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Apple Introduces the Magic Trackpad

Posted by seander70 | Posted in Computer | Posted on 08-08-2010

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Apple Introduces the Magic TrackpadLast week Apple announced that it had added a little “magic” to its product line: the Magic Trackpad.  What is the Magic Trackpad?   Much like the trackpad on your laptop, Apple’s Magic Trackpad acts as a replacement for the mouse on your desktop computer.  It will connect to your Mac via a Bluetooth wireless link.

The Magic Trackpad also gives some of your Mac applications multitouch capabilities.  According to Apple, the new product will offer a “standard touch experience” that will allow you to do things such as flip through pages, rotate images, and scroll websites with two fingers.  Multitouch seems to be a new trend with Apple these days.  Many of Apple’s smaller gadgets, including the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Magic Mouse, and Mac laptops, feature the technology.

The idea of the Trackpad began in 2005 when Apple acquired a company called Fingerworks.  They specialized in a “mouse pad that could use gesture recognition to perform tasks on a computer, including opening files by turning multiple fingers on the pad,” according to the New York Times. These products were popular with people who had repetitive strain injury from using a traditional mouse or keyboard.

Fingerworks was originally developed in the 90’s by University of Delaware student Wayne Westerman and Professor John Elias.

The Magic Trackpad will cost you about $70.

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Rumor: Apple Computer Overhaul Coming Soon

Posted by seander70 | Posted in Computer | Posted on 25-07-2010

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Apple Computer Overhaul Coming Soon

There have been lots of Apple rumors circulating this week, but this time, they aren’t rumors about the iPhone 4. This time, the rumors are about Apple’s computers. While some say Apple is preparing to overhaul its entire computer line, including the MacBook Air and Mac Pro, others are saying a new iMac is in the works. Let’s take a look at some of the information floating around various Apple gossip and tech sites:
  • Some retailers are reporting that their iMac stock is dwindling.
  •  In the past, the release of new iMacs has come just after the start of a new school year. Most schools in the nation will start back in August, so it looks like the timing is right.
  • According to the AppleInsider Blog, one distributor was told not to expect anymore shipments of the iMac in the near future.
Of course, rumors of a new iMac have Apple fans speculating on what the new computer could offer. The rumored new features include:
  • Touchscreens
  • Faster FireWire connections
  • USB 3.0 connections
  • A desktop version of iOS
  • HDMI
  • Dual and quad Core i5s and i7 processors
  • Blu-ray drives

Time Capsules Recalled

Posted by seander70 | Posted in Device | Posted on 15-07-2010

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 Time Capsules Recalled

If you use an Apple Time Capsule wireless backup device, you may need to pay attention.   The company is currently recalling a number of them, offering to repair or replace them, or in the event that you already had yours repaired, they may issue a refund. 

Any Time Capsule purchased between February, 2008 and June, 2008, with serial numbers between XX807XXXXXX and XX814XXXXXX, could be affected.  You can find the serial number on the bottom of your Time Capsule.            

According to Apple, the power may not come on at all or may shut down unexpectedly.  A quick trip to Apple’s support site forums shows that several customers have been complaining.  Here’s an example of one user’s complaint:

“My Time Capsule was running just fine, then spontaneously just powered off by itself. All the other devices in the power strip were fine and I tried switching outlets, plugging it directly into the wall, and unplugging the TC and plugging the power cord back in. The network port lights in the back …, the network lights came on for a split second. I’m guessing that there’s a power connection fried”

 

For more information on the recall, including how to proceed if you think you received one of the faulty devices, visit support.apple.com.