Oct 202010
 
Authors: Ryan Gibbons and Glen Pfeiffer

What’s harder than writing about a bunch of new Apple products in one column? Writing about them all in half a column, ‘cause we can’t do only Apple all the time. Yesterday, Apple announced a bunch of Apple-ish new updates, so here it is in as few words as possible.

iLife:

iPhoto is more integrated with Facebook, displaying picture comments right in your albums, which is cool –– until you realize that procrastinating on iPhoto surely can’t be as fun as Facebook itself. They also have some great new options for creating coffee table photo albums and greeting cards, both of which can be designed in iPhoto and sent to be manufactured.

iMovie got a quick update to include some sweet new features like more powerful audio editing, a few one click special effects like instant replay and a movie trailer wizard.

Also, Macs are getting FaceTime.

Lion:

We were hoping for “Puma” as the name of Apple’s new OS, but it turns out that we’re too young to remember that Apple already used “Puma” as the name for OS 10.1, in 2001. This new breed of Mac gets its upgrades from the iPhone and iPad OS, which means you’ll soon be using an interface based a little more on the multi-touch trackpad.

MacBook Air:
Evidently those crazy Apple engineers had a little too much to drink one night and for whatever reason decided to get an iPad and MacBook into bed together. A few overheated circuits later, they had something that resembled their new MacBook Air.

Now with a smaller 11.6-inch screen option and no spinning hard drive, the Macbook Air is even lighter and compact than ever. Luckily they’ve given us one more USB port, bringing the grand total to two, and are also keeping the 13.3-inch screen version.

Apple isn’t the only organization working to bring you services. As mentioned in the past, Glen is a member of the University Technology Fee Advisory Board –– the group of students that allocates the annual $20 fee you all pay (it’s a $1.4 million budget).

A lot of this money is spent on upgrading the wireless network on campus, but last spring the board voted to fund a yearlong test. The question at hand is whether students would benefit from having an account with lynda.com.

You may have heard the name lynda.com as the test began this semester, but if not here’s a brief explanation. The site provides high quality video tutorials on how to use several hundred different programs.

Any innocent bystander can pay to have an account with lynda.com, but CSU has contracted with them to provided licenses en masse for all students.

If you haven’t accessed the site, you should at lynda.colostate.edu. No hard numbers on usage have been presented yet, but we have talked to multiple professors whose classes have saved thousands of dollars on textbook costs thanks to these tutorials.

We’ve heard some positive buzz about it, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the license gets renewed in the spring. We encourage you to use the service. It’s your student fees at work, and we thought you’d like to hear about how much money isn’t being spent on textbooks.

Columnists Ryan Gibbons and Glen Pfeiffer want to know your thoughts on lynda.com and OS X Lion, so send comments to verve@collegian.com.

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