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MacBook Air Now Shipping

January 31st, 2008 by cate

macbook air
The world’s thinnest notebook is now shipping, Apple announced yesterday. MacBook Air measures an unprecedented 0.16-inches at its thinnest point. And at it’s maximum height of 0.76-inches, it’s less than the thinnest point on competing notebooks.


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New Mac Software: Picturesque

January 30th, 2008 by cate

picturesque image software for mac
Picturesque is a simple software application with a simple goal: to make images look more striking. Whether you are in web or print, your images can benefit from a touch of Picturesque magic. This mac software will make your images gorgeous.

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New Ancient Board Game: Senet

January 29th, 2008 by cate

senet board game for mac
The game of Senet, created in ancient Egypt in roughly 3,500 BC, is purported to being the world’s first board game. During its time, it was tremendously popular with all people from commoners to kings. The Egyptians held the belief that people who played it well were protected by gods and goddesses.

Unfortunately, no one bothered to write down the rules. Plebians! So recently, scholars came up with their own educated guesses about how it’s played, and made a few changes to the rules. Today’s version incorporates them into the modern game of Senet.

Features
-Single, two-player, and network play
-Five unlockable secrets
-Fabulous sound, music, and special effects
-Classic gameplay with modern enhancements
-Both Windows and Mac versions available

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Confessions of a Former Apple Zealot

January 28th, 2008 by cate

From Networkworld:

I’ve been de-programmed off Apple for more than a decade now. I’m no Apple fan boy anymore. I’ve learned my lesson. It’s amusing to me to see Apple’s minor resurgence in popularity, or is it more of an anti-vote against Microsoft.

I was an Apple and Mac zealot when there really was a significant difference in technology and user experience between Apple and Microsoft. That was when Windows was a poor substitute for the experience the Mac OS delivered. But around the time of Windows 95, things changed. The Mac became almost as unstable and complicated to run as Windows 95. The gap closed considerably, making the tradeoffs no longer worth the price of being right, or using a “better” windowed operating system. I paid a big price by sticking with Apple for so long, and I learned some lessons about what I value.

My number one gripe, and still is today, is Apple’s attitude towards closed hardware. The PC has so many more options available, whether it be hardware, software or peripherals. The Macbook Air proved again Apple’s arrogance about closed hardware. Same with the iPhone. Who wants to be without their laptop or phone while their battery is being replaced. And we know Apple’s track record of poor batteries in their products. Even the iPhone’s software was closed until Apple finally began opening it up for third party developers.

It think the thing I learned most from those experiences, good and bad, of being an Apple zealot is that I…

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Want Your House to Look Like an Apple Store?

January 27th, 2008 by cate

make your own apple store and call it home
I like my house the way it is but some people would kill to have a home that resembled their favorite store, the Apple Store. How can you do that? Here’s a handy DIY here: Build your own Apple store

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Tooble – Download YouTube Vids for iPod

January 26th, 2008 by cate

Quickly and easily take any video from YouTube, and download it for playing on your video iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV. Use Tooble’s simple interface to browse YouTube through categories, searching, or with a direct URL, and select any video for download. Unlike other YouTube downloader utilities, Tooble communicates directly with YouTube, giving you access to sources like your favorite videos. One click automatically downloads the video, converts it, and imports it into iTunes to be played or synced to your iPod.

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10 Leopard Features You Aren’t Using

January 26th, 2008 by cate

From MacApper:

Alright so You have installed Leopard. You’ve started using Spaces, Time Machine, Stacks, and (my personal favorite) QuickLook. Wait a second though – didn’t Apple say there were 300+ new features?

If you look closely there are really tons of features in this cat that got lost in the crowd. I’m talking about the little enhancements that aren’t flashy or revolutionary, but are useful, fine-tuned, or actually improve or enhance the user experience.

Right after the jump is a list of ten that you might not have come across yet.

1. iChat Recording. After getting your buddy’s permission, video and audio chats can be recorded and saved.

2. iChat Invisibility. This was the only thing keeping me using Adium. Go online and talk only to the people you want to. No more getting bombarded with chats from people you’d rather not waste your time with.

3. Preview PDF Manipulation. Now you can add or remove pages from a PDF document by simple drag and drop. Especially useful for merging several documents together.

4. QuickLook Multiple Files. Select a few files and hit the spacebar. Especially useful for videos and pictures. You can go through them like a slideshow, or click on the Light Table view to see them laid out in a grid.

5…..

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Some Quick Mac News Items

January 25th, 2008 by cate

iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak now for Mac – You can download the Mac version of the software from the cre.ations.net website. Please note that this jailbreak might be hazardous to your iPhone’s health. Before you jailbreak your iPhone, be sure to backup in iTunes — and as always, hacking your iPhone is completely at your own risk. [from TUAW]

MacBook Air Dissected – As soon as we got our MacBook Air, we couldn’t help but want to tear it down to its innards. We wanted to see what made up this beautiful machine, so we grabbed our #00 phillips screwdriver and had at it. Want to know what we found? The sexiest and simplest notebook has the sexiest and simplest construction. [from Gizmodo] Update: They will post videos later.

MacBook Air: First Lab Tests - Macworld Lab releases its first tests of the MacBook Air, detailing just what level of performance you’ll have to sacrifice if you want to take advantage of its small size and light weight.

Americans Don’t Read – During Macworld, Steve Jobs told the New York Times that Apple will not make an e-book reader like Amazon’s Kindle because Americans don’t read any longer.He cited a specific number: 40 percent of Americans read a book or less a year, he said.Jobs may have been referring to a November report from the National Endowment of the Arts, To Read or Not To Read, which found that nearly 50 percent of 18-24 year-olds do not read at all for pleasure. Described as the most complete survey of reading trends, the report says Americans aged 15-24 spend two hours a day watching TV, but only 7-10 minutes reading. This includes reading for school or college.”The story the data tell is simple, consistent, and alarming,” wrote Dana Gioia, Chairman of the NEA.The decline of reading has considerable social, economic and civil consequences, says the NEA, and coincides with the rise of TV and the internet. [from Cult of Mac]

Optimism – Mental Health Mac Software

January 25th, 2008 by cate

Optimism one point OH sounds tremendously happy but is, in fact, a serious software application that identifies the triggers of depression. It will help you make strategies to maintain long lasting mental health.

When people have depression and other related mental issues, there’s a huge obstacle to overcome and to finally get better and recover. However, the greatest challenge is staying well once you’ve recovered.

Users actively learn about their depression when they use Optimism regularly. They’ll monitor progress and patterns in their lives and they will begin to see the various internal and external factors that affect their meantal state. Once these factors are realized, it makes it much simpler for someone to take control of their life and leave depression far behind them. When using Optimism correctly, people will surely learn a great deal about what really triggers their depression. This type of diary will make someone realize that perhaps it’s a certain beverage like coffee or a food or lack of sleep – that triggers something negative in them. They will figure out that watching disturbing television or movies, working in a stressful work environment – does not help their depression and oftentimes triggers the depression.

Optimism helps people pinpoint exact triggers of depression, and that will help them to know what to try to avoid if possible. This software will allow users will learn so many important things about themselves, which will help them to get better. And when they get better and stay well and become in control of their lives, they will never have to deal with depression on the same scale again.

Download the free demo of Optimism now

Launchbar, A Must Have App (and it was just updated too)

January 24th, 2008 by cate

launchbar
What is it?

LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts and bookmarks, to your iTunes library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item’s name.

It should definitely be on your list of must have applications for Mac.

Read more about it and get it at Objective Development

MacHeads: The Movie

January 23rd, 2008 by cate

macheads the movie
From Applegazette:

Having just watched the trailer for this film, all I can say is – WOW. You have to see this!

MacHeads is a new documentary film that chronicles the lives and experiences of several members of the “Cult of Mac”, including the 2007 Macworld announcement of the iPhone during Steve Job’s Keynote.

From the trailer the film has a very “Trekkies” vibe to it. That documentary is a favorite of mine for chronicling the lives of Star Trek fans who are obsessed with the sci-fi series. MacHeads appears as though its going to follow the same type of fans -but with a Mac focus.

You can view the trailer by clicking here.

There is no word yet on the official release date of the film. I’m hoping to have more information on the project soon.

Keeping Your Screen Clean

January 22nd, 2008 by cate

From TUAW:

Although I can be a bit of a slob, I’m pretty anal retentive when it comes to keeping my electronics clean. That goes triple for my MacBook. Although I was pretty scrupulous with my last laptop, the glossy screen and black casing that shows all have required me to become even more attentive. Even though I don’t have people touching my screen all the time, I manage to accumulate build up of fingerprints, smudges and dust marks (most likely from the keyboard) that require giving the screen a full cleaning every week.

The Apple Blog has posted some some great tips/techniques for keeping your screen looking like new, and while they are directed for glossy screen owners, the same basic techniques can be used for any screen, be it iPod/iPhone, matte LCD screen (like on a MacBook Pro or older Apple laptop), iMac, etc.

The key is getting the right…

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Live Rome – new widget

January 21st, 2008 by cate

live rome widgetLive-Rome is a Dashboard widget where you can choose from a list of 4 webcams, from the most famous spots in Rome: Saint Peter’s square, Palatin Hill and Saint Peter’s Dome. It’s also possible to see them all in rotation or in random order.

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Here’s one for Vencie, Italy too. Download the Venice widget now

Games

January 20th, 2008 by cate

I just posted this week’s picks and this week’s all games so click here to play:  mac games!

Here are a few other mac games and software that are also noteworthy and new this week:

Doozla – is an easy-to-use drawing application for children. Doozla includes beautiful art to color-in and draw-on.

Kitchen Timer – a simple and free useful timer for your cooking needs.

Heart Note – is a musical memory game of matching colorful hearts with more than 20 levels of increasing complexity. Bonuses, row matching, and more for interesting strategy.

Reunite – is a tool for planning and coordinating family, high school, college, company or military reunions.

BdContacts – is a Menu Bar Contacts application that takes up very little room on you menu bar and gives you instant access to all you Address Book contacts along with extending the information stored with a contact like unlimited Notes, ToDo’s, Alarms, Emails, Documents and Photos without having five applications eating up your dock space or menu bar.

Anawiki Puzzle – Choose one from four jigsaw puzzle sets and try to assemble them as fast as you can. Each set is different from the other in shape or number of puzzle pieces.

Steve Jobs MWSF 2008 Keynote in 60 Seconds!

January 17th, 2008 by cate

Just in case you missed it, here’s the keynote from MWSF 2008 in 60 seconds – with Steve Jobs. If only all keynotes were this short. Also, I wished they could have left out R. Newman. ;-)

Click here to watch the vid

Thoughts About the MacBook Air from Macworld

January 16th, 2008 by cate

From Rob Griffiths:

Like most everyone else, I suspect, I was blown away by the MacBook Air’s reveal Tuesday. As a long-time fan of ultra-small notebooks (we still own and use a 12-inch PowerBook G4 in the Griffiths household), my initial reactions involved reaching for my credit card and loading Apple’s store in my browser. These feelings were reinforced even more by a visit to the Apple booth, where picking up the little machine probably doesn’t even count as exercise. There’s no denying that the design—curves everywhere, with nary a straight corner to be found—and lack of weight in this machine are truly amazing. It makes my 15-inch MacBook Pro look and feel like a lead paperweight by comparison.

But then—rare, for me—reason intervened and started posing questions that I should answer before purchasing the machine. “So what happens, Rob, when the hard drive has an error and you have to reinstall OS X?” OK, that seems easy enough. I’ll just boot off the Leopard DVD…oh wait, no, I won’t do that unless I fork over the extra $99 for the USB-powered SuperDrive. OK, so I’ll use FireWire Target Disk Mode…nope, won’t do that either, as there’s no FireWire port (and I confirmed with an Apple representative that there’s no “USB Target Disk Mode” option.) And I won’t be able to use that cool and oh-so-handy “borrow a drive from another Mac” feature, as the hard drive won’t be bootable. So barring the extra $99 for the SuperDrive, the only solution will be to boot from a USB2 hard drive that’s been prepared with a disk-based version of the OS X installer.

But really, how often does a hard drive get an error like this? Not so often, and $99 is a small price to pay for insurance, so the SuperDrive solves that problem. Time to order! “Not so fast, Griff! What about the hard drive space? 80GB isn’t much by today’s standards.” While that’s true, in a small ultra-mobile Mac, I’m willing to take the tradeoff in drive space. Even on my MacBook Pro, I’m only using 85GB of the 120GB space I have available. So really, this isn’t a major issue—besides, I fully expect that some enterprising soul will demonstrate that Toshiba’s new 160GB 1.8-inch hard drive works just fine in the MacBook Air, and they’ll probably do so within a day or two of the machine’s availability in two weeks.

So it’s time to order, right? I’ve been waiting for years, after all! “Well, just hang on a sec. There’s One More Thing you need to think about. You do realize, don’t you, that the battery isn’t removable?” What?

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10 Great Steve Jobs Moments – in Photos

January 16th, 2008 by cate

From Forbes:
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Revealed! The MacBook Air. Sort of

January 15th, 2008 by cate

People are saying that the MacBook Air has been revealed but this could still just be speculation about what will happen today at MacWorld. We’ll see. Yay for Mac rumor goodness! Squeeeeeeal!!!

From Wired:

An Apple insider told Wired today that the company’s new ultraportable, expected to be seen in public for the first time tomorrow, has an extremely thin profile and is shaped like a teardrop when closed — thicker at the top behind the screen, tapering at the bottom behind the keyboard.

“It’s unbelievably thin,” said the source.

The device is made of aluminum and glass, and uses the same design language as recent Apple consumer products: black on silver.

Sadly, we don’t have details on pricing, specs or availability. Expect reality to disagree with our photoshops.

Is this cable-free design the face of things to come? Our own Charlie Sorrel pointed out earlier today that the rumor mill hints of a new MacBook utterly devoid of cables. However, he wouldn’t speculate on its physical dimensions. But now we’ve got the, uh, skinny on what this new ultra slim, ultra portable actually looks like thanks to one source who says they saw this device in the wild.

Steve Jobs is widely expected to reveal a new MacBook at Macworld on Tuesday morning, and with the rumored name being “MacBook Air.”

Most people are expecting a conventional sub-notebook — a super-thin, lightweight laptop that ships without an optical CD/DVD drive. The MacBook Air may also dispense with a wired Ethernet port, according to rumor. It will be a purely wireless device, relying solely on Wi-Fi or other wireless technology for its connectivity — hence the “Air” moniker.

But the Air seems more like a ultra portable with a physical keyboard and multi-touch screen, according to our source (who we promised not to name but confirmed works at an Apple third-party vendor).

We’ll see tomorrow.

Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.

MacBook Air

January 14th, 2008 by cate

macbook air
Everyone’s talking about the cryptic banners that are popping up in San Francisco, in preparation of the coveted, MacWorld Expo. The banners read, “There’s something in the air…”

Yeah, POLLUTION. Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Anyway.

The rumors state that the new, ultra-thin, ultra-light MacBook would sport the name, “Air.”

For more check out live coverage of MWSF.

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Find out Where you can Get Live Coverage of MacWorld

January 14th, 2008 by cate

MacWorld 2008 begins January 15, 2008, with the kick off of the keynote with Steve. Get the latest greatest and most up to date live coverage of MacWorld 2008 at the following sites:

Apple Gazette
Apple Matters
Appletell
Arstechnica.com
Daily Tech Talk
Engadget
Loop Rumors
MacRumors
Mac Scoop
MacSpark
MacTeens
PomCast
SteveNote Live
StuffUneasy Silence
World of Apple

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