I consider myself an admirer of all things Apple. I think their products are really cool and if I had deeper pockets, I’d be joining the Apple bandwagon and buying every single thing that the company produces. Right now all I have is a four year old Macbook, various iPods and an iPad 2 I bought on launch day. [Read more…]
I’m really agnostic in this whole Mac vs. PC thing here – I use (and love) a Windows 7 workhorse, but at the same time I’m seriously considering getting a Mac for my next computer. Of course, it goes without saying I can’t make fun of both sides of the debate: Windows – blue screen of death, Macs – rabid fanboyism, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Of course the biggest card PC users throw at Macs would be the “Macs can’t be used for gaming” card. In fact, people have been making jokes about the Mac’s apparent lack of gaming capabilites over and over again.
But it looks like the games can now consider a Mac for their next computer purchase. This April, Steam is finally coming to the Mac, and bringing the entire library of Valve games with it. From Mac Life:
Steam is a digital games distributor, a social networking platform for gamers, a multiplayer host for huge frag fests, and one of the most essential pieces of software for computer gamers everywhere. And if you still have no idea what we’re talking about, think of game titles like Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life, Portal, and Counter Strike–these gems will finally be available for Mac heads everywhere.
The availability of Steam for Mac gamers means that we’ll finally be able to kick the butts of our PC brethern, without investing in a pricey gaming console, or a Windows PC. Additionally, game publishers will be able to distribute all of their latest game titles via digital downloads, and we’ll be able to play all the various Valve titles across a multitude of different computers, regardless of operating system. We don’t doubt that the Mac versus PC debate won’t continue on for generations to come, but at least there’s finally some common ground.
I’ve always resisted getting a Mac for the longest time, and this might just be the tipping point that’ll actually make me want a Mac. What do you think?
So just the other day, we were inundated with news about Apple renting a venue for January regarding a possible Apple Tablet launch. But of course renting a venue and showing off the product are two different things. For all we know, it might just actually be another iPod launch.
But now we’re getting some rumors that are actually pointing the way to an Apple Tablet launch. It now looks like Apple is preparing apps for the (as of yet nonexistent) gadget. According to Silicone Alley Insider:
Apple is preparing to show off a new, larger mobile device with a higher resolution display in January — probably a version of the Apple tablet we’ve been hearing about for months — according to a plugged-in source in the mobile industry.
Apple has been telling some app makers to prepare apps for a demo next month, according to this source. “They’ve told select developers that as long as they build their apps to support full screen resolution — rather than a fixed 320×480 — their apps should run just fine,” our source says.
However, if Apple is indeed set to introduce the Apple Tablet this January, it’s possible that it won’t go on sale yet. Much like the iPhone when it first came out, what will happen in January is going to be just a demo. It’s possible that the Apple Tablet could come in two sizes – one would be a 7-inch tablet, an “iPod Touch HD” of sorts, which will be released first. The higher-end Apple Tablet would be around 10 to 11 inches, and will have more or less the full Mac OS X experience.
Apple Mac fans get ready, and make sure you have $29 to spare, because the next version of Mac OS X (version 10.6) codenamed Snow Leopard goes on sale this Friday, August 28.
If you’re into Apple’s Server operating systems, then Snow Leopard Server also goes on sale on that day.
Boot your Software Update up because the Cupertino nerds have decided to update Mac OS X.5 once more. Leopard now reaches 10.5.8 status and for months already so-called pundits have been saying that the most recent update the latest for Leopard was until the release of Snow Leopard. We here at Gadzooki will not make any such claims as we do not consider ourselves Apple pundits, instead we will tell you what’s new in 10.5.8: