Need to run a Windows application on your Mac? There are several ways to do it, including partitioning your hard drive and installing Windows directly, but an alternative is Wine — a free tool that makes it possible to run many Windows programs, including ones that aren’t available for OS X. Here's how it works.
If you use your Mac for word processing, creating and editing spreadsheets, or putting the finishing touches to a slideshow presentation, you need a suite of office applications with the right tools. The Microsoft Office suite is near ubiquitous, but we’ve been waiting for an update to the Mac version since 2011, and it’s still relatively expensive. While iWork is now free, it lacks some of the features that come with other office suites. LibreOffice, however, is not only completely free, but it’s constantly updated with improvements and new features.
Resentment has been growing against apps that call themselves "free" but bulge with in-app purchases and related microtransactions, and today Apple altered a bit of its wording on the App Store apparently in response to that sentiment. If only it weren't so awkward. Apps and games that used to read "Free" in the button reserved for prices with paid apps now display "Get," which seems inelegant to, say, "Download" or "Install."
Despite their claims to the contrary in the preceding weeks, world-renowned rock band U2 performed at today's Apple event after all. But it wasn't just a entertainment gimmick. Apple CEO Tim Cook joined U2 frontman Bono on stage to announce that every user of iTunes gets the band's latest album "Songs of Innocence" entirely for free today.
[UPDATED] Many free games feel like cynical business plans in disguise, but the following 25 titles offer a solid amount of entertaining gameplay even without added content or in-app purchases. It don't cost nothin' to give 'em a try, so go crazy!
Apple demonstrated that it's continuing to improve iWork in the wake of the substantial overhaul last year with an update today that adds new features and upgrades the suite's effectiveness when sharing files in real time among large groups of people. In addition, it increased the maximum storage size for files and docs.
Looks like the heat might be off SugarSync for now, as users of LogMeIn's free service discover the rug has pulled out from underneath them with less than a week to go before the company's shift to paid-only.
One of the unexpected gems of the last decade in gaming was the LEGO Star Wars series, which captured the spirit of all six of the films but with endearing an endearing LEGO aesthetic that manages to appeal to all ages. If you've never played it before, today's your chance. It's on iOS for the first time as of today, and you can even play the first episode for free.