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VMware’s Fusion 8 debuts with OS X El Capitan, Windows 10 support

VMware’s Fusion 8 debuts with OS X El Capitan, Windows 10 support

Arriving hot on the heels of the new Parallels Desktop 11, VMware has just launched version 8 of its Fusion software, another popular OS X virtualization option. Available now on VMware's website, Fusion 8 is said to feature more than 50 new features, including better graphics performance over version 7. But it's clearly the biggest new additions that are the most important, namely support for both the upcoming release of OS X El Capitan, and Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system.

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Parallels Desktop 11 for Windows 10 on Mac: here’s what’s new

Parallels Desktop 11 for Windows 10 on Mac: here’s what’s new

Apple computers will soon be able to take advantage of Windows 10 apps with Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. This software is the newest in a line of software from Parallels that allows for more functionality between operating systems than Apple's own "Boot Camp" does alone. Here the key is "Coherence" mode, allowing you to open Windows 10 apps the same way you would the same app in a standard Windows 10 environment. This includes Cortana, as you might have already guessed.

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Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is here with Cortana in tow

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is here with Cortana in tow

Apparently, the leaks had a some meat to it after all. Microsoft is really trying to push Cortana everywhere. From Windows to Xbox to Android, the latest platform to get Microsoft's virtual assistant is the Mac. Not directly, mind you, but thanks to the new Parallels Desktop version 11, which brings support for Windows 10 on both Yosemite and the upcoming El Capitan. In addition, Parallels for Mac now branches off into three edition, with a new Pro Edition specially targeted at developers and designers.

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New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple accessories for desktop computers appear in FCC listings, likely headed for release later this Summer. Today we're seeing two wireless devices, on Apple mouse, the other an Apple wireless keyboard. The keyboard has not had a refresh since 2011 while the mouse (also known as the Magic Mouse) has not had a refresh since the year 2009. It's about time for that to happen. Inside these devices is no longer the Bluetooth 2.1 (BCM2042 inside) they originally came packed with, but Bluetooth 4.2 with Bluetooth LE Low Energy.

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Apple Boot Camp updated with Windows 10 support

Apple Boot Camp updated with Windows 10 support

Apple has released a new update for its Boot Camp software, which allows users to install Microsoft's Windows operating system on a partitioned hard drive and take advantage of a dual setup, according to a new document on the company's Support page. Bringing Boot Camp up to version 6, the update's main new feature is support for 64-bit versions of the newly-released Windows 10. The update is being released as a standard OS X system update, however it's gradually rolling out to users.

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These OS X malware are like zombies that refuse to die

These OS X malware are like zombies that refuse to die

Traditionally, PCs, especially those running Windows, are notorious for their security vulnerabilities. That is something that Apple is only too happy to point out, often blowing its own horn when it comes to being immune to your typical viruses. Trying to wake Apple up to reality, a group of hackers will present at Black Hat and Def Con security conferences this week how Macs are just as vulnerable to malware, even the same malware as PCs. And in this case, it might be even be worse, since even reformatting doesn't wipe out the malware.

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Apple’s new 2015 Back to School offer: free Beats headphones with Mac purchase

Apple’s new 2015 Back to School offer: free Beats headphones with Mac purchase

While many have been left wondering what happened to Apple's annual Back to School promotion, last week retail chief Angela Ahrendts promised an update, and here it is: Those who qualify for the education pricing discount and buy an eligible Mac will get a free pair of the Beats Solo2 headphones. Unfortunately for potential iPad customers, no part of the promo applies to tablet purchases, unlike the last few years. The offer is not yet highlighted on Apple's website, but begins today, July 23rd in retail stores, and on August 6th on the online store.

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KOTOR II gets patched after 10 years to support Mac, Linux

KOTOR II gets patched after 10 years to support Mac, Linux

Joining the train of Star Wars-related games and media preparing the way for Episode VII later this year, PC RPG Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords received a massive patch. It's OK if you haven't heard of the game recently or at all, unless you've already been playing games or have been immersed in the Star Wars universe the last 10 years or so. The game was released back in 2005, making this its first ever patch in a decade. And it's a monumental one at that, bringing the game forward and to two new platforms.

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BEAT DA BEAT hits Android, iOS: one bullet for every note

BEAT DA BEAT hits Android, iOS: one bullet for every note

Previously greenlit on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux, BEAT DA BEAT will be released for Android and iOS in August. Created by the folks at Nekki in Moscow, this game takes the music of some heavy dubstep musical artists and creates a bullet-hell genre game that dances to the beat. BEAT DA BEAT has flying enemies jamming lasers down your phone while they appear, blast, and shine to the music. "Absolutely everything - enemy's actions, moves, shooting - is build on the base of the song that is currently playing."

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Office 2016 for Mac released for cloud users only

Office 2016 for Mac released for cloud users only

This week the folks at Microsoft have released the full version of Office for Mac 2016. This is a release that was preceded by an Office for Mac 2016 "Preview" edition, today coming as an official public build. This software requires that the user have an Office 365 subscription in order to download and work. It should be made obvious that this is a truly cloud-aimed sort of work environment, but you will be able to edit documents on your computer at home with ease.

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OS X El Capitan public beta is out: Here’s what you get

OS X El Capitan public beta is out: Here’s what you get

Mac developers have already had a taste of OS X El Capitan, and today Apple is releasing the public beta. The brave and the curious can as of today install a pre-final version of El Capitan onto their Mac to get an early glimpse of what the updated platform brings, complete with things like split-view multitasking, supercharged search in a much-improved Spotlight, and big changes in Mail and other apps.

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FF XIV for Macs pulled from sales, lengthy apology issued

FF XIV for Macs pulled from sales, lengthy apology issued

Square Enix may have just launched its biggest update to Final Fantasy XIV, but what could have been an almost perfect release has been marred by performance issues on a single platform: Macs. Now while this may sound almost like the situation with Warner Bros. and Batman: Arkham Knight for PCs, Square Enix is doing something differently and, to its credit, perhaps more satisfying. Producer Naoki Yoshida has provided a rather detailed account of the blunder that happened and, unusual in this business, has taken sole responsibility for the fiasco.

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