iCloud – As Simple As It Could Possibly Get..

Apple has released iCloud for Mac OS X Lion as well as iCloud in iOS5. I’m not exactly going to write an article here. I’m going to lay it out as simply as it can be laid out. Screenshots and lists are all you people want to see anyway, so here we go.

iCloud in iOS5 & OS X Lion

iCloud is fully integrated into anything you do on your iDevice that has to do with your Contacts, Calendars, Mail Accounts, Bookmarks and other information. Apple did this right and gave us all of this functionality for the good price of, FREE.

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Spotify: The Best-Worst Startup; Facebook Needs to Run Things [In Depth Review]

Occupying most of the time I spend on my computer / the internet has been Spotify. It has been a huge pleasure using it, and I’m actually proud to say that it mostly, for me, replaces iTunes. Especially, iTunes Ping. Spotify flourishes where iTunes falters.

For those who aren’t familiar, I will quickly touch on what Spotify has been doing lately. Facebook. At f8 this year, (Facebook’s annual dev conference) they announced they would be taking music to a whole new level on Facebook. They’ve incorporated services like iheartradio, MOG, and most profoundly Spotify, directly into Facebook.

Spotify is surely the better pick of the bunch newly associated with Facebook. So I went with it, and surely I was more than satisfied. Going hand-in-hand with a webapp and a desktop application, it did what iTunes couldn’t, and flourished with it.

There are things I love about Spotify’s new move, and some things I’m not a fan of within the apps.

Read tons more + SCREENSHOTS after the break.

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Firefox 7 vs. Safari 5.1 in Mac OSX Lion – RAM Usage Stats [VERSUS]

Today, Mashable decided to report on the newly released Firefox 7’s memory usage. They based it on Flash running and Flash not running. They used Hulu HD video streaming for the Flash test and they used a Mac running Lion. Lifehacker reported on Firefox 7’s memory usage vs Opera 11, Internet Explorer 9 and Google Chrome 14. They chose to leave out Safari “since they are using Windows,” which makes no sense since Safari is for sure, still on Windows. So I’m here to fill that gap.

“(all tests were done on Windows, so we’ll be ignoring Safari here)” -Lifehacker

Initial Thoughts

I’ve posted about Safari recently after having a run-in with its ridiculous memory usage. It’s officially, a RAM killer. This following test told me that Safari only folds under immense pressure. I’ll explain later. When you have more than a few windows open, each with a few tabs, you’re going to get a huge overload using Safari. Google Chrome seems to deal with immense pressure pretty well. So far I’ve only had it crash on me two or three times with the same windows open as Safari did. Safari on the other hand, had crash at least three times a day.

So, I figured that even with a couple of windows open using Flash, its performance would be going down the drain. This test proved me completely wrong. It seems that Safari holds up pretty well when you’re not pushing it to its limit.

The test (with SCREENSHOTS) after the break:

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One Simple Feature Cost’ Safari 5 The Browser War

The title is a bit much, but It’s only personal.

Apple’s Safari 5 is lacking some of the most simply implemented features that are the heart of the Firefox and Chrome browsers. Some even features that Safari has had in the past, but for some reason ditched them. The features are simple, but crucial for a workflow environment.

There is actually some irony in the reason I have for posting this. I was complaining on my Twitter account about how I have to ‘Force Quit’ Safari 5 in Lion at least 3-4 times a day. Those ‘2 cents’ on Twitter wasn’t enough for me. (I always turn my 2 cents into 10, hence this blog) It brought out a few other flaws in the app when I began really thinking about it.

I also stated how I wanted to move to Google Chrome, but it’s a pain sometimes to get the bookmarks over while keeping it looking clean. I like to see all of my bookmarks in a small window. I hate that arrow button with a list to the bookmarks that can’t fit. It’s a pet peeve i suppose. It’s no biggy; I switched to Chrome and got it situated.

After switching back to Chrome, I immediately realized that Safari used to be quite like Chrome in a way. Now it is not. Apple actually took away a feature that i used all the time. Allow me to explain.

MORE + SCREENSHOTS AFTER THE BREAK:

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Final Cut Pro X (Updated 9/20)

///Update: A new version was released today, with the updates customers were asking for. I can’t say they addressed everything, but a good handful of functionality. Hopefully most of us are happy with at the very least, an attempt to actually listen to customers.

They’ve released a free trial / free update. Dedicated update page.

I condensed the new features in a block quote.

“Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1 focuses on implementing the top user requested features” “Rich XML import and export. XML interchange gives users access to third-party workflows” “Xsan support, which includes projects and events.” “Roles, which allows you to tag tracks based on the stems you want to export.” “Custom Starting Timecode, GPU-accelerated export, Camera Import SDK and full-screen view in Lion.” via The Loop – TUAW

///End Update

The new Final Cut Pro X. Apple’s new high-end video editing solution. Built for prosumers, by professional video editors. What they didn’t disclose, was that this is actually a mid-end application. It is no longer considered the top of the line video editing application it once was.

There has been a ton of controversy over the newest installment of Apple’s High-End video editing suite, Final Cut Studio. They’ve gone in a somewhat new direction with the new Final Cut Pro X. They skipped Final Cut Pro 8, 9, and jumped right to X.

What this “X” stands for?

In this case, the “X” in Final Cut Pro X translates to being a cross between the high-end Final Cut Pro 7, and Apple’s measly low-end application iMovie, from within the iLife suite. Don’t get me wrong, you can make a good 5 minute montage with iMovie.. But if you’re looking to do something as small as a commercial, or even a tiny web advertisement, you’re out of luck. You’ll need to jump all the way up to Final Cut Pro.

FCPX takes a few interface and usability features from iMovie. The “rollover to scroll through your movie in real-time” feature, as well as its pure simplicity. I won’t get into it, all you need is a screenshot, and you will know everything there is to know about how it relates to iMovie.

Final Cut Pro has never been cheap. Running at the usual $999 for the full version, and $699 for the upgrade, you’re free to assume you bank will be broken. Especially for those who only need an extra feature or two for your iMovie app.

After the break.. We go into those gritty details. You will enjoy.

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The Retina Display Is Coming To A Laptop/Desktop Near You

As of right now the only product widely known to have the high-res Retina Display is the iPhone 4. Not for long. Other’s want in on the action. It’s one of the  many features that enabled Apple to release a whole new refresh to the iPhone lineup.

First of all, what is the Retina Display?

The iPhone 4 Retina Display

  • larger than usual angle of view. Above 120 degrees.
  • It approaches the human eye’s view with such a high-resolution capability.
  • The color resolution is much greater than that of a conventional display.
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iTunes 8 – Genius Is Incredible

If you haven’t heard today’s news from Apple, your missing out on something. Besides the new iPod refreshes including the awesome new iPod Nano, they released iTunes 8. The new Nano is awesome and everything, but the news i was excited about was this new release of iTunes. iTunes has grown to be a big part of my Mac experience over the short years, and now it’s gotten even better.

With this new full release, instead of another 7 point something release, Apple brings a few great things to the table. The first thing i want to get into is called Genius.

Genius, is a new feature built into iTunes 8 used for automatically creating playlists with songs that will go perfectly together. Here is what happens. When you select a song you really like, and you would like to throw it in a playlist with a bunch of other random songs it would go perfectly with, you just highlight the song you like, and click the Genius button at the bottom right of the window. Right from there, you will instantly have a playlist full of songs that are similar to the song you selected. Chances are, you will love the playlist they make for you. You can save the playlist or refresh it to generate different songs.

I’ve started using Genius a lot, and i love it. It’s made my iTunes experience a million times better. I can’t stand shuffling, and i don’t like looking around forever trying to find songs to throw in a playlist manually. 2 clicks is all it takes to make me a playlist of up to 100 songs that i will love.

The second thing i would like to just touch on, is the fact that they have brought the visualizer back, and added different styles of visuals to it. They are actually pretty cool.

So go ahead and download iTunes 8, and enjoy Genius!