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June 21, 2012

petervidani:

Tumblr for iPhone 3.0: Now available on the App Store

  • Sleeker Dashboard: High-res images, Spotify support, improved photosets, and more.
  • New post forms: Faster uploads and handy shortcuts (swipe the compose button up for camera, swipe left for text)!
  • Offline support: Post, like, reply, and reblog even when you’re not connected!
  • Speed: Faster, super-responsive interface.
  • Tag search and Radar!

Download the app now.

Rich text support would be nice too, but otherwise a good improvement.

(Source: staff)

11:57 // 1 year ago
June 16, 2012
The decline [in repair-ability] is not due to some evil plan by manufacturers, it’s due to the public desire for better products to appear regularly. The desire to buy good, low price, and reliable products that work out of the box is the driver for seeing the lack of ‘fixability’ in the new laptop line. And it’s not a bad thing.
Inventing a problem, Michael Pusateri (via chartier)

Read the whole piece. It’s actually got some great context (two words: vacuum tubes) and serves as an effective counterpoint to this still-valid point. (I admit I considered, but passed on, getting a Retina MBP yesterday. — ed) Is upgrading your RAM about to go the way of the TV repairman? Good question.
17:35 // 1 year ago
June 13, 2012
Don’t plan on upgrading your fancy-schmancy new MacBook Pro
In case you needed a reason not to buy a next-gen MacBook Pro, here you go: Most of the parts, including the RAM, are completely un-upgradable. “As in the MacBook Air, the RAM is soldered to the logic board,” iFixit says. “Max out at 16GB now, or forever hold your peace — you can’t upgrade.” Also of note: The battery is glued on, not screwed in, making it much more likely you’ll break it if you need to replace it. Granted, most of the parts on the MacBook Air are top-of-line so it’ll be unlikely you’ll have to upgrade anytime soon, but this is still bad news. (photo via iFixit)

Don’t plan on upgrading your fancy-schmancy new MacBook Pro

In case you needed a reason not to buy a next-gen MacBook Pro, here you go: Most of the parts, including the RAM, are completely un-upgradable. “As in the MacBook Air, the RAM is soldered to the logic board,” iFixit says. “Max out at 16GB now, or forever hold your peace — you can’t upgrade.” Also of note: The battery is glued on, not screwed in, making it much more likely you’ll break it if you need to replace it. Granted, most of the parts on the MacBook Air are top-of-line so it’ll be unlikely you’ll have to upgrade anytime soon, but this is still bad news. (photo via iFixit)

12:28 // 1 year 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 // 1 year ago
November 22, 2011
Now this is a Black Friday alternative we can get behind, even if we disdain the use of Comic Sans in this image. Alexis Madrigal’s heart is in the right place. Chrome or bust!

Now this is a Black Friday alternative we can get behind, even if we disdain the use of Comic Sans in this image. Alexis Madrigal’s heart is in the right place. Chrome or bust!

14:55 // 2 years ago
July 20, 2011

Apple does a bunch of updates (OSX Lion!), kills off a classic breadwinner

  • cool While exterior changes didn’t happen (did it need any?) the new MacBook Air is a heckuva lot faster and comes with solid-state drives by default.
  • cooler The Mac Mini, sort of the redheaded stepchild of the Mac line, also got a fresh upgrade — notably without an optical drive of any kind.
  • coolest Mac. OSX. Lion. In the Mac App Store. You don’t even need to leave your apartment to upgrade it, guys. Do it naked if you want. source

» It’s so hard to say goodbye … Not all changes were in the form of hello, however. The polycarbonate MacBook, a stalwart of the line since Apple’s move to Intel, is gone, effectively replaced by the MacBook Air. It’s the first time in a decade that Apple hasn’t sold a white plastic notebook of any kind. A sad day, but one full of new beginnings, right?

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13:24 // 2 years ago
May 29, 2011
d-rad:

June 6th you will be interesting

Note to self: Do not buy a new iPhone until after this date.

d-rad:

June 6th you will be interesting

Note to self: Do not buy a new iPhone until after this date.

(via thenextweb)

15:34 // 2 years ago
February 24, 2011
Apple’s new MacBook Pro makes us long for an upgrade
Admit it. They’re MacBook Pros. Of course you want to have sex with these machines. That said – the changes in the new MBP lineup appear to be under the hood rather than cosmetic in nature, with a way faster processor and graphics card, a much nicer camera, and something called ThunderBolt, a potential USB replacement that Apple says is 12 times faster than Firewire and 20 times faster than the ubiquitous port technology. It makes our current unibody Mac seem like a piece of crap we picked up from the scrap heap two years ago. source
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Admit it. They’re MacBook Pros. Of course you want to have sex with these machines. That said – the changes in the new MBP lineup appear to be under the hood rather than cosmetic in nature, with a way faster processor and graphics card, a much nicer camera, and something called ThunderBolt, a potential USB replacement that Apple says is 12 times faster than Firewire and 20 times faster than the ubiquitous port technology. It makes our current unibody Mac seem like a piece of crap we picked up from the scrap heap two years ago. source

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10:56 // 3 years ago