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The Humble Bundle Mojam

Mojang and humblebundle.com have teamed up for a Mojam. The indie game-develping company that brought us Minecraft has 60 hours to create a game. All profits go to charity; like the other Humble Indie Bundles, everyone who donates, whatever the amount, will get the game. You only have until Sunday February 19 at noon.

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Mountain Lion

The new version of OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion, was today previewed on Apple’s site! It continues the trend of bringing iOS features to the Mac, this time with iOS 5 features such as Reminders, Messaging, and Notifications, as well as a new Mac Notes app. It also brings new Sharing integration, including websites like Twitter and Vimeo (YouTube, a Google service, seems absent).

One feature, however, is a little disturbing: users can now choose to restrict downloads to the Mac App Store only, or to the Mac App Store and developers certified by Apple (which is “recommended”). It seems Apple is trying to gain even tighter control over users’ software downloads. This is my response:

The Digital Story of the Nativity

Christmas is almost here and we all know what that means: vacation from work and school, a chance to see family, and of course the possibility of new Apple products! Below you will find a funny little video depicting what might have happened if social networks such as Twitter and Foursquare had been invented around the time of Jesus’ birth. Anyway, have a very merry Christmas and enjoy this video!

Test Your Apple Knowledge

Did you get Walter Isaacson’s new Steve Jobs biography yet? If not, order it now! But if you have it, you can use it to test your knowledge of all things . At the beginning, there’s a Character list, showing all who had a connection to Jobs, most through Apple. Count how many of the fifty-seven people you already know of. (I got thirty-one.)

Video: iMac prank

Here is a cool prank you can play on someone; swap the peripherals with another computer nearby and watch as your victim tries in vain to get the computer to respond. That’s exactly what YouTube user; BreathingBreathless did in his video. This video was created for a school project that followed this premise: How to make someone mad in a room filled with computers without using any sound while also working on different camera angles. Bonus points from Geeks Rule for using Macs and editing it with Final Cut Pro!

How to get movies from DVDs to iOS devices using a Mac (in 15 screenshots)

 

I recently had a request for instructions on how to get movies from DVDs to iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). This seems like something iTunes should have built in, right? Well, greedy people somewhere have caused this to be left out, making most end-users pay for the same movie twice, once on DVD and again on the iTunes Store. So following are 15 screenshots made on a MacBook Pro running OS X Lion with instructions for copying movies off of DVDs, and optionally onto an iOS device. Warning: Copying movies from DVDs incorrectly is pirating! Do not distribute any movies you copy from your DVDs! More on pirating at the bottom of the post.

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