As much as I love the sun and the fun that Summer brings, the Fall season has a special place in my heart. My must haves for August were definitely fresh for Fall, but this month brings exciting new games, consoles, cell phones, and operating systems — oh me oh my! And I can't help but think about Christmas, which seems to be right around the corner. Some of my picks this month are certainly going to be hot this holiday season, so make sure you pick one up before they are sold out!
Apple's latest and greatest OS X operating system was just released on Friday, and I still have yet to pick up my copy. But one thing I can't wait to get my hands on is the pretty new wallpapers that come with Snow Leopard. Thankfully you can download the new desktop pictures in full resolution for free, so you can update your boring background with something fresh and fun for Fall!
- Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox 360 Elite will go on sale for $300 starting tomorrow — Kotaku
- 5 features and improvements Firefox could make to its browser — Lifehacker
- Here's a round-up of some of the Snow Leopard reviews from across the net — Boing Boing
- JeansWest has developed a fitting-room video camera that shows customer's a rear view shot of themselves — Gizmodiva
- Switched recommends 12 gadgets that students should take with them back to school — Switched
- Compatible for both Macs and PCs, the Dymo Labelwriter can print out addresses and postage — Unplggd
- For those of you waiting for Apple's OS X Snow Leopard, it will be available for purchase on Aug. 28 — Gizmodo
- Justin Timberlake's new fragrance Givenchy closely resembles a MP3 player — Boing Boing Gadgets
- You can now stream your Qik videos over your iPhone's 3G network — Engadget
- The Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City is making a ton of money — Silicon Alley Insider
- Paid Twitter accounts are coming by the end of the year — CNET
- Test out The Beatles: Rock Band in Best Buy stores today — Joystiq
Here we are at WWDC, in the midst of hot Apple news, and now we're onto the nitty gritty: the technology itself.
Bertrand Serlet has the honor of introducing Snow Leopard's new technologies, which revolve around taking advantage of the power of your processor. They include:
- 64-bit Mode: Using 64-bit mode takes advantage of the mass of memory, hitting a limit only at 16 billion gigs rather than four; this means the processor can move much faster in 64-bit mode, and all of the major applications will run in 64-bit mode. Thus, twice as fast!
- Grand Central Dispatch: GCD will control the threads of multicore processors. Basically, when you're running an application, the threads that are produced stay up when the same app is idle; GCD redirects those threads so that they're not being used up when an application is idle. Hence, another way to make Snow Leopard faster!
- OpenCL: OpenCL (the "C" stands for computing) utilizes the raw power of graphics cards beyond just graphics; the best part of OpenCL is that it will actually have an open standard and many top tech companies are already participating.
Up next? iPhone news!
Snow Leopard, Apple's new operating system, shows us that computing can be easy, not to mention fun! One new feature of Snow Leopard is Doc Exposé. Similar to the Exposé you know and love, Doc Exposé lets you single out documents or files that are open in specific applications.
Snow Leopard also boasts an upgraded Safari 4, which includes the new Top Sites feature that allows you to see a window of your favorite websites, as well as full-screen, full-color browsing history. It also features Stacks, which lets you organize faster and easier, and a sleek new Quicktime Player that lets you scrub through videos and movies right inside Quicktime. One last cool feature that stood out to me, though, was that after you install Snow Leopard, you'll actually get 6 GB of memory space back to fill with photos, movies, documents, whatever you want! It doesn't get any better than that.