Grab bag o' news this week as no one really duked it out for top dog in the headline race. Apple's got a few tricks up its sleeves, Samsung did well in sales, lawsuits are such a constant they're like air anymore, and the iPad still kicks major butt. So what else did happen this week worth your time? How about these 10 stories, tips, and reviews?
Apple is famous for the phrase "Think Different", but when it comes to its own products I reckon "Think Simple" would be a better description. In an industry where all too often the value of a product is judged by the number of acronyms on its spec sheet, Apple takes a very different approach. To Apple, what matters isn’t what the product contains but how well it works. If keeping things simple means skipping supposedly must-have features, then so be it: the iPhone didn’t get cut and paste for the best part of three years.
I have an iMac running Snow Leopard. I haven’t upgraded to Lion because I still have important files in AppleWorks 6 Draw format, that I can only open with Rosetta. My iPhone 3GS runs iOS 3.1.3, and I have a MobileMe account. I’m trying to figure out how to keep Rosetta compatibility (will Mountain Lion have Rosetta?) and still move to a newer iPhone, and get iCloud. I need to know what to do and in what order.
Big news last week was Mountain Lion's sneaking out the gate without a big hoopedy doo Keynote. There's been little news on that front since then, but there are a few pieces to the puzzle, along with iCloud follies, and a few Apple TV tips (which might just be Apple's next big thing). Let's see what's cookin' in the hot stories this week.
Let's say you have a beautiful garden with a well-manicured lawn, shimmering koi pond and brilliant bands of flowering plants. Now imagine some jerk shows up and starts dumping trash, ripping out flowers and pouring toxic waste into the water--it would take months to clean and would never look the same.
But if there was a way to contain the damage, say by building a small box around the perpetrator, cleanup would be a breeze and the rest of your garden would stay pristine.
Replace "jerk" with "malware" and "garden" with "Mac," and you've got the essence of sandboxing, a security measure that, in Apple's own words, "protects the system by limiting the kinds of things an application can do, such as accessing files on disk or resources over the network." So if, for example, your favorite music player suddenly decides it wants to randomly trash files on your system, the virtual sandbox will prevent it from doing that.
The internet is buzzing with news about OS X Mountain Lion’s emergence this summer and we can't help but get excited about how Apple will revolutionizing operating systems yet again. This time around, Apple took a big leap towards integrating the best parts of its iOS mobile interface into a desktop environment. Mountain Lion will synchronize all of your devices so that they're all seamlessly intertwined--a wise move indeed. Here are five ways your favorite iOS features will integrate with OS X Mountain Lion.
Well, that quiet little sneak, Mountain Lion certainly got people riled up once it showed itself out in the open. It comes in on its quiet cat feet, then suddenly it's on you. Well, we're not complaining. We kinda like turning down the volume once in a while, so we can focus on the heat. And do we have a week's worth of hot for y'all. Of course, with cats.
The beta of Messages, which will officially debut this summer in OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, is available starting today. I took it for a test drive and found it awesome... and confusing. Messages weirdness: Let me show you it. And if you run into anything strange (or you are slapping your head and yelling "duh" while reading my tales of woe) chime in! We can all help each other...
Ready for OS X Mountain Lion to roar into your life this summer? Well, Apple has been kind enough to share a taste of what’s to come with users today in the form of a free Messages beta which allows text messaging between iOS and Mac users.
Roar! OS X Lion, we hardly knew you. Apple has announced a new version of Mac OS X that will debut this summer, just a year after Lion. It’s called Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and it continues the theme of bringing iOS features “back to the Mac” in a very big way.