Quicken has always been a popular choice for keeping tabs on Mac users’ finances, but publisher Intuit hit a speed bump with the product when Apple moved from PowerPC to Intel processors -- and then completely wiped out when OS X Lion removed Rosetta, the key to running PowerPC apps. But a new Lion-compatible install of Quicken may be the first step in a new direction.
When you unpack your shiny new Mac, the software on it is usually bang up to date. But over time, companies release new versions that add fresh features, bring better performance and fix problems. For this reason, it’s vital you keep the software on your Mac as up to date as possible -- from the system that powers it to your individual Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps. The tricky thing is that there’s no single place to go to make sure you’re running the latest versions, so checking can be time-consuming. So we’re going to show you the main places to look, and share some handy shortcuts that can save you huge amounts of time.
It’s looking like a green Christmas for those of us on the East Coast, so we can use all of the cheering up we can can get over here. Yeah, we won’t have that awful snow to shovel or plow out of our driveways when the family comes to visit, but there’s just something not quite right about a holiday weekend without the white stuff. With that in mind, let’s settle in for a short winter’s night with some tasty tech news for this fine Thursday, December 22, 2011.
If you've ever used a large file discovery tool like Daisy Disk, you may have stumbled upon a peculiarly large filed dubbed sleepimage. This file is a by-product of Safe Sleep and it's basically a saved state of your Mac's memory when it goes to sleep. MacBooks especially use this function your contents before the battery completely loses its charge. When you start up your system, the Mac will restore this data from the sleepimage file.
Regardless of how important this file may sound, it's actually completely unneccessary. So why not free up some hard disk space by eliminating it? Read on to find out how.
Growl recently roared its way onto the Mac App Store. This historically free utility now costs $1.99, but we think that it's such a small price to pay for such a wonderful utility -- especially one that has been used day-in and day-out by most all Mac users over the years.
Growl provides pop-up notifications for various applications on your Mac desktop. For instance, if you were to receive a direct message in the Twitter for Mac application, you could set a Growl notification to alert you. Notifications can be themed, and can take on many different shapes, sizes, and styles.
Over the past few years, Apple has brought us many breakthrough location-based features on both the Mac and iOS devices. The first of these features was Find My iPhone, which allows users to search for their lost or stolen device. The newest services, Find My Friends, lets you keep track of family or friends during outings or other events. With these two features, it’s clear that being able to easily share your location, or track your device, is the way of the future.
There may not have been a new iPhone this past summer, but Apple continued to ride high in its fiscal fourth quarter anyway, reporting record sales of the Mac and iPad product lines as well as the company’s highest September quarter revenue and earnings ever -- but go figure, the analysts are looking at the glass as half empty anyway.
The updates keep on rolling this fine Wednesday, with another piece of the iCloud puzzle falling right into place with OS X Lion 10.7.2. Available now via Software Update, 10.7.2 offers iCloud integration as well as a whole lot of bug fixes, and even lets users reorder their desktops in Mission Control. Hooray!
It’s Friday, September 23 and that means the fall season has officially arrived on the calendar -- and with it will soon come iOS 5, iCloud, iTunes Match and another update to OS X Lion to help tie it all together on the Mac side. As proof that it’s getting closer, Apple pushed out a new OS X 10.7.2 build to developers on Thursday with what appears to be final release notes.