OS X Beta Program available to non-developers

Jul24

Apple has opened up the beta program for the first million people who download the public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10. Go to this page and sign in with your AppleID. You will need to agree with the terms and then it will load a redemption page with a code on it for the Mac App Store. Clicking on that will load the Mac App Store and start the Yosemite beta download.

You do need to have 10.9 Mavericks running, 2GB of memory, and 8GB of drive space available.

The terms of the agreement state you can talk to other people in the beta or developer program about Yosemite and you can talk about things that Apple has announced, but otherwise you can’t talk to others about the beta.

And if you get stuck with a message in the Mac App Store about the code has already been redeemed, go back to the beta program redemption page and refresh it. It should pull up a new code.

Have fun

Deal – Graphics editing app, Pixelmator, almost 50% off

Jul16

Pixelmator for Mac is currently $16, almost 50% off of the usual price of $30. It’s available at the Mac App Store here.

This Apple Design Award winning app is a “full-featured and powerful image editing app.”

“Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced compositions amazingly simple. Once your images are ready, access them anywhere with iCloud, send them to iPhoto or Aperture, email, print, share, or save them to popular image formats–all right from Pixelmator.”

“And, the new Pixelmator 3.2 comes with full OS X Mavericks support, non-destructive Layer Styles, a complete set of Liquify Tools, 16-bits per channel support, and the new state-of-the-art image editing engine.”

It’s currently rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,056 App Store reviewers.

Deals – 15% off electronics at Target

Jul14

Expiring today, using Target’s Cartwheel app, you can get 15% off almost any electronic product. This includes items like GoPro cameras, FitBit wristbands, and Sonos wireless speakers that rarely have discounts. There are two caveats, first, you have to go into a Target store to get the discount, it doesn’t work online. Second, it does exclude Bose, DSLR cameras, pre-paid cards, installation & service plans, which isn’t a huge list.

You can read more about the deal here. And if you have a RedCard, you get the additional 5% off as well.

Article – How many devices does your smartphone replace?

Jul14

How many gadgets does your smartphone replace? by Guy Wright

UK-based Viking has created an infographic that shows how many devices your average smartphone replaces, how much they would weigh and how much they would cost if bought separately.

Mini’app’les Meeting, Tuesday July 15 at 7:00 p.m., Q&A at 6:30 p.m.

Jul14

The next Mini’app’les meeting will be on July 15th, the third Tuesday of the month, at the Hackfactory (3119 E. 26th Street Minneapolis, MN 55406). At 6:30 p.m., members of the board and other knowledgable people will be available if you have specific questions you would like answered. We will do our best to address your question and help you troubleshoot the issue.

At 7:00 p.m., we will cover some questions that I have been asked over the past month or so, such as what are the best options for using your iPhone internationally and somethings to do when your iOS device says that you are running low on space. We will look at a few new Mac and iOS apps. And through out the meeting, we will take time to answer questions that you have.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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