With Mountain Lion, you can now dictate your text. While this isn't exactly Siri functionality we're talking about, Dictation is a step in the right direction for Mac users who don’t have the mobility or typing skills required to compose long emails or documents. The best part is that the new Dictation feature require third-party software manufacturers to make the function available. It works seamlessly with almost every application, including Microsoft Word.
After my Up-to-Date morning hiccups cleared up and I installed Mountain Lion on my Retina MacBook Pro (took less than 20 minutes!) the first thing I noticed was just how similar my desktop looked. With the clean install option gone, no longer is my wallpaper replaced with the new OS’s default galaxy picture, so there isn’t much to distinguish from the prior release. At least not at first glance.
Back when new desktop operating systems used to cost $129, the Mac Up-to-Date Program was a lengthy, tedious process involving faxes, stamps, tracking numbers and lots of waiting. With the launch of Mac App Store delivery with Lion, Apple eliminated much of the hand-wringing (and value) about the program, boiling it down to an online form and iTunes redemption code.
AirPlay is one of the most touted features in OS X Mountain Lion because it allows you to extend your computer’s screen to the Apple TV and your television. This new tool also lets you stream audio from your computer to any AirPlay-compatible deice. We're so excited about it we couldn't wait to tell you about it's features, so read on!
Picture files come in all sorts of formats such as JPEG and TIFF. Each has its own individual strengths, but it’s common to need to change the format of one or more images. For example, you might need to convert a sizable TIFF file into a smaller JPEG to email it to someone. Doing this manually -- even for a single file -- takes time, so we’re going to show you how to set up an automated process for converting one or more image files from one format to another. The input files can be in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PDF, PICT, PNG or TIFF format. All you’ll need to do is drop the files’ icons onto an app in your Mac’s Dock and they’ll be converted to the format you’ve specified.
Back in the late 1960s, a popular public service announcement intoned: “It’s 10pm. Do you know where your children are?” Let’s rephrase that for today: “It’s 2012. Do you know where your data is?” My guess is that you don’t.
Thirty years ago, we geeks knew exactly where our data was: on floppies in Tyvek sleeves. Then we got multiuser systems at work, and shared hard drives with our coworkers. Next, networks put our files on central servers, a step further away from our direct control. In the 1990s came the Internet, which gave us access to a world of content, but which also gave the world a doorway--preferably a locked one--into our Macs.
Andreas Haas is persistent, I'll give him that. Approximately three years before the original iPad was released, the co-founder and his company Axiotron, attempted to bring the world its first MacBook Pro tablet. Using the insides of the MBP, Axiotron's engineers were able to design a tablet computer running OS X. Axiotron didn't take off, but Haas and his OS X tablet dream never died.
Today, Haas and his new company Modbook Inc., announced that he once again will venture into the OS X tablet market. The tablet market in 2012, traditionally consists of a mobile platform. Haas however, plans on releasing "the world's most powerful and largest-screen tablet computer" this fall, running the soon to be brand new, OS X Mountain Lion.
WWDC 2012 is set to start on June 11 in San Francisco. As always, we're completely in the dark until the event actually kicks off. So, what will Apple unveil at the event this year? No one really knows, but that doesn’t stop them from speculating--and you love speculation. Admit it, it keeps your blood boiling and gives you something to look forward to! Well, just for you, we’ve rounded up the most important and viable WWDC rumors currently making the rounds.
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.