Posts Tagged ‘Mac’

iPhone 5 NFC : Carry Your Mac With You…

The Mac authenticates with the iPhone, which contains a lot of the information the computer needs, such as bookmarks, passwords and other data. The system would essentially turn any Apple computer into your own — like you’re actually working on your own computer. Same settings, look, bookmarks, preferences. It would all be invisible. Your iPhone would be all you needed to unlock your Mac.

Address book would show their contacts, and the user would have full access to their information in the same manner they would if they were working from home. This same behavior extends to even showing the same desktop picture, mouse and keyboard settings, and would eventually extend to software licenses and passwords for websites such as Facebook.

When a person walks away with their iPhone and away from the communication link with the Mac, the original settings of the Mac would be restored. All communications and storage of passwords stays on the user’s iPhone, leaving nothing stored on the computer.

And I am sure it will all depend on MobileMe…

This functionality is extended to access a user’s home folder, which will be stored and accessed either through storage on MobileMe or by using the Back to My Mac feature to connect to the user’s home folder.

Apple’s new DataCenter(s) is/are going to be crucial to all of this. As is $100 a year.

Late’s hope that it all works a little more seemlessly than iDisk!

Even so it’s a cool feature, if Cult of Mac’s sources are reliable.

Posted: November 1st, 2010
Categories: Apple, Speculation, iphone, os x
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Mac Users Get Windows Phone 7 Sync Beta Soon…

Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers.

I can’t wait. Beta syncing software from Microsoft, to sync all your important contact data with their barely out of Beta mobile OS.

Fun times!

Posted: October 14th, 2010
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Apple : “Back to Mac” Event Announced…

Apple has just sent out invitations to a special media event on Apple’s campus that will focus on the Mac. The event will take place on October 20 at 10am Pacific Time at Apple’s Town Hall building, and Apple says that it will include “a sneak peek of the next major version of Mac OS X.”

Expect a surprise when it comes to the MacBook Air. If we hear anything at all.

Posted: October 13th, 2010
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Adobe Make 64 Bit Flash Beta Available…

Today we’re making available a preview of Adobe® Flash® Player that we’re calling “Square.” This preview includes support for two new areas, namely enhanced support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Beta and native 64-bit support for all major desktop operating systems including Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Posted: September 16th, 2010
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minimal mac : Twenty Years, One Keyboard…

The first Mac I ever used was a SE/30. It was compact and tidy with an internal hard drive and ethernet port. Definitely an enviable machine in 1990. Connected to it was a forgettable mouse and an Apple Extended Keyboard II. That massive battleship of a keyboard was an homage to beige plastic, and laughably oversized for the Mac.

I loved it. So much so that I still use one today. In fact, it will have a place on my desk for as long as it works (and as long as Mac OS X continues to recognize it). Here’s why.

First is the sound. That lovely wooden-stick-on-a-hollow-log “thonk” that announces each keystroke is yet to be duplicated. It’s satisfying in a way that affirms your productivity. Much like the jackhammer operator feels content at the end of a noisy day’s work, I feel that I got much accomplished with all that thonking and clacking.

I am not as cool as Dave, because my keyboard isn’t 20 years old. Although I did have an Apple Extended Keyboard II back in the day.

Currently, I rock one of these, also from Apple.

I’d love to say that the colour is because it’s a special edition keyboard made from faux ivory. It’s not though. It is stained from years of 18 hour coding sessions, coffee spills and nicotine.

I have authored software on it for over 10 years, and have the same annual overhaul regime as Dave. Stripping it down to remove toast crumbs and other random detritus once a year is enough to keep it rocking on. I plan to still be using it 10 years from now.

And I too much prefer the tactile feedback from keyboards like this than the sterile feel of the current “Scrabble tile” inspired Apple keyboards. As nice as they are too.

Code, or prose just doesn’t get written right unless you work up a sweat typing it!

Posted: August 13th, 2010
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Developers expect iOS and Mac OS to merge over time

Interesting article. I am not sure I agree with the title’s premise 100%. Without a desktop eco-system we can’t make mobile apps. And there will forever be features that engineers require that are beyond the capabilities of mobile devices – no matter how much more powerful those devices get.

But sure, Mac OS and iOS will certainly share more and more features moving forward.. iOS was born of Mac OS originally anyway. So synergy between them is a given.

What is interesting is the the general consensus among the engineers spoken to, that most “users” would be happy with an iPad over a MacBook, but that they, as engineers, would always need a “real” computer!

This comment though, I could not agree more with :

Brichter had more colorful comments about his love for Objective-C, which stem from his love for the performance of straight C itself.

“Objective-C is perfect, and if you don’t think so you’re a Windows-lover. Just kidding,” he told Ars. “But really, Objective-C is awesome in my mind for one reason: it goes high-low, like a poker game. Google, Microsoft, Palm, etc can dick around in Candy Land, but try twiddling some bitmaps before passing them to the graphics driver in Javascript—Objective-C can do it, because C can do it.”

Posted: June 23rd, 2010
Categories: Apple, Mac, Programming, Speculation, iOS, iPhone OS, os x
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iFixit : Mac Mini Mid 2010 Teardown

Just makes me want one of these more.

Posted: June 17th, 2010
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New Mac Mini : My New Home Entertainment System

The form factor, and no Power Brick is simply awesome.

  • HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution.
  • HDMI port supports multichannel audio output.
  • 1.4 inches (3.6 cm) high, and No Power Brick!
  • One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • SD card slot

One of these will replace my ageing home made AppleTV, which is actually a PPC Mac Mini.

All I have to do now is decide if I want two HDs, or a SuperDrive.

Posted: June 15th, 2010
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Microsoft: Office 2011 For Mac 32-bit only!

We are half-way through 2010 and the ship date for Office for Mac 2011 is drawing near. With each suite we launch – dating back throughout our more than 25 year history of developing Microsoft products for the Mac – we look at ways to work with Apple to meet the needs of our mutual customers. That’s why we are here at WWDC this week participating in the developer sessions.

Ahh. So sweet.

And because Apple’s frameworks require us to complete the move to Cocoa before we can build a 64-bit version, Office 2011 will be 32-bit only. What does this mean to you? While Cocoa makes our job building Office easier, Office 2011 will look and feel great regardless of what technology is powering which bit of user interface. The largest difference between using a 32-bit and 64-bit version is the memory capacity available for your content. Most users with typical or even larger-than-average document content will not notice a difference in performance. Where 64-bit can make a difference is for people working with huge amounts of data, such as those creating very large Excel files with data in millions of cells, or PowerPoint presentations with thousands of high resolution images. The Windows Office Engineering team explained the differences earlier this year, recommending that most people use the 32-bit version of Office 2010 for the best compatibility, even on 64-bit versions of Windows.

Well at least we’re all getting fed the same crap as Windows users are.

Microsoft only have one guy working on Office, in a basement room, with no window.

Posted: June 10th, 2010
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Website : Find Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Nice presentation. Neat Idea. Bookmarked.

Posted: June 5th, 2010
Categories: Apps, Mac
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