Items tagged with OS X

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...
Things just continue to get more and more interesting in the Google/Apple drama scenarios. Needless to say, both Google and Apple have been at each other's throats a little bit lately, but in the end, Google, Apple and Microsoft are all competing against one another, so it's not surprising to see a bit of bumping and nudging going on. But this? This is a new kind of blow, one that hurts the wallet and one that changes perceptions. As with most major corporations, Google's employees used Windows-based machines almost exclusively. It's sort of a given when major companies select Windows machines... Read more...
Data Robotics shipped their first true NAS drive early last month, caving to requests from users around the world to finally add a native Ethernet connection to their otherwise very intelligent RAID box. The storage solution itself is basically little more than a Drobo S (which we just took a deep dive with), but rather than having USB/eSATA/etc. ports, there's just a single Ethernet port to plug it directly into your network. One thing that was curiously missing at launch, however, was native, official support for Apple's "Time Machine." This is Apple's built-in software program that backs up... Read more...
The Web browser battle is seriously heating up. Apple is retooling Safari, Firefox is headed for big things in the next major point release, IE9 is expected to make Internet Explorer desirable again, and Google is finally removing the Beta label from the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome. That's right, there's a new Chrome stable release to download this week, with OS X and Linux users in particular being welcomed in for the first time. The new stable release also comes with a bunch of new features: users can synchronize not only bookmarks  across multiple computers, but also browser preferences... Read more...
Justin Long said it was over, and well...it's over. The long-running "Get A Mac" ad campaign is coming to end, which is the second large "angry" ad campaign in the tech world to get put away in the past few months. AT&T recently ditched their "anti-Verizon" ads in favor of a new Rethink Possible series, and now Apple has decided to take it easy on those PC users. Instead of focusing on what the PC can't do, the company is hoping to tell people more about what the Mac can do. It's sort of like the "Switcher" ads from years ago, but with less random people and more random Mac screenshots. If... Read more...
It's sort of tough to believe it took this long, but finally, Mac users are getting equal treatment when it comes to digital distribution of games. Valve has today launched a program that has not only been long-awaited, but highly rumored. Steam for Mac. Those three words pretty much say it all, and judging by the slow download rates that many eager Mac users are seeing, it seems to be a big hit already. Many PC gamers have been getting their games exclusively via Steam for years now, as it's far simpler than riding out to a store (lazy generation, we know). Valve has also stated that new slate... Read more...
Can you believe that Justin Long and John Hodgman have been trading blows on Apple's "Get a Mac" ad campaign for 4 years now? Believe it or not, the series began way back in 2006, and even today each new spot demands the attention of the public (and usually gets a laugh or two). Not all of them seem perfectly fair or entirely truthful, but hey, it's an advertisement after all! In a recent interview with the "Mac owning" Justin Long (both own Macs in real life, as sad as that is to swallow), one of the questions he had to answer surrounded those very ads. It's been awhile since anyone has seen a... Read more...
It has finally happened. Amazon has caved to the vocal minority, and Kindle for Mac has finally launched. It's funny timing, really, given just how close the world is to receiving the iPad and the iBookstore, but Amazon knows that it better get in on the Mac market while it can, and before Apple grabs hold like it has done with the music market/iTunes. Amazon announced awhile back that a Kindle for Mac application was on the way, and now it's available for consumers in over 100 countries to download. Amazon has already reached out and put their Kindle store onto the iPhone and iPod touch, and of... Read more...
Steam recently unveiled an "all new version" for PC users--all 25 million or so of them. And even though 25 million have access to a near-limitless amount of on-demand games, one growing sector has been completely shut out. Yes, we're talking about Mac users.Apple's OS X has been unsupported by Valve's Steam app forever; there has yet to be a Mac port of it, leaving Mac-based gamers with the reality of having to go to an actual store to buy their games. It looks like Steam's "new beta" might not be the only things that the software engineers have been focused on, as new code and screenshots are... Read more...
Is it over? Is it really, really over? Can we finally stick a fork in Psystar and consider them "done?" We can't honestly say we can until the company comes forward and makes a claim that it's giving up the act of selling its own flavor of OS X-loaded machines, but it sure looks as if it may have sold its final rig based on new reports from the legal side. According to AppleInsider, Apple and Psystar recently wrapped up nearly 1.5 years of court battling, but it was less of a handshake and more a judge-mandated injunction. An injunction of the "permanent" variety. The ruling essentially does what... Read more...
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