According to data from DisplaySearch, Apple’s notebook sales saw a 7% increase in this year’s first quarter, making Apple the 7th largest notebook manufacturer worldwide. Although I don’t have a third 7 to make this data even more lucky, it is great to see that Apple has moved up a position in this ranking for the first time in over a year. Apple’s overall global share is now about 4.6% due to a 61% increase in notebook sales from last year’s first quarter. That’s a lot of growth in one year considering how many companies there are in the notebook manufacturing business.
One of Apple’s key areas of business that is seeing the most growth is their mobile business. With new portable laptops such as the MacBook Air and innovative cell phones like the iPhone, Apple is really pushing for portability and functionality. And consumers are buying. You can’t argue with the numbers here, Apple is clearly doing something right to grow by so much in one short year. I don’t see this stopping anytime soon, especially with the iPhone 3G right around the corner.
If somehow you happen to hear someone said that it’s fine to connect your MacBook battery to power socket all the time, then it’s unlucky that you’ve got the wrong idea. Plugging your battery all the time will shorten your battery life.
Checking Battery Condition
There is an application called Coconut Battery that can help you inspect your battery life.
How is your battery condition?
Fortunately, there is a quick tip that can help you maintain your battery life: by calibrating your battery every month or two.
Charge the battery until it’s fully charged
Keep the fully charged state for two hours or more
Disconnect power adapter
Use your battery until it goes to sleep (empty state)
Leave it for five hours or longer
Connect the power adapter and charge the battery until it’s full
Sync .Mac Bookmarks with Safari before June 30, 2008
As part of the transition from .Mac to MobileMe, Web access to .Mac Bookmarks ends on June 30, 2008 (06-30-2008). After this date, you will no longer be able to access or update your bookmarks at (www.mac.com).
To avoid losing any existing .Mac Bookmarks, sync them with Safari on your Mac before June 30, 2008.
Is it me or do we just not spend enough time rummaging through the Microsoft website? I personally thought this was a good find because I absolutely hate creating documents from scratch if I don’t have to.
Courtesy of Microsoft, these category headings basically contain over 250 free Microsoft Office Templates that you can use at will.
Go green with the USB Solar Mobile Charger from Brando – this device features a 1,500mAh lithium battery, storing up juice harvested from the sun’s rays for a time when you need it most. It will feature connecting tips with cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players as well as portable media players – heck, anything goes as long as there is a right adapter to fit your gizmo. Should the days be particularly overcast, there is always the AC charge ability that helps you juice up the USB Solar Mobile Charger via a power outlet or through a USB port. Perfect gadget for the traveling dad, and the price ain’t too shabby at $37 either.
I never thought tech devices that consume relatively little energy, such as external hard drives, can actually be optimized to consume even less energy. Apparently, I was wrong. Case in point: the Guardian MAXimus external hard drive enclosure from Newer Technology.
The device is the company’s first effort into “Green” storage. It features triple interfaces: FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 and it supports up to 1TB of storage space in RAID 1 (mirrored) configuration. Utilizing the latest technology in energy efficiency, the Guardian MAXimus provides a 15 percent power savings and consumes up to 50 percent less power than traditionally powered 1TB external hard drives.
It’s a little disappointing that the eSATA interface is left out, as the device is designed to house high-speed 3.5-inch SATA desktop hard drives. However, the Guardian MAXimus makes up for this by offering a relatively compact size and a sturdy, shock resistant casing. And it’s probably the first external drive on the market that’s certified by RoHS (an EU directive that sets standard for Restriction of Hazardous Substances) to be one of its kind that delivers maximum data protection and backup performance while using less energy.
You can get the Guardain MAXimus now for $150 without the hard drive. The enclosure comes with a good bundle of software including: Intech Hard Disk SpeedTools, ProSoft Engineering Data Backup (For Mac), and NovaStor NovaBackup (for Windows). It works with both PC (Windows 2000 or later) and Mac (OS 8.6 or later) platforms.
AOL Radio, yet another reason to consider getting an iPhone next month. AOL developed an application—it won an Apple design award—for the iPhone that lets users tune into AOL Radio either using 3G, EDGE or Wi-Fi. The app, when used in an iPhone 3G, calculates where you are using GPS and automatically tunes into the closest CBS station. So yes, almost as simple as a regular radio, but one with some smarts behind it.
(And before anyone goes off, “I’ve been listening to radio on my [whatever device] for the past xyz years,” great, good for you, but now you can do it on an iPhone, a device that actually has mainstream appeal.)
The app will be ad-supported, so it’ll cost you nothing. So, a neat extra.
If you never used AOL Radio online before, give it a try right now. I’ve got KROQ on right now. Typical paint-by-numbers rock, yes, but it’s neat nonetheless.
This might be an easy tip for pro designers, but I think it is worth mentioning. There is the standard shortcut for zooming in and out and that is “Command -” or “Command +”. There is a much quicker and more precise way using the mouse scroll wheel. The shortcut is “Option” and the scroll wheel.”
Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.5.4, Final Release Expected in JulyApple has seeded a second version of Mac OS X 10.5.4 to developers today. While the latest build (9e12) fixes a dozen more issues in Mac OS X Leopard, the biggest new feature to be supported will be Apple’s recently announced MobileMe service. MobileMe is Apple’s .Mac replacement service which will allow users to sync contacts, email, and calendar across various devices. It also provides advanced web applications to access your information anywhere with a web browser.
Apple has announced that MobileMe will be launched in early July. Apple’s system requirements for MobileMe include Mac OS X 10.5.4 as well as iTunes 7.7, so we expect these two updates to also be released in early July.
Apple provides a Frequently Asked Questions document for existing .Mac customers who will be transitioning to MobileMe.
Update: The system requirements: for MobileMe also list 10.4.11 as being compatible, but “some features require Mac OS X v10.5 and iLife ’08.”