Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Is Apple's new flagship laptop, with its Retina Display and new hardware, really worth all the hype and relatively high price tag? Find out in my review!
Performance Overview Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVniAF9I99o
Product Page (General MacBook Pro page): http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/features/
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Friday, June 29, 2012
Google Drive Apps for iOS and Chrome OS
iOS/ChromeOS: If you've been waiting for offline document editing in Google Docs, wait no longer. Google announced offline editing at Google I/O today, and Google Drive, Google's Dropbox-like competitor, picked up native apps for iOS and Chrome OS which allow you to view and edit documents in full screen on your iPhone, iPad, or Chromebook.
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How to Use Google Docs OfflineThe Day 2 keynote at Google I/O was no match for yesterday’s Android keynote, but Google delivered when it came to Google Docs. At long last, Google Docs has offline editing. The update has been added to Google Docs as of today, but you’ll need to take a few steps to enable it.
Offline mode in Google Docs is especially useful while traveling when you are offline and don’t have internet access like in a cafe or in an airplane. When you get back online, your changes will be synced to the cloud. One drawback, however, is that offline support isn’t available to the full Google Docs suite. You’ll be able to edit only documents offline. You can view spreadsheets, but you can’t edit them. Presentations, drawings and other items from your Documents List won’t be available while you’re offline.
If you use Firefox or Internet Explorer, this next bit of news might be disappointing: Offline mode works only in the Chrome browser. It’s a smart tactic by Google to get people to use Chrome, but it is a bit annoying if you don’t regularly use the browser.
After setting up Chrome, you will need to allow offline access on your computer. If you’re using the classic look, click the gear icon in the upper right-hand of your window. If you are using the new look, click the grey gear just above your document list. You’ll see a new option in the drop-down menu that reads “Set up Docs offline (beta).”
After clicking on that option, you’ll be taken to a separate window with an “Enable offline Docs” button. When you complete that step, you’ll be asked to install the Google Drive Chrome web app (if you haven’t already). You’re taken directly to the Chrome Store where you can quickly download the Drive app. The app will show up alongside your other Chrome apps; click on it and you’re back to your
In the upper right corner, you’ll see a notification informing you that your recently opened documents and spreadsheets are being synchronized. Click “View offline Docs” from the gear menu, and you can see which documents are available to you offline. And that’s it--you’re ready to start working on Google Docs offline. The whole process takes about five minutes to set up if you already have Chrome installed on your PC.
Google Documents in offline mode worked well and felt stable once I had it set up. I was disappointed that you can't actually create documents offline; you can only edit them. Bizarrely, there’s a button at the top of your offline documents window labeled “New Document,” but clicking on it brings you to a page informing you “this document is not available offline.” It seems like an oversight to include this non-functioning function, but this is a Google beta project after all. I hope that Google expands offline editing mode to spreadsheets and presentations in future updates as well.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Phone rumor season is in full bloom with all the excitement building up and there’s a lot of crazy speculation going on out there. We’ve gone through all the iPhone 5 rumors and picked nine that are most likely to be true, though it’s important to remember that until Apple officially announces something it’s all speculation:
1. 4″ Display – A larger screened iPhone has been rumored for a long time, but now Reuters, WSJ, and Bloomberg have all piled in with reports that appear to confirm the 4″ display is a reality.
2. Redesigned Case – To accommodate a larger screen the iPhone enclosure is bound to get a redesign. Nobody knows what it will look like or if it will be made of glass, aluminum, liquid metal, or a combination of all three, but with longstanding rumors that Steve Jobs worked on the design before he passed away, you can rest assured it will be beautiful.
3. 4G LTE – True mobile broadband is bound for the iPhone according to a handful of rumors, and with the 3rd gen iPad receiving the 4G treatment it’s a pretty safe bet the iPhone will follow suit.
4. 10 Megapixel Camera – The smartphone is killing the point-and-shoot camera market, and the next iPhone is probably going to include a camera so good that it will drive a final nail into the consumer digital camera coffin. Why 10MP? The iPhone 4S has an 8MP camera, so it’s a logical step.
5. A5X CPU & Quad Core Graphics – It’s very likely Apple will borrow the iPad 3 A5X CPU with it’s quad-core GPU and jam all of its power right into the next iPhone. Apple regularly shares core hardware components between iOS devices, so this isn’t particularly outlandish.
6. 1GB RAM – If they borrow the A5X from the iPad 3, it’s very likely the next iPhone will have 1GB of RAM like the iPad too. Apple generally finds specs meaningless, but geeks love this stuff, and 1GB of RAM means faster apps, improved multitasking, and an all-around boost.
7. iOS 6 – Not much is known about iOS 6, but everyone is expecting a big preview at WWDC in just a few weeks. Rumored features include all new Maps app with advanced abilities like turn-by-turn directions, further iCloud integration, third party widgets for Notification Center, third party Siri support, and much more.
8. “The new iPhone” – Taking another page from the book of iPad, the next iPhone probably won’t be called iPhone 5 at all, it’ll be named simply “The new iPhone”. People will still call it the wrong name anyway though.
9. September or October Release Date – The release timeline for new iPhones appears to have shifted from earlier in the year to fall, assuming the next iPhone is released on the same schedule as iPhone 4S was that is. Expect a launch and release sometime in September or October of this year.
These are looking like the most likely features and specs of the next iPhone, but there are also a few other vague possibilities. There is really nothing to support these rumors except analyst claims or web presumption, so we’ll file these safely under “wishful thinking” while we all cross our fingers and hoping that they end up true.
· 32GB Base Model – My iPhone fills up much faster than my iPad, it stores tons of photos and tons of music, and frankly 16GB is just too small to be standard anymore. 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options would be fantastic.
· Magsafe Dock Connector – MagSafe power adapters are one of the greatest little Apple inventions, it would be a huge improvement to bring to the iPhone and iOS lineup, so let’s hope it happens
· T-Mobile – Plenty of T-Mobile customers are using unlocked devices on their network anyway, so hopefully Apple and TMO USA can finally work out a deal to bring the iPhone to their network.
What do you think the next iPhone will have? What it’ll be like? Let us know your thoughts and speculate away.