New iPads? Yes. New Macs? Almost certainly. New software? Get ready for Yosemite. New iPods? Precious few people still care at this point, so we’re not sure it matters. Whatever the case may be, we can expect plenty of new products to be shown off during next week’s big event as Apple unveils the rest of its product lineup for 2014. The iPad Air will be refreshed, according to several recent leaks, and we might see an updated iPad mini as well. Beyond that, several computers in Apple’s Mac lineup are due for updates, and Yosemite should finally get a firm release date.
Installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview isn’t overly complex, but what do you do if you don’t have a Windows PC handy? Use a Mac instead. The team behind Parallels, the cross-platform app that allows Mac users to run Windows without rebooting, has put together a guide for installing the Technical Preview in Parallels Desktop 10. More →
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a recent interview that the company is working on products that haven’t been covered in rumors yet, and a patent recently awarded to the company serves as a great reminder. Called Interactive holographic display device, the patent describes ways to show interactive holograms using an advanced touchscreen display on certain devices, a technology that could someday be included in future iPhone, iPad or Mac products. More →
Apple is giving both of its operating systems major facelifts this fall with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but after 44 new patents were granted to the company on Tuesday, it’s clear that these updates are only the beginning. Patently Apple is focusing on a few of the most significant patents, starting with moving radial menus, a feature found on Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of phablets. More →
Mailbox is one of the most popular email apps on iPhone and Android as it’s won wide acclaim for helping its users “get to zero” emails. And now it looks like lucky OS X users will be able to use it on their desktops because the company’s Mailbox for Mac client is available in beta version on the company’s website and can be downloaded by anyone interested in giving it a try. More →
Our computers are packed to the brim with features we never use, but some of them might be more useful than you think. Business Insider has put together a list of ten Mac features that aren’t explicitly detailed anywhere on the desktop, but could save you some time and hassle depending on how you’re using your computer. More →
The burning rivalry between Mac and PC is one of the most storied rivalries in the history of technology — ruining friendships, bringing down corporations and inspiring some very creative commercials — but do we truly understand the fundamental difference between a Windows PC and a Macintosh? I’m sure many of you do, but for those who don’t have a grasp of the finer details, Computerphile has put together a short video primer explaining how Macs and PCs differ. More →
Susan Kare is a well-known graphic designer who has worked for various companies including Apple, where she created the icons that were part of the original Macintosh operating system’s user interface. Cult of Mac reports that Kare talked at an EG conference in early May in California about her early years at Apple and the inspiration behind her iconic designs and she also revealed why the Mac’s original Apple key was replaced with the Command key. More →
Both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite were clearly the focus of Apple’s WWDC keynote, but one of the biggest surprise announcements was the reveal of Swift, a new programming language for developers. One of the language’s most noteworthy features, the playground, allows developers to test their code as they type, but without a “sandbox” to protect the computer, this can lead to some very unfortunate accidents. More →
Mac users looking to get around faster while dealing with various popular online services and apps including Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WordPress, Pocket, Feedly, Google+, Google Docs, Dropbox, Evernote, Spotify, Soundcloud and Tumbler should check out BufferApp’s extensive list of keyboard shortcuts for OS X devices, which offers users more than 111 shortcuts for these online tools. More →
Apple’s designs have become so ubiquitous over the past ten years that’s it hard to remember a time when the company was struggling to find its identity. Early in Apple’s existence, the rising star of the industry brought in outside help to figure out how to make its products stand out. In fact, Frog, a design firm with studios all over the world, is credited with many of the earliest design prototypes for Apple’s future products. Of course, plenty of the designs were changed significantly from their conception (or scrapped entirely), but as Frog founder Hartmut Esslinger illustrates in his latest book, Keep it Simple, Apple might never have drawn so much attention without the assistance of his team. Among the stories, Esslinger includes some fascinating imagery of prototypes that never saw the light of day. We’ve included a few below, but head over the to The Verge to see the rest. More →
Locally stored data is corrupted every day. Hard drives die every day. Laptops are stolen every day. Computers break every day, and sometimes they simply cannot be fixed. When one of these inevitabilities makes its way into your life, it can either be a horrible experience that ruins your month or it can be a minor inconvenience — the choice is yours and yours alone.
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