We Need Your Feedback: Do the battery improvements in iOS 5.1 work for you?

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, 08:47
Category: Announcement

Ladies and gentlemen, there’s been some contention here among the PowerPage staff as to whether the battery improvements in Apple’s recently-released iOS 5.1 update genuinely work or if this is part of Steve Jobs’/Apple’s Reality Distortion Field.

Within this inter-staff contention, voices have been raised, furniture may have been lit ablaze and thrown, I’ve informed Jason he’s wrong (about this and the slightly flared, acid-wash jeans he continues to don on a daily basis) and Rob Parker and Tom Hesser have offered their own opinions while linking me to old Guns and Roses videos off YouTube to help settle the argument.



Still, we need your feedback: has the iOS 5.1 update helped your battery life or hindered it? That’s the question of the day and we need your feedback, opinions and whatever else is on your mind regarding the update.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled O’Grady’s PowerPage, already in progress.

Rumor: Apple to release 15-inch MacBook Air this April, thereby ‘effectively killing the Pro’

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, 07:57
Category: MacBook Air, Rumor

Even if it’s just a rumor, there’s often a nugget of truth in there somewhere.

Per Electricpig, rumors of a larger 15-inch MacBook Air continue to surface, with the latest claim suggesting Apple is gearing up to launch a larger ultraportable notebook in April.

A Mac accessory maker who spoke at the CU Exposed show this week indicated that Apple is “likely” to launch its 15-inch MacBook Air in April. The anonymous source said the thin-and-light notebook would be similar to current MacBook Air models, with ports on both sides and no optical drive or Ethernet port.

The vendor reportedly speculated that the new 15-inch MacBook Air would “effectively (kill) the (MacBook) Pro for the average consumer.” They suggested that the new MacBook Air could even replace the 15-inch MacBook Pro, leaving the “Pro” moniker only to Apple’s high-end 17-inch model.

Whether Apple’s new 15-inch ultra-thin notebook is known as a “Pro” or an Air,” the model has been rumored since last year. While it will lack an optical drive, as Apple continues its push for digital distribution of software through the Mac App Store, the new notebooks will be powered by Intel’s next-generation Ivy Bridge processors, which are scheduled to go on sale in the coming months.

Wednesday’s claim of a 15-inch MacBook Air launch next month comes on the heels of a separate rumor that claimed Apple was forced to drop Nvidia’s next-generation “Kepler” graphics processors from its next low- and mid-range MacBook upgrades, leaving the systems to rely on Intel’s integrated graphics solutions. Currently, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro models use Intel HD Graphics 3000, but the company’s higher-end 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros feature dedicated graphics processors from AMD.

A thinner and lighter 15-inch MacBook Pro without a dedicated graphics card could be difficult to differentiate from a 15-inch MacBook Air, which is why the anonymous accessory maker sees Apple “effectively killing the Pro” model. In anticipation of an upcoming MacBook refresh, their company’s manufacturers are reportedly prepared to build and ship a new product in less than 90 days.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

iPad 3 to go on sale at 8 A.M. this Friday

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, 07:48
Category: iPad, News, retail

Once again, that time is upon us.

Yes, once again, you shall stand in line for the brand new iPad.

And, per the weather reports, I get to do it in the rain.

Again.

On Wednesday, Apple announced that the third-generation iPad will go on sale at 8 A.M. local time this Friday in the U.S. and nine other countries.

The third-generation iPad will be available at Apple’s retail stores and the company’s online store this Friday at 8 a.m. in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.K. It will also be available in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In addition to Apple’s retail stores, the new iPad will also be available in the U.S. at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart on Friday’s launch day. 4G LTE versions will also be available at AT&T and Verizon retail stores in the U.S.

Officially announced a week ago, the new iPad has a high-resolution Retina display powered by the new A5X chip that features quad-core graphics processing. The third-generation tablet also sports a 5-megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics capable of recording 1080p video.

The new iPad also offers a 4G LTE model capable of connecting to high-speed data networks in the U.S. and Canada, as well as 3G networks around the world based on HSPA+ and DC-HSPDA.

In addition to the new iPad, Apple has also continued to sell last year’s iPad 2 in a capacity of 16GB, starting at US$399 for the Wi-Fi-only model. A 3G-capable version is also available for US$529.

New iPads purchased at an Apple retail store come with free “Personal Setup” service, which helps customers customize their iPad by setting up e-mail, installing software from the App Store and more. Apple also offers its “Personal Pickup” service at U.S. retail stores, allowing customers to shop and buy from anywhere, then pick up their purchase at any retail store.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Mozilla releases Firefox 11.0 update

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, 07:47
Category: News, Software

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Late Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 11.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 32 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

– NEW – Firefox can now migrate your bookmarks, history, and cookies from Google Chrome.

– NEW – With Sync enabled, add-ons can now be synchronized across your computers.

– NEW – The CSS text-size-adjust property is now supported.

– HTML5 – The outerHTML property is now supported on HTML elements.

– HTML5 – View source syntax highlighting now uses the HTML5 parser (see bug 482921).

– DEVELOPER – The Style Editor for CSS editing is now available to web developers.

– DEVELOPER – Web developers can now visualize a web page in 3D using the Page Inspector 3D View.

– DEVELOPER – SPDY protocol support for faster page loads is now testable.

– DEVELOPER – XMLHttpRequest now supports HTML parsing.

– DEVELOPER – Files can now be stored in IndexedDB (see bug 661877).

– DEVELOPER – Websockets has now been unprefixed.

– FIXED – Redesigned media controls for HTML5 video.

– FIXED – Firefox notifications may not work properly with Growl 1.3 or later (691662).

Firefox 11.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases Aperture 3.2.3 update

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, 06:55
Category: News, Software

Late Tuesday, Apple released version 3.2.3 of Aperture, its pro-grade image editing application. The new version, a 635 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
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– Addresses minor issues related to performance and stability.

Aperture retails for US$79.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run. If you have Aperture 3.0 installed, the most recent version can be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

If you’re tried the new version and have any feedback, let us know via the comments.