The History of Apple in Three Minutes (Video)

If you just can’t wait for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie to come out (sorry, Ashton Kutcher), we have something else for you to watch in the meantime: the full, fascinating history of Apple in three minutes. 

Comprehensive in detail, this 2-D animated video from 24MotionDesign is the perfect lunchtime brain break for all Apple aficionados. One thing’s for sure—from its humble beginnings to its status as a full-fledged tech giant, Apple sure has come a long way: 

What do you think: Will Apple slow down anytime soon? With releases like the Apple Watch (going into production early next year) and products like Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, we think not. Happy Throwback Thursday!

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Where Should I Store My Docs? Part 2


The following is the second installment in our series about document storage options in Parallels Desktop 10. To start from the beginning, click here. Last week’s post covered how to store files in the Documents folder on your Mac.

Option 2: Store Docs “Near” the Applications That Created Them

With this storage option, you deliberately don’t mix up your documents. Documents created by Mac applications are stored on the Mac, and documents created by Windows applications are stored in Windows in your virtual machine. 

You are keeping the two environments separate, and if you need to use a document in a different environment from the one in which it was created, you’ll need to move it to the other environment by dragging and dropping. This choice works best if you run Windows in a window on your Mac (or in full-screen), and you don’t use Coherence.

To optimize this storage choice, you’ll probably want to turn off sharing between Mac and Windows—this will prevent documents from showing up in two places at once.

So, to recap, here is the full list of pros and cons for storing all of your docs "near" the applications that created them:


  1. Logical, if you want to keep Mac and Windows separated.
  2. All docs are visible all the time, even if Windows isn't running.


  1. You have to back up your documents in two places.
  2. If Windows isn't already running, opening a doc generated by a Windows application may take longer because Windows has to boot up.
  3. Docs are "trapped" inside a single virtual machine.
  4. You'll need to turn off the default sharing options in Parallels Desktop.

So, where do you store your docs? Stay tuned for Part 3!

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Live-Stream Gaming on Parallels Desktop: Part 3

The following is the third in a series of posts by guest blogger Patrick Schoof—or, as he’s known in gaming circles, Unexceptional, a popular Twitch streamer using Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac. Read on to learn about his experience choosing and using Parallels Desktop to live-stream games.

See this Twitch Streamer in Action Gaming with Parallels Desktop

In my last two posts—Part 1 and Part 2—I covered how and why I picked Parallels Desktop as my go-to gaming solution for live-streaming on Twitch and for PC gaming on my Mac. 

Today I’m going to show you how it all works: Tune into my live-stream starting at 11 a.m. PST!

Watch me live!

Watch me live!

Tune into my stream on Twitch, and I’ll answer any questions you have about my experience using Parallels Desktop—just click the screenshot above, or join now!

Stay tuned for Part 4 of my guest blog series next week, when I’ll recap my thoughts on live-streaming with Parallels Desktop and highlight how you can see a live demo streaming in real-time. Until then, you can catch my stream on Twitch as Unexceptional, or follow me on Twitter at @UnexceptionalTV!

Patrick Schoof is a popular live-streamer with the handle of Unexceptional on Twitch, as well as a guy with a writing degree who uses it to say (hopefully) witty things while gaming. Catch his stream weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST. You can also follow him on Twitter @UnexceptionalTV. Happy gaming!

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Why Do You Have Windows On Mac?

Over the past few weeks, the Parallels team has written a lot about gaming using Parallels Desktop 10 (all in the name of gearing up for SkillCon later this month!). But believe it or not, a lot of users didn't know you could use Parallels Desktop for gaming, whether that's for building castles in the sky in Minecraft, or for live-streaming on sites such as Twitch.

Did you know that you can configure your virtual machine for what you use it for? Whether you need Windows (or another OS) for gaming, productivity, design, or software development, there's a setting specifically for you:

Why do you have Windows on your Mac?

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So, what do you use Windows for? Tell us in a comment!

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Last Week in Tech, Today

Even though the holidays are rapidly approaching, we’re not highlighting another list of tech-centric gifts—instead, we’re taking on some of the other noteworthy news of the week. Let’s get started!

Welcome Back, Bose

Image courtesy of CNET.

Image courtesy of CNET.

Back in October (for no apparent reason), all Bose hardware products were pulled from Apple’s retail and online stores. Around the same time, the NFL announced that they were banning players from wearing Beats headphones on camera owing to a sponsorship deal with Bose.

Well, just in time for the holidays, Bose speakers have made it back into the Apple Store but not surprisingly headphones are still missing in action. Full disclosure: I’m a fan of Bose, so you won’t see me wearing Beats anytime soon. Welcome back, Bose!

Apple + IBM = Mobile Enterprise

Image courtesy of Cult of Mac.

Image courtesy of Cult of Mac.

Back in July, Apple made a strategic partnership announcement with IBM where both companies would work together to create a series of mobile apps called MobileFirst. These weren’t going to be just any apps in the App Store—they would marry the big data and analytics IBM is known for with the beautiful UI design and hardware Apple is famous for. In other words, a win/win for Apple and IBM.

This past Wednesday, December 10th, Apple and IBM finally released 10 MobileFirst applications for businesses in finance, transportation, retail, insurance, telecom, and government.

With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets over the past few years with consumers, it’s no secret that mobile is the way of the future. Enter IBM and Apple, who understand that mobility is critical—and they’re taking that mindset to enterprise. These 10 apps are just the first exciting step towards businesses truly embracing mobility in the workplace.

Flying the Friendly Skies with the iPhone 6 Plus

Image courtesy of Mac Daily News.

Image courtesy of Mac Daily News.

Earlier this week, United Airlines announced that they’re deploying 23,000 Apple iPhone 6 Plus phones to flight attendants to help improve customers’ experiences.  

Flight attendants will primarily use them for customer purchases and as cheat sheets for safety demonstrations. But that’s not all—when you think about it, there are many other applications for their use, including providing information to fliers about connecting flights, weather alerts, and much more.

Upon reading the news, my first question was “Why an iPhone 6 Plus? Wouldn’t a tablet be a better choice?” 

The answer is simple—in this case, size matters. The 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus screen is just big enough that it’s easy to read, but it can still fit easily into a flight attendant’s pocket.


Well, those were some of the more interesting highlights in tech news this week! Feel free to leave a comment below, or follow me on Twitter @SkeeterHarris.

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