CNET TV's Brian Tong discusses the latest in the world of Apple. This week, Brian recaps Steve Jobs' press conference about iPhone 4 antenna issues, examines the iOS 4.1 developer release, and talks about rumors for the next generation iPod touch.
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If you're looking for a full-featured image editor at a relatively low price, Pixelmator fills the bill nicely. Sporting a smooth Mac-friendly interface, Pixelmator offers a layout much like Adobe Photoshop with separate toolbars offering standard selector and paint brush type tools, a color-picker, a layer manager, and a brush picker with large array of options. If you don't need the more advanced features and filters of Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator is an affordable and easy-to-use alternative.
Frequent rumor source DigiTimes is reporting that Apple plans to release a new MacBook Air later in 2010. According to a brief article published Thursday, the revamped MacBook Air will feature an 11.6-inch screen, a ULV version of one of Intel's Core-i series processors, and be even thinner than the current MacBook Air.
DigiTimes quotes one of its internal analysts as saying, "The 11.6-inch MacBook Air will feature an even slimmer and lighter design than the previous-generation models and the technologies used for the design and concept are expected to be broadly used in the company'… Read more
Software developers for Windows and Mac computers will be able to get their hands on a software developer's kit (SDK) that will put Skype's VoIP calling features into almost any app.
On Wednesday, Skype is offering a limited, invite-only beta release of the SDK, called SkypeKit, to those who request it. SkypeKit beta will work for Windows (x86) and Mac OS X.
The well-known VoIP company first announced SkypeKit in late June, and released its first beta of the program for Linux developers.
Adding Skype modules, like free VoIP calling and video chat to apps, is a big … Read more
Apple could be upping the ante in its battle with Google as the company reportedly purchased Poly9, a mapping company based in Canada.
AppleInsider on Wednesday cited a report from French-Canadian news site cyberpresse.ca saying that Apple bought the company and has already moved the majority of workers to California. While many companies that get purchased post a note to their Web site, Poly9's site appears to be offline this morning.
Apple representatives were not immediately available to confirm the purchase when contacted by CNET.
Poly9 has worked with some big organizations in the past including Microsoft, Yahoo, … Read more
Apple has acknowledged a problem with time capsule devices released between February and June in 2008, where the devices will not turn on or will randomly shut down after starting up. This may cause hangs and other interruptions in Time Machine backups as well as other network activity.… Read more
When you're working on your Mac, sometimes things happen in the background that you would like to keep track of while working in another application. Growl just received a big update and it works with hundreds of popular Mac apps to notify you of specific events, such as when a download is complete or when your CD-burning project is finished.
Also this week, MacPilot's update adds more ways to fiddle around with your Mac, optimizing it to run better, and unlocks the hidden potential of OS X. Our game this week is Jalada Boskonian, a 2D arcade shooter … Read more
We know that the quest for the perfect laptop is ultimately fruitless. Different users have different needs, budgets, and expectations, and tomorrow's technology threatens to make any just-purchased laptop semi-obsolete before it even comes out of its cardboard box. That said, the new Toshiba Portege R705 comes about as close as anything we've seen this year, offering a great mix of price, design, features, and performance.
The Portege R705 is a 13-inch laptop (similar to Apple's MacBook), which is the biggest screen size we'd consider carrying around on a regular basis, but also the smallest we'd be able to comfortably use for full-time computing. It's thinner than the current white plastic MacBook (but not as svelte as the MacBook Air or Dell Adamo XPS), and has a sturdy magnesium alloy chassis.
Toshiba lists the Portege R705 for $889, but as of this writing, it can be found online for $799. A handful of business-oriented configs are also available (called the R700, instead of the R705), adding a docking port and a few other corporate-friendly features for $999 and up.
For $100-$200 less than an entry-level MacBook, you get a newer Intel Core i3 processor (the basic MacBook has an older Core 2 Duo CPU), a large 500GB hard drive, and Intel's Wireless Display technology, which allows the laptop's display to be beamed to a remote TV or monitor (this requires a sold-separately $100 Netgear adapter that connects to your TV). Not to draw too many MacBook comparisons, but it also has an SD card slot (as does virtually every Windows-based laptop no matter the price), something the $999 MacBook lacks.
There are a few issues. The integrated Intel graphics are a drag, and the keyboard isn't backlit, which would have been a nice touch on this slick-looking system. Also, out of the box, the hard drive accelerometer was far too sensitive, parking our HDD head every time we so much as breathed on the R705.
Those problems aside, the Portege R705 looks and feels like a much more expensive laptop, and is our new go-to choice for those who want a 13-inch experience but can't (or won't) join the MacBook masses.… Read more
Apple has filed a lawsuit against three companies it alleges are selling knockoff power adapters for MacBooks and MacBook Pros, according to court filings.
The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, names Brilliant Store, Sunvalleytek International, and Hootoo.com as defendants. Those companies operate Web sites that sell a variety of computer parts and accessories, including power adapters that Apple says infringe upon its patents.