Leopard is Apple's best-looking operating system yet, from its breezy Cover Flow file browsing to the starry-looking Time Machine backup. It's no wonder visual artists love Macs.
But how well does Leopard work for blind users?
"[Vision-impaired] people who use Macs are mostly in the category of, "My boss says we have to use Macs," or "I'm a teacher and that's what I'm stuck with,"" said Crista Earl, director of Web operations at the American Foundation for the Blind.
Among 10 million visually impaired people in the United States, … Read more
Update 10:50 a.m.: Apple confirmed that the iMac patch corrects the freezing issue reported by some users, and it's encouraging people to download that patch as soon as they get a chance. Also, the Macbook Pro patch is just for Tiger users; the graphics stability issues fixed by the patch were corrected in Leopard.
If you haven't been prompted already, iMac and Macbook Pro owners should wander over to Apple's downloads page and install new patches released Friday.
Apple didn't provide any details on what the patches correct, but it calls them "important … Read more
I can't decide whether early adopters are saints or fools.
Mac OS X Leopard, the latest version of Apple's operating system, turns one week old today. An estimated 9 percent of the Mac OS X installed base had already signaled their intention to upgrade last weekend, and those numbers presumably grew by some degree over the last few days.
Most Leopard users seem satisfied. But there have been a fair amount of complaints from those who were first down the road to Leopard. Most are relatively minor, some were quite annoying, and a few raise questions about how … Read more
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And lo, it was foretold in the fall of 2007, that a mobile telephone would lead humanity out of the New Dark Ages and into a better future free from roaming charges and buttons.
Time, which likes to anoint things, has named Apple's iPhone the "Invention of the Year," following such recent IotYs like YouTube and SpaceShipOne. The number one reason why the iPhone is Time's Invention of the Year? "It's pretty." Further: "An example: look at what happens when you put the iPhone into 'airplane' mode (i.e., no cell service, … Read more
Correction 2:10 p.m. PDT: This blog initially misstated the savings for buyers of Office 2004 for Mac Student and Teacher edition if they choose to upgrade to the 2008 Special Media Edition. The savings would be $350.
Microsoft has improved on an earlier offer to those who buy Office 2004 for Mac before the new version of Office is released in January.
In September, the company said it would offer buyers of Office 2004 an upgrade to the comparable version of Office 2008 for the cost of shipping and handling.
Now, those who purchase Office 2004 for Mac … Read more
Without announcement, Apple has quietly updated its line of MacBook laptops with higher-end hardware.
MacBook Pro buyers now have the option of upgrading from a 2.4GHz to a 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, according to Apple's Web site. The upgrade costs $250.
All of the 13-inch MacBook laptops will now come with Intel's Santa Rosa platform, featuring an Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor. They also now feature a high-gloss screen and the option of expanding the stock 1GB RAM up to 4GB, according to the Apple Web site.
Both MacBook and MacBook Pro buyers will … Read more