Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MacBook Air Benchmarks Compared Against 13-inch MacBook Pro




Primate Labs has released Geekbench benchmarks for the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs.

I've grabbed Geekbench 2 scores from the Geekbench Result Browser for all of the MacBook Air models, as well as the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro models (it being the most logical comparison outside of the Air lineup). I've also included scores for the iPad and the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro models (as they're the products most folks will be comparing the new Airs against).

They conclude that the 11-inch MacBook Air "is small enough that I'd consider bringing it instead of an iPad, but I'd worry it's not fast enough (or have enough screen space) to be my primary laptop." The 13-inch MacBook Air however has "80% of the processor performance of the latest 13-inch Pro, making it an acceptable substitute for users looking for a slightly more portable Pro."




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Skype Blocks Another Third Party App, Nimbuzz




Skype has terminated access for another third party app, Nimbuzz, effective October 31st.

In a situation similar to its altercation with fring, Skype claims Nimbuzz is violating their API Terms of Use and End User Licence Agreement.

Said Evert Jaap Lugt, CEO of Nimbuzz:
Skype's decision is unfair to its own and our users. People want to choose how they communicate and to be able to make calls and send messages, regardless of service, social network, device or operator network. Nimbuzz gives them the freedom to do so, Skype does not.

Skype responded with this statement:
"Skype has been in discussions with Nimbuzz regarding our concern and belief they were using Skype's software in ways which it was not designed for, in a breach of our API Terms of Use and End User Licence Agreement.

Skype offered to meet Nimbuzz and discuss the issue however we have not heard back from them since our last correspondence to them in early August. As we have said before, Skype encourages openness and supports developers to build products that work with the Skype platform."

It's thought that Skype may be moving to block all third party apps before its IPO or perhaps that they are blocking all applications that have started offering their own paid VoIP services.




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VLC Media Player is Now Available for the iPhone




VLC Media Player has been updated as a universal binary and is now available for the iPhone.

VLC is a free and open source multimedia player. It reads almost every video file, yet it's very powerful and simple to use.

What's New In This Version:
- Runs on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the recent iPod touches
- You can now delete files from the application, without having to go through iTunes
- Many more extensions are being recognized.
- Much faster decoding thanks to assembly optimizations

You can download VLC Media Player from the App Store for free.




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TinyUmbrella Gets Updated With New Features, BugFixes




TinyUmbrella, a tool by Semaphore which helps you save your SHSH Blobs, has been updated with many bugfixes and new features.

What's New in Version 4.1.12
● Save All SHSHs - Click on 'Show All SHSHs' and the Save SHSH button changes to Save All SHSHs
● Exit Recovery - Right Click on a recovery device and 'Exit Recovery'
● Change device name - Double click on a Known Device to change its name.

Preferences:
● When connecting a device, prefer my custom device name over the name set on the device - This preference will use the name(s) you set over the name found on the device. Useful for folks with many friends that have phones named 'iphone'




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ActionMenu Voice Adds Ability to Read SMS Aloud




ActionMenu Voice has added the ability to read SMS and MMS; as well as, volume, speed, and pitch settings.

An Action Menu Plugin to read out the selected text on your iDevice. You can change language and locale in Settings

What's New In This Version:
● Refined the language settins.
● Added volume, speed and pitch settings.
● Added support for reading SMS/MMS

You can download ActionMenu Voice free from the Big Boss Cydia repository.













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Big deal, well unless it works in kindle app, if not then icoz did the same thing...

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iMovie '11 Adds 1080p Export to YouTube




iMovie '11 has added the ability to export 1080p video to YouTube. Previously YouTube sharing was limited to 720p.


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Chronic Dev-Team to Make Greenpois0n Open Source




P0sixninja has announced that the Chronic Dev-Team will make Greenpois0n open source once its out of beta.

P0sixninja: Greenpois0n components will be updated/open sourced as soon as it's out of beta.

Greenpois0n is a utility to jailbreak your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Making it open source will give other developers and hackers the ability to learn from it and improve it.




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Steve Jobs Says iPad Switch Change is Permanent




iOS 4.2 for iPad changes the switch on the side from a screen orientation lock to a mute switch. A 9to5Mac reader, Robert, contacted Steve Jobs asking if the change was permanent.

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In IOS 4.2 for iPad is the switch on the side going to be the mute and not screen orientation lock from now on?
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Yep.

Sent from my iPhone

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Robert replied asking Jobs if there was any chance this would be user customizable.

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Are you planning to make that a changeable option?
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Nope.

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I like this better, dot forget we should still get screen lock in the multitasking menu like on iPhone 4

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PCMag Reviews the New MacBook Air




PCMag has reviewed the new MacBook Air giving it a score of 3.5 out of 5.

Pros
Exquisitely thin. Lightest in its class. Full size keyboard. Sharp, vibrant 11.6-inch widescreen. SSD is durable and quick. Good graphics chip included. Runs cool.

Cons
No SD Card slot. No Ethernet. Sluggish compared with its peers. Unimpressive battery life.

Bottom Line
The Apple MacBook Air (11-inch) is the lightest, smallest laptop in Apple's inventory, but you'll have to give up certain luxuries and pay a hefty price for it.

You can read the full review at the link below...

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