Apple seeded the beta for OS X 10.9.2 beta to developers today, and the update included a big bit of news for users of Apple's FaceTime software. As of the next public release, Mac OS X users will likely be able to use FaceTime Audio, the voice-only version of FaceTime that was included with the launch of iOS 7. As things stand now, users of FaceTime on Mavericks have to use a version in which voice and video activate together.
The review units of the new Mac Pro started arriving at various media outlets today, and MacFormat (our sister site over in the UK), has already put together their own unboxing video of the unit they received. With over 15 minutes of footage, it provides a good way to see what you'll be getting sometime in February if you order the unit today.
Just hours after we wrote that the new Mac Pro units would start shipping "by December 30," Apple has already updated its site to amend that agreeable shipping timeframe to "February." Considering the extended shipping estimates we saw for both the iPhone 5s and the iPad mini with Retina display, we should probably just start expecting these announcements with every major release.
Sure, the new Mac Pros are finally dropping but you'll have to wait a bit before those end up on the refurb list. But rest assured we'll let you know when they do. Meanwhile, here's some great deals on things that ARE available for your last minute shopping binges.
One of the prevailing themes of 2013 was the invasion of privacy, and as AppleInsider reports, new research from Johns Hopkins University shows that some Mac users have more to worry about besides the NSA. Based on their findings, the iSight camera on Macs made in 2008 and before can be activated without triggering the green light signaling that it's on. The flaw in question doesn't work on later models, but that doesn't mean that updated versions haven't been written.
After what feels like forever, Apple is finally giving us the chance to send books as gifts from the iBookstoe. As Macworld notes, the book section is the one spot in the iTunes store where users couldn't send gifts to their loved ones, as the feature could be find in the neighboring sections for music, movies, and television programs.
The new Mac Pro still hasn't hit the tables of the Apple Store yet, but staff members at the Apple Store have already started to work with customers to determine the cost of build-to-order units of the long-awaited professional desktop. And as MacRumors reports, it ain't pretty. The site has since managed to get a hold of business owners looking to create their own custom units, and the prices go far beyond the base prices of $2,999 and $3,999.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Last week, we covered how to change the format of screenshots captured by the built-in OS X screen capture utility. This week, we want to tackle the way screenshots are saved, specifically taking a look at where they're saved. By default, OS X saves these screen captures to your Desktop on OS X. We'll take a look at how to change this location to something more appropriate using a simple Terminal command. Let's get started.
Just to close the week on a friendly neighborhood service announcement, here's a tip: If you see a e-mail or read a link talking about "Apples [sic] secret mining feature" in relation to Bitcoin, pay it no heed, dump the e-mail or close the browser window, and move on. As Cult of Mac notes, it's just another hoax aimed at ruining someone's day by the folks over at 4chan. If you follow the "advice," you'll find your Mac's hard drive reformatted in a matter of seconds.
Google Chrome is one of the world's most popular browsers, and one of its perks is the ability to use apps designed for the browser through the interface at any time. In September, however, Google rolled out Chrome Apps, which perform not like browser apps, but like native apps for whatever device you happen to be using. Up until now, only users of Windows computers and Chromebooks have had access to the feature, but TechCrunch reports that Google is finally bringing Chrome Apps to the Mac.