up Inactive Memory/RAM in Mac OS X

I absolutely love Mac OS X! And there’s just this 1 thing I really hate about OS X which is the way it manages memory.

Mac OS X has this concept called Inactive Memory wherein the OS stores all frequently used applications on RAM for faster access and less Disk I/O’s. I’ve read numerious articles explaining how this is actually a good feature but I’m not sold on that.

This “Inactive Memory” is supposed to get freed up when you are low on “Free Memory”; however that almost never seems to happen for me and a lot of users out there. The Inactive Memory never seems to get free even when “Free Memory” is around 10Mb and other apps are in dire need of memory!

Take this example, I’ve 8 Gb RAM on my Core i5 iMac. And I use Parallels quite often to run Windows 7 side by side. I’m almost always left with just about 20-30Mb of Free RAM. After that I open up a couple of high resource apps like iPhoto or Photoshop and the Free Memory never increases, causing the apps to take as long as a minute each to load!

Solution:

There’s an easy solution to this. Simply follow the 2 Steps below:

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Mac OS X 10.8 Testing Is Already Underway

Its early days, still news  is that, Apple has already begun work on their next version of Mac OS X named 10.8. Apple had only just released the final version of OS X 10.7 (Lion) to customers in July. OS X Lion had following features:

  • An iOS-like application launch screen known as Launchpad, Full-screen apps
  •  A new combined interface for Dashboard, Expose, and Spaces known as Mission Control
  • Enhanced Multi-Touch gestures, and improvements to a number of core applications such as Mail.

OS X Lion was the first version of Mac OS X to be distributed through the Mac App Store and it included a number of new features for the Mac.While Apple has yet to announce plans for the next major version of OS X, evidence of 10.8 first began appearing in web logs of MacRumors in August, and have since accelerated. This graph shows an increasing number of web visits from Mac OS X 10.8 users over the past several months.

Also a thing to observe is that, the first appearance of 10.7 was nearly a year before the first developer preview, and nearly 20 months before the public release.

So far, its been a mystery as to what we will get from Mac OS X 10.8. Traditionally, Apple has released its OS X’s every alternate year like, Mac OS X 10.3 in 2003, 10.4 in 2005, 10.5 in 2007, 10.6 in 2009, and 10.7 in 2011. Going by this we can expect a 2013 public release for Mac OS X 10.8.

 

[Rumor] Apple Testing Ultrathin 15″ MacBooks

Last week we saw the refresh of Mac Book Pro series with the devices getting a faster processor and harddrive upgrades with GPU improvements. This time around a rumor is floating around the Ultrathin MacBooks making their way into the MacBook Family, filled with MacBook Pros and the MacBook Air.

We have been seeing a lot of UltraBooks these days from various PC manufacturers like Acer, HP and other biggies. According to Appleinsider Apple is testing a 15″ Ultrathin MacBook which will be an extension to the existing MacBook Air Family of Notebooks from Apple and Apple is believed to be developing a new Mac Book Pro Lineup for the next year which will not feature an Optical Drive. All the current MacBookPro’s consists of an Optical Drives while the MacBook Air’s only feature a Solid State Drive without an Optical Drive.

Apple’s next version of  MacBooks are expected to feature Intel’s next-generation Ivy Bridge processors, slated to be released at some point in the first half of 2012.

Apple Releases the New Mac Book Pro Line Up

We have reported earlier about Apple Prepping the new Mac Book Pro’s and will be available in this week or so and as expected Apple has released the new breed of Mac Book Pro’s with enhanced Processors and the storage memory as well as a better GPU for the newer MacBook Pros  as reported earlier by macrumors.

For the 13 inchers the major changes  are in the processor department with the newer i5′s clocking at 2.4Ghz  i 7′s  at  2.8Ghz respectively as compared with their dual core  predecessors which were 2.3Ghz and 2.7Ghz respectively and the storage options increase from earlier 320 andd 500GB to the newer Machines with 500GB and 750 GB.

For the 15 inchers the quad core i7′s  which were earlier clocked at 2.0 GHz and 2.2 GHz to 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz .While the graphics options are the dedicated graphics AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5  and  AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB GDDR5,the harddrives at 500GB and 750GB respectively.

For the 17 inchers quad core   Processor speeds have been upgraded from a base 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 with a 2.3 GHz upgrade option to a 2.4 GHz base processor with a 2.5 GHz option and the dedicated graphics to AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB GDDR5.

The prices for all the newly launched Mac Book Pro’s are same as the earlier ones.

 

[How to] Transfer Apps Between Macs

Transferring applications from one Mac to another has been made very simple with the introduction of the Mac App Store and can be done entirely through the App Store itself. This is due to the Mac App Stores licensing agreement, which allows you to download and install Mac OS X apps on all of your personal machines, although they must all share the same Apple ID. Also, you can transfer apps manually over a network or with an external USB drive, but that method does not work with all apps and hence is not entirely recommended.

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