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Andru Edwards on GeekWire Radio: Windows 8.1, iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, and big data at the ballpark

Andru Edwards GeekWire radioI made an appearance on this weeks episode of GeekWire Radio here in Seattle, Washington, and the episode is now live for you to listen to or download. It kicks off with a report from Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco, talking about all the Windows 8.1 news. I also share my thoughts on iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, along with stories from my participation in the Ford “Fiesta Movement” social media campaign.

We also talk about some of the top startup news of the week, including the cool Poppy device that turns an iPhone into a 3D camera, and an app called IdealSeat that crunches large amounts of data to tell baseball fans where they should sit for the best chance of catching a ball.

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Ask Andru: Will OS X Mavericks be compatible with my Mac?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, PC / Laptop, Software,

OS X Mavericks

Apple announced OS X Mavericks a few days ago during the WWDC 2013 keynote, and we've been getting a bunch of questions about which Macs will work with the new operating system, like this one from Anette:

Q: OS X Mavericks looks cool, despite the silly name. However, it seems that when new software is introduced, a bunch of hardware is left out of the mix. Apple didn't make it clear which Macs will be able to run Mavericks. Do you know? Here's hoping my 2010 MacBook Air isn't left out in the cold!

A: Thankfully, it appears that Mavericks will be pretty forgiving, and won't need super-new hardware in order to run. In fact, it will run on some Macs that are as much as 6-years old. Here's the list:

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

As you can see, anyone who has bought a Mac within the past four years is covered and will be able to run OS X Mavericks. Mac Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook aluminum buyers as far back as 2008 are also good. In fact, some MacBook Pro and iMac buyers from back in 2007 can even get in on the Mavericks action. We'd say that this is a pretty large blanket of Mac users that will be able to enjoy the next generation of OS X.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks is set to launch later this fall, and will be available exclusively on the Mac App Store. No pricing has been announced just yet, but if history is any indication, it will cost between $19.99 and $29.99.


OS X Mavericks includes offline dictation with live feedback

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software,

OS X Mavericks dictation

While looking through the various settings in OS X Mavericks, we uncovered a feature that went unannounced during the WWDC 2013 keynote. Apple will feature Enhanced Dictation in OS X 10.9 Mavericks, allowing users to use the feature when offline, and also providing the ability to get live feedback, so you can see what OS X is interpreting before it takes action, rather than having to fix it after the fact. Enabling Enhanced Dictation will require a 785 MB download, and the feature isn't yet enabled in the currently-available Developer Preview.

We'll report back with any other interesting Mavericks features we stumble across as we make our way through the next version of OS X.


Safari 6.1 will also bring new sidebar, Shared Links to Mountain Lion

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PC / Laptop, Software,

Safari 6.1 Mountain Lion Sidebar

Safari 6.1 was announced during today's WWDC 2013 keynote, and brings a new Top Sites layout into the mix, along with a redesigned sidebar for accessing bookmarks, Reading List, and the new Shared Links section (which pulls in links that are shared by people you follow on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.) The features were shown as part of the new OS X Mavericks demo, but as it turns out, OS X Mountain Lion is going to get in on the new Safari love as well. We've actually got Safari 6.1 running here, and have included a screenshot above.


The End Score Report 005: Kentucky Derby, Alex Rodriguez, Keyshaun Johnson, Sydney Crosby

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Athletes, Editorial, Kudos, NBA, News, NFL, NHL, Videocasts,

In this edition of the End Score Report, Dan Devone gives his take on the latest news from the world of sports:

  • Kentucky Derby: Horses built and bred to run, what we feel about it. Dan is pulling for Scat Daddy.
  • April-Rod: Alex Rodriguez can’t be Mr. April in NY and have success. He has to be in it for the long haul.
  • Keyshaun Johnson, the Mouth of the South.
  • Sydney Crosby: The second coming of Wayne Gretzky, Crosby is going to bring attention back to the NHL and hockey.
  • Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks: Dirk needs to take the Mavs to the Promiseland, and start going to the hoop to start making moves. You can’t be a 7-foot tall jumper.

Agree or disagree? Let us know your thoughts on the End Score forums.


Warriors Make History, Defeat Number One Seed Mavericks

Posted by Chris Pereira Categories: Athletes, NBA, News, Playoffs, Scoreboard,

Baron Davis after a threeAvery Johnson said all the pressure was on the Warriors. With a game 7 in Dallas looming, there was most assuredly plenty of pressure to be had. But you wouldn’t have known that from watching the Warriors on Thursday night. In their second straight game with a chance to eliminate the Mavs, the Warriors took care of business in the second half and finished off Mark Cuban’s club, 111-86, taking the series in six games.

It’s already been herald as the biggest upset in NBA playoff history. The Warriors were not given a chance in this series by anyone – but that didn’t stop them from becoming only the third eight-seed team to ever eliminate a number one seed in the playoffs, and the first team to accomplish this since the first round turned to a seven game series in 2002.

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