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Karma Art

If you’re someone who likes to keep in touch with family, and friends while creating art, try Karma Art. This app allows you to create custom pieces of art, using numerous graphics and backgrounds. You can add text, color to give your message a distinct look. Then you can send your message via email, or using Flickr.

Karma Art App Page

Microsoft releases free Office Mac trial version

Despite being released more than a year ago, Microsoft’s Office: Mac 2008 now comes in a trial version. If you don’t have a copy of the near-ubiquitous office suite on your Mac, you can now download a full and complete trial copy to play around with. If you decide to keep it, no need to visit a store — you can purchase a license key over the Internet and keep using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Entourage without interruption.

Office Mac team member Marshall Nam announced the new trial offer in a post to the Mac Mojo blog on Microsoft’s Mactopia site yesterday morning. Touting many of Office 2008′s new features like SmartArt graphics and Word’s Publish view, Nam explains that the trial includes the latest version of the full office suite, with all the “improvements and enhancements” made in the last few updates.

This is a welcome move for new Mac users looking to check out the competition. Apple has included a free, 30-day trial of its iWork suite on new Macs for a while now, so Microsoft might be trying to counter Cupertino. Sales might be down, or Microsoft might be seeing increased competition from iWork on Google’s online office suite. Nam does state that the Office Mac team has been “heads-down working on the next version” of the software, so perhaps another major version is coming — for desktop Mac OS X, or maybe for the iPhone.

Either way, the new trial is a great way to see if Office 2008is something you want to purchase. The Office trial is available for download here.

Component Manufacturers Of Next-Gen iPhone

Ok, here’s a list of component manufacturers provided by, Nothing too dramatic to report. The list confirms (if it’s correct) that there will be a 3.2 megapixel camera instead of the current 2 megapixel. It’s also great to just see ‘bluetooth’ in writing some where as well.. :)

Next Gen iPhone

iPhone App Of The Day – Zombieville USA

Zombieville USA

If you’re looking for some brainless, gun toting fun then you can’t go wrong with Zombieville USA. This iPhone/iPod Touch game has you playing as a gun wielding redneck trying to survive a zombie apocalpyse. The game play is tight, and it has a wonderful design behind it. The game is on sale for $0.99 right now, so get on it.

Zombieville USA App Page

Help App Store Reach 1 Billion Downloads

We all know the App Store is a pretty hoppin place at the moment. With thousands upon thousands of apps being downloaded daily, it never ceases to amaze. Now, Apple is wanting to reach a steep plateau…1 billion downloads (say that with a Dr. Evil voice).

Of course, Apple is going about this is a pretty cool way. They’re holding a contest, and when you download one of their featured apps you’re automatically registered to win. The winner will receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro. For more details click the link below.

1 Billion App Download Contest

Apple acknowledges MacBook cracking issue

Apple is finally addressing the original MacBook’s cracking issue, even if the notebooks aren’t under warranty.

Anyone who’s owned one of the plastic white MacBooks will have dealt with the laptop’s cracking problem sooner or later. Whatever kind of plastic Apple used for the body casing seems to be particularly susceptible to hairlines cracks, even under normal usage.

Apple has been willing to replace palmrest cracks on a case-by-case basis (my own MacBook suffered from these) but until now Cupertino refused to address cracking on the bottom casing.

AppleInsider reports that the company sent out a bulletin to its authorized service providers in March that reverses its stance on refusing to address cracking issues. Both black and white plastic MacBooks can now be sent home to Apple for servicing, regardless of whether the laptop is covered by a warranty or not.

AppleInsider source reportedly claims that four additional areas now qualify for replacement. Apple is still asking its reps to carefully examine MacBooks to determine if the cracks occurred under normal usage or if they are due to dropping, which is not covered.

Even though Apple introduced the new unibody aluminium MacBook last fall, the company still sells the white plastic MacBook as a $999 budget option. We are unsure if these are covered as well.