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    Published on 19th July 2010 by

    For many of us, the personal data we have stored on our computer is irreplaceable.  If not irreplaceable then it's at least  very difficult and time consuming to replace.  After all, you can’t go back and take more photos of your wedding, or your last birthday party.

    However, personal data goes way beyond the stuff you store in Documents, Music and other standard folders.  It includes all those bookmarks you’ve got in Safari (or your favourite web browser), it includes all the contacts you have in your Address Book, it includes all the email you’ve received (and sent).

    Having a good backup process gives you peace of mind that, when the worst happens, you're already prepared.

    If you’re aiming to minimise your angst when the time comes where you need your backups, you have to be prepared ahead of time.  Once things start to go wrong, you may not have much time to save the situation.
    Published on 19th July 2010 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/100716_TECH_Jobs.jpeg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8031" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/100716_TECH_Jobs-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="300" /></a>Okay, we all know your iPad makes for a great kiosk experience - load up an app, build some sort of stand to support the iPad that covers the home button, and voilà - your very own touch-screen kiosk! <a href="http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/ipads_make_kiosks_so_easy_its_practically_cheating _16948.asp" target="_blank">Just stop harping on about it already</a>!

    <a href="http://www.macworld.com/reviews/product/560080/review/droid_x.html?expand=true" target="_blank">PC World review one of the newer Android handsets on the block</a> - the Motorola Droid X. While the reviewers appreciate the large display, they found that the software could sometimes preform sluggishly - and with a 1Ghz processor that seems to have the flavour of choice in any Android-powerered smartphone today, that's a bit of a worry.

    InfoWorld are telling people to <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/print/130211" target="_blank">not bother with the disaster that is Windows Phone 7</a>. While the overall premise of the platform may have sounded promising initially, early Microsoft demos of the smartphone platform have been nothing more than a shadow of a 2007-era iPhone - and in today's cut-throat smartphone industry, there's no excuse for any mediocrity on Microsoft's part.

    Published on 18th July 2010 by


    There are a lot of differing opinions out there on Apple's triumphant tablet. And that argument is on whether it is, in fact, a triumph at all. There's no doubting its popularity. Apple still can't produce enough units to meet demand and sales have actually sped up since its explosive April launch rather than plateauing or slowing down(*), which is quite something for a device so strongly fuelled by pre-launch hype. But just how useful or valid iPad is as a new member of the Apple family is up for furious debate.

    "It's just a big iPhone" is a summary I've heard more times than I care to count. And if I see one more person hold one up to their face and say "Helloooo??" in jest, I'll chew off my own thumbs. As is usual, most of those arguing the negatives are people who've never spent quality time with the device and have made their judgments based solely on what they've read and observed. And reasonably so; one can't be expected to fully grasp a product until they've experienced it in the flesh. Many of these sceptics are very informed, intelligent, technically aware people or (otherwise) fervent Apple fans. This exposes one of the biggest problems with iPad, and it's a shocker; it's nearly impossible to quantify the experience or benefits of owning one with lowly text. You simply have to hold it in your hands and do everyday digital things with it to understand it. ...
    Published on 18th July 2010 by

    After Apple's unusual press conference this Saturday morning to discuss an issue now known as 'Antennagate', the tech media is stuffed with opinions and perspectives on the iPhone 4 'free case and a refund' solution. This week's special edition of Weekend News serves as a round-up of those stories.

    First up is Consumer Reports, who are largely attributed as the origin of Apple's public relations woes with their iPhone 4 non-recommendation. While their position still stands, they do acknowledge "Apple's offer of free cases is a good first step" but go on to say "Apple has indicated that this is not a long-term solution" (Apple to provide free cases to iPhone 4 owners).

    Before we continue, let's see what Apple has to say about the issue. Aside from the conference yesterday, which is now online for your personal viewing pleasure, they've posted some information about other phones' performance and the industry challenge to 'fix the weak spot' (Smartphone Antenna Performance).

    Published on 17th July 2010 by


    Scenario: You want an iPad, but you can't afford it. You know your stuff when it comes to Apple and you love to write.

    Does this sound like you? If it does, MacTalk will buy you a 16GB 3G iPad in return for writing 16 articles for our blog. Write guides and tutorials about anything you like Apple ...
    Published on 17th July 2010 by

    Only a 15 minute presentation, then 15 minutes for Q&A at the end. The one sentence summary of this press conference is: "this issue impacts a tiny, tiny fraction of our customers (0.55%), all smartphones exhibit this same behaviour and despite this, we're going to give you a free iPhone 4 case of your choosing, from any manufacturer, for free."

    For us Aussies, we also got a date for the iPhone 4 hitting our shores. July 30th. See:

    As soon as we have info on plans, ...
    Published on 16th July 2010 by

    It's Brisbane meetup time again! MacTalkers can pull-on-pants, step out into the big-yella, and get your Mac geek on, in real life. Or... you can just sit around and chat about life, the universe, Macs'n'other stuff with like minded individuals.

    Current rumour is iPhone 4 might be released 28 July, so a meetup on Sat 31 might be an excellent time to share iPhone 4 experiences! More likely not... either way it's worth turning up!

    Come join your forum buddies, put faces to names and enjoy a few beers and some good food. We don't bite, seriously!

    When: Saturday 31st July, 1pm
    Where: Boardwalk Bar ...
    Published on 16th July 2010 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/6a00d8341c5bbe53ef00e54f3f89118833-640wi.png"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-7958" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/6a00d8341c5bbe53ef00e54f3f89118833-640wi-218x300.png" alt="" width="218" height="300" /></a>Could Apple be readying an 11.6-inch MacBook Air along with an iPod touch equipped with a 3-megapickle camera? <a href="http://iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=10616" target="_blank">iClarified seem to think so</a>, and so do I - it's high time Apple went after the netbook market, and maybe this time around they'll actually have a pretty good crack at it!

    There's <a href="http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/" target="_blank">a new codeless Android development tool on the block</a>, and it's aimed at students intent on creating the next big Android app. It's nowhere near as powerful as native development kits, but remember - this is for students, not those genii over at Bjango.

    Macworld say that <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/152722/2010/07/npd_itunes.html" target="_blank">a cloud-based iTunes solution could be a huge hit</a> with any music-lover, but in Australia's low-download-limit climate, I'm not so sure. The last thing we need is even more network congestion on our already-saturated networks - but hey, if the NBN ever gets to ground we'll see how this one pans out.

    Just to show how drawn-out these court battles can actually be, remember Psystar? Yeah, that's right - while Apple has mostly won, Apple and the aforementioned PC assembly company are <a href="http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/apple_responds_to_psystar_appeal_in_mac_clone_batt le/" target="_blank">still battling it out in court</a>, and it seems that Psystar are trying to change how copyright law is interpreted.

    Published on 15th July 2010 by

    Today's app review is PressReader. This one went on for way too long, I apologise. We got too stuck in to explaining this app and lost track of time.

    We also have a HD version available - compatible with iPad & AppleTV.

    Subscribe to the HD Podcast via iTunes
    Subscribe to the iPhone Podcast via iTunes - soon

    Direct Download 720p HD Video

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