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Apple Fans, Welcome to the Machine
August 23, 2012
I've been an Apple Mac user since high school, using them even as I struggled through business classes on clunky PCs. As an adult, I used them in college. I have since purchased five Mac laptops and an iMac, and while I'm not a graphic artist, I've pounded on them most days of my life for years and years.
Linux and Apple: Which Is the Lemon, Which Is the Lemonade?
August 23, 2012
When life gives you lemons, everyone knows you should make lemonade. But what if life gives you Linux on a Retina MacBook Pro? That, too, has been shockingly referred to as a "lemon" in recent days, but the solution there isn't so clear. "If you are planning to buy one of the new Apple MacBook Pro notebooks with a Retina Display for use under Linux, hold off on your purchase," warned Phoronix's Michael Larabel.
AAPL Investors Hold Hands Out for Long-Awaited Dividend
August 15, 2012
Apple shareholders will be paid a dividend on Thursday as part of the company's $10 billion share buyback program announced in March. Starting on Aug. 16, shareholders of record will receive $2.65 per share each quarter. When it announced the dividend, Apple was coming off a quarter that blew away Wall Street expectations.
Where Apple's Boy Genius Went Wrong
August 9, 2012
Apple produced a set of three terrible ads that ran on television for the first part of the Olympics. They featured a cute and likeable Apple Genius boy/man out in public in his Apple Genius blue t-shirt helping hapless individuals. They didn't exactly resonate with me, but hey, any commercial that doesn't freakin' sing to me gets ignored.
Some Macs Won't Get to Lie With the Mountain Lions
July 13, 2012
When Apple releases the next version of its desktop operating system later this month, there will be glum faces among some owners of older Macs. The company has announced that six Mac models, as well as hoary versions of its defunct Xserve enterprise platform, won't be supported by OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
iMacs May Be Next on Apple's Retina List
July 5, 2012
Apple is gearing up production of the next generation of all-in-one iMac computers for release in October, Digitimes has reported. They will reportedly be equipped with Retina displays in a bid to outdo the competition, which is hot on Apple's heels with a combination of stronger focus on the all-in-one PC market and the coming of Windows 8.
Modbook, the Mac Tablet of Yore, Marches Back Into Action
June 29, 2012
The Modbook Pro, a converted MacBook Pro that has been modified by Modbook and is billed as the first Mac tablet, is set to return to the market later in 2012 after an absence of several years. Its predecessor, the Modbook, which was based on a MacBook, was one of the best-of-show winners at Macworld 2007.
Japanese Hackers Spread a Different Kind of STD
June 18, 2012
Today in international tech news: Six men are arrested in Japan for propagating a virus that spread via a porn site and allegedly netted them more than $250,000. Also: Google releases a report detailing removal requests from governments around the world, and there's a MacBook Pro shortage in the UK.
MacBookius Superior: Apple's New Super-Powered Mutant
June 16, 2012
The bulk of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference basically amounts to a massive teach-in for makers of Apple software. But each year the event is kicked off with a traditional big-production Apple keynote, and ever since the company kicked MacWorld to the curb, that keynote has often served as an occasion to roll out some major new hardware upgrades.
The New MacBook Pro Aims for the Heart, Not the Head
June 14, 2012
With a heavy heart, I have decided not to the buy the gorgeous new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I lust after the idea of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels gloriously showing off my awesome photos of the Grand Tetons, Half Dome and small children running from the cold droplets of a sprinkler system under a hot summer sun.
Glued Guts Make New Macbooks a Bear to Fix
June 13, 2012
If you've tuned in to Apple's WWDC announcements and have been turned on by the company's newly announced MacBook Pro with Retina Display, drop out and pick another MacBook instead, advises Kyle Wiens, CEO of Fixit. "Right now, we're telling consumers to buy a mid-range MacBook Pro, which is repairable, and not the Retina MacBook Pro," Wiens said.
WWDC: New Friendships Forged, Old Bonds Broken
June 13, 2012
Apple executives once again took the stage this week to show off the company's new software and hardware initiatives at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. This was the first time CEO Tim Cook took the helm at a WWDC keynote. He and other company executives presented conference-goers with a first look at Apple's upcoming version of iOS.
MacBook Pro Turns Over a Sharper, Thinner New Leaf
June 11, 2012
Apple executives took the stage at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference Monday to unveil a slew of new hardware and software, including a new MacBook Pro with a Retina Display, as well new information about the upcoming iOS 6 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system.
Apple and Facebook - Relationship Status: Flirty
June 6, 2012
Apple may be forming a close friendship with Facebook as the iPhone maker develops its next-generation mobile OS, judging by a comment from Apple CEO Tim Cook at the recent D: All Things Digital conference. Taking the stage for a public interview at the event, Cook was asked about Facebook integration in iOS 6, the presumed name for the next version of Apple's mobile operating system.
How Apple's Product Cycles Torture Customers Into Loving It
May 24, 2012
Apple MacBook Pro rumors, and to a lesser extent iMac, MacBook Air and Mac Pro rumors, have been flying around fast and furious these days, and all it's doing is stoking my fire for a new MacBook Pro. Every Tuesday, which seems to be Apple's favorite day of the week for announcing new products, I anxiously wait to see the Apple Online Store go down and a press release to appear.
The MacBook Pro's Mystery Mix
May 16, 2012
With the expected unveiling of new MacBook Pros just weeks away, rumor mongers have begun to solidify their predictions about the new notebooks. Most Apple prognosticators seem to agree that the MacBook Pros will be thinner, run Intel's new Ivy Bridge chip, and sport an eye-popping Retina Display.
New MacBook, New Cloud, New Leaf
May 16, 2012
Apple computer users might soon have a thinner, lighter version of the MacBook, according to numerous reports. The new design will apparently still bear the "MacBook Pro" name but will more closely resemble an Ultrabook -- thin, light and affordable PC laptops. It will supposedly feature a high-definition screen similar to the ones found on iPhones and iPads.
The MacPad Will Come - but Software Convergence Will Come First
April 26, 2012
Despite all the fantastic numbers delivered by Apple when it revealed its latest fiscal quarterly profits this week -- such as an eye-popping 94 percent net profit year-to-year increase -- one question and one rambling answer from Apple CEO Tim Cook made me sit up in my chair. The question: Will Apple create a converged iPad/MacBook with a built-in keyboard?
OS Showdown: Will 8 Be Great? Will Mountain Lion Roar?
March 2, 2012
Later in 2012, we'll see the arrival of two major operating systems: Microsoft Windows 8, a preview of which was offered to the general public earlier this week, and Apple's OS X Mountain Lion. Are we lining up for a major OS showdown? Or are we not comparing apples to apples?
The Hoarders Will Hate the Next MacBook Pros
February 16, 2012
While the last update to the MacBook Pro line came in October, the overall MacBook Pro design is getting a little old. But it's not bad. I have a buddy who just replaced his aging 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 15-incher, and he's insanely happy with the wicked speed boost and sturdy unibody design. But I asked him, "So what about the CD/DVD drive?"
Apple Tells MacBook Pro to Lose a Few
February 13, 2012
Apple is reportedly planning a substantial design overhaul for its MacBook Pro line. The company's next generation of high-end laptop computers will be thinner, lighter notebooks that closely resemble MacBook Airs and feature extended battery life. Traditional hard drives will be replaced with flash-memory-based solid-state drives.
Step Aside, Tablets - the Ultrabooks Are Coming
November 7, 2011
The industry joke on the early MacBook Airs was that even though they had decent Intel processors, they stepped down in performance in order to keep from burning up. What was kind of funny was that Lenovo, which had a similar product in market with a slower processor but running at full speed (so it was actually faster), got dinged -- and Apple didn't.
Is the Mac Pro on Apple's Chopping Block?
November 1, 2011
Apple's Mac Pro Line could be on its way out, according to a recent report. If it proves true, the development could leave behind a void in the company's enterprise space. The powerful, pricey computers, which start at $2,499, are reportedly suffering from low demand.
MacBooks Still Clicking in a Post-PC World
October 26, 2011
Juicy details from the newly released Steve Jobs biography, including a quote from the late Apple cofounder suggesting he'd found a way to break into the TV market, fueled the never-sputtering rumor machine this week. Talk of Apple's jump into television manufacturing seemed to overshadow the updates Apple made to its MacBook Pro line.
Apple Could Deliver a September Surprise With New MBPs
September 16, 2011
Apple's MacBook Pro laptop was upgraded with new Intel processors a little more than six months ago, but another refresh may be in the works that will bring revamped models to the shelves within the next two weeks. The move is believed to be necessary to keep Apple's laptop up to date with Intel's latest "Sandy Bridge" quad-core processors.
Farewell, My Little Plastic Discs
July 28, 2011
I'm not sure that we can say Apple is the barometer for the consumer tech industry, but it's been either eerily prescient or a powerful catalyst in the demise of certain technological habits. Apple ditched the old 3.5-inch floppy drive back in the '90s and followed up by creating the iPod, which brought attention to digital MP3 players and then dominated the mobile music space, even changing how people buy and consume songs.
Apple Comes In Like a Lion
July 23, 2011
Apple finally pushed out a much-anticipated raft of new products this week. Its new desktop OS, OS X Lion, had been promised for a July release last month at the Worldwide Developers Conference, and some Mac followers had been getting downright antsy for a new MacBook Air, which also touched down.
Tablets, Desktops, Notebooks: Who's Eating Whom?
July 22, 2011
Eyebrows -- those highly mobile facial features that always get raised when people are astonished -- got a good workout Tuesday at Apple's quarterly earnings call. Apple COO Tim Cook surprised analysts by stating that some customers are spending their money on iPads instead of new Macs. There's long been suspicion that the iPad has been eating into sales of laptop and desktop PCs.
Apple Unleashes the Lion and Electrifies the Air
July 20, 2011
Apple released its long-awaited Mac OS X Lion operating system Wednesday, together with a lineup of new MacBook Airs, a refresh to the Mac mini line, and the world's first display using the next-generation Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt technology will offer up to 10 Gbps of access speed in each direction simultaneously over one cable.
The Next iPhone: Is Apple Mulling a Double-Down?
June 29, 2011
This year's WWDC came and went without the appearance of a new iPhone, breaking with years of tradition. This disruption to Apple's established released cycle, combined with other factors, may be upsetting some portfolios. "People are concerned about Apple's growth peaking, Steve Jobs' health and the delayed launch of the new iPhone," Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher, told MacNewsWorld.
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