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This Week's Apple and Desktop Mac News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2011.02.04

Mac notebook and other portable computing is coveredin The 'Book Review. iPad, iPod,iPhone, and Apple TV news is covered in TheiNews Review.

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

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Macintosh: Quality and Enduring Value

Salon's David Sirota suggests that Apple's soaring profits areanother sign that consumers may be looking for more than just a bargainthese days, noting that Apple is in many respects the antithesis oftypical multinationals that are quite willing to sacrificecraftsmanship and customer service in pursuit of a lower selling price,while Apple does the diametrical opposite. Sirota cites market researchdata from NPD pegging the average Macintosh computer selling price atdouble that of a typical size and performance equivalent Windows PC,and Forrester Research finds Apple far outpacing its PC competitors incustomer satisfaction, presumably because Apple products and supportare consistently the most reliable and intuitive in the industry.

And contra the discount big box store marketing motif, Apple'sstrategy is paying off, generating big returns for shareholders andconfounding the allure of up front lowball pricing in favor of enduringvalue in selling machines that may well ultimately have a lower cost ofownership because they last longer, waste less time, and require littlesupport attention.

Sirota goes on to outline his thesis that Apple is a bellwether in aconsumer flight to quality across many sectors and general marketdemand for better-performing and longer-lasting products.

Link: Consumer Flight toQuality Benefiting Apple?

Apple Leads in Customer Satisfaction, Beats Delland HP

PR: Apple beat Dell and HP in customer satisfaction withphone-based technical support, according to the latest study conductedby Vocal Laboratories Inc. (Vocalabs). In telephone interviewsconducted with 1,147 consumers immediately following a support call,58% of Apple customers reported they were 'Very Satisfied' with thecall, compared to only 46% of Dell customers and 43% of HPcustomers.

Thisindependent research is underwritten and conducted by Vocalabs on anongoing basis to benchmark industry trends in phone-based customerservice. Results are for the year ending May 31, 2009.

The study found that customers from each company are generallysatisfied with hold times, ease of reaching an agent and agentprofessionalism. In contrast, there was a significant difference in thepercentage of customers who reported their problem was solved: 53% ofApple customers reported their problem had been resolved on the call,while 45% of Dell customers and only 39% of HP customers reported theywere able to resolve their problem on the call.

'Electronics are among the most complicated and expensive productsconsumers buy, and technical support is an important part of the totalpackage,' says Peter Leppik, CEO of Vocalabs. 'This consumer surveyreveals that there is a real difference in consumer satisfaction withthe support provided by leading providers.'

An Executive Summary can be downloaded by visiting the linkbelow.

The full data set, including survey responses and phone recordings,are available to Vocalabs clients. Contact Vocalabs [email protected], 952-941-6580, ext. 206.

Vocalabs' Service Quality Tracker compares the customer servicequality for different companies in the same industry, using survey dataand call statistics from the companies' customers. Current researchcovers computer technical support and mobile phone customerservice.


Consumers participated in the survey by calling an alternatetoll-free phone number to reach a company's technical support.Immediately after the end of the call, selected consumers are called bya Vocalabs interviewer and complete a survey about the supportexperience.

Link: AppleContinues to Lead in Call Satisfaction, Sees Decline in ProblemResolution and IVR Satisfaction

Intel Identifies Sandy Bridge Design Error,Implements Solution

PR: As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporationhas discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, theIntel 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point, and has implemented a siliconfix. In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets maydegrade over time, potentially impacting the performance orfunctionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVDdrives. The chipset is utilized in PCs with Intel's latest SecondGeneration Intel Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. Intel hasstopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories. Intelhas corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a newversion of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The SandyBridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affectedby this issue.

The company expects to begin delivering the updated version of thechipset to customers in late February and expects full volume recoveryin April. Intel stands behind its products and is committed to productquality. For computer makers and other Intel customers that have boughtpotentially affected chipsets or systems, Intel will work with its OEMpartners to accept the return of the affected chipsets, and plans tosupport modifications or replacements needed on motherboards orsystems.

The systems with the affected support chips have only been shippingsince January 9th and the company believes that relatively fewconsumers are impacted by this issue. The only systems sold to an endcustomer potentially impacted are Second Generation Core i5 and Core i7quad-core based systems. Intel believes that consumers can continue touse their systems with confidence, while working with their computermanufacturer for a permanent solution. For further informationconsumers should contact Intel at intel.com on the support page orcontact their OEM manufacturer.

Link: ChipsetCircuit Design Issue Identified

Sandy Bridge Flaw CouldDelay Next iMac

AppleInsider reports that Intel's Monday announcement that it hasidentified and corrected a design error in the chipset that supportsits latest Sandy Bridge Core processors could potentially impact theroll-out schedule of several mainstream desktop designs like Apple'snext-generation iMacs with second generation Core i5 and Core i7 quadcore chips, and that since Intel does not expect 'full volume recovery'until April, it's now unlikely that iMacs featuring the new chipsetwill be released for at least another two months.

Link: Intel AdmitsDesign Error in Chipset Likely Bound for Apple's Next iMacs

Google's Chrome Browser Market Share Hits 10%Mark

The Register's Kelly Fiveash notes that in January Google's Chromebrowser broke the 10% market share threshold for the first time,according to NetApplications, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer continued itsdecline, although still accounting for 56% of the overall browsermarket.

Over the past 10 months, Firefox has declined from 24.5% to 22.75%market share, while Apple's Safari browser has grown from 4.65% to6.3%.

Link: Google's ChromeBrowser Market Share Hits 10% Mark

15 Free Alternatives to Better Known MacSoftware

AppStorm's Henry Bennett says:

'There's a huge range of amazing paid software out there, but moreoften than not there is some form of free alternative. For those of uswho can't afford to spend up on every great app we desire, gatheredhere are 15 great free pieces of software that achieve much the samepurpose of a popular but paid application.'

Bennett's list:

  1. Seashoreinstead of Photoshop
  2. AppCleanerinstead of AppZapper
  3. VirtualBox instead ofParallels or Fusion
  4. Colloquy instead ofLinkinus
  5. Cyberduck instead ofTransmit
  6. Isolatorinstead of Concentrate
  7. Scribus insteadof InDesign (see Scribus: AnotherAlternative to Quark, InDesign and Scribus: Free DTP on the Mac on Low EndMac)
  8. OpenOffice.org instead ofPages
  9. Album Artwork Assistant instead of CoverScout
  10. Bowtie instead ofCoverSutra
  11. IceCleaninstead of MainMenu
  12. DiskWave instead ofDaisyDisk
  13. Inkscape instead ofIllustrator
  14. TextWranglerinstead of TextMate
  15. Aptana Studioinstead of Coda

Publisher's note: Some of these are pretty geeky, and I can'tunderstand why Bennett would label them all as 'popular' - how manypeople need an FTP client, want to see how their hard drive space isbeing used, or use IRC for chat (I recommend Adium, which supports AIM, Microsoft, Yahoo,Google Talk, Twitter, Facebook, IRC, Mobile Me, and several otherprotocols).

It's also hard to take seriously someone who recommendsOpenOffice.org (OOo) as an alternative to Pages. OOo, NeoOffice, and LibreOffice are big, bloated,slow-to-load office suites. If you want a great free alternative toPages and Microsoft Word, look no further than Bean. dk

Link: 15 FreeAlternatives to Popular Mac Software

Products & Services

MyService Offers 3 TB iMac and Mac Pro Hard DriveUpgrade

PR: MyService today announces a new 3 TB hard driveupgrade for the iMac and Mac Pro. These new 3.5' Deskstar drives byHitachi are the largest desktop drives available. MyService has thesedrives in stock and the complete upgrade service is $299. The priceincludes the new 3 TB drive, professional installation, and datatransfer.

Your old hard drive is returned to you and can be used for backups.Since MyService is an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the 3 TBupgrade will not void your Apple warranty.

The new Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3 TB hard drive comes with 7200RPM performance, 64 MB data buffer, and uses the new 6 Gb/s SATAinterface.* This configuration shows an improvement of up to 27% overprevious generation products. Leveraging eighth-generation powermanagement technology, including power-saving innovations like HiVERTTMtechnology, this drive delivers excellent power efficiency and thermalemissions to help lower energy use and extend drive life. Bottom line -these drives are big, fast and efficient.

MyService makes the upgrade process fast and easy. No phone trees,no appointments, just awesome service. Most hard drive upgrades arecompleted the same day. After the service is complete, your Mac iscleaned, tested and returned back to you along with your old drive.

MyService is located in Santa Clara, California and open Mondaythrough Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information visit the MyServicewebsite or call 408-855-0010 or 877-622-3473.

* Publisher's note: Although the drive supports 6Gb/s SATA, the current iMac and Mac Pro support 3 Gb/s SATA.

Link: 3 TB iMac Upgrade
Link: 3 TB Mac ProUpgrade


iTunes 10.1.2 Released

iTunes 10.1.2 provides a number of important bug fixes,including:

  • AirPlay to instantly and wirelessly stream videos from iTunes tothe all-new Apple TV.
  • Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2. Forinformation on the security content of this update, please visithttps://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

iTunes 10.1 came with several new features and improvements,including:

  • Use AirPlay to instantly and wirelessly stream videos from iTunesto the all-new Apple TV.
  • Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2.
  • Provides a number of important stability and performanceimprovements.

Download ID: DL1103

File Size: 90.43 MB (Mac) 78.29 MB (Win 32) 79.16 MB (Win 64)

System Requirements


  • Mac OS X version 10.5 or later
  • QuickTime 7.6 or later
  • Support for HE-AAC requires QuickTime 7.6.4 or later
  • Safari 4.0.3 or later
  • 200 MB of available disk space
  • HD TV episodes can only be rented in the United States
  • Ping is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark,Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg,Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands,United Kingdom, and United States


  • Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5 or G4 processor
  • 1.0 GHz PowerPC G4 or faster processor is required to play StandardDefinition video from the iTunes Store
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor is required to play HDvideo, an iTunes LP, or iTunes Extras from the iTunes Store
  • 512 MB of RAM; 1GB is required to play HD video, an iTunes LP, oriTunes Extras
  • Screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater; 1280 x 800 or greateris required to play an iTunes LP or iTunes Extras
  • Playing videos also requires at least 16 MB of video RAM
  • Broadband Internet connection to use the iTunes Store
  • Apple combo drive or SuperDrive to create audio, MP3, or back-upCDs; some non-Apple CD-RW recorders may also work.
  • Apple SuperDrive to back up your library to DVDs; some non-AppleDVD-RW drives may also work.

Link: iTunes10.1.2

NovaBench 1.0 Free All-in-One System BenchmarkingTool

PR: NovaBench is offering its all-in-one system benchmarkingutility for free in both Mac and Windows versions.

With this software you can test and compare your system's hardwareand graphics capabilities:

  • Test - Test your system; benchmark CPU, RAM, hard disks, and 3Dgraphics
  • Compare - Compare your computer's score and system componentresults to others
  • Share - Share and submit your verified scores on your profile andsocial networks

Testing generally takes only 1-2 minutes and produces detailedinformation and an overall system score including:

  • Floating Point Test - Tests CPU's floating point arithmeticspeed
  • Integer Test - Tests CPU's integer arithmetic speed
  • MD5 Hashing Speed - General CPU test
  • 3D Graphics Test - Tests GPU with a heavily shader dependent 3Dscene
  • RAM Speed - Tests RAM read and write speed
  • Disk Write Speed - Test write speed of primary or selected storagedevice

Results can be submitted to NovaBench.com for comparison with othersystems. All submitted results are verified for authenticity.

You can build a profile of your NovaBench results and link it easilyon social networks or create an image for your forum signature, blog,or website.

NovaBench 1.0 is 100% freeware.

Mac OS X System requirements:

  • Requires Mac OS X v10.5 or Higher
  • Requires Intel-based Mac
  • No Mac App Store? Direct Download

Windows System requirements:

  • Requires Windows XP or Higher
  • Requires .NET Framework 2.0
  • Requires DirectX 9.0c or Higher

Link: NovaBench(Mac AppStore download link)

Run Windows Apps on Your Intel Mac with CrossOver10.0

PR: CrossOver Mac allows you to install many popular Windowsapplications on your Intel Mac. You can think of it as an emulator, butit's different, because there's no Windows OS license required. Yourapplications integrate seamlessly in OS X; just click and run. Norebooting, no switching to a virtual machine, and no Windows OperatingSystem license required.

Adding new Windows software is easy. Just place your install CD inyour Mac, and CrossOver will recognize it and offer to install it. Onceinstalled, CrossOver will configure your application to run on yourMac. That's all there is to it.

Two Different Versions: Standard and Professional

CrossOver Mac Standard provides individual users with the ability torun a wide variety of Windows software cleanly and economically.CrossOver Mac Professional provides corporate users with the enhanceddeployability and manageability features their environments demand.

If you're the kind of customer that likes a one-shot deal to makejust one particular Windows application run, Standard is for you. Butif you like staying under support, and receiving a steady stream ofupdates, Pro is a better value. You'll get a better level of support,longer support, and a lower price over the long haul.

New in version 10.0:

Platform support:

  • CrossOver Mac and CrossOver Games Mac no longer run on OS X 10.4Tiger.
  • The Mac product now uses modern (Leopard-era) GUI tools, whichshould improve the look and feel of quite a few things.
  • Added localizations: German, Czech, Chinese (PRC), BrazilianPortuguese.

CrossTie integration:

  • .c4p files are renamed to .tie files (a.k.a. 'CrossTies').
  • The complete set of supported .tie profiles can now beautomatically refreshed in the product.
  • A disambiguation tool (cxtie on Linux and the 'CrossOver CrossTieLauncher' on the Mac) has been added to properly direct .tie files toan appropriate product (CrossOver or CrossOver Games).
  • Secure signing of .tie files is now supported.
  • Active rejection of malicious .tie files is now supported.
  • Many differences between the web-based .tie files and the .tiefiles that ship with CrossOver have been resolved.
  • Installation profiles are now smarter about locating appropriateinstall media.
  • The behavior of the installer assistant should generally besmoother, smarter, and more straightforward.
  • CrossOver now supports 'required patches' which are applied to anapplication automatically after installation.
  • The Mac product now responds to a custom URI that should greatlyimprove autoplay of CrossTie files from the website.
  • CrossTie profiles respect bottle groups.

GUI and System integration:

  • The installer no longer accidentally grabs files from $HOME.
  • Trace flags are functioning properly.
  • Long CrossTie errors are cleaned up.
  • Mac Menu Items are removed after uninstall of applications.
  • Restored the 'Use Native Browser' option that was present inCrossOver 8.x.
  • Made several changes to the layout and graphical design.
  • The 'Force Quit' button in the bottle manager should workbetter.
  • Fixed quite a few minor behavioral bugs.

CrossOver Mac System Requirements


  • Intel-based Macintosh system running Mac OS X (note: CrossOver willnot run on PowerPC systems)
  • 120 MB of free disk space
  • CrossOver 10.x or higher no longer support OS X Tiger(10.4.x).
  • CrossOver Releases older than 8.0 will not function on Snow Leopard(10.6.x).
  • Leopard (10.5.x) requires CrossOver 6.2 or later.

Crossover Mac sells for $39.95. The $69.95 Professional editionincludes Crossover Games and multi-user support.

Link: CrossOver

VLC Media Player 1.1.7

PR: VLC Media Player is one of the coolest applications youcan have on your Mac. This free and open source cross-platformmultimedia player and framework supports a wide variety of audio andvideo formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, Ogg, etc.) as well asDVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols, and can also be used as aserver to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on ahigh-bandwidth network.

VLC is simple to use, yet very powerful and extendable.

New in version 1.1.7:

  • VideoLAN and the VLC development team present VLC 1.1.7, a smallsecurity update on 1.1.6. Small new features, many bugfixes, updatedtranslations and security issues were making the 1.1.6 release. Notableimprovements include codecs, demuxers, Audio-CD support, subtitles,visualization and platform integration.

System requirements:

  • Intel and PowerPC versions
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Quartz Extreme capable Mac

The last version compatible with OS X 10.4 Tiger is 0.9.10.

Link: VideoLAN

Dragon Dictate 2.0.2 Update Released

PR: An update for the Dragon Dictate Speech RecognitionSoftware has been released to address an issue that caused randomtransposition of characters in dictation transcription, especially whendictating directly into third-party applications.

Dragon Dictate lets you use your spoken voice instead of a keyboardto produce text, and can be up to three times faster than typing aswell as a lot easier on your hands, wrists, and arms.

You can also control your Mac by voice with Dictate. Instead ofusing your keyboard and mouse, just speak commands to launch andcontrol applications and move the cursor or click anywhere on screen byvoice.

New in version 2.0.2:

  • Fixed issue that could cause transposed characters in dictationresults

System requirements:

  • Intel
  • Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later.
  • Internet connection required for product registration.
  • MacSpeech-certified noise-cancelling microphone (included with newpurchase).

Dragon Dictate sells for $199 and includes a high-quality USBmicrophone for Mac as the standard headset with new purchases.Bluetooth microphone option is available.

If you own MacSpeech Dictate v1.x, you're entitled to upgrade toDragon Dictate for Mac at a reduced price.

The version 2.0.2 update is free for registered version 2.0users.

Also see Charles W. Moore's recent Applelinks review of Dragon Dictate 2.0.

Link: Dragon Dictate

Accordance Releases Halley's Bible Handbook forMac and iOS at Special Introductory Price

PR: Accordance has announced the release of Halley'sBible Handbook for Mac and iOS at a special introductory price of $20for this month only.

Treasured by generations of Bible readers for its clarity, insight,and usefulness, the expanded 25th edition is packed with informationand illustrations. Halley is ideal for the beginner, and a greatresource for every reader of the Bible.

Henry Hampton Halley was a traveling preacher in the earlytwentieth century who would recite large portions of the Bible frommemory, often giving a brief introduction to each book of the Biblefrom which he recited. His audiences found these introductions sohelpful to their own understanding of the Bible that Halley eventuallywrote and distributed a 16-page pamphlet containing that information.This Bible Handbook was expanded throughout Halley's lifetime and nowcomprises a large full-color volume published by Zondervan PublishingHouse. Through its ongoing partnership with Zondervan, Accordance isnow able to offer this Christian classic in a fully-searchable ebookwhich can be used on a computer, iPad, or iPhone.

TheAccordance edition of Halley's Bible Handbook integrates seamlesslywith Accordance's extensive library of Bibles, commentaries, and otherstudy aids. It includes hundreds of high-resolution color photographsand dozens of helpful maps and charts. It can also be scrolled inparallel with the text of the Bible so that Halley's Handbook can beused like a study Bible.

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Halley's Bible Handbook is a concise, user-friendly guide to thetext of the Bible and the world in which it was written. We highlyrecommend it to anyone who needs help understanding why the variousbooks of the Bible were written and how they all fit together.

This month only, download Halley's Handbook for $20

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Link: Halley'sBible Handbook

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