CNET TV's Brian Tong takes a look at the latest in the world of Apple news, notes, rumors, and tips. This week, Apple introduces the new MacBook Air in two sizes (with no Flash installed), Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is announced, a dedicated Mac App Store is revealed, and FaceTime lands on desktop Macs. Also new to the world of Apple, iLife '11 brings updated iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband versions.
Nintendo believes Apple is a bigger threat to its business than Microsoft, the company's president said in an interview last week.
"Do I think that in the near term [Apple] can hurt us more than Microsoft?" Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said to Forbes in an the interview. "Absolutely."
But that doesn't mean Nintendo thinks Apple can eventually beat it. Fils-Aime told Forbes that Apple is catering to a "casual" audience that craves "distraction," while Nintendo is providing a more well-rounded gaming experience that "consumes" audiences.
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One of my recommendations whenever anyone gets a new computer or more specifically a new monitor is to calibrate the display so colors appear properly and as expected. This will not only allow you to adjust the richness of the colors on screen, but also allow you to have the colors appear uniformly across different monitors and output devices, which can be especially useful if your work involves design, photography, or otherwise depends on proper color matching.
What is color calibration?
Calibrating a display is essentially adjusting the output for the individual colors (red, green, blue) across various light intensity … Read more
One of my favorite iPhone games, The Incident, has just been updated to version 1.2--a major update that includes an Endless Nightfall scenario, Game Center compatibility with achievements and a leaderboard, and a new Controller Mode that allows you to control the iPad version of The Incident with your iPhone.
The new Endless Nightfall scenario allows players to climb as high as they possibly can, amassing points that they can then use to rub in the faces of all their Game Center friends. Other in-game achievements require unlocking every level, collecting every gem, collecting 500 coins, and of course, … Read more
After Apple's latest event and unveiling of a Mac App Store that promises to make Macs very iPad-like indeed, it seems that a lot of people are smelling something very Orwellian afoot. While the idea of an app monoculture does seem to be gaining ground, especially in light of the success of the App Store on iPads and iPhones/Touches, there are a number of good reasons why the Mac's App Store won't be the only software gateway onto Macs--although it does seem like it's only the beginning of Macs and iOS devices growing ever-closer together. … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed from our readers. This week we have questions on hovering yellow text in Safari, viewing foreign DVDs, iMacs booting to black screens, and the loss of specific character function on keyboards. We continually answer e-mail questions and while we present a few here, we certainly welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.
Question: Hovering yellow text boxes in Safari
MacFixIt reader "Norman" asks:
Please tell me what I should do to stop the "hovering" when … Read more
TapDisc for iOS combines a unique and challenging mixture of timing, strategy, and unique gameplay to create an interesting and fun new style of touch-screen game.
The more innovative games on the iOS platform tend to take advantage of the more notable properties of a touch-screen interface. TapDisc attempts to do the same with a stylized "tap-to-save" gameplay that creates a pretty interesting and addicting game environment--if you're patient enough to learn it.
TapDisc requires its players to "save" floating discs as they bounce around the screen attempting to avoid harm-inflicting orbs along the way. Discs change colors signifying how long the saving sphere (where the user touches) must be on screen to save the disc.
Keeping up?… Read more
The 404 Podcast, and the CNET office in general, hasn't been the same without Natali Del Conte around, so we're all super psyched for the long-awaited return of NDC Thursdays...well, everyone except Wilson; he's at home waiting for the perfect time to interrupt today's show.
Although she describes the difficulty in leaving her newborn son at home, the self-proclaimed domestic diva is back in the office after her maternity leave to make her son proud!
Oh, she also tells us what she did on her lunch break yesterday, but that's no big deal...!!!! Don't miss the first half of today's episode, and be sure to send your congrats to the new Mrs. Morris!
At Apple's Mac OS X event yesterday, Steve Jobs unveiled both an update to Apple's MAC operating system, now called Mac OS X Lion (now with FaceTime,) as well as a refresh to the Macbook Air line of portable, and pricey, laptops. The new Airs are much smaller than the originals and now benefit from ultralong battery life and instant-on functionality thanks to the integrated solid-state drives.
Prices range from $999 up to $1,599 based on screen size (11.6-inch or 13.3-inch), processor type, and storage capacity. We're all still waiting for the next iPad to drop before we run to the nearest Apple Store, but keep an eye on CNET.com for benchmark scores in an upcoming review.
We're also rolling out our first batch of VIDEO VOICEMAILS today and since they're just YouTube links people send over, check them out for yourself!!
If you have something you want to say about the show, record a YouTube video and send the link to the404(at)cnet(dot)com and we'll play it on the air! As usual, audio voicemails are also welcome, and the number to dial is 1-866-404-CNET (2638).Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
If you like the interface of the Mac OS but are stuck using a Windows machine, this little app from Stardock can help--if only very slightly. The premise behind ObjectDock is very simple: it adds an animated, Mac-inspired dock to your desktop that provides easy access to useful shortcuts and can serve to replace your taskbar.
Along with the release of Java updates for OS X 10.5 and 10.6 and the firmware updates for the new MacBook Air system to address some possible system hangs, Apple has released updates for Aperture and an accompanying ProKit update for Snow Leopard.
The version 3.1 release of Aperture adds a host of performance and quality enhancements, including library management, face recognition, and small edits like red-eye correction and image straightening. The 357.55MB update is available for OS X 10.5.8 and 10.6.2 or later. Apple recommends it for all Aperture 3 users, … Read more