ControlAir: Kinect-Like Mac

Video: This amazing app lets you control your Mac with Kinect-like gestures

By on February 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

Video: This amazing app lets you control your Mac with Kinect-like gestures

Available as a free download in the Mac App Store, ControlAir is a brand new OS X app that will let you control media on your OS X computer like never before. It uses the Mac’s camera to interpret a variety of gestures that can trigger certain actions inside a variety of apps. More →

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Hercules Universal DJ Review

This $250 box made me a DJ

By on January 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

This $250 box made me a DJ

I can’t tell you how old I feel right now. I can remember it like it was yesterday though, carrying a crate of drum and bass records down the hall in my college dorm and practicing on my friend’s turntables. Actual vinyl records on actual Technics 1200 decks. People would funnel in and out of the room, some to hang out and enjoy the music, others to complain about having to study for exams.

It was a great time, and now people can experience the same thing without having to dump $1,500, $2,000 or even more on a rig. No, these days it only costs $250 to be a DJ. More →

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KeyTouch Touch ID Mac Unlock App

KeyTouch lets you unlock your Mac with Touch ID, and it was built by 14-year-olds

By on January 22, 2015 at 6:05 PM.

KeyTouch lets you unlock your Mac with Touch ID, and it was built by 14-year-olds

Unlike most teenagers who are busy with school work and sports, Erik van der Plas and Tom de Ruiter are two very young Dutch software developers. At the ripe old ages of 13 and 14 years, respectively, they have come up with an app that uses Apple’s Touch ID security feature on iOS devices to actually unlock Mac computers.

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Mac Vs. Windows PC

Longtime Mac user tries to buy a PC for the first time, walks away totally confused

By on January 20, 2015 at 12:13 PM.

Longtime Mac user tries to buy a PC for the first time, walks away totally confused

We’ve written a lot about what happens when an iPhone user switches to Android (and vice-versa) but it’s been a while since we’ve written about a longtime Mac user who has switched to using a Windows-based PC. Macworld’s John Moltz recently tried to buy a PC for his gamer son and he came away completely confused by all of the different options offered by Lenovo and other PC OEMs. More →

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Apple Minority Report 3D UI

Apple might be working on that crazy ‘Minority Report’ 3D UI you’ve been dreaming of

By on January 13, 2015 at 12:55 PM.

Apple might be working on that crazy ‘Minority Report’ 3D UI you’ve been dreaming of

One of the highlights of the 2002 movie Minority Report movie starring Tom Cruise is the impressive 3D gesture-based computer interface the cops use to dig for clues that help them solve murders before they happen. For years, some people have been waiting for tech companies to be able to actually create such a method of interacting with computers, and various game console makers have are already selling hardware and software that can interpret your gestures in real-time.

But Apple may be looking to bring this particular UI to computers and TVs at some point in the future, according to a patent awarded on Tuesday to Apple, first seen by AppleInsider. More →

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Mac OS X NTP Security Update

Apple issues first-ever automatic security update to patch critical flaw

By on December 23, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Apple issues first-ever automatic security update to patch critical flaw

Apple on Monday issued its first-ever automatic security update for OS X computers, Reuters reports, looking to fix a critical vulnerability that was made public on Friday by the Department of Homeland Security and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. More →

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Yosemite Continuity/Handoff on Older Macs

One of the best Yosemite features is now available on even older Macs

By on December 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

One of the best Yosemite features is now available on even older Macs

Even though Apple’s 2014 OS X update is compatible with many Mac models, including older machines dating back to 2007, not all the new features included in Yosemite can work on older laptops and desktop. One of the best additions to OS X, at least for users who also own iPhones and iPads, is Continuity/Handoff, but the feature only works on Macs that have Bluetooth 4.0 support, which means that Macs older than mid-2012 (depending on model) can’t support it. More →

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Mac and iPad: Second Display Setup

This is the best reason to revive that old iPad and put it to good use

By on December 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM.

This is the best reason to revive that old iPad and put it to good use

iPad owners who have found themselves using their tablets less and less and people who still have old iPad models gathering dust in a corner will soon be able to bring them to life with help of a handy app developed by a previous Apple engineer, Business Insider reveals. Be warned though, there’s a catch for this particular type of endeavor. More →

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Mac Hidden App

Did you know there’s a hidden paint app on your Mac? Here’s how to find it

By on December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Did you know there’s a hidden paint app on your Mac? Here’s how to find it

Apple’s OS X 10.10 Yosemite software introduced so many new features that users will still be trying to learn them several months after installing the update. But OS X also has some old features that you might not know about. In fact, there’s a hidden paint program on your Mac computer that has been sitting right under your nose this whole time, and a recent pose will show you how easy it is to find. More →

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OS X Yosemite Issues

How to fix the most annoying problems with OS X Yosemite

By on December 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

How to fix the most annoying problems with OS X Yosemite

As a relatively new version of Apple’s desktop operating system, Yosemite is understandably imperfect. In the past, we’ve covered how to fix the frequent WiFi issues that many users have reported, but there are plenty of other annoyances that you might encounter while using a Mac with Yosemite installed.

TidBITS has put together a list of five of the most common problems on Yosemite and how to fix them. Read on for some of the highlights.

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FingerKey: iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus

This cool iPhone Touch ID app unlocks your Mac with your fingerprint

By on December 1, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

This cool iPhone Touch ID app unlocks your Mac with your fingerprint

FingerKey is a new iOS application that takes advantage of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor found on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, giving it an interesting feature that Mac owners, who also have one of these fingerprint-enabled iPhones, will love. As 9to5Mac reports, FingerKey will let you unlock a Mac computer with help of your fingerprint, which is a lot easier than having to type in the password on the Mac each time you want to unlock it. More →

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OS X Yosemite Notification Center Widgets

These are the best Notification Center widgets for OS X Yosemite

By on November 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM.

These are the best Notification Center widgets for OS X Yosemite

Apple’s phones and tablets weren’t the only devices to receive improved widget functionality in their latest update. OS X Yosemite also allows third-party apps to include interactive widgets in the Notification Center, bringing the mobile and desktop interfaces closer together than ever before. More →

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