One of Skype’s best features is now free for everyone. Skype announced on Monday that group video calling, which was previously a Premium-only feature, is now free for all users on the PC, Mac and Xbox One. It took years of requests from the community, but Skype wants to stay competitive in a very saturated field. Plenty of other programs, including Google Hangouts, have allowed free conference calls for quite some time. Skype plans to expand the roll out to even more platforms in the future. In the meantime, Skype Premium is no longer available as the company attempts to refresh its service to account for free group video calls. Phone call subscriptions are still offered on the company’s website.
Titanfall may already be played on a Mac, assuming the OS X machine meets minimum requirements for the game to run properly and that Windows is installed on it beforehand. But a made for Mac Titanfall version may be just around the corner co-founder of Respawn Entertainment revealed on Twitter. “We are talking to Aspyr, they should do it,” the exec said, answering to a question about whether the company is considering launching a Mac version of its popular new release. More →
iTunes Radio hasn’t yet overtaken the dominant music streaming services on the market, but there’s no denying that Apple’s entry has attracted a large number of users since launch. If you’re one of those users, doubleTwist’s freshly updated app can help you get even more out of your listening sessions by recording and saving audio streams from iTunes Radio for offline playback. The AirPlay Recorder functionality was already available for Android devices, but Mac users will now be able to take advantage of the feature as well. The app is free from doubleTwist’s website, and you can test it out by recording 10 second samples before you decide if you want to buy the full version for $9.99.
Recent research from analyst Benedict Evans reveals that in the fourth quarter last year, Apple shipped more “computers” than all of Microsoft’s Windows partners combined. Evans counted as computers all smart devices sold by Apple including Macs, iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, which surpassed 80 million sold units during the period. Not only did the number surpass combined Windows PC sales for the period, but it almost matched the combined Windows and Windows Phone sales. More →
Apple on Tuesday was awarded a new patent titled “Electronic device display module” that describes a MacBook laptop that would have solar charging abilities as well a secondary, touch-friendly display, AppleInsider reports. Interestingly, the secondary display would be placed on the rear side of the laptop’s main screen, and would offer users access to touch controls, while also housing the device’s solar panels and the company’s iconic logo found on all Mac models. More →
Two months before Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh to the world in 1984, Microsoft demoed an early version of Windows at COMDEX 1983. Much like the soon-to-be-announced Mac, it featured a graphical user interace with the desktop metaphor, including windows and icons. Users could open multiple windows and use Microsoft Word to edit and format a text document. More →
Steve Jobs compares Mac to inventing the telephone in this video, which hasn’t been seen in 30 years
Was the debut of the first Mac computer as pivotal a moment in human history as the invention of the telephone? According to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, it was indeed. The Mac celebrated its 30th birthday last week and while much of the coverage on tech blogs overlapped, TIME managed to dig up a great video that hasn’t been seen since 1984. In the video, which was later picked up by 9to5Mac, Steve Jobs talks at length during a presentation at a shareholder meeting one week after the unveiling of the first Macintosh computer. The footage comes from a videographer who forgot he had it, and the full video is embedded below. Fast-forward to 37:30 to see Jobs dive in an compare the Mac, and the advent of the graphical user interface, to the invention of the telephone. More →
Apple on Friday hosted a special home page on its website and a short video on YouTube to celebrate 30 years of Mac innovation. On January 24, 1984, the Macintosh, its first computer was launched, “with the promise to put the creative power of technology in everyone’s hands.” The company has also created a special section on its website dedicated to the 30 years of Mac. A side scrolling menu lets users pick any year from 1984 to 2014 and further explore each period, which has its own page containing a story, relevant pictures, quotes from various personalities as well as a section that shows what people did with their Macs in each year. More →
Apple’s iPhone has not only become the company’s best-selling device, but also a useful weapon for the company in its “attack” on the corporate world. The iPhone seems to have acted as a “gateway drug” that convinced businesses to consider investing in other Apple hardware including iPads and Macs. Citing a study from Forrester Research, The Wall Street Journal says that by 2015 Apple is expected to win 11% of global business and government spending on tablets and computers, up from 1% in 2009 and 8% in 2012 – and those numbers do not include iPhone purchases. More →
The best deal in indie gaming is back for its tenth run, and this time the theme is cross-platform availability. Humble Indie Bundle X went live on Tuesday and features six great games that can be played on Windows, Mac or Linux computers. Many of the games are making their Mac and Linux debuts as a part of the bundle as well. This time around, the games featured are as follows: To the Moon, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Papo & Yo, Runner2, Reus and Surgeon Simulator 2013. Reus and Surgeon Simulator will only be available to customers who pay more than the average at time of purchase. All of the games you receive will also include a soundtrack. More →
A new Apple patent describes a technology that uses face detection and recognition to activate certain features on devices including iPhones, iPads or Macs, AppleInsider reports. The feature would help Apple offer a more secure environment to iOS and OS X device users, as well as provide quick access to a personalized iPhone or Mac setup based on the face of the user. More →
In a presentation at the LISA ’13 conference earlier this month, Google explained that it’s managing a fleet of over 43,000 Macs its employees use, without much help from Apple. Despite developing its own desktop operating system and selling Chrome OS laptops together with various OEMs, Google’s computer system of choice is the OS X-running Mac. In fact, it looks like the company imposes Mac use to all employees even though Google also supports additional operating systems including Windows, Linux and Chrome OS, The Register reports. More →