Although video game emulation has been a popular pastime for gamers with an itch for retro gaming experiences, the prospect of downloading multiple pieces of software just to play old games isn’t all that alluring to casual fans of the hobby. If you’d include yourself in that group, you might want to check out the latest update for OpenEmu. More →
The chances are that if you own a Mac of any kind you have probably encountered online ads that promote MacKeeper, an application that promises to keep you Mac safe from external threats, but which is generally perceived to be a scareware app that you’d best avoid. In fact, there’s also a security issue that should further convince you to get rid of the app. Apparently, the company behind it can’t protect personal data belonging to its customers. Records for more than 13 million MacKeeper users have been exposed by a security researcher without any difficulty, and without him even looking specifically for this information. More →
It’s fascinating how quickly the landscape can shift in tech. Not too long ago, it seemed that everyone was heralding the dawn of a new tablet age. Encouraged and perhaps blinded by the early success of the iPad, many people a few years ago were quick to predict that the Mac would inevitably become something of a footnote. Sure, people would still use the Mac for more intensive work tasks, the argument, went, but day-to-day computing would be carried out by tablets like the venerable iPad.
It may have been a compelling argument at the time, but the reality is playing out much differently. Flash forward to 2015 and iPad sales are still plummeting. Meanwhile, Apple last quarter set a new Q4 sales record with the Mac, having sold 5.7 million units over the past three months.
All the more impressive is that Apple over the past 12 months set a new Mac sales record, having sold 20.6 million machines over the last fiscal year.
Smartphones can be used to control computers remotely with the right apps installed on both devices, but there may be cases where you want to do the opposite – control a smartphone from a computer. One new app for Android allows users to do exactly that, manage the Android device from a computer. The app, however, is only available for Android devices, which means it can’t be used to operate an iPhone or any other iOS devices. More →
For years, Mac users have been thanking their lucky stars that they never had to deal with Windows 8. OS X has had its fair share of issues, but none could compete with the identity crisis of Windows 8. Therefore, many of you are probably curious to see how Microsoft turned everything around with the launch of Windows 10.
Thankfully, if you’re willing to take a few extra steps, you can install the new Windows OS on your Mac and find out for yourself. More →
A few weeks ago, Christopher Mims of The Wall Street Journal penned a bizarre and borderline embarrassing opinion piece arguing that Apple should abandon its Mac business entirely. The reasoning? Apple should ostensibly “focus on products that represent the future.”
Perhaps appreciating the shaky foundation upon which his arguments lie, Mims’ piece begins with a plea for to readers to “indulge” him. Not surprisingly, what ultimately follows is nothing more than an exercise in absurdity.
I was reminded of Mims’ piece yesterday in light of reports that the entire PC market, save for Apple, is imploding. While every PC manufacturer on the planet is experiencing a year over year decline in growth, Apple’s Mac business is actually growing. In light of that, I thought it was worth re-visiting Mims’ piece in an effort to show why the Mac remains an ongoing, integral, and strategic part of Apple’s business and bottom line.
It’s been an incredibly long wait, but Office 2016 for Mac finally launched on Thursday. After months of testing the software through Microsoft’s preview program, Mac users can now download the completed productivity suite, which includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. More →
Running Android apps on your Mac desktop just became easier than ever with the official release of the BlueStacks emulator this week. BlueStacks was previously only available on PC, but after an extensively beta test period, it’s finally available for every to download for free from the BlueStacks website. More →
Sometimes things don’t have to be very complex to have an impact. In fact, Apple’s entire design esthetic focuses on the “less is more” philosophy, and the associated principles clearly have an influence on many iOS and OS X developers. Case in point: One of the coolest Mac apps I’ve seen in a long time is also one of the simplest Mac apps I’ve seen in a long time. More →