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Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

Mac’s Newest Operating System: OS X Mountain Lion

Friday, February 17th, 2012

We just saw info on the new Mac OS and are blown away.  The fact that it’s “inspired by iPad” and has so much iOS look to it seriously has me wondering if we are going to see a touch screen Mac this year.  Other than that thought,  Here’s my round up for the top 3 reasons why I MUST have Mountain Lion:

#1 Airplay Mirroring:  Mirror your Mac on your HDTV via your Apple TV

We have been waiting for this feature to hit Macs for a long time.  At Abt we sell adapters to physically plug your Mac into your HDTV with HDMI or VGA.  However, besides adapters  and a video cables  you might even need audio cables.  “Can I do this wirelessly?” is a question that unfortunately we’ve been saying no to for TOO long.  There was a couple USB wireless adapters that tried to do this but were riddled with problems.  To do this wirelessly is going to be great.  I am most excited about the ability to take my project from iMovie and Airplay it straight to my Plasma!  iMovie is my hobby and I am making fun videos weekly, exporting to iTunes and accessing through  my Apple TV.  The experience has been fantastic.  The quality is amazing.  But the Share to iTunes feature takes a great deal of time to convert.  I don’t deliver many keynotes but the ability to deliver a keynote via Airplay will become so critical for business.  To be able to walk into a conference room and have the ability to simply click a button and wirelessly send your keynote to the projector will allow for all to wirelessly deliver presentations.

The one thing here that concerns me is how good is your network.  Airplay struggles when your network isn’t great.  So, I’d urge you to upgrade to an 802.11n router.  If you have 802.11g devices connecting, then try and get something with simultaneous dual band to reduce those 802.11g devices negative impact.

#2 iCloud’s Mac OS upgrades:

Finally!  Notes is ripped out of Mac Mail where it’s been hiding and has become an independent app.  I’ve been using the notes feature inside Mac Mail for a while.  It’s been flawless with its ability to sync across my Apple Devices.  I’ll start using it less though, since Reminders is now an App on Mountain Lion!  I used to make grocery lists on my Mac Mail notes and then leave the house knowing that iCloud updated the notes on my iPhone.   I always preferred the Reminders cool checkmarks but they weren’t a part of my Mac syncing.  Lastly for me is the docs.  Syncing Numbers spreadsheets from my iPad to my iPhone via iCloud has been so efficient.    Now, Documents you are working on your Mac will instantly update to your iOS Pages, Numbers & Keynote Apps and vice versa.  These new apps on our Macs truly gives us that iPad Feel.  Maybe why Apple says “inspired by iPad” ?

#3  Messages:

So you’re working on your Mac and someone texts you.  Only this time you keep working on your Mac instead of picking up your phone.  The text is on your Mac Computer screen!  We love all of these devices but sometimes it is a bit much.  When I’m in front of my Mac my phone hangs out with me in case someone messages me.  Now that it’s all integrated I’ll really enjoy the simplicity.  I can also see the value of this feature in conjunction with people that own iPod Touch and iPad iOS devices.  Its nice to have all of this open communication independent of an carrier.

Summary:  Mountain Lion is going to be a Mac OS that marries the world of iOS and MacOS.  It’s children will be the waves of new Macs, iPods, iPads and iPhones we see hit the market in 2012.


-Josh Davis

iPad 3 release Date and More Rumors

Friday, February 10th, 2012

According to numerous rumors/speculations/whispers in dark, seedy alleys, Apple is planning on releasing the next generation iPad this year, with an official announcement scheduled in early March.  According to reports there will be additional functionality added to Siri in iOS5.1, such as the ability to interact with device Settings and other ‘select’ applications, as well a fix for that battery bug that has been plaguing iPhone 4S users the globe over, as well as a new keyboard for email with an easy to access ‘@’ symbol.   What would you like to see with the next iPad?

Is It Time To Get A New Computer?

Monday, February 6th, 2012

It’s hard to separate yourself from your computer.  Chances are, it is filled with photos, movies, songs and more, but sometimes it just can’t keep up with current technology.  If you are a stickler for getting the most out of every electronic you buy, here are some suggestions on when enough might be enough for your computer…

If your computer is out of warranty and needs any type of major hardware replacement.  For example a motherboard, screen, video card etc.  Hard drive repairs are traditionally fairly inexpensive.

If you are running an operating system older than Windows XP.  Windows 7 is now out and Windows 8 is due out this fall.  Windows XP is still used by many businesses, however it was released in 2002 so it is very old.

If it is going to be just as expensive to repair your computer as it is to purchase a new computer.  In some cases software and hardware repair can cost just as much as a new computer.  In today’s computer industry sometimes it is just better to purchase new, since the cost of technology has come down so much.

If your computer is too old to upgrade to the latest version of the most current operating system.  Some older computers cannot handle the advanced features of today’s operating systems.

If you have cracked your LCD screen.  In most cases LCD screens and the labor to install them can be considerably expensive.  Screens can run anywhere from $200-$700 depending on the brand and if you use original or aftermarket parts.  Labor rates also range from $149 to over $200.

If you have damage to your computer caused by liquid.  Liquid damage can be very harmful to computers and cause most components to fail.

For more information on computers visit us online at abt.com or call us at 888-228-5800.

-Chad Taylor

Apple Plans to Make School Textbooks Available on iPad

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Apple is looking to make school a bit easier for students by providing iPad users with accessibility to school/university textbooks.  Apple has been working with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson PLC and McGraw-Hill – publishers responsible for 90 percent of U.S. textbooks – to develop digital textbooks that can be offered on the iPad, Reuters reports. The digital textbook market is estimated at $8 billion, and Amazon and others are already tapping into it.

Abt Electronics’ 2011 Holiday Buying Guide

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Holidays are fast approaching and that means holiday shopping.  Get a head start with these great gift ideas from Abt Electronics sure to put a smile on all your friends’ and families’ faces.

It may be cold outside, but there’s never a bad time for ice cream.  With the Cuisinart Ice Cream maker you can have your cold, tasty treats in your own home, without having to go out in the snow.

If you plan on doing a lot of baking, (who isn’t?) this KitchenAid stand mixer is sure to make all your cookies, pastries and more, come out as delicious and easy-to-make as ever.

Listen to all your favorite holiday songs whenever and wherever you go with the Bose Wireless speaker or the Yamaha low-profile soundbar.

A great gift for the bookworm in your family is the Sony 6’’ e-Reader with Wi-fi capabilities.  You can read books or download new ones on the go.  Never be without your favorite authors.

Keep all those holiday memories preserved with Panasonic’s Lumix 12 megapixel camera.  This camera is easy-to-use and small enough to take anywhere you go.  Be ready for that perfect shot!

If you have a super techie family member, you can never go wrong with the ever popular Apple iPad 2.  Play games, watch movies, check stocks, weather and so much more on this great tablet from Apple.

When holidays are through, nothing cleans up the mess quite like a Dyson vacuum.  The Dyson canister vacuum DC23ANIMAL is the perfect size for working around tables and couches on your carpet or hardwood floors.

Santa keeps up with new technology, just like we do, so e-mail him a wish list of your gifts on this new Asus Zenbook.  Incredibly thin, light and designed with an ultra-slick look, you will want to take this laptop wherever you go.

Stay in touch with friends and family who can’t make it to the holiday party with a phone call or a “face chat” with an iPhone 4s.  the newest generation of Apple iPhones to hit the market, you are certain to be pleased with this updated version that has incredible speed and an incredible camera for images and HD video.

Apple Recalls First Generation iPod Nano…5 years Later

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Well, as the saying goes, “better late than never”.  Apple has announced a recall for their first generation iPod nanos this weekend.  According to Apple, the nanos are susceptible to extensive heating when in use.  Chances are, if you have been using them daily, the last five years, your unit is okay.  Just to be certain, you can check out Apple’s Replacement Program site.  Simply put in your serial number and follow the instructions.

Apple Solving iPhone 4s Battery Problem

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

For the many out there who rushed to get an iPhone 4s, the only real complaint users have been expressing was that their phone’s battery drains quicker than expected.  Apple has assessed all these complaints and has released a statement, saying, ““We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”

So fret not Apple lovers.  You will be able to enjoy your shiny new iPhone 4s with less charging in no time.

Apple Announces MacBook Pro Updates

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Apple unveiled updates to its entire MacBook Pro lineup, which have faster processors, improved performance, and larger hard drives without changing prices. The upgrades on the faster MacBook models will be available in time for the 2011 Christmas shopping season.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro comes in two configurations, an entry-level configuration that sells for $1,199.00 with an Intel Core i5 processor, and a faster $1,499.00 model equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor. Both have received a slight bump in speed, as well as larger hard drives. The entry-level 13-inch gets a new 2.4-GHz processor (up from 2.3GHz), and increases its storage space from 320GB to 500GB. The faster MacBook Pro 13-inch gets a newer iteration of the Core i7, running at 2.8GHz (up from 2.7GHz) and getting a larger 750GB hard drive, increased from 500GB.

Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Image courtesy of Apple

Steven P. Jobs, co-founder of Apple, passed away yesterday, October 5th, 2011.  Considered to many to be a true visionary, he redesigned the way we look at computers, portable music devices, cellular phones and even technology as a whole.  There’s always something better to make, always something to improve on, and always something to spark your imagination.

Steve Jobs leaves behind a legacy that the world has been changed by and will never forget.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”– Steven P. Jobs

Apple Announces Press Meeting Oct 4th…iPhone 5?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

“Let’s talk iPhone” is the leading quote by Apple’s announcement to hold a press release Tuesday Oct 4th, at 10:00 am EST.  Unless Steve Jobs plans on making a surprise cameo, this will be the first big Apple announcement held by Tim Cook.  It will be held at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters in California.  We’ll report what they report as soon as information is available.