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One of the big changes coming next month with the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is that apps that operate under Rosetta, the code libraries that allow PowerPC-based apps to run on Intel-based Mac hardware, may no longer work under the new operating system. Current developer previews of Lion d...

June 17th 2011 at 1:15pm 0 Comments
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Since 1999, when Steve Jobs introduced the iBook as the first portable computer with Wi-Fi capabilities, Apple has used the term AirPort to refer to 802.11 wireless connectivity. The rest of the world knows this technology by the name Wi-Fi, and it appears that with the upcoming release of Mac...

June 14th 2011 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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OK, maybe we won't get around to talking about food, although the two of us are both accomplished chefs, but we'll certainly be talking about the two new major operating system versions that will be shipping later this year. In July, of course, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is slated to drop from Cupert...

June 8th 2011 at 4:55pm 0 Comments
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As expected, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will require an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (or better, such as the i3/5/7 series or Xeon chips) and 2 GB of RAM for a compliant install when it ships this summer. This is consistent with the requirements from earlier builds of the OS. Judging by our Twitter inqui...

June 6th 2011 at 4:45pm 0 Comments
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The Apple website has been updated to show all of the wonderful new features that we'll be seeing in the next few months. iOS 5 "in the fall," Mac OS X 10.7 Lion "in July," and iCloud "concurrently with iOS 5." Each of the major images on the home page points to a new landing page. For iCloud...

June 6th 2011 at 3:35pm 0 Comments
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As we reported on May 14, Lion Developer Preview 3 includes a number of voices from Nuance's RealSpeak Solo software that can be used for text-to-speech (TTS) operations in the OS. These voices are a good improvement on the existing voices used by Mac OS X, and could point to a greater use of s...

May 17th 2011 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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There's nothing quite like Sunday night around TUAW-land. Many of us who participate regularly in the Talkcast look forward to this night as the time we can get together with our friends and talk about our passion -- Apple products. Tonight we'll turn our opinionated mouths to the next cat from...

April 17th 2011 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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One of the more surprising features of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion has been the change to reverse scrolling. With reverse scrolling, your hand actually moves up to scroll down a page. This is contrary to the common method of scrolling that is used in most major operating systems, where the hand moves do...

April 14th 2011 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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The Lion just purred. Apple pushed out an update to the developer preview of the next Mac operating system today. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Developer Preview Update 1 is available via Software Update and is the first update since the developer preview first came out on February 24, 2011. The update i...

March 30th 2011 at 7:15pm 0 Comments
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Apple announced Mac OS X Lion with considerable fanfare at its Back to the Mac event last October, and now it's dropped the first developer preview on the world -- giving us a chance to sample some of the big cat's new features and UI concepts. We installed the dev build on one of our MacBook Pros...

February 28th 2011 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Today, Apple announced that Mac OS X Lion will include software that previously cost IT departments an extra $499: Mac OS X Lion Server. "Lion Server is now part of Mac OS X Lion," says Apple's marketing web page. "It's easy to set up your Mac as a server and take advantage of the many servi...

February 24th 2011 at 12:15pm 0 Comments
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Apple has released the first developer preview of Mac OS X Lion and updated its information page on the operating system. With this announcement comes new information on Lion's features, including AirDrop, which allows for zero-configuration, wireless file sharing between Macs; a global auto-sav...

February 24th 2011 at 9:30am 0 Comments