Archive for Feb 24, 2011

Apple AirDrop makes OS X file sharing super-simple

Apple AirDrop makes OS X file sharing super-simple

Developers may be giddy over Mac OS X Lion's more advanced features - which pull in multitouch and full-screen app behaviors from iOS onto the desktop platform - but it's AirDrop that is likely to make the biggest impact on everyday users. Apple's new wireless file transfer system, AirDrop is all about making impromptu shares with the users around you, and doing it in an incredible straightforward way.

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Intel Thunderbolt partners detailed: LaCie, Promise, Western Digital, more

Intel Thunderbolt partners detailed: LaCie, Promise, Western Digital, more

While Apple may be the first to debut Thunderbolt, the technology is all Intel's, and the company is not being quiet about which partners have jumped on board with the 10Gbps connection. Aja, Apogee, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie, Promise and Western Digital are all among the roster of firms committed to pushing out Thunderbolt-equipped devices, which will include displays, storage devices, audio/video devices, cameras, docking stations and more.

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Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview Released

Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview Released

While the new MacBook Pro line-up delivers the Sandy bridge update consumers have been clamoring for, Apple has something for developers too. The new developer preview of Mac OS X Lion has been released, adding full-screen app support, pinch and double-tap zoom in Safari - some of the multitouch gestures borrowed from OS X - a document saving system called Versions (which automatically saves successive versions of documents as you work on them) and AirDrop, a wireless file transfer system for drag & drop moving of documents between Macs.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2011 official

Apple MacBook Pro 2011 official

The new Apple MacBook Pro range is official, and it's quite the star line-up. The entire 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch spread has been updated, with Intel's Sandy Bridge 2011 Core processors across the board. Apple has also cast out NVIDIA, replacing GeForce GPUs with AMD's Radeon graphics on the 15- and 17-inch machines. The 13-inch, meanwhile, makes do with Intel's integrated graphics alone. Perhaps most interesting is the addition of Apple's new Thunderbolt connector, based on Intel's Light Peak technology and promising up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. Full details after the cut.

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