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The Steve Jobs Era Is Officially Over

No, this is no joke he's actually no longer with us!

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts." ~ Apple’s Board of Directors

Current Thunderbolt ports will support optical cabling next year

"Device makers are slowly but surely getting Thunderbolt-compatible products to market—including drives, RAIDs, hubs, video editing boxes, at least one Thunderbolt display—and a variety of storage makers have told Ars that more products are in the works.

Windows 7 Commercial Makes Fun of Mac's Lack of Blu-ray Support

"For all the things Macs lack -- pre-installed Flash, USB 3.0, Blu-ray, and more -- you'd think that'd there'd be more clever commercials from Microsoft taking a jab at their fruity competitor. While commercials like Laptop Hunters hinted at such things, they didn't just lay it out there. Fortunately for Microsoft that's exactly what its new commercial does. In the commercial Mac and PC (laptops, not "guys", mind you) are flying aboard an airplane (conveniently named Windows 7). As the pair settle in the PC fires up a Blu-ray movie --Avatar.

Lack of Flash Gives MacBook Air Two Extra Hours of Battery Life

"We sometimes sneer at cellphones equipped with Adobe’s Flash browser plug-in: On tiny, energy-efficient mobile processors, the plug-in spikes CPU-usage, causing a big drain on battery life and often making the poor host browser so stuttery and unresponsive that it is rendered useless. But what of full-sized computers? They can handle it, right?" | more

Apple Kills "Get a Mac"; Pitches

Apple claims to have better software, hardware, OS, support, and compatibility in new commercials

The award-winning "Get a Mac" series of commercials, created by TBWA\Media Arts Lab ran between 2006 and 2009. The commercials angered some Windows users, but convinced others to embrace Apple's slickly packaged hardware. They also helped turn Justin Long and John Hodgman, the leads in the U.S. version of the commercials, into stars.

 
 
 

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Unidentified bug causes massive CPU spike on 27-inch iMacs

Owners of the recently introduced 27-inch iMac have encountered an unidentified bug that reportedly causes massive spikes in CPU usage.

"I just upgraded my 24-inch iMac to the new 27-inch iMacs that just came out. Well, now EVERY Flash-based site like YouTube or Hulu runs unbelievably slow," a user named Subcide wrote on the Apple forum. "Looking at activity monitor, Flash is hitting about 100-110 percent of my CPU. It basically makes the browser unresponsive and the video is choppy."

Forum participant PenSilveltMEKY reported similar performance issues.

Inside Snow Leopard's hidden malware protection

While malware has long been an almost daily annoyance for Windows PCs, Mac users have become accustomed to not worrying about malicious software. Threats arise from time to time—in January of this year, for example, a Trojan horse made the rounds in pirated copies of Apple’s iWork software—but most Mac users these days are probably running without virus protection software. Apple’s encouraged that, too, by frequently touting the Mac’s resistance to malware in its advertising materials, especially when compared to Windows.

Microsoft Attacks Mac With iMovie Clone (MSFT, AAPL)

Microsoft is starting to shoot back at some of Apple's strengths. Its latest move is to release a free, simple video editing tool to compete with Apple's iMovie. The new Windows Live Movie Maker has a cumbersome name -- no surprise, given who made it -- but in the demo video embedded below, it looks simple and functional.

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