Add the MacBook to the long list of things Apple has killed off. Toss it on the pile, alongside floppy drives, ADB ports, and (soon, we’re betting) optical drives. While the death of the MacBook was shocking at first, what’s even more shocking is to realize that the SSD-equipped MacBook Air is Apple’s new budget laptop. It’s the sexiest, smallest, and yep, the cheapest too. But the Air isn’t the only thing Apple has overhauled. Their starter desktop has also gotten a makeover. The 2011 Mac mini now sports a Core i5 processor, but like the laptop line, Apple has trimmed some of the fat -- in this case, the optical drive.
Accumulated too many Macs or iOS devices over the years and looking to unload them? While eBay is one way to go, Apple would prefer you send it to their own recycling program, which now allows you trade in those old products in exchange for an Apple Gift Card -- assuming it’s worth anything, that is.
Being jealous of Europeans is not something we Americans typically excel at. Maybe that’s why Spotify became something of a nerd cause célèbre -- watching longingly as friends in Europe shared favorite tracks and playlists on Facebook and Twitter led to too much fantasizing about all of the awesome musical riches that we’d share once American record labels finally stopped doing their head-in-the-sand routine. And at last, Spotify has landed on U.S. shores…but while we were waiting, another impressive option popped up, leaving us to wonder if Spotify was worth the wait.
In case it’s not already apparent, physical media for entertainment is on the endangered species list. Following Netflix in their attempts to ditch optical discs in favor of streaming, GameFly has just announced their intentions to do the same with the launch of a digital gaming distribution platform later this year.
Online auction giant eBay has embraced iOS with a variety of apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, leaving the Mac a browser-only experience -- until now. On Tuesday, the company introduced a free Mac App Store entry in an effort to make the shopping experience as browser-free as possible.
A Florida company filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple because of the way OS X boots up.
The patent was originally owned by LG Electronics, Inc., and the company bringing the suit is called Operating Systems Solutions, LLC. It is unclear at this time if LG is involved the lawsuit, or what relationship, if any, exists between the two companies.
Services like iCloud or Dropbox are handy for sharing and accessing data, but they both require you to decide beforehand that you’re going to want to access your boring work spreadsheets and photos of your new puppy while you’re away from your primary computer. Plus there’s that whole deal about trusting a third party with all your stuff—not to mention the time it takes to upload gigs of data. Presence aims to change all that by putting your entire Mac into the cloud. And you can do it without wasting any time uploading data—or worrying about trusting your stuff to Apple, Amazon, or anyone else—because it all lives on your connected Mac.
Skype’s Mac client has had a rough time of it since the most recent full version rolled out, although the company is working hard to win back the good will they lost by making it more like the Windows version. Case in point: Monday’s 5.3 update, which brings OS X Lion support as well as HD video calls.
Apple released iOS 5 Beta 5 over the weekend, along with a handful of related bits and pieces, including the ability for developers to migrate their MobileMe accounts to the forthcoming iCloud right now -- which has uncovered some unpleasant news for those who use some of the more obscure sync features in MobileMe.