When Apple revealed the newly redesigned MacBook Air at a press event in Cupertino, Steve skipped the theatrics of pulling one out of a manila envelope or any other “gee whiz, that’s thin!” gimmicks. But once the new machines arrived at the office (one of each size, hooray!), their improvements--both in design and performance--made a bigger impression than any Steve stunts could’ve.
In an interview exclusive on Cult of Mac, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich tells all about his obsession with Apple products. The interview, conducted by guest writer Mike Bastoli, of the Pixar Blog, explains what Unkriches first Mac was, why Apple gets some cameo appearances in Pixar movies, and we also find out that Steve Jobs has personally helped to feed Unkriches affection for Apple products.
If you follow Apple news even on a casual basis, you'll no doubt be familiar with the eloquent off-the-cuff zingers that Steve Jobs routinely levels at his company's competitors. Whether he's riffing on Flash or whittling down fingers, the Apple CEO always has an opinion. Sometimes, Apple's competitors respond to his quips by pouting or spewing forth propaganda in order to offset the damage a verbal barrage from Jobs can render on a company's fortunes. After listening to Jobs talk smack about how terrible touchscreen PCs were at a recent Apple Event, Hewlett Packard has come back with a few points of their own, taking aim at Apple's implementation of a touch interface.
By all reports, the majority of tech journalists and publications that have had a chance to get their mitts on one of the new MacBook Airs are smitten with the diminutive machine. However, not everyone is happy with the diminutive computing computing marvel. In Apple's support forums, a number of owners of 11.6 inch MacBook Airs have posted complaints surrounding the issue of video issues and kernel panics--issues that typically point to faulty logic boards.
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 arrives at the end of October, tempting us all with the powerful new Outlook 2011 email client (formerly called Entourage)--but the Home & Business Edition of the suite is $199. So why not take a second look at Mail, the free email client that Apple includes with every Mac? Mail is a capable application, but Apple likes to keep its software simple, so it lacks the advanced features of Outlook 2011 or even Entourage 2008. But with a few tips and some extra pieces of inexpensive software up your sleeve, you can beef up Apple Mail to be just as powerful as Microsoft’s email programs.
We all use our Macs for so much of the day, and while the best way to prevent repetitive-stress pain and injuries is to simply stand up and do something else, we’ll take any advantage we can get. So we asked this trio of experts to steer us toward the most ergonomic pointing device.
Today, Aspyr announced the availability of Civilization V for the Mac. According to the press release, the game will be available in digital and boxed forms on November 23, 2010, and Aspyr is currently taking pre-orders. To sweeten the pre-order deal, there are several giveaways, including the ability to win an autographed copy of Civilization V.
You may know Al Gore from his political career, but he has also been greatly involved with Apple, especially after joining the Apple Board of Directors. MacDirectory recently had the opportunity to speak with the former Vice-President of the United States about his views on Apple.
Like a lot of people, I use a MacBook Pro as my main computer. The 15-inch screen hits a sweet spot in terms of size and functionality. It’s big enough to be useful on the go, but not so big that carrying it around becomes a burden. But when I’m at my desk, I need the extra space a Cinema Display provides. It’s a great setup, but because of the different screen sizes, I’m constantly juggling windows around as I switch between my external monitor and my MacBook Pro’s display. Stay is a simple but powerful utility that solves that problem--and even if your setup only includes a single display, Stay’s window-wrangling powers are impressive.
Everyone needs to print, scan, and copy sometimes, but often, basic all-in-ones leave you longing for that nice, high-end printer at your office. That’s when Canon’s Pixma MG8120 becomes an attractive option. Using six individual ink cartridges, the MG8120 pumps out a crisp, vibrant 4x6 print in approximately 20 seconds from Mac and Windows computers or from an iOS device using the free Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone app from the App Store (an Android app is also available).