Nuovo Google Earth e Google Sketchup per Mac

Dai Google Labs arrivano delle grosse novità per il Macintosh.
La prima è una nuova versione in Universal Binary di Google Earth, con ritocchi nell’interfaccia grafica e nuove funzioni.
La seconda riguarda invece Google Sketchup che da oggi sarà disponibile anche per Apple.
Sketchup è un software di modellazione 3D che con questa nuova versione si integra anche con Google Earth permettendo di posizionare all’interno di quest’ ultimo i propri edifici 3D.


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Nuova grafica per Yahoo! Italia

Yahoo! IT ha presentato oggi la nuova grafica del sito, raggiungibile a http://it.yahoo.com/preview


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Keynote Apple di Giugno

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Naturalmente è finto :-)

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Yahoo Italia Answer

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Yahoo! ha presentato oggi in Italia il nuovo servizio Yahoo! Italia Answer che permette di fare domande, rispondere a quelle fatte da altri utenti e leggere tutte quelle postate fino ad ora.
Cosa si guadagna?
Per adesso niente, solo punti per il proprio account.


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eBay integra PayPal in Skype

Ieri, durante la conferenza degli sviluppatori di eBay a Las Vegas, è stato detto che la nuova versione di Skye integrerà PayPal dando quindi la possibilità di inviare e ricevere denaro via quest’ultimo (come è possibile vedere nell’immagine).


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Mac Os 10.4.7

Leggo su AppleInsider che Apple avrebbe iniziato a distribuire a dei tester l’aggiornamento 10.4.7 di Tiger (non si conosce ancora la data in cui verrà reso disponibile al pubblico).
L’applicazione che dovrebbe essere maggiormente interessata a modifiche dovrebbe essere iSync, che supporterà un maggior numero di dispositivi portatili.


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Powerbook Cycle

Vorreste fare un po’ di moto fisico ma allo stesso stempo non avete voglia di staccarvi dallo schermo del vostro amato PowerBook?
Bene, c’è chi ha risolto il problema a questa maniera.


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AppleCars

Verso la fine di Agosto arriverà anche da noi in Italia l’ultimo film della Pixar, Cars.
Lo scrittore di FreeMacBlog.com guardando il film si è accorto che la macchina numero 84 è sponsorizzata da Apple!!!


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Apple surpasses beer on college campuses

In a rare instance, Apple Computer Inc.’s iconic iPod music player surpassed beer drinking as the most “in” thing among undergraduate college students, according to the latest biannual market research study by Ridgewood, New Jersey-based Student Monitor.

Nearly three quarters, or 73 percent, of 1,200 students surveyed said iPods were “in” — more than any other item in a list that also included text messaging, bar hopping and downloading music.

In the year-ago study, only 59 percent of students named the iPod as “in,” putting the gadget well below alcohol-related activities.

This year, drinking beer and Facebook.com, a social networking Web site, were tied for second most popular, with 71 percent of the students identifying them as “in.”

The only other time beer was temporarily dethroned in the 18 years of the survey was in 1997 — by the Internet, said Eric Weil, a managing partner at Student Monitor.

Though beer might soon regain its No. 1 spot, as it quickly did a decade ago, the iPod’s popularity is still “a remarkable sign,” Weil said. “For those who believe there’s an excessive amount of drinking on campus, now there’s something else that’s common on campuses.”

Student Monitor conducted the survey the week of March 6, interviewing full-time undergraduate students at 100 U.S. colleges. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

[Via CNN News]


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Apple WWDC 2002-The Death Of Mac OS 9

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Nuovi Spot della campagna “Get a Mac”

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Nuovi Spot della campagna “Get a Mac”

Apple ha pubblicato oggi sul suo sito tre nuovi spot della campagna pubblicitaria “Get a Mac”, rispettivamente “Out of the box“, “Touché” e “Work vs. Home“.
I personaggi presenti negli spot sono sempre Justin Long nella parte del Mac e John Hodgman nella parte del PC; per adesso non c’è nessuna traccia di Gisele Bündchen :-( .

Ecco i video:

Out of the box

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Touché

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Work vs. Home

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L’iPod più grande del mondo

E dopo Il BlackBerry più grande del mondo arriva anche l’iPod più grande del mondo, realizzato a Columbus, in Ohio (nella Third Street, sulla parete della Unizan Bank).
Al riguardo ne parla MacDailyNews: l’altezza dell’ipod è di 8 metri ed è in grado di riprodurre realmente della musica (anche se è comandato da un iPod normale, il più piccolo in circolazioni, lo Shuffle).

Ecco la playlist della musica caricata sul mega/iPod:

15 Minutes of Fame: Heartbreak Orchestra

Satellite: The Moops

So This is Saying Goodbye: Blatant Finger

Nightbloom: Blue Level

Gravity: Embassy

Die Tryin: Whoah Nellie

Missing: Paper Airplane

Survivor: Albano

Shadow of Doubt: The Meantones

Slow Down: John Truck Trio

Yessur: Dante Inferno

Who Dem Hiddaz: T.M.I. Unruly Records

Nitty Gritty: Ho Pie

My Camera: Autumn Under Echoes

Fever: Susy Rose


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Soluzione completa per MacMini

Nell’immagine sopra potete vedere il pacchetto venduto a 699 dollari da un negozio statunitense di nome Costcos che contiente un MacMini G4 superdrive + 512 MB di ram, una tastiera e un Mouse Apple.
Non male ;-)


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Il BlackBerry più grande del mondo

Ecco a voi il BlackBerry più grande del mondo, completamente funzionante, prodotto da Nextel ed esibito in pubblico al “Convention Center Monorail Station


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Fotorecensione del MacBook su Alice

Su Alice è online una fotorecensione del nuovo MacBook…

E’ arrivato e l’abbiamo provato: MacBook è il nuovo portatile Apple per il mercato consumer che fa girare anche Windows.

Apple rinnova la gamma di computer consumer con MacBook: un computer pieno di pregi e di sorprese che, all’occorrenza, fa girare anche Windows.
Ma non sono tutte rose e fiori: scopritelo con la foto-recensione


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Recensione del MacBook dal Washington Post

Il Washington Post ha rilasciato oggi l’attesa recensione del nuovo MacBook.
Secondo il giornale il successore dell’iBook rappresenta un notevole passo avanti rispetto al modello che sostituisce (In general, the MacBook represents a tremendous advance over the iBook that it replaces).
Il computer infatti ha una durata della batteria notevole e un processore potete.
Non mancano però anche dei difetti, come l’elevata temperatura raggiunta in certi momenti dal computer, il rumore di quest’ultimo nella lettura di un CD e la debolezza nel manterere il segnale wi-fi.

Apple’s new MacBook ranks as one of the company’s most anticipated laptops ever. This machine isn’t Apple’s first portable computer to run on Intel chips — with all the added speed and Windows compatibility they bring — but it is the first to sell at consumer-friendly prices. And it brings the first fundamental change to Apple’s entry-level laptops since 2001.

The MacBook almost justifies the wait for it to arrive. Apple has delivered an exceptionally versatile machine, but three issues can’t help but hold it back a bit. The most serious among them should be fixable with a software update; the others are less critical but can’t be cured without changes to the MacBook’s hardware (and one may not matter to many users anyway).
In general, the MacBook represents a tremendous advance over the iBook that it replaces. It starts at $1,099, $100 more than its predecessor, but is barely heavier (the review model loaned by Apple weighed 5.14 pounds) and offers a wider, brighter, glossier screen (13.3 inches across). Its most important feature lies inside, a 1.83 or 2 GHz Intel Core Duo processor.

Like the Intel-based iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro, the MacBook rips through software revised for these new processors — including the bundled Mac OS X 10.4 operating system and iLife ’06 multimedia suite, plus a growing number of third-party applications. But it also runs most software written for the old PowerPC chips, at the cost of slower performance and a bigger demand for memory. (The 512 megabytes Apple includes aren’t enough for sustained use of these older applications.)

And the MacBook can run Windows itself. You can employ Microsoft’s operating system inside Mac OS X using the pre-release version of Parallels Workstation, an upcoming, $80 release from Herndon-based Parallels ( http://www.parallels.com ), or you can download Apple’s free Boot Camp software ( http://www.apple.com/bootcamp ) to add a completely separate, faster copy of Windows XP that can be booted instead of OS X each time you start the MacBook.

Either way, buying the MacBook — or any other Intel-based Mac — means never having to say “I’m sorry, I can’t run this program on my computer.”

Apple offers the MacBook with a 60, 80, 100 or 120-gigabyte hard drive — which you can upgrade yourself, a rarity on any laptop. The $1,099 model can burn CDs but only plays DVDs; two more expensive configurations, at $1,299 and $1,499, can burn both DVDs and CDs.

Like other Apple computers, this laptop makes some high-end features standard equipment while omitting a few things included by every other manufacturer.

For example, an iSight Webcam graces the top of the screen, allowing you to conduct video Web chats and take goofy self-portraits in Apple’s Photo Booth program, and Bluetooth wireless connects such peripherals as cellphones and handheld organizers. The included remote control and Front Row software let you plug the MacBook into a larger monitor or TV — after buying a $19 adapter for its miniature digital-video output — and enjoy your music, photos and movies from across the living room.

But the MacBook provides only two USB ports, lacks a memory-card reader or PC Card expansion slot and even leaves out a modem. That last feature could be deal-breaker; if you ever must use dial-up, your only option is a $49 external model sold by Apple. And it’s not as if there wasn’t room on the MacBook’s left flank to include a humble phone jack.

Like the iPod, the MacBook comes in white or black; the more striking black model costs $1,499, $150 more than a comparably configured white machine. Is it worth that much to carry around something that looks like Batman or Darth Vader’s laptop? Something tells me I should expect to see folks using the black MacBook (one blogger has nicknamed it the “DarthBook”) the next time I’m on a plane.

The MacBook’s weight makes it slightly less suited to travel than its predecessor, but its battery life easily suffices. In a worst-case test, with a DVD playing and the screen backlight turned up all the way, the test MacBook ran for 2 hours and 24 minutes. Turning off Bluetooth and WiFi while dimming the screen halfway — a decent approximation of coach-class film-going — stretched that time to 3 hours and 9 minutes.

In other tests, the machine ran for 3 hours and 59 minutes while playing a loop of music with the screen dimmed halfway (with WiFi on and Bluetooth off); a best-case test, with the screen dimmed as low as possible, both wireless systems disabled and only the TextEdit program open, yielded 4 1/2 hours of use.

Unlike most PC vendors, Apple remembers that power adapters add weight and bulk, too; the MacBook’s compact hardware weighs only nine ounces. It connects to the MacBook with a new, magnetically attached MagSafe plug that gracefully falls away if yanked instead of dragging the computer off a table or damaging the inside of the power socket.

The MacBook, however, may be less attractive once the flight ends. The review unit repeatedly lost the wireless signal of an Apple AirPort Extreme WiFi access point, even while Windows laptops in the same room stayed online. MacBook users have posted similar complaints in Apple’s discussion forums.

Weirdly enough, this problem didn’t emerge when I rebooted the MacBook into Windows — which suggests that Apple should be able to fix it by updating the MacBook’s software.

The unit stayed nearly silent most of the time, but a different side of its personality surfaced when copying some music CDs to the hard disk. The CD/DVD drive and cooling fans revved all the way up to a sustained, low-level howl — as if the computer were readying for takeoff — and the already hot left rear corner of the machine became outright scorching. The plastic in front of the screen hinge, just above the MacBook’s vents, felt even hotter.

It’s not that other laptops run much cooler, but after all the time Apple has spent advertising the “performance per watt” advantages of its new Intel processors, you’d expect something a little less sizzling than the average Windows notebook.

It can be instructive to compare the MacBook with PC laptops built around the same Intel chips. Dell’s Inspiron E1405, when configured with the closest possible specifications to the base MacBook, costs $18 more, while HP’s Pavilion dv1000t costs $145 less when set up to match a MacBook.

Those price differences are far smaller than what a lot of people believe about Macs. On the other hand, a lot of people don’t need or want all the extras that Apple bundles. And they’ll be able to save substantially more by getting a slower, heavier laptop from somebody else.

Price alone won’t lead people to get the MacBook (and it certainly won’t sell the high-end MacBook Pro, which has a bigger screen and more powerful graphics hardware and starts at $1,999). You have to want that extra refinement of an Apple machine — software like the virus-resistant, low-maintenance Mac OS X and hardware such as the MacBook’s ingenious trackpad, which lets you scroll through windows or bring up right-click menus by dragging two fingers across its surface.

Glitches such as the MacBook’s erratic WiFi reception and almost painfully hot surfaces undercut that appeal. Apple has taught its users to expect better, and it ought to be able to deliver as much before long.


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Nuova pubblicità di Apple nei giornali

Dopo la recente campagna pubblicitaria “Get a Mac” Apple ha acquistato alcune pagine all’interno delle maggiori riviste americane per inserire la pubblicità dei nuovi MacBook all’interno di esse.

MacDailynews ha scovato all’interno di Entertainment Weekly #882, June 16, 2006 la pubblicità e l’ha prontamente scannerizzata.


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Il gestore di un blog è come il direttore di una testata giornalistica

Molti dei blog presenti in rete riportano la seguente dicitura (se non ci credete provate a cercare con Google):

Questo blog non rappresenta una testata giornalistica in quanto viene aggiornato senza alcuna periodicità. Non può pertanto considerarsi un prodotto editoriale ai sensi della legge n. 62 del 7.03.2001.

Sembra però che, secondo una notizia riportata da Ansa, il gestore di un blog e’ equiparabile giuridicamente al direttore di una testata giornalistica.

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Discografia britannica contro I-Pod

L’ industria discografica britannica dichiara guerra allo strapotere Apple nel settore della vendita di musica online. ‘Non e’ un bene che un’azienda sola abbia il controllo totale del mercato’ ha detto Jamieson, presidente della ‘British Phonographic Industry’. All’azienda californiana non viene contestata la posizione dominante nel settore, il problema e’ che i pezzi scaricati da I-Tunes possono essere letti solo da un I-Pod, Apple.

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