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Parallels, the virtual machine go-to for Macs alongside Apple's own Boot Camp, has another annual update, bringing Windows 10 to your Mac. However, this year Parallels adds one feature previously unknown to common Mac users — a virtual assistant.

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Parallels Access turns your iPad into a porthole to your more powerful (and heavier) Windows or Mac computers somewhere else. Connecting the your iPad to your remote machine through the cloud is the (relatively) easy part. The real magic is how Parallels Access elegantly shrinks your desktop applications into manageable tablet apps.

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Personally I find the whole Mac/PC argument tedious in the extreme; I'm a Mac user who's quite happy to run Windows as well, but doing so can be a costly exercise in hardware and virtualisation software. The latest in the seemingly never-ending stream of budget application bundles takes some of the cost sting out, offering up Parallels Desktop 7 along with nine other Mac apps for $US49.

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Mac/iOS/Android: The next version of virtualisation software Parallels, which lets you run Windows software on your Mac, is coming September 6, but current users can upgrade now to get support for Lion features like full-screen viewing, simultaneous webcams usage, and more.

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Parallels Desktop, many a Mac user's go-to solution for getting Windows on their Apple machine, just announced version 6.0, increasing support for 3D games and applications, enabling the same shortcuts across operating systems and making things snappier all around.

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There are two popular options for virtualisation software: VMware Fusion and Parallels. But which is better? MacTech did a detailed comparison and they found out that there was an obvious winner when it came to handling graphics.

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Just a quick note for Mac users lusting for some PC software functionality: Local distributor Conexus today announced Parallels 4 for Australia. New users can pick it up for $140, and if you happen to own a previous version the upgrade only costs $70. If you picked up Parallels 3 after September 1 this year though, you're eligible for a free upgrade to the latest version, which as you remember purports to be 50% faster.

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While poor PC users still get the insulting end of the stick as Mac cozily snags their features, overall these spots feel less mean than Apple's and surprisingly un-stale. John Hodgman's presence is missed, but the Mac guy comes across as slightly less smug than Justin Long (probably 'cause he's way old). Complete collection after the jump.

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Remember when we gave you deets on the new Parallels 3.0 last week? Good news: it's done and released already. So if you've been waiting for it with sweaty anticipation, clean yourself up and go grab a copy. Tally ho, dual OS cowboys! –Adam Frucci

AU: Yay! We gave THEM some news this morning. ;-)

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