Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Monday, April 26, 2010

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Long Term Impression of Apple's Macbook Air
T3 Reviews MacBook Pro 15-inch
New 15-in. MacBook Pro An Elegant Combo Of Power, Thriftiness
Apple's 15-inch 2010 MacBook Pro: More Battery Life Tests, High Res Display Evaluated
Hands-On With Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro
Macworld Reviews Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (Spring 2010)
MacBook Pros (April 2010): Poor Battery Life; Causes and Fixes
Steve Jobs in E-mail To Fan: "Life is Fragile"
Unexpected Delays Slow Delivery Of Custom-built MacBook Pros, Apple Says
Apple Charting The Future Of Computing With Mac OS X 10.7
Rumor: Mac OS 10.7 Will See Some Big Changes, Rixstep Warns
Google to Mac Users: Ditch Safari and Firefox, Use Chrome
Enable QuickLook's X-Ray folders in OS X
Adobe Clutches Chance To Bury Steve Jobs 'Hog' Insult
PGP Co-founder Takes OS Security Job With Apple
Huge Gallery Of Microsoft Office 11 Mac Screenshots
Mobile Browser Leaps To The Desktop



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Long Term Impression of Apple's Macbook Air

computerglory.com says that the Macbook Air is possibly the sexiest laptop in the world, even now, years after its launch, noting that nothing looks quite like it, with the beautiful unibody (actually the first unibody laptop from Apple) aluminum construction and sculpted shape.

The article acknowledges that much has been criticized about the Macbook Air, but while the reviewer has his own criticisms, most of the MacBook Air negativity he doesn't agree with, noting that the Air is targeted at a certain type of individual well-heeled enough to not require one device to do it all, although he agrees that the Air is most certainly not worth the retail prices that Apple charges for the various configurations, and boughthis refurbished from Apple, for about half the price of a new one but with the same warranty as new, and in essentially brand new condition with only 3 cycles on the battery.

Praised are the screen (same size as the standard Macbook, but of much better quality), the full-size, backlit keyboard, the very large and very functional trackpad, the weight and ease of carrying it and the including of a dual-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11n

On the downside are the serious shortcoming of non-upgradeble RAM - 2 GB just doesn't cut it these days, and without a built-in optical drive you're dragooned into buying Apple's $100 peripheral Superdrive. Then there's the mediocre speaker and the standard PATA 80GB hard drive that spins at a leisurely 4200 rpm.

For the full review visit here:
http://bit.ly/9toG5x






T3 Reviews MacBook Pro 15-inch

T3's Ian Osborne reports:

The MacBook Pro returns with a very significant upgrade

Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro is the ideal notebook for Mac users who need a good balance of portability and power....

The MacBook Pro's graphical capabilities certainly impress. In our tests, the notoriously resource-hungry Doom 3 ran at almost 100 frames per second, despite our ramping up the screen resolution and turning graphical detail to maximum....

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is the ideal machine for the serious notebook user and the best so far.....


For the full review visit here:
http://bit.ly/bPRUmp






New 15-in. MacBook Pro An Elegant Combo Of Power, Thriftiness

Computerworld's Ken Mingis reports:

it took apple inc. all of 10 days to remind the tech world -- still in the thrall of the ipad launch on april 3 -- that it hasn't taken its eye off the laptop business.

while new ipad owners were wondering whether the apple tablet would sound the death knell for laptops (and netbooks), apple was putting the finishing touches on the next generation of its professional laptop line.....

in other words, the laptop is alive and well at apple -- and i say that as the owner of a new ipad, which i do think will change the way a lot of people use computers and access data and the web.

For the full review visit here:
http://bit.ly/cVh8ZC






Apple's 15-inch 2010 MacBook Pro: More Battery Life Tests, High Res Display Evaluated

AnandTech's Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug report:

.....Apple has somehow found a way to make something as small as just another processor refresh exciting....

....The previous generation unibody MacBook Pro posted some incredible battery life numbers. And two weeks ago Apple paired it with Intel's Core i5 and i7 mobile CPUs, delivering the sort of desktop-like performance we've been waiting for.

.... in response to many of your requests, we've got more battery life results and a full evaluation of the 15-inch MacBook Pro's display quality. Apple is often the go-to manufacturer for creative professionals, we put our colorimeter on the MacBook Pro to find out if they're making the right choice.....

You're going to think something is wrong with me, but I actually prefer the glossy display of the MacBook Pro to the optional matte display. I rarely use my machine outdoors and the glossy display just looks nicer to me. The picture just looks punchier and more contrasty.... The matte option really only makes sense if you plan on using it a lot outdoors in overwhelmingly sunny conditions.


[I agree. Ed.]

For the full review visit here:
http://bit.ly/d8v7dW






Hands-On With Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro

CNET's Scott Stein reports:

We have our hands on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro here at CNET, and have been putting it through its benchmark paces. In the meantime, we've been eager to see what differentiates this 2010 update from the 2009 version. While we had a wish list of features we wanted to see included and were disappointed that a handful were omitted, there are some key improvements that we're glad to see.... [notably the new Nvidia GeForce 320M IPU and imorived battery life]....

Looks-wise.... a few small touches can be eagle-eyed by frequent Mac users....

Ports remain the same, but all new MacBook Pros contain a small but important upgrade to their Mini DisplayPort-out jacks--they now output HDMI audio and video....

The large glass multitouch clickable trackpad now has "inertial scrolling" that makes the trackpad work even more like an iPhone or iPad for flick-scrolling documents with two-finger gestures.....


For the full review visit here:
http://bit.ly/9U9dmc






Macworld Reviews Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (Spring 2010)

Macworld's James Galbraith reports that while Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro lineup may look identical to its predecessor, under the hood, changes to both the CPU and GPU combine to make an impressive leap in performance over the June 2009 systems these new models replace, and concluding that "the new 15-inch MacBook Pros leave little to complain about."

For the full review visit here:
http://www.macworld.com/article/150146/2010/04/15inch_macbookpro_corei5i7.html






MacBook Pros (April 2010): Poor Battery Life; Causes and Fixes

appletoolbox.com reports that some users of the new MacBook Pros (April 2010) are reporting poor to mediocre battery life from the notebooks, finding real world battery life to be half or less of that claimed by Apple, presumably caused by constant engagement of the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics card, even during usage of seemingly less-intense graphics applications. The discrete graphics processor kicks in automatically even under light loads that could be handled by the Core "i" chips' integrated Intel HD graphics when certain applications are running.

Workarounds are suggested.

For the full report visit here:
http://bit.ly/9V6UOd






Steve Jobs in E-mail To Fan: "Life is Fragile"

The Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin reports:

In another e-mail reply from Steve Jobs to a fan, the Apple CEO offered a simple comment: "Life is fragile." BusinessInsider published the exchange between Mr. Jobs and a young man named James who was thanking him for his recent efforts to promote an organ donation-related bill in California.


For the full report visit here:
http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/steve_jobs_in_e-mail_to_fan_life_is_fragile/






Unexpected Delays Slow Delivery Of Custom-built MacBook Pros, Apple Says

Appleinsider's Neil Hughes reports:

Users who have purchased Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro models with build-to-order options have been notified that their shipments are delayed.


To read more, click here.
http://bit.ly/ajkfOu






Apple Charting The Future Of Computing With Mac OS X 10.7

Rixstep reports:

Apple began charting the future of their flagship computer Mac OS X today as the developers of tomorrow finally learned how they'll be able to participate in it.

Many a pundit has seen signs the platform was being abandoned in order to concentrate more on the mobile platforms, but it seems the ordinary computer isn't dead just quite yet after all.

That end might be close for other reasons but it won't be for Apple's lack of support.


But....

Developers planning on marketing software for 10.7 will submit their products to the App Store as iPhone and now iPad developers have already done. 10.7 will have kernel support for ('insistence on') binaries signed with Apple's root certificate.

No software will be able to run on Mac OS X 10.7 without being approved and signed by Apple, Inc.


For the full commentary visit here:
http://rixstep.com/1/20100424,00.shtml






Rumor: Mac OS 10.7 Will See Some Big Changes, Rixstep Warns

9To5Mac's Jonny Evans reports:

Whispers emanating from Apple developers suggest the company will begin signing devs up to the Mac OS X 10.7 developer program by early autumn 2010. Updates at the end of the tale.

There's a catch, if this report from high-level developers, Rixstep, is true. They warn, "Developers planning on marketing software for 10.7 will submit their products to the App Store as iPhone and now iPad developers have already done.


However.....

Accusing the Rixstep article of being baseless fiction, one developer told us, 'I'm in the Mac Developer programme, and there have been no announcements from Apple about 10.7 whatsoever to developers.'....

We'll let you know if we uncover more, but as we said at the beginning, this looks like a red herring.....


For the full report visit here:
http://9to5mac.com/mac_like_iphone






Google to Mac Users: Ditch Safari and Firefox, Use Chrome

Technologizer's Harry McCracken says:

I'm not sure if this is new, or it's just the first time I've noticed it: When I go to the Google home page on my MacBook Pro in Safari, I'm getting a little ad for Google's own Chrome browser:

I started to wonder if it was a skirmish in the Google-Apple wars, but probably not: I'm getting the same ad in Firefox. (Not in Opera, thoughľI guess there aren't enough users to make trying to lure them to Chrome worth the effort.)

For the full report visit here:
http://bit.ly/bgAJ9d






Enable QuickLook's X-Ray folders in OS X

MacFixIt's Topher Kessler says:

When you invoke QuickLook on a folder in OS X, you are shown the folder icon along with some information about the folder. While this is convenient, QuickLook has a hidden "X-ray" feature that lets you preview items in the folder, similar to the option in Windows where pictures are displayed in the enclosing folder's icon.


To read more, click here.
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20003194-263.html?tag=mncol;title






Adobe Clutches Chance To Bury Steve Jobs 'Hog' Insult

The Register's Cade Metz reports:

After calling Flash a "CPU hog," Steve Jobs has given Adobe the chance to live down this now famous insult. And Adobe is taking it.

Steve Jobs also called Flash "buggy" and littered with security holes. And he summarily banned it from both the iPhone and the iPad - even when it's translated into Jobsian machine code. But with the latest update to the Mac OS X version known as Snow Leopard, the Jobsian cult has added an API that allows third parties to hardware-accelerate H.264 video on the Mac, and Adobe tells The Reg it's already working to tap that API.

To read more, click here.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/23/apple_and_adobe_together_again/






PGP Co-founder Takes OS Security Job With Apple

The Register's Dan Goodin reports:

Jon Callas, who as co-founder and chief technologist of PGP helped bring strong encryption to the masses, has taken a job with Apple working on operating-system security.


For the full report visit here:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/22/jon_callas_joins_apple/






Huge Gallery Of Microsoft Office 11 Mac Screenshots

9To5Mac's Jonny Evans reports:

We know it's a love/hate thing, one of those products you see almost every day, used for your personal life and also in the work you do, so we thought we should draw your attention over to this huge collection of images detailing some of the elements of the latest Microsoft Office 11 for Mac beta.


You can check it out at:
http://www.9to5mac.com/mac_office_screens






Mobile Browser Leaps To The Desktop

linuxfordevices.com's Jonathan Angel reports:

Opera Software has released a version of its flagship mobile web browser that runs on Linux, Windows, and Macintosh desktop computers. Useful for testing mobile websites, Opera Mobile 10 runs in a variety of resolutions and in both touch and keypad-only modes, the company says.


For the full report visit here:
http://bit.ly/crF6fW



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