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.
Yeah, we were pretty excited that Tim Cook was visiting Valve headquarters as Apple is really rocking out the gaming world lately. And yeah, we were pretty deflated when Apple went and shot down that rumor. But there were other things rocking out this week, so go take a peek.
News of the Flashback trojan flooded the pipes earlier this month with headlines about how Macs are “no longer safe,” and generally scaring the bejeezus out of Mac users everywhere. That perfect illusion of Apple, which has always been exalted by users for creating products practically immune to viruses, was suddenly shattered. And rightfully so, as the virus had affected 600,000 people, roughly 1% of Mac users.
Even more frightening was the breakout of a newer trojan the other day. Sabpab, also referred to as SabPub, is a still-active virus that is spread through Java vulnerability (much like Flashback) and Word documents -- an old school method of attack that most users don’t see coming.
Our firm is getting more and more demand for magazine design projects. My wife is a graphic designer and does all of the design and layout in Adobe InDesign on her two Macs running Snow Leopard. However, when I try to open the InDesign files on my new Mac running Lion, I get prompted for “Missing Fonts.” How can I get a printout of the fonts installed on my Mac, and how can I install the missing fonts that are present in Mac OS X Snow Leopard, but not in Lion? The font in question is Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk.
Most of us think of the Finder as just another part of OS X; the window that pops up to help us find our files. But it's definitely got more use to it than just a file browser. Read on for a few tricks you can learn today to help you utilize Finder's hidden features.
Well, that quiet little sneak, Mountain Lion certainly got people riled up once it showed itself out in the open. It comes in on its quiet cat feet, then suddenly it's on you. Well, we're not complaining. We kinda like turning down the volume once in a while, so we can focus on the heat. And do we have a week's worth of hot for y'all. Of course, with cats.
It's been almost a dozen years since the last official Diablo release, and for those of you hankering for a killer role-playing experience in 2012, you won't be disappointed.
The Diablo III beta has hit, muchos hours have been sunk into playing it, and the Diablo franchise has returned in fine style with beautiful graphics and a familiar play style. Plus, improved mechanics simplify routine tasks like maintaining an inventory, upgrading equipment, and converting additional items to cash or material components on the fly -- something you used to have to return to town or a vendor for.
News flash: Macs can develop problems, just like any computers. But they tend to run fine without antivirus software and the general vigilance that helps keep PCs trouble-free (some of ’em must run fine, right?). But that doesn’t mean your Mac wouldn’t benefit from some occasional maintenance. Enter MacKeeper, a suite of tools aimed at keeping your Mac healthy. That’s a bold claim, and trust is important when using any app, but it’s crucial when your system is on the line. Unfortunately MacKeeper, with its occasionally awkward English and warnings about the importance of scanning OS X for viruses, makes a shaky first impression (the overbearing emphasis—in and out of the app—on MacKeeper’s Facebook popularity doesn’t help). When it comes to maintaining our Macs, we want Don Draper. MacKeeper delivers Pete Campbell.