Watch How This Hacked Macintosh OS 7.5.5 Runs on the Apple Watch

Back when Macintosh OS 7.5.5 first got released in 1996, you were required to sit in front of a big desktop computer and a CRT monitor. Those of you who still remember the latter bulky displays will probably think ‘boy, those were some good times’, eh? But technology advances and it looks like the 20-year-old OS gets a bit of attention again, but not as you imagined.

A developer with a lot of spare time on his hands ported the old 7.5.5 operating system on the Apple Watch. While this seems useless, it does however point out a clear fact, namely how far we’ve come in just 20 years. I mean, imagine that we were using the OS with a keyboard and a mouse on a big rig back then and now, you can use it on your watch.

The developer achieved the result by running the OS on a ported version of the Mini Vmac Macintosh emulator. It is nice to see the old OS up and running again, but don’t expect to actually use it on your watch. The Macintosh 7.5.5 was not designed with touch screen support. Why? Because nobody knew what touch screen was back then.

However, a hack would be possible to add touch screen interactions on the OS, but who would dedicate that much time and effort to do it? Just sit back and enjoy the nostalgia of old times in the video below.

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Latest Java Update Trolls Mac Users with Annoying Adware

Java is one of the most used platforms on all major operating system nowadays. It is even required by some websites to be able to load and display their applets, giving you a rich browsing experience. However, its latest update seems to want to dictate which search engine we are using when browsing the Internet.

The latest update for Java is said to ‘automatically’ install a web browser add-on for Ask.com, an alternative search engine such as Bing, Google, Duck Duck Go, etc., as well as defaulting your browser’s home page to the Ask.com webpage. Windows users have been plagued by something similar in the past, but now it looks like the adware is targeting Mac users.

Ask.com features can be skipped during the installation, but knowing how companies tend to put such software ticking options enabled and ‘well hidden’, most users don’t even realise they are being installed until they are on the system or notices the computer running slow. Oracle, the distributor of Java, is said to have not responded to requests for comment so far.

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Entire Episode of Sitcom ‘Modern Family’ To Take Place on a Mac Desktop

An upcoming episode of ‘Modern Family’, the popular sitcom shown on ABC in the US and Sky in the UK, has been shot entirely on Apple iPhones, iPads and Macs. The episode takes place solely on the desktop of one of the shows characters, showing her attempts to get in touch with her family via various Apple apps, including FaceTime and iMessage.

Director and co-creator of ‘Modern Family’, Steve Levitan, used an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 to film the episode, streaming all the content to one sole Mac computer. While most of you will have immediately called this a massive piece of blatant product placement, it’s worth pointing out that Apple didn’t pay a penny towards the episode’s production. They did however give the producers a free Mac Pro to help them put it together.

‘Modern Family’ has a history with Apple, after an early episode centred around one character’s obsession towards the then new iPad. That episode was sponsored by the company.

Source: MacRumors

Is Touch ID Headed to MacBooks and Mac Mice?

A new rumour from Taiwanese site Apple.club.tw says that Apple is to bring Touch ID to its MacBooks and computer mice. Touch ID is the fingerprint scanning technology the company has included with the iPhone and iPad beginning with the iPhone 5s.

They say that scanner will be included above the trackpad on MacBooks and included on Apple’s Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. It’s suggested that this would allow users of Apple’s Mac desktops and MacBook laptops to take advantage of increased security, but more importantly it will bring Apple Pay to the Mac. Now many of you will envisage Apple Pay as a contactless payment system to be used in stores, however Apple Pay is also for use online, offering users the ability to simply tap the fingerprint scanner to allow them to make an online payment at participating sites.

Whether this rumour is true or not, it certainly seems like a logical and useful step for the implementation of Touch ID – it’d sure be nice to use it for password entry too.

Source: Apple.club.tw Via: MacRumors

Steve Jobs Predicted We Would Buy Computers for the Internet… in 1985

Steve Jobs was a visionary in the technology industry unlike anyone before or after him. He often predicted things that became essential facets of our everyday lives.

Take for instance the “Macintosh in a book”, which he predicted in early 80s and essentially became the iPad of 2010. There’s also the cloud and remote storage, something he understood in 1997, and you can hear him predict in this video. He realised the importance of “interpersonal computing” while at NeXT,  before Sir Tim Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web on a NeXTcube that would become the world’s first web server.

In fact, I think Jobs’ ideas about “interpersonal computing” are quite often missed in the story arc of his life when we hear about it in the press. Quite often we hear of how he only changed the PC business with the Macintosh, then the music industry with iTunes and the iPod, followed of course by smartphones with the iPhone and then tablets with the iPad. To me, he was an essential figure in the creation of the internet and the web as we know it today.

Not only because the web was born on a NeXT computer, but because Steve Jobs understood and really pushed for the networking standards and concepts that make the internet of today a reality. The NeXTcube featured high-speed ethernet, graphical e-mail and object-orineted programming in 1988. The concepts that the NeXTSTEP OS introduced led to the familiar WebObjects platform used widely on the internet today.

So it’s no surprise that a largely unseen Playboy article has been uncovered today that says Jobs predicted that we’d all buy computers just for access to a “nationwide communications network”… in 1985. Here’s a snippet from it, but you can read the full thing at the source link bellow.

“Playboy: What will change?

Jobs: The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people-as remarkable as the telephone.

Playboy: Specifically, what kind of breakthrough are you talking about?

Jobs: I can only begin to speculate. We see that a lot in our industry: You don’t know exactly what’s going to result, but you know it’s something very big and very good.

Playboy: Then for now, aren’t you asking home-computer buyers to invest $3000 in what is essentially an act of faith?

Jobs: In the future, it won’t be an act of faith. The hard part of what we’re up against now is that people ask you about specifics and you can’t tell them. A hundred years ago, if somebody had asked Alexander Graham Bell, “What are you going to be able to do with a telephone?” he wouldn’t have been able to tell him the ways the telephone would affect the world. He didn’t know that people would use the telephone to call up and find out what movies were playing that night or to order some groceries or call a relative on the other side of the globe. But remember that first the public telegraph was inaugurated, in 1844. It was an amazing breakthrough in communications. You could actually send messages from New York to San Francisco in an afternoon. People talked about putting a telegraph on every desk in America to improve productivity. But it wouldn’t have worked. It required that people learn this whole sequence of strange incantations, Morse code, dots and dashes, to use the telegraph. It took about 40 hours to learn. The majority of people would never learn how to use it. So, fortunately, in the 1870s, Bell filed the patents for the telephone. It performed basically the same function as the telegraph, but people already knew how to use it. Also, the neatest thing about it was that besides allowing you to communicate with just words, it allowed you to sing.”

Source: Longform Via: The Verge

Buy an Apple Pirates Flag for $1,900

Susan Kare, the designer of the original Macintosh’s graphics, fonts and icons, has announced that she is to start selling hand painted pirate flags.

The flags have been designed to resemble the flag once flown above the Bandley Drive building at Apple’s campus – the building where Apple’s top secret Macintosh team were hard at work building the legendary machine in the early 80s.

Steve Jobs said “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy”, hence why programmer Steve Capps thought it would be a good idea to get Susan Kare to paint a Pirate Flag and fly it above the building. Something that was initially a joke about Jobs’ insistence on the Mac team being rebellious pirates, ended up becoming a “permanent fixture of the building”. You can read more about the flag’s origins at folklore.org.

You might wonder who would spend that much money on a flag. Well, I must confess, I have spent about £120 on a beautiful print hand signed by Susan Kare, that will soon be on the wall above my desk.

You can order the flag here, but be sure to take a look at all of her other designs, whether you’re an Apple, PC or Android user – I’m sure you’ll find something that appeals to the tech lover in all of us.

Source: The Verge

 

Oculus SDK 0.4.0 Beta Released, Includes Display Option that Reduces Latency

After delaying its firs batch of Oculus Rift DK2 in order to fix some last-minute bugs, the Oculus VR team has now released the new Oculus SDK 0.4.0 beta, bundled with positional tracking support, Runtime package and other significant features.

Oculus VR is said to have released a few preview SDK builds for their new VR headset up until now. However, the improvements added to the preview builds did not include support for the Rift DK2 tracking feature. The new Oculus SDK 0.4.0 is the first build to support a ‘beta’ tag for the feature, giving developers the ability to start playing around and updating their games and software for all features offered by the DK2.

The Oculus SDK 0.4.0 patch highlights are as following:

  • Added DK2 Positional Tracking support.
  • Introduced Oculus Runtime that is installed separately from the SDK. Runtime package includes the Oculus Config Utility, service and drivers.
  • Introduced Oculus Display Driver under Windows that routes rendering output directly to the headset, with an option of mirroring it in a window.
  • Added Health and Safety Warning screen that should be displayed on application start-up.

For developers who want to read more about what the new version bring, the full patch notes can be found over at the Oculus Rift Developer Center. It is said that the new SDK is only available for Windows-based systems, having Unity as the only game engine integrated with the new build. Epic Games is not far behind, having the company currently building Oculus integration directly into their Unreal Engine 4.

Macintosh and Linux users are said to still be waiting on the ‘coming soon’ bench, as the sections listed in the Developer Guide state. In addition, Oculus seems to have updated their Best Practice Guide, Oculus User Guide and Health and Safety Warning with a new section on positional tracking. Also, Andres Hernandez, Oculus VR’s Community Manager, states that the new SDK includes a new display option which reportedly reduces latency.

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iFixit Tear Down The 1984 128K Macintosh

It is crazy to think that the Apple Mac is now over 30 years old, sure it came out the year I was born, so I wasn’t exactly capable of enjoying it at the time, but its certainly amazing to see just how far computer technology has come along in my own lifetime. To celebrate the 30 years of the Mac, the team of at iFixit decided to strip one apart and see just how repairable the system would be by modern standards.

30 years ago the Macintosh 128K went on sale for $2,495, which in today’s world would be more than $5500! Just look at the computer you can buy these days for over $5500! A staggering example of just how far we have come in the last 30 years, that being said, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a system that costs that much, even my current one would likely max out around $2,000 for a system integrator.

iFixit score the repairability of the systems they take apart on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being an absolute nightmare to repair and 10 being the easiest. The Mac scored a healthy 7/10 after their tests. They did find it difficult to open, and the fact that the RAM is soldered to the logic board was also a big problem. Fortunately the rest of it is big chunky components that are by today’s standards quite easy to work with, although I doubt many of us will need to open one up to fix it, it’s still fun to have a peak for old times sake.

Equipped with an 8 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 128KB DRAM, a 9″ black and white CRT @ 512 x 342 pixels and 72 dpi and 400 KB total storage via a single-sided 3.5″ floppy mean the system is far from high-spec, but at the time this was a powerful and innovative machine. They’re also worth a small fortune, so if you have one in the garage, I wouldn’t suggest you take it apart any time soon, perhaps putting it on eBay would be a better idea.

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Image courtesy of iFixit.

Mavericks Update Free For A Limited Time On The UK Mac App Store

Yes, this is not a joke it seems. Apple offers the new operating system, Mavericks, completely free for mac users on the Mac App Store for a limited time (or at least it should if they still want to make money). Are you surprised? We are as well.

“We want all Mac users to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies and the strongest security. And now they can. Because the newest version of OS X is free. It’s a simple download from the Mac App Store, so it couldn’t be easier to get. OS X Mavericks is another major leap forward for the Mac — and for everyone who uses it”

Users who access the Apple website will be greeted with the message above and the link that takes you to the Mac App Store Preview section. Get your Macs ready, connect to the nearest Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection, open your App Store and start your download.

“With OS X Mavericks, the Mac experience gets even better. It brings new apps to your desktop. Adds features you’ll love to use. And introduces technologies that help your Mac perform even better —
while using even less power.”

So don’t miss the chance to get your free upgrade on your MacBook, iMac or even Mac mini. Head on down to the website and see it with your own eyes. And hurry up not to miss the opportunity yourself!

Retina iPad mini Rumored To Outsell The Thinner iPad 5

Analyst Amit Daryanani with RBC Capital Markets expects that Apple will unveil a new iPad mini with Retina display at its product unveiling event next week. He also expects a new 9.7-inch iPad with a thinner bezel and lighter frame. He sees the Retina iPad mini outselling the fifth-generation iPad by nearly two to one this holiday season, with the iPad mini taking a 65 percent share of Apple’s overall tablet sales, and the 9.7-inch variety accounting for the remaining 35 percent.

But that would require Apple to meet demand for an iPad mini with Retina display, he cautioned. There have been recent reports suggesting that Apple could face supply constraints with its second-generation iPad mini, due to production of the device’s expected Retina display.

To that end, analyst Ben A. Reitzes of Barclays Capital separately said in a note to investors this week that he expects “major product constraints” for a new iPad mini with Retina display. Reitzes said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Apple was forced to ship the device later in the December quarter.

Apple officially announced on Tuesday that it will hold a media event next week, on Oct. 22, to unveil new products. Updated iPads are widely expected to be the main focus of the event, which will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif. Also likely to be featured in the keynote are OS X Mavericks and new Mac hardware, including the soon-to-be-released redesigned Mac Pro desktop. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern next Tuesday, and AppleInsider will be there for full, live coverage.

Thank you Apple Insider for providing us with this information.

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Apple Released OS X Mavericks Gold Master To Developers

Apple has released the Gold Master edition of the new version of its laptop and desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, to developers, giving the strongest indication yet that it is about to publicly unleash it.

The “GM seed” stage of the project means that Apple has finished the software and the timing fits with previous rumors that the company plans to launch it at the end of October, though an official date has yet to be nailed down. When the new OS X finally hits Macs around the world, it will bring support for iBooks, new Finder Tabs, integrated Apple Maps, the power-saving App Nap function, and Compressed Memory, among other new features.

OS X Mavericks, Apple claims, is the “most powerful OS X ever”. Some of the features it is highlighting for developers include LinkedIn integration, so app programmers can add access to users’ profiles more easily in their software. Apple Maps is also available for them to integrate. And an AV kit simplifies media playback within apps.

Developers are encouraged to download the GM seed of OS X Mavericks and Xcode 5.0.1 from the Mac Dev Center. Naturally, you need to be signed up to the Mac Developers Program to log in first.

Thank you Pocket-Lint for providing us with this information.

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New Configurations Available For iMac

New additions to the existing iMac line of devices have surfaced to keep fresh and current. The new iMac entry-level model features a 2.7 GHz Intel i5 Quad-Core processor with Intel Iris Pro graphics, 8 GB of Memory (upgradeable to 16 GB) and 1 TB Fusion Drive. However the higher-end 21.5-inch and both 27-inch iMac feature up to 3.4 GHz Intel i5 Quad-Core processors (configurable to 3.5 GHz Intel i7 Quad-Core processor), memory up to 32 GB and up to 3TB Fusion Drive storage space.

Apple has also added the NVIDIA GeForce 7xx series to its iMac configurations with double the video memory and are 40% faster compared to the previous generations of iMac. Customers looking for the ultimate performance can even swap in the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB of GDDR5 to their configuration.

Other upgrades consist of modifying the wireless controller with the next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi having 3x faster wireless performance and adding support for PCIe-based flash storage which gives a 50% boost in performance compared to the previous generations.

The standard price for the new iMac is between $1299 – $1499 for the 21.5-inch model and $1799 – $1999 for the 27-inch model.

Thank you techPowerUp for providing us with the information.

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Breaking News: Sim City for Macintosh Pushed Back To August

SimCity’s senior producer Kip Katsarelis announced today vai the Sim City Blog that they will not be bringing SimCity to Mac users, yet, and not on June 11th either, as stated before. Mac users will not be able to play their version of SimCity until at least August, the new date has not yet been announced. Could this hurt sales, or promote them? Some Mac users may pull back their pre-order copies of SimCity because of this delay. Though I think that this may be a good thing, and I almost wish that they would have done this with the PC version. Katsarelis stated that the makers of SimCity “do not believe it is ready for primetime yet”.

Many users believe that PC was released to soon, with many glitches and other problems with the game. SimCity has changed their stance though for the Mac users, and want to make sure that they have a great experience. The developers of SimCity are opting to take more time in perfecting the game, pushing the game back a few weeks, at least that is what they are saying right now.

SimCity is still working of many fixes for the PC users and server fixes and will likely bring players Update number 5 which should be available in a couple of weeks. At the same time, work has already started for Update number 6, primarily focusing on residential, commercial and industrial improvements.

Sim City developers have been seeking feedback from their userbase on their forums, you are also able to see what they are working on by checking their “Currently in Development” thread.

As a bonus to all Mac fans, and as a thank you from SimCity, they will be giving the SimCity Launch Park to all who have purchased the mac version.

What are your thoughts on the pushback of the game? Let us know in the comments below.

Original image courtesy of SimCity.com