Should you be on the fence about installing OS X Mountain Lion over worry that your Boot Camp installation might be affected, we took the plunge into the great known for you -- and have lived to tell the tale.
OS X Mountain Lion is finally here, and if you're like us, you're eager to install it and start playing with the more than 200 new features Apple has tucked away in its fur -- so let's have a look at what this process entails.
OS X Mountain Lion finally came down off the -- well, mountain! -- this week and leapt onto the Mac App Store, where it can now be purchased for a mere $19.99. But did you know that any Mac purchased since June 11, 2012 qualifies for a free update? Here's how to claim yours.
Back in the late 1960s, a popular public service announcement intoned: “It’s 10pm. Do you know where your children are?” Let’s rephrase that for today: “It’s 2012. Do you know where your data is?” My guess is that you don’t.
Thirty years ago, we geeks knew exactly where our data was: on floppies in Tyvek sleeves. Then we got multiuser systems at work, and shared hard drives with our coworkers. Next, networks put our files on central servers, a step further away from our direct control. In the 1990s came the Internet, which gave us access to a world of content, but which also gave the world a doorway--preferably a locked one--into our Macs.
While you may be very excited about Mountain Lion and iOS 6, Apple isn’t the only company with interesting new products on the way. Microsoft is slated to release its long-awaited (and undeniably cool-looking) Windows 8 operating system for desktops later this year, with bona fide Surface tablets and a mobile release of Windows Phone 8 arriving shortly thereafter. So let’s take a look at what the competition is up to, and see where Apple could maybe learn a thing or two.
The computer mouse has been around since 1963, and has enjoyed almost ubiquitous use by computer owners around the world ever since. But if San Francisco-based startup Leap Motion has its way, the iconic input tool will soon be little more than a museum piece. The company plans on launching what it calls a Leap 3D motion control system--a revolutionary new way for computer users to physically interact with their computers.
If you're anything like us, your browser's homepage has remained set to iGoogle since--well, long enough you probably don't remember using anything else. Alas, the powers that be at Google have decided to axe the service, with the web version shutting down November 2013 (the mobile version will disappear at the end of the month). But there's no reason to freak out just yet; a multitude of alternatives are waiting to fill the void. Here's just five of our favorites.
Adobe's Creative Suite is the be-all, end-all for creative professionals, so when a new version comes out, it's a very big deal. And this time around, Adobe made its juggernaut Creative Suite software available to the masses with a Master Collection available to access at just $49.99 per month after committing to a full year. So those of us regular folk who don't who just like to dabble with Photoshop and InDesign for personal projects can still get full access to all of the powerful features we love from Creative Suite without paying gobs of money.
And speaking of dabblers, if you've been trying to wrap your head around how to use the new CS6, here are five quick tips to get you starters.
We're not quite sure how it got all the way to version 8, but the new Windows Phone OS unveiled last week has certainly come a long way since its launch less than two years ago. Set to release at or around the same time as iOS 6 in autumn, Windows Phone is clearly positioning itself as an alternative to Apple's juggernaut, and it looks like we've got another Windows 95-Mac OS 8 knock-down, drag-out battle ahead.
iTunes has always been that featured-filled music-management software that has left us wanting just a bit more. It can be a little finnicky at times, and with iOS 6 creeping up on the horizon, it may be high time to get your bearings with iTunes before it's too late. If you managed to get stumped by iTunes sometimes, or just need a helpful push in the right direction, here are ten quick tips for getting more out of iTunes.