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Apple's Mac mini hadn't seen a substantial update for about a year, but with Intel's Sandy Bridge-based second generation Core processor family arriving in 2011, it was only a matter of time before one of those chips found favor with Apple's tiniest desktop. The Mac mini design really hasn't changed all that much in the year or so it took the folks in Cupertino to swap out the Core 2 Duo for a Core i5. In terms of volume and dimension, it's almost exactly the same as the 2010 edition, but with a major addition—support for Thunderbolt... Apple's Sandy Bridge-Based Mac Mini Review... Read more...
Apple's Mac mini hadn't seen a substantial update for about a year, but with Intel's second generation Core processor family arriving in 2011, it was only a matter of time before one of those chips found favor with Apple's tiniest desktop. The Mac mini design really hasn't changed in the year or so it took the folks in Cupertino to swap out the Core 2 Duo for Intel's new Core i line of processors. In terms of volume and dimension, it's almost exactly the same as the 2010 edition, but with a major addition--that port between the HDMI socket and those four USB 2.0 ports.... Read more...
Apple may have a nominal member of the standards group that developed Blu-ray, but the company has shied away from supporting Blu-ray playback for years. Blu-ray disc authoring, in contrast, was added to Final Cut Studio 3 / Final Cut Pro 7 back in 2009. Jobs has previously commented on Apple's decision. In 2008, the CEO told listeners: "Blu-ray is a bag of hurt... I don’t mean from the consumer point of view. It’s great to watch movies, but the licensing is so complex. We’re waiting until things settle down, and waiting until Blu-ray takes off before we burden our customers with... Read more...
If you're waiting for the next big OS X release, you'll have to wait a little longer. But that doesn't mean that Apple won't be producing any extra updates for their existing desktop operating system. OS X 10.6 saw its latest update this week, with 10.6.8 taking things one step closer to "Lion." According to changelog, this update is intended to fix a number of general OS issues that will enhance stability, compatibility and security. It's also the last major step before Lion; Apple even says that it updates the Mac App Store "to upgrade to OS X Lion." The update also fixes an issue that could... Read more...
Not too long after Apple started to ship their newest MacBook Pro models (the ones with Intel's Thunderbolt I/O port), forums began to populate with comments stating that their screens were having flickering issues. There were reports shortly thereafter noting that Apple was looking into the matter, and that this was an issue that would eventually see resolution. And now, resolution is upon us. Apple has just released the newest update for OS X, pushing the build to 10.6.7. This update provides a number of stability and compatibility updates, but the most notable is the improved graphics stability... Read more...
It's an argument that has been around for almost as long as Macs have been rivaling PCs. And despite the fact that so much has changed over the past few decades, the argument still arises almost every time Apple introduces a new computer. No, it's not the argument of "PC versus Mac" from a software and compatibility standpoint; that's an entirely different animal worthy of its own analysis. This is an argument over dollars and cents. For years, PC loyalists (or just those who are anti-Apple for one reason or another) have argued that Apple computers are more expensive than their similarly equipped,... Read more...
It's an argument that has been around for almost as long as Macs have been rivaling PCs. And despite the fact that so much has changed over the past few decades, the argument still arises almost every time Apple introduces a new computer. No, it's not the argument of "PC versus Mac" from a software and compatibility standpoint; that's an entirely different animal worthy of its own analysis. This is an argument over dollars and cents. For years, PC loyalists (or just those who are anti-Apple for one reason or another) have argued that Apple computers are more expensive than their... Read more...
Mac users, you aren't being snubbed any longer. Today, Skype for Mac has been revealed in Beta, bringing the same features that version 5.0 already delivered on the PC side to OS X users. The new Skype 5.0 for Mac introduces a revised user interface, and as Skype says, a "more Mac-like experience." For example, the Skype app has been brought together in one window for ease-of-use, and the Mac address book has been integrated, making it possible for you to call, IM and SMS your contacts when they are online or offline. This build also highlights a new feature, group video calling, which is basically... Read more...
When Apple said "Back to the Mac," they meant it. The company was talking software this week at their mega event, with Mac OS X 10.7 being the star of the software show. Apple's calling the next major version of OS X "Lion," and while it will not ship to consumers until summer of 2011, it promises to be the most significant Apple OS yet. Developers are expected to start getting an early look sometime soon, and the added features are pretty impressive. Lion has obviously been inspired by many of the iPad's software features. The biggest of which is a Lion app store. That's right, a dedicated App... Read more...
A lot of people wondered what would happen to Apple once they became Apple, Inc. and not Apple Computer. Many thought that this signaled the end of the Mac computer, with Apple to now focus primarily on the iPhone, iPad and other accessories and small devices. But Apple's computer sales have consistently risen since the iPhone's introduction, proving that Apple may have changed their name but they didn't forget about their towers and laptops. Apple still refreshes their hardware line about as infrequently as any major company. Some people love the tactic, and others cannot stand it. But recently,... Read more...
As far as big names go, Asetek is a fairly large name in the cooling solution industry. The company has loads of water and fan-based cooling solutions for pretty much anything within a PC, and their latest project is quite possibly the most interesting PC we've seen in some time. Origin's 'Big O' rivals that, but we digress. Asetek's cooling solution is really only half of the story with QUO's new MAXQ2 computer. It's a new tower that promises to offer something that no HP, Lenovo or Dell will ever offer: true OS X support. We have seen Mac clones in the past, but usually Apple shuts them down... Read more...
Monsoon Multimedia has just added a critical piece of functionality to their newest piece of hardware, which certainly has the potential to change things up rather significantly in the DVR space. The Vulkano is a do-it-all home entertainment box: integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and Mobile Video Recording are all possible. But what wasn't possible was syncing with a Mac. That all changes today. The company has just introduced a new Mac client that gives Apple users access to all of the device's features, enabling them to watch and control any home... Read more...
For years upon years, the easiest way to hush a Mac loyalist was to point to market share. For nearly as long as the two operating systems (the two being Apple's OS and Microsoft's OS) have been competition against each other, Microsoft has always had an incredible lead in terms of installed user base. Of course, the "default" for most people and businesses is the newest edition of Windows, so it's not too surprising that Apple has struggled to grab even 5% of the global OS market share for the past few decades. Even with Apple soaring in terms of popularity (and in terms of share price), the amount... Read more...
It's a real shame that Elgato's latest piece of software is Mac-only, but for those who rely on Apple's operating system to get their computing done, this one may just be worth a look. For anyone who has ever tried to edit a few clips together in iMovie and then export that into a smaller file format for uploading, you probably understand the frustration that comes with waiting for hours as it converts and transcodes. It's almost unavoidable. Elgato, a few years ago, introduced a software/hardware solution called the Turbo.264 HD. While that worked great in speeding up the transcode process, it... Read more...
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