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It was 30 years ago that Apple brought forth the Macintosh, a personal computer with a great GUI and all sorts of capabilities foreign to most users. Apple debuted that iconic “1984” ad in the Super Bowl that year, and the company has been innovating and producing new machines since then, most of which have been compelling. Apple set up a few pages to commemorate the anniversary, and unless you’re a real Apple hater, pop over and browse through it. There are images of Apple computers through the years, a lot of history, examples of what creative and smart people have done with... Read more...
It has been over six years since Apple introduced the iPhone. Millions of apps have been written for the platform in that time, with collective downloads into the billions. Apple's App Store is a thriving marketplace with a huge amount of software available on virtually any topic you can think of. But not Microsoft Office. There are plenty of third-party applications that handle Word and Excel files, but no apps from Microsoft itself. Office documents can be viewed through the SkyDrive application, but there's no editing capability. There's a version of Office for iOS supposedly in the works, but... Read more...
With the iPhone 5 rumored to launch this September, analysts and users alike have turned to wondering what adjustments Apple will make to its pricing structure. Mike Abramsky, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, has stated he expects Apple to break with its established pattern where updates are concerned. To date, each successive product launch has heralded the retiring of the company's oldest iPhone model still for sale. If the company keeps to this, it'll stop offering the iPhone 3GS when it launches the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4 (16GB) would then become the entry-level iPhone at a subsidized price... Read more...
Sophos on Tuesday released free anti-virus software for Macs. While it's not hard to find free antivirus software for Macs (ClamXAV has been at it for years) by all accounts this is the first commercial grade tool available for nada. That means no strings attached, no trial period that descends into perpetual requests to upgrade and no major features missing The Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition rivals paid options in catching viruses, its makers say, and not just the ones that can harm Macs, but those that harm Windows, too, if a Mac user were to pass along an infected e-mail. Sophos says... Read more...
Apple users often have to wait longer than us PC folk for top-end upgrades or features to become available, but this time the Macolytes might steal a march on the rest of us. According to rumors on the other side of the pond, the next-generation of iMac and Macbook Pro systems will feature both USB 3.0 and the heretofore dark horse candidate—FireWire 3200 (S3200). This new FireWire interface uses the same cable as the older FireWire 800 but offers four times the bandwidth. FireWire isn't discussed much these days, although the original IEEE1394a (FireWire 400) standard is fairly common, even... Read more...
Short and to the point, Valve this week announced it would be porting its Steam platform over to the Mac next month. And when we say short and to the point, we really mean it. All the developer had to say was "Valve today announced the public release of Steam for the Mac is May 12. Please stayed tuned for more information." No "Hi, how ya doing" or "Hey, we're going to include some exciting features, let us tell you all about them." No screenshots or teaser videos either, but that's okay because those have already been leaked to the Web (see here). So in less than two weeks, our Mac-powered brethren... Read more...
VALVE TO DELIVER STEAM & SOURCE ON MACLeading Gaming Service Expands to Mac Platform March 8, 2010 - Valve announced today it will bring Steam, Valve's gaming service, and Source, Valve's gaming engine, to the Mac.Steam and Valve's library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available in April."As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients," said Gabe Newell, President of Valve. "The Mac is a great platform for entertainment... Read more...
January 24, 1984 was the day the Macintosh first went on sale. It was the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface rather than a command line interface, and it promised to revolutionize personal computing. Yes, back then Apple still called itself Apple Computers. And although January 24th was its birth, January 22, 1984 was its introduction, via a commercial known as 1984, directed by Ridley Scott, and shown during the Super Bowl. The ad is set in an Orwellian world, and a host of people sits staring blankly at a broadcast of a monolithic... Read more...
The news will probably be flowing a bit slower than usual for the next day or so, due to the Christmas Holiday. We'll still do our best to be here if something exciting happens, but in the meantime, I have a fun little tid-bit to share, just to kill some time.If you can make it through the absolutely horrible acting in the first minute, I promise this video gets much cooler... Mac vs. PC -- Transformers Style I have a sneaking suspicion most of you DIYers are going to agree with the blonde's point of view, and won't side with the "winners", but so what? :) It's still a cool video. We all know what... Read more...
Matrox Introduces PowerDesk for MacSoftware Features Enhanced Desktop Management Control Across Multiple Displays Montreal, Canada, December 22, 2008 -- Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the availability of PowerDesk for Mac, a new desktop management software for Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) used with Apple Mac systems. PowerDesk for Mac improves how—and where—windows are arranged, making it easier to use multiple applications on a Matrox DualHead2Go or TripleHead2Go multi-monitor set up. The PowerDesk software—which comes with an easy-to-use interface for setting supported GXM multi-display... Read more...
As Doctor Venkman might say, it's human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! When Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was having trouble configuring automatic archiving of e-mails by his Macintosh computers, at first he tried contacting the company directly for support. When that didn't work out, he made an on-air appeal for help. To Steve Jobs. “I know we don’t agree on anything,” Mr. Limbaugh chuckled, referencing Mr. Jobs’s endorsement of Al Gore. But someone at Apple was apparently listening: the company assigned an engineer to work with Mr. Limbaugh.After... Read more...