What to do before installing OS X Mavericks

Nice article from CNET. I thought I should share it with you all. It’s all about what you should do before installing OS X Mavericks on your Mac.

5 things to do before upgrading to OS X Mavericks

If you are considering installing OS X Mavericks, think about not only system requirements, but also your current OS configuration and any installed software you use.

The best free ebook readers for iOS

There are many great, free ebook readers for iOS. This is the bookshelf of the Apple’s iBooks app. (Photo from Apple.com)

Stanza seems to be running again since its “demise” about a year ago. Good thing, too, as it gives you more choices in reading books on iOS, though development on the app seems to be frozen up to now.

There are, of course, many ebook readers on the iOS app store for the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad, including Apple’s very own iBooks app.

The following are some of the best, free ebook readers for iOS. Note that while the apps are free, many books need to be purchased from an ebook seller. Free books are available online on Project Gutenberg and other websites.

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Get thousands of beautiful desktop pictures with this free OS X app

If you’re addicted to desktop pictures, you may want to try this free app from the app store called Wallpaper Wizard Lite. It’s a free wallpaper changer that can access high resolution (2,880 by 1,800, retina display ready) HD wallpapers from various online sources.

Wallpaper Wizard Lite lets you access more than 100,000 wallpapers for your Mac.

You can get Wallpaper Wizard Lite for free on the Mac App Store.

Wallpaper Wizard Lite - Coppertino Inc.
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Get tech ebooks from Microsoft for free

If your a big tech guy and want to grab some ebooks, here’s the page for you.

Microsoft SMS&P Partner Community Blog by Eric released a huge, and I mean huge collection of Microsoft ebooks, including some on Sharepoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 2010, SQL Server 2010, and many more.

Hop on over to this page to see what free ebooks are available:

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Download OS X Mountain Lion

Latest OS for the Mac, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, is now available for on the Mac App Store. You can get it for USD 19.99. If you had bought your Mac on June 11, 2012, or later, then you most probably qualify for a free upgrade to Mountain Lion.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was released today, July 25.

OS X 10.8 adds several enhancements to the OS, including greater integration with iPads, iPhones, and other iOS devices.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is about 4 GB. It can be installed on computers running OS X 10.6.8 or later, so that’s good news for those running OS X Snow Leopard or Lion.

  • Download Mountain Lion here: OS X Mountain Lion - Apple

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The Best Video Player for Mac OS X: VLC

Movies files come in various formats. AVI, MPG, and MP4 are just some of the more popular format that you can play on a Windows PC or on a Mac.

VLC can play just any video file type you throw at it.

On Mac OS X, there is a preinstalled Quicktime Player which can be used to play Quicktime video, AIFF, WAV, DV-DIF, MP3, and MPEG. It does not, by default, play AVI, DivX, Flash Video, and other file types, though that can be remedied by installing plugins such as Perian, which is free and open source.

Apple’s default player for OS X has also been available for Windows for two decades now.

Since I started using Mac OS X, the VLC became my favorite app for playing videos, and I’ll tell you why.

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Free Epub Book Readers for Mac OS X

It’s convenient to have books to read on the iPod Touch. The iPod Touch is portable and capable of storing thousands of ebooks. Ebook reader apps tend to offer options to adjust the screen brightness, font faces and font sizes, and text and background colors. A good ebook reader app could let you bookmark pages, take notes, and look up definition of words without leaving the app.

I switched to the iBooks app on my iPod Touch after the Stanza app became unusable after I updated to iOS version 5 on the iPod Touch.

What happened to Stanza? It appears Stanza was bought by Amazon and has since died from neglect. Read and find out how and why: Amazon Killed Stanza.

Since Stanza’s death on iOS, I’ve been using Apple’s iBooks app. I disliked iBooks app at first because, compared to Stanza on iOS, iBooks felt sluggish. But the app has since grown on me.

Page 1 of Henry David Thoreau's "Economy" on the iBooks. Apple's iBooks is a great app for reading books on iOS. But how do you read epubs on Mac OS X?

Despite the portability and other conveniences of reading books on an iPod, when I get home, I still wish I could read my book on a bigger screen. Is there a way to read ebooks on Mac OS X?

Read what apps I’ve found for reading epubs on Mac OS X after the jump.

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Read Comics in CBR and CBZ Formats on Mac OSX Using Simple Comic

Simple Comic is free and easy to use. It’s great for reading comics on Mac OSX.

Simple Comic is a feature rich but easy to use comic book reader for Mac OSX.

Simple Comic can handle popular comic file formats CBR and CBZ.

More after the jump.

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How to Check the Health of Your Mac Battery Using Coconut Battery

The lifespan of a Mac’s laptop battery can vary. What’s for sure is that the battery’s performance will diminish over time. By monitoring your battery’s condition, you will be able to know how long your battery has before it conks out.

Coconut Battery is a free and easy-to-use app for monitoring your Mac laptop's battery.

If you want to monitor your battery’s health, there are a number of ways to do it. One is to use Coconut Battery. Coconut Battery is free and extremely easy to use. The application can be found here on the developer’s site. Coconut Flavour’s website.

Coconut Battery works in Lion and in older versions of Mac OSX.

Learn more about using Coconut Battery after the jump.

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