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New CDN for Apple Scene

Posted on 25 June 2016 by Couchy

This is just a test post for the new CDN we are enabling here at Apple Scene. In short what this means for the readers is the blog will load much faster, especially static files like images. :>.

Update: Check out how much faster we just got at Pingdom.

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10 Reasons Macs are better out of the box

Posted on 21 June 2016 by Couchy

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A look at a few of the reasons why its just so easy to just open your new Mac and start using it instead of fighting with your hardware and software to do what you want.

Macs look cool

Before you even turn your new Mac on you are going to notice this one, it looks great. Design is great, buttons are great, ports are great. Even the cords and other accessories are well designed.

Not as many viruses

With very few viruses that target Macs out in the wild, most users do not ever install anti virus programs. If you were on Windows you would be crazy to go online without a firewall and anti virus. Navigating your way through anti virus trial offers and what is the best anti virus forum threads isn’t exactly fun.

OSX and dock is where its at

Your OSX toolbar is going to be a welcome change to your cluttered Windows desktop, its all there right from the first time you turn it on. Windows 7 does give the OSX dock a run for its money though.

No need to install 50 million drivers

Your sound and wireless will just work. There won’t be a need to scour the internet for the correct drivers you will just be able to get online with the network of your choice at a few clicks.

Unobtrusive updates

Windows is renowned for prompting multiple update downloads the first time it is switched, most of them are for security purposes. Macs download updates automatically letting you get on with what you want to do with your Mac.

iLife

Standard on every Mac iLife lets its users play around with photos, music and video straight away.

Sweet Apps

Software support used to be a problem for Macs but the fact that you can now boot windows so easily this is no longer an issue. There are plenty of Mac exclusive apps you will be glad you can use as well.

It talks nice to your iPhone and iPod

Your iPhone and iPod will feel right at home on your Mac. Programs like Liveview utilise both Mac and iPhone, once again no crazy drivers to hunt down before it works.

Apple retail store

If you need help learning how to use your new Mac you can attend a workshop at an Apple Store, did we mention there is no charge. Or if you have a quick question you can just ask one of the staff. If you buy your Mac at an Apple store someone will even help you move all your old files over to your new Mac, handy!

If something goes wrong

Not that it often does but if something goes wrong you can take your Mac into a retail store where everyone will know exactly what your talking about. Customer support is excellent and anyone that works on your Mac will have worked on the exact same configuration before.

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Sharing between Mac and Windows 7 (the easy way)

Posted on 16 June 2016 by Couchy

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When your in a hurry and just need to share some files quickly between your Windows 7 PC and Mac there is not better way than this 3 step process.

Step 1:On your Mac. Go to Finder, Click “Go” and select “Connect to Server”.

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Step 2: On your Apple Mac, under server address type in “smb://” followed by your IP address for your Windows 7 PC, example smb://192.6.1.100

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Step 3: You will be prompted to enter your Windows 7 username and password, do so and you will be connected and asked which drive you would like to mount.

Windows 7 share Mac

Troubleshooting: If you can’t see any files or folders ensure that they are visible on your Windows 7 PC under “Network” and your computer name in explorer. To share a folder in Windows 7 just right click it and select “share with”.

There is no need to restart your Mac for sharing to begin.

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Top 10 apps that make you want to switch to Mac

Posted on 10 June 2016 by Couchy

LiveView: on-screen prototyping on your iPhone

This is just freaking cool. LiveView can send a preview of what ever you are working on straight to all the iPhone’s on your LAN. The iPhone appears on your screen so you can position it over what you want to stream 1:1.

I’m sure we will see some innovative extensions come out of this. Although designed for collaboration you could use it to keep an idea on whats happening on your mac when you are away, say for example if you were in a chat application or some work specific program that can’t run on your iPhone.

Mac OS X 10.5 and iPhone OS 2.2 Required

Billings

Fast, efficient and beautiful invoice creation. If you read any freelance blogs there is no doubt you have heard of it. We cannot find any alternatives on other platforms that do the job quite as well.

Billings | Professional Time Billing for Anyone.

Coda: Grow beautiful code

This is one of the apps that has switched the most web developers from Windows to Mac. Created to streamline your entire web process it achieves it in style.

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EventBox: Social networking in a box

A smart way to organise your Twitter, Facebook, Google, Flickr, Digg profiles to name a few, also supports RSS content. $15.00 while in beta.

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Scrivener: The biggest software advance since the word processor.

If you do any freelance writing or need to compile a hefty research report than this will be right up your alley. A 30 day free trial is available so away you go get scriving! (yeah that’s not really a word).

Delicious Library

Although not very practical for sheer OMFG look at this this app takes the cake. One of the coolest features though is to keep track of who borrowed your stuff by drag and dropping into your address book.

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Think

Designed to help you block out all those social networking apps and distractions, it can’t block out your girlfriend (yet) but other than that its got all the moves to help you focus on the task at hand.

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MacSaber: I can’t believe you thought this was just for iPhone

Free for all your duelling fun. It comes with one instruction do not get carried away and drop your $2000.00 PowerBook.

Cha-Ching

Track your spending with Cha-Ching for Mac and iPhone. Free for Mac and $2.99 for the iPhone companion.

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iLife ‘09

This sells Macs period. Whether its the parent who could never work out how photo editing worked on a PC or the kid who wants the simple Mac way this is the killer app.

iLife ’09. iPhoto. iMovie. GarageBand. iWeb. All part of every new Mac.

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Listing on Technorati

Posted on 01 June 2016 by Couchy

Just got around to listing Apple Scene on Technorati as they have some great blog metrics.

Our unique code is: URKYWGWNKQTH

Our account on Technorati is katiepitt so feel free to say hi.

Update: Claim now awaiting approval :>.

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Artistic Snow Leopard Wallpapers

Posted on 27 May 2016 by jake

Check out these cool and artistic Snow Leopard Wallpapers. They ship standard with OSX 10.6 but you can download them all from a link over at Creative Bits.

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15-inch MacBook Pro, Mid 2009 Battery

Posted on 26 May 2016 by Couchy

Always a popular choice the next version of the MacBook Pro is ready to charge.

The battery follows suit from the 17inch MacBook Pro by including a non-removable battery. Not been able to swap out the battery will no doubt irk some road warriors but Apple is betting the saved space and the adaptive charging implemented will be enough to keep the peace. They are confident the battery will last 5 years before starting to lose capacity.

How long will it last you is the big question using the standard Nvidia 9400M you are looking at around 7 hours with about an hour less for the Nvidia 9600M GT.

To extend your short term battery life remember to dim your screen if possible and turn off Airport.

To extend the long term battery life make sure your battery is used regularly (having your MacBook always plugged in is not good for it’s battery).

Is the fact that you can’t swap out the battery going to sway anyone towards another model?

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Apple Snow Leopard released 28-8-09

Posted on 12 May 2016 by Couchy

You can upgrade for just $29.00.

All the new features can be found here.

The major new feature is the ability to sync with a Microsoft Exchange server.

Apple is selling it as a refined version with lots of little improvements to things like startup times, finder and file sharing.

Check out the link for the full list of refinements.

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MacBook flies away

Posted on 04 May 2016 by Couchy

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Man & Machine hold Mighty Mouse trademark!

Posted on 03 May 2016 by Couchy

imageHere is a good trick rent out a name which you don’t actually own even though you have a cartoon mouse by the same name. Apple was formerly licensed to use the name by CBS but last year a Man and Machine sued both for using the name.

CBS still owns the rights to use it for the cartoon mouse version but Man & Machine own the name when dealing with computer Mice. They make waterproof & silent keyboards, perfect for use in the bathtub…or spilling drinks all over. On their website you can indeed see a product called Mighty Mouse 5.

Now that Man & Machine own the rights it is unclear if Apple is going to attempt to license the name from them or look at a new name for its upcoming mouse range.

Looking forward to a new mouse from Apple I think the Mighty Mouse is one of the weakest accessories that Apple offer. How many of you use them? they are so overpriced, much better mice available for less. For now though it seems like the “Adventures of Mighty Mouse” continue….

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