• Friday Finishing Fools

    According to Patently Apple, Apple might very well be working on a thinner MacBook Pro design. How? By doing some pretty funky things with magnets in order to reduce the thickness of the optical drive, essentially making magnets do some of the work that's mechanically done now. If you've ever seen the inside of any current-generation MacBook Pro you'll know that there's very little room to spare inside — Apple can replace current hard drives with smaller, thinner models as seen in the MacBook Air, but as for that optical drive, there's not that much they can do.

    At MacTalk we love Australian iOS apps, and Tourism WA has just released an iOS (and Android) app to help you pick and choose what you want to do next time you're in WA. The apps include transport guides and maps, and even features an optional download which allows you to use the app in a sort of "offline" mode.

    With nearly one in six dollars of their 28 billion dollar revenue coming from China, it's not a huge leap to say that China is now Apple's second-most important market.

    Many websites are posting the story of Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and his conversation with Tim Cook, where it's reported that Tim Cook excused himself to take a call from his boss, Steve Jobs. That was the day of the iPhone 4 announcement, and the next day, Jobs was gone. If that's not dedication, then nothing is.

    The iSuppli teardown of the iPhone 4S has landed, and the bill of materials for Apple's latest iPhone sits at $188, with the most expensive part being mechanical and electro-mechanical parts at $33. The full breakdown is over at the iSuppli website.

    A variation on the Mac trojan that pretends to install an updated version of Flash Player is a little more malicious than most. It doesn't do anything to cripple your system immediately, but it does disable the automatic updating system of XProtect, the name of the malware and trojan definitions program, meaning that your system won't get updates about any new versions of malware or trojans.

    UTorrent for Mac now brings support for RSS downloads and custom schedules so you say when downloads start and end. While those features are more a feature-parity thing with the Windows version, one thing that is really new is the iPad remote UI that allows you to control your Mac downloads from the comfort of your iPad.

    Scribblenauts on the Nintendo DS is pretty great, which, of course, makes the iOS version (called Scribblenauts Remix) even better. Wired says the iPad version is especially fantastic due to the much larger screen — if you haven't played an iOS game in a while, make it this one.

    Have Honeycomb-based Android tablets been a sales failure? With just 3.4 million sold to date — less than the number of iPhone 4Ss sold on opening weekend — I would venture "yes".

    Perhaps the greatest thing about the new Kindle Fire isn't the fact that it has a colour display, or that it access to Amazon's vast library of digital downloads. Perhaps not even the fact that it's powered by a highly customised version of Android, or that it has a fantastic starting price. No, perhaps the best aspect of the new Kindle Fire is that it'll be able to run Angry Birds. Have an excellent weekend, folks!
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    leon

    iOS 8.1 is released

    I'm having trouble with personal hot spot over wifi being recognized by my 2010 Mac Mini server running 10.6.8 client.

    Had to reset network

    leon Today, 07:03 AM Go to last post
    kyte

    iOS 8.1 is released

    Here's an issue I have struck this morning. Safari has forgotten all my logins except this one (because this is the last page I was on, I suppose, before

    kyte Today, 05:54 AM Go to last post
    kyte

    iOS 8.1 is released

    No, it wont. Its just been released, I bought it right away, and its a bit of a disappointment really. I thought it would be at least as intuitive as

    kyte Today, 05:53 AM Go to last post
    Orestes

    Surface

    Yeah, the Surface Pro 3 is really starting to do what I want out of a tablet, which has me interested, a lot... Now if Apple would release an iPad Pro

    Orestes Today, 01:31 AM Go to last post
    AfterBurner_1

    Surface

    Hmm, I've been keeping an eye on these and have played with all three revisions and the RT (yuk) really like the Surface Pro Line, the 3 is really starting

    AfterBurner_1 Today, 12:17 AM Go to last post
    AfterBurner_1

    Suggestions for replacement ADSL modem & switch

    I''ve found the WiFi on mine to be pretty darn good, great for the iPhones, iPads, the Mac Mini and all the sundry Android devices that come through as

    AfterBurner_1 Yesterday, 11:59 PM Go to last post
    Orestes

    35 and unemployable! (aka Ain’t Life Grand v3)

    No, but same position, I got into health issues and ended up in a situation now where I had to walk away from a teaching career and instead finish out

    Orestes Yesterday, 09:59 PM Go to last post
    Erwin

    Surface

    My Surface Pro 3 just arrived, but has yet to be provisioned for work - our IT guys are waiting for a Microsoft partner to help them set it up properly

    Erwin Yesterday, 09:20 PM Go to last post
    SRG

    Mid 2007 iMac 4GB ram, upgrade to Yosemite or not?

    Allan welcome to MacTalk!

    thanks for that, think I will take the plunge and see how it goes. Certainly seems like no real issue in your

    SRG Yesterday, 09:19 PM Go to last post
    konni

    mail app hit with incoming/outgoing spam via gmail

    oh well I guess I just "help myself".
    I logged into gmail and noticed there was a "suspicious login detected" asking Did I log

    konni Yesterday, 09:10 PM Go to last post