Archive for Mac

Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2011

Iomega has released the new Mac Companion Hard Drive, which is available in 2TB or 3TB storage capacities. It features a 2.1 Amp USB charging port designed specifically for charging your iPad, iPhone, or iPod and uses a fast 7200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drive formatted HFS+ for compatibility with Mac computers right out of the box.

The device fits perfectly on the base of your Apple iMac or your monitor. It also boasts two FireWire 800 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and a two-port integrated USB 2.0 hub that lets you connect multiple devices. The 2TB model is priced at $195. The 3TB model is $295.

Mac OS X Lion officially released

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Today marks the release of the update to the Mac OS X operating system, Lion. This release brings new Multi-Touch gestures so you can perform new moves and control your OS with multi-touch gestures, System wide support for full screen apps, Mission Control which is a way to view what’s running on your Mac, Launchpad which is a new home for all your apps, and redesigned Mail app. So there are a lot of new things to check out.

Here are some more: Users can also now Resume, as in return to your apps exactly how they left them, there is an Auto Save, Versions will let you easily revert back to older versions of documents; and AirDrop for making it easy to set up P2P connections with other Macs.

R.A.T. gaming mice now with Mac support

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2011

Mac users can now use Mad Catz’s series of Cyborg R.A.T. gaming mice. That’s because the company finally released some Mac drivers for the complete range of mice today, which will allow you to take advantage of all the advanced features Windows users have already been using for awhile.

Just be aware that you’ll need the Snow Leopard update first, since the drivers won’t accept anything less. This is great news for Mac gamers.

Apogee Duet 2 for Mac

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2011

The Apogee Duet 2 is for musicians who want to record their own music using their Mac. It is made especially for the Mac and made for GarageBand and Logic. It will record your musical instruments and vocals. So you have no more excuses. Lay down those tracks and share your music with others.

The Duet 2 features line/mic/instrument inputs for your gear, and records audio at up to 192kHz. The device is also Core Audio compatible. The Apogee Duet 2 will be available in April for $595.

Mac fish tank made from an old Power Mac G4 Cube

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2011

Your pets should have the same interests you have right? So, if you are a Mac enthusiast, it makes sense that you would want your fish to love Mac too. Now he/she can. This “Macquarium” is made from an old Power Mac G4 Cube. The cube has been specially modified with bonded plexiglas to make it safe for your fish.

This aquarium measures 8.9″ H × 7.7″ W × 7.7″ D. If you have the $149.00 necessary to get this aquarium, go ahead and geek up your fish, changing it’s computing allegiance from neutral to Apple. Maybe you can put a little Steve Jobs figure in there and play Stevejob Squarepants.

Logitec Blu-ray drive for Mac Pro

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Logitec (no not keyboard and mouse maker Logitech) has just released the new LBD-A12SAK/MW drive, so you can store data and record Blu-ray discs right on your Mac Pro at 12x.

This is really handy if you have to make tons of backups, or just plain like to watch Blu-ray movies on your Mac Pro all the time, otherwise you likely won’t need this one. Nothing on pricing yet, but it should be reasonable.

New 12-core Mac Pro now available online

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2010

If you can afford it, the new 12-core Apple Mac Pro stock has arrived on Apple’s online store. Obviously this isn’t your typical Mac and it is priced accordingly.

These 12-core machines start at $4,999, though if you like it won’t be too hard to get the final price to over $20,000, by upping the specs. Off the shelf specs include:

OWC will add an eSATA port in your iMac for $169

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

Does Apple hate connectivity standards? Always seems that way. So OWC is now offering an inexpensive option to fix yet anothet Apple design flaw. For just $169, plus shipping, the company will cut a small hole in the bottom grill and install the missing eSATA port.

The only problem is that the port isn’t port-multiplication-compatible so it won’t work properly with most multi-drive RAID enclosures. Still, if you want it, they will do it. Like Burger King, you can have your iMac your way.

Apple updates all-in-one iMac line

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

Apple has introduced a new range of all-in-one iMac models which run on your choice of Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors along with powerful new graphics capabilities. Prices start at $1,199 upwards. These are the fastest iMacs ever thanks to dual-core processor speeds of up to 3.6GHz, with quad-core speeds at 2.93GHz.

They are also eco-friendly with Energy Star 5.0 requirements and EPEAT Gold status. Some other specifications include an SD memory card slot in SDXC format, a 256GB solid state drive as a primary or secondary drive, LED-backlit display, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard as the operating system.

Mac Mini gets colorful thanks to Colorware

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

No gadget shall be spared Colorware’s wrath. The Mac Mini is the latest to get it’s technicolor dream coat as the folks at Colorware have added Apple’s Mac Mini to their roster.

The $250 price tag is for the paintjob by itself and it’s $1,000 if you want them to provide the hardware as well. So, who is buying all these colorful gadgets anyway? Probably a handful of rich dudes with a very colorful rainbow home.

Android Market comes to the Mac desktop with DoubleTwist

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2010

DoubleTwist’s latest update is great for Mac users, since it adds to its media syncing functionality for non-Apple devices like Google’s Android. Probably the best feature of this version is that you’re able to browse the Android App Store directly on your Mac desktop, just like you browse Apple’s App Store on iTunes.

And if you want something, just take a photo of the QR code on screen, and it will be downloaded directly to your Android phone. Pretty sweet. This is much better than trying to search for a program on your phone’s small screen.

Apple prepping first Mac Mini with HDMI?

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

A Mac mini with HDMI seems like common sense, even if Apple hasn’t delivered so far. But that may change soon, according to AppleInsider, who were told by “two people familiar with the matter” that prototypes of a Mac mini with an HDMI port have been showing up in the inner circles.

One of these prototypes is apparently based on NVIDIA’s MCP89 chipset, but Intel’s ongoing licensing dispute with Nvidia will prevent Apple from using the MCP89 chipset alongside its latest generation of Nehalem-based Core i3, i5 and i7 processors if it is the chipset used in the final product.

Mac Pro to get 6-Core Intel i7 Processors?

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2010

Apple’s Mac Pro hasn’t had an update since September 2009. That was when the Quad-Core model got support for 16GB of RAM. The new rumor is that the Core i7-980X and Core i7-970 processors might be arriving this month. You might remember that Apple was the first to use the Nehalem Xeon, having an exclusive deal with Intel. Should history repeat itself, we might see Apple having exclusivity with Intel’s latest processors. At least for a while.

These new processors will be the first dual-socket, six-core processors from Intel. The processor will feature 6 cores and 12 threads, a dual-processor configuration will mean the i7-980X Mac Pro will have 12 physical cores and 24 logical cores with a top frequency of 3.33GHz.

Elgato EyeTV TV Tuner for Mac and PC

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2010

Elgato’s new EyeTV One TV tuner is compatible with both Mac and Windows. It connects to your computer via USB and allows you to watch and record HDTV channels broadcast over-the-air for free. Sounds pretty sweet to us.

It features a coaxial plug for connecting an antenna, a flexible USB extender, and the included EyeTV 3 software gives you the ability to stream video to the iPhone and iPod touch via the company’s EyeTV app.

Mac Minis get faster processors, more memory, dual-HDD server

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2009

Mac Minis get faster processors, more memory, dual-HDD serverApple’s Mac mini server gets rid of an optical drive and gains room for two hard disks. It uses Snow Leopard Server, and has the same 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor as the updated 320GB Mac mini.

For $1000 it includes two 500GB hard disks, 4GB of RAM, and GeForce 9400M graphics. The 320GB Mac mini will stay at $800, but has the already mentioned new processor, and ups 2GB of memory to 4GB. The $600 entry-level Mac mini has a faster 2.26GHz processor (was 2GHz), 2GB RAM (was 1GB), and has 160GB of storage (was 120GB).