OS X 10.9.2 Update  SSL Security Flaw

Critical OS X Mavericks update fixes huge security flaw on Macs

By on February 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Critical OS X Mavericks update fixes huge security flaw on Macs

After releasing an iOS fix to address a critical SSL security issue last week, Apple on Tuesday issued an update for its OS X Mavericks operating system (OS X 10.9.2) to address the matter, but also to fix other issues and add new features, including support for FaceTime audio calls, call waiting for FaceTime, and iMessage blocking on the Mac. The full change log for Apple’s OS X 10.9.2 update follows below. More →

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North Korea's Red Star OS

Here’s one Mac knockoff Apple might not be able to sue

By on February 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Here’s one Mac knockoff Apple might not be able to sue

North Korea has upgraded the Red Star OS computer operating system it uses in computers found in schools and libraries to mimic Apple’s Mac OS X, BBC News reports, a departure from the previous Windows-like Red Star OS version. Screenshots showing the revamped Red Star OS interface have been obtained from an American computer scientist, who purchased the Linux-based software in the region and posted on NorthKoreaTech. More →

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Dell XPS 15 Video OS X

Video: Dell’s plan to sell Windows 8 PCs: Pretend they run OS X

By on February 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM.

Video: Dell’s plan to sell Windows 8 PCs: Pretend they run OS X

It’s safe to say that Dell’s marketing team won’t be getting any special “thank you” cards from Microsoft this year. The Verge has spotted a new ad for Dell’s new Dell XPS 15 laptop that seemingly dual boots Windows 8 and OS X. Of course, the computer only runs Windows 8 and it looks like the advertising agency took a little too much creative license with the way it decided to show off its best features. The most comical part comes when the woman in the video swipes Windows 8′s Metro interface from the right-hand side of the screen and it immediately switches to OS X. The full video is posted below. More →

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Apple OS X 10.10 Design

Apple expected to give OS X ‘flatter’ look… but nothing as drastic as iOS 7

By on January 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM.

Apple expected to give OS X ‘flatter’ look… but nothing as drastic as iOS 7

So now that Apple has done a thorough overhaul of iOS in the form of the flatter, brighter iOS 7, can we expect a similar sea change for its OS X desktop operating system? 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman says that’s not likely to happen this year, although he is hearing that Apple’s upcoming OS X 10.10 operating system will give the platform a slightly flatter look and will take some features that Apple introduced with iOS 7 including “improved notifications” and “perhaps AirDrop compatibility with iOS and Siri.” Gurman also expects that there “will be a little bit more white space, more defined menu bars, and squared-off window controls,” but he doesn’t expect Apple to completely redo colors and app icon designs from top to bottom as it did with iOS 7. In other words, Mac users who dread the day when iOS 7′s flat, brightly-colored icons show up on their desktops can rest easy… for now.

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Apple iOS OS X Merger

Apple exec: Merging iOS and OS X would be a ‘waste of energy’

By on January 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM.

Apple exec: Merging iOS and OS X would be a ‘waste of energy’

In an interview with Macworld, Apple’s Phil Schiller, Bud Tribble and Craig Federighi said that the company has no intention to merge iOS and OS X, as some people see it as the natural thing to do with these operating systems in the future.  More →

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OS X Mavericks Download

Apple says OS X Mavericks will launch today for free

By on October 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM.

Apple says OS X Mavericks will launch today for free

There is no question that Apple’s fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini are the stars of the show on Tuesday, but the company has plenty more in store as well. Among the announcements from Apple’s press conference in San Francisco on Tuesday is an official launch date for the next major release of Apple’s desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks. Apple unveiled version 10.9 of OS X this past June at its annual WWDC developer conference and said the software would become available to the public sometime in the fall. As promised, OS X Mavericks will launch today and the upgrade will be free for any and all Mac users, regardless of their PC model. OS X Mavericks includes a number of new features, such as several redesigned apps, iCloud keychain support, big improvements to the Safari Web browser, Notifications Center enhancements, the addition of Finder tabs and more.

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OS X Mavericks Release Date

OS X Mavericks reportedly won’t launch until October

By on September 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM.

OS X Mavericks reportedly won’t launch until October

Apple unveiled OS X 10.9 Mavericks earlier this at WWDC, but has had very little to say about an official release date since then. With the release of iOS 7 right around the corner, many had assumed Mavericks would launch at around the same time — but according to 9to5Mac, the latest OS X will release at the end of October. Any computer that can run Mountain Lion will also be able to run Mavericks when it makes its way out of beta this fall. Some of Mavericks’ new features include tabs for Finder, an improved Notification Center, faster applications and a redesigned calendar. The late release will give Apple time to focus mainly on iOS7 and the accompanying iPhone 5S and 5C for the next month.

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iPhone Vulnerability

Huge iOS, OS X vulnerability uncovered that can render apps unusable

By on August 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

Huge iOS, OS X vulnerability uncovered that can render apps unusable

Android might be targeted by hackers and malware far more often than Apple’s iOS platform, but that doesn’t mean devices like the iPhone and iPad are immune to threats. A post on Russian website Habrahabr.ru draws attention to a fairly serious vulnerability that allows nefarious users to remotely crash apps on iOS 6, or even render them unusable. The vulnerability is seemingly due to a bug in Apple’s CoreText font rendering framework, and OS X Mountain Lion is affected as well. More →

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OS X Mavericks Compatibility

OS X Mavericks compatible with all Macs capable of running Mountain Lion

By on June 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

OS X Mavericks compatible with all Macs capable of running Mountain Lion

Apple on Monday unveiled OS X 10.9 Mavericks during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. The company’s latest OS X operating system brings improved support for multiple displays and enhancements to the Finder, Notification Center and more. As noted by AppleInsider, OS X Mavericks will be compatible with all Macs that are capable of running OS X Mountain Lion. That includes iMac models from mid-2007 or later, 13-inch aluminum MacBook models from late 2008 or later, 13-inch MacBook Pro models from mid-2009 or later, 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models from late 2007 or later, MacBook Air models from late 2008 or later, and Mac mini, Mac Pro and Xserve models from early 2009 or later. The models must also have at least 2GB of memory, 8GB of available space and Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow Leopard or higher in order to install 10.9. OS X Mavericks is scheduled to be released later this year.

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WWDC 2013 Preview

WWDC 2013: Expectations said to be low, big Apple news coming this fall

By on June 5, 2013 at 9:40 AM.

WWDC 2013: Expectations said to be low, big Apple news coming this fall

As Apple fans gear up for the company’s big summer conference next week, it feels like there might not be any surprises in store for WWDC 2013. We already know plenty about iOS 7, the next version of OS X will be shown off, incremental updates to Apple’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines are expected, iCloud and Siri updates are likely coming, and iRadio may finally make its debut. The only real wild card, perhaps, is whether or not Apple will finally open up its Apple TV platform to third-party developers as it prepares to expand its TV efforts sometime in the future (Apple’s “Where A Whole New World’s Developing” signage at Moscone could certainly point to a big new opportunity for developers). According to RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani, investors’ expectations are “appropriately tempered” and the big product news from Apple isn’t expected until this coming fall. More →

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OS X 10.9 Features

OS X 10.9 to debut at WWDC with ‘core features’ from iOS

By on April 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM.

OS X 10.9 to debut at WWDC with ‘core features’ from iOS

Apple’s next-generation OS X 10.9 software is obviously launching this year, and a new report claims to reveal several details about the upcoming OS that will debut at WWDC 2013. 9to5Mac on Monday reported a number of features seemingly set to debut in OS X 10.9, which it says has been given the codename “Cabernet” internally at Apple. OS X 10.9 will not be a major overhaul according to the report, which may be fitting considering the lackluster MacBook refresh expected to be showcased at WWDC. Apple’s updated PC platform will include a number of interesting new features, however, and it will also reportedly pull in some “core features” from iOS. More →

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New IMac Boot Camp Fix

Quick fix for Boot Camp brings Windows 8 to new iMac computers

By on January 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM.

Quick fix for Boot Camp brings Windows 8 to new iMac computers

Early adopters of Apple’s (AAPL) new iMac computers who chose the 3TB Fusion Drive model have been unable to use Boot Camp Assistant. The program, which allows OS X users to install a Windows partition on their computers, is limited to drives of up to 2.2TB. Apple has hinted that the software may be updated in the future to support larger drives, however no set time frame has been given. Despite the set back, it has been discovered that it is still possible to create a working Boot Camp partition on new iMacs. More →

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BlueStacks App Player OS X

750,000 Android apps invade OS X thanks to BlueStacks App Player

By on December 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM.

750,000 Android apps invade OS X thanks to BlueStacks App Player

Earlier this year, BlueStacks App Player made headlines by allowing Android apps run on Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 8 platform. The company announced on Thursday its App Player is now available in beta form for free on Mac, giving OS X users access to 750,000 Android apps normally reserved for smartphones and tablets. More →

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