Archive

Author Archive

The New Line of Retina MacBooks

October 25th, 2012
Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300

Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300
No comments

Another product that was announced recently was a 13 inch retina MacBook. The revamped laptop was introduced in the latest event sponsored by Apple, and attracted huge attention from the Media.

The new laptop offers many of the features available in the top of the line 15 inch model. This includes the innovative retina display, which makes this laptop the one with best display offered by Apple to this date.

The 13″ has received a unibody in aluminum, and the combination of form factor with powerful hardware will make it a perfect candidate for a desktop replacement.

Another feature of the retina MacBook is its flash memory drive. This means that software starts faster since the drive is so much quicker than a normal hard drive.

With all these features combined, the new retina MacBook has everything to become a successful hardware platform, especially in the education market. Students and professors are more than happy to use a slimmed down laptop that has not only all the features found in bigger machines, but also a high quality retina display.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags:

Apple Introduces iPad mini

October 24th, 2012
Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300

Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300
No comments

In a bold move that will reshape the field of tablets for education as well as other areas, Apple announced today it’s new iPad mini.

With a new form factor and 7.9 inches of usable screen, the iPad mini brings all the features of the iPad 2 to a smaller form factor.

The product was design to use a high quality unibody frame that is much lighter and thinner than any other tablet in the market.

The iPad mini, despite its size, comes with great specs, including 128gb of storage, and a brand new i5 processor, the same one that powers the larger version.

Introducing the iPad mini to the educational market is going to be a relatively easy task, due to the large number of apps that are available in the AppStore.

We will be covering the adoption of the iPad mini in future articles.

Categories: news Tags:

Changing Icons in Mac OS X

September 28th, 2012
Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300

Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300
No comments

One of the distinctive features of the Mac OS X is its simple interface. Users are able to interact with the system in a consistent way. However, one of the things that users may want to customize is how icons look like.

The standard icon set on Mac OS X is attractive, but we may want to diversify its looks by changing some of the icons. Unlike other environments, however, it is very easy to change the icons in Mac OS X.

The only thing you need to do is finding a set of icons and copy and past the icons in the location where the applications or folders are. Follow the single steps bellow:

(1) open the folder where the new icon is and click the icon to select it.
(2) Type Command-I to display the Info window.
(3) Select the icon on the top left of the Info window. Copy with Command-C.
(4) Select the Application or folder you want to change and select it.
(5) Type Command-I to display the Info window.
(6) Select the icon on the top left of the Info window. Paste with Command-P.

This will change the old icon to the new one. You may have to enter your password if the icon you want to change is restricted.

There are many places where you can find nice icons. Here is one of the sites you can use:

http://interfacelift.com/icons/downloads/date/any/index3.html

Categories: Apple Tags:

Improved productivity with iOS 6

September 23rd, 2012
Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300

Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300
No comments

Users of Apple devices have reported increased productivity with regard to the recent update of iOS.

The version, dubbed iOS6, has added more than a 100 improvements to the system, with items ranging from accessibility to performance. It has been a huge step forward for the Apple platform, incorporating many of the most expected changes to popular utilities.

Controversy

Not not just the improvements have marked headlines for the new mobile operating system. A large number of people have also complained about missing pieces such as the youtube App. This has forced users to change their watching behaviors, such as going to the youtube webpage instead of using the App.

Another point of contention has been the updated maps application. Apple is not using anymore the data from Google, which means that it will take some time for Apple to polish the geographic data currently available.

Speed

The biggest improvement for iOS6 has been speed. The web browser has received massive improvements, and it is now very fast on both iPhone4S and iPhone 4. iPhone 5 is shipping already with iOS6 pre-installed.

Many educational applications will welcome the use of extra space provided by the iPhone 5. These apps will be able to provide a better learning experience with more details and increased areas for additional information.

All in all, the iOS6 has already proved to be a positive step in the Apple ecosystem for mobile devices, and will have a great impact on educational Apps.

Categories: iPhone Tags:

Macs: too expensive or not?

June 22nd, 2009
Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300

Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300
No comments

In the last few weeks we have seen an ad campaign by Microsoft, that implies that Macs are too expensive. Few people understand that this is a myth.
Clearly, many people when confronted with the opportunity of buying a computer consider price to be one of the most important variables. Certainly one cannot buy a laptop at any price, since few people can shell out more than a few thousand dollars to buy a computer.
However, if you do a clear analysis, it becomes clear that the exact cost of a computer is not the most important factor to consider when you are buying a new machine.

Factors in Buying a Laptop

First, remember that a laptop is one of your more personal working items. A laptop is even more personal than a paper notebook. You use it everyday, for many hours per day.
Consider the price of a laptop, divided by the days it is used, and you will see that it is one of the cheapest items you use.
For example, suppose you use a laptop for 3 years, which is standard for a Mac. This is more than 1000 days. This is less than two dollars per day, even if you buy a $2K laptop.
Two dollars per day, on the other hand, is less than the cost of a sandwich.
What do you think is more useful, a $2 sandwich that will keep you for a few hours, or a working tool that you will use during the whole day?
Also, notice that the laptop is useful everyday, even on weekends…
Looking from this side here are a few features that I consider more important:

  • quality of screen
  • easy of use
  • quick service on case of damage

While the advertisement by MS makes sense on the surface, when you stop to think about the factors, it really doesn’t add up… What do you think?

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: , , ,