January 7, 2009

Apple Light on the Announcements Made at MacWorld San Francisco

In what seemed to be proof that Apple doesn't need a MacWorld to announce products, yesterday's keynote made by Phil Schiller didn't contain the type of groundbreaking products Apple customers are used to. In his keynote, Phil mentioned that 3.4 million people visit the apple store worldwide per week...In other words, he translated that to 100 MacWorlds each and every week. I think in this respect, Phil was distancing Apple and MacWorld of the future.

In any case, Apple did have some news for us with the release of a robust set of new software and a new Mac Book Pro (unibody enclosure) 17". If you missed it, the 2009 versions of iLife and iWork were announced with many many new exciting features. Also in a somewhat surprising move, Apple has made changes to it's iTunes store and is now allowing some of it's content to be DRM-free AND variable priced. This has been a long time coming with Amazon doing it already but the I'm not sure the rumor sites had this pegged.

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October 14, 2008

The Quiet Before the Storm

All's quiet on the Apple front as the world awaits Apple's next version of its MacBook and MacBook Pro if rumors are right. Endgaget yesterday posted spy photos of what is reported to be the next MacBook Pro. Sources who have seen it say that it only comes with a glossy screen and a black bezel. The jury is still out as to if the unit has a metal or plastic casing. Well, stay tuned and if you'd like to watch the live coverage, here's the link to the Engadget live coverage.

Oh yes, and here's the gratuitous spy shot:


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September 16, 2008

OS X 10.5.5 Update Released - Fixes Over 30 issues

Yesterday, Apple released the 10.5.5 update to their Leopard Operating System via the software update panel. The update is recommend by Apple for all users who are running 10.5, 10.5.2, 10.5.2, 10.5.3 and 10.5.4. In a somewhat unusual warning, Apple says you should back up your computer before installing the update. We here know that backing up your computer before an update should be standard practice, but often times that step gets overlooked in the rush to apply a patch.

From Apple's Website, the 136 MB download includes the following improvements:

Includes recent Apple security updates.
Addresses stability issues with video playback, processor core idling, and remote disc sharing for MacBook Air.
Addresses an issue in which some Macs could unexpectedly power on at the same time each day.
Resolves a stability issue in TextEdit that could be found when accessing the color palette.
Improves Spotlight indexing performance.
Fixes an issue in which contacts might not sync properly with PalmOS-based devices.
Improves iPhone sync reliability with iCal and Address Book.
Includes improvements to Active Directory (see this article for more information).
Improves Speech Dictionary.
Fixes Kerberos authentication issues for Mac OS X 10.5 clients that connect to certain Samba servers, such as Mac OS X Server version 10.4.
Includes extensive graphics enhancements.

Address Book
Addresses stability issues that may occur when creating a Smart Group.
Resolves a printing issue with address cards containing information that spans more than one page.

Disk Utility and Directory Utility

Improves reliability when rebuilding a software mirror RAID volume in Disk Utility.
Improves reliability of server status displayed in Directory Utility.

Updates iCal to more accurately handle repeating events.
Improves performance when choosing meeting attendees.
Resolves an issue in which the "Refresh All" option may be dimmed ("grayed out") in the contextual menu for certain calendars.
Fixes issues with read-only calendars.
Addresses an issue that prevents an invitee from moving an event to a different calendar.
Resolves an issue with syncing published calendars.

Addresses performance issues related to displaying IMAP messages.
Resolves an issue with SMTP settings for AIM, Compuserve, Hanmail, Yahoo!, and Time Warner Road Runner email accounts.
Addresses stability issues that may occur when dragging a file to the Mail icon in the Dock.
Addresses an issue with the "Organized by Thread" view in which the date does not appear when the thread is collapsed.
Resolves an issue in which RSS feeds could temporarily disappear from the sidebar.
Improves Mail robustness when sending messages.
Improves reliability when saving drafts that have attachments.

Improves overall sync reliability.
Improves Back to My Mac reliability.

Time Machine
Improves Time Machine reliability with Time Capsule.
Addresses performance issues that may affect initial and in-progress backups.
Fixes an issue in which an incorrect alert message could appear stating that a backup volume does not have enough free space.
Time Machine can now back up iPhone backups that are on your Mac, as well as other items in (~/Library/Application Support).

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August 1, 2008

Apple Patches 17 OS X Security Flaws

Late last night, Apple released a patch that fixed at least 17 different security holes in it's Leopard operating system. One of the most anticipated fixes is the DNS vulnerability fix that similarly affected vendors fixed in their products nearly 3 weeks ago.

Security Update 2008-005 patches a serious flaw that allowed hackers to redirect surfers to counterfeit web sites.

Updates are available for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and 10.5.4.

Be safe and patch today

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July 23, 2008

MobileMe Still Experiencing Growing Pains

After a rocky weekend rollout, it seems that unfortunately, Apple's newly rolled out web-based internet services application, called MobileMe is still experiencing problems.

When MobileMe first was introduced, I was really excited and intrigued by what Apple was trying to accomplish. The concept behind MobileMe is a great one, syncing calender, contact and email data over the internet to ALL your devices (your desktop, iphone, laptop, etc.).

In any case, while I think I will be purchasing the service in the future, I'm glad that I haven't jumped right in as they say because it seems that approximately 1% of MobileMe users are having email problems.

We'll see what the next few weeks hold for MobileMe users, but I wish Apple all the best because I want this new service of theirs to succeed. Good Luck Apple!

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July 8, 2008

MobileMe to Launch Tomorrow

Apple has set the date to launch its new service called MobileMe for tomorrow. MobileMe is a replacement for Apple's aging .Mac subscription service. In a nutshell, MobileMe accomplishes what Microsoft's LiveMesh was supposed to deliver (ie. the ability to access your data anywhere and sync the information amongst all your devices) For me, this is an interesting concept and I'm guessing that a lot of people will be joining up for this new service...especially as a lot of people will be getting iPhone 3Gs and it is compatible with Windows machines (after all, it is web-based) In any case, for a more detailed explanation, visit Apple's MobileMe webpage at: http://www.apple.com/mobileme/

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June 11, 2008

Next iteration of OS X "Snow Leopard" to Leave Behind PPC Support

Confirmed by a screenshot taken from an early "Snow Leopard" build, it appears that the next iteration of OS X will be dropping PPC support. The system requirements clearly state that an Intel-Mac is required for the OS.

Not only will Snow Leopard bring faster performance javascript and system wide, it also said to minimize the amount of hard drive space needed for installation. One way of course to do this is by shedding universal binaries and only targeting development for intel-based machines...

Snow Leopard is scheduled for release sometime in mid-2009, so the PPC has a bit of life left in it.

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