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Adobe Huffing and Puffing to Push Out Flash for Macbook Air
November 19, 2010
Adobe is in the process of optimizing Flash for the Mac, and the project has already reached the beta stage, CEO Shantanu Narayen announced at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco earlier this week. He indicated that Apple's problems with Flash were Cupertino's fault, saying that Adobe didn't get early access to hardware acceleration.
For Apple, a Week of Hot Air and Market Share
October 23, 2010
Apple held its big Back to the Mac event this week, showing previews of software and hardware to come. On the hardware side, it has a new, aluminum body MacBook Air. Weighs less than three pounds and boasts up to 30 hours of standby time, five to seven hours of actual use. It comes in two sizes: 13.3 inches and 11.6, which teeters right on the brink of netbook territory.
Apple Decides the Desktop Shall Be App-ified
October 21, 2010
Apple announced Wednesday it will debut the Mac App Store, an online store through which users can purchase, download and install Mac OS X applications, within 90 days. Looking ahead further, the vendor said it will incorporate the Mac App Store in Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of its operating system for computers, which is scheduled to ship next summer.
Apple Hints at a Lion, Delivers Fresh Air
October 20, 2010
What would happen if a MacBook and iPad hooked up? Apple's answer is the new MacBook Air. "It's one of the most amazing things we've ever created," Apple CEO Steve Jobs declared Wednesday at a company event held at its headquarters. "We think it is the future of notebooks." What does the future look like? It comes in two models -- one with an 11.6-inch display and the other with a 13.3-inch screen.
The Missing MacBook Link
October 19, 2010
On Wednesday, Apple will hold a "Back to the Mac" announcement for the media. As with most Apple announcements from CEO and pitchman Steve Jobs, I find myself eagerly anticipating the day and big reveal. Along the way, I try to sort out my own hopes and needs against what Apple might actually deliver to the world at large.
Mac Lion: The King of the OS X Jungle?
October 16, 2010
Apple has this way of making its more devoted fans feel as though the company is giving them some sort of gift whenever it rolls out a new product. It plans a party, makes special invitations, and trots out the new inventions like it's paying tribute to a visiting dignitary. Nobody's giving anyone anything, of course; it's total salesmanship. Not a bad way to go about it, though.
Mac May Have a Hard Time Following iPad's Act
October 14, 2010
Apple has invited media and analysts to an Oct. 20 event focusing on its upcoming plans for the Mac platform. The invitation mentions a "sneak peek" at the next version of the Mac OS, but offers no other information about what will be revealed. Because Apple is following its usual pattern of keeping a lid on the details of any possible new product releases, the rumor mill has been abuzz with possibilities.
A Complete Education for the PC-to-Mac Defector
August 02, 2010
With Apple continually grabbing the public's attention with its groundbreaking products, the temptation to bolt from other computing platforms grows stronger every day. When you've been using an operating system like Windows for what seems like a lifetime, the prospect of adjusting to a new computing platform from scratch can dull even the strongest urge to desert the familiar.
Tune-Up App Lets You Get More Intimate With Your Mac
February 08, 2010
It's been both a boon and bane for the Mac that it has some characteristics of an appliance. For some users, "it just works" is what makes Apple computers so much more attractive than their competitors. Others, though, just feel incomplete unless they can get under the hood of their byte box. For them, there are programs like MacTuneUp.
Judge Puts an End to Psystar's Clone War
December 16, 2009
Psystar, the maker of the now notorious Open Computer -- a PC that could be preloaded with OS X software -- has just about run out of legal options in its battle with Apple. Judge William Alsup has just granted Apple's motion for a permanent injunction against the sale of Mac OS X software or any products that would infringe Apple's copyrights.
Psystar May Still Have Some Fight Left
December 02, 2009
Psystar, the company that put itself on the tech industry's map by offering so-called "open" hardware loaded with Apple software -- and then defended its actions in court with some audacious legal arguments -- is down but apparently not yet out. It is appealing a summary judgment issued against it last month in spite of having agreed to pay Apple $2.7 million in a settlement deal.
Ruling Snuffs Psystar's Mac Dreams
November 16, 2009
Apple has won a summary judgment in its copyright infringement case against Psystar. The Miami-based startup turned heads last year with its offer of a $400 Mac clone -- that is, non-Apple hardware running the Mac OS X Leopard operating system. Several claims in the case remain to be briefed and tried if it doesn't settle first, but it likely will.
Intel Escapes Its Legal Morass, One Settlement at a Time
November 13, 2009
Intel and AMD have finally put a long and bitter disagreement to bed, and in the end, all it took was a little open communication and understanding, along with one and a quarter billion dollars. The two have been at it for years -- accusations, threats, lawsuits. AMD said Intel engaged in anticompetitive behavior; Intel said AMD broke its licensing agreements.
Snow Leopard Smashes Atom
November 10, 2009
Apple on Monday issued its latest update to its Snow Leopard operating system. Mac OS X 10.6.2 fixes a slew of bugs and glitches that users had been complaining about. It also froze out Intel's Atom chip, leaving "hackintosh" users -- people who use do-it-yourself methods to run Mac OS X on Intel-powered netbooks -- out in the cold.
Droid Lurches to Life
November 06, 2009
Today is the day of the Droid. The Motorola smartphone touches down today in what's shaping up to be one of the biggest handset launches in recent memory. Of course Verizon is going all-in as far as advertising is concerned, but there's more to the Droid's story than a marketing campaign.
Mac OS X May Split With Atom
November 03, 2009
An update from Apple for its OS X 10.6 operating system could cause a lot of grief for tinkerers who have installed Snow Leopard on low-cost netbook computers. The update may cause Snow Leopard to no longer run on Intel's Atom processors. Withdrawing Atom support would prevent device hackers from creating so-called hackintosh netbooks.
Sidekick Snafu: The Data Saved and the Damage Done
October 16, 2009
T-Mobile's Sidekick users had a pretty rough time this week thanks to a mistake that first looked enormous but eventually was pretty much fixed, though with no small amount of worry and strife in between. An unfortunate series of events caused a major inconvenience for users of the smartphone.
Data-Chomping Snow Leopard Bug Draws Blizzard of Complaints
October 13, 2009
Apple users are fuming about a bug in Mac OS X Snow Leopard that deletes data when they log into a guest account on their Macs, judging by the rapid growth in the number of complaints on Apple's user forums. The data-eating bug was first reported a month ago, shortly after Apple released Snow Leopard in August.
The iPhone's Five-Year Plan
September 23, 2009
Demand in companies of all sizes will see the iPhone taking 35 percent of the business market, according to a prediction from Forrester Research. This will be fueled by increased demand for smartphones worldwide. Meanwhile, Apple will continue to innovate and stay ahead of the market, Barclays Capital Research said.
What If Steve Jobs Had Introduced the Zune?
September 21, 2009
Over the years, I've had long "discussions" with Apple fans on why Apple can't actually put Microsoft out of business. Many seem to think the event is imminent, while I clearly believe it is impossible. To make a point like this, however, you need a reverse example, and the new Zune is likely the best product for the purpose.
Snow Leopard: It's the Little Things That Thrill
September 10, 2009
Apple's previous version of its Mac OS X operating system, Leopard, was already great, so what does Apple's latest upgrade -- Snow Leopard -- bring to the table? More importantly, is it worth bothering with? I've been using Snow Leopard since FedEx brought it to me late last month, and at the upgrade price of just $29, yes, it's worth getting.
Clash of the Consoles Gets Down and Dirty
August 28, 2009
Congratulations, patient cheapskates: You've won the waiting game. Now you can get a well-equipped video game system for a somewhat reasonable price. The two most-advanced consoles on the market have dropped in price over the last few days, just in time for all of that back-to-school homework to get ignored.
Will Windows 7 Be the Supervillain Apple Needs?
August 28, 2009
As I begin to salivate over the arrival of Mac OS X Leopard some time later today, I can't help but wonder if I should bother making a partition for running Windows 7 via VMware's Fusion on my MacBook. The problem is, I don't really need the OS or the clutter on my hard drive. I ran Windows XP for about year or so, but I quit in 2008 as I found fewer and fewer reasons to mess with it.
Snow Leopard to Prowl for Mac Malware?
August 26, 2009
Apple has reportedly included antimalware technologies in Snow Leopard, which will go on sale Friday. The news comes shortly after Apple released a fresh round of commercials indicating that the Mac, unlike PCs running Windows, is virus-free. Mac security software vendor Intego's blog carried a screenshot showing the antimalware feature detecting a version of the RSPlug Trojan horse in a downloaded disk image.

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