Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. This week there are relatively few updates, with a couple available for both maintenance and hardware management utilities, as well as a new version of MacPorts.… Read more
While Apple continues its aggressive campaign to call the future of Flash into doubt, Adobe has released its latest version of the content platform. Adobe Flash 10.1 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
By some estimates, Flash powers more than three-quarters of the Internet's video and games. Adobe has had release candidates out for months, going through six previous release candidate versions, not to mention multiple beta releases. The most important improvement for Windows users is that the new version offers hardware acceleration, but the feature isn't fully supported yet on Macs. Adobe plans on supporting … Read more
Most of the time, a hard drive goes bad without any warning. By the time you know that it's dead, it's already too late.
However, most modern hard drives have an early warning mechanism called self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology, or SMART, which gives you an early warning for when you need to replace the hard drive before it actually fails. The problem is that most of the time, you only get this warning when the computer boots up, so for computers that are kept on for a long period of time, such as servers, you'll need … Read more
Emerging from a rough 2009, the technology industry has begun to recover, says a new report from Forrester.
The $741 billion U.S. IT market is now expected to see an 8.4 percent rise in spending this year, according to Forrester's latest "U.S. and Global IT Market Outlook: Q1 2010," released Thursday. The rebound will be more subdued but still solid for the global tech market, now forecast to grow 7.7 percent in U.S. dollars for 2010.
More clues are being discovered in hardware and software leading to speculation that the iPad can support a front-facing iSight camera.
According to PowerbookMedic's blog, the site received photos of what are supposed to be the final revision iPad midframe. The pictures appear similar to the ones that MissionRepair released about a month ago.
PowerbookMedic's photos show that the frame has Webcam "holes," but the holes are now slightly different in style and don't match the ones currently used by iSight models such as the ones in a Unibody Macbook--odd, since manufacturing companies often use … Read more
Clues are being discovered in hardware and software that are leading to more speculation that the iPad can support a front-facing iSight camera.
According to Mission:Repair's blog, the site received a shipment of parts used to repair the iPad. Inside that shipment, they found a metal internal iPad frame with what appeared to be a "spot" for a camera.
Mission:Repair's curiosity led it to grab a Unibody Macbook, disassemble it, and pull the iSight camera--a standard unit--from its frame.
The site staff discovered that the camera fit perfectly inside the hole within the iPad … Read more
EMC's fourth quarter closed strong as both earnings and revenue came in ahead of expectations. The company also raised its outlook for 2010.
The storage giant reported fourth quarter net income of $426.5 million, or 20 cents a share, on revenue of $4.1 billion, up 2 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings in the fourth quarter were $695.5 million, or 33 cents a share.
Wall Street was expecting earnings of 30 cents a share on revenue of $4.02 billion. For 2009, EMC reported net income of $1.1 billion, or 55 cents a share, … Read more
IT spending around the world will rise 4.6 percent this year to reach $3.4 trillion, according to research released Thursday by Gartner.
Though modest, the growth will show much needed improvement over last year when spending actually dipped 4.6 percent from 2008. Gains are expected to hit all major segments of the IT market, including hardware, software, IT services, and telecommunications. This latest forecast is also higher than Gartner's previous prediction from last quarter when the firm said it didn't expect IT spending to hit 2008 levels until 2011.
Around the world, a recovery in … Read more
IT spending worldwide will reboot in 2010, rising 8.1 percent after last year's 8.9 percent freefall, Forrester Research predicts in a report released Tuesday.
Businesses and governments are expected to spend $1.6 trillion on information technology throughout 2010, Forrester predicts. In the U.S. alone, IT spending is likely to grow 6.6 percent this year to $568 billion after last year's drop of 8.2 percent.
The largest gains are expected to be in computer hardware and software. Purchases of computer equipment globally will increase by 8.2 percent, while communications hardware will see … Read more
Google's forthcoming Nexus One smartphone is composed of components worth about $175, according to a teardown conducted by iSuppli.
The new phone, which Google unveiled Tuesday, offers an inside designed by Google and an outside designed by HTC. The primary interface is a 3.7-inch AMOLED display. The Nexus One runs Google's Android 2.1 operating system, and the WVGA display can show 3D graphics.
While Google has priced the Nexus One at $179 with a two-year T-Mobile service plan ($529 without a subscription plan), the phone has a bill of materials of $174.15, according to iSuppli analysis, … Read more