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Microsoft’s big slip-up is our gain, as the Redmond software giant today accidentally hit the publish button a little too soon on a major announcement. The company will be hosting the Connect() developer conference later this week, but one of the biggest announcements was pushed through today: Visual Studio for Mac. Microsoft is well aware that developers are more platform agnostic these days, which explains why the company is reaching out to the Mac community — something that would have seemed unheard of just a few years ago with the PC-centric Visual Studio suite. Based on the app development... Read more...
Apple's newest MacBook Pros are ambitious for a handful of reasons, but not all of those are going to be universally agreed-upon as being "good". We covered the new MBP's graphics solutions last week, equating them to Pintos when others are stocking Porsches. Some launches have hits and misses, but this latest one from Apple seems to have an unusual number of misses. Let's not get into the lack of Type-A USB ports or the removal of popular hardware keys (eg: F1 - F12, Esc). Regardless of what you think of Apple's design decisions, there's one man who will defend them against all odds. That'd be... Read more...
Apple is still raking in money hand over fist, but the company’s financial performance is no longer setting records quarter after quarter. But even a weakened Apple is still a force to be reckoned with — the company posted Q4 revenue of $46.9 billion and net income of $9 billion. This compared to $51.5 billion and $11.1 billion respectively for the same period last year. Gross margins fell slightly to 38 percent for the quarter compared to 39.9 percent a year ago. Annual sales fell 7.7 percent from $233.7 billion in 2015 to $215.6 billion in 2016. This is the first time in 15 years that Apple has... Read more...
Quick, which is more expensive to own, a Windows PC or a Mac? Conventional wisdom (and not-so-fuzzy math) says Macs typically cost more than comparable Windows PCs, but if you look beyond the initial price and also factor in time and money spent maintaining each system, do things change? IBM's VP of Workplace as a Service Fletcher Previn came to the conclusion that Macs are by far the better buy after analyzing post-sales costs. While speaking at the Jampf Nation User Conference this week, Previn broke it down like this—the initial cost of purchasing a Mac system runs anywhere from $117 to $454... Read more...
After several months of testing, Apple in September released the thirteenth major release of its desktop operating system, macOS Sierra (it's no longer referred to as OS X), but where's the new hardware? It has been a long time since Apple refreshed its Mac line with major changes, though don't fret, Apple isn't planning to head into the holiday season with old systems.The folks at Recode say they've heard confirmation from unnamed sources that Apple introduce new Mac systems during a press event next month. It will take place on October 27, though exactly what Apple plans to roll out isn't yet... Read more...
The customer is always right; or at least that’s a mantra that is usually tossed around at U.S. retail establishments. Perhaps that isn’t the case in France, as one Apple Store patron decided to go on a calm, yet destructive rampage after he claimed that he was not treated fairly by the staff. According to eyewitness reports, the man complained that “Apple is a company that violated European consumers' rights.” He also claimed that Apple wouldn’t offer him a refund, although it is not exactly clear what he was trying to return or for what reason. Whatever the case, this perceived slight was enough... Read more...
For many people, especially in education, Chromebooks offer the right combination of price, security, and functionality. According to Google, schools in the U.S. are now buying more Chromebooks than all other devices combined, and not to be scoffed at, that's helped propel Chromebooks over Macs in overall shipments to become the second most popular OS in the U.S. That bit of accounting was provided to Google by International Data Corporation's quarterly PC tracking data. IDC didn't break down Chromebook versus Mac shipments for public consumption in its most recent report, but it did point out... Read more...
Bots are taking over, folks. Do you hear us? We said bots are taking over! But don't worry, we're not talking about the inevitable kowtowing of humans to our future robot overlords, these are software bots for Skype that are now available on Mac systems, and they're friendly. They're also useful in certain situations, which is why Microsoft is so keen on pushing out Skype Bots.Microsoft introduced Skype Bots earlier in the month at Microsoft's Build 2016 conference as a way to enhance the Skype experience and also to showcase how these artificial intelligence technologies can bring about new experiences.... Read more...
It’s been a while since we’ve seen direct Windows vs Mac PCs ads make the rounds, but it looks like Microsoft is looking to renew the efforts with its new ‘Do More’ advertising campaign. The first commercial introduces us to Christie and Jess, who call themselves The Bug Chicks. The duo’s mission is to introduce children to and teach them all about insects — and wouldn’t you know it, Windows 10 helps them better achieve that goal. Following a 30-second intro, we’re presented with three additional 15-second spots that showcase why Windows 10 PCs are superior to Macs running OS X. “Windows and Cortana”... Read more...
Apple had good intentions when it rolled out a security update for Mac OS X, but unfortunately for some iMac, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini users the update also caused their Ethernet ports to stop working. Oops! The good news is Apple was quick to issue another update that should restore full functionality. If you find that Ethernet connectivity is no longer working on your Mac, Apple says to check System Information to find out which version of "Incompatible Kernel Extension Configuration Data" is installed, which you can access in System Information under Software. If you have version 3.28.1, you... Read more...
Anyone that has used an iPhone or iPad in the past few years should be pretty familiar with the Siri digital assistant. Siri, which was initially introduced on the iPhone 4S back in 2011, has grown in its capabilities over the course of its 4-year lifespan and has recently been expanded to the Apple Watch and Apple TV platforms. But according to a new report from a man well-connected with the inner workings of Apple, Mark Gurman, Siri will finally make its way to the Mac platform later this year with the introduction of OS X 10.12. The only thing surprising about this revelation is why it has taken... Read more...
Adobe acknowledged that it muffed an update to its Creative Cloud Desktop application last week, one that caused it to delete files on a "small number" of Mac systems. Once it became aware of the issue, Adobe pulled the plug on the update and has since made another one available for both Mac and Windows systems (there's no indication that the issue affects Windows PCs). "In a small number of cases, the updater may incorrectly remove some files from the system root directory with user writeable permissions. We have removed the update from distribution, and are in the process of deploying a new update... Read more...
We guess it’s a bad month for power adapters in the world of tech. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a recall program to replace defective power cords on the first three generations of its Surface Pro tablets due to a fire risk. Now, Apple is joining the fray by recalling certain power adapters that shipped with a number of Mac and iOS devices around the world. Included in the recall are wall adapters that shipped with Apple notebooks and portable devices, along with the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. And while Microsoft said that it received no reports of injuries related to Surface Pro... Read more...
Mac users unhappy with the problem-riddled launch of Final Fantasy XIV are eligible for a full refund, Square Enix director Naoki Yoshida said today in an official post to gamers. He also announced that the title is being yanked from store shelves until the game performs correctly and the system requirements have been communicated accurately. The concession follows harsh criticism from players who bought the title only to encounter game-crippling problems. Yoshida discussed two major problems that plagued the game’s launch and apologized for both. One issue was that the company provided incorrect... Read more...
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