info : iCloud support for PowerPC Macs ?

Question :

As MobileMe is shutting down by the end of this month, is there any way for me to upgrade my PowerPC Mac to iCloud ?

Answer :

No – I’m sorry. (but you might have some alternatives)

You might be able to keep your … running on a G4 or G5 Mac that runs OSX 10.5 “Leopard” (or even OSX 10.4 “Tiger”) since not much seems to have changed on that front… but that will probably be all that’s left of MobileMe for you…

iCloud’s Calendar and Contacts are dependent on CalDAV and CardDAV syncing, and that wasn’t supported in MacOSX before OSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard” (in OSX 10.5 “Leopard” only CalDAV and CardDV importing is possible, syncing is based on MobileMe and LDAP). So you’re out of luck on those.

And Apple is closing down all iDisks at this moment, so you won’t have that anymore either…

Seems like there are only a few options left for G4 and G5 PowerPC Mac users to keep their info in sync on multiple computers :

1- upgrade to a new Mac (it’s the oct expensive solution, but also the most future-proof, as you will have full iCloud support in OSX 10.7 “Lion”, and you will get a free upgrade to OSX 10.8 “Mountain Lion”) – but that’s the option you might not want to think about, so…

2- start using another way of online calendar and contacts syncing, like Google/Gmail or Plaxo (and something like DropBox as an iDisk alternative) :

Note : if you have an Intel Mac and are still running OSX 10.5 “Leopard” (or even OSX 10.4 “Tiger”), you should upgrade to at least OSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard” (and if your Mac supports it to OSX 10.7 “Lion”) as soon as possible ! OSX 10.7 “Lion” supports iCloud completely, and we are working hard on figuring out how to get iCloud running on OSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard” also… look here for more info :

tip : play some Angry Birds on your Mac for free [1]

Question :

On my iPhone and iPad I can play some Angry Birds games for free by using the “Lite” (demo) version from the iTunes App Store instead of the full (paid) version… but on my Mac I can only get Angry Birds in the full (paid) version and only through the Mac App Store… why isn’t there a free (demo) version for my Mac ?

Answer :

You can play Angry Birds for free on your Mac (some levels), not only on OSX 10.6+ Intel Macs…

…even G4 & G5 PPC Macs running OSX 10.5 Leopard are eligible…

just use your web browser, and play online from Rovio’s official Angry Birds website :

Angry Birds Chrome beta (using Safari 5 you can play online, Google Chrome will give the option to play offline) :

Angry Birds FuijTV (Japanese costumes version) :

Angry Brids Wonderful Pistachios (“The Hunt For The Golden Pistachio” version)

Angry Birds Volcano (“Tyrkisk Peber” version)

Enjoy ! 😉

—— [ UPDATE ] ——————————————————————–

I found some other ones, but they’re not on Rovio’s official webpage (so please be aware of any potentially harmful links these may present to you ; even though we don’t expect any) :

Angry Birds Rio (asian online demo version)

Angry Birds (asian online demo version)

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There is a new Angry Birds promotional version on Rovio’s official webpage :

Angry Birds Coca-Cola (asian language version)

(you need to register and be of legal age, but as it’s in some asian language that I don’t understand, I can’t help you on this one ; please report back is you’ve figured it out…)

—— [ UPDATE #3 ] ——————————————————————–

Yet another new Angry Birds promotional version on Rovio’s official webpage :

Angry Birds Heikki (‘Finnish unite’ team-up of F1 racer Heikki Kovalainen and Angry Birds)

(registration required)

new levels will be added as the F1 season unrolls :

Upcoming levels:
Hockenheim — 11.7.2012
Budapest — 25.7.2012
Spa — 22.8.2012
Monza — 5.9.2012
Singapore — 12.9.2012
Suzuka — 26.9.2012
Yeongam — 3.10.2012
New Delhi — 17.10.2012
Yas Marina — 31.10.2012
Austin — 7.11.2012
Sao Paolo — 21.11.2012

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Some new links to official demos of Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Star Wars are in my follow-up post :