After you read the web's musings, print out this article and stuff it in the bottom of your sock drawer. Five years from now, pull it out, read my next sentence, and compare it to the reality of that future day.
A lot of people have been making a lot of noise about Windows 8 of late, and with a developer's preview of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system out in the wild, we don’t reckon that the din is going to die down anytime soon. Interested in finding out if the OS is everything folks are saying and a bag of potato chips? If you’ve got a copy of Parallels on your Mac, we can show you how to get Windows 8 up and running without having to invest in a single piece of PC hardware. Let’s get started!
Go ahead -- close your eyes and pretend it doesn’t exist. Squinch those lids tighter, even. It won’t help. Windows is still out there, and while some of us can exist in a Mac-only computerscape, loads of us can’t. Case in point -- ever tried QuickBooks for Mac? Yep, it’s rubbish, but for many small business owners, QuickBooks (and not some almost-QuickBooks Mac clone) is vital for their biz. Then there’s gaming -- while Steam has helped Mac gaming reach new heights, some of the best computer games out there only run in Windows. And the examples go on and on.
If you know and love the official Twitter client for iOS, you’ll be right at home in Twitter for OS X. It’s the same slick application, right down to a striking fresh-from-the-iPad appearance, but now sporting a host of Mac-specific tweeting tricks. Unfortunately, it’s still no replacement for twitter.com when it comes to managing your account.
Ever since Apple bought up cloud-based music distributor LaLa there's been speculation that Cupertino was going to put iTunes in the cloud. All of your music, available anywhere you had an Internet connection, streaming to your laptop, desktop, or iOS device (probably for a fee). But time passed and Apple did...nothing. So it seems. But maybe, just maybe our favorite computer and gadget maker is thinking bigger than just CeeLo's number one hit whenever you need a kickstart.
A few weeks ago, we shared with you the fact that market research company ComScore did the math to reveal that as awesome as the iPhone is, the device's marketshare was dwarfed when compared against the figures currently being enjoyed by Android-powered handsets. The report was a perfect example of what most folks who chase Apple news around all day already knew: While Apple was selling all the iPhones they could make, crippled by an exclusivity deal with AT&T and the fact that unlike Google's promiscuous flavor of the month Android OS, iOS is locked to Apple-produced hardware, making for a sales situation that put Google at the top of the heap. As much as we'd like to say that it wasn't the case, it appears that the number-crunchers are back to rub the noses of the Apple-faithful in the mess once again. This time around, The Nielsen Company is swearing up and down that according to their research, Android is the most popular operating system among those who purchased smartphones in the United States in the past six months.
With the newly announced (but not yet released to the public) version of iOS, the iPhone 3G bugs have mostly been squashed. Apple made a point in saying that this forthcoming update (iOS 4.1) would alleviate some of the problems iPhone 3G owners had when first upgrading to iOS 4.0 a few months ago.
Is the sky falling for OS X, or is it simply time for the cat-based operating system to undergo a refresh?
According to Computerworld, the various versions of Apple's OS X operating systems have been losing their marketshare in the past four months, leaving it sitting at five per cent--the same marketshare it held back in February of this year. Computerworld gleaned the numbers from Net Applications, an analytics firm that scours the interwebz for data provided by each unique visitor that browses to any of the 40,000 websites the company monitors for their clients. Interestingly, although Apple's desktop Operating system market share has been clawed back, it's still not too far off the mark from the highest user numbers seen for OS X, which peaked at 5.3% back in October of 2009--the same month that marked the launch of Windows 7.
Once you get a certain reputation for knowing things about computers, it isn’t long before your grandpa or your Aunt Marge out in Skokie are calling up, wanting you to help them remotely. The phone rings constantly as relatives, older co-workers, maybe even that cute girl who lives two blocks over (you wish), call up. Here’s the thing, though: getting them to navigate where they need to go to gather information about their system can be a real chore. Not anymore.