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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Why Hypercard Had To Die

Stanislav Datskovskiy, Loper OS

Jobs supposedly claimed that he intended his personal computer to be a “bicycle for the mind.” But what he really sold us was a (fairly comfortable) train for the mind. A train which goes only where rails have been laid down, like any train, and can travel elsewhere only after rivers of sweat pour forth from armies of laborers. (Preferably in Cupertino.)

Review: iTunes Match Wins Cloud Music War By Wisp

Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press

Although there are things to like about Google's and Amazon's systems, they both favor streaming, which isn't how I want to listen to music when I'm not at a computer.

Apple's iTunes Match is fundamentally more oriented to work with downloading in mind, and it meshes well with your existing song library, either on your device or on your computer.

PopClip Adds iOS-Like Copy And Paste To Mac

Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker

While most people will still find a quick Command+C the easiest way, PopClip wants to make it simple for users who might be more used to iOS.

Finding Good Apps For Children With Autism

Pradnya Joshi, New York Times

iOS 5.1 Beta Offers Developers Limited Siri Integration

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

A source confirmed to Ars that a handful of the new iOS 5.1 APIs allow developers to specifically handle the response from Siri's speech-recognition servers. These APIs don't allow developers to integrate Siri support for controlling an app the way that Apple has with, say, Messages or Reminders. But it does open up the possibility to better handle text dictation input.

Apple Releases Safari 5.1.2 With 'White Flash' And PDF Viewing Fixes

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Alfred Launcher App Hits Version 1.0

Dan Moren, Macworld

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Apple Approves, Then Pulls, iTether App

Lex Friedman, Macworld

The company behind iTether published a statement on Tuesday in light of the app's removal, claiming that Apple cited the fact that the app “burdens the carrier network” in explaining the decision to unapprove it—even though, Tether claims, Apple understood the app’s primary function before it was released.

Macworld Guide To AppleCare

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Is it worth paying for the extra coverage? What exactly does AppleCare cover, and how does it work? Here's a guide to AppleCare to help you decide if you should buy this extended warranty with your next Apple product.

Start Dictation By Lifting Your iPhone 4S To Your Ear

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Whenever your iPhone 4S displays the on-screen keyboard, there’s a microphone icon at the bottom left; if you tap that icon, Siri will begin transcribing whatever you dictate. But you can save yourself that tap by lifting your iPhone to your ear when the keyboard appears on the screen. A single tone will sound (as opposed to Siri’s more traditional double-beep) to indicate that your 4S is listening and ready to transcribe. When you’re finished dictating, simply lower the phone again.

ShareMouse Review

Karl Hodge, Macworld

ShareMouse is an easy-to-use virtual keyboard and mouse sharing program. Simply plug a keyboard and mouse into one computer on your network, and you’ll be able to use them on any other local machine that has the program installed.

iTether App Offers Internet Tethering On Your iPhone For One Time Fee

Arnold Kim, MacRumors has somehow gotten App Store approval for their iPhone companion application "iTether". The $14.99 App Store app allows users to share their iPhone's internet connection with their Mac or PC computer over USB.

Quickly Remove Finder Sidebar Items With A Keyboard & Mouse Trick

David W. Martin, Cult Of Mac

The old drag-to-remove option still works, but not without the Command key.

Mission Control In OS X: Don't Forget The Pinch

Topher Kessler, CNET

The Best System Tweaker For Mac

Adam Dachis, Lifehacker

Our favorite is OnyX for its exhaustive feature set that provides both basic and easy options for any kind of user.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Controlling Mission Control With Your Keyboard

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Apple Releases "Share The Fun" iPod Touch Ad

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

Six Unexpected Uses For The Arrow Keys

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

What could possibly be “unexpected” when it comes to those four humble directional keys? Perhaps it’s that, totally unadorned (that is, without a modifier such as Command or Control), they can do more than just move an insertion point around in text or select something in a list.

Simple Social Networks

Shawn Blanc

Give iTunes Store Credit Or Items

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

If you’re in a giving mood, there’s no better place to shop for the Apple-device-users on your list than the iTunes Store.

Apple iMessage And Poor User Experiences

Matt Galligan

Mac Text Editors And Navigation

Brent Simmons, Inessential

But the hardest part of text editing remains text navigation. Moving around. Getting to the thing you want to edit.

Apple iCloud

Paul Thurrott, Supersite For Windows

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Look At Apple’s Spot-the-Shopper Technology

Brian X. Chen, New York Times

A Black Friday visit to the Apple Store in Palo Alto, Calif., offered a glimpse of the new technology Apple is using to speed purchases.

A store employee, Diego Aguirre, demonstrated an internal application running on iPod Touches that, for the last few weeks, has had the ability to show the in-store location of a shopper who has come to pick up a purchase.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Review: Parallels Desktop 7 For Mac

Dave Bailey, Computing

With Siri, Technology Finds Its Voice

Michael deAgonia, Computerworld

This is what makes Siri different—and better—than earlier voice technology. With Siri, the syntax—that is, the way you phrase an inquiry—doesn’t always have to be exact. For the most part, when you make a request for information, dictate an email or issue a command, the technology behind Siri parses out what is meant and responds accordingly. As noted, most phones understand a “dial” command followed by a string of numbers, but Siri knows exactly what to do when told to “create a reminder for every Thursday morning at 7:08 to take out the trash.”

Friday, November 25, 2011

Build Doom3 On MacOSX With XCode4.

Fabien Sanglard's Non-Blog

Using Apple’s Find My Mac Feature

Riva Richmond, New York Times

Apple’s One-Day Shopping Event Is Here

Don Southard, MacStories

Black Friday is here and the deals are pouring in. Apple has announced this year’s Black Friday one-day shopping event. They have dropped their prices on Macs, iPads, iPods, and a pluthera of accessories.

Beware Masquerading Malware This Holiday Season

Tony Bradley, PCWorld

The Sophos Naked Security blog reports that there are fake iTunes gift certificates being distributed via email which are actually malware-laden file attachments. The prospect of a free $50 to spend shopping on iTunes is a compelling deal for rabid Black Friday shoppers.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Apple Removes Game Subscription Plan

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg

“We were notified that the app was removed,” said Paul Thelen, founder of Big Fish, a game publisher in Seattle. The app had been available since Nov. 18, he said. “We’re trying to follow up with Apple to try to figure out what happened.”

Thelen said he was surprised by the move because Big Fish had worked with Apple for several weeks to ensure that it met the requirements for recurring monthly charges made through the App Store, a method most commonly used by magazines and newspaper publishers.

Five Unexpected Uses For The Control Key

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

When you add it to common key combinations it lets you access all sorts of unexpected commands.

How To Share A Family iPad

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How To Beat The Line At The Apple Store

Leah Yamshon, Macworld

There are a few ways to beat waiting in a long line. It just takes a little planning ahead.

Without Siri, The iPhone Reminder App Stinks

Aaron Pressman, Gravitational Pull

That’s a minimum of 10 clicks and slides to set one reminder.

Big Fish Sells Subscriptions To Its Games On The iPad

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is letting a video-game company offer its titles by subscription on the iPad, expanding the role of a feature typically used by magazine and newspaper publishers.

Big Fish Games, a Seattle-based game publisher, won approval from Apple to become the first to offer users access to dozens of titles for $6.99 a month. Until now, games have only been available one at a time, requiring users to download individual applications.

How To Manage Multiple Macs At Home

Christopher Breen, Macworld

While it’s easier to manage a single Mac, it’s still possible to have control over multiple Macs within your home. Not only can you remotely configure parental controls on another computer, you can also monitor what your kids do with their Macs, limit the hours they have Internet access, and share media between the computers within your home.

VMware: Sorry, We Didn't Mean To Allow Leopard, Snow Leopard VMs

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

VMware has reversed course on allowing users to virtualize client installs of Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. The company made a short post on its blog late Monday acknowledging the extra client support that appeared in Fusion 4.1, but claimed the software's previous checks for the server editions of those operating systems had been left out. VMware therefore plans to issue an update that will once again restrict users to installing only Leopard Server, Snow Leopard Server, Lion, or Lion Server.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Subplot Helps Writers Focus On Characters, Plot

Brendan Wilhide, Macworld

Anyone who has sat down to try and write a story can tell you that the actual writing is the most daunting thing about the writing process. One of the best ways to overcome writer’s block is to plan your story and your characters. Subplot is designed to help you do just that, so you have more time to focus on writing.

Replace Your Boring iTunes Icon With Currently Playing Song’s Album Art

John Brownlee, Cult Of Mac

Apple Announces Holiday Sale For This Friday, Across The World

Graham Spencer, MacStories

Apple has begun placing banners on its online Apple Stores across the world, indicating that it will be holding a sale this Friday – on the yearly “Black Friday” as it is known in the US.

Apple Posts New iPad 2 Advert: “Love”

Graham Spencer, MacStories

This latest advert, “Love”, follows the general style of their previous iPad 2 adverts — with a strong narrator intertwined with people using the iPad, highlighting an emotional connection.

Google Just Used Its Search App To Sneak Most Of Chrome OS Onto The iPad

Matthew Panzarino, The Next Web

With the announcement of its new Search app, Google gave iPad users more than just a slick and well-made native search app that bests the experience on any Android tablet. It also managed to squeeze the core elements of Chrome OS into Apple’s ecosystem.

What I Learned Building The Apple Store

Ron Johnson, Harvard Business Review

So the challenge for retailers isn't "how do we mimic the Apple Store" or any other store that seems like a good model. It's a very different problem, one that's conceptually similar to what Steve Jobs faced with the iPhone. He didn't ask, "How do we build a phone that can achieve a two percent market share?" He asked, "How do we reinvent the telephone?" In the same way, retailers shouldn't be asking, "How do we create a store that's going to do $15 million a year?" They should be asking, "How do we reinvent the store to enrich our customers' lives?"

Soulver Calculator Review

Adam Berenstain, Mac Life

While pricey as a simple replacement for Apple’s Calculator, Soulver is worth a look if you want something less cumbersome than a spreadsheet but much more powerful than the back of a napkin for working out complex calculations.

The Best Virtualization App For Mac OS X

Adam Dachis, Lifehacker

Parallels Desktop is really a well-thought out application that has worked to consistently improve overall performance with every version and add new features to make virtualization easy enough for anybody.

Monday, November 21, 2011

How To Share One Mac With Your Family

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Although you can configure this Mac so that it has just a single account, you can make it more enjoyable for each member of your family to use (and easier for you to control) by creating a separate user account for each family member. Do this and everyone has a place to put their stuff, plus you have the power to control exactly what each user can do with the Mac.

Textastic – Text Editor With Syntax Highlighting Review

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Enable iTunes Track Notifications In The Dock

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Hints reader Keir-thomas discovered a secret preference setting built into OS X Lion that allows song notifications to pop up over the iTunes Dock icon.

Five Unexpected Uses For The Tab Key

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

Zoom around the Finder and your favorite apps with these Tab-key tricks.

Can The iPhone 4S Replace A "Real" Digital Camera? Ars Investigates

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Techno-toddlers: A Is For Apple

Thomas Jones, The Guardian

More pre-schoolers know how to use a smartphone than tie their shoelaces. Is this the future of child learning, or a potent image of 21st-century alienation?

How OS X Lion Helps Keep Your Files Safe

Laurence Cable, TechRadar

Why Lion's Autosave and Versions features are a real boon.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Five Ways To Create And Send Holiday Photo Cards

Lauren Crabbe, Macworld

Starting with the Apple programs you already have on your Mac or iOS device, and ending with sites you may not be familiar with, here's a walk through a veritable winter wonderland of photo card-making options.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

How To Uninstall Adobe Flash


If you uninstall Flash, your Mac will use less memory, be more stable and more secure. You will also lose a small portion of the internet (mostly advertising), but the math and weight of history are against Flash.

Pixelmator 2.0 Really Roars On Lion

Dennis Sellers, MacNews

VMware Fusion Update Lets Users Virtualize Leopard, Snow Leopard

Jason Snell, Macworld

AppleCare+ Now Available For Sale Within 30 Days Of iPhone Purchase

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Chinese App Store Customers Can Now Pay With Yuan

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

Apple's iTunes Store in China received a major upgrade this week. The store now accepts payment in the local currency, RMB, and lets users replenish their iTunes account using bank cards from over a dozen Chinese banks.

Mac 101: Getting iWork Files On Your Mac Onto iCloud

Matt Tinsley, TUAW

Friday, November 18, 2011

How To Clear Custom Application Associations In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

When you open a document or click a link in OS X, the system launches a program that can read it. While OS X provides options to change the programs associated with documents, there is no option to clear all application associations for a file type.

More iTunes Match Answers: DJ Sets, How To Replace Music, And More

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Daily Mac App: WriteRoom

Michael Rose, TUAW

WriteRoom iOS is among the most comfortable and aesthetically pleasant editors I've tried, though, and for narrative work without a lot of links or Markdown syntax, it's a winner.

Apple Releases 4.4.3 Software Update For Apple TV

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Apple has updated its release notes to reveal that the 4.4.3 update adds support for Netflix streaming in Mexico and an audio output issue when the connected television set is turned off.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Parallels Desktop 7 Makes Windows-on-Mac Fast, Stable

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Parallels 7 is a fast, stable, and highly customizable way to run Windows on a Mac. Although its interface is focused on running Windows on the Mac, it also does well with other operating systems. There are minor issues with the built-in Windows purchasing and defaulting with Windows running as the Administrator, but neither of these are deal breakers.

EasyFind Is A Free Alternative To Spotlight

TJ Luoma, TUAW

Don't let years of Spotlight's simplistic UI overwhelm you; options and choices are a good thing. Take a minute to see what's available, and just start searching.

In Praise Of iTunes Match

Jason Snell, Macworld

Having my entire music library with me, wherever I go, is more compelling than I thought it would be.

Oregon Tests iPads As Aid To Disabled Voters

Katharine Q. Seelye, New York Times

Oregon last week became the first state in the country to use iPads to allow people with disabilities to vote, and it intends to use them again for another election in January. Several other states are expected to follow suit with iPads or other tablets, possibly as early as for next year’s presidential election.

Say, Can You Make Phone Calls On That Camera?

Nick Bilton, New York Times

Companies are producing dozens of inexpensive smartphone attachments that can easily convert a mobile phone into a mini-professional camera. These products include zoom, fisheye and ultra-up-close macro lenses — all designed to snap onto a smartphone and make photos look as if they were shot with an expensive S.L.R. camera. And for the most part, they are easy to use.

Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.0.2 Update

Jordan Golson, MacRumors

Camera+ Updated, VolumeSnap Returns At Last

Chris Rawson, TUAW

How To Fix iTunes Match Error Tracks

Dan Moren, Macworld

Google Search On iPad Is Bad Design

Dave Winer, Scripting News

Designers really need to hear the following, loud and clear: The iPad browser is fully capable. It doesn't need you to treat it differently. You're fighting with users when you get fancy. Just stick with what works on the desktop.

Secrets Of iTunes Match

Lex Friedman, Macworld

With iTunes Match enabled, your iOS device will automatically remove some downloaded songs over time. The algorithm is smart—older and least-played tracks are removed first.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How Do I Remove Data From My Old Mac Before Passing It Along?

Adam Rosen, Cult Of Mac

How Applidium Reverse Engineered Siri's Protocol

Ryan Paul, Ars Technica

Any Siri client will have to include a key from an actual iPhone 4S in order to operate. If a developer embeds a key in a Siri client application that is widely distributed to users, Apple could simply disable the application by locking out that key.

It’s clear that Apple’s decision to limit Siri to the iPhone 4S and not roll it out to previous iterations of the device was not motivated by the hardware constraints of older iPhones. That means it’s still theoretically possible for Apple to make the feature available to older iPhones in a future update.

Six Unexpected Uses For The Application Switcher

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

iTunes Match: What You Need To Know

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Here are some of the most common queries, concerns, and misconceptions about Apple’s music service, laid out for your reading pleasure.

Encrypt Your USB Flash Drives, External USB Drives Or SD Cards

David W. Martin, Cult Of Mac

Review: Adobe CS5.5

Gary Coyne, Applelinks

iTunes Match: Your Questions Answered

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

But the service isn't necessarily as straightforward as it seems, and there are plenty of questions floating around about how, exactly, Apple determines which songs to "match," which to upload, and which to leave behind. We put together the answers to some of the most common questions and problems we've seen so far in hopes of clearing up confusion about how iTunes Match does and doesn't work.

Once Wary, Apple Warms Up To Business Market

Nick Wingfield, New York Times

While corporate technology buyers say Apple does not try to hide the fact that consumers are still its top priority, they note that the company has gotten easier to work with in recent years, adding features to its devices that make them more palatable to business. It also doesn’t hurt that Apple’s new chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, is known to be far more at ease meeting with the C.I.O.’s Mr. Jobs once so memorably disparaged.

Levinson Becomes Chairman, Iger Joins Apple Board Of Directors

Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple has announced that Arthur Levinson has been appointed chairman of the company’s board of directors. The role, which was previously held by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs upon his resignation as chief executive officer, has been vacant since Jobs died last month. Disney CEO Bob Iger has also been named to the board.

Day One Is A Polished Journaling Tool

David Chartier, Macworld

Day One is a journaling app that focuses on making it easy to jot down private thoughts, ideas, or anything else you want to keep for posterity, and revisit it all down the road. The program offers a unique, yet straightforward and polished interface for creating entries, as well as calendar tools for revisiting recent entries or quickly flipping back through the months.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

iTunes Update Addresses Man-in-the-middle Vulnerability

Lucian Constantin, Macworld

Apple’s iTunes 10.5.1 update addresses a weakness in the application’s update mechanism that could be exploited to trick users into visiting malicious websites.

IconSettings Gives You Simple Control Of Your iDevice Without Jailbreaking

Terrence O'Brien, Engadget

IconSettings lets you quickly access or toggle various settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, provided its running iOS 5. Setting it up is as simple as saving a bookmark to your home screen.

How To Upgrade Tracks To iTunes Match, Fast

Jason Snell, Macworld

Core Found Something, But It Wasn’t A Sandboxing Security Hole

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

What Core uncovered was a mechanism that’s only used by Apple for its internal system daemons. This isn’t something that developers would actually use for an application, so it doesn’t affect them — or the user — at all.

iTunes Match: Many Apple IDs Under One iCloud

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Any computer that is authorized to play protected iTunes music can add that music to iTunes Match. This is the case even if the Apple ID being used for iTunes Match isn’t the same one that was used to buy the music.

Toggle Between iTunes Match And Local Syncing

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Hands On With iTunes Match

Dan Moren, Macworld

So, now that the feature is actually available, what can you expect? I’ve had some time to take iTunes Match for a spin, so here’s a look at what it’s all about.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Check Your Music's iCloud Status

Jason Snell, Macworld

Dealing With iTunes Match's 25,000 Track Limit

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Apple Releases iTunes 10.5.1 With iTunes Match

Lex Friedman, Macworld

On Monday, Apple officially released iTunes Match in the United States, with an update to iTunes for Mac and PC.

Dropzone 1.0 Released On The Mac App Store

Federico Viticci, MacStories

Five Unexpected Uses For The Esc Key

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

The Esc key has long been the “get me outta here” panacea for many things: canceling a dialog box, getting rid of a button-less splash screen, closing a menu that you clicked open. (Esc is, after all, short for "escape.") But those are only the obvious things. Here’s a handful of less-than-obvious but just-as-handy solutions the Esc key provides.

How To Master The Keyboard On Mac OS X: A Comprehensive Guide

Aayush Arya, The Next Web

When you boot up a Mac and use Mac OS X for the first time, the best you can do with the keyboard is type using the standard characters that form the English language and use a few keyboard shortcuts that you are familiar with. But your keyboarding abilities on Mac OS X can be taken quite a bit beyond that, in ways not obvious to many, and in this article we take a look at the various ways you can do that.

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 For Mac

Dan Frakes, Macworld

In a well-lit office, the K750’s battery takes advantage of that ambient light to maintain a full charge; according to Logitech, that would let you use the K750 for three months in total darkness. For obvious reasons, I wasn’t able to test this claim, but in real-world use, it means that if you’re using the K750 in most office environments, you’ll never have to worry about a low battery.

Apple Wireless Keyboard Review

David Howell, Macworld

Apple’s own Bluetooth keyboard is a good choice for any iOS device when an external keyboard is needed.

Tincta Text Editor For OS X Review

Charles Moore, AppleTell

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Beginning, A Middle, But No End In Sight

Lisa Gee, The Independent

Exploring the realms of digital literature can feel a bit “it’s writing, Jim, but not as we know it”. From e-books to book apps, from web-based artworks to keitai shousetsu – the ultra-concise mobile phone novels popular in Japan – there’s a brain-stretching multiplicity of forms and content-styles to navigate. And the only thing everyone involved seems to agree on is that it’s still early days. It’s early days for readers too: most of us are only now adjusting to straightforward e-books.

Simplier Is A Lightweight Music Player For Macs That Uses Your iTunes Library

David Galloway, Lifehacker

For a lot less bloat and a more streamlined experience give Simplier a try—it's a simple music player that uses your existing iTunes music library.

Apps Become The Secret Ingredient In Battle Of Celebrity Christmas Cookbooks

Vanessa Thorpe, The Guardian

The wide popularity of tablet computers such as the iPad has made digital entrepreneurs look again at the commercial possibilities of the kitchen. Most updated cooking apps now offer alternative ways of seeing each recipe, including a step-by-step guide for beginners and a wordless, graphic illustration that serves as a visual reminder for more assured cooks.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Apple Store Self-Check Out: Shopping, Perfected

Harry Mccracken, Time

Everybody who learns about this breakthrough has the same question: What’s to stop people from merely pretending to use EasyPay, then sauntering out of the store’s front door without actually having paid? I don’t know what Apple is or isn’t doing to foil shoplifters. For all I know, there’s some complicated monitoring system keeping tabs on who’s bought what with EasyPay. But I wouldn’t be stunned if there wasn’t.

Apple Stores aren’t security-free zones; for one thing, they’ve got cameras in their ceilings. But already, Apple clearly errs on the side of an ingratiating shopping experience over hardcore anti-shoplifting tactics. It leaves products on shelves that other stores lock up in cases, and the demonstration Macs and other products are lightly tethered to the tables rather than being practically welded in place.

Apple Launches 1st Generation iPod Nano Replacement Program

Megan Lavey-Heaton, TUAW

Apple has sent out emails to registered owners of 1st generation iPod nanos stating that certain iPod nanos created between September 2005 and January 2006 might overheat and pose a safety risk. This is because of a manufacturing defect from a single supplier, and the likelihood of problems increases as the model ages.

iOS 5.0.1 Update Causing Contact, WiFi Headaches For Some Users

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Mac OS X Has Its Own Sandbox Security Hole

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Apps that conform to Apple's sandbox design use a set of "entitlement" profiles defined by Apple; those profiles determine which system resources it can use and which are off limits. CoreLabs discovered that some of the limits in the default profiles can actually be circumvented by triggering certain Apple Events. In particular, Apple Events can cause launchd to launch a separate process without sandbox restrictions.

What To Do If You Find A Lost iPhone

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Apple Still Investigating iOS 5 Battery Issues

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

“The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices,” an Apple spokesperson told The Loop. “We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.”

Bugs & Fixes: Running On Empty

Ted Landau, Macworld

After spending around twenty minutes experimenting with various possibilities, I spotted the culprit. It was in the Status Bar that appears at the bottom of Finder windows. The Bar read: “0 GB available.” As in zero, zip, nada, zilch.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Apple Now Taking Orders For Unlocked, Contract-free iPhone 4S


Bare Bones Software BBEdit 10.1 Is A Robust And Full-featured Text Editor

Tom Negrino, Macworld

When you already have one of—if not the—most robust and full-featured text editors available, what does a company do for an encore? Bare Bones Software chose, with BBEdit 10, to create a new version designed to make BBEdit easier to use and more accessible for existing users.

Apple Releases AirPort Base Station And Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6

Jordan Golson, MacRumors

Apple Releases MacBook Pro Firmware Update To Fix Unexpected Shutdown Issue

Jordan Golson, MacRumors

The update fixes an issue where the machine would shut off unexpectedly under heavy processor load, even when plugged in.

Twelve South PlugBug: Hands-on Review

Steven Sande, TUAW

Apple Updates Digital Camera Raw For 11 Cameras

Alexandra Chang, Macworld

Amazon Updates, Sunsets Stanza App

Lex Friedman, Macworld

The company’s customer service team told one Macworld reader via email that after releasing this update, “we will no longer be updating or supporting Stanza…"

Over-the-air Updating Of iOS 5

Fraser Speirs

Firstly, there's a big win in the fact that the OTA update is also a delta update - meaning that only the changes from the previous version are downloaded, not the whole operating system. Where iOS 5.0.0 was over 700MB, my iPad only downloaded a package of about 40MB in order to update to iOS 5.0.1.

The next best thing about OTA updates is that they can be done unattended. They won't be installed automatically, but once you go into Settings > General > Software Update and hit "Download and Install", you don't have to touch the device again.

Apple's Charitable Matching Program Raises $2.6M For Nonprofits

Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

The combined efforts of both Apple and its employees have resulted in more than $2.6 million being donated to nonprofit organizations since a corporate matching program began in mid-September.

Hands On With iOS Over-the-air Updates

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Thursday’s release of iOS 5.0.1 marked the first time that public upgrades to the operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch can be installed directly on those devices, without requiring a visit to iTunes.

iPhone 4S Is A Convincing Upgrade - Just Ask Siri

Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

Apple’s AssistiveTouch Helps The Disabled Use A Smartphone

David Pogue, New York Times

I doubt that people with severe motor control challenges represent a financially significant number of the iPhone’s millions of customers. But somebody at Apple took them seriously enough to write a complete, elegant and thoughtful feature that takes down most of the barriers to using an app phone.

I, for one, am impressed.

Apple Releases iOS 5.0.1

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

According to Apple, the update fixes bugs affecting battery life; adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad; resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud; and improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.

Dragon Express Offers Lion Users Lower-cost Speech-to-text

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Nuance released on Thursday a new speech-to-text app for Mac users called Dragon Express. The pared-down app features the same speech recognition engine as its full-featured, $199 cousin Dragon Dictate, but at a much lower price.

Using iCloud With iWork For iOS

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Share Reminders With iCloud, Add Them With Siri

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Among the app’s best features are its ability to sync to-do lists and share them with other users via iCloud and its tight integration with Siri on the iPhone 4S.

Evri For iPad Review

Nicola Morrison, Macworld

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mac App Sandboxing: It May Not Be For You (But That’s Probably OK)

Secure Mac Programming

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Adobe Halts Development On Mobile Flash

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

iPad Printing To An Unsupported Printer

Christopher Breen, Macworld

GarageBand Review

Christopher Breen, Macworld

It’s a better experience when run on the iPad because of the larger work surface and ability to use it with external controllers and microphones. But the fact that Apple could create a version as accessible as this one, for more diminutive iOS devices, is a testament to the brilliance of GarageBand’s designers. Plus, the refinements and improvements brought with this version of the app make it a better and more musical tool.

VMware Fusion 4

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Fusion 4 is a nice upgrade from Fusion 3; it's fast and stable, the interface is very Mac-like, and its drag-and-drop installation is about as easy as it gets. The redesigned virtual machine settings and library windows are great improvements over their predecessors. It'd be nice if Linux virtual machines supported OpenGL acceleration, and overall, video acceleration isn't as speedy as it could be.

Gallery Of Storefront Photos From Apple's 357 Retail Stores

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

The Criterion Collection Comes To iTunes

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

With virtually no fanfare -- or even a press release -- The Criterion Collection has made 46 of its 680 films available on iTunes. Among the films released are art house classics any lovers of cinema will recognize, including The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman, Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa, and The 400 Blows by Francois Truffaut.

Are Cookbooks Obsolete?

Julia Moskin, New York Times

“I never thought I would say this, but I don’t go anywhere without my iPad,” said Kristin Young, a collector of cookbooks in Santa Barbara, Calif., who said that even her favorite volumes are gathering dust. “If it’s not on my tablet, it’s just not useful anymore.”

Apple Releases Java Updates For Lion, Snow Leopard

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Apple Introduces In-store DIY Check-out

Barney Jopson And Joseph Menn, Financial Times

Apple has simplified shopping at its bricks-and-mortar stores by introducing new ordering and payment methods that underscore its credentials as a pacesetter in retail innovation.

Apple Releases iAd Producer 2.0

Federico Viticci, MacStories

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Apple Notifies Faulty MagSafe Owners Of Class-action Settlement

Slash Lane, AppleInsider

The company on Tuesday posted a new support document detailing the Apple Adapter Replacement Program, revealing that some customers have received notices referring to the program. As part of the resolution, Apple has referred customers to the website, which gives details on a cash payment available to those who own a 60-watt or 85-watt MagSafe MPM-1 T-shaped Power Adapter.

How To Make Basic Edits In iPhoto


Take your best pictures and make them better with editing. iPhoto includes most of the image-editing tools that casual photographers need to spruce up their photos. If you use iPhoto to manage your photo collection, try these fixes before cracking open a dedicated image editor.

Consumer Reports Recommends The iPhone 4S

Mike Gikas, Consumer Reports

In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal.

Add A Mickey Mouse Clock To Your Dashboard

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Mickey is one of the numerous clock faces Apple now offers on the iPod nano, and Apple shows a full working, ticking preview of the clock on its website. Here’s how to grab it for your Mac.

'Apple Store' App For iOS Updated To Support New Self-Checkout System For Retail Stores

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

The Best Terminal Emulator For Mac OS X

Adam Dachis, Lifehacker

Mac OS X includes a great terminal editor, but among the handful of alternatives is one that easily rises above them all. iTerm2 is our pick for the best terminal emulator for Mac OS X thanks to its vast number of time-saving features and high level of customizability.

Charlie Miller Kicked Out Of The Apple App Store For Uploading Exploit

Joshua Schnell, Macgasm

iPhone Security Bug Lets Innocent-Looking Apps Go Bad

Andy Greenberg, Forbes

At the SysCan conference in Taiwan next week, Miller plans to present a method that exploits a flaw in Apple’s restrictions on code signing on iOS devices, the security measure that allows only Apple-approved commands to run in an iPhone or iPad’s memory. Using his method–and Miller has already planted a sleeper app in Apple’s App Store to demonstrate the trick–an app can phone home to a remote computer that downloads new unapproved commands onto the device and executes them at will, including stealing the user’s photos, reading contacts, making the phone vibrate or play sounds, or otherwise repurposing normal iOS app functions for malicious ends.

Hands-on With GarageBand For iPhone: 8-track Studio In Your Pocket

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Hurdles Remain For iPad Use In Healthcare

Tom Kaneshige, CIO

Even though hospitals have emerged as early iPad adopters-tech-averse doctors supposedly love them, many hurdles remain for the iPad in healthcare. Chief among them is the legacy app world that clinicians depend on to get their jobs done. Apple’s new iCloud storage service is also cause for “trepidation,” Wright says.

Lion Struggles But Finally Submits To Install

Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Instagram On The Desktop? Flare And Analog Give Mac Users Options

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Both apps give you a variety of retro looks to choose from, and both can be quite simple to use. However, each app takes a slightly different approach to achieving an aged or vintage photo look—the differences in those approaches will likely appeal to different kinds of users.

Monday, November 7, 2011

iCloud Vs. Wi-Fi Sync: Which Does What?

Dan Frakes, Macworld

But there are notable differences between what gets synced using each method—some things are exclusively iCloud or Wi-Fi Sync, while other things can be synced via either method. And it’s important to note that Wi-Fi sync and iCloud sync aren’t mutually exclusive. You can, and mostly likely will, use both methods depending on the situation and your settings. Which is why it’s easy to get confused about the differences and similarities between the two.

Automator Workflow Of The Month: Back Up Contacts And Archive Calendar Events

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor And Premiere Elements 10 Editor

Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

Photoshop Elements 10 Editor expands its array of Guided Edits to easily create shallow depth of field effects, dreamy Orton effects, and more. It also adds the capability to align text to a path, paint using new Smart Brush designs, and recompose photos using crop guides.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Deep Dive: Aperture And Photo Stream, How Do They Work?

Richard Gaywood, TUAW

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Google Reader Alternatives

Ed Rhee, CNET

If you're unhappy with the changes to Google Reader, we've highlighted some alternative feed aggregators to consider.

Silicon Valley Wows Educators, And Woos Them

Matt Richtel, New York Times

The demand for technology in classrooms has given rise to a slick and fast-growing sales force. Makers of computers and other gear vigorously court educators as they vie for billions of dollars in school financing. Sometimes inviting criticism of their zealous marketing, they pitch via e-mail, make cold calls, arrange luncheons and hold community meetings.

But Apple in particular woos the education market with a state-of-the art sales operation that educators say is unique, and that, public-interest watchdogs say, raises some concerns. Along with more traditional methods, Apple invites educators from around the country to “executive briefings,” which participants describe as equal parts conversation, seminar and backstage pass.

Siri’s Mysterious Blue Underline, And What It Means To You

Corey Woodcox, Macgasm

Friday, November 4, 2011

Can FileVault 2 And Find My Mac Foil Thieves?

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Put these things together, and it means that whenever someone is using your Mac via the Guest User feature, your Mac can connect to the Internet, log in invisibly to your iCloud account, and report your location via Find My Mac.

Apple's New Fifth Avenue Store Cube Fully Revealed

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Apple Unveiling Redesigned Fifth Ave Glass Cube On Friday

Josh Ong, AppleInsider

Apple will temporarily close its flagship Fifth Ave retail store in New York on Thursday evening in preparation for the unveiling of the newly redesigned glass cube on Friday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.

Real Security In Mac OS X Requires Apple-Signed Certificates

Wil Shipley, Call Me Fishmeal

Meanwhile, we need to address real security in Mac OS X. We all want to feel as comfortable putting apps on our Macs as we do on our iPhones. I certainly admit requiring all apps come from the Mac App Store would do it, but giving developers access to their certificates is much less draconian and wouldn’t chase the free thinkers off Apple’s platform.

Apple's Supply-Chain Secret? Hoard Lasers

Adam Satariano And Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Most of Apple’s customers have probably never given that green light a second thought, but its creation speaks to a massive competitive advantage for Apple: Operations. This is the world of manufacturing, procurement, and logistics in which the new chief executive officer, Tim Cook, excelled, earning him the trust of Steve Jobs. According to more than a dozen interviews with former employees, executives at suppliers, and management experts familiar with the company’s operations, Apple has built a closed ecosystem where it exerts control over nearly every piece of the supply chain, from design to retail store. Because of its volume—and its occasional ruthlessness—Apple gets big discounts on parts, manufacturing capacity, and air freight. “Operations expertise is as big an asset for Apple as product innovation or marketing,” says Mike Fawkes, the former supply-chain chief at Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and now a venture capitalist with VantagePoint Capital Partners. “They’ve taken operational excellence to a level never seen before.”

How Innovative Is Apple's New Voice Assistant, Siri?

Jacob Aron, New Scientist

Yes, says Boris Katz, an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher at MIT. He says Apple has created a "very impressive piece of engineering" by combining established techniques from fields such as voice recognition and natural language processing.

Phil Blunsom, who researches machine learning at the University of Oxford, stresses that Apple hasn't just put together existing techniques. But he has reservations: "The difficulty is that each one of these systems makes errors, and when they are fed into each other the errors multiply."

Apple's Siri Service Hit With Another Outage

Josh Lowensohn, CNET

Solo Diners Find A New Companion Right At Their Fingertips

J. Freedom Du Lac, Washington Post

Heather E. Henderson sat down for lunch one recent afternoon at Bourbon Steak, the Georgetown Four Seasons restaurant where she’s a regular. She ordered raw oysters, Singapore noodles and one of the head bartender’s house-made apple sodas.

Then, she engaged her lunch companion: the iPhone that has commanded — or at least divided — Henderson’s attention on countless eating excursions.

Avid Updates Media Composer And Symphony

Jackie Dove, Macworld

Media Composer 6 and Symphony 6 have been rebuilt on a new 64-bit architecture that promises to boost performance and flexibility. These applications feature a sleek, new interface and include support for third-party hardware, AVCHD and RED Epic with Avid Media Access (AMA), Avid DNxHD 444 codec, and Avid Artist Color.

iNet Is A Must-have For Network Monitoring And Troubleshooting

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

The program is a network viewer and troubleshooter that provides insight into the many different kinds of activity constantly occurring on any Ethernet or Wi-Fi network. This includes Bonjour activity, in which devices and services continuously say, “Hello! Hello! Hello!” to announce what they can do; active devices on the network and information about them; and a vast array of well-presented data for each Wi-Fi base station on the network to which you’re connected.

Managing Battery Life For iOS 5 Devices

Christopher Breen, Macworld

If you've been having battery-life problems with your iOS 5 devices, you could sit back and wait for Apple’s promised iOS update to fix the problem. But if you’re more inclined to take an active approach, there are some things you can do to track down—and maybe even tackle—the source of your power problems.

Apple Expands In-store Pickup To All Of California

Steven Sande, TUAW

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Recover Lost iCloud Data

Rich Mogull, TidBITS

iCloud data isn’t necessarily at greater risk than it was in MobileMe, but when you delete it from iCloud, it’s gone from the source, and recovery is definitely more difficult than it used to be.

Why The Mac App Sandbox Makes Me Sad

Pauli Olavi Ojala, Naming Things

One side-effect of the sandbox model which makes me particularly sad and nostalgic is that it kills the notion of plugins. This will also affect many of Apple’s own pro apps on the App Store.

Sophos SafeGuard For Mac 5.5 Is A Powerful Encryption Tool

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption for Mac offers full-disk encryption (FDE) for the Mac, with protection at boot time from unauthorized access. FDE scrambles the entire contents of a disk drive, rendering it ostensibly unrecoverable without access to the long encryption key used, or a shorter account passphrase that unlocks that key.

Livestand From Yahoo! Adds A Slick Magazine For iPad

Mel Martin, TUAW

The free app strives to provide you with a personalized magazine drawn from Yahoo! and other content sources like Scientific American, Consumer Reports News, Wired, Forbes, and Parenting.

Apple Pushes Back Mac App Store Sandboxing Requirement To March 2012

Graham Spencer, MacStories

Apple Kills The Mac Pro? It Doesn't Matter

Jonny Evans, Computerworld

The future of computing is the device you hold in your pocket, the services and software as a service solutions you can access using that device, notions of distributed computing and the acceptance that you don't need all the power of the PC universe inside the device you own, you just need to be able to access that much power using cloud-based services now and then.

Fix Nonfunctional Mail PDF Function In OS X Preview

Topher Kessler, CNET

If this happens to you, the problem at hand likely arises from a fault in the way Preview is interacting with the sandboxing features that Apple has implemented in OS X.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Apple’s Planned Obsolescence Schedule

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

To summarize, then, it seems safe to say that if you buy a new Mac now, it’s a good bet that Apple will support it with new software releases for about 4 to 5 years, depending on when you buy in a given CPU generation’s lifetime. Snow Leopard cut the time to a low of 3 years for some outlying models, but the desire to focus on Intel-based Macs easily explains that.

Amazon's Stanza App In Limbo After iOS 5's Release

Lex Friedman, Macworld

A popular iOS ebook reading app owned by Amazon won’t run under iOS 5, causing some users to fear that its days may be numbered.

Retrospect Goes Solo, Releases Retrospect 9 For Mac

Peter Cohen, The Loop

Retrospect 9 features data de-duplication, network backup of Mac, Windows and Linux computers, and new support of cloud-based storage: Retrospect 9 can now target any WebDAV-compatible storage system, including services from providers like Egnyte and Dreamhost.

Apple Confirms Battery Life Issues In iOS 5

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

“A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” an Apple spokesperson told The Loop. “We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”

Swipe Left To Dismiss New Notifications In iOS 5

OS X Daily

Apple At The Centre Of Your Digital Life

Michael Branco, The Royal Gazette

Mac OS X Snow Leopard Vs Mac OS X Lion

John Cox, Network World

Lion may not have arrived with quite the roar of acclaim of Snow Leopard, but the numbers indicate there's no going back. And in the "post PC" era, Apple clearly continues to refine the Mac OS user experience based on the lessons it learns from the iOS mobile experience.

I Swapped My MacBook For An iPad+Linode

Yield Thought

On September 19th, I said goodbye to my trusty MacBook Pro and started developing exclusively on an iPad + Linode 512. This is the surprising story of a month spent working in the cloud.

Running The Entire Business From An iPad

NumbersForStartup Blog

Five hours, one wireless keyboard and $35USD of apps later, I was running the entire business from my iPad!

Apple's App Store Shame

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

Developing ‘free’ games aimed specifically at children, and then bundling ridiculously priced in-app purchases inside those ‘free’ games feels scammy to me. Sure, it’s not illegal, and it’s not against Apple’s developer terms and conditions, but Apple is a company that prides itself in protecting users from harm.

Mac Web Browser Raven Is Flying, With 100,000 In-app Installs In 3 Weeks

Martin Bryant, The Next Web

Postbox 3 Launches With More Social, More Integration

Brett Terpstra, TUAW

Daily Mac App: iClip

Megan Lavey-Heaton, TUAW

The OS X utility keeps a copy of almost anything that can be sent to the clipboard. It'll also organize those into scrapbooks or however you want.

Hands On With GarageBand For The iPhone And iPad

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

In short: This is a huge update.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tim Cook Starts To Make Apple His Own

Jessica E. Vascellaro, Wall Street Journal

But the moves Mr. Cook has made since he officially took over the CEO title provide signs of how he will seek to run Apple in the years ahead, imposing more discipline on a place that for years was guided by Mr. Jobs's gut.

"Siri, How Much Data Do You Gobble Up In A Month?" Ars Investigates

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

If you own an iPhone 4S and perform all 11 of these same queries every single day for a month over your carrier's 3G connection, you can expect to use roughly 20MB or so in a 30-day month. But it's unlikely that that you'll be asking those same questions, or with the same frequency.

Apple Releases GarageBand For iPhone And iPod Touch

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

Apple Retail Chief Ron Johnson Officially Departs With No Replacement

Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Plex 2.0 For iOS Ramps Up Video Streaming; Plex 0.9.5 For Mac/Windows Released As Well

Mel Martin, TUAW

Plex is an advanced Media Server that runs on your Mac and manages and distributes your audio and video to other computers, a connected TV and your iOS devices via the Plex iOS app.

How To Sort And Organize Your iPhoto Library


Legal Issues Prompt Apple To Remove Amazon Cloud Music Player From App Store

Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

A third-party iOS application that streamed music from Amazon's Cloud Drive service has been removed from the App Store due to legal complications with the music industry.

Get Smarter With iTunes U

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Mac OS X Trojan Leeches Off Your GPU To Mine Bitcoins

Sara Yin, PC Magazine

Another day, another piece of Mac malware. This time security firms have discovered a Mac OS X Trojan that steals processing power to create Bitcoin, a virtual currency beloved by libertarians, computer programmers, and hackers of all shades.

Sorenson Updates Squeeze, Debuts Squeeze 8 Lite

Jackie Dove, Macworld

Squeeze 8 Lite is targeted to a growing segment of users who need to easily publish high-quality video online, but who do not need the high-end capabilities of enterprise or broadcast professionals that the main software package is designed for.

LaCie Little Big Disk (2TB) Review: More Affordable Thunderbolt Storage

Anand Lal Shimpi, AnandTech

Thunderbolt products are finally starting to roll out. The Pegasus was a good start, and the Little Big Disk gives customers a more palatable price point. To hit the lower price LaCie does sacrifice a bit on capacity and performance. The move to 2.5" hard drives and only being able to accommodate two of them in its small chassis limits peak performance to around 200MB/s. Compared to USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 options however, that's not bad at all. Even compared to GigE, you're still looking at a significant performance improvement. If you do a lot of large file transfers onto your external storage, the Little Big Disk will likely be a huge step up from your current solution.

Despite New CPU Options, Apple Reportedly Questioning Future Of Mac Pro

Kasper Jade, AppleInsider

Although the Mac maker has reportedly developed a revision to the existing Mac Pro that may or may not see the light of day, people familiar with the matter said management as far back as May of 2011 were in limbo over whether to pour any additional resources into the product line.

Corel Painter 12 Opens Up World Of Creativity

Tami Fry-Pietsch, MacNews

New iPhone Faces Battery Complaints

Nick Wingfield, New York Times

The discussions forums on Apple’s Web site are ablaze with comments from iPhone 4S customers about the poor battery life of the new Apple phone. Many of the people complaining say the battery on the iPhone 4S seems to drain quickly even when they’re not using the device much and even after they have shut down some of the power-hungry features that can affect battery performance.

Keeping Track Of Coffee Orders

Bob Tedeschi, New York Times

On iPhone, the free app CoffeeRunLE displays a list of typical java attributes and additives, so you can record someone’s order for a medium cappuccino with three sugars and low-fat milk, for instance.

New MacBook Pros (Late 2011) Feature Updates That Boost Performance And Value

James Galbraith, Macworld

The new MacBook Pro lineup won’t cause any buyer’s remorse for those who purchased a member of the early 2011 family, or perhaps even for buyers of a 2010 MacBook Pro. If you have a laptop that's older, however, the late 2011 MacBook Pros feature faster processors, larger capacity hard drives in the 13-inch models, and improved graphics in the 15- and 17-inch models that combine to make already attractive systems an even greater value.

By Heng-Cheong Leong