Apple COO: iPad takes a bite out of Mac sales

The iPad is nibbling away Mac sales, as demand continued to exceed supply in the quarter, according to comments made by Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook during the company's third-quarter earnings conference call.

iPad shipments jump 183 percent: How big of a nibble? We know this much. Apple shipped a record 9.25 million iPads during the quarter, a 183 percent increase over the same quarter last year when it shipped 3.3 million. Meanwhile, it shipped about 3.95 million Macs in the third quarter, a 14 percent increase from last year.

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Migration Assistant updated for Snow Leopard to Lion transfers

If you're planning on upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion tomorrow, you'll want to do a quick software update and be sure you've got Migration Assistant version 1.0 installed.

The update fixes an issue that prevents the migration of data from systems running Mac OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard to systems running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

The update can be downloaded via Software Update on qualifying machines or directly from Apple.

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iTunes Store eats processing threads

While iTunes itself is not a tremendous processing resource hog (about 1 to 3 percent CPU usage and 11 to 13 threads when idle), leaving the iTunes Store as your active selection in iTunes can jump the CPU usage to between 6 and 10 percent and add two to three threads when idle.

If you're needing to process anything requiring a lot of power and you've got iTunes open, being sure that the iTunes Store is not the active selection in the iTunes sidebar is a good place to get some extra oomph. Mac OS X Hints user … Read more

Mac OS X Lion goes on sale Wednesday

Apple's next version of Mac OS X, dubbed Lion, will go on sale tomorrow, the company's execs said during Apple's second-quarter conference call.

The latest version of the OS has "over 250 new features," the company has said. The OS first made its debut at an event dubbed "Back to the Mac" in October, where the company also launched its second-generation MacBook Air and iLife '11 software.

Some of the most important features include: support for full-screen applications, more multitouch gestures, system resume, auto save for app data, AirDrop file transfer, and a … Read more

Buzz Out Loud 1513: The FBI is coming after Anonymous. Run and tell that. (Podcast)

The FBI rolls out a massive raid across the United States in connection with the "Anonymous" hacking investigation. Google's Eric Schmidt will defend HTC at all costs and if you can't wait for the inevitable Mac OS X Lion release, it's already out on the internet. Because that won't get you in trouble at all.

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Amazon lightens bookbags

Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:

Amazon lets students rent textbooks

Hackers attack News Corp.

Apple Mac OS X Lion launch tomorrow

CNN live news comes to mobile

Google buys

Will your Mac run OS X 10.7 Lion?

Apple's newest release of OS X is just around the corner, and part of its advancements is that it will not only be Intel-only as was the case with Snow Leopard, but it will also run exclusively in 64-bit mode and therefore require a 64-bit CPU. Unfortunately, this means that some of the early Intel-based Macs will not be able to run Lion when it is released, so if you did purchase one of the first Intel Macs in 2006 (or purchased one second-hand) then you may not be able to install and run OS X 10.7.

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Reports: Lion being sent to Apple stores, AppleCare

The shipping version of Apple's Mac OS X Lion is said to be at Apple's stores, and ready to be deployed on showroom floor computers the same day it's released to the public, according to reports.

Macrumors today said a hard drive with the new OS ready to be installed has been delivered to Apple's retail stores. Separately, a report on 9to5mac claimed AppleCare support staff are receiving training for the new OS, as well as having the same final version installed on their own machines.

Neither report provides a release date for the $29.99 … Read more

Amazon lets students rent Kindle textbooks

Amazon today unveiled a textbook rental service for the company's Kindle e-reader. Students can rent e-textbooks for as few as 30 days and extend rental periods in one-day increments.

A key feature is you can keep annotations and highlighting after the rental period ends. The notes are stored in the Amazon cloud and can be automatically synced if you re-rent a textbook. The amount of storable highlighting allowed is determined by the individual publishers, according to an Amazon spokesperson.

Of course, the devil is in the details. John Wiley & Sons isn't saying how much highlighting they allow … Read more