Apple's latest OS X update, Mountain Lion, adds a slate of new features, nearly all derived from iOS 5. There's one big omission, however: Siri, Apple's voice-controlled virtual assistant, does not make the migration from mobile to desktop.
Our notebooks, ultrabooks and desktop PCs are all getting thinner -- thin enough that Kate Moss in her heroin-chic heyday could have sported something like the 13-inch MacBook Air down the runway and it wouldn't have overwhelmed her almost nonexistent frame.
Jeremiah Masoli is asking you to open your mind, to consider the possibility that, regardless of what you've read or heard, he is not a thug. That would be an easier sell, of course, if he hadn't spent nearly three months in a juvenile facility in 2005 for robbery; if he hadn't pled guilty in March of this year to burglarizing a fraternity house; if his career as the starting quarterback -- and a potential Heisman contender -- at Oregon hadn't ended last month after police found him driving with marijuana in his car.
Apple revamped its desktop and laptop lines Tuesday, dramatically redesigning the iMac all-in-one and MacBook laptop, and also adding a few updates to its Mac Mini line of small-scale desktops. It also introduced a handful of updated peripherals, with a multitouch mouse bringing the most thorough changes.
Apple is rumored to be working on something bigger than an iPod Touch, but smaller than a MacBook. Past patent applications filed by the company and whispers from contract manufacturers point to a midsize gadget with a screen of 7 to 8 inches in the works, perhaps scheduled to debut early next year.
Is the world finally ready for the mobile minitablet? It's become quite clear over the last several months that Apple is ready to bridge the mobile computing gap, with plans to develop a device that fits somewhere in between the iPhone and the MacBook.
I'm CEO of Playfish, one of the largest creators of video games for social networks like Facebook. Though our studios are spread around the world, we develop games collaboratively and often review them together, running our software over the company intranet and displaying it on computer monitors or through projectors.
With its 14-inch display, the Sony Vaio CR510 sits right in the middle of Sony's laptop lineup, which runs from the 11-inch Vaio TZ to the 17-inch Vaio AR line. We happen to believe that a 14-inch laptop resides in the sweet spot, offering the optimal balance between usability and portable for the majority of users.
Introduced in the fall of 2006, the current version of Apple's 13-inch MacBook laptop was a revolutionary product, combining Intel's Core 2 Duo CPUs with Apple's much-lauded operating system. Add in Apple extras such as the iSight camera, Front Row remote, iLife software, and MagSafe power adapter, and you have what is arguably one of the best-loved laptops on the planet.
Working from bed usually gets a bum rap. But when you've created the world's biggest community-written encyclopedia, with more than seven million entries in 143 languages, no one can accuse you of being lazy. Jimmy Wales, 41, is the brains behind Wikipedia, which, with the help of the thousands of unpaid contributors who create and edit its content, has reshaped how the world finds, shares, and debates information. His organization, now part of the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit based in St. Petersburg, employs just ten people. Yet the Alabama native - who made his money trading futures but still swears by his Hyundai Accent - now spends much of his time working with Wikia, Wikipedia's for-profit sister site that plans to launch a search engine he hopes will one day rival Yahoo and Google. Fortune's Julie Schlosser sat down with Wales - on a couch - to discuss how to manage workers remotely, the benefits of wearing black, and why he compares himself to David Hasselhoff.
South Korean newspapers are reporting that Samsung Electronics stole icons from Apple and Microsoft to create the user interface of its latest cell phones. Samsung's first response was to tell some Korean media outlets that the designs were "inspired" by other technology companies' products. Sure, if by "inspired" Samsung meant copied pixel for pixel, as postings on a Korean-language Mac bulletin board showed. A Samsung design executive later conceded that mistakes were made, and Samsung recalled its Skin phones from stores in South Korea, the only market in which it was on sale, and offered buyers downloadable updates to replace the offending graphics.
Sometimes you're hot, sometimes you're cold. And neither's good when you're talking laptop batteries. Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and other PC makers have taken their lumps for battery problems over the years, and now it's Apple's turn. Still haunted a decade latter by memories of the exploding PowerBook 5300, Apple has quietly recalled the batteries in its new MacBook Pro. Early adopters who bought the first MacBooks off the line took the hit: Reportedly only the first two weeks' of production were affected. Still, it's an embarrassment for Apple. Rather than overheating, the affected batteries just lost their charge. Is that why Apple took "Power" out of its laptop line's name?
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Apple's new MacBook laptops may come in two colors besides white, AppleInsider reports. It's been almost eight years since Steve Jobs unwrapped the original Bondi blue iMac - and since 2002, all of Apple's computers have been either white or metallic. Apple's color experiments came to an end with the quickly eliminated "Flower Power" and "Blue Dalmatian" models of the iMac. One hitch for Apple: Stocking multiple colors means producing and tracking more models, a logistical feat Apple hasn't grappled with in years. Additionally, some retailers might refuse to stock more than one color, as Best Buy did in 1999, and betting wrong on a color could mean costly inventory pile-ups at Apple's own chain of retail stores.
What is it about Apple that makes customers so passionate? Perhaps they sense Apple's similar devotion to them. We're all consumers [at Apple] and we know what consumers like, CEO Steve Jobs explained in an interview after his keynote. In other words, Jobs explained, Apple's engineers and programmers love technology and build products that they themselves want to use.
What is it about Apple that makes customers so passionate? Perhaps they sense Apple's similar devotion to them. "We're all consumers [at Apple] and we know what consumers like," CEO Steve Jobs explained in an interview after his keynote. In other words, Jobs explained, Apple's engineers and programmers love technology and build products that they themselves want to use.