No matter if you use a Mac or PC personal computer, performing a backup of personal computer data in a half of the time is achievable with USB 3.0 drives. Termed 'SuperSpeed', the brand new USB3 Universal Serial Bus standard is finally becoming established and delivering up to 5Gigabits per second data transfer rates. This new super-fast connection is potentially ten times speedier than our current USB 2.0 capabilities.
With the release of new laptop and desktop computers deploying Intel's Ivy-Bridge silicon chipset, USB 3.0 support is being built into new motherboards using this reference design. Most of the big computer makers are all deploying and beginning to ship USB3 systems on both the Macintosh and Windows PC platforms. The same updates are occurring for computer accessory makers as well.
Ordinary mechanical platter hard disk drive technology is capable of data backup rates somewhat quicker than they're allowed to on a USB 2.0 interface. As such USB 3.0 will make conventional external disk drive mechanisms perform much faster for backup tasks. And thanks to backwards compatibility for older USB devices, these SuperSpeed storage drives will still be usable on aging computers lacking a USB 3.0 port.
Perhaps the real speed benefit of USB3 storage and it's bandwidth is most obvious when used with USB 3.0 SSD disk drives now appearing on the market. Liberated from physical latency and sluggish access times, these solid-state flash memory disks can redefine how fast and effortless computer backups can be. Regardless if in a handheld 2.5 notebook drive form-factor - or a conventional 'thumb-drive' - these USB 3.0 Solid-State external drives will make backing up tons of information a time-saving godsend.
With millions of new Apple computer owners joining the Macintosh family there is more demand than ever for the tax software for Mac to help with filing Federal and State income taxes. Unless you are filling out a 1040EZ Federal form, you need all the help you can get to prep taxes on a Mac with accuracy and ease. The two main programs for Mac tax preparation are Intuit's long-standing TurboTax and H&R Block At Home - formerly named TaxCut. Both programs become available before year's end to get a jump start on your taxes.
'Marketing Flop' are the only words to accurately describe the rollout of the jointly developed ThunderBolt high-speed computer I/O interface from Intel and Apple. Months and months after the first ThunderBolt enabled MacBooks shipped, weeks and weeks after the addition of ThunderBolt to the iMac desktop line -- consumers are STILL waiting for something real, anything to plug into their sparkly new ThunderBolt ports. (Well, besides their old DisplayPort monitor.)
With Intel as the sole supplier of ThunderBolt chipsets - few prospective computer peripheral makers have had easy access to the technology. And of those who have partnered with Intel, none have shipped any products as of yet. So the months roll by and the promise of ultra-high speed computer peripherals and ThunderBolt backup drives remains elusive.
Not that it matters much to the average consumer. Because the announced - but not yet shipping - ThunderBolt peripherals have all been rather high-end, Prosumer solutions: Multi-Drive RAID disk arrays from Promise Technologies, Dual SSD external ThunderBolt drives from LaCie and Sonnet, some T-Bolt enabled DAW - Digital Audio Workstation hardware... Announced but not shipping, and likely to be aimed - and priced beyond the wallet of the average Mac (or eventually PC) user wanting to backup data in seconds and not hours.
I blame Apple more than Intel. I blame Marketing more than Manufacturing. Apple really, Really, REALLY needed to introduce those T-Bolt port MacBook Pro's ALONG SIDE SOME SHIPPING ACCESSORIES - so that buyers IMMEDIATELY could experience the promise and immediate benefits that Dual-Channel 10Gbps computer peripherals will bring to our everyday computing experience.
Whew! Some days I am just overwhelmed keeping up with the Macintosh scene. And I'm not even talking about the whole handheld Apple gadget realm which really isn't my technology forte' anyways. I try to stay focused on Mac gizmos and drown in that delicious soup of never ending changes.
Lately ThunderBolt peripherals loom large on the horizon. Especially as the new iMac now joins the MacBook Pro as ThunderBolt enabled. Still no shipping TBolt accessories or backup drives - so I have a bit of breathing room.
After the thunder-bolt truly hits - next will come SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for Mac - which ultimately I think will become far more popular, affordable and delightfully backward compatible with everybody's legacy USB peripherals anyways.
Both, technologies ahead of the unstoppable steam-roller that is Apple computer. My life is staying two steps ahead of it, any way I can. I'm exhausted, but hey - I'm unstoppable too!
Recently, updates to Apple's iOS4 operating system have enabled direct ipad wireless printing from iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch models. Wireless printing from the insanely popular Apple tablet is here thanks to the latest round of AirPrint compatible printers that are now available from
Hewlett-Packard. While initially a weak point of the Apple iPad, these HP printers are an important step to better print capabilities that will mature over time.
AirPrint printing is 100% wireless thanks to auto-discovery of available
print devices on the local network. Much like Bonjour enabled devices, the
iPad automatically locates, connects and prints to an AirPrint capable
printer of your choosing. AirPrint technology works with Safari, Mail,
Photos, iWork, PDFs in iBooks, and in third-party apps with built-in
Unfortunately -- control of orientation, layout, page range, and other Page
Setup functions of AirPrint are still very limited. Hopefully more 3rd-party
printer manufacturers will. support universal AirPrint technology in their
wireless printers for iPad and other iOS4 Apple handhelds. Until then,
currently only specific models of HP AirPrint capable printers are today's
best option for hassle-free iOS prints.
Sadly, Apple doesn't yet support AirPrint features in its PC and Mac
compatible wireless AirPort base stations. However some clever Mac programs
and iOS4 apps and software hacks can allow limited iPad printing by what they call "Bridging". These
apps allow your Apple gadget to bridge through a Mac computer that's live on
the network to any shared printer its set up to print to.
Someone had to do it: Do more than just kick out a little blog post or two about the SEO potential of Apple's new Safari 5 and it's Extensions feature. Safari using web masters have been at a disadvantage when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Internet Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Social Media Optimization (SMO) tools on the most widely used Mac browser. Many of site owners were forced to use Mac FireFox on occasion to really get all the power and tools we needed.
Well, that's changing as Mac Gizmo Guy sets out to track all the new SEO related buttons, toolbars and Extensions for Safari 5 as new add-ons roll out. A dedicated page on www.seo-tools.com is in progress, tracking this new opportunity for Apple computer using website owners to leverage the power we've lacked until now.
Stay tuned as the Safari 5 SEO Extensions page get's fleshed-out and I dig in and unearth the best SEM - SMO - SEO Safari power tools we've longed for.