After having some major problems with Windows Vista that left me stranded with blue screen of death, I decided to upgrade my PC to Windows 7. Everything seemed to go smoothly, but when the upgrade was completed, there were some display and audio issues with my newly updated PC, so I called on my tech support buddy for help. After a few tweaks here and there with my machine, everything was working beautifully, so I just had to ask. What was the problem? Did I do something wrong? Well, turns out it was just the outdated drivers that needed some … Read more
Apple's print system is built on the open-source Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) technology, which it acquired a few years ago and implemented in its Mac operating system.
The printer drivers for the CUPS system are largely developed by refining generic driver sets to accommodate the features in new hardware, rather than being developed completely from scratch and distributed by companies separately. As a result, Apple periodically releases driver updates for printers from various companies.
Today Apple has issued a new round of driver updates for Mac users running Snow Leopard and Lion, which covers new and current print … Read more
Last time, we took a look at how cars protect their passengers in the event of a crash. This week, we're taking a look at a few high-tech ways that modern vehicles can help prevent accidents in the first place.
Modern tech cars can be equipped with a host of driver aid systems that help make driving easier for your average commuter. From road-aware cruise control systems to self-aware headlight systems, cars are getting smarter every day.
Adaptive cruise control If the standard cruise control system was the first step toward vehicular autonomy, then adaptive cruise control system is … Read more
Apple has released an update to its Brother printer drivers for OS X, which include fixes and enhancements to currently supported models along with drivers for new products from Brother.
The update is a 149MB download from the Apple support downloads site, but this download includes the entire set of printer drivers that Apple offers. If you have a Brother printer configured on your system and a new driver is available for it, then you can update just that driver by using Apple's Software Update utility in the Apple menu. The update requires OS X 10.6.1 or … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Humans can be such terrible drivers. We're checking text messages, drinking coffee, and doing needlepoint behind the wheel (yes, I saw that happen!). Advanced driver assistance systems are trying to save us from our folly.
Mobileye creates these high-tech systems. I was able to plug into a simulator at CES to check out the new 5-Series.
The 5-Series handles a lot of the multitasking people are so bad at. It watches for pedestrians, looks out for bicyclists, checks that you're in your lane, and even reads speed limit signs with a front window-mounted camera.… Read more
Instead of relying on third-party companies to develop and distribute drivers for printers and scanners, Apple distributes them itself as part of its open-source CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) technology that it has incorporated into OS X.
As part of this setup, as new printers are released by companies, Apple takes generic printer drivers and tweaks them to manage the features and options that the new printers have, followed by releasing packages of these drivers for users to download.
Today Apple released a couple of driver updates for new Brother and Lexmark printers, available for OS X 10.6 and … Read more
Despite the existence of apps that pour digital beers, make e-fart noises, and load and fire virtual guns, Apple has decided that creating a fake driver's license is over the line and has thus pulled it from the App Store.
The decision, though, was not entirely unprovoked. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., requested the app be removed via a letter to Apple's newly appointed CEO, Tim Cook. Cook, and Apple, have obliged and the app is no longer available.
The concept of the app is a simple one. Using templates of driver's licenses from all 50 states, users … Read more
In the last couple of days Apple has released updates for EFI firmware to address Thunderbolt compatibility issues, as well as iPhoto to fix a crash with third-party video codecs. Today Apple continues its latest round of updates with updates for both Aperture and its support for the latest printers from HP and Epson.
As with iPhoto, the Aperture update is just a point release (Version 3.2.1) that resolves a few issues with the program, including the following:Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly at launch on Macs with Core Duo processors Addresses problems … Read more
Yesterday Apple released a software update to address problems where some of the MacBook Pro systems from mid 2010 were displaying black screens when waking from sleep or performing some graphics manipulation tasks. While this update has appeared to fix the problem for some users, for others the issue is still occurring.
Intial reports on the issue and observation of the problem happening under multiple operating systems pointed in the direction of a hardware problem being the root cause, but Apple's update was a software approach that updated the graphics drivers and aspects of the OpenCL framework.
Overall the … Read more
The keys to the family car are a teen's passport to freedom, but a new tracking device could help parents curb the wanderlust in young drivers.
The iTeen365 is the GPS equivalent of a toddler leash for cars.
Parents can purchase the iTeen365 device online, have it professionally installed in their vehicle, set up a geofence online, and sit back and relax. The tracking system takes care of the rest.