Monthly Archives: February 2011

New MacBook Pro Benchmarks Show Massive Improvement

033949-mbp2011cPrimateLabs has compiled GeekBench results for the new Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros released just yesterday, and the results are impressive. The results show GeekBench results ranging from 5900 to 10164 across all models. What makes this particularly impressive is that the new low-end 13″ MacBook Pro (2.3GHz Dual i5) scores near last year’s top-end 15″/17″ MacBook Pro (2.8GHz Dual i7).
Browsing through the complete list of benchmarks shows the new MacBook Pros in context with the other Macs. The top-of-the-line MacBook Pro now outrank many of last year’s desktop machines including the Mac Pro and iMac. PrimateLabs concludes:

The performance of the new MacBook Pros is amazing. The slowest MacBook Pro performs on par with the fastest previous-generation MacBook Pro, and the fastest MacBook Pro is 80% faster than the fastest previous-generation MacBook Pro.
In fact, if you look at our Mac Benchmark charts, you’ll see that the fastest MacBook Pro is faster than a lot of Mac Pros (including the current generation of Mac Pros). The new MacBook Pros truly are portable workstations.

As always, benchmarks are an artificial gauge of performance, but can be useful in head to head comparisons. These numbers also primarily reflect CPU/Memory performance and don’t take into account differences in graphics hardware. by macrumors

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Posted by on 27/02/2011 in IT


Mac OS X Lion iChat supports Yahoo Messenger video and voice chat

yahoo022611Apple has added support for Yahoo Messenger to Mac OS X Lion’s iChat app, reportedly enabling text, voice and video chat over Yahoo’s instant messenger protocol.

Apple introduced iChat as an IM client for AOL’s proprietary chat protocol, later adding support for Jabber/XMPP, an open IM standard supported by Google Talk and Apple’s own iChat Server.

For Lion, Apple has added Yahoo as an account type. Yahoo operates its own proprietary protocol that can’t interoperate with AOL or Jabber type accounts.

The other primary chat protocol is Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger, which is also proprietary and does not support cross chat with AOL or Jabber, although Microsoft and Yahoo have created a gateway between their two networks.

News of the new Yahoo client working with video and voice chat was initially reported by blogger iMarck90.

After Android, Apple has increasingly worked to minimize its dependence upon Google as a partner, adding Microsoft’s Bing and Yahoo search to Safari on both the desktop and iOS. However, adding new video support to iChat is an interesting addition, given Apple’s push to promote FaceTime as its video calling solution.

The company has even renamed its iSight cameras as “FaceTime,” and now develops and distributes FaceTime as a standalone app in the Mac App Store, wholly independent from the iChat AV app it bundles as part of Mac OS X. by appleinsider

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Posted by on 27/02/2011 in IT


Windows 7 SP1 now available for everyone

Starting today, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will be available to everyone via the Microsoft Download Center and start rolling out via Windows Update. Most people will simply get Windows 7 SP1 via Windows Update when it becomes available to them (See Learn how to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1).

Remember – for Windows 7, SP1 will help keep your PCs well supported by delivering ongoing updates, many of which have been made previously available through Windows Update. It does, however, include client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory which are two new virtualization features enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.  by windowsteamblog

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Posted by on 24/02/2011 in IT


Apple’s holding an iPad 2 event on March 2nd… we’ll be there live!

mainHey look at that! The rumors were true. Apple will be holding a media event on March 2nd… and Engadget will be there live covering the whole thing. As you can tell by the image above (sent with the invite), this is going to be all about tablets — iPads, to be exact. by engadget

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Posted by on 24/02/2011 in IT


It’s a Dangerous Time to Buy Apple Products

medium_dontbuyIt’s a Dangerous Time to Buy Apple ProductsIt’s a weird time to buy an Apple product. By that I mean it’s a terrible time to buy an Apple product. At least, if you want to own the latest and most amazingest with the least amount of heartbreak. That’s the story for three of Apple’s biggest products: iPhone 4, iPad and now, the MacBook Pro.

If you’re the thrill-seeking sort—and more specifically still, the sort who measures their thrills in an inverse relation to the amount of time that’s passed between a fresh gadget rolling off the assembly line in Shenzen and being pressed into your hands by a cute-but-not-too-cute Apple Store employee—we think you’ll be happiest if you buy your admission tickets to the new and shiny in the first half of its life-cycle, so you get to ride out its entire life knowing you own the thing to own. Generally speaking, the closer to a gadget’s death date you purchase said gadget, the worse you’re gonna feel when its hotter, younger, possibly tanner replacement is announced.

Obviously this formula for gadget happiness is subject to the pull of two major variables: Price and new hotness density. Sure, the new iPhone might be able to blow you, but can you buy it for $100? And if the one before it was similarly sexy, the new one’s talents may not seem all that great as an upgrade. (Hence, less new gadget remorse.) On the other hand, if the new model does something truly amazing that the previous one did not, the remorse factor can explode so violently it reforms itself into a black hole suck.

Anyway, we’ve already said why this moment is a dicey one to buy an iPad—a new one is likely less than an iPhone 4 for that matter, though the case is strongest for holding out on the iPad, given that we’re in a timeframe measured in weeks before a likely replacement.

But now, you should hold off the MacBook Pros, too. If anything, a MacBook Pro update appears more imminent. Jason and I started thinking about this two weeks ago, mostly because of Intel’s killer Sandy Bridge chips, which were unveiled at CES: Even if the new MacBook Pros weren’t getting major design overhaul (think more Air-like for true next-gen Pros), they’re due for some fresh guts, which are now available.

Cue dried up inventories of MacBook Pros, new MacBook Pro SKUs in Best Buy’s computer systems, Apple telling some resellers to expect “sealed packages” this week and Apple getting ready for a “significant product launch” this week. There might be more changes in store than just Sandy Bridge chips, too, according to Apple Insider’s sources. All of this might not add up to new MacBook Pros this coming week, but the case looks plenty solid. And even if they don’t materialize next week, it seems safe to say at the bare minimum a gut refresh is imminent in the next few months, by June at the latest. I always buy or build my computers around the launch of new generations of chips. The next Pros are the ones to pounce on. But for now, just wait, if you can. At least a week.

Waiting can be painful, especially given how deeply instant gratification can be with new things. I can have almost anything I want from Amazon delivered to my door in hours. So the idea of waiting for a month or two even if it’s to make sure you have guts so fresh you can practically eat them raw seems a little off-putting, especially when it comes to technology. But knowing you’re so far ahead of the curve it hurts brings its own kind of joy, especially after you’ve upgraded all of your gear to the newest stuff possible, and can breathe a contented sigh of relieved superiority, knowing you’ve safely invested in your gear. by gizmodo

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Posted by on 23/02/2011 in IT


New MacBook Pro Specs Leaked Again?

48301-500Specifications on the new MacBook Pros expected Thursday have been leaked again this time from MacGeneration.

MacRumors summarizes the rumors:
● no more white MacBook (Apple goes back to two lines of 13″ inchers)
● 16 GB SSD mSATA drives on all models to store the system
● Core i3 and third USB port on the 13″ model
● Matte screen option on the higher-end 13″
● Option to replace the SuperDrive with a SSD on the 15 and 17″ models
● HD screens on all models : 1440×900 on the 13″, 1680×1050 on the 15″
● 200 to 300 grams lighter : 1.8 kg for the 13″, 2.3 kg for the 15″, 2.65 kg for the 17″
● Better battery life : 12 hours on the 13″, 10 hours on the 15″
● 8 GB of RAM on the 17″

MacGeneration again mentions a new technology that may very well be Light Peak.

Finally, we spoke of “new technology” that would make his first steps in these new MacBook Pro: Integrating Light Peak in the third USB port? New battery technology? New materials explaining the drop weight? Impossible to know for now, but the wait will last only until Thursday. by MacRumors

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Posted by on 23/02/2011 in IT


Apple holding iPad 2 event next week?

11x0106jb45We’re all hotly expecting new MacBook Pros on Thursday, but it sounds like Apple might have an even bigger announcement soon: Kara Swisher at All Things Digital says the iPad 2 will be revealed on March 2 in San Francisco. That lines up with some of the rumblings we’ve heard, but we haven’t gotten an official invite yet, so things could change — we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything definite. by engadget

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Posted by on 23/02/2011 in IT

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