March 2006 Archives

30
Mar

Historically, there has never been a true test to compare Macs with Intel based PCs.  New data and benchmarks demonstrating that the Intel powered MacBook Pros and iMacs run Windows faster than today's PCs dismiss the myths that Macs are slower, behind the technology curve, and are more costly.  The point I'd like to make is that the Intel based Macs were designed and engineered to be Macs that run OS X, not Windows.  The fact that they run Windows XP faster than WinTel machines proves that Apple's hardware engineering, innovation, and quality surpasses its competitors.

29
Mar

Apple’s industry-leading video production suite Final Cut Studio, is now available as a Universal Binary.  The new build provides native support for both PowerPC and Intel based Macs.

Final Cut Studio 5.1 packages four powerful and integrated professional products:

  • Final Cut Pro 5 - Real-time editing for DV, SD, HD, and film
  • Motion 2 - Advanced animation and special effects
  • SoundTrack Pro - Audio editing and creation
  • DVD Studio Pro 4 - Advanced DVD authoring

23
Mar

Google released an updated version of Gmail Notifier, an application that notfies you when new mail has arrived in your Gmail account. The new OS X version is now a Universal Binary that runs natively on Intel or PowerPC Macs. Check out the Google Blog to see the details.

22
Mar

Apple's new Intel based Macs have recently been hacked to allow native installations of both Mac OS X and Windows XP.  Following this development, a post at Gearlog outlines recent benchmarks demonstrating that Apple's MacBook Pro runs Photoshop faster than Windows based notebooks.

22
Mar

TVWeek reports that customers of Apple's iTunes have downloaded 4 million Disney movies and television shows.  Disney CEO Bob Iger stated the following at his Monday keynote speech at the TelecomNext show in Las Vegas:

"That data point is indicative of the biggest change in the TV business"

22
Mar

Apple Computer responsed to the effort by French lawmakers aimed at forcing the company to open iPods and Tunes to work with competing digital media products.  Did Apple's statement hint at a Movie download service?

21
Mar

Southwest Airlines has added OS X as a supported platform for their popular Ding! software that notifies customers of special airfare deals.  Prior to the recent update, the software was only available on Windows.  OS X version 10.3.9 or higher is required to use the software.

20
Mar

I've been thinking about how one has to devote time to a Windows based system versus a Mac running OS X. We all know that Windows systems are prone to virus infection, spyware, malware, and unpatched systems are begging to be exploited. In fact, Windows is the most attacked, least secure operating system around. A Windows system is unsecure out-of-the-box.  Keeping a Windows system safe demands a high degree of vigilance. 1

19
Mar

Macs have always been perceived as too expensive. The phrase “you get what you pay for” truly applies to a Macintosh. As I described in Part Four, "Mac Hardware Benefits and Purchasing", you are paying for seamless integration, stability, ease of use, and quality engineering.  In another post, "Apple's End-To-End Model Leads to Innovation and User Experience" I explain how Apple's end-to-end model of building hardware and software leads to a better user experience.

18
Mar

.Mac members can now download a set of iChat AV icons until June 1, 2006.  The 218 icons are free to active .Mac subscribers and are available at Apple's .Mac Web site.  The downloadable image measures 640kb.

18
Mar

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a new e-filing system on March 17, 2006 offering support for Mac OS X.  The system allows patents to be submitted online via the USPTO website. Prior versions of the system were not OS X compatible which made it difficult for patent applications to be submitted by Mac users.  The revamped system allows Mac users to submit their applications directly from OS X instead of having to submit them from a Windows based system.

14
Mar

Microsoft today released Messenger for Mac 5.1, Microsoft's instant messaging software for Mac OS X. Version 5.1 includes a new brushed steel skin and allows users to commiunicate with Live Communications Server 2005. This new release includes support for Public IM.

14
Mar

Microsoft today released an update for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac.  This updates Microsoft Office 2004 Standard Edition, Office 2004 Student and Teacher Edition, and Office 2004 Professional Edition to version 11.2.3.