Time Machine can be used without an external hard drive in Lion

Time machine

In the past couple of days the internet has been buzzing with news about Apple’s new operating system “Mac OS X Lion” we have already discussed many of the new features, however recently several sites have posted about the changes to Time Machine. Apple has added the so-called “Local Snapshots” which allows you to use the helpful Time Machine backup feature without an external hard drive and instead makes a local snapshot of all file changes. Your Mac will take these local snapshots every hour and store them on your Mac’s internal hard disk.

While Apple warns that Time Machine should really be used with an external hard drive, as its true purpose is to protect your files when your local disk malfunctions, we still see the local snapshots feature as important if you lose a file while on the go, and we presume it works hand-in-hand with the new “Versions” feature in Lion, which allows you to view the evolution of your documents.

If you go for a certain time without being connected to your external hard drive, once you connect your computer will copy all of the local snapshots as backups onto that external drive.

Apple announces Lion Server, comes integrated into Mac OS X Lion

In the past Mac OS X was divided in the normal version and the Server version, now however Apple has decided that Mac OS X Lion will have a server version that for the very first time, it’s actually integrated into the normal operating system. This just goes to show how Apple’s really wants to deploy the entire package, and not ship several versions of their operating system.

Below is some information about the server update.

Lion Server is now part of Mac OS X Lion. It’s easy to set up your Mac as a server and take advantage of the many services Lion Server has to offer. Here are just a few of the new features that make server deployment faster, easier, and more powerful than ever.

Profile Manager:

Lion Server guides you through configuring your Mac as a server. And it provides local and remote administration — for users and groups, push notifications, file sharing, calendaring, mail, contacts, chat, Time Machine, VPN, web, and wiki services — all in one place.

File Sharing for iPad

Lion Server delivers wireless file sharing for iPad. Enabling WebDAV in Lion Server gives iPad users the ability to access, copy, and share documents on the server from applications such as Keynote, Numbers, and Pages.

Lion includes new Mail 5, looks more like the iPad mail

When Apple updated their website they added a host of new information about their upcoming OS X 10.7, one of the most interesting tidbits is that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will include an all new Mail application and it looks just like the one you can find on an iPad.

A new mail bar is also present with easier access to some new tools. The new Mail.app also works with the new full-screen feature in Lion, and we have to say that it looks pretty awesome.

Just like Mail on iPad, Mail 5 in Mac OS X Lion features a new layout that takes advantage of the widescreen display on your Mac. You see the messages in your inbox as well as a full-height preview of the selected message. The new Mailbox bar gives you one-click access to your favorite folders. Mail 5 also includes a powerful new way to search that makes finding what you’re looking for quick and easy, even in the largest of inboxes.

Mail 5 also brings a new “Conversations” feature to the Mac. This feature organizes your inbox to be more natural and the concept looks remarkable.

Mail 5 also introduces Conversations, a natural new way to read and manage email that automatically groups messages from the same conversation — even if the subject changes along the way. Just click a conversation in your inbox to reveal a streamlined feed of individual messages in chronological order, and easily file or delete an entire conversation.

Bunch of Gameloft games on sale!

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Presidents day went by rather quietly in the App Store, however now several App developers have placed their Apps on sale, one of these is Gameloft who has dropped the prices on  30 of its games to less than a dollar.

Here’s the list:

Asphalt 5
Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles HD
Blokus HD
Brain Challenge HD
Chess Classics HD
Driver
Dungeon Hunter HD
Fishing Kings
Frankenstein – The Dismembered Bride HD
Gangstar: West Coast Hustle
Hero of Sparta HD
Hero of Sparta 2 HD
Let’s Golf
Modern Combat: Sandstorm
NFL 2010 HD
NFL 2011 HD
NOVA
NOVA 2 HD
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within [and its HD version]
Real Soccer 2010 [and its HD version]
Real Soccer 2011
Real Tennis HD
Secrets of the Vatican HD
Shrek Forever After HD
Shrek Kart
Skater Nation
Star Battalion [and its HD version]
UNO HD
Tom Clancy’s HAWX
War in the Pacific
Zombie Infection HD

That’s a lot of games, and a lot of iPad HD versions for sale, right?

Mac OS X Lion Adds Recovery Partition Support

The new Apple Mac OS X Lion adds several new and cool features to the OS, one of the most interesting features is the support for a recovery partition as part of the OS installation. Apple is making the tools and resources available to you that will allow you to perform disk repair and recoveries on your MacBook/MacBook Pro while on the road or on your desktop Mac at home. The utilities will be readily available and therefore you won’t have to go hunting for that always elusive DVD or USB stick.

This is because the new partition labeled Recovery HD acts just like the DVDs and USB sticks that Apple has traditionally shipped with its computers.

You simply press and hold the Option key after starting your Mac. You are eventually presented with a list of the available boot partitions. You use the arrow keys to select the boot drive and press Return. The system will then boot from the selected disk. In this instance you would choose the Recovery HD disk to access the Mac OS X Lion recovery partition.

It looks like Apple is going to have another blockbuster OS release later this year. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait until Lion hits store shelves (virtual or otherwise).

Mac OS X Lion developer preview released

As you might have noticed yesterday was a big Apple day, they released the new MacBook Pros as well as the Thunderbolt connections, however more interesting is that they also released the first developer preview of Mac OS X Lion and updated its information page on the operating system.

With this announcement comes new information on Lion’s features, including AirDrop, a global auto-save, which saves your work for you and Versions, which automatically saves versions of documents you’re working on and provides a Time Machine-like interface for browsing them.

Apple’s Lion features page has been updated with additional information. With Mission Control, Launchpad and full-screen apps, the Mac OS is looking more like is younger sibling, iOS, than ever.

We will post more information about the new additions at a later time, so check back regularly.

Apple Launches $0.99 Mac FaceTime App on Mac App Store

Today is one busy day for Apple, they have just officially launched the FaceTime for Mac App on the Mac App Store for $0.99

The app was in public beta before this, but with the imminent launch of the new MacBook Pros, Apple has launched version 1.0. New MacBook Pro owners will get FaceTime pre-installed, so it appears as if this download is only for existing Mac customers.

Although buyers of new MacBook Pros should have it come preinstalled on their machines, if you want FaceTime on your existing Mac, it’s going to cost you $0.99 and is available through the Mac App Store

According to the Apple website:

Simple to Get Started
• Setup is quick and easy – just enter your Apple ID.
• With just one click, you can make a video call to an iPhone 4, an iPod touch, or another Mac.

Easy-to-Organize Contacts
• Make calls using your existing Address Book contacts – you don’t have to enter your contacts from scratch.
• Add the people you call most often to your Favorites list.
• Quickly review your past calls with Recents.

High-Definition Video
• Receive HD video calls at up to 720p on supported, Intel-based Macs.*
• A Mac with a standard-definition camera delivers up to VGA-quality video for Mac-to-Mac calls.

Elegant Interface
• Window and playback controls fade away so the focus stays on your conversation.
• View transitions smoothly when an iPhone 4 or iPod touch user switches from front to rear cameras or from portrait to landscape views.
• FaceTime’s widescreen aspect ratio makes it easy for families and groups to participate in a call.
• Enjoy your video call full screen, using every inch of your beautiful Mac display.

Ring Anywhere, Any Time
• Incoming calls ring on your Mac, even if FaceTime isn’t running.
• If you have more than one Mac, incoming calls ring on every one so you can answer on the Mac that’s most convenient.

Apple Introduces Thunderbolt

Not only the Apple Store got a major new release, the whole Apple site got an overhaul and now includes information about a lot of their new cool features. The website now includes an overview of Thunderbolt, which they all-but-confirm is Light Peak and designed in collaboration with Intel Labs (who has their own press conference scheduled for later this morning).

According to Apple Thunderbolt is up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and twice as fast as USB 3.0. It’s a single cable that consolidates almost all existing ports, from FireWire to USB to miniDisplay to eSATA. This is one cable to rule them all.

And even though the new MacBook Pros come with only one Thunderbolt port, it shouldn’t matter for end users: two 10Gbps channels on the same connector mean you can daisy chain multiple high-speed, data-intensive devices and multiple displays to the same port without using a hub… and without reducing performance.

thunder

“Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”

NEW MacBook Pros are here!!!!

When the Apple Store came back online, one of the major changes was the new MacBook Pros

As expected the new MacBook Pros make the leap to Intel’s new architecture, Sandy Bridge, starting with the 13-incher’s 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU and stretching all the way up to the $2499 17-incher’s 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor.

Furthermore, the MacBook Pro has seen some minor enhancements, too: the entire lineup has dropped in weight, and all models feature a slightly larger trackpad than before, and they include a ‘FaceTime HD’ camera versus the iSight of previous models.

Specs copied from our friends at TUAW.com

13″ MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with a 3 MB shared L3 cache or 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • Display: 13.3-inch LED-Backlit with 1280×800 resolution; Glossy only
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1333 MHz (2×2 GB), supports up to 8 GB
  • HDD: 320 or 500 GB, 5400 RPM Serial ATA hard drive; optional 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB DDR3 SDRAM shared memory
  • Other features: FaceTime HD camera, 8X slot-loading SuperDrive, Thunderbolt High-Speed E/A and Mini-DisplayPort, 802.11N WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, SDXC, FireWire 800, USB 2.0.
  • Price: Starting at $1199

15″ MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.0 or 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 6 MB L3 Cache; optional 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache
  • Display: 15.4-inch LED-Backlit with 1440 x 900 resolution; Glossy or Anti-Glare
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1333 MHz (2×2 GB), supports up to 8 GB
  • HDD: 500 or 750 GB, 5400 RPM Serial ATA hard drive; optional 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive, 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive, or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256 MB GDDR5 RAM or AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB GDDR5 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Other features: FaceTime HD camera, 8X slot-loading SuperDrive, Thunderbolt High-Speed E/A and Mini-DisplayPort, 802.11N WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, SDXC, FireWire 800, USB 2.0.
  • Price: Starting at $1,799

17″ MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 6 MB L3 Cache; optional 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache
  • Display: 17-inch LED-Backlit with 1920 x 1200 resolution; Glossy or Anti-Glare
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1333 MHz (2×2 GB), supports up to 8 GB
  • HDD: 750 GB, 5400 RPM Serial ATA hard drive; optional 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB GDDR5 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Other features: FaceTime HD camera, 8X slot-loading SuperDrive, Thunderbolt High-Speed E/A and Mini-DisplayPort, 802.11N WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, ExpressCard/34 slot, FireWire 800, USB 2.0.
  • Price: Starting at $2,499

Apple officially to unveil new iPad during March 2 event!

iPad2

This is the news we have all been waiting for, it’s official: The iPad 2 launch will be March 2.

Journalists are receiving press invites to a special media event on March 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. And Apple has already begun preparing the site for the event.
Event

“Come see what 2011 will be all about,” says the invite. Looks like Apple is pretty confident about the iPad 2.

It will be interesting to what the new iPad wil look like and what the specs will be like, we find it rather interesting that the only App which appears in the picture is the map App, could Apple have something planned here or is this simply a coincidence.

It will be interesting to see who will present the new device, will it be Tim Cook or will Steve come out of his hiatus.

The event starts at 10:00 am. It’s the same venue Apple traditionally uses to introduce products. We will keep you updated on where to follow the event!