Apple Magic Mouse Reviewed

October 31, 2009

Apple has always been known for their unique mice. To date, the have all had just one button, and were designed to be user friendly. The last mouse released by Apple was the Mighty Mouse. It had a soft scrolling ball, buttons on the side (to activate Exposé), and one button that could sense with which finger you are pressing it. Now Apple comes forward with a new mouse: the Magic Mouse. We have it, so it’s time for a review!

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Google Android’s Lack of Multi-Touch

February 12, 2009

Yes, and the reason comes out. One of the largest complaints with the G1, first phone based on Google’s Android platform, is that it doesn’t have multi-touch and Android is very multi-touch capable. Well, now there is a reason for the exclusion of the technology and simply put, Apple asked them to. Something many don’t realize is that Apple and Google are quite intertwined, google tailors a lot of its products to the Apple iPhone and Google’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, is on Apple’s board of directors. As well, the Android team was quite happy to learn of the exclusion, via the legal battle that would more than likely ensue.

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Right, so Apple obviously has a myriad of patents under its belt, but so does Google, and so does Palm. Palm??? yeah, Palm, they are in it pretty deep with Apple right now over the whole multi-touch ordeal and their new phone. After a little searching and reading, Apples patents really only seem to apply to one of the specific motions involved in the multi-touch interface. I’m sure at some point there will be an agreement, even more so because Intel is planning to use the Android platform in its upcoming netbook, and multi-touch will be a large part of the package, but i guess we’ll wait and see.

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Firmware updates for Late 2008 Macbooks released

December 11, 2008

Apple has released 2 firmware updates for the late 2008 models of the Macbook, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. The 1st update is for the EFI and the 2nd update for the SMC (you need to run the Software Updater again after the 1st update).

Note: When the Macbook reboots during the EFI update, you could hear a loud beep. This is normal behaviour.

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Apple release update for glass Trackpad Macbooks

November 18, 2008

Apple has released a firmware update for the glass Trackpad on the new generation Macbook and Macbook Pro. Many users had reported an issue where the Trackpad didn’t recognize the input regularly.

The update can be installed through Software Update, and the actual installation of the firmware update requires the Macbook to be connected to AC power.

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Portable Blu-ray Super Multi Drive For The Macbook

October 16, 2008

Price at $289, its pretty expensive yes but it looks cool! This slick black and white looking external blu-ray drive should compliment the new Apple Macbook perfectly. It allows you to burn both blu-ray and DVDs, so you can do pretty much what you want it, be it backup large amounts of data or just play movies etc. The thing I like most is that its USB powered, so no need to carry an adaptor, thoughts?

The Portable Blu-ray Super Multi Drive supports on the Quiet Drive Technology reduces the noise level of audio and video playback while also delivering increased writing reliability. Liquid Crystal Tilt/Blur Compensator plays and records to discs more reliably – the ad Research technology that compensates for warped discs. Dual/Double Layer recording provides nearly twice the capacity of a single layer recordable Blu-ray-R (25 Gbytes vs. 50 Gbytes).

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Apple Updates Macbook Series And Soon The iMac 24inch

October 14, 2008

Apple has released updates for Macbook, Macbook Pro and the Macbook Air. The iMac 24inch is set for a update in November 2008 and will be available in glossy black, which BTW looks amazing! As does the new glossy black Macbook, it appears to have gotten the best of the updates e.g. improved build quality, better batter life, LED screen, jump for a more detailed look at the apple blog.

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Could this be the new Macbook Pro for 2008?

September 17, 2008

A third-party T-Mobile retailer in Germany have reported the below image as beging an real rendering of the new Apple MacBook Pro. But it seems to lack any credibility, as there are no spec changes as its identically to the current Macbook Pro specs.

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Apple iPhone firmware 2.1 has fixed everything?

September 15, 2008

According to Gizmondo, the latest iPhone firmware 2.1 has fixed a significant amount of issue but still has issues with 3G speeds. I’ve yet to update mine so unable to give my on opinions on the new update but would definitely agree with the lag issue during SMS writing which is a pain sometimes! (firmware 2.0)

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Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update released

September 15, 2008

Apple have just released the 10.5.5 update for the OSX, weighing at 321MB, ahhh and I just did a restart after finally installing the latest iTunes 8.

OSX 10.5.5 Update Screenshot

What’s included

General

  • Includes recent Apple security updates.
  • Addresses stability issues with video playback, processor core idling, and remote disc sharing for MacBook Air.
  • Addresses an issue in which some Macs could unexpectedly power on at the same time each day.
  • Resolves a stability issue in TextEdit that could be found when accessing the color palette.
  • Improves Spotlight indexing performance.
  • Fixes an issue in which contacts might not sync properly with PalmOS-based devices.
  • Improves iPhone sync reliability with iCal and Address Book.
  • Includes improvements to Active Directory (see this article for more information).
  • Improves Speech Dictionary.
  • Fixes Kerberos authentication issues for Mac OS X 10.5 clients that connect to certain Samba servers, such as Mac OS X Server version 10.4.
  • Includes extensive graphics enhancements.

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Nike + iPod Touch Workout App reviewd

September 14, 2008

This is really for the fitness fanatics or maybe the casual runner. Gizmondo have a look at the new Nike workout application for the iPod touch but are left disappointed, read on to see why!

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