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December 6, 2012
breakingnews:

Apple to manufacture Mac line in the US
NBC News: In an interview with Brian Williams airing tonight on “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook says one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the US next year.
Cook says he believes it’s important to bring more jobs to the US. “We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the US,” he says.
Photo credit: NBC News

There have been rumblings that the new iMac was being manufactured in the U.S., but now we have confirmation that at least something is U.S.-produced.

breakingnews:

Apple to manufacture Mac line in the US


NBC News: In an interview with Brian Williams airing tonight on “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook says one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the US next year.

Cook says he believes it’s important to bring more jobs to the US. “We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the US,” he says.


Photo credit: NBC News

There have been rumblings that the new iMac was being manufactured in the U.S., but now we have confirmation that at least something is U.S.-produced.

8:22 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012

QuickRes Sharpens Your Non-Retina Mac at Low Resolutions, Quickly Changes Settings on Retina Displays

lifehackercom:

by Adam Dachis

QuickRes is a simple app that enables HiDPI mode on your Mac, allowing you to change to lower resolutions without making things look pixelated and fuzzy. For those who own Macs with retina displays, you also gain a quick resolution switcher in your menu bar.

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In which, on LifeHacker’s advice, I see the world in retina display for a while — on my super-low-res 15-inch MacBook Pro. So sharp, but so low-res.

21:08 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2012
14:14 // 2 years ago
June 26, 2012

More on Orbitz’s more-expensive Mac options

jeffmiller asked: Aren’t they just listing the fancier hotels first for mac users; they aren’t actually showing different prices for the same hotels, right?

» SFB says: To be clear, yes. It’s not so much an increase in price but an effort to lead you to more expensive hotels by default. It sounds like the cheaper options are still there but you have to work harder to find them. — Ernie @ SFB

8:42 // 2 years ago
June 8, 2012
Three best Apple WWDC rumors: New laptops, new Macs, Apple TV?
Hey, Apple: We want a new laptop. Our old one is starting to show its age. Between the gradual slowness, evolving needs and (admittedly) three and a half years of aggressive usage in coffee shops, on Amtrak rides, on MegaBus trips, and (really) anywhere with an open wi-fi connection, we’re ready. Three batteries, one RAM upgrade, one big dent to its unibody exterior and two power supplies later, we could see ourselves upgrading in a week or two. We imagine we’re not alone here — a lot of people are probably waiting for some crazy announcement at Monday’s WWDC. With that in mind, it seems that now’s a good time to recap what rumors are cropping up at the moment:
laptops Is the 17-inch Macbook Pro going the way of the dodo? It’s possible: Early reports suggest Apple will upgrade its Macbook Pro line and add a second retina-display-based line between it and the Macbook Air line, but leave the 17-incher, which accounts for only 1 percent of Apple’s laptop sales, in line for discontinuation in 2013.
desktops Also on the list for likely upgrades? Apple’s Mac Pro line, which hasn’t been touched since 2010. The current line of rumors suggests new models will be "rackable" and "stackable," so they can be used easily in a server farm like the old Xserve line once could. The iMacs or Mac Minis could also possibly see an upgrade, too.
tv Of course, the biggest possible surprise? A new television set. Days ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that the company saw television in its future — and not just in Apple TV form. At the very least, expect the company to announce an app SDK, something that its closest competitor, Roku, already has had for a while. Hmm.
» What could developers see? With WWDC being a developer’s conference first, the software details offered to developers are also expected to be robust, with some suggestions that iCloud might open up for developers who wish to run apps on the platform, more details on Mountain Lion and a more details on iOS 6, which is rumored to include an upgraded map app. But you know what, considering that everything here is just a rumor, it’s entirely possible that Tim Cook could go out there and say, “You know what? We just rested on our laurels this year. We’re switching to Android.” Which, honestly, would be the biggest news of the day.
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Hey, Apple: We want a new laptop. Our old one is starting to show its age. Between the gradual slowness, evolving needs and (admittedly) three and a half years of aggressive usage in coffee shops, on Amtrak rides, on MegaBus trips, and (really) anywhere with an open wi-fi connection, we’re ready. Three batteries, one RAM upgrade, one big dent to its unibody exterior and two power supplies later, we could see ourselves upgrading in a week or two. We imagine we’re not alone here — a lot of people are probably waiting for some crazy announcement at Monday’s WWDC. With that in mind, it seems that now’s a good time to recap what rumors are cropping up at the moment:

  • laptops Is the 17-inch Macbook Pro going the way of the dodo? It’s possible: Early reports suggest Apple will upgrade its Macbook Pro line and add a second retina-display-based line between it and the Macbook Air line, but leave the 17-incher, which accounts for only 1 percent of Apple’s laptop sales, in line for discontinuation in 2013.
  • desktops Also on the list for likely upgrades? Apple’s Mac Pro line, which hasn’t been touched since 2010. The current line of rumors suggests new models will be "rackable" and "stackable," so they can be used easily in a server farm like the old Xserve line once could. The iMacs or Mac Minis could also possibly see an upgrade, too.
  • tv Of course, the biggest possible surprise? A new television set. Days ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that the company saw television in its future — and not just in Apple TV form. At the very least, expect the company to announce an app SDK, something that its closest competitor, Roku, already has had for a while. Hmm.

» What could developers see? With WWDC being a developer’s conference first, the software details offered to developers are also expected to be robust, with some suggestions that iCloud might open up for developers who wish to run apps on the platform, more details on Mountain Lion and a more details on iOS 6, which is rumored to include an upgraded map app. But you know what, considering that everything here is just a rumor, it’s entirely possible that Tim Cook could go out there and say, “You know what? We just rested on our laurels this year. We’re switching to Android.” Which, honestly, would be the biggest news of the day.

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14:28 // 2 years ago
March 9, 2012

Anything important happening at the office on March 22nd? We hope not, because you’re going to be pretty distracted. We might just be suckers for Don Pettit and his colleagues at NASA, or maybe it was the in-space debut at the International Space Station, but we’re kind of excited for Angry Birds Space. source

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9:30 // 2 years ago
July 27, 2011

Laptop broken? Enroll in an Owensboro, KY public school

  • FREE Macbooks for kids in Kentucky! source

» We were generally supportive of the 2009 stimulus package, but aspects of it are starting to seem a bit questionable, to say the least. Case in point: 2,200 students and staff in the town of Owensboro, Kentucky will soon be enjoying a free Macbook Air, courtesy of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. While we’re all for providing students with the technical competency needed to compete in the 21st-century global economy, you don’t really need to give everyone a Macbook Air to do that. The cheapest Air is $999; if we assume, for the sake of argument, that Apple gave Owensboro a 50% bulk discount, that’s still over a million dollars of federal money being spent so kids can have free laptops. Opponents of “wasteful government spending,” your Exhibit A is right here.

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21:57 // 3 years ago
June 6, 2011
Was WWDC 2011 everything you guys expected? What are you guys most excited for?

Was WWDC 2011 everything you guys expected? What are you guys most excited for?

15:07 // 3 years ago

WWDC: The five coolest things about iOS5

Whew, this is sure covering a lot of ground, isn’t it? It’s kinda tough to keep up with everything. And the new iOS, coming out this fall, will have a TON of great new features that are all over the place, from notifications to Game Center to PC-free updates and so on and so forth. Here are a few of our faves: 

  • » iMessage: The BlackBerry’s one lynchpin — its messaging system — now has a competitor, and it looks pretty freaking badass.
  • » Twitter will be easy to set up and use, and it’ll be simple to share those details with other applications as well. It’ll be easy to integrate it with other apps, like the camera, as well. 
  • » Safari will have tabbed browsing, as well as a button that will allow you to read websites much easier. It will show up as text that you can just scroll through, rather than having to look at the entire website. 
  • » The Camera is new and improved as well. There’s a camera on the lock screen so you can access it quickly, and you don’t even have to unlock your phone to use it. There’s even a built-in photo editor. 
  • » Mail will include Rich text formatting, you can drag addresses, flagging messages as unread, and even allows you to search the entirety of your messages. source 
14:37 // 3 years ago
Newsstand is exactly what it sounds like: A place for all of your magazine and newspaper subscriptions to go. You’ll be able to set up subscriptions, and when new issues become available, they will download in the background and be available even when you’re offline. source

Newsstand is exactly what it sounds like: A place for all of your magazine and newspaper subscriptions to go. You’ll be able to set up subscriptions, and when new issues become available, they will download in the background and be available even when you’re offline. source

14:07 // 3 years ago