March 2009 Archives

30
Mar

In his March 28, 2009 article posted at The Seattle Times, Glenn Fleishman puts forth the argument that Apple's recently updated Mac mini desktop computers offer a compelling reason to be part of you home entertainment system. 

30
Mar

In his March 26, 2009 article at CIO, Tom Kaneshige details how some Windows developers have a preferences for Apple Macs.  It's well known that Apple Macs are often used by those in creative roles but Macs are seeing increased adoption amongst developers.

30
Mar

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place from June 8th through 12th in the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco, California.  Apple will be conducting three tracks at the 5-day event: iPhone, Mac, and IT.

13
Mar

An Associated Press report released on March 13, 2009 indicated that the U.S. state of Maine is expanding its program to provide Apple laptop computers to students.  The program will seek to provide a laptop to every public school student enrolled in graded 7-12 by this fall.

11
Mar

After releasing the new iPod shuffle (3rd generation) earlier in the day, Apple has released a new version of iTunes that supports the new iPod model.  The iTunes update includes performance enhancements as well as other improvements and bug fixes.  Apple highlights the following items for the release:

11
Mar

Apple today released the 3rd generation iPod shuffle in what Apple calls "the world's smallest music player".  The new models are approximately half of the size of the previous model with new 'VoiceOver' and Playlist features.  The new iPod shuffle is smaller than a AA battery, holds up to 1,000 songs and now features controls conveniently integrated into the included earphone cord. 

09
Mar

In a Press Release dated today March 9, 2009, Intuit Inc. announced that the company will soon introduce Intuit Online Payroll to accountants, Mac users and others including banks and credit unions.  The Online Payroll product already serves over one million customers.

09
Mar

In an article geared for business Danny Bradbury writing for Financial Post describes how more firms are embracing Macs.  In the article titled 'Mac catching firms' eyes', Bradbury provides an example of Overlay.TV, a Ottawa, Canada based firm that has embraced Mac use within the firm.  He also provides information on Apple's Boot Camp as well as virtualization applications for the Mac.

09
Mar

In a blog post, Shannon McPherson states, "It's official. Apple's Mac OS X is my favorite opperating system."  The post on his personal blog provides an overview of his computing experience which went from an Apple IIe, Mac SE, Windows PC, and Ubuntu Linux.  He's now a Mac user.

06
Mar

Speculation is running rampant amongst Apple watchers that the firm's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) will be held during June 6-12.  It was first speculated by the Baltimore Sun and has been picked up by numerous outlets.  It's widely anticipated that Apple will demonstrate and/or announce Snow Leopard, Mac OS X version 10.6 at WWDC.

06
Mar

Earlier this week Apple released new Airport Extreme and Time Capsule models with three key new features.  Following their release many wondered whether or not the (older) first generation TIme Capsule and the 802.11n capable Airport Extreme would get these new features.  There's good news to report (to some degree).

04
Mar

Kindle is Amazon's Wireless Reading Device that works in conjunction with the Kindle Store to provide more than 240,000 books, top newspapers, magazines, and blogs.  The new 'Kindle for iPhone application' from Amazon allows iPhone and iPod touch owners the ability to read Kindle books using a simple, easy-to-use interface.

03
Mar

Apple has released new Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme wireless models that now include a new guest network feature that offers support for simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band networking.  Time Capsule now works with MobileMe for instant file access via the Internet.

03
Mar

Another tidbit related to today's product updates is the availability of a wired keyboard without the numeric keypad.  It is the default keyboard for the new iMac or available as a standalone upgrade for $49.  Note that the default keyboard for the Mac Pro remains to be the Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad.

03
Mar

In conjunction with an entire Mac desktop revamp of new consumer and pro Mac models, Apple has quietly added the option to upgrade the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a  2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache.  This new option replaces the prior high end 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor option.  Apple has also upgraded the standard processor on the high-end MacBook Pro with a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor thereby dropping the standard 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

03
Mar

Apple today introduced the new MacĀ® Pro using Intel "Nehalem" Xeon processors and a next-generation system architecture to deliver up to twice the performance of the previous generation system.* The new Mac Pro starts at $2,499 and features the latest graphics technology and an updated interior that makes expansion even easier than before.

03
Mar

Apple today announced updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop lines, including a 24-inch iMac that is priced more affordably than ever before and a Mac mini with powerful new integrated graphics. For the same $1,499 price as the previous generation 20-inch iMac, the new 24-inch iMac delivers a 30 percent larger display, twice the memory and twice the storage. Delivering up to five times better graphics performance, the updated Mac mini now features the same groundbreaking NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics introduced with the aluminum unibody MacBook family. The Mac mini is the world's most energy efficient desktop, drawing less than 13 watts of power when idle. All iMac and Mac mini systems come with Mac OS X Leopard, the world's most advanced operating system, and iLife '09, Apple's unparalleled suite of consumer applications for managing and organizing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.

03
Mar

The Apple Store is currently down with anticipation that Apple is about to announce new iMac and Mac mini models.  Interestingly enough Amazon has posted the prices and model numbers of the new Mac mini models prior to any announcement from Apple.

03
Mar

The Apple Store is currently down with anticipation that Apple is about to announce new iMac and Mac mini models.  Interestingly enough Amazon has posted the prices and model numbers of the new iMac models prior to any announcement from Apple.