Items tagged with OS X

Another month and another quarter, and yet again Apple is on top of the computer world for something. It's fairly amazing when you think about. On a global basis, OS X-based machines still make up less than 10% of all machines, yet Apple has somehow managed to captivate the general populace and dominate the media. It has also managed to stay on top of positive reports, and things aren't any different now that the most recent quarter has come to a close and the number crunchers have completed their work. A pair of recent reports have left the top brass in Cupertino smiling, with a Rescuecom report noting that Apple computers "were the least likely to need repair within three years of purchase."... Read more...
You may not realize it at first glance, but this software release is probably one of the year's biggest for the Mac. We know, Snow Leopard was cool, but this is just fantastic. Orb is widely known as one of the best media streaming applications for Windows, and while an iPhone app came out last year that allowed iPhone users to watch media streamed from the PC, it seems logical to think that Mac version would be even more relevant for iPhone owners.Finally, that is exactly what has happened. Orb for Macintosh is now on the market, and best of all, you won't even need a credit card number to buy it. The program is 100% free, and it promises "media anywhere functionality" for dedicated Mac users.... Read more...
It hasn't even been a full year since Creative introduced its Flip Video-rivaling Vado HD pocket camcorder, and already the company is ushering in the next generation. The simply-titled 'second generation Vado HD' doesn't look or feel all that much different than the original, but we suppose that's kind of the point. Don't reinvent the wheel if the current one rolls along just fine, right? The new pocket camcorders will be available in a pair of new color combinations: a 4GB glossy white with green accents, which holds up to 60 minutes of video and an 8GB glossy black with red accents, which holds up to 120 minutes of video. Both are these are available to pre-order starting today at Amazon and... Read more...
Thinking of upgrading your Mac to 'Snow Leopard?' At just $29 to upgrade from OS X 10.5, the answer to that is probably "yes" if you own an Apple machine. Generally speaking, early reviews have shown that the operating system is a worthy upgrade, and while it's certainly nothing revolutionary, it does offer up enough new functionality to justify the small asking price.But not all is peachy in the world of Snow Leopard. Early testers have discovered a strange quirk within the OS that casts some doubt on just how "64-bit" the "64-bit OS" really is. While the ins and outs of the story are quite complex, the gist of it is this: Apple's OS X 10.6 boots with a 32-bit kernel by default, despite the... Read more...
Apple's new OS, Snow Leopard, goes on sale Friday and can be pre-ordered online starting today.It's a pretty inexpensive upgrade - $29 for folks who work on OS X 10.5 Leopard. Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6, is said to refine "90 percent of the more than 1,000 projects that make up Mac OS X.The main refinements, according to Apple, appear to be in the speed department. Mail is supposed to load up to twice as fast, Time Machine to to its initial backup up to 80 percent faster, and a 64-bit version of Safari 4 that's supposed to be up to 50 percent faster and not be susceptible to crashes caused by plug-ins.The whole OS is half as large as Leopard was and should free up as much as 7 GB of drive space.It... Read more...
Are you ready to believe...again? After years and years of rumors, we're being presented with yet another round of rumors on a supposed Apple Tablet. In fact, we covered this very rumor way back in 2007, and obviously nothing of the sort has surfaced yet. That said, there were rumors of the iPhone for years before it ever became a reality, so we can't completely discount the possibility that an Apple Tablet has been in the oven for years on end. In fact, that's exactly what AppleInsider is suggesting in a new piece on the matter. The site states that the Apple Tablet has been in the works for at least four years, and after an absurd amount of setbacks, the company is finally pushing forward to... Read more...
This week is earnings week for a slew of technology outfits, and there's one in particular that Wall Street was waiting for: Apple. During what's likely the worst recession since the Great Depression, analysts and consumers alike were eager to hear how the tech world's darling made out in the quarter ending June 27th. Needless to say, Apple blew away any and all expectations.With the market on a rebound and morale heading north, Apple added fuel to the good-news fire with its fiscal 2009 third quarter earnings. So, just how good were things? Oh, it was only Apple's best-ever non-holiday quarter in terms of revenue and earnings. You read that correctly -- during a time where spending was down... Read more...
In early June, Apple released what is arguably its most significant upgrade to Safari yet: Safari 4. In typical Apple fashion, the company was quick to deem it the "world's fastest and most innovative browser." Today, we're setting out to find if that bold claim is indeed true, and we'll be breaking down the features and performance profile of it--along with its fiercest competitors--on both the Mac and PC side. Safari 4 - HotHardware homepage; Click To EnlargeOne of the nicer things about Safari 4 is that Apple has made it available for both Windows (XP and Vista) as well as its own OS X operating system. It's also built around the Nitro engine, which--according to Apple runs JavaScript up to... Read more...
Think of it as the computer company that just...won't...die. After being lambasted by Apple from day one, dealing with more threats and lawsuits in a year that most of us will hear of in a lifetime and eventually filing for bankruptcy, the infamous Mac clone maker known only as Psystar is back. Shortly before most of America hits the pause button for a holiday weekend, the company made famous for producing its very own machines with OS X installed on them (without Apple's permission, mind you) has issued an email newsletter that clearly states that it is "ready to emerge [from bankruptcy] and battle Goliath [otherwise known as Apple]." Of course, the company is still awaiting a formal dismissal,... Read more...
Not one to rest on its laurels (or platters, as it were), Seagate is introducing a slew of new products just days after tickling the small business arena with its new BlackArmor external storage solutions. Today, the outfit is bestowing upon the storage world a bevy of new FreeAgent external drives: the FreeAgent Go for Mac with USB, FreeAgent Go Pro for Mac, the 2TB FreeAgent Desk for Mac and FreeAgent Go Dock+ powered USB hub/dock for the FreeAgent Go.Needless to say, each of these devices arrive formatted for Mac (HFS+), but users can easily convert them for PC use by formatting 'em right away on a Windows-based machine. The FreeAgent Go Pro for Mac packs a 7200RPM drive, perfect for media... Read more...
For PC lovers, it's October 22nd that's circled in your calendar. But that's not the only major OS that's launching this fall. This week at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in California, the company announced that its long awaited OS X Snow Leopard operating system would be shipping in September, undercutting Microsoft's own debut by a solid month. Apple already told us that Snow Leopard was less about being a completely new OS and more about refining the innovations in OS X Leopard, but we never imagined it would get priced as such. Instead of charging folks $129 as usual, Apple will sell Snow Leopard for just $29 if you already own Leopard. That's right -- a new OS for $29. We haven't... Read more...
ZeeVee, the online viewing portal that's giving the likes of Hulu a real run for their money, has just announced compatibility with yet another major platform: OS X. The Massachusetts-based company has just let loose its highly anticipated Mac client of Zinc, which is a GUI of sorts that places a boatload of internet TV channels at your fingertips. Designed to be used in full-screen mode on your computer monitor or even on a living room TV, Zinc Beta 3 for Mac doesn't look any different than the software for PCs. It should be noted, however, that this version is only compatible with OS X 10.5, and thus, Intel-based Mac computers.  VeeVee co-founder and CEO Vic Odryna made sure that his appreciation... Read more...
You remember Psystar, don't you? How could you not, right? The company famous (or should we say infamous?) for forging ahead with production on Mac clones even as lawsuits from Apple piled up has finally caved, but not to Apple. No, it has caved to the pressures of financing a business.According to a new report up at The Mac Observer, the company -- which engineered stylish PCs that were sold with Apple's OS X operating system -- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida late last week. If you're wondering why all the hubbub, it's that no third-party PC maker is allowed to sell hardware with Apple's OS X operating system. Only Apple is allowed to sell machines with OS X, and Psystar... Read more...
There’s good news for Mac Pro owners: the latest Mac OS X 10.5.7 update offers support for ATI's Radeon HD 4870 card. The Radeon HD 4870 graphics card has been an option for new Mac Pro buyers since the Mac Pro was refreshed in March. Around the same time, Apple began offering a Radeon HD 4870 kit for Mac Pros manufactured since 2008. Since the card was announced, however, customers who pre-ordered the card have been waiting. Some recipients received the Radeon HD 4870 card earlier than expected, but were advised by Apple to wait to install the card until a driver update was made available. Tuesday’s release of Mac OS X 10.5.7 contains the needed driver update. Some Apple Store customers who... Read more...
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