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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
Hackers at the popular Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg, Germany, managed to demonstrate an interesting type of attack on some OS X computers that, if successful, cannot be detected or removed. More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.