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How to tell if your Mac is 32- or 64-bit ?

Here is a hand lookup table to help you figure out if your Apple Mac is either 32-bit or 64-bit. As a general rule the new computers and processors are 64-bit (even the new iPhone 5s is), so if you have a newer CPU that the list below you can assume it’s 64-bit.

32- or 64-bit ?

  • Click on the top left hand corner of your Mac on the apple symbol ()
  • Select “About this Mac”
  • Find out what processor you have (see image)

32-64-bit-mac

 

 

Intel Core Solo 32 bit
Intel Core Duo 32 bit
Intel Core 2 Duo 64 bit
Intel Quad-Core Xeon 64 bit
Dual-Core Intel Xeon 64 bit
Quad-Core Intel Xeon 64 bit
Core i3 64 bit
Core i5 64 bit
Core i7 64 bit

As a general rule software designed for 32-bit won’t run on 64-bit machines, and vice-versa. Generally software manufactures offer their software complied for both versions.

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iPhone 5s & iPhone 5c prices

We were looking today and noticed that there is a little bit of a difference between the prices between apple.com & apple.de stores. An iPhone in the US will cost you the same Euro price basically. But what people in Europe fail to remember is that in most states there is still an extra sales tax.
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Sales tax in California can range between 7.5% to 10% depending on the district. So if you add this in you will come a little closer to the EU prices, which have between 19% & 23% VAT.
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New iPhone ear phone

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They’ve been a bane of our lives ever since we got the very first iPhone, they are poor quality, bad design and uncomfortable. To replace them they will cost $29, for what ? A few wires and a cheap plastic that falls apart isn’t something we’ve come to expect from Apple. On the Apple store they have one of the lowest ratings of any Apple own product, coming in with a disappointing 3.5 / 5. They current models have only had small changes in the past 6 years, so it’s high time for the next generation of earphones from Apple.

New Earphones

But never fear, according to MacRumors and Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn have a pretty big scoop on a new type of unibody earphones.

They are smaller than the old style earphones, and are apparently more comfortable to put in your ear. Now the only thing we are worried about is the price !
Here is a video of the earphones in action.

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New Podcast App for iOS

A quick look at the new Podcast app from Apple. It now moves the podcasting functionality from the Music App and into a dedicate app. The User Interface improvements are welcomed, and gives the app a much more modern look and feel.

Read the rest : - New Podcast App for iOS
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Mountain Lion launch date, July 2012

Last month we weren’t too sure as to when you will be able to download Mountain Lion. After looking at the stats for Lion last year, we saw that the release date was mentioned on the scheduled quarterly earnings call last year. This year their earnings call is on Tuesday July 24th 2012. This is when Apple will reveal their April, May & June earnings. Last year on the call, on July 19th 2012, Apple announced that Lion would be released the following day. And using this logic it means that on Wednesday July 25th you’ll be able to download Apple’s latest operating system, Mountain Lion.


Other interesting info today is via the guardian post on the fact that the original iPad won’t be able to take iOS6. So people who’ve bought their iPads 2 years ago will now have a slowly unsupported device.

Thanks to Ciarán Norris for the link !

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Rearranging cables ?

Partly inspired a little by this tweet from @marcoarment

and a post that came up in my reader about standing desks. It got us thinking that we should probably clear up our desk and get some of the bits and pieces tidied up.

I’ve such random things as two mouse mats, an external USB camera (who needs that ?) among the useless things I never use that are still on my desk. It’s out with the Velcro cable ties then. These things are are quite handy, you can tie a few of them together to allow you tackle even the chunkiest of cables. Or you can use them individually to tidy cables along the way. Velcro has the obvious advantage over zip-ties or cable ties that they can be reused, and you can’t damage the cables when trying to get them off.
If you can’t find Velcro, you can get ties that are reusable, so if you are someone like me who buys computers quite often, you’ll be able to do it quick and painlessly.

Re-arranging power supplies & cables

You’re probably like me, you have a multitude of cables, be it USB, power, earphone or video cables all vying for a space on your desk. Here are a few of my tips on how you can have a clean & clear work environment.

  1. Turn off your computer (so you might need to print this off before you tackle it)
  2. Let the computers cool for a minute or two
  3. Clear up your desk from any other bits that shouldn’t be there (get rid of old paper, glasses,etc)
  4. Disconnect everything and make sure the cables are in good condition.
  5. Then plug-in everything that needs to be in a power supply socket
  6. Run the power supplies cables to your computer / or monitors.
  7. Wire up the video cables, attaching them to the power cable
  8. Connect Ethernet cable if you have one
  9. Connect USB devices, use up the ports side by side, so when you need to add a new one you can easily access it

And then you can sit back and enjoy your clean desk !

Our Velco cable ties

One extra link for you today : A Magsafe to Magsafe 2 adapter review.

 

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Cleaning Fans on your MacBook

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Last week we updated the RAM in our computer to make a MacBook faster. While we had the back cover off, we decided to clean out it’s fans. After about 1.5 years of continuous use there was a little bit of dust in the fan, and inside the inclosure. This can be removed easily with a vacuum cleaner, just make sure you don’t put it right on the components.

Clean the MacBook Fan

Our big tip here is to use the vacuum cleaner on the fan, if you put the hose over the intake part it will cause the fan blades to rotate in their normal direction and won’t damage the fan. Also use a dry cloth to remove any fine dust particles from the cover or other parts of the computer.

Dust gathers in fans

The problem with dust is that will accumulate over time, and once it starts gathering it will accelerate and after a few years it will look like this. You may even have hairs, and dirt stuck to the dust. This picture was taken after 5 years of use of a laptop. Here the fan’s output of hot air was completely blocked by the dust !

Dangers with dusty fans

Dust, as it collects will reduce the efficiency of your fan, and may even cause it to stop working completely. When it’s stopped your computer is at risk of overheating and damaging important components. Your CPU, Graphics card & motherboard have a specific range of temperatures that they can safely operate. Once the overheat the systems temperature monitors will tell the system to shut itself down to avoid further damage. If think you computer is over heating you can check the temperatures via special programs or dashboard gadgets like iStat Pro, pictured above.

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iOS 5.1.1 released

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We just got the news that iOS version 5.1.1 has been released. No news on the major changes yet, but we will keep you posted.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

• Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
• Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
• Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
• Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
• Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222