MacOS Update

You should go download macOS Sierra right now

By on September 20, 2016 at 12:52 PM.

You should go download macOS Sierra right now

OS X is dead, long live macOS. The latest version of Apple’s storied desktop operating system comes with a brand new name, along with some long-awaited features. Siri’s got a home on your laptop now, the integrations with iOS are tighter than ever, and iCloud is actually becoming useful.

Best of all, it’s a free upgrade, and you can get it right now.

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OS X Malware

Watch out for this nasty new Macbook malware

By on September 9, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Watch out for this nasty new Macbook malware

For years, the running joke was that only Windows users had to worry about viruses. Those days are long gone, and now the nastiest malware floats between platforms.

The Mokes malware was discovered earlier this year on Windows and Linux, but researchers from Kaspersky have found an OS X variant. It can steal virtually any data from your machine, including using the webcam and microphone, recording keystrokes, taking documents, and watching your screen.

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Apple OS X Urgent Security Update

Go update OS X right now if you don’t enjoy being hacked

By on September 2, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

Go update OS X right now if you don’t enjoy being hacked

If you own a Mac, chances are you woke up this morning with an update notification from the App Store. You might have put aside this seemingly innocuous security update for later in the day, but take our advice: download and install it right now. Yes, I mean right this very second. Hit the update button.

Why? Because this is the same security update that hit iOS last week — the one that fixed vulnerabilities which could allow hackers to read your messages, trace your calls, collect your passwords and even track your location.

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Overwatch on Mac

How to play this year’s most popular PC game on a Mac

By on August 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

How to play this year’s most popular PC game on a Mac

Overwatch has been a surprise hit for Blizzard, a game company much better known for World of Warcraft, not a team shooter. But while Overwatch has been out for months now, Mac owners have been left out of the fun.

But as it turns out, it’s not that hard to play Overwatch on OS X. All you need is a little time and some clever software.

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OS X iPhone Unlock

Apple is stealing another great feature from developers for the next OS X

By on May 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Apple is stealing another great feature from developers for the next OS X

Apple has a strong history of taking ideas from third-party and adding them into later releases of iOS and OS X — just ask F.lux, which had its iOS app banned, months before Apple aped the feature and released Night Shift.

According to a report in Macrumors, Apple will be integrating a feature into OS X 10.12 that will unlock your Macbook when a designated iPhone is in close proximity. If that sounds familiar, it’s because a handful of third-party apps (mostly notably Knock) have already been doing the same thing.

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WhatsApp Windows Mac App

WhatsApp just released desktop apps for Windows and Mac

By on May 10, 2016 at 7:26 PM.

WhatsApp just released desktop apps for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp has been a smartphone-only messaging program for ever, but that changes today. There’s now desktop clients for both Windows and OS X, in addition to the months-old web client.

This doesn’t reflect some giant change for WhatsApp — the desktop clients just mirror what’s on your phone. In other words, you need your phone powered on and running the WhatsApp app to send and receive messages. You scan a QR code on the desktop app with your smartphone, and what you see on your laptop is a reflection of the WhatsApp app on your phone, complete with sent messages and chats.

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iPhone Apps

3 of the world’s most popular Apple bloggers all say Apple has a serious problem

By on February 4, 2016 at 11:23 AM.

3 of the world’s most popular Apple bloggers all say Apple has a serious problem

To grow from the brink of bankruptcy to the most valuable company on the planet, Apple had to stray from convention in a number of ways. We’ve discussed them all at one time or another, but in this post we’ll focus on one: The user experience.

With many different types of consumer electronics, and certainly with computers and mobile devices, hardware and software go hand in hand to form a complete user experience. Different companies have different strengths and weaknesses, but over the past couple of decades Apple has become known as a company that provides a user experience that, simply put, is a cut above the rest.

According the three of the most popular and widely respected Apple bloggers in the world, however, Apple has a serious problem that continues to grow more serious as time moves on. And the worst part is that there’s simply no indication that the matter is improving. More →

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OS X El Capitan Beach Ball

OS X El Capitan has a new icon you’ll hopefully never see

By on October 1, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

OS X El Capitan has a new icon you’ll hopefully never see

When Scott Forstall was unceremoniously shown the door at Apple, Jony Ive’s design sensibilities began to seep more heavily into the look and feel of iOS and OS X. While much of Apple’s software during the Steve Jobs era was skeuomorphic in nature, Ive’s own taste tended to veer towards a flatter and more layered aesthetic.

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iOS OS X Apple Surface Pro

Apple still refuses to make the iPad or Mac of my dreams

By on September 30, 2015 at 3:12 PM.

Apple still refuses to make the iPad or Mac of my dreams

Even before Apple unveiled the 12-inch MacBook Retina laptop and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I wondered whether at any time in the future I would end up finding it difficult to choose between these two devices as my next primary computer. And the truth is I haven’t been able to answer that question now that both gadgets are official. It all has to do with the software they’re shipping with, and Apple has just confirmed may never release the device of my dreams. More →

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OS X El Capitan Release Date

Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan – download it now for free

By on September 30, 2015 at 1:52 PM.

Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan – download it now for free

As promised, Apple today released OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Though it’s not the most compelling update as far as new features go, El Capitan does deliver a number of under-the-hood improvements which should help improve overall stability and system performance.

According to Apple, El Capitan can launch apps 1.4x faster than OS X Yosemite, can switch between apps twice as fast, and can open PDFs in Preview four times as fast. If you’re on an older machine and are looking to spruce up your system, you’ll certainly want to download the update.

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How To Fix Email

How to fix an annoying bug in iOS and OS X that breaks Gmail

By on July 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

How to fix an annoying bug in iOS and OS X that breaks Gmail

Apple’s initial public release of iOS 8 last fall wasn’t exactly the most stable mobile software build the company has pushed out in recent years. It offered a fantastic user experience overall, but there were definitely some annoying bugs that put a damper on things.

iOS 8.4 is far more stable and refined than its predecessors, but no software is completely free of bugs. Thankfully, we now know how to squash one of iOS 8.4’s most annoying ones. More →

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Best Mac Reminders App

This is the Coolest Mac App I’ve Seen in a Long Time, and it’s Ridiculously Simple

By on June 23, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

This is the Coolest Mac App I’ve Seen in a Long Time, and it’s Ridiculously Simple

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 →

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iOS Security Flaw

Warning: Major iPhone Security Flaw Lets Hackers Steal All Your Passwords

By on June 17, 2015 at 10:31 AM.

Warning: Major iPhone Security Flaw Lets Hackers Steal All Your Passwords

A very serious security flaw in Apple’s iOS mobile platform and its OS X desktop operating system has been discovered by security researchers and seemingly acknowledged by Apple. Using the flaw, hackers can build an app that is capable of stealing any and all passwords saved in Apple’s Keychain. Additionally, the same flaw can reportedly be used to steal passwords directly from third-party apps as well as Apple’s own apps. More →

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