Posts Tagged ‘mac’
An Apple insider has leaked some 1983 footage that was going to be used in an ad for the company, featuring some of the Mac’s original designers.
They may have been a gang of expert computer wizards and we’re not trying to cast any aspersions on anyone, but if you saw any of these blokes hanging around your local park, you’d be on the phone to the nonce squad on the double…
It’s the UBERCLASSIC game Portal, and it’s currently available to download to your PC and/or Mac, for absolutely no money whatsoever. Yes, it’s FREE.
It looks more complicated than Horace Goes Skiing so we won’t be touching it with a bargepole, but it might be the sort of thing that some of you lot will go for. Enjoy.
In the eternal battle between PC nerds and Apple fanbois, who better to pitch in with their opinion than McDonalds? As much as we love our Macbooks, they’re taking the piss a little bit, aren’t they?
Even though it appears that Microsoft are going allow governments to spy on your conversations on Skype, at least they’ve had the decency to tart the Android app up. Basically, you can now get free video calls over Wi-Fi and 3G.
The new version of the app will be available to owners of most Android smartphones and you’ll be able to make calls over multiple platforms. Basically, you can ring people from your phone on their computers, Smart TVs and even Apple devices like the iPhone.
The app is only available on phones which have Android 2.0 and above, and soon, will be available on the iPad. Could this be the beginning of the end for the way we normally ring people?
Mac computers haven’t got viruses like PCs, which has been a source of smuggery for Apple’s many Jobsians.
However, that’s all changed as a piece of malware called Mac Defender is tootling around the web, pretending to be antivirus software and offering to clean up your Mac. Naturally, with this being malware, it actually doesn’t do your computer much good and instead, is after is your pennies.
The Mac Defender software cons Mac owners (presumably those who are particularly thick) into handing over their credit card details. What happens is that, once it’s on your Mac, you’ll suddenly get flooded with porn sites opening up on your computer, making you think you’ve got a virus (not much use if you tend to look at nothing but porn in the first place).
Then, here’s the sneaky part, Mac Defender asks you to pay for a subscription and lo! The porn vanishes from your Mac! Alas, it has your credit card details and baddies can do as they wish with it.
So look out for that, and its variants called Mac Security and Mac Protector.
Mercifully, you should be able to remove these threats pretty easily by simply removing it by deleting the app from the Applications folder. Any problems there and you can open up Activity Monitor, click on Mac Defender and thunk the Quit Process button before deleting the app.
It’s been rumoured for the past two years, but once again Apple are said to be in talks with the cheeses of the music industry, in an attempt to give iTunes customers greater and easier access to music they’ve purchased across multiple devices. The company is currently negotiating with Universal, Sony, Warner Music Group and EMI.
This proposed arrangement would give customers more flexibility in how they access purchased music. If it goes ahead, iTunes customers would be able to create a permanent backup of music purchases if the originals are lost. From this cloud storage on the intermaweb, customers could then download to iPad and iPhone devices linked to the same iTunes account.
Apple has clearly seen the way Spotify works across multiple devices and they may think that this is a way to kill off one wing of competition. It’d certainly be a step in the right direction towards universal access to content stored in the cloud, and it may go on to redeeming iTunes, which is hardly the most loved piece of consumer software in the world.
Sorry, we didn’t mean to imply that you’re a freak if you play games – we’re all adults now and we’ve all grown up with gaming as a perfectly normal form of entertainment. Games certainly aren’t solely for losers, nerds and people who are mortally fearful of other humans and daylight. Now as for Apple Mac users…
Sorry again, we’re getting away from the point. For a while now, PC gamers have been able to get their fix instantly with the downloadable Steam service. Games galore, fired straight down an internet pipe and into their homes and minds. Lovely.
But all the while, Mac users looked on in envy – a situation not helped by the fact that there are scores more games available for PCs than there are for Macs. Part of that problem now has a solution.
Steam is finally here for the Mac. So all you ‘groovy’ creative types can stop airbrushing away the flabbier parts of the thighs of Hollywood actresses and start wasting hour upon hour playing World Of Goo (pictured) instead.
Last week, it emerged that German Street View cars had been collecting MAC addresses and SSIDs from residents’ wireless networks. Google admitted that their UK cars are also doing the same thing, causing the ICO to rouse itself and demand a bit of an explanation.
Naturally, it’s all perfectly innocent. Google explained that… “The data which we collect is used to provide location-based services within Google products and to users of the Geolocation API. For example, users of Google Maps for Mobile can turn on ‘My Location’ to identify their approximate location based on cell towers and Wi-Fi access points which are visible to their device.” All good, innocent fun then.
But, if you’re worried, Google have reiterated that they don’t pick up any transmissions from your router . And don’t forget, “the operator of the access point can choose to restrict the SSID from broadcast, and in many cases this will mean that the SSID is not received” bleated their communiqué.
So if you see a Google Street View car parked up, it possibly means that the driver has discovered an unsecured network and is downloading the latest episode of Glee or True Blood on to his laptop. Or possibly not.
Google – it’s becoming increasingly easy to hate them isn’t it?
Tried Windows 7 yet? Get the nagging feeling it all looks and feels a little familiar? Management at Microsoft think so. Simon Aldous is partner group manager for the company, and has some very particular views on what inspired Microsoft when designing their new operating system:
“One of the things that people say an awful lot about the Apple Mac is that the OS is fantastic, that it’s very graphical and easy to use. What we’ve tried to do with Windows 7 – whether it’s traditional format or in a touch format – is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics.”
Bang to rights, right there. Except you can’t take his word for it – Aldous then goes on to make one of the outrageous claims of the century to date, which robs him of any credibility the word Microsoft in his job title may afford him:
“We’ve significantly improved the graphical user interface, but it’s built on that very stable core Vista technology, which is far more stable than the current Mac platform, for instance.”
You mean the universally loathed Vista that was despised by everybody and Windows couldn’t wait to get rid of because it was so unstable, or some other OS by the same name we don’t know about? This shaved monkey in a suit is a salesman at the end of the day, and they rank on the trustworthy scale slightly below a hungry tiger. Back in your boxes, Microsoft bashers.
The public bitching by Apple is never ending. At a time when folk are concerned about spending a couple of hundred quid more on a computer just because it’s white and shiny, perhaps they should be talking up their own products instead of running down Microsoft.
Or maybe not, because a) Apple has just reported net profits of $1.21 billion – exceeding all predictions, and b) they’re still making some fun commercials. One of the latest Apple ads involves the Mac and PC characters, and the legal small print that PC must quote anytime he wants to make a simple statement about how easy they are to operate:
And lo, within hours of broadcast, a crack squad of UV-starved individuals strained their vision more then usual while staring at a computer screen, and transcribed all the text. Saucer of milk for Mac’s table:
It is recommended that a maintenance schedule is developed and adhered to in order to make sure your PC is running safe and secure. Update your software, do a virus scan, and run error check utility once a week. Search for and download software and driver updates, free up disk space, and defragment hard drive at least once a month. Empty the recycle bin and remove unnecessary programs once every three months. Back up all your files once a year. Please see instruction manual for more details. Failure to perform these functions may result in the following: freezing, viruses, slow performance, and/or error messages. If problems persist after routine maintenance is performed, please contact your local IT professional who may or may not refer you to your software or hardware manufacturer depending on where the problem originated. Important information about easy to use PCs: PCs may become more difficult to use if the following occurs: sluggish operating system, viruses, and error messages, crashing and freezing. Unfortunately, freezing and/or crashing are sometimes unavoidable.
And so it goes on – you can find more transcriptions at OhGizmo. Not doubt there’ll be some forums burning with hell and fury over this, although we like to think of it as West Side Story, with gangs of fanboys roaming around Hell’s Kitchen with flick-knives. Sort of.
[OhGizmo] via [TechCrunch]