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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Apple is apparently working on various ARM-based OS X computers, including new iMac, Mac mini and MacBook models, French site MacBidouille has heard from a reliable source. The publication says that Apple already has such Mac prototypes featuring between four and eight 64-bit quad-core ARM processors, and a new keyboard that incorporates a larger Magic Trackpad. More →
Apple is offering online buyers free shipping on all the items available in its online stores through May 29, which is a nice change of pace from the company’s typical free shipping policy that only covers orders of $50 or more, 9to5Mac reports. This will allow buyers to purchase many accessories for iPhone and Mac that are priced under $50, and that wouldn’t otherwise qualify for the free shipping offer. More →
Users who aren’t happy with something they purchased from Apple’s online store should be pleased to hear that Apple has significantly improved refund times in the U.S. to under a week, from the previous 10-day schedule. Reuters reports that, in a bid to convince even more buyers to purchase products directly from its online store rather than from Amazon or Best Buy, Apple is willing to pay more for expedited shipping, in order to return money to customers faster. More →
AirSquirrels, creator of popular apps AirParrot and Reflector, on Thursday launched an interesting new application that works on a variety of platforms and lets users share their app screens, but also other documents and files, with others. Called Slingshot, the app will make it very easy for iPhone and iPad users to share apps and documents with iOS, Mac, Windows and Android users. More →
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 →