Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Thursday, February 7, 2013

If We Live In The Post-PC Era, Do We Really Need A Mac, Or Is The iPad The Future Of Computing?
iTunes Store Sets New Record with 25 Billion Songs Sold
OS X Snow Leopard Stubbornly Rejects Retirement
Image Editing With Mountain Lion Preview
New Mac Pro Coming This Spring?
Stellar Launches Drive Monitor - Real Time Health Monitor for Your Drive


If We Live In The Post-PC Era, Do We Really Need A Mac, Or Is The iPad The Future Of Computing?

Mac360's Kate MacKenzie notes that when the iPad was launched a few years ago, Apple's Steve Jobs called it the dawn of the post-PC era, implying that PCs, including the Mac, are on the way out, and mobile computing will dominate in the future.

Ms. MacKenzie says she can't disagree with that implication, but she's not ready to let go of her Mac just yet. Why not? Because what the Mac does, it does very well, and tablets, including the much loved iPad and iPhone, don't do those same tasks well at all.

[Editor's note: That pretty much sums up my own take on the matter. I also agree with her that, its ridiculous to say an iPad or an iPhone is not a real computer, and I applaud up-and-coming research firm Canalys ( for including tablet computer sales in its overall PC sales counts, under which Apple is the largest vendor of PCs on the planet by a whopping margin. Ms MAckenzie also observes that another interesting aspect of this post-PC era is how Apple has managed to get many of us to buy three products instead of one. Ed.]

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iTunes Store Sets New Record with 25 Billion Songs Sold

Apple announced Wednesday that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes Store (, making it the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store. The 25 billionth song, Monkey Drums (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch, was purchased by Phillip Lpke from Germany. As the downloader of the 25 billionth song, Phillip will receive a 10,000 iTunes Gift Card.

"We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world," said Eddy Cue, "Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible."

"In a lot of ways, iTunes has leveled the playing field for musicians. Whether youre unsigned, indie, major, whateverits the place most people go to buy digital music," says Wesley Schultz, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Lumineers. "iTunes doesn't exclude any musicians simply because theyre not yet established or popular."

The iTunes Store has a catalog of over 26 million songs and over 25 billion songs downloaded, and is available in 119 countries, and is an ideal way for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus, Apples DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to your devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to your iOS devices.

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OS X Snow Leopard Stubbornly Rejects Retirement

Computerworld's Greg Keizer notes that Apple's OS X Snow Leopard, which shipped in August 2009, continued to resist retirement last month, according to new January statistics from Web analytics vendor Net Applications that pegged Snow Leopard's share of all Macs at 28.2%, half a point higher than the 27.7% recorded by OS X 10.7 Lion, and marking the fourth month in a row that Snow Leopard has hung onto second place, behind the newest edition, OS X Mountain Lion, but ahead of 2011's Lion.

Keizer observes that Snow Leopard, which has been gaining a reputation as Apple's version of Microsoft's Windows XP, an OS that stubbornly sticks around, with many die-hard Snow Leopard users explaining that they can't move on from Snow Leopard because it's the last OS X version that supports running applications compiled for PowerPC processors via Rosetta, the translation emulator that allows PowerPC software to run on Intel-based Macs.

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Image Editing With Mountain Lion Preview

MacMost's Gary Rosenzweig has posted a video report on how you can perform some basic and fun image editing using only the Preview app that comes with your Mac. You can cut out a part of one image and paste it into another, and also crop and resize an image before exporting it to share it.

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New Mac Pro Coming This Spring?

The Register's Rik Myslewski reports that Apple will release a new Mac Pro this spring, according to a French fanbois website based on on what it says is a leaked memo from a French Apple reseller.

"Apple nous informe qu'une nouvelle gamme Mac Pro va sortir au printemps 2013," France Systmes wrote in a missive to its customers informing them of the February 18 deadline for European Mac Pro orders, Mac4Ever claims, which Myslewski roughly translates as: "Apple tells us that a new Mac Pro will be released in spring 2013."

However, he notes that it remains unclear whether such a Mac Pro will be a fully redesigned version of Apple's top-of-the-line Macintosh, or whether it will merely be the same Mac Pro design that Apple has been shipping since August 2006 warmed over once again just enough to satisfy European regulators who've barred shipments into EU member nations after March 1 due to an unspecified breach of Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1, Second Edition.

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Stellar Launches Drive Monitor - Real Time Health Monitor for Your Drive

Stellar Data Recovery has introduced Stellar Drive Monitor, a user friendly scanning, monitoring and backup utility. This tool scans and monitors your drive to identify possible problems and issue warnings intelligently. The software also performs a surface scan to identify bad sectors and has the ability to read SMART attributes for an overall health assessment of your drive. The utility is available in a try before buy version, with almost all its features available for 30 days.


"Increase in hard disk temperature is one of the most common reasons for hard disk failure that results in crucial data loss. This comprehensive tool constantly monitors these temperature variations along with 70 other crucial parameters to intimate users about imminent threats to hard drive health so that users can take timely backup of important data." says Sunil Chandna, CEO, Stellar Data Recovery.

The all new Stellar Drive Monitor constantly runs in the background and is packed with useful features. User can scan the surface of the hard disk to detect bad sectors through the surface scan feature and can also view real time disk information about their drive's performance. This tool allows customization as well, different users can set their desired preferences for temperature warning limits and other functions to keep track of their drive's health based on their requirement and usage. This utility is compatible with the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion & former versions.

Stellar Drive Monitor is available as a 'try before buy' version which can be immediately downloaded from Stellar Data Recovery online. The software's single user license is available at a nominal price of $29.00 (USD) which also allows users to access the drive performance and back up features.

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