The Mac Finder is pretty good on its own for managing and finding the files and folders you need. But if you want more options than what come on your Mac, try TotalFinder. With this app installed on your Mac, you'll get added extras to the Finder to make it even easier to use. You can use tabs to move around Finder windows quickly, or use dual mode, which lets you view two finder windows side by side.
Apple has released a firmware update for the LED Cinema Display that addresses intermittent audio issues some people have been experiencing with the new monitors. This update should not be confused with the release of the LED Cinema Display Software 1.0 update, which was released several weeks ago to enable audio and brightness features for the new displays.
After the audio features were enabled, a number of people found that audio would either become very faint or be silenced altogether, requiring them to unplug the display and reconnect it for the audio to function again. If this has been … Read more
The question that immediately comes to mind: "Is this too little, too late?"
Engineer Mike Melanson explains the enormous task load Flash must endure:"In addition to decoding the data, [Flash] has to convert YUV data to the RGB colorspace and combine the image with other Flash elements. Then it has to cooperate with another application (web browser) to present the video to the user... It plays … Read more
Light Peak promises to move big chunks of data like full-length movies in seconds and is backed by heavyweights Intel, Sony, and Apple. But how will this be implemented in consumer products? I asked Jason Ziller, an Intel manager heading up Light Peak work at Intel.
First, let's consider the Light Peak pitch: "At 10Gb/s (gigabits per second), you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds," according to Intel's Light Peak Web page. That's encouraging until it becomes clear that there are no existing data transfer protocols--not to be confused … Read more
If you're curious about CNET's choices for the best overall products, there are more than enough editors' top 5 lists (in multiple categories and subcategories) located across the site to satiate you effectively; however, if performance is the only attribute that piques your interest, well, I'm here to help.
Throughout the year, CNET Labs tests hundreds of products, the results of which are used to fuel editors so that we actually have something to say during the review. Sure, a product's design and feature set are very important, but the meat of most reviews comes down … Read more
Some routers require passwords in a particular format. Users may find that after entering a password for a WEP Internet connection, their AirPort menu bar icon shows an exclamation mark. You may also see an alert that reads, "Alert: No Internet connection..."
These routers actually have open networks that your Mac will associate with, but they still require a correctly formatted password to connect to the Internet. If the password is not interpreted correctly, the exclamation mark will appear and you will be unable to access content online.
To remedy the situation, you need to adjust the format … Read more
The all-black Cr-48 that Google is shipping to the first members of its Chrome OS notebook pilot project looked awfully familiar to us when it showed up at our office.
Software aside, after putting it side by side with a black MacBook that Apple shipped in 2007 we had in house, it dawned on us why: the two are practically twins. Not identical, but at least fraternal. The overall look is shockingly similar to Apple's now-extinct machine: from the color to the chiclet keyboard to the hinge, size, trackpad, even to the indentation in the place where you lift … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed from our readers. This week we have questions on MacBook fans spinning at very high speeds when using an external monitor, how to automatically mount a NAS volume at start-up, Safari not understanding certain link types, and options for using Zune media players with OS X. We continually answer e-mail questions, and though we present a few here, we certainly welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.
Question: MacBook Fans spinning high
MacFixIt reader "Ian" asks:
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Apple has released an update, the EFI Firmware Update 2.0, to the new, razor-thin MacBook Air. "This update resolves a rare issue where MacBook Air boots or wakes to a black screen or becomes unresponsive."
The update is recommended for users that have either the new 11-inch or 13-inch MacBook Air. EFI Firmware Updates are different than other updates from Apple. Follow these steps to ensure the update is successfully completed.Be sure your MacBook Air is plugged in to a working power source. After downloading, your MacBook Air will restart to a gray screen. Be sure … Read more
The initial version of Intel's Light Peak connection technology will not use light, as practical realities dictate more conventional technology, according to industry sources familiar with Intel's plans for Light Peak.
Light Peak has been touted by Intel as the holy grail of connector technology, envisioning it as a single replacement for the myriad cables that currently lead to monitors, external drives, scanners, printers, and anything else that plugs into a computer.