Desktops http://www.stuff.tv/my/desktops/reviews en-MY HP Sprout is a PC with a 3D scanner and huge tactile touchpad http://www.stuff.tv/my/hp/hp-sprout-pc-3d-scanner-and-huge-tactile-touchpad/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So that’s what HP’s bean (sorry) up to over the past few months… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP Sprout is a PC with a 3D scanner and huge tactile touchpad" alt="HP Sprout is a PC with a 3D scanner and huge tactile touchpad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hp-sprout.jpg?1415010601" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HP has just announced an oddity of a PC, and it&rsquo;s actually rather exciting.</p> <p>Dubbed the Sprout (no, we&rsquo;re not quite sure why either), this machine initially looks like a pretty ordinary all-in-one desktop. But peer closer and you&rsquo;ll see it&rsquo;s far from that.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the mat. This is a 20in tactile capacitive touchpad that allows you to interact with on-screen objects and graphics &ndash; and it works in conjunction with the screen, which is also touch sensitive.</p> <p>But the mat isn&rsquo;t just an input device &ndash; it&rsquo;s also a display of its own, thanks to a projector mounted next to those 3D cameras. The projector beams an image onto the mat with which you can interact. It&rsquo;s a setup which is likely to strike a chord with creative types (as evidenced by HP&rsquo;s video testimonials with artists, designers and publishers), but there&rsquo;s potential there for gaming and other activities too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IBnf_lHxPdE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The computer, meanwhile, is a powerful Windows 8.1 machine with Intel Core i7 processor, powerful Nvidia GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB flash drive. You can order it now in the US, priced at US$1,900 (around RM6217).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://sprout.hp.com/" target="_blank">HP</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/29/hp-reveals-sprout/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JiRmdAjubGw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hp/hp-sprout-pc-3d-scanner-and-huge-tactile-touchpad/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/hp/hp-sprout-pc-3d-scanner-and-huge-tactile-touchpad/news#comments Desktops HP Windows 8 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:27:10 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1451753 at http://www.stuff.tv Retina-equipped iMac rumoured to launch soon with OS X Yosemite http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/retina-equipped-imac-rumoured-launch-soon-os-x-yosemite/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s desktop line will reportedly gain super-sharp screens this autumn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iMac" alt="Apple iMac" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-imac.png?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just before the weekend, a report surfaced that Apple is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/new-mac-mini-expected-october-alongside-ipad-air-2/news">finally preparing to update</a> its long-quiet Mac Mini line. And now, it seems that a Retina display-equipped iMac may be right alongside it.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/retina-equipped-imac-rumoured-launch-soon-os-x-yosemite/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/retina-equipped-imac-rumoured-launch-soon-os-x-yosemite/news#comments Apple Desktops iMac OS X Yosemite Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:24:51 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448881 at http://www.stuff.tv Alienware's new Area-51: a triangle of sheer gaming power http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienwares-new-area-51-triangle-sheer-gaming-power/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Triad chassis: coming to bring eye-gouging 4K graphics to a spare bedroom near you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware&#039;s new Area-51: a triangle of sheer gaming power" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Area-51: a triangle of sheer gaming power" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alienware-area-51-main.jpg?1409756857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>WTF is that?</strong><br />It&rsquo;s Alienware&rsquo;s next Area-51 desktop PC &ndash; the fourth incarnation of what many view as the ultimate pre-built gaming computer.</p> <p><strong>It looks like a nerd&rsquo;s wet dream</strong><br />Now now, don&rsquo;t stereotype. We&rsquo;re sure this giant, glowing triangular/hexagonal box, reminiscent of a &ldquo;fusion core module&rdquo; from some sort of spacecraft&#39;s &ldquo;hyperdrive engine&rdquo;, will have huge appeal to lovers of great industrial design worldwide. Young and old... male and female...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. But anyway, why IS it this shape?</strong><br />Alienware calls the case the &ldquo;Triad chassis&rdquo;, and says its form optimises cooling (all those powerful components have a tendency to get toasty) as well as access to ports and the like: you can simply pivot it forward using the built-in grips if you want to get to the in- and outputs on the rear; while the sides come off if you ever want to replace components like the graphics card or storage drives.</p> <p><strong>Tell me about the components then</strong><br />Like previous Area-51s, it&rsquo;ll be configurable at purchase, and if money is no object you can have an octo-core Intel i7 Extreme processor, up to 32GB of RAM, a 1.5kW power supply, the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi and as many as three full-length, double-wide graphics cards. That means 4K graphics across up to three monitors &ndash; a potential resolution of 11520 x 2160 pixels.</p> <p><strong>That&rsquo;s a few pixels. How much does this thing weigh?</strong><br />45 pounds, or about 20kg. That&rsquo;s as much as a massive toddler or a small, weak nine-year-old child!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look at those innards, mate – look at &#039;em" alt="Look at those innards, mate – look at &#039;em" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware-area-51-open.jpg?1409756857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It&rsquo;s going to cost a lot, isn&rsquo;t it? Even if I don&rsquo;t go mad with the configuration</strong><br />We just don&rsquo;t know yet, because all Alienware has done so far is post this <a href="http://www.alienware.com/landings/area-51/" target="_blank">teaser page</a> on its site, and that doesn&rsquo;t reveal availability or pricing; though you can bung the company your email address and you&rsquo;ll be alerted when that info is public. But, yeah, realistically it&rsquo;s going to set you back and arm and a leg &ndash; but if you want to play <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-2013-year-gaming/news"><em>Star Citizen</em></a> on full graphical settings, what do you expect?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/29/alienware-area-51-gaming-pc/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hot-stuff">ALL OUR HOT STUFF GEAR IN ONE PLACE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xjYa6NXtTwU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware Area-51 is a polygon of power </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienwares-new-area-51-triangle-sheer-gaming-power/news#comments Alienware Desktops Gaming Hot Stuff Windows 8 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:26:32 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446309 at http://www.stuff.tv Finally, reversible USB cables are on the way http://www.stuff.tv/my/finally-reversible-usb-cables-are-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Type-C connector could spell the end for hapless fumbling at the back of your PC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Finally, reversible USB cables are on the way" alt="Finally, reversible USB cables are on the way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/usb-logo.jpg?1407982217" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s a new type of USB connector on the way &ndash; and it&rsquo;s able to work both ways.</p> <p>Yes, unlike all current USB connectors, the cable will connect when facing up or down, which should limit those frustrating &ldquo;is it in?&rdquo; situations. Stop laughing at the back.</p> <p>The connector is called USB Type-C and the USB 3.0 Promotor Group has just announced that its specification has been completed. That means the blueprint is in place, and the first step towards it becoming the next generation of USB ha been taken.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The group claims that the Type-C connector, similar in size to micro USB 2.0, is slim enough for mobile devices like smartphones and compact digital cameras but &ldquo;robust enough&rdquo; for larger devices like laptops and tablets. It also supports power up to 100W and data transfer of 10Gbps (the same as USB 3.1). Cables and adapters will allow it to work with existing USB connector types.</p> <p>According to the Promotor Group, it&#39;s already had representatives from the PC, mobile, automotive and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">Internet of Things</a> industries &ldquo;knocking down our door&rdquo; in anticipation of the new standard, although a specific date for its arrival on upcoming products is yet to be set.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.usb.org/press/USB_Type-C_Specification_Announcement_Final.pdf" target="_blank">USB.org</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">How the Internet of Things will change the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Here&#039;s what Type-C USB will look like" alt="Here&#039;s what Type-C USB will look like" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/usb-type-c.jpg?1407982217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/finally-reversible-usb-cables-are-way/news#comments Desktops Laptops Smartphones Tablets Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:09:37 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1444786 at http://www.stuff.tv Bring me the shrubbery, I mean that Silent Power desktop http://www.stuff.tv/my/bring-me-shrubbery-i-mean-silent-computer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What looks like a coppery growth coming out of this PC is actually helping it keep out noise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Bring me the shrubbery, I mean that silent computer" alt="Bring me the shrubbery, I mean that silent computer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/silentpower.jpg?1406804580" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a world of shrinking desktop PC margins, you can&#39;t blame manufacturers from trying to mix things up a little. All hail Silent Power&#39;s new tiny computer that looks like a weird marriage between a sponge and a dying garden hedge.</p> <p>The Verge seems to think it looks like a potted plant, an impression we can&#39;t help but share.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sweet specs, not-so-stylish setup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apparently this weird not-a-plant computer has a Core i7 Haswell processor along with, get this, a discrete graphic cards. Nvidia-provided if you must ask. So of course cooling matters. The weird growth is really metal foam, which is a sort of heat sink. With the technology, the high-end specs will be able to run despite its compact frame thanks to metal foam heat dissipation.</p> <p>One catch, though: it&#39;s not exactly on sale just yet. This computer is being crowdfunded in a way by preorders. Once they reach&nbsp;&euro;45,000 worth of preorders, only then will the computers actually be manufactured.</p> <p>How much will the computers cost? Well,&nbsp;&euro;699 will get you a 500GB SSD with 8GB of RAM,&nbsp;&euro;769 will get you 16GB of RAM while the limited edition&nbsp;&euro;1,159 version will give you twice the storage space (1TB SSD) and a nice 16GB of RAM.&nbsp;If a potted PC is your dream come true, then go on and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.silentpowerpc.de/" target="_blank">pre-order one</a>.</p> <p>Amazingly the campaign has already seen nearly half its pre-order amount reached. The dream PC perhaps for someone who has just enough space for a big monitor and not much else?</p> <p>Just try not to accidentally water it, chum.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/wing-gorgeous-next-generation-computer-mouse/news">Wing, the next generation mouse</a></p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/30/5952885/silent-power-computer-is-half-heat-sink">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Bring me the shrubbery, I mean that silent computer" alt="Bring me the shrubbery, I mean that silent computer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/silentpower2.jpg?1406804580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/bring-me-shrubbery-i-mean-silent-computer/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/bring-me-shrubbery-i-mean-silent-computer/news#comments Desktops Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:44:20 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1443736 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 ways we'd improve OS X Yosemite before the big launch http://www.stuff.tv/my/5-things-wed-improve-osx-yosemite-big-launch/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The beta release of Apple&#039;s new desktop OS is great - but not quite perfect. Here&#039;s how we&#039;d make it better still </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple-Yosemite-Continuity.jpg?1407310531" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s time we did Apple a favour.</p> <p>As you might have heard, the tech giant broke its own rules last week by previewing its new desktop OS, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, via a <a href="https://appleseed.apple.com/betaprogram/" target="_blank">beta program</a>.&nbsp;That&#39;s a first for Apple, although you needed to act fast to get the update - only the first million applicants got access.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. If you’re going to change Spotlight, go the whole hog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, yes, we know, Apple - the new Spotlight interface bears a passing resemblance to <a href="http://www.alfredapp.com/" target="_blank">Alfred</a> (that smart little independent launcher app that does a ton of other stuff). And you can preview files from within the new Spotlight window, which is just lovely.</p> <p>But why can&rsquo;t we grow the new Spotlight window?&nbsp;It just sits there; take your mouse to a corner, and there&rsquo;s no option to drag it wider or deeper. Which means that you&rsquo;re left to squint at the previews in that window, wondering what everything says. </p> <p>And while you&rsquo;re sorting that out, could you sneak in a saved search feature in Spotlight that could be integrated into the Finder? We&rsquo;d be ever so grateful.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Can&#039;t. Make. Spotlight. Bigger. Argggh!" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-spotlight-1_2.png?1407310531" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Fill screen good, full screen bad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That little green button. You know - the one to the right of the trio in every Mac application window. Up until now, clicking that green button expanded the window to (almost) fill your screen (leaving the dock and menu bar visible). Now, it switches the application to total full screen.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s logic to it, we know (there&rsquo;s logic to everything Apple does), but it has driven us ever-so-slightly insane. You have to remember to press &lsquo;alt&rsquo; before clicking the green blob every time (this switches it back to normal fill-the-screen mode). It&rsquo;s one of those changes that could drive a million Mac owners to distraction - unless you all spend your lives swiping between full-screen applications on your glassy trackpads&hellip; which we somehow doubt.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Fullscreen apps, fully annoying" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Safari_0.png?1407310531" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Have a word with the designer who thinks those new folders look good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>They&rsquo;re not as good as the folders in Mavericks 10.9. And no, they&rsquo;re not growing on us, no matter how long we stare at them (we&rsquo;ve tried &#39;em on a low-res Air, and a Retina-equipped Pro&hellip; no difference).</p> <p>If this was your idea, Mr Ive, you do not have the excuse that the folders in Mavericks were particularly skeuomorphic (and we know how much you hate a skeuomorph) - they were flat, clean, and pretty.</p> <p>The new, even flatter folders actually don&rsquo;t look like folders on a 2013 MacBook Air screen, at least in the most common Finder views (ie smaller). No, they look like rectangular, powder-blue cards. That&rsquo;s probably because when you blow &#39;em up big, that&rsquo;s what they are - slightly gradated powder-blue cards with a little tab and thin, lighter edge on top.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/get-your-mac-ready-os-x-yosemite/feature">How to get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="900" title="New in 2014: folder rage" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Yosemite-iCloud-2_2.jpg?1407310531" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Don&#039;t go ahead with that font change just yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <em>Stuff</em> office is divided. Between those with taste, and those with none. Some of us love it. Some (those with an eye for type, and an appreciation for care and attention) think that it&rsquo;s bland in a desktop environment, and that hours of work are needed in getting the face to kern properly.</p> <p>Stick it underneath those powder-blue cards that act as folder icons, and the effect is&hellip; well, different. By which we mean that you&#39;ll be too busy being upset about the folders to care about the font.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1069" height="802" title="Opinion is divided over the new font" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-messaging_0_0.jpg?1407310531" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. PLEASE get Safari cooking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lots of people use Safari, we know. But loads more use Chrome (ask Microsoft - they feel the pain). Those Chrome users have multiplied for (we think) simple reasons. You can pin tabs, for one. Obvious, we know, but how many people arrive at their desk every morning and boot into a standard set of pages? Loads.</p> <p>Yes, Safari can open with a standard set of pages - but they eat 90% of the tab bar. So introduce pinned tabs, and look a little less like Internet Explorer (ouch&hellip;).</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s extensions. Again, we know they&#39;re built into Safari today. But it doesn&rsquo;t have many, while Chrome is building an entire ecosystem that turns the humble browser into a multi-tasking monster (and almost the replacement for a desktop).</p> <p>If the developers won&rsquo;t play (and right now, they not), give them an incentive: holidays, free Xboxes&hellip; anything.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Mac games right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Whither pinned tabs?" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Safari-2_0.png?1407310531" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS X Yosemite: 5 things we&#039;d fix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s almost perfect, if Apple heeds our advice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Continuity_3.jpg?1407310531" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/5-things-wed-improve-osx-yosemite-big-launch/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/5-things-wed-improve-osx-yosemite-big-launch/feature#comments Apple Desktops Laptops OS X Yosemite Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:11:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443509 at http://www.stuff.tv Get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/get-your-mac-ready-os-x-yosemite/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to back-up your Mac or create a Yosemite partition - with ease </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The lovely Yosemite desktop" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite - how to back up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mac-osx-yosemite-01.jpg?1406949180" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple fanboy? Then you&#39;ll be wanting to install the open beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite on your shiny MacBook or iMac. Well DON&#39;T DO ANYTHING YET.</p> <p>Sorry for shouting, but this is important.</p> <p>Yes, we know you&rsquo;ve read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">hands-on preview</a>, <a href="https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/en/betaprogram/" target="_blank">signed up</a>, received your email from Apple and are just about to install - but wait. Yosemite is beta software. It&rsquo;s not fully baked.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BACK-UP YOUR MAC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can install Yosemite right over your existing OS X, but if an app fails to work, or it nukes all your data, you&rsquo;re pretty much stuffed, unless you&rsquo;ve got a back-up - and most people don&rsquo;t back-up.</p> <p>Just about the first thing Yosemite does is warn you to take a current back-up of your data, and it provides a handy link to Time Machine&rsquo;s preferences.</p> <p>Time Machine&rsquo;s fine, but we instead recommend you download either <a href="http://bombich.com/">Carbon Copy Cloner</a>&nbsp;or <a href="http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html">SuperDuper!</a>&nbsp;and make a clone of your Mac&rsquo;s drive to an external hard drive.</p> <p>Once that&rsquo;s done (and, sorry to the impatient, but that can take a few hours), restart and hold down the Option (Alt) key. Select the back-up drive and restart from it, making sure everything&rsquo;s working OK. If it is, restart again, but from your Mac&rsquo;s internal drive and install Yosemite.</p> <p>Should anything later go wrong, you can always boot from the clone (and even clone it back to your Mac&rsquo;s internal drive).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="See - even Apple says to be careful" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite - how to back up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-osx-yosemite-back-up-warning.jpg?1406949180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Yosemite - how to back up" alt="Choices, choices..." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-osx-yosemite-install.jpg?1406949180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Yosemite - how to back up" alt="SuperDuper!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-osx-yosemite-superduper.jpg?1406949180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A SEPARATE YOSEMITE INSTALL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you just want to muck about with Yosemite rather than use it daily, there&rsquo;s another option: install Yosemite somewhere else. Then use data from cloud services (iCloud, Dropbox, and so on) with Yosemite, meaning that will also be accessible to your main OS X install. </p> <p>OS X can be installed on to an external drive (although unless it&rsquo;s got a fast connection, the result may be sluggish). Alternatively, if your Mac&rsquo;s drive still has plenty of spare storage space, you can create a separate partition for Yosemite. </p> <p>(Note: if you have a Fusion Drive, don&rsquo;t follow this process - this is only a straightforward option if you&#39;re using a standard HDD or SDD.) </p> <p>In Disk Utility, select your drive, click Partition, and click the + button. Select the second partition and drag the separator until its size is however much you want for Yosemite - Apple says 8GB minimum, but we&rsquo;d say you need at least 20GB to test it properly. </p> <p>Once you&rsquo;re done, click Apply and your drive will be non-destructively partitioned. You can then select it during the Yosemite install, and boot to it from Startup Disk in System Preferences or by holding Option (Alt) when restarting. </p> <p>Note that when Yosemite is released this autumn, you can just delete the partition to get the space back on your Mac&rsquo;s main drive.</p> <p>See - that was easy enough. And trust us, you&#39;ll sleep better having done it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Mac OS X Yosemite beta hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-osx-yosemite-partition.jpg?1406949180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting ready for Mac OS X Yosemite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-osx-yosemite-01.jpg?1406781177" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/get-your-mac-ready-os-x-yosemite/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/get-your-mac-ready-os-x-yosemite/feature#comments Apple Desktops Laptops OS X Yosemite Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443300 at http://www.stuff.tv Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 23/07/14: The Yosemite Beta is now available to all - we go hands-on to find out if you should dive in now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Yosemite - quite the looker" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple-Yosemite-Desktop-2_1.png?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&#39;s latest and greatest OS -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/wwdc-2014/7-things-you-need-know-about-mac-os-x-yosemite/news" target="_blank">OS X 10.10 Yosemite</a>&nbsp;- will be out later on this year, with plenty of new tweaks and tricks to entice new and faithful Mac users alike.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A PRETTIER PLACE TO BE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the Californian national park that shares its name, OS X Yosemite is a pleasure for your eyeballs. Apple has tightened up the design, with a flatter, simpler look to icons that&#39;s lifted from iOS 7; it lends the Dock a much cleaner look and makes it more instinctively navigable.</p> <p>And how about that new translucenct Trash icon? We&#39;ve not been this excited about a desktop bin since the thrills of the Oscar the Grouch utility for Mac OS 7.1.</p> <p>Translucency is actually a big theme here, and is used to&nbsp;give toolbars and sidebars a frosted glass-like effect, allowing you to see colour tones of background content through your foreground programmes. It&#39;s terrifically pretty, but the level of transparency informs you only that there&#39;s&nbsp;<em>something</em>&nbsp;behind the window you&#39;re working on, rather than what it might be.</p> <p>Prettiness for prettiness&#39; sake is fine by us, mind, and it doesn&#39;t even really matter that this sort of thing was introduced first by Microsoft way back at the launch of Vista. We only wish Apple had also seen fit to pinch the auto-sizing of windows that leads to a pleasingly regimented arrangement of, er, windows in, um, Windows.</p> <p>That hasn&#39;t happened, but Toolbars have been tidied and streamlined.&nbsp;The Close, Minimise and Maximise buttons are now Close, Minimise and Full-screen. Maximise hasn&#39;t moved elsewhere, it&#39;s been relegated to a secret (OK, not actually secret) shortcut - press Alt while you click the Full-screen button and you&#39;ll get the old-school Maximise, which means your window will fill most of the screen but leave the dock and menu bar visible.</p> <p>Apple clearly wants people to use Full-screen, swiping from app to app using their MacBook&#39;s touchpad. Honestly, that&#39;s not a usage scenario we&#39;ve managed to get used to just yet, but in a two-screen setup Full-screen works well, giving you a massive space for your most used app (in our case the web browser) while leaving your dock and an array of smaller windows available on the secondary screen.</p> <p>And finally there&#39;s the new font, which while not identical to that used in iOS 7 will feel immediately familiar to all those iPad and iPhone users out there. There are font bores in Stuff Towers (one of whom you&#39;ll be hearing from in the next couple of days) who&#39;ve taken against it in quite a big way, but to these eyes it&#39;s a rather fetching blend of fun and function, and is never less than perfectly legible.</p> <p>All-in-all the design changes are fairly subtle, which means existing Mac users will find themselves right at home in mere moments. Whether everyone will immediately take to the new icons and font is another matter, but we suspect that once those knees have stopped jerking most will agree that the cleaner look makes for a nicer overall user experience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2100" height="900" title="Transluceny looms large in Yosemite" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Family_1.jpg?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="820" height="615" title="Disappointed to see that the stack of pancakes are in fact, stacked bowls" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-design1_1.jpg?1407987801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Glorious continuity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuity is perhaps the biggest and most exciting new feature in OS X Yosemite. Unfortunately it only works with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8</a>, which isn&#39;t yet available to test. We have seen it in action, though, so read on for all the details.</p> <p>During its launch at WWDC, Apple stressed how important it was for it to create a seamless experience between all of its iDevices and Macs, and Yosemite absolutely looks like it&#39;s set to deliver just that. And then some.</p> <p>For starters, Macs and iDevices will be able to automatically recognise when they&#39;re near each other, connecting between themselves without you having to lift a finger. And it opens up a box of very powerful tricks.</p> <p>Take phone calls for example. Imagine if you&#39;re on your iMac, doing important... iMac things, &nbsp;and your iPhone&#39;s charging away in your bedroom.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of a sudden, you get a phone call, and you&#39;re tripping over Barbie&#39;s Selfie Summerhouse in an attempt to make it to your iPhone on time. With Yosemite and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8</a>, instead of crushing your little girl&#39;s dreams, you&#39;ll get a notification on your Mac desktop to tell you who&#39;s calling.</p> <p>You can choose to reject the call, or answer it and carry out the phone call directly on your Mac, while the iPhone remains in the other room. Impressive, no?</p> <p>Messages get the same treatment. You can now send and receive SMS, MMS and new audio clip messages directly from your Mac - regardless of whether or not they&#39;re being sent, or received from, an iPhone. The only exception to non-iOS devices might be audio clips, but this has yet to be confirmed.</p> <p>Another big benefit of your Mac automatically connecting with your iPhone is that you&#39;re able to use OS X Yosemite&#39;s new Instant Hotspot function.&nbsp;</p> <p>If the Wi-Fi at your local Starbucks conks out due to a mocha explosion, then all you have to do is selected your automatically connected iPhone in the Wi-Fi menu, and boom - you&#39;re hooked up to mobile data in an instant - no passwords required.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Continuity will almost certainly be Yosemite&#039;s killer feature. Alas, it&#039;s not ready for testing yet" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Continuity_1.jpg?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1069" height="802" title="Aren&#039;t we popular?" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-messaging_0.jpg?1407987801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very handy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuing with, er, continuity, Yosemite and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-gives-apps-more-power-ever-cupertinos-still-control/feature" target="_blank">iOS 8&nbsp;</a>both have a useful new function called Handoff, which lets you seamlessly work across your Macs and iDevices, saving your current state each time.</p> <p>Imagine writing a report on your Mac, then realising you have to dash out. Instead of having to emailing it to yourself, the Handoff button will let you instantly transfer the report to your iPad, saving it exactly where you left off.</p> <p>It works the other way around too. If you&#39;re editing a photo on your iPad but would prefer to work on a larger screen, a simple tap of the Handoff button will let you do just that.</p> <p>It&#39;s simple, yet powerfully convenient, and works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar and Contacts. It looks like a very tempting way of convincing people to buy into Apple&#39;s ecosystem, but we&#39;ll have to wait for iOS 8 before we can test the feature fully.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-imac-215in-14ghz/review" target="_blank">Apple iMac review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="964" height="723" title="Insta-switch" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-photo.jpg?1407987801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will your Mac support Continuity? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 18/06/14:</strong>&nbsp;Yosemite&#39;s Handoff and Continuity features are likely to be limited to Macs which are Bluetooth 4.0 LE-enabled.</p> <p>German site&nbsp;<a href="http://apfeleimer.de/2014/06/kein-continuity-airdrop-handsoff-fuer-ipad-2-und-aeltere-macs" target="_blank">Apfeleimer</a>&nbsp;has put together the above chart which will show you if your Mac is compatible with Yosemite&#39;s Continuity feature. If you&#39;re in the green, then your Mac will play nice with your iPhone. If you&#39;re in the red, then you can still run Yosemite, but you won&#39;t be able to use the Continuity features.</p> <p>Apple could change the requirements before Yosemite&#39;s full retail release, and we&#39;ll be sure to update our preview if that&#39;s the case.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Green: Good Red: Bad" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yosemite-bluetooth_1.jpg?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Souped-up Notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Notification Center, which appears to the right of your desktop with a click or a swipe, now has a new Today feature - essentially an at-a-glance look at any imminent meetings, events, reminders and birthdays, in addition to summarising what you&#39;ve got to look forward to (cake tasting), or dread (dentist), the following day.</p> <p>Click Edit at the bottom of the Today panel and you can remove unused widgets (Stocks, begone!), move others around, and add new ones from the pre-populated list to the right or from the Mac App Store (although this portion of the App Store isn&#39;t open for business just yet).</p> <p>Interestingly, certain websites when accessed from Safari already have pop-ups that ask if you&#39;d like to add their Notifications widget.&nbsp;<a href="http://variety.com/" target="_blank">Variety</a>&nbsp;is one such example, although the Notifications themselves don&#39;t actually appear to be active yet. Expect loads of these to become available in the run-up to Yosemite&#39;s full launch.</p> <p>It logically makes sense that the Tomorrow entry would go right at the bottom of the Today panel, what with it not being something that happens today, but I&#39;d personally prefer to see it directly underneath the Calendar widget. Alas, Tomorrow can&#39;t be moved. It can&#39;t be clicked on, either, so if you want more details than a vague &quot;There are 6 events scheduled&quot; you&#39;re going to need to open the Calendar app yourself.</p> <p>And while we&#39;re on the subject of Calendar, entries in its Today widget occasionally appear with black titles, making them hard to read over the grey background. This has the feel of a simple bug, and one that will undoubtedly get a fix in short order.</p> <p>Serial Tweeter? You&#39;ll probably appreciate the Social widget of Today, which allows you to post to Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter - or send iMessages - in a snap. You can&#39;t add images, but this is perhaps the quickest way yet to spout your thoughts on to the interwebs.</p> <p>And of course the thoughts of the interwebs are spouted right back at you via the standard Notifications panel, but now if it all gets a bit much you can activate Do Not Disturb, which has endless customisation options.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1019" height="764" title="Our lives seem empty in comparison..." alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-yosemite-notification-centre_0.jpg?1407987801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the Spotlight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spotlight search is accessed in the same way as before (click on the magnifying glass or hit CMD+Space), but it&#39;s now far more useful.</p> <p>It takes pride of place right in the middle of your display, and as well as more effectively searching your local documents and media (it has an unerring habit of picking exactly what you&#39;re after as the Top Hit) it also draws information from sources such as Definition, Wikipedia, Maps and Yelp. The Wikipedia integration is especially useful - no longer is IMDB the quickest way to work out which darn film it was that you last saw that blasted familiar actor in.</p> <p>Spotlight is also a fantastic way of finding little snippets of information you read on the internet days ago but that you&#39;ve no chance of finding by looking through the list of obscurely titled web pages in your History. That&#39;s because it actually searches right&nbsp;<em>through</em>&nbsp;the pages in your history.</p> <p>And when Continuity does go live the integration of Contacts should also prove supremely easy. Start typing a name, your mate&#39;s details appear and you can message or ring them directly through Spotlight, providing a more fluid experience for getting in touch with people even faster.</p> <p>Naturally, Spotlight also brings up books, movies and videos that are relevant to your search, letting you pick them up from iTunes within seconds. That&#39;ll keep Apple&#39;s revenue streams flowing nicely.</p> <p>Instant currency conversions are also possible, as are quick app launches.</p> <p>In short, get used to using Spotlight and your entire computing experience will instantly become way, way quicker.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Spotlight now searches online sources such as Wikipedia - brilliantly quick and useful" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-spotlight-1_1.png?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="900" title="Maps is also included in the new Spotlight" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Spotlight-2_0.png?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can You Upgrade? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&#39;s a list of compatible hardware for OS X Yosemite:</p> <ol> <li>iMac (Mid-2007 or later)</li> <li>MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)</li> <li>MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)</li> <li>MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)</li> <li>Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)</li> <li>Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)</li> <li>Xserve (Early 2009)</li> </ol> <p>Minimum system requirements are 2GB of RAM, 8GB of free storage and OS X 10.6.8 or above</p> <p>[source:&nbsp;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/06/psa-the-idevices-and-macs-that-will-support-ios-8-and-os-x-10-10/" target="_blank">Ars Technica</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Surfin&#039; Safari </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In keeping with the general theme of Yosemite, Safari has been given a significant tidy-up. The URL bar finally doubles-up as a search bar (with Spotlight integration), and clicking on it also opens a drop-down panel with neat rows of icons for all of your favourite and most visited sites.</p> <p>This panel, combined with scrollable tabs and a Tab View that shows you every single open tab (across all devices once iOS 8 goes live), goes some way towards making up for the fact that Pinned tabs are still not a feature of Safari. But not all of the way. Those who have a strict setup of pages that they sit on all day might want to change the default Favourites to those tabs that would be Pinned in Chrome and open them at the start of each Safari session with the Open In Tabs option in the Favourites section of Bookmarks. Or they might want to simply stick with Chrome.</p> <p>Sharing is also easier. Seen a hilarious meme that you simply have to share with your great aunt Gertrude? A few clicks is all it takes to beam it straight to her via Mail, Messages, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Oh how she&#39;ll chortle.</p> <p>Also, Safari has caught up with Chrome&#39;s private browsing features in the sense that you can, at long last, open up a separate Private Browsing window, in which all tabs will also be private. That means you can go all Secret Squirrel in one window, while browsing normally in another.</p> <p>Apart from a visual makeover, Safari&#39;s back end has also undergone some tweaking. Boring bar charts aside, JavaScript optimisations and Yosemite&#39;s overall energy efficiency mean that in addition to being faster than ever, you should be able to squeeze an extra two whole hours of Netflix streaming out of your MacBook Air&#39;s battery life. This isn&#39;t a feature we&#39;ve been able to test as yet, but we&#39;ll provide an update here as soon as we have.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="We could be far less mature than this" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Mail-Markup_1.png?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="900" title="Yeah, we&#039;re pretty excited about Destiny around here" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Yosemite-Markup-2_1.png?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharing is caring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with Continuity, the iCloud features of Yosemite aren&#39;t ready for testing yet, but we have been eyes-on. Here&#39;s the skinny:</p> <p>iCloud is now built directly into the Finder window, and behaves like any other standard local folder.&nbsp;If you&#39;re using Dropbox then the experience of dragging and dropping files directly into the iCloud folder to sync it instantly will be familiar, and you&#39;ll already know how incredibly useful it is. In fact, Dropbox might be a bit worried about this new version of iCloud.</p> <p>You can create additional folders using iCloud Drive too, which then syncs them across all of your Macs and iDevices. And iOS 8 includes the option for developers to create iCloud folders so that certain things - doodles you&#39;ve made in Sketchbook Pro, for example - will then be available across all devices.</p> <p>AirDrop is another useful feature which lets you push files between nearby iOS devices or Macs with just a few clicks, though we&#39;ve yet to test out if this method will be faster than bashing out a quick email.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="900" title="iCloud is going to be way more powerful and flexible - Dropbox should be worried" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Yosemite-iCloud-2_1.jpg?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A near-flawless performance, even in beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just because Apple is launching a public beta for the first time doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s unleashing a shoddy piece of unstable software on an unsuspecting public. In fact, even in its beta form Yosemite is exceptionally stable.</p> <p>In our week of constant use and abuse we&#39;ve not encountered a single crash or freeze. Only the Notifications toolbar, which fairly regularly stumbles rather than glides into view, has given us any cause for concern, and we&#39;ve no reason to think that won&#39;t be looked at and smoothed-out long before the final release of Yosemite.</p> <p>Apart from that the performance has been lightning fast and stutter free, but in fairness we have been testing on an i7 MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM. Our next step will be to install Yosemite on a number of other Macs to put Apple&#39;s claims of faster performance and longer battery life to the test - stay tuned for updates on that one.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">Apple MacBook Pro review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Yosemite" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-yosemite-design_1_1_1.jpg?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple OS X initial verdict - should you download the beta now? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may be &#39;only&#39; a point release, but OS X 10.10 Yosemite is actually a rather large update for Apple&#39;s Mac operating system. The tricky thing is that the biggest, most striking features (Continuity and iCloud) aren&#39;t yet available to test as they&#39;re reliant on iOS 8.</p> <p>But even at this first stop on the long road of an open beta we are able to get a good feel for Yosemite, and it already appears to be lovely. The cleaner, simplified design is immediately familar yet fresh and a little more instinctive in use. It&#39;s super fast and already extremely solid, too.</p> <p>So should you download it now? That depends. If you&#39;re a developer or have a penchant for seeing software develop, fill your boots. Ditto if you fancy doing some serious testing and bug reporting for Apple.</p> <p>But the average user? Perhaps not quite yet. There&#39;s no guarantee that all of those apps you rely on on a daily basis will work with the Yosemite beta, and as a beta there&#39;s always the chance it will fall over and do something horrible to your vital data. If that sounds like it would be a fate worse than death, best hold on for the full, final release. We&#39;ll certainly be waiting until then to deliver our final verdict.</p> <p>Still want to take the plunge? Then head to the&nbsp;<a href="https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/en/betaprogram/" target="_blank">OS X Yosemite Beta Program page here</a>, but not before heeding&nbsp;Apple&#39;s own warnings about doing so, which we&#39;ve reprinted in the boxout below.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-8-things-you-need-know-about-apple-s-new-iphone-and-ipad-os/news" target="_blank">iOS 8: 8 things you need to know about Apple&rsquo;s new iPhone and iPad OS</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="786" height="589" title="Can you smell what the rock is cooking?" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-yosemite.jpg?1407987801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s Yosemite Beta Tips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve received these tips (or should we call them warnings) directly from Apple. Ignore them at your peril!</p> <p>&bull; This is beta software that is still in development, which means some applications and services may not work as expected</p> <p>&bull; We recommend installing OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac</p> <p>&bull; Make a back up of your Mac before installing</p> <p>&bull; Some features require iOS 8, which is not being offered as part of the OS X Beta Program</p> <p>&bull; There will be periodic updates to the OS X Yosemite Beta, and you will be able to upgrade to the final version of OS X Yosemite when it ships this fall</p> <p>&bull; Use your Mac as you normally would and if you encounter any issues, use the built-in Feedback Assistant app to report them</p> <p>&bull; Visit the OS X Beta Program guide for the latest information about the Yosemite beta and how to submit feedback</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mac OS X Yosemite preview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s prettiest, most powerful OS ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yoesmite-preview-main_0.jpg?1407987800" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review#comments Apple Desktops Laptops OS X Yosemite Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438506 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iMac 21.5in (1.4GHz) http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-imac-215in-14ghz/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s all-in-one computer has a new, lower entry-point – but does the cheapest version of the iMac still have that Apple magic? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iMac 2014 review" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iMac-2014-press-5.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&rsquo;s reputation might generally be for making beautiful silver things for bankrupting yuppies and hipsters, but recently its raison d&#39;etre appears to be cutting prices across the board. Its 11-inch MacBook Air is the cheapest laptop we&#39;ve seen from Cupertino, and now its iconic iMac all-in-one&#39;s RRP has plummeted to a very tasty RM3499.</p> <p>Inevitably that lower price has been achieved by a trim in components &ndash; but has Apple gone a bit too far this time?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM3,499.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazing looks </div> <div class="field-item even"> Reasonable price </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Nice operating system and extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wimpy processor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slow hard drive </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Apple package </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When you receive an Apple product you&#39;re not just getting a piece of technology but an entire experience. Multiple layers of cardboard and foam packaging pull apart as if they contain a piece of science-fiction weaponry and the whole thing&#39;s wrapped in enough sticky-backed plastic to commission another millennia worth of Blue Peter episodes. Only Apple makes unboxing this exciting.</p> <p>And out of the box the iMac is still the nicest-looking computer out there. Externally it hasn&#39;t changed a jot from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-imac-215in-2012/review" target="_blank">the 2012 version</a> so there&#39;s no DVD drive and all the ports (USB, Thunderbolt, Ethernet, card reader) are lined up on the back rather than the wafer-thin sides. There&#39;s a certain Kubrickian minimalism to the all-in-one design and it&#39;s impossible not to be drawn to it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Unpacking an Mac is nerd nirvana" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-keyboard.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="All inputs and outputs are on the rear of the slim chassis" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-connections.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Silver screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apparently plans are afoot for a 4K or Retina iMac, but right now the 2014 iMac&rsquo;s screen is more than enough.</p> <p>At 1920 by 1080 pixels it&#39;s &lsquo;only&rsquo; a Full HD affair but it&#39;s astonishing in terms of viewing angles and brightness, and the contrast levels sumptuous and defined. It&rsquo;s as good for movies as it is for reading text and image editing.</p> <p>The speakers are just right, too, delivering balanced and punchy sounds. No other all-in-one computer will make your 1080p movies look or sound this good.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-japan-jumps-gun-and-reveals-vital-iphone-6-information/news" target="_blank">Amazon Japan jumps the gun and reveals vital iPhone 6 information</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iMac&#039;s a cracking movie machine" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-press-2.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t touch this </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Windows 8 is doggedly pushing touchscreen computing, and in our experience it can work very well with desktops. Apple hasn&rsquo;t gone for it, though, instead plumping for its Magic Mouse, the small white rodent supplied free with all iMacs.</p> <p>It functions like a track pad, so you can slide your finger up and down the middle to scroll up and down, or use a two-finger left or right swipe to go backwards and forwards on web pages. It&rsquo;s surprisingly easy to get used to, and importantly it keeps greasy fingertips away from that impossibly shiny screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Magic Mouse is a good alternative to touchscreen" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-accessories.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There are few prettier profiles than this" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac21_wMouse_Mavericks_PRINT.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power loss </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple has inevitably made some hardware sacrifices to achieve this price point, though, and they&rsquo;re mostly concerning the processor. It&#39;s powered by an Intel Core i5 chip operating at just 1.4GHz, the same chip that powers the latest <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">13-inch MacBook Air</a>, and our synthetic benchmarks provided identical results.</p> <p>In real-world terms this means that the iMac isn&rsquo;t really about gaming, and the scant number of Mac-compatible games on Steam is testament to the fact that for now, at least, the Mac isn&rsquo;t really sold as a gaming platform. We did, however, manage to get first-person-pant-filler <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/239200/" target="_blank"><em>Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs</em></a> up and running at a decent resolution and framerate, which isn&rsquo;t bad until you realise that 90 per cent of the game is made of black.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">Apple MacBook Air 13in (2014) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You won&#039;t be playing AAA games on the cheaper iMac, but older and indie titles should be just fine" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-steam.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iMac 21.5in tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for model tested. For full pricing and customisation options <a href="http://store.apple.com/my/buy-mac/imac" target="_blank">check out the iMac configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating system</strong>: OS X MavericksScreen: 21.5in LCD with 1920 x 1080 resolution</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5</p> <p><strong>Graphics</strong>: Intel HD Graphics 5000</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 500GB HDD</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong>: none</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 720p</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 802.11ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 (x4), Thunderbolt (x2), SDXC, headphone/digital audio output</p> <p><strong>Accessories</strong>: Apple Magic Mouse, Apple Wireless Keyboard</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 450 x 528 x 175mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 5.68kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hard truths </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The biggest problem here isn&#39;t the low-power processor, though - it&#39;s the decision to use a 500GB spinning hard drive rather than an SSD.</p> <p>Everything takes a little while to load, and while it&rsquo;s nice to have that 500GB of capacity we&rsquo;d rather have a small but speedy SSD and then keep the rest of our data on the cloud or an external USB drive. It is possible to specify a 256GB SSD when you buy your iMac, but doing so adds a cool RM850 to the price.</p> <p>Overall it&#39;s a disappointment in terms of performance, and while it&#39;ll plough through day-to-day tasks and general internetting it falls down when it comes to HD video editing or grand-scale image editing, which are the creative lifeblood of Apple&#39;s computing range.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple is really trying to take on Google Docs and Microsoft Office with its new iLife and iWork suites, which are actually pretty good</p> <p>iLife consists of fun crafty things such as GarageBand and iMovie, both of which run pretty well, with iMovie especially capable of rendering and editing 1080p video quickly. iWork is more prosaic, but its Pages (docs) and Numbers (spreadsheets) apps do the job. We&rsquo;ll stick with Google Docs for document editing, but it&rsquo;s nice to know they&rsquo;re there, especially if that apocalyptic day comes when the internet is cut off but you still need to write a novel and keep a track of your spending.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">Full OS X Mavericks 10.9 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iLife suite of apps is generally very impressive, especially Garageband" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-garageband.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iMac 21.5in (1.4GHz) verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In terms of design this is a winner, with every curve and surface oozing a technofetishistic salaciousness. The screen and speakers are magnificent for media, and we love the accessories.</p> <p>Some of the components are a let-down, though, with the processor and hard drive combining to deliver a rather mediocre computing experience.</p> <p>If all you want is a gorgeous home computer for your web browsing and word processing, this most affordable iMac will suit you fine, but for most people we&#39;d suggest&nbsp;stretching the budget to the RM4299 2.7GHz version. Even then you&rsquo;ll probably want to add another RM680 to add a 256GB SSD. RM4979 - the price of a truly brilliant iMac.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iMac 21.5in (1.4GHz) review verdict" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-press-4.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> quietness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iMac is still the best-looking computer money can buy, but this new, more-affordable option cuts a few too many corners</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-imac-215in-14ghz/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-imac-215in-14ghz/review#comments Apple Desktops iMac 21.5in 2014 Mac OS X Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:04:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442318 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel’s RealSense project now enables its tech to feel http://www.stuff.tv/my/3d/intel-s-realsense-project-now-enables-its-tech-feel/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Look on the bright side: even if humans can’t read your emotions, Intel’s computers can </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Intel’s RealSense project now enables its tech to feel " alt="Intel’s RealSense project now enables its tech to feel " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/realsesnse.jpg?1403777646" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You had a bad day, the camera don&#39;t lie. And before we continue lyric singing more of the song, here&rsquo;s why.</p> <p>Intel&rsquo;s been <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/intel/ces-2014/video-intel-realsense-hands-preview-motion-sensing-depth-detecting-3d-cameras-coming-">speaking of its RealSense technology </a>for a few months now, so you should already know that the technology&rsquo;s capable of recognising individual fingers, depth, and facial expressions.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RealSense recognises more than it should </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;People have 3D sensing, so the robot should have 3D sensing like us. It will&nbsp;recognise you, read your emotions. &lsquo;Why are you sad today? Should I sing you a song?&rsquo; The future is crazy,&rdquo; Intel CTO of perceptual computing, Achin Bhowmik, was quoted to have said.</p> <p>This is a massive development from what we initially thought it was &ndash; an attempt at plugging in and toying with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/intel/ces-2014/intels-realsense-camera-tiny-kinect-module-thatll-be-built-your-next-computer/news">Xbox Kinect on a desktop</a>. Now, the project takes 3D to a totally different direction and pushes the boundaries with what can be achieved on a desktop.</p> <p>In addition to getting all feely, the technology will also remove backgrounds, recognise 10-finger gestures, and perform 3D scans, thanks to its 1080p resolution, high quality depth sensors.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re just as intrigued by it as we are, check out Intel&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYqx4QRaalvhIiQBvIp9F7Q" target="_blank">dedicated YouTube channel </a>for RealSense.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/intel-gives-us-inside-look-computing-comeback-plot/feature">Intel gives us an inside look into its computing comeback plot</a><strong> &nbsp;</strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://betabeat.com/2014/06/intels-new-laptop-can-read-your-emotions-make-everything-3d/" target="_blank">BetaBeat</a>] &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/3d/intel-s-realsense-project-now-enables-its-tech-feel/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/3d/intel-s-realsense-project-now-enables-its-tech-feel/news#comments 3D Desktops Intel System Cameras Thu, 26 Jun 2014 03:55:38 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1440159 at http://www.stuff.tv You can now buy an Apple iMac for less than RM3500 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-introduces-cheaper-new-entry-level-imac/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s dialled down the specs of its all-in-one but retained the chassis and screen. It could even be a bargain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple introduces cheaper new entry-level iMac" alt="Apple introduces cheaper new entry-level iMac" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-imac-21in.jpg?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has rolled out a brand new entry-level iMac desktop priced at just RM3500. OK, RM3500 isn&#39;t exactly chump change and would buy you a pretty serious Windows all-in-one, but for an Apple desktop, it&#39;s something of a steal.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, 8GB of memory and 500GB hard drive, with graphics processing coming courtesy of Intel HD Graphics 5000. Storage is the only configurable spec: you can upgrade to a 1TB hard drive for RM170, a 1TB Fusion drive for RM850, or a 256GB flash for RM850.</p> <p>The new iMac doesn&rsquo;t strike us as much of a powerhouse on paper &ndash; you won&rsquo;t be buying this for 4K video encoding or hardcore gaming at native resolution &ndash; but its specs are more than capable of handling everyday tasks, and if you dial settings down most modern games will run.</p> <p>You can order one today from the online <a href="http://store.apple.com/my/buy-mac/imac" target="_blank">Apple Store</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/os-x-yosemite-code-hints-retina-display-imacs/news">OS X Yosemite code hints at Retina display iMacs</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The new model is £150 cheaper than the previous entry-level iMac" alt="The new model is £150 cheaper than the previous entry-level iMac" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-21in-2.jpg?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-introduces-cheaper-new-entry-level-imac/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-introduces-cheaper-new-entry-level-imac/news#comments Apple Desktops iMac Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:28:48 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1439520 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus impels into the gaming space with its GX500 and ROG GR8 units http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/computex-2014/asus-impels-gaming-space-its-gx500-and-rog-gr8-pcs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Taiwanese company&#039;s latest addition to its Republic of Gamers line-up was unveiled at Computex 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Asus impels into the gaming space with its GX500 and ROG GR8 PCs" alt="Asus impels into the gaming space with its GX500 and ROG GR8 PCs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rog.jpg?1401861660" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus wants to be a strong contender in the gaming space, and it&rsquo;s doing all within its might to mark its spot. This time, it wants to break the boundaries that confines hard-core gaming into any designated space.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a gaming fan, rejoice; the vendor took to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/computex-2014">Computex 2014 in Taipei</a> to unveil its latest gaming PC line-up, which includes the Asus GX500 notebook, as well as the ROG GR8 console PC.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What about the GX500 gaming notebook? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for the ultra-thin, GX500 gaming notebook, it&rsquo;s all about gaming power on the go. At just 19mm thick, it&#39;s the thinnest in the 15.6in gaming notebook class. And at 2.2kg in weight, it packs heavyweight specs including the latest Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics into its chasis.</p> <p>What entices you gamers more than some decent visuals? The GX500 is all about that &ndash; it boasts a 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) 3840 x 2160-pixel display with exclusive VisualMaster technology. What does that do you ask? It apparently provides an incredibly wide colour gamut of 100 per cent NTSC. In short, better colours on a 4K display.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gaming-pc-your-pocket/news">Go on, stuff the iBuyPower Hexa gaming PC into your pocket</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="What about the GX500 gaming notebook? " alt="What about the GX500 gaming notebook? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notebook.jpg?1401861660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/computex-2014/asus-impels-gaming-space-its-gx500-and-rog-gr8-pcs/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/computex-2014/asus-impels-gaming-space-its-gx500-and-rog-gr8-pcs/news#comments Asus Computex 2014 Desktops Gaming Laptops Wed, 04 Jun 2014 05:56:19 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1438517 at http://www.stuff.tv Alienware X51 (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does the refreshed version of our favourite gaming desktop have the might to take on a new generation of consoles? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware X51 review" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Alienware-X51-review-7.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A couple of years ago Alienware&rsquo;s X51 gaming PC had an easy ride. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were long in the tooth, and it was child&rsquo;s play for Alienware to assemble a gaming PC with lots more power.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM3,288.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Good components </div> <div class="field-item even"> Winning performance:size ratio </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fantastic for media </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Draws lots of power </div> <div class="field-item even"> A bit loud </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Below-par accessories </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most console-like computer around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We still really like the X51&rsquo;s compact size and small footprint, and it looks good under a telly.</p> <p>There are of course smaller computers out there, but the Alienware is about as compact as they get while still leaving space for chunky, powerful graphics cards and optical drives. It&rsquo;s only fractionally bigger than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a>, too, but its curvaceous design looks dated compared to the consoles&rsquo; newfound angularity.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s not the smallest PC around, but it&#039;s compact considering the components it&#039;s packing" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-1.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Locked and loaded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our sample is quite a high-end variant of the X51, shipped with the very latest Core i7 processor and an AMD Radeon R9 graphics card, backed up with 8GB of memory and a 2TB hard drive.</p> <p>There are plenty of options for further upgrades when you purchase the computer, and you can always pop off the side and install your own components, which is a mega advantage over all consoles ever.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The curvy X51 is looking a bit dated next to the angular new consoles" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-4.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware X51 2014 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for model tested. For full pricing and customisation options check out the <a href="http://www.dell.com/my/p/alienware-x51-r2/pd.aspx" target="_blank">X51 configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1 (64Bit) English</a></p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> - Intel Core i7-4770</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> -&nbsp;AMD Radeon R9 270</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 8GB Dual Channel DDR3</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> -&nbsp;2TB SATA 3Gb/s</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong> - DVD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth, HDMI (x2), USB 3.0 (x8), Gigabit ethernet, coaxial, optical, analogue audio</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 343 x 95 x&nbsp;318mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 5.49kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Packing a powerful punch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All of that kit adds up to a rich gaming experience that is certainly on a par with the consoles. It runs <em>Battlefield 4</em> with most of the settings pumped up, and it maintains a decent 25 frames per second on bechmarking favourite <em>Metro: Last Light</em> at its most intense.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s capable of 4K gaming, too, although you might want a bigger, Titan-toting rig if you&#39;re really serious about pushing those numbers of pixels around at silky smooth frame rates. And bear in mind that it looks very unlikely either of the new consoles will ever offer 4K gaming.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tv/heres-why-4k-tv-set-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">Here&#39;s why 4K TV is set to take over your living room</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The X51 can be oriented vertically or horizontally" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-8.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch the electricity bill </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a rather big disadvantage to the X51&rsquo;s beefy components, especially the graphics card: they draw a heck of a lot of power. It idles happily at around 44 watts, but boot up a game and it drastically increases to 250 watts - 100 watts more than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> under full load. It also gets loud, but not deafeningly so.</p> <p>However, these are problems with the nature of PCs in general, and Alienware deserves kudos for creating a case that requires no cooling other than the CPU and graphics card heatsinks, and as a result this is still far quieter than your average gaming PC.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s not as quiet as one of the new consoles, but the X51is quieter than the average gaming PC" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-5.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Every expense spared on the accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Surprisingly Alienware still hasn&rsquo;t fully embraced living room computing, which is a little odd given Steam&rsquo;s leaps and bounds in becoming a TV-based gaming platform.</p> <p>Here you get a mouse and keyboard chucked in, but they&rsquo;re both wired and both pretty abysmal - the mouse especially is like something you&rsquo;d find in a cereal packet. A remote control would be a great addition here, as would a game pad.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news" target="_blank">Hands-on with Valve&#39;s Steam Controller</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The bundled keyboard and mouse are wired and pretty naff. Budget for upgrades or a games controller" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-keyboard.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A media hoarder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It still functions really well as a media-centric PC, though, and it includes HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort outputs for connecting to a variety of displays, with optical and digital coaxial for audio.</p> <p>Alienware chucked in a 2TB hard drive for our sample (the base option is 1TB). It handles media utterly flawlessly, it&rsquo;s nigh-on silent when doing so, and the variety of media services available for the PC - including naughty ones - only add to its versatility. Take that, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steam Machine? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The X51 more than meets the minimum requirements for Valve&rsquo;s gaming-dedicated Steam Machines, and its size and power make it perfect for HD gaming.</p> <p>However, it might be worth waiting to take a look at Alienware and iBuyPower&#39;s upcoming Steam Machines if a lounge-friendly gaming PC tickles your fancy. These lack optical drives so they&#39;re even tinier than the X51, and in theory they&#39;ll be cheaper because they won&rsquo;t need an extortionate Windows licence.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/valve/exclusive-12-steam-machines-detailed-fondled-and-photographed-every-angle/feature" target="_blank">12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware&#039;s incoming X31 Steam Machine is smaller than the X51" alt="Alienware X31" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware%20x31.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance per pound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>X51 configurations start at RM3288,&nbsp;but the price varies based on your configuration. It&rsquo;s expensive compared to consoles, but PC games are generally far cheaper and ardent gamers will save cash in the long run - especially if they don&rsquo;t mind waiting for Steam&rsquo;s sales. In computing terms a souped-up gaming PC for around a grand has to be admired, too, especially given the small form factor.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware X51 (2014) verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alienware hasn&rsquo;t changed a huge amount about the X51, but this is still the computer to get if you&rsquo;re not tempted by a console.</p> <p>The wee size matched with powerful components make it perfectly suited to the living room, and in terms of performance it&rsquo;s up there with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a>, but with the added flexibility of the PC as a platform. Steam Machines are going to liven this market up, but right now the X51 is the best balance of performance and size in the PC world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware X51 verdict" alt="Alienware X51" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-9.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> quietness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s not without its flaws, but the X51 remains the best balance of power and form currently available in PC land</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware X51 (2014) review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not quite a Steam Machine, but close enough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-1_1.jpg?1400553347" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review#comments Alienware Desktops Gaming Windows X51 Sat, 17 May 2014 12:01:19 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437445 at http://www.stuff.tv Go on, stuff the iBuyPower Hexa gaming PC into your pocket http://www.stuff.tv/my/gaming-pc-your-pocket/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> True story, the palm-sized gaming rig offers quite a punch with its super-small form factor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Go on, stuff the iBuyPowerA Hexa gaming PC into your pocket" alt="Go on, stuff the iBuyPowerA Hexa gaming PC into your pocket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iBuyPower%20Hexa.jpg?1399541320" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>iBuyPower has just <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/Product/Hexa" target="_blank">come up with a super small gaming rig </a>option for those who are cramped for space but still want to get some fragging on.</p> <p>Whether it&#39;s your tiny living room or you just want a second rig to bring along to a LAN party (they still happen), the Hexa cube looks like a real gaming companion.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Customisable gaming cube </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&#39;s what the standard setup of a Hexa machine looks like:</p> <ul> <li>4th Generation Intel Core i7-4770R Processor<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>8GB DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM Memory<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Windows 8.1<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Wi-Fi/Bluetooth</li> </ul> <p>That is a pretty decent mid-range desktop computing option to be sure and it starts at US$899 (RM2923).</p> <p>Now the real question is, what can it play? Pretty much anything mid-to-low end, and probably the latest AAA games, albeit at medium settings. MMOs should work just fine as well as classic FPS favourites.</p> <p>What&#39;s appealing about this particular setup is that it&#39;s pretty customisable. While you can&#39;t request a different processor or graphics, iBuyPower gives you other customisation options like a memory bump to 16GB, an SSD drive, options for an optical drive, SD card reader and a better wireless network card.</p> <p>AMD fans will soon see a Richland A8-5557M APU with the accompanying AMD graphics, though there&#39;s no word if the system will be much cheaper than the base i7 model.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2014/05/07/ibuypower-just-launched-a-palm-sized-intel-powered-gaming-pc/?utm_campaign=techtwittersf&amp;utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=social" target="_blank">Forbes</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="A gaming PC in your pocket?" alt="A gaming PC in your pocket?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hexa%20view%20back.jpg?1399541320" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gaming-pc-your-pocket/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/gaming-pc-your-pocket/news#comments Desktops Gaming Thu, 08 May 2014 04:08:45 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1436733 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: major Mac OS X revamp to be unveiled next month http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/rumour-mac-os-x-set-huge-update-next-month/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> June’s WWDC event to see unveiling of OS X Syrah with “end-to-end” redesign, says report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rumour: Mac OS X set for a huge update next month" alt="Rumour: Mac OS X set for a huge update next month" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wwdc-2014.jpg?1399093467" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has big plans for OS X, according to a new report &ndash; and we&rsquo;re going to learn much more about them at next month Worldwide Developers Conference.</p> <p>9to5Mac claims that WWDC will see the unveiling of a revamped Mac operating system, with the jump from the current OS X Mavericks to OS X Syrah (as it&rsquo;s reportedly codenamed) being similar to that of iOS 6 to iOS 7.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A major overhaul </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The report calls it an &ldquo;end-to-end&rdquo; redesign, with some features inspired by iOS 7: similar toggle designs, sharper window corners, more white space, &ldquo;more defined icons across the system&rdquo;. However, it says that Apple isn&rsquo;t ready to ditch OS X staples like Finder, Mission Control and multi-window multitasking just yet, so OS X will remain distinct from its mobile counterpart.</p> <p>The codename &ldquo;Syrah&rdquo; comes from a Californian wine, by the way. The trend of nods towards Apple&rsquo;s home state began with OS X Mavericks, and will reportedly continue with new versions of the desktop OS for the foreseeable future: other terms for California landmarks like Diablo, Mammoth and Yosemite have been trademarked by the company, and it&rsquo;s possible that one of these could end up being the final name for Mac OS 10.10. All will doubtless be revealed at WWDC, which begins on 2nd June.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/05/01/os-x-10-10-focus-planned-for-wwdc-ios-8-features-pushed-to-ios-8-1-new-apple-tv-os-in-the-works/">9to5Mac</a>]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/rumour-mac-os-x-set-huge-update-next-month/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/rumour-mac-os-x-set-huge-update-next-month/news#comments Apple Desktops Laptops Mac OSX Fri, 02 May 2014 09:27:58 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436533 at http://www.stuff.tv