As promised, Apple dropped iOS 5 to everyone this morning. This new update to the iPhone, iPod, and iPad brings a lot of new features to Apple’s mobile devices, some which were sorely needed.
It’s very rare that I have a hard drive fail on me. I think the last one I had was way back in the Mac OS 9 days. I have a Thermaltake BlacX USB external hard drive adapter that I use when I want to look at some of the backup drives that I have. It’s convenient since I don’t have to reboot my Mac to swap out a hard drive just to look at some project files. There’s one hard drive I use as a backup for my Final Cut Pro projects, as well as other media projects that I worked on, and I back up my iPhoto library to it. I’ve never had an issue with the hard drive before, but that day, it overheated after backing up my iPhoto library with the telltale “k-chunk, k-chunk” sound that signals the death of a hard drive.
The iPad was once called the “Jesus tablet”, but it seems now that the title firmly belongs to the HP Touchpad.
When HP killed the Touchpad a few weeks ago and dropped the prices of the 16/32GB models to $99/$149 respectively, the demand for them was extraordinary. What was once considered a doorstop was once of the most sought-after tablets in recent months. What was the reason for the demand? With the iPad in the $500 range, a $99 tablet looked like a steal. Despite the bad hardware that webOS ran on, the Touchpad is a very capable tablet, and webOS is very solid.
Apple’s newest update for Mac OS X is here: Lion. As with all Mac OS X updates, Apple promises hundreds of new features. Some will be well known, others will be more obscure. This article will go through some of the more useful features, as well as some of the different ways Lion will interact with you.
I have to admit that I’m not a Firefox user on my Mac, but on Windows I use IE for one thing: to download Firefox. However, last night when Apple had a link on their site to the new iTunes 10.3 download which brought you to a page which actually linked to 10.2.2, I was frustrated. The only way to prevent myself from obsessive compulsively refreshing my screen was to get a Firefox plugin that automatically checked for a change in the download page.