Applelinks iOS News Reader - Friday, November 30, 2012

Apple's Steve Jobs 2.0 (Sort of)?
Surface with Windows 8 Pro Pricing In MacBook Air's Ballpark
Microsoft Surface Pro To Start At $899 For 64gb Model
NPD: Windows 8 A Sales Disappointment
BareFeats Buying Advice: The 'Late 2012' iMac
Sonnet Echo Express, Echo Express II, or Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis For PCIe cards
Tenfourbird 17 Email Client For PowerPC Released
SecureMac Guide - Top 10 Security Tips for Mac OS X Mountain Lion


Apple's Steve Jobs 2.0 (Sort of)?

Thed Atlantic Wire's Rebecca Greenfield says Apple's Eddy Cue has achieved more than rising star status, and is becoming the company's resident visionary "creative leader" the next Steve Jobs, kind of, if you will. She notes that CEO Tim Cook is more conventionally business exec. oriented, and while the late Mr. Jobs left very big boots to fill, Mr. Cue, whose official title is Senior Vice President Internet Software and Services, inherits the visionary guru mantle because he's the closest thing Apple has to a genius among its leadership right now, profiled by the Wall Street Journal's Jessica E. Lessin as a "prime architect of Apple's software strategy and one of the most important product voices at a company where no clear chief product visionary has emerged since Mr. Jobs's death last year."

Ms. Greenfield notes that Mr. Cue's Jobsian attributes include a dedication to uber-secrecy, lack of compulsions to climb on bandwagons and ride trends, and in Ms.
Lessen's estimation is more of a pragmatic "strategist and tactician than manager," and no coddler of people's feelings.

Mr. Cue also shares with Steve Jobs an eclectic range of interests, is a car aficionado, and has a tendency for flamboyancy ( for example having been appointed to Italian supercar maker Ferrari's board of directors on November 7.

However, unlike Mr. Jobs, whose passion was design, Mr. Cue's reputation is that he's a mainly software oriented guy, who oversees Apple's content stores, including the iTunes Store, the App Store and the iBookstore, as well as Siri, Maps, iAd and Apple's innovative iCloud services. Mr. Cue is a 23-year Apple veteran and played a major role in creating the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Music Store in 2003, and the App Store in 2008. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University.

In announcing Eddy Cue's appointment to Ferrari's board, CEO Luca di Montezemolo, noted: "I am delighted that Eddy Cue, one of the main driving forces behind Apple's range of revolutionary products, has now joined our board. His huge experience in the dynamic, innovative world of the Internet will be of great assistance to us."

"I am pleased and proud to become a member of the board," Cue said. "I have personally dreamed of owning a Ferrari since I was 8 years old and have been lucky to be an owner for the past 5 years. I continue to be awed by the world-class design and engineering that only Ferrari can do," said Eddie Cue, commenting on his nomination to the board.

Mr. Cue's appointment makes speculation about possible Ferrari/Apple product crossover or tie-in inevitable.

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Surface with Windows 8 Pro Pricing In MacBook Air's Ballpark

In a Microsoft Blog, Panos Panay, General Manager of Microsoft Surface has posted pricing information on the Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablet PC that will be available in January 2013.


Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions:

• 64GB standalone version at $899

• 128GB standalone version at $999

That compares with the entry-level Surface with Windows RT 32GB model that lists for $499, or 44 percent less than the 64GB Surface with Windows 8 Pro and a minimum $200 more than a Windows RT Surface with 64GB of storage.

Both versions will both include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and include the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover (sold separately for an additional $120 for the Touch cover, for a total of $1,019 for the 64GB version or $1,119 for the 128GB version).

Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same design principles as Surface with Windows RT including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2x2 MIMO antennas designed specifically for Surface and the kickstand.

However, it also has some differences.

On the inside, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will come with a much more powerful Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor which will provide the necessary a graphics boost for its 10.6” 16:9 ClearType display that runs at a 1920x1080 full HD resolution.

Surface with Windows 8 Pro also includes a full-size USB 3.0 port. Its Mini DisplayPort can drive an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution, and the standard Pen input features expanded capacitive and digitizing technology Microsoft is calling Palm Block that will prevent your handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidently place your palm on the screen as you write.

Surface with Windows 8 Pro will run current Windows 7 desktop applications, will weigh less than two pounds and be less than 14 millimeters thick.

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Microsoft Surface Pro To Start At $899 For 64gb Model

Appleinsider's Brian Marder reports:

Microsoft on Thursday announced the pricing for its forthcoming Surface Pro tablet, starting at $899 for the entry-level 64-gigabyte version with an Intel processor and the full Windows 8 operating system.


Given the price points and features of the Surface Pro, Microsoft's high-end tablet hardware may be targeted as more of a MacBook Air competitor than something positioned to take on Apple's iPad.

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NPD: Windows 8 A Sales Disappointment

Electronista Staff report that while the launch of Windows 8 was expected by some analysts to revivify a stagnating PC market, new figures say the traditional computing sector continues to languish, and according to NPD Group's latest report on computer sales, Windows-powered personal computer sales fell 21 percent overall last month, even with Microsoft's new touch-enabled operating system debuting.

The article notes that in the month since Windows 8's launch, Windows laptop sales are down 24 percent according to NPD, while desktop sales are down nine percent, for an overall drop of 21 percent.

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BareFeats Buying Advice: The 'Late 2012' iMac

BareFeats rob-ART morgan notes that Apple will start taking orders today, November 30th, for the latest iMac revision, so he decided to offer some insights to help you decide if the iMac is the way to go, using three questions received from readers as his outline.

1. Should I replace my old Mac Pro with the 2012 iMac or wait for the rumored 2013 Mac Pro?

2. If I already own a compatible display, why shouldn't I get the 2012 Mac mini Quad-Core i7 instead of the 2012 iMac Quad-Core i5 or i7?

3. Will the 2012 iMac be twice as fast as my 2010 iMac?

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Sonnet Echo Express, Echo Express II, or Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis For PCIe cards

Today's ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power, power that many people thought would only be possible in full-size desktop computers. Smaller in size and portable, they're very desirable. For professionals in the creative fields, this processing power alone is not enough. You need expansion slots to install specialty cards to connect various video and audio inputs, for processing data, and to connect to high-speed storage and networks. The problem is, only desktop computers (which aren't very portable) have expansion slots, and currently available PCIe expansion for notebook computers has been very limited in performanceuntil now. If you've got a computer with Thunderbolt technology, then an Echo Express, Echo Express II, or Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis for PCIe cards is exactly what you need.


Sonnet's Echo Express, Echo Express II, and Echo Express Pro enable you to use high-performance PCI Express adapter cards (sold separately) with any computer with a Thunderbolt port. Imagine using compatible full-size professional video capture, audio interface, SAS & SATA HBA, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controller cards with your iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro; these Sonnet products make it possible.

Expanding Outside the Box

Sonnet harnessed the potential of Thunderbolt technology to enable you to connect high performance expansion cards to computers without expansion slots. Developed by Intel and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt technology supports high-performance data services and high-resolution displays through a single, compact port. Based on PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort technologies, Thunderbolt provides support for two channels on the same connector with 10 Gb/s of throughput per channel in both directions. Connected via a Thunderbolt cable (not included, sold at the Apple Store), an Echo Expansion Chassis carries the computer's PCIe channel to the PCIe slot(s) and passes both PCIe and DisplayPort data through a second Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining other devices.

Standard or Pro

One or two cards, different lengths, different requirements - there's an Echo Express to meet your needs. The Echo Express (ECHO-EXP1H) supports one half-length (up to 7.75" long), full-height, double-width, x16(1) PCIe 2.0 card. The Echo Express II (ECHO-EXP2H) supports two half-length (up to 7.25" long), full-height, single-width, x16(1) PCIe 2.0 cards (or one double-width card), while the Pro model (ECHO-EXP2F) supports two standard width, full-length cards, or one double-width, full-length card. All three models support an I/O bracket.

The Echo Express and Echo Express II include a built-in 100W universal power supply; the Pro model includes an integrated 150W universal power supply. Do you have a card in mind but aren't sure which Echo Express you need? We've worked closely with expansion card manufacturers to provide a list of compatible PCIe cards on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart. The chart provides an up-to-date list of cards that have been tested to be recognized over a Thunderbolt connection and compatible with Thunderbolt technology requirements.

Key Features

• Adds Expansion Card Slots to Any Computer with a Thunderbolt PortThe Echo Express supports one half-length (up to 7.75" long), full-height, double-width, x16(1) PCIe 2.0 card. The Echo Express II supports two half-length (up to 7.25" long), full-height, single-width, x16(1) PCIe 2.0 cards (or one double-width card), while the Pro model supports two standard width, full-length cards, or one double-width, full-length card.
• High BandwidthWith Thunderbolts PCI Express performance and 10Gb/s of throughput on each of the two channels in both directions, Echo Express Expansion Chassis are perfect for special-purpose PCIe cards for video capture, audio interface, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, digital audio, RAID control, and more
• Power for Powerful CardsIntegrated 100W power supply (150W in Pro model)
• Two Thunderbolt PortsDaisy chain up to six devices to a single port on the host computer
• Temperature-Controlled, Variable-Speed FansOperate slow and quiet with cooler cards, better cooling for hot cards
• Energy Saver ModePowers on/off automatically with the computer
• Integrated Universal Power SupplyBuilt-in power supply means no external power brick to dangle or loose
• Rugged Aluminum HousingPortable protection for any environment

Constructed of rugged extruded aluminum, the Echo Express' outer shell helps transfer heat away from the cards and securely protects them inside. The top cover slides off to offer quick access to the PCIe slots and enable easy installation of cards. Ventilated front and back panels plus quiet, temperature-controlled fans (with no switches or jumpers to configure) automatically help keep even the very hottest cards cool; when not needed, the fans slow down to a whisper so you can work without a lot of noise in the background. Echo Express products are enviro-friendly, automatically powering on and off with your computer. To keeps things as compact as possible, universal power supplies are integrated inside the chassis so there're no dangling power bricks.

Strong Link in the Chain

These Sonnet solutions support daisy chaining of additional Thunderbolt technology-enabled peripherals such as an additional Echo Express, the Apple Thunderbolt Display, video capture devices, and data storage devices. For connected devices requiring extra power, 10 watts is provided through the daisy chain port to peripherals.

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Tenfourbird 17 Email Client For PowerPC Released

Tenfourbird is a mail user agent for PowerPC Mac. It based on Mozilla Thunderbird and TenFourFox.

Latest version is 17.0.

TenFourBird is free and offers separate builds for various PowerPC Mac processor series.

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SecureMac Guide - Top 10 Security Tips for Mac OS X Mountain Lion

SecureMac has released a free Mac OS X security guide, outlining the top tips for securing your computer against threats. The guide, Top 10 Security Tips for Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), by security researcher Israel Torres is available on SecureMac. Apple users looking to protect their system against malware, hackers, unwanted guests, or simply to practice safer computing habits can take advantage of this simple guide, complete with step-by-step instructions to get acquainted with the security features offered by Apple's latest operating system, Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8).

This free guide will help instruct users from novices to advanced power users with Mountain Lion's newest security features and top practices for safer computing. The guide covers some of the latest technology including: GateKeeper, File Vault 2, Privacy Controls, Firewall, Password Assistant, Anti-Phishing, Software Updates, iCloud locator, Remote Wiping, Secure empty trash, and control access on Mac OS X 10.8.

Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) users also have a security guide entitled 'Top 20 Security Tips for Safe Computing for Mac OS X' written by security researcher Israel Torres available on SecureMac. Both of the security guides are available and are recommended for new users to experienced users looking to secure their Macs.

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