Tag: 10.8

What is Java and do I need it on my Mac?

Java is used both by applications and web browsers. However, the nature of Java means that it is susceptible to security breaches, i.e., using Java could make it easier for bad people to get their hand on your data. For this reason, Apple has chosen to stop including Java with OS X for security reasons and because most people do need it.

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Apple design, Jony Ive and the rise of skeuomorphobia

photo-115-600x245Here’s a great article from The Next Web about skeuomorphism and the Mac operating system.

“First of all, skeuomorphism is actually a sharply defined and angular phrase that describes a very specific design technique. On a basic level, it’s designing an object that mimics, both in appearance and use, a real-world counterpart. This kind of technique is evident in apps on iOS like Contacts, which uses a leather-bound contacts book with flippable pages to represent a ‘real’ book of contacts.”

Personally, I’d like to see the designers at Apple go away from the idea of making thing on a computer or other device look like things in the real world. What do you think?

Read the full article here.

 

Apple releases Wi-Fi Update 1.0. for all late 2012 Macs

Hey there all of you new Mac owners, there is a software update for you from Apple. Via 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple just released Mac Wi-Fi Update 1.0. The 1.49MB update, recommended for all late 2012 Mac systems, according to the folks in Cupertino, improves the compatibility when using the 5GHz band Wi-Fi. Like always, you speed-hungry Wi-Fi users can download the update directly from Apple or via Software Update. More info:

This update is recommended for all late 2012 Mac systems. This update improves compatibility when using the 5GHz band in Wi-Fi.

More in the full article here.

Apple releases OS X 10.8.2 update for Mountain Lion

Via Engadget :

“Looks like one major software update wasn’t enough, as Apple is following its push of iOS 6 with OS X 10.8.2. It’s a pretty substantial update for Mountain Lion users, with that long-awaited Facebook integration chief among the changes. As Twitter presently operates within the OS, Facebook will now too enjoy single sign-on simplicity, and all of OS X’s sharing portals will now include Facebook as an option. Read more