CNET TV's Brian Tong takes a look at the latest in Apple news, rumors, and tips. This week, Brian checks out iPad rumors, the App of the week, and a bizarre story about Steve Jobs sneaking ninja stars onto his plane. Brian also gives us a sneak peak at iOS 4.2 beta for developers, including multitasking, AirPrint, Game Center, folders, and AirPlay.
One of Mail's ongoing problems has been the lack of the "New Mail" sound being played when new messages arrive. There have been numerous fixes that have surfaced for tackling this problem, and while they will work for some people, the root of the silent New Mail sound problem has not yet been pinpointed so the fixes do not necessarily help everyone.
My recommended approach for this problem is to create an alternative to using the built-in notification for new mail by setting up a rule to play sounds when messages arrive. Other options are to use … Read more
Sometimes when troubleshooting problems with a user account, the easiest solution is to create a new account and migrate your data over to it, instead of finding the roots of the problem (of which there might be many) and fixing them. The problem with migrating to a new account is OS X by default is set up to prevent access to documents in other accounts, so when you go to your previous home folder, you are blocked from viewing the files.
Additionally, while you can change the permissions for files and copy them to your new account, there may be … Read more
Apple has released an update for its professional applications suites, which include Final Cut Pro, Logic Studio, and other advanced creative professional applications. The update adds compatibility for new camera formats and addresses a number of stability issues.
Unfortunately, but as we have come to expect, Apple does not detail which formats and stability improvements have been added. Nevertheless, Apple recommends this update for all users running Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Server, and Logic Studio.
The installer includes updates for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Color, Compressor, and Apple Qmaster. It should be available via Software Update for people who … Read more
This is a simple troubleshooting tip to help resolve occasionally slow or partial page loads, or when a Web page cannot be found.… Read more
While full system crashes that result in a nonfunctional system are relatively rare these days, they do periodically happen. If not the result from a direct crash, sometimes corruption can appear and suddenly cause an otherwise healthy system to no longer boot.
MacFixIt reader "sparkyrom" writes in with such a problem:
"My Macbook does not boot. It starts, the apple sign appears, the rotating sign appears, it stays like that for minutes and then restarts itself. What should I do? I tried resetting the SMC and PRAM but nothing happened. I did the Apple Hardware Test and … Read more
In an attempt to put more troubleshooting know-how in the hands of its customers, Apple has created Express Lane, a simple to use resource for locating issues and solutions to common problems with all of Apple's products.
The site is incredibly easy to navigate, using a simple three-column approach to determine the general scope of the issue you are having. Once you've narrowed down the topic, you can select one of the thousands of helpful articles available directly from Apple about nearly any documented problem--including information for many older Macs and previous generation iPhones and iPods.
But Express … Read more
Our utilities update report is a list of updates for Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though a utility can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems.
HardwareIf you love to monitor your hardware's temperature and other statistics (which is especially useful for servers--at home or otherwise), then you might take a look at Hardware Monitor, its Remote counterpart, and Temperature monitor. These utilities tap into the … Read more
I have always loved the idea of running two operating systems in parallel, and the advancements in virtualization technology have been exceptionally intriguing. For the past few days I have had the opportunity to try out the next version of Parallels Desktop, which is available today for public purchase. The latest version has a few small quirks, and I am not able to test it in all configurations or its full capabilities, but overall it does live up to the advertised improvements over the prior version.
I regularly use virtual machines, though my uses are primarily limited to testing … Read more
CNET TV's Brian Tong takes a look at the latest in Apple news, rumors, tips, and tricks. This week Apple outsells Nintendo, Ping isn't quite as social as expected, and you'll learn how to display your iPad on a larger screen.
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