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Thu, Jun 21, 2012

A Tiny Projector To Beam Your iPhone Onto The Big Screen

Bonnie Cha, All Things D

MacBook Air Review (13-Inch, Mid-2012)

David Pierce, The Verge
Still, the MacBook Air comes with some of the best hardware, software, and performance on the market. If you bought last year's Air, I'm not sure there's enough here to make you want to upgrade, but if you're in the market for a new laptop and don't need the power (or the price tag) of the new Pro, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than the Air. It may not be as ground-breaking a laptop as it was a year ago, but it’s still every bit as appealing.

Move iMovie Files Around To Save Space On Your Mac

Rob LeFebvre, Cult Of Mac

Customize Your Mac's Battery Warnings With Low Battery Saver

Dan Moren, Macworld

Launch Center Pro Review

Federico Viticci, MacStories
What Launch Center does – and Launch Center Pro tries to improve upon – is adding the convenience of collecting a user’s most-accessed apps and actions into a single interface that isn’t an app – it’s a powerful link to other apps installed on a device,

TextExpander 4 First Casualty Of Mac App Store Sandboxing

Gabe Glick, MacStories
TextExpander 4 also marks Smile’s break from the Mac App Store due to the sandboxing rules that went into effect on June 1st, making it the first major casualty of the new restrictions. Fortunately for Mac App Store customers, Smile has gone the extra step to ensure a smooth upgrade from the MAS version to their direct sale version. Once TextExpander 4 has been downloaded and launched, it will recognize existing MAS versions of TextExpander 3 and offer users the same discounted upgrade price as direct customers. As of this writing, TextExpander 3 is still on the Mac App Store and has not been updated with information about TE4 or the upgrade process.
Nobody has created a different app store?
Rumor: Apple finally launching the iTunes music store in Asia.

Apple App Store Downloads In China Triple, But Revenues For Developers Still Lag

Michael Kan, IDG News
Although China has a billion mobile phone subscriptions, the country has also been plagued by piracy. In the case of the iPhone, users sometimes choose to jailbreak their iPhones, allowing them to install paid apps for free.
In China, this means every iOS app download generates about US$0.03 when comparing gross revenue against total downloads, according to App Annie. In comparison, an iOS app download in the U.S. generates $0.28.

With Siri And New Alliances, Apple Takes On Google Search

Poornima Gupta, Reuters
The relationship between Apple and Yelp illustrates the power struggle over how people find what they are looking for on the Internet. Much more than just a clever feature, Siri is emerging as a key tool for what some in the industry call "casual search" - quickly finding routine information such as a restaurant location.
This can bypass Google and other traditional search engines. That serves the interests of Apple, which sees an opportunity to muscle in on its rival's core business and build related advertising revenue.
Siri is also a potential lifeline for Yelp and other content companies, which have found themselves competing with Google.

Raises In Store At Apple

Ian Sherr, Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. is raising hourly pay for employees at its U.S. retail stores by as much as 25%, following an internal review period earlier this year.
Employees said they were appreciative of the move, though they considered the raises had been a long time coming. The increased wages, one person said, more accurately reflected Apple's position as a high-end retailer.

Surface: Between A Rock And A Hardware Place

John Gruber, Daring Fireball
Microsoft Surface is not fundamentally about Microsoft needing to control the entire integrated product in order to compete with the iPad on design. It’s about Microsoft needing to sell the whole thing to sustain its current profitability.
It is both, I'd argue.
No OEMs will be able to make something like the MacBook Pro with Retina Display without the cooperation of Microsoft to bake new code and APIs into Windows. No OEMs will be able to make MacBook Air with PowerNap without Microsoft's involvement.

A Laptop Screen That Promises An Eyeful

Katherine Boehret, Wall Street Journal
This move to a better screen, all-flash storage and the elimination of a physical slot for discs shifts the company ahead in its typical, pack-leading style. Power users will be thrilled by the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Average users will now consider the MacBook Air more seriously.

Struggling With Interface Issues

Christopher Breen, Macworld
Wonderful as our gadgets and their interfaces are, there are times when they’re not entirely fathomable—particularly when you’ve clicked in the wrong place or pressed a key one time too many. Today I look at three issues caused by interface confusion.

Like Tinkering With Your MacBook Pro? Non-retina May Be Where It's At

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Hands-on: Apple's Thunderbolt Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Iljitsch Van Beijnum, Ars Technica
Fast and energy efficient, but it may get in the way of your external display.

MacBook Pro With Retina Display Can Drive Four Screens Simultaneously

Dante D'Orazio, The Verge
We plugged in two 1080p monitors using DVI to Mini DisplayPort adapters and connected another 1600 x 900 monitor over HDMI, and all of the displays lit up with Lion's well-known Andromeda Galaxy wallpaper.
And you can do real work on all of them.

Review: The 2012 MacBook Air Soars With Ivy Bridge

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
The 2012 MacBook Air doesn't look any different than its last couple of predecessors, but the upgrades on the inside are what make the machine. Although Apple elected not to try and squeeze a "retina" class display into the MacBook Air this year, such a change would have come with great sacrifice to performance and battery life. And let's be honest—with the MacBook Air, there's very little wiggle room on either of those metrics. For me at least, I would rather have the performance and battery life.
For someone like me upgrading from a 2010 MacBook Air, or even a MacBook Pro from the last couple years, it would be no question: go ahead and buy one of Apple's latest MacBook Airs. The performance increase is noticeable even during everyday use (even while using the lowest-end 2012 machine), and Apple finally gives users the option to upgrade from the soldered-on 4GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM in the Air.

Review: Found

Lukas Hermann, MacStories
Yes, it doesn’t really do much more than Spotlight and in fact it does miss some of Spotlight’s neat extras like solving simple mathematical questions, immediate results and the “alt+shift+click” feature to locate the chosen file in the Finder. But it extends the pool of data you can search to include Dropbox, Google Docs, Drive and Gmail. It also works fast and reliably at combining local and online storage into one easy and fast-to-use interface – but is that enough to make you want to use Found? To me it seems like Found might not offer enough unless you are deeply integrated into the Google ecosystem.

MacBook Air 2012 SSD Performance Up To 217% Faster Than MacBook Air 2011

OS X Daily
MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Adapter: the unboxing in reverse.

Hacking Paid Upgrades In The App Store

David Smith
So long as you don’t actually delete the old version of the app within iTunes Connect you can continue submitting updates to apps even while they are in the Developer Removed from Sale state. Whether this is intentional functionality is unclear but I have verified that it does in fact work and the resulting approved updates are available for customers.
Simple steps to do a new paid version of your software in the app stores.

Bento 4 For iPad - Personal Database Review

Jeffery Battersby, Macworld
While I do have some quibbles, none are significant or insurmountable. Bento 4 for iPad is a great app for collecting and managing all your personal data.