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    Published on 19th October 2010 by

    In it’s continuing exploration of new ways to interact with your electronic world, Apple released it’s Magic TrackPad earlier this year.  On the face of it, there’s little to be excited about.  Laptops have had touch pads forever and many people who own laptops quickly decided they’d rather use a mouse.

    In my normal work environment I have a MacBook Pro and a Mac mini combining to give me three screens and being controlled by a single keyboard and mouse using a nice little program called Teleport.  I often have a dozen or more programs running and am constantly switching from one to the other as I get through the tasks I need to get done each day.  While I’ve been happy to use my MacBook Pro’s trackpad when I’m travelling I’ve rarely got as many things going on in these situations.  Usually, I’m running 2 or 3 programs and concentrating far more on single tasks. ...
    Published on 19th October 2010 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/steve-jobs.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-10606" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/steve-jobs-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></a>Cult of Mac have an exclusive on the new MacBook Air; <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/new-macbook-air-coming-wed-bigger-battery-sharper-case-independent-confirmation/64190" target="_blank">it's got a bigger battery and a sharper case</a>. Along with the standard 13.3" model there will also be a smaller 11.6" version — still no word on it's ability to pierce human flesh, though. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

    Remember what I said about Windows Phone 7 being too little, too late? It's almost as if Steve Ballmer was aiming for the iPhone of 2007, not the iPhone of today. If Microsoft think that <a href="http://www.phonedog.com/2010/10/13/rumor-windows-phone-7-to-get-copy-and-paste-multitasking-navigation-in-jan/" target="_blank">copy and paste and multitasking (in January, no less) are enough</a>, they've got another thing coming.

    Those of us who have used multiple smartphone operating systems will know how clumsy their copy and paste implementations can be at the best of times. It's no wonder <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/10/apple-reveals-ten-in-depth-cut-copy-and-paste-patents.html" target="_blank">Apple patented their particular elegant implementation</a>, and rightly so.

    Published on 18th October 2010 by

    Lists are all the rage these days, and MacTalk has been slow to join the bandwagon. Here are a bunch of reasons a Mac Pro is good investment for a geeky home user. ...
    Published on 18th October 2010 by


    This week, Pete speaks to Mathew Peterson who is one of the people at The Little App Factory. Mathew emailed Steve Jobs after Apple sent a legal letter telling him to change the name of iPodRip. He gained some Apple fan notoriety, when Steve Jobs replied to his email with a simple "Change your apps name. Not that big of a deal." - the first of a wave of Steve Jobs emails that have become public. They also chat about The Little App Factory and their stable of beautiful apps and how Mac development is changing in the face ...
    Published on 18th October 2010 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/jobs_neXT.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10597 alignright" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/jobs_neXT-287x300.jpg" alt="" width="287" height="300" /></a>Windows Phone 7 will be a big deal. If you're looking at getting an Windows Phone 7 handset just to live on the wild side, then you're in luck. <a href="http://osxdaily.com/2010/10/13/windows-phone-7-will-sync-to-mac/" target="_blank">Your Ballmer spawn will sync to your Mac</a>, and everything will be just fine.

    <a href="http://exchange.telstra.com.au/2010/10/15/citysearch-launch-augmented-reality-iphone-app/" target="_blank">Citysearch launched an augmented reality iPhone app</a>. While augmented reality apps aren't really anything new, or anything special, all the augmented reality apps that I've tried, however, just don't work that well; either because of a lack of content or because they're not localised for Australia. Hopefully this Australian-centric app will change things for us Aussies.

    <a href="http://smokingapples.com/opinion/mac-os-x-lion/" target="_blank">Smoking Apples have a brilliant analysis</a> on the next major version of iOS, Mac OSX Lolcat. Wait, I mean Ceiling Cat. Or is that Lion? Too many big cat names, too little time.

    Published on 15th October 2010 by

    Cheers to RamCity for sponsoring the MacTalk Podcast - check them out if you need RAM!


    This episode has Peter, Zac, Gavin and Lauren talking about the following:
    Published on 15th October 2010 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/jobs234234234234.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-10580 alignright" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/jobs234234234234.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="206" /></a><a href="http://www.tuaw.com/2010/10/14/the-ibookstore-six-months-after-launch-one-big-failure/" target="_blank">TUAW call the iBookstore "one big failure"</a>, saying that it pales in comparsion to the gargantuan collection of books on competing devices like the Kindle. The thing is, if the US iBookstore is failing even with their publisher deals, what does that make the AU iBookstore, considering we don't even have publisher deals like those Americans do?

    There's a good answer on a Stack Overflow question about <a href="http://stackoverflow.com/questions/209170/how-much-does-it-cost-to-develop-an-iphone-application/3926493#3926493" target="_blank">how much it costs to develop an iPhone app</a>. The comment is authored by Craig Hockenberry, one of the developers of Twitteriffic.

    One of the more well-known names on the App Store was recently bought out for a very princely sum of $403 million, but <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/dena-may-have-gambled-when-it-paid-400mm-for-ngmoco/63405" target="_blank">did the company take a gamble</a> on one of the more successful gaming publishers in the App Store?

    Published on 14th October 2010 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/www.jpeg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-10574" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/www-300x199.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="199" ...
    Published on 14th October 2010 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/iChat-Image840578487.png"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-10569" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/iChat-Image840578487-300x199.png" alt="" width="300" height="199" /></a>As anyone who holds Apple stock will testify, having AAPL open trading with <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2010/10/13/apple-stock-opens-trading-at-300-per-share/" target="_blank">stock valued over $300 is a very good thing</a>.

    Considering putting an app onto the App Store? I hope you've got a good designer on board, because as Max Rudberg says, <a href="http://blog.maxthemes.com/post/1290901693/the-importance-of-a-well-designed-iphone-app-icon" target="_blank">having a well-designed app icon</a> could make or break your app in the eyes of those who will buy it.

    We've all experienced that realisation that we've got headphones in, but there's nothing playing, right? Not anymore — The Iconfactory just released Take Five, an app that promises to make you <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/take-five/id361799359?mt=8" target="_blank">never realise you're listening to silence ever again</a>. There's a comic for this exact phenomena floating around the internets, but my Google-fu fails me at the moment.

    Published on 13th October 2010 by

    No matter how much you’ve enjoyed your Mac, there comes a time when you just have to upgrade to the latest new model.  While you’re keen to move on up to all the new features and enjoy the added power of your new purchase, the reality is that your old Mac is probably still perfectly functional for general use.

    You now have the perfect opportunity to sell, gift or freecycle your old computer.

    While you could just give the computer to a family member, friend, or random stranger on the street, unless you’ve taken a little time to do some preparation you may end up doing yourself, and the person who takes on the computer, no favours at all.

    If you’ve had the computer for any length of time it’s likely that some things aren’t quite working the way they should - it may not be anything major, it’s probably stuff that you hardly ever care about.  But the next person will use the computer in different ways to you and the minor niggle on some program not working properly could be a major headache for them.

    Wouldn’t it also be nice to let the next person to use your computer enjoy that out-of-the-box experience complete with welcome video and the chance to set up their own user account and customisations?

    This article goes through the steps you should consider taking to offer the next person to use your pre-loved Mac the best possible experience. ...

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