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Not long after Samsung (among others) started ramping up DDR3 memory production, Super Talent has just announced a new line of its own. The flash storage maker has today started shipping its freshest DDR3 DIMMs, which just so happen to be certified for use in Apple machines.Super Talent Director of Marketing, Joe James, had this to say about the new modules: "This new line of Mac DDR3 memory is built specifically for, and is certified for use in Apple systems. Our engineers have done extensive compatibility testing to ensure that customers can enjoy a no-hassle upgrade." All of the RAM is backed by a lifetime warranty, and while this stuff should go just fine in your Windows / Linux machine too,... Read more...
Apple never has been a company to cater to the lower-end. For whatever reason, it just never has had to compete on price alone. For decades, the company has made clear that the price premium associated with its products was due to the unique design and ingenuity. That said, there's hardly ever been a better time for Apple to consider dipping into the low-end pool, and rumors have been running rampant along those very lines.According to a new report in the International Business Times, steeper than usual price cuts could be just around the bend from Apple. Specifically, it's expected that Apple will release lower-priced models of the 13-inch MacBook and the larger-screen all-in-one iMac. Currently,... Read more...
These days, most every hard drive, SSD and flash drive functions just fine on Macs, PCs and Linux machines. For whatever reason, Kingston Technology's DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition lacked that OS X friendliness -- until now, that is. At long last, the company has made this highly secretive drive compatible with Macs boasting OS X 10.4x through 10.5x. Mark Akoubian, Flash memory business manager at the company, explained the move as such: "Our DataTravelerenterprise and government customers who use Windows-based systems and are looking for a safe and secure way to transport portable data. We are happy to add Mac support to this 100-percent secured drive so the Apple community can be assured... Read more...
Art Studios Entertainment came close to joining a growing list of companies mired in lawsuits with Apple over copyright infringement centered around the installation of Apple's OS X on non-Macintosh hardware. Their newest product, EFI-X USB modules, allow users to boot to any operating system, including OS X, on any Intel-based machine. Their USA distributor, EFI-X USA, recently announced a high-end PC capable of running Mac OS X, potentially allowing consumers to create their own Mac systems. The PC's, named the Millennium series, were targeted for high-end users, offering capabilities similar to high-end Mac systems for less than half the price. Their announcement was unfortunately blundered,... Read more...
It's long been asserted that Apple computers are invulnerable to viruses. This has not been because the OS is flawless, but rather because hackers focused on the more popular OS: Windows, as well as the fact that most hackers had Windows machines. But no longer.With increased popularity has come increased vulnerability. And with that, Apple has actually begun recommending antivirus software for its users.Apple added a KB article to their site on November 21st. The article, titled "Mac OS: Antivirus utilities," says: Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process... Read more...
Apple's latest incarnation of OS X, Leopard, apparently has had a hard time making the grade when it comes to accessing the New York City Department of Education's WiFi network."Apple is scrambling to address the WiFi connectivity issue within its Leopard operating system.  The fix appears set to be included in the bug fixes of the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.3 release, as noted in the report Successive Mac OS X 10.5.3 builds continue."Until the WiFi connectivity is fixed the orders remain on hold.... Read more...
For “the rest of us” here is a brief summary of the 2 dozen or so components that are being fixed or upgraded in the next Leopard build:“Among those components in need of evaluation, people familiar with the matter tell AppleInsider, are AddressBook, AppleScript, Audio, Back To My Mac, Dashboard, the Dock, DVD Player, Finder, Graphics, iCal, Mail, Portable Home Directories, Printing, Rosetta, Spaces, Spotlight, Time Machine, and VoiceOver.”While we can understand something like Rosetta requiring extensive and ongoing testing, we're still not quite sure about why DVD Player would need testing.  Being a rather simple application, we wonder if it's gaining new features or if Apple is looking... Read more...
According to research provided by the security firm Securina, Mac OS X has approximately 10 times the number of critical vulnerabilities of Windows XP and Vista combined.  We'll let the numbers speak for themselves:“While Mac OS X had 234 highly critical vulnerabilities reported in 2007, Vista and XP combined had 23, Ou wrote."This shows that Apple had more than five times the number of flaws per month than Windows XP and Vista in 2007, and most of these flaws are serious," wrote Ou. "Clearly this goes against conventional wisdom."Macs have traditionally been viewed as suffering from fewer vulnerabilities than Windows.”Of course the number of flaws isn't the only important metric... Read more...
Apple apparently has a love for 6PM nowadays, as not only did the iPhone launch at 6PM, but OS X 10.5, Leopard, will launch on Oct. 26th at 6PM.  Pre-orders are available now.Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" will go on sale through Apple retail stores and resellers on October 26 at 6:00pm local time. Additionally, the company will accept pre-orders for the new OS beginning Tuesday. <script language="JavaScript" src="https://ad.doubleclick.net/adj/ttm.betanews/bn/home;tier=1;sz=336x280,300x250;tile=2;ord=863512315?" type="text/javascript"></script> <noscript><a href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/ttm.betanews/bn/home;tier=1;sz=336x280;tile=2;ord=863512315?"... Read more...
Only a few days after Valve's Gabe Newell dished on why Valve, makers of the Half-Life series, doesn't develop for OS X, it seems that Apple decided that they needed to make their position known as well.Bear in mind that Newell's general explanation revolved around Apple changing their support team rather frequently, and not seeming to have any continuity between the outgoing teams and the incomming teams.  The net result, Newell claims, is that every time Apple approaches Valve about gaming, they do it with a completely new (small) group of internal engineers/developers that seem to have no idea that a similar group met with Valve about year ago.  Those people from approximately a... Read more...
If you've been around long enough, you'll remember that there actually was a fairly large gaming market brewing for Apple at one point in time, but somewhere along the way things went sour and the Mac went a long time with a very limited selection of titles.  That's slowly changing, especially with developers like Blizzard and even Electronic Arts throwing their weight behind OS X.What about Valve, a company that seems to have the Midas Touch when it comes to unbelievably great games?  Here's an interesting question posed to Gabe Newell:“Kikizo: People keep asking you about a potential Macintosh version, and your stance is that this is a strictly Windows project...? Gabe: Well, we tried... Read more...
Apple recently removed the word Computer from their corporate name, and this might very well reflect the mindset of those people who are calling the shots: at the end of the day they have far less than 5% market share when it comes to computers, a far cry from their lofty position atop the world of portable media playing devices.Obviously Apple's core business is not something that they're likely to give up on any time soon, but did the switch in emphasis cause the company to miss a chance to build relationships with new customers?“When the long-awaited moment arrived, Vista turned out to be in as sorry a state of semicompletion as Mr. Jobs could have hoped for. Many pieces of hardware that customers... Read more...
It seems a given that the upcoming Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will place a heavy emphasis on the next iteration of OS X, "Leopard", and of course we can expect to hear a lot about the iPhone as well.  What many people might not have been expecting is that Apple plans on hosting a lot more workshop sessions, many of which are aiming to help first time OS X developers.  Apparently the '06 WWDC saw a lot of fresh developer faces, some from open-source backgrounds but many from closed-source developers.  Who knows if any of these companies will rise to become a key player on OS X, but giving them the tools and workshops that they need to make the transition will certainly benefit... Read more...
Capping literally years of speculation on perhaps the most intensely followed unconfirmed product in Apple's history -- and that's saying a lot -- the iPhone has been announced today. Yeah, we said it: "iPhone," the name the entire free world had all but unanimously christened it from the time it'd been nothing more than a twinkle in Stevie J's eye (comments, Cisco?). Sweet, glorious specs of the 11.6 millimeter device (that's frickin' thin, by the way) include a 3.5-inch wide touchscreen display with multi-touch support and a proximity sensor to turn off the sensor when it's close to your face, 2 megapixel cam, 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth with EDR, WiFi that... Read more...
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