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Explore Apple’s Global Supplier Network via an Interactive Map

8:53 PM, Feb. 18th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s extensive chain of suppliers has been the focus of increased media attention in recent years, and the company has responded by listing [PDF] and auditing the firms that supply the components for our favorite devices. Now, ChinaFile has created an interactive Google Map that lets users explore the distribution of Apple’s suppliers around the world. Thanks to Macgasm for the tip.

Is a USB 2.0 External Drive Fast Enough for My iTunes Library?

7:54 PM, Feb. 18th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

Mac Geek Gab listener John needs a new external hard drive for his growing iTunes library. Will a cheap USB 2.0 drive be fast enough, or would it be better to go with a FireWire 800 or Thunderbolt drive? We examine the difference between the interfaces so that John can decide what best fits his needs.

The Unofficial Cirque du Mac X Bootleg Video

9:17 AM, Feb. 18th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

You really should have attended Cirque du Mac X at this year's Macworld/iWorld but, for those who couldn't, Chuck Joiner's MacVoicesTV has the "unofficial" bootleg video from the show, featuring the Macworld All-Star Band. Check it out to see a great performance by Christopher Breen, Paul Kent, Chuck La Tournous, Bob LeVitus, Duane Straub, and TMO's very own Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin.

Next iPad mini’s Retina Display to Raise Production Cost 30%

6:08 AM, Feb. 18th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Rumor

iPad mini Retina Display

Recent rumors suggest that the second-generation iPad mini will adopt a Retina resolution display that exceeds the pixel density of its larger sibling, but doing so could raise the production cost of the device by more than 30 percent due to the need for additional backlighting and GPU performance. The change would also hit Apple's already shrinking margins, which have negatively affected the company's stock price.

Android Dominates Q4, Combines with iOS for 91% Smartphone Share

5:20 AM, Feb. 18th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · News

IDC 2012 Global Smartphone Shipments

Apple’s iOS and Android’s Google continued to dominate the global smartphone market in 2012, combining in the fourth quarter for over 91 percent of total smartphone market share, according to data released late last week by IDC. But Android alone remained king, shipping over three times as many units as Apple's platform.

Grab the Free Source Code to 1990’s Adobe Photoshop 1.0.1

5:32 AM, Feb. 15th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

The source code for Photoshop 1.0.1, released in 1990 for the Mac, is now freely available for non-commercial use thanks to Adobe and the Computer History Museum. The original MacApp libraries are not included and architectural issues will make it very difficult to get up and running, but those interested in a nostalgic compiling adventure can check out all 128,000 lines of code now.