Get Apple Mac OS X Theme for Windows 7

Some of the apple Mac appearance lovers will love to see, if they had a option to change their windows look like apple. Here is the chance to change. i found this when i try for my windows from http://techsplurge.com

Mac OS X Lion theme for windows 7 developed by a DeviantART member, David Pieron

The theme can be installed in two ways –

  1. Manually by replacing files and
  2. Automatic with a 1-Click installer.

Please note that you’ll need to install Custopack in order to use the 1-click installer. Grab both the windows 7 theme and Custopack below:

Thanks to techsplurge.com

What’s in the Steve Jobs book

The flood of revelations from the year’s hottest biography began four days early

The best-laid plans of authors and publishers often go awry when the bookstores get their copies.

Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs — the most hotly anticipated biography in years, at least in some circles — was supposed to have a dramatic worldwide laydown on Monday. But to the distress of Isaacson, Simon & Schuster and the dozens of publications that bought first or second serial rights, some reporters got their hands on the 630-page volume on Thursday. Result: The flood of revelations began four days early.

Our cheat-sheet, with links to the sources (multiple spoiler alerts):

● Steve Jobs refers to his biological parents as his “sperm and egg bank” (Associated Press)
● He had high praise for Paul Jobs’ work ethic. “He loved doing things right. He even cared about the look of the parts you couldn’t see.” (New York Times book review)
● He was bullied in school (AP) and learned to fight back verbally. “He could stun an unsuspecting victim with an emotional towel-snap, perfectly aimed,” writes Isaacson (NYT book review)
● He gave up Christianity at age 13 when he saw starving children on the cover of Lifemagazine. (AP)
● He was returning from an apple farm on one of his fruitarian diets when he chose the name of his company (AP)
● He told John Sculley (the former Pepsi exec who ousted Jobs) that if he hadn’t started Apple (AAPL) he might have been a poet in Paris (Huffington Post)
● He calls the crop of executives brought in to run Apple after he left “corrupt people” with “corrupt values” (AP)
● He is contemptuous of the people at Microsoft (and, to some extent, Google), whom he sees as pure technologists, with no humanities and liberal arts in their DNA. “They just didn’t get it. Even when they saw the Mac they couldn’t even copy it well.” (60 Minutes Overtime, via CNET)
● He calls Apple’s design chief Jonathan Ive his “spiritual partner” and says that no one but Jobs had the authority to tell him what to do. (AP) “Most people in Steve’s life are replaceable,” says Jobs’ wife Laurene Powell. “But not Jony.” (Mercury News)
● He told Barack Obama he was headed for a one-term presidency (Huffington Post)
● He offered to create Obama’s ad campaign but became annoyed because Obama’s strategist David Axelrod wasn’t sufficiently deferential (HuffPo)
● He joked that he had to hide the knives from his wife when Rupert Murdoch came to dinner (New York Times)
● He was “annoyed and depressed” by the iPad launch’s lukewarm reception — which included more than 800 e-mails from users (HuffPo)
● He was livid when Google (GOOG) copied the iPhone’s interface, calling it “grand theft” (AP)
● He swore to Isaacson he was going to destroy Android to his “last dying breath,” even if he had to spend Apple’s entire $40 billion cash hoard to do it (AP)
● Yet when asked for business advice from Google CEO Larry Page earlier this year, he obliged, telling him to focus on just five products. “Get rid of the rest, because they’re dragging you down. They’re turning you into Microsoft.” (Bloomberg Businessweek)
● He told Isaacson he had figured out how to make a TV that was “completely easy to use… It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.” (Washington Post)
● He scrapped an early design for the new Cupertino campus because its shape reminded his teenage son of male genitalia (Merc)
● He once told John Sculley he thought he would die young (HuffPo)
● He came to regret having delayed surgery when his cancer was first diagnosed — turning instead to fruit juices, acupuncture and herbal cures, some of which he found on the Internet (NYT)
“The big thing was that he really was not ready to open his body,” his wife told Isaacson. “It’s hard to push someone to do that.” (NYT)
● When he decided to fight his cancer with modern medicine, he spared no expense — including $100,000 to have the DNA of his tumor sequenced (NYT)
● Jobs began meeting last spring with the people he wanted to see before he died, including Bill Gates (NYT)
● Gates was fascinated with Jobs but found him “fundamentally odd” and “weirdly flawed as a human being” (HuffPo)
● Jobs was working on new Apple products until the day he died (PC Magazine)

That last item may not be in the book, but it seemed a fitting coda.

Starting Monday, you will be able to buy Steve Jobs by Walter Isaascon in hardcover ($35) at a bookstore near you or as a $16.99 e-book from AmazonApple’s iBookstore or Barnes & Noble.

Courtesy: Fortune

steve job resigns as Apple CEO

Steve jobs, the man who behind the innovation of ipod, iphone and ipad which leads the Apple company into top best companies is now leaving the job.
He said on wednesday, he no longer can continue due to his health problem.
Original words of steve in a letter announced to apple and its community people

“always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”

He already undergone treatment for his pancreatic cancer and liver transplant.
His medical leave on january is third in his job.

Mr. Cook has been suggested as new leader.

iPhone 5 to be thinner, have 8MP cam

It’s only a few months until the newest generation of iPhone hits stores and details about its features are slowly leaking out.

According to the usually well-informed Wall Street Journal, the fifth iteration of the best-selling smartphone will be thinner than its predecessor
and have an eight-pixel – not five – camera. The paper quoted Apple’s suppliers, since the company does not manufacture the iPhone itself.

Two weeks ago, the Bloomberg news agency had reported about the improved camera, as well as about a faster processor. Apple has remained, as usual, mum about its new product, refusing to comment. But the Wall Street Journal says the new phone will be released in this quarter. Bloomberg, citing informed sources, reported September.
Speculation has been ongoing for months about when the successor to the hugely successful iPhone 4 might hit stores.

Until now, new models have been released6 around midyear, meaning the iPhone 5 is behind schedule. But Bloomberg reported that Apple wanted to wait until its new iOS5 operating system was ready to go. That’s been promised for the autumn.

However, the Wall Street Journal reports that the iPhone 5 is especially complicated to build, because it’s so thin. That could also lead to delays. The iPhone 4 was already thinner than the 3GS. The new iPhone will also reportedly include a new wireless chip from Qualcomm. Until now, those chips have been produced by Infineon. Officially, Apple has made no comments about its supplier. Infineon has sold its wireless chip business to Intel, which is getting into smartphones. If the company has indeed lost its contract, that would be a big blow.

There were 18.7 million iPhones sold in the first quarter of 2011 and sales expectations are very high for the new phone, reported the Wall Street Journal, citing an informed source. Projections are for sales of 25 million units by the end of 2011.


			

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Mac OS X

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10. Captur

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Windows and Mac OS X Captur makes it easy to take screenshots by sticking all your options up in the menubar. What’s really great about it, however, is the custom options you have. It’ll let you see the screenshot immediately after you take it and save the filename however you like.

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9. Camouflage

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Windows and Mac OS XCamouflage does one simple little thing: it hides everything on your desktop. Maybe you want to do this to make your screencasts look nice and clean, or maybe you just suck at keeping your desktop tidy. Whatever the case may be, Camouflage will let you pretend there’s nothing on the desktop by hiding it for you. You can even have it change your desktop picture in the process.

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8. Clipboard History

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Windows and Mac OS XClipboard History is a handy little tool that, unsurprisingly, stores your Clipboard History in your OS X menubar. You can set it to remember few to several items copied to your clipboard and easily restore any of them with a click or a keyboard shortcut.

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7. QuietRead

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Windows and Mac OS XQuietRead quietly sits up in your OS X menubar and stores URLs you just don’t have time to visit right now. It makes for an excellent, minimalist storage area for your web backlog, and it can do a whole lot more if you pay for the full version. Like what? Searching, syncing to sites like Instapaper and Read It Later, and additional sharing features are just a few examples.

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6. Apptivate

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Windows and Mac OS XApptivate is a neat micro-app that lets you assign keyboard shortcuts to applications so you can launch them easily with your keyboard. You can also assign these shortcuts to other things, such as AppleScripts, which can be seriously useful for quick script-based actions.

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5. ScreenSharingMenulet

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Windows and Mac OS XMac OS X’s built-in screen sharing (read: VNC) functionality is wonderful, but quickly connecting to your shared screens is not always a pleasant task—especially if you’re connecting to your home computers from a remote network. ScreenSharingMenulet solves all these problems by putting your local shared screens in your menubar while also letting you add easy-to-select shortcuts for any remote screens you may want to connect to when away from home.

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4. Snippets

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Windows and Mac OS X Snippets is as lightweight as you get for a text expansion app. It primarily resides in your menubar, but you can bring up a single window for editing. It’s very simple, keeps out of your way, and, at $5, is significantly less expensive than every other text expansion app you can buy on the Mac. While it wasn’t the winner in our text expansion face-off, it’s pretty great. For simple and inexpensive text expansion, Snippets is the way to go.

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3. CalendarBar

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Windows and Mac OS XIt’s not terribly inconvenient to access your calendars by going to Google Calendar or iCal, but it’s especially convenient to have a rundown of your day in your menubar. Additionally, if you have events in multiple places (specifically Google Calendar, iCal, and Facebook), CalendarBar can summarize them all for you and even alert you via Growl.

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2. Autograph

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Windows and Mac OS XAutograph is a micro-app that’ll run you $3, but it’s pretty awesome. If you ever need to sign a document or get some handwritten text into your computer, Autograph can solve that problem by letting you use your multitouch trackpad as a writing surface. It basically turns your trackpad into a pen tablet. You can sign with your finger, but you can also purchase a compatible stylus for the full-on pen-on-trackpad experience.

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1. CloudApp

Top 10 Micro-Apps for Windows and Mac OS XCloudApp is incredibly simple: it sits in your menubar and when you drag a file onto it, that file gets uploaded to the cloud. You’re instantly provided with a link in your clipboard and can send it to whomever you like. CloudApp even provides the storage for you.

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Got any awesome micro-apps that you love that weren’t on this list? Let’s hear ’em in the comments! (Also, Dropbox doesn’t count. We left it off on purpose because we talk about it all the time and it isn’t always the epitome of lightweight.)

source: lifehacker

Apple announces Final Cut Pro X

Apple announces Final Cut Pro X, rebuilt from ground up with 64-bit support (update: $299 in June)

Apple’s just announced Final Cut Pro X at NAB, and Chief Architect of Video Applications Randy Ubillos is demonstrating a beta release as we speak. The “rebuilt from ground up” video editing suite — which now shares a similar look and feel with iMovie — will be shipped with 64-bit support to finally make use of more than 4GB of RAM, as well as handling 4K clips on 8-core editing rigs (by way of the Grand Central Dispatch feature on OS X Snow Leopard). Most notably, though, is that this new FCP will always be rendering instantly in the background, meaning you can edit on the fly much like you do on iMovie! There’s also a whole stash of other new features: editing before media ingest, magnetic timeline, people detection, instant color matching between clips, smart collection of media based on custom keywords and people, auto image stabilization on import, and many more. Itching to get your hands dirty with Cupertino’s new video tool? You’ll be able to download it from the Mac App Store in June for just $299.

SOURCE: ENGADGET

Want To Buy An iPad 2? Here’s What You Need To Know

 

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So you want to buy an iPad 2, and you don’t want to pay an insane amount on eBay.

Our recommendation, after speaking with a handful of Apple retail reps: Hang out at your local Apple Store every day or order online and exercise some patience.

We were almost unanimously told the same thing from every rep: You can either get lucky and be in the store for a shipment that could arrive at any moment, or order from Apple.com and wait the 3-4 weeks for it to ship.

Here’s what we learned:

  • Some Apple Stores are opening an hour early when they receive a shipment of iPad 2s. (Check with your local store.)
  • Even business customers, usually prioritized, are on a waiting list. (Though we hear of one person who was able to “skip” the iPad 2 line at the store by buying a handful of MacBook Pros.)
  • Stores do not know when they’ll receive iPads. One rep said, “They surprise us.”
  • People are still lining up before store the stores open, several days after launch. A rep in Pittsburgh told us that 15 people were in line at 4 a.m. today.
  • It’s a similar situation at Best Buy. They’re taking pre-orders, but the wait time is the same.

We also found out that Apple Stores are not keeping extras units in stock to handle customer service issues. This is not the way Apple usually does things — last year, stores kept a small stockpile of iPads locked away in order to help customers returning faulty devices.

How Tablets Are Actually Great Productivity Tools

How Tablets Are Actually Great Productivity ToolsFor all the criticism the iPad and other tablets get for being “just toys”, they actually have a lot of qualities that make them excellent

productivity tools—at times better than laptops or netbooks. Here’s why.


Lots of folks (including some of us at Lifehacker) have dismissed tablets as useless unless you’re playing games or reading articles. They’ve been declared content consumption devices, not content creation devices. Most folks say they can’t use a tablet for “real work”, that only a real laptop or netbook will suffice. I’ve long used my netbook as my main on-the-go computer, but I’m starting to realize that often, my iPad is actually a better choice. Here’s why picking up that new iPad 2 or Motorola Xoom could actually be one of the most convenient productivity purchases you make.

When the Tablet Wins Over Laptops and Netbooks

At its most basic level, your tablet already has a ton of advantages over your typical computing device—especially for working on the go.

It’s really instant-on: I don’t care if you’re using an SSD in your laptop, hibernating it instead of powering it off, or using any of the other “fast-booting” tricks—there’s no way you can turn it on, connect to the internet, and get to work faster than you can on a tablet. With the press of a button and a tap of your finger you can be in a word processor or other productivity app in seconds. If you’re near a network you’ve used before or you’ve got a 3G-capable tablet, you’re also already connected to the internet—no waiting for your Wi-Fi to turn back on and re-connect.

It has insane battery life: The iPad’s battery life is absurdly long, clocking in at more than 10 hours, with the Xoom and Galaxy Tab not far behind. Most netbooks are lucky to get half the battery life tablets do. Heck, even the new MacBooks (which have some of the best battery life I’ve seen on a laptop) can’t compete with an iPad. If you want to go out without worrying about a device dying (and carrying around a bulky charger), tablets are a great choice.

It’s smaller and more portable: Even netbooks, with their small screen size, can be bulky monsters—especially with the giant batteries some of them come with (which again, can’t hold up to tablet standards and require you to carry an even bulkier charger). If you’re rocking a 13 or 15 inch laptop, forget about it. Your tablet is lighter, thinner, and about a million times easier to carry around without moaning about the bulk.Another advantage in this area: It’s easier to work with other people when you have a tablet around. It’s much easier to pass around, to demonstrate stuff, and even see the screen from different angles (thanks to IPS display technology). Reader Jesse notes on Facebook that it’s great for sharing material during meetings, whether with your co-workers or with clients.

It’s faster: Despite having nearly a third of the processing power of the average netbook, the iPad’s lightweight OS means everything is super fast. When I started using my iPad as a netbook replacement, I was surprised to find that apps take a lot less time to load. Plus, you don’t have to worry about multiple apps bogging down your system. The lack of multitasking on the iPad can be a pain, but in this case it actually helps keep the device running smoothly.

It’s easy to annotate documents: Both  on Twitter and Sara on Facebook noted that the the iPad is great for taking notes and anontating PDFs in ways that, until now, you could only really do on paper. Sure, there are a bunch of ways to annotate documents on a laptop, but none of them are quite as simple, intuitive, or flexible as they are on a tablet, which much better mimics the pen-and-paper experience—and experience that can be very useful when you don’t have to transfer it back into a digital form.It’s safer: Reader  made a great point on Twitter: with a tablet, you’re far less susceptible to bringing back malware from sketchy, open coffee shop networks. You’ll still want to make sure you use HTTPS and SSL whenever possible, of course, but if the alternative is a Windows-based laptop, a tablet will rid you of the malware annoyance when you need to actually get things done. Granted, Lifehacker readers aren’t normally ones to jump into a coffee shop Wi-Fi network unprotected or download malware-ridden software, but you get the idea.

Your work is completely distraction-free: Another situation in which the lack of true multitasking is actually good: You’re always focused on the one thing you’re doing right then. When it’s time to go get some serious writing done (or whatever you’re doing), you can just pair a bluetooth keyboard and write without anything on the screen distracting you (a trait of which we’ve sung the praises once before). Flip one switch in your tablet’s settings and you can turn off all notifications too, letting you further immerse yourself in your work.

Overcoming Its Biggest Weaknesses

Obviously, your tablet isn’t without its weaknesses. However, some of these can be remedied with just a few tweaks or extra pieces of hardware.

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Lack of a hardware keyboard: While typing a few notes on the software keyboard isn’t awful, you’re certainly not going to be doing any real work with it. However, most modern tablets can pair with any Bluetooth keyboard, meaning you can pick one up (or use the one you’re already using on your desktop), bring it with you, and add a super cheap stand to form your own mobile workstation—and still with some space savings over a full laptop. (Most tablet cases double as stands, too.) Photo by Jelle Vandebeeck.Lack of local storage and USB support: Most tablets don’t have USB ports for thumb drives, and the iPad doesn’t even let you browse the file system. As a result, many people complain that you can’t easily access documents created on your tablet on other computers. The fact of the matter, though, is that most services (whether it’s the amazing Simplenote or the cloud-based Google Docs) already sync your stuff to other computers, and you can easily use Dropbox for most everything else—including iWork.

Where Tablets Still Lose

All that said, tablets obviously aren’t the perfect productivity tool. There are still a few areas in which laptops and netbooks win out:

Browsing: While many argue that browsing on a tablet is a great experience, I seriously disagree. Clicking links, using Flash, and dealing with sites not optimized for tablets (like this one currently isn’t) is a huge pain. If you need to do any of these things for work, tablets will make your life more difficult.

Advanced Document Editing Features: If you do a lot of writing, the distraction-free environment of a tablet can be great. As soon as you need to do more advanced things, though—the kind of things that require accessing a lot of menus, for example—you’ll need a real computer with a mouse and a full version of your office suite of choice to get things done.

Other examples of this include utilities like like text expanders, which just don’t work the same on tablets. iOS has TextExpander, but since it can’t multitask it requires the app you’re using to support it—meaning it works well when supported, but doesn’t work everywhere. Similarly, I haven’t seen any useful text expansion apps come out for Android. Macro functions in Office are in the same boat—sadly, there’s just no real replacement on a tablet.

Running Specialized Software: While many of you noted on Facebook and Twitter that your company or field had tablet-optimized versions of their software, the majority of people aren’t so lucky. If there’s a specific piece of software you need to use for a project, chances are you’ll need a Windows-based laptop for it.

Price: There’s no getting around this one. You can get a decent netbook for as low as $250, but you’ll be shelling out at least $500 for an iPad, and even more for the Xoom. If you can’t justify slapping down that much cash, buying a tablet just isn’t a good idea.

Apple to launch iPad 2 on March 2:

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SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc is expected to launch its new iPad on March 2, contrary to speculation of a delay of the latest version of the popular tablet computer. 

One person familiar with the matter said recent speculation about a delay until June was “simply not true” as Apple is planning a launch in the same seasonal schedule as the first iPad, which went on sale in April 2010.

Apple will host an event on March 2, where the company is expected to take the wraps off the newest iPad model, an individual with knowledge of the situation said. Apple declined to comment.

Shares of Apple fell 3 per cent after a Taiwanese brokerage firm said the next version of the iPad tablet computer will be delayed as maker Hon Hai faces production bottlenecks due to the device’s new design.

But analysts quickly downplayed the report, noting that Apple has been reliable when it comes to its release schedule. “Apple has a very consistent track record,” said Hudson Square Research analyst Daniel Ernst.

The speculation over the timing of the iPad unveiling comes as unverified tabloid reports of the faltering health of its iconic chief executive, Steve Jobs, cloud perceptions of the company’s ability to maintain its global technology leadership over the long term.

Tim Cook, chief operating officer of Apple, is expected to take the stage at the annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday in Jobs’ place. Jobs, who underwent a liver transplant in 2009, took his third medical leave in seven years in mid-January.

The iPad was the hottest technology device of 2010, selling nearly 15 million units and sparking a slew of copycat devices from rivals. More than 50 million tablets are expected to be sold this year, with Apple capturing the bulk of the demand.

Yuanta Securities had said in a note the next version of iPad would come out two months later in the seasonal schedule this year than the first version, which launched in April last year.

According to the note, component makers had to change their production processes after Apple made design changes to the iPad2 before the Lunar New Year at the beginning of February. Hon Hai declined to comment.

Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt said investors were overreacting to Yuanta’s note, adding that even if a late launch hurts second-quarter sales, he is not changing his expectation for full year sales of 27 million iPads.

Manufacturing sources have previously said the new model would have cameras on the front and back of the device and would be slimmer, lighter and have a better resolution display than the first iPad.

The March 2 unveiling was originally reported in an All Things Digital blog report on Tuesday.