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    Published on 14th February 2010 by

    Macworld 2010 was on this week, managing to work it's way through four days of expo despite a severe lack of Steve. TUAW were eager to get their Apple fix whilst in San Francisco, so they took a road trip out to the mothership.

    Meanwhile, David Pogue of The New York Times delivered a keynote at Macworld's Moscone conference hall, as did Daring Fireball's John Gruber.

    Apple's about to hit 10 billion song downloads, and they're giving away a $10,000 U.S. gift card to the winner - no matter where you are in the world. Check out the countdown, or take a look at the most downloaded songs of all time (warning: you will most likely be bitterly disappointed).

    Market research company NPD says Apple are #5 in store and online for electronics in 2009. Based on sales in the United States, Apple are just below Staples & Target in retail.

    Forgot your iPhone power adapter? Just pull together about 2380 orange slices and you'll be charging in no time.

    Published on 12th February 2010 by

    <img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4913" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/steve_0007-248x300.jpg" alt="steve_0007" width="248" height="300" />The tech industry as a whole likes feature checklist comparisons, often using them as satirical cannon-fodder for the masses. <a href="http://www.marco.org/380868888">Marco Arment gives his own take on how the iPad fares against the competition</a>, with - you-guessed-it - feature checklist comparisons.

    <a href="http://www.hardmac.com/news/2010/02/10/nvidia-optimus-the-technology-we-absolutely-need-in-our-macbook-pro">Newfangled technology by Nvidia</a> could very well make those dual graphics cards in your MacBook Pro do some serious work - that is, if you've got dual graphics cards in the first place. 13" models need not apply, and if you were cheap and brought the 15" with the integrated graphics, well, you get what you pay for.

    It's been quite a while since we've had a liquid-cooled Mac, and as we all remember a little too well, the PowerMac G5's weren't exactly the most reliable machines (coolant leaks, anyone?). Now, as chips get hotter and faster, <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/02/will-liquid-cooling-be-coming-to-the-imac.html">will Apple once again turn to liquid-cooling in their iMac lineup</a> as this patent shows?

    Published on 11th February 2010 by

    comms_center_surveyWe've recorded over 100 episodes of the MacTalk podcast, spanning over 2 years. It has remained largely unchanged and with little feedback from listeners. We figured it's about time we heard from our audience, to see if we can improve our podcast, gain more listeners and give our current listeners more of what they like.

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    Published on 11th February 2010 by

    <img class="alignright size-full wp-image-4882" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/stevie_couch.jpg" alt="stevie_couch" width="275" height="390" />First off this week, I would like to apologise over my unexceptable behaviour ...
    Published on 10th February 2010 by

    Jobska_2-1When the Apple Store went down last night it was like a Wednesday news reporter's wet dream. Then I woke up, and found that all Apple had nocturnally emitted was Aperture 3.

    A 'personal assistant' app for the iPhone. I made my request and two weeks later a dismembered pole vaulter's arm arrived in the mail. They've some work to do.

    So Amazon are rethinking the Kindle. The guy in this video reckons it looks like something Mennonites made 150 years ago. I didn't think they had e-ink back then, so I'm not sure that was possible, but hey, he's the expert.

    Here's a thing to get stuff on your whatsit.

    If El Jobso lets you borrow his iPad,
    Published on 9th February 2010 by

    This week we look at Australian developer Syncode's app for wirelessly syncing your notes, and a very stylish expense tracking app called Bills.


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    Just a few weeks after the release of their copy-and-paste manager app, the folks at Syncode are at it again with an efficient note syncing app. To put it simply, Synotes can wirelessly sync - the vital function that the iPhone's inbuilt Notes app lacks. It adds a couple of extra features that would otherwise be welcome additions to Apple's app too. There are quite a few similarities between the Synotes and Syncopy apps, the largest being the way that your notes and clippings are synced - but while Syncopy requires an extra app for your Mac to manage clippings, Synotes includes access to a MobileMe-style web interface to deliver notes to your Mac. It's practically perfect for accessing your notes from anywhere, since you can view them on any computer with an internet connection at any time. I'll stick to reviewing the app itself, but if you decide to purchase Synotes, make sure you check out the web interface here.

    Since it's a note-taking app for the iPhone, it's already presumed that Synotes will feel much the same as Apple's aforementioned Notes app. Notes is one of the most used apps on my iPhone, which is what makes Synotes' contrasting interface so refreshing. Notes are typed against a bare white background in clear white text. Better yet, the font you use to create them isn't Marker Felt - which, for me, lost it's novelty as a note-taking font very quickly. Once completed or saved for later use, Synotes automatically pushes it up onto their server in a matter of one or two seconds. An important note for the uninitiated: the golden ?S rule taught to new Word/Pages users also applies to Synotes on the iPhone - save regularly if a long note is being written or work will be lost.

    Published on 9th February 2010 by


    Going by these job posting on the Apple website, it seems that Apple are opening a 4th store in Sydney, this time in Castle Towers Shopping Center, in the suburb of Castle Hills. This is also in conjunction with a Bondi store opening soon too.

    There's some discussion of this store opening on our forums.
    Published on 9th February 2010 by

    Good Morrow fair readers. Hopefully the lark's song did not wake thee too early and you all have a fantastic day...enough of the Shakespeare talk...here's the news.

    MacBook Pro...nice little laptop...we may be getting a new one tomorrow. That's right, according to a French rumour site, Apple may decide to announce new MacBook Pros. Once again with rumours we always take them with a grain of salt and a heavy dose of skepticism.

    Are you planning on buying an iPad on launch day and you're not Decryption??? Well apparently you shouldn't. Much like the original iPhone there are rumours that Apple may drop the pricing of the iPad a few months after launch....provided ...
    Published on 7th February 2010 by

    <img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4850" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/steve_0020-218x300.jpg" alt="steve_0020" width="218" height="300" />Looks like <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2010/02/06/unreleased-core-i7-macbook-pro-61-benchmarked-supplies-constrained/">someone accidentally ran GeekBench</a> on one of the as-yet-unreleased i7 MacBook Pros. Oops!

    Remember how the 27" panel in the current-generation iMac was praised as "<a href="http://www.marco.org/222434049">bizzare and incredible</a>"? Perhaps it's too much so - HardMac say that <a href="http://www.hardmac.com/news/2010/02/04/about-problems-with-lcd-panel-on-imac-27">the firmware of the LCD itself is to blame</a> for all the issues Apple has been having, including the dreaded yellow-tinge-of-death.

    LaCie are probably better known for making hard drives, and being French. Not that there's anything wrong with being French, of course - but <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/146119/2010/02/lacie_coat_formoa.html">they're now making cases</a> for the MacBook and upcoming iPad.


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