It’s fairly rare to hear about a longtime Apple executive leaving their post -- especially one who’s stuck by the company's CEO for over two decades. Apple’s senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering is doing just that.
It’s time again to visit an old friend, your Mac OS X Software Update! Today’s feature attraction is this stylish Aperture 3.1.2 update courtesy of Apple, Inc., which comes complete with overall stability and performance as well as a host of specific fixes.
Carrying your music around with you can be hassle, especially if you have a massive library of b-sides and rarities that you'd like to keep on your iPod for street cred, but can't exactly fit in with all the other media you have on there. Streaming your music from your home via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is actually a better idea, because you can keep all those files safely secured in a hard drive at home and spare the limited space of your iOS device. Read on to find out how to set up a VPN to play your iTunes library from anywhere you are.
If you're not familiar with the Myth series, suffice to say that it's somewhat legendary among long-time Mac gamers. It stands next to Marathon as one of a very small catalogue of games that Mac gamers could hold over their PC-owning friends' heads back in the good old days. (Not coincidentally, they were developed by the same company, Bungie, who would later go on to join the Dark Side and make the Halo games for Microsoft.) Now, Project Magma, a group that works to keep the Myth series current, has announced that they are opening a public beta for their newest version, and they're seeking beta users to help bug-proof the code.
Flash content is slowly being driven away by advancements in HTML 5 and CSS 3 (insert "Hallelujah" fanfare here). Unfortunately, Flash is still a neccessity to use certain websites. YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo are all offenders, and until the aformentioned new methods of web design are fully implemented, we'll have to accept Flash is still here to stay.
But there's a safe workaround that can keep Flash from overtaking your computer's memory and crashing during every instance. We'll show you how to avoid some of these crashes by disabling Flash in the Safari browser.
Mozilla is officially releasing Firefox 4 on Tuesday, but we managed to get our mitts on a copy a day early and poked around to see what you can expect from the latest and greatest version. Will version 4 manage to top the eight million downloads in only 24 hours from the last major release?
To the Batcave! Er, make that Software Update! On Monday afternoon, Apple pushed out the seventh update to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard which offers the usual “stability, compatibility and security” -- including a separate security update that’s not part of the 10.6.7 package.
Every time we have MobileMe sync problems, we end up with duplicated contacts in Address Book. And over time, small human errors in data entry build up into a big mess. Beyond the very basic duplicate search in Address Book, Apple unfortunately doesn’t offer much in the way of tools to manage these situations. You can go through each contact individually, but Contacts Cleaner vaporizes much of that tedium by thoroughly scanning your data and scrubbing significant problems out of your Address Book.
Did you know you can send SMS text messages with AIM? Just type in your friend’s phone number with +1 at the beginning. It’s a great way to send a text message from an iPad or iPod touch without needing a dedicated texting app.
Apple computers are amazing machines, aren’t they? From the moment you turn a on a Mac to when you shut it down, it really does just work. As a proud owner of a Mac, you never have to worry about defragging, cache cleaning or general upkeep like our Windows PC-rocking friends do, right? Well, actually that's where you're wrong.
While computers running OS X don’t require the same coddling as Windows-based systems, tidying up your Mac’s hard disk or solid state drive can provide you with a number of great benefits, like faster Finder indexing, reclaimed storage space, and on computers running critically low on free drive space, a noticeable performance bump. What computer user in their right mind wouldn’t be excited about those sorts of perks?
To get you started on your own drive cleaning regiment, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite drive cleaning applications that are guaranteed to whip your Mac’s drives into shape in no time flat.