Every now and then, people report that their MacBook or MacBook Pro's screen has turned blank. Sometimes this happens in the middle of working, but other times when the screen will not turn on after a restart or when waking from sleep. There are several reasons as to why this can happen, some of which are software-related, and others that have to do with the hardware.… Read more
Users may experience issues in iMovie '09 when attempting to import or play back video. Though iMovie '09 supports many formats, there are many it does not, which could lead to the aforementioned issues. To solve the issue, you may need to convert the incompatible file using QuickTime Pro.… Read more
Some have to suffer for their art.
That is what so many felt Carrie Bradshaw would be doing in the second helping of "Sex and the City" on the big screen when it was said that she would forsake her Apple laptop for a brand new HP model.
To experience her purported suffering I decided Thursday to suffer for my art too. Manacled and, perhaps, drugged, I was dragged to a showing of this new installment of four women's eternal quest to find joy that lasts more than half an hour.
Mercifully, the movie theater was half-empty. … Read more
UPDATE: Apple has finally released the boot camp updates initially discussed in this article. This article has been revised to reflect this development.
Apple has released a knowledgbase article outlining a Boot Camp update for the 2010 13-inch MacBook Pro. The update is for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of windows, and addresses a problem where the Boot Camp Control Panel would display warnings when changing the display brightness, as well as problems with no audio for headphones.… Read more
School isn't quite out yet for most students, but Apple is already looking ahead to next year. The company is giving college students a break on some of its products as the planning begins for 2011.
A new promotion launched on Tuesday will give students, teachers of any grade, and parents shopping for their college-bound kids the opportunity to purchase a new Mac and get a free iPod Touch. In addition to the free iPod, students can also get educational pricing on the Mac, so there is a little savings there too.
Qualifying computers include the iMac, MacBook, MacBook … Read more
Among mostly subtle changes for Apple's 13-inch MacBooks, the graphics silicon stands out as the one distinct difference between the new and old models. So, what, graphically speaking, has changed exactly?
A lot. Apple was clearly making a point when it updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro and then followed with the white MacBook update this week: Nvidia graphics chips matter more than Intel processors. At least, in the case of these two models they do.
So, what do users get when they opt for a newer MacBook or MacBook Pro? A pretty significant jump in graphics performance, according to … Read more
A handful of weeks ago, before I bought an iPad, I wondered whether Apple's slim little go-anywhere tablet could help redefine the casual editing process for writers everywhere.
Well, I've been a little disappointed on that front.
I was dreaming of the iPad becoming a way of editing a paperless "printout" in a far better manner than either a laptop or physically printed pages could normally allow. Yes, I was an idealist. Perhaps foolish. I was excited about news of an upcoming iPad app from veteran screenwriting-software maker Final Draft. To date, it hasn't materialized.
I read scripts via PDF readers such as GoodReader, but as far as writing and editing go, I've had problems. A noble effort by some clever outsiders created a script-formatting template for use with Apple's Pages, but it's essentially a preformatted document you can erase and write over.
Scripts Pro, which became available in the App Store a week ago, is technically what I was looking for.
This isn't a new app: it's been out for the iPhone/iPod Touch for a while. Scripts Pro is a simplified script-writing app that accepts both Final Draft .FDX and .CELTX documents or .TXT files, and can create new documents in any of those formats as well. The latest update turned the app into a hybrid with iPad-optimized graphics and layout, all for a downright cheap price of $5.99. The real question is, how does the app stack up as a tool?… Read more
Jerry Harvey got into the headphone business by making in-ear monitors for just a few musician friends, and went on to build headphones for hundreds of bands, and now counts Mary J. Blige, Godsmack, Guns 'N' Roses, Alicia Keys, Eddie Vedder, and the Glee Live Tour as customers.
Harvey pioneered two-way (bass/treble) in-ear designs in 1995, and later the first three-way (bass, mid, treble) in-ear monitors. Harvey's multiple driver designs produce less distortion and increase dynamic range compared with conventional single-driver headphones, which include all of the standard headphones from Etymotic, Monster, Skullcandy, Sony, etc. The JH16 Pro I'm reviewing here is the world's first eight-driver, three-way in-ear headphone, and its sound is revelatory.
I reviewed the JH Audio's 13 Pro in-ear headphones last year in this blog, and the JH16 shares a lot of the same technology, but the big difference is in the bass. The JH16 has four low-frequency drivers (the JH13 uses two), two midrange, and two high-frequency drivers--for a total of eight drivers per channel. Both headphones feature "balanced armature" drivers, which are proprietary to JH Audio, and they're designed by Jerry Harvey.
The sound is addicting; once you've gotten used to hearing this kind of uber resolution, it's hard to go back to merely excellent in-ear headphones like my old Etymotic ER-4P ($300). I haven't heard any of Etymotic's latest designs, but the ER-4P now sounds small, cramped, and hopelessly outclassed by the JH16. Can't afford $1,149? JH Audio offers a range of custom in-ear models; prices start at $399 for the JH 5 Pro.
The JH16 is super efficient, so it can play louder, a lot louder than most headphones while being driven by iPhones, iPods, and Zunes' puny built-in headphone amplifiers.
Each JH16 is a unique hand-built creation, based on custom ear molds. The company's Web site has a list of recommended audiologists who make the molds (for around $100). Building a JH16 is a labor-intensive process; each headphone takes five hours to complete and test in the company's factory in Florida. … Read more