Browsers are hugely important in modern computing. A decade ago, you might have launched one to check the occasional website, twiddling your thumbs as content downloaded painfully slowly over a dial-up modem. Today, most Mac users are on broadband 24 hours a day, and accessing news, entertainment, and even work on the internet is their main function. Modern browsers must be robust, fast and dependable, especially if you've replaced Office with Google Docs, or Mail with Gmail.
Ever since its sneak attack back in February, we’ve only discovered further details of OS X Mountain Lion through leaks from Mac developers -- that is, until Monday, when the WWDC 2012 keynote offered up the rest of the details, including a price and rough release date.
Cheap, plastic, and good enough: not the best descriptors for something you want to use with your Mac. But AOC’s 16-inch USB monitor, the less than charmingly named E1649FWU, really is “good enough.” It’s an OK second monitor for a laptop. It’s light and the kickstand folds flush with the case, if you want to bring it to a small presentation. It doesn’t need a power cord, the height of convenience. And you can find it online for just $100. But for a price that affordable, you can’t have everything.
There are times when your Mac may misbehave and refuse to boot into OS X. You may get a sad Mac face, an audible beep, or another ailment keeping your Mac from properly booting. When this happens, you can troubleshoot your Mac by using boot options to run an Apple Hardware Test, or booting with extensions disabled. Sometimes, launching your Mac this way can help save you a trip to the Apple Store. Don’t panic when this happens to your Mac. Instead, turn to this guide in which we explain all of the various boot options in OS X that may help return your Mac to normal.
With Lion, we got Launchpad, and though it's under utilized, its lack of customatization options makes it a little finicky to use. But, if you download Launchpad Control, you can sort, hide/unhide, and reorder your applications within Launchpad easily. This little app makes it easy to manually organize your apps in Launchpad.
Apple is famous for the phrase "Think Different", but when it comes to its own products I reckon "Think Simple" would be a better description. In an industry where all too often the value of a product is judged by the number of acronyms on its spec sheet, Apple takes a very different approach. To Apple, what matters isn’t what the product contains but how well it works. If keeping things simple means skipping supposedly must-have features, then so be it: the iPhone didn’t get cut and paste for the best part of three years.
Apple calls OS X “The most advanced operating system in the world,” but really they could have called it the most beautiful and few people would have objected. OS X is full of little design touches that have redefined what people expect from a personal computer, and which complement the gorgeous Jonathan Ive-designed Macs that it runs on perfectly. In fact, you can’t (legally) install the operating system on anything but a Mac, so the two are forever entwined – and that gives Apple advantages that other computer manufacturers simply don’t have. With Apple’s latest MacBook Air, for example, you’ll find special keys on the keyboard that link specifically to new functions in OS X Lion, such as Mission Control.
It’s been quite a month for cloud services -- LogMeIn unleashed its new invite-only Cubby service back on April 12, and this week saw the arrival of both Microsoft SkyDrive and Google Cloud onto our Macs. Curious about which one is right for you? We’ll help make sense of these freshmen cloud players.
In what has to be one of the worst-kept secrets in Google history, the search giant finally opened the garage doors and let Google Drive go for a spin onto computers and Android devices, with an iOS client yet to come.