It's a very special WWDC 2014 version of this week's wrap-up of all the news that was hot in Apple land. Two great new operating systems that work great together were unveiled and there were a host of announced and unannounced features to share. So without further ado let's dive right in.
The long wait for Mac OS X 10.9.3 ended this morning when Apple released it to general users after close to two months of developer testing. Along with several minor improvements, the update enhances 4K display support for the new Mac Pro and the 15-inch MacBook with Retina display. Also included in the update is a significant improvement to iTunes's podcast interface.
We've got new games, an app that will answer your question, and a question we wish no one would ever ask again in this week's round up of the news just past. Thieves make the news as well, and no, we're not talking about Google.
Here's the thing: if you're a video editor, there's a very good chance you were less than pleased with the initial launch of Final Cut Pro X. A large portion of complaints focused on missing features, in comparison to Final Cut Pro 7. Today, Apple has once again updated the software with free improvements, and will now launch a marketing campaign targeting professional Mac users.
Back in December, Google updated the user interface on its Gmail app for iOS. Today, the company has also updated the Gmail experience on mobile browsers, featuring the same new look and improved functions as the app. According to Google, the changes are a response to positive feedback from users.
Just yesterday, Facebook announced its new social search engine, Graph Search. But as of yet, you're still probably on the waiting list to actually try out its features. Today, however, iPhone users have an all-new bit of functionality built into the Facebook Messenger iOS app. Calling your Facebook pals for free is now as simple as the press of a button--mostly.
Plex is easily one of our most-used apps, and with good reason -- it works across iOS, Android, Mac, PC and now even the web itself. With the latest version of the free Plex Media Server, you can now enjoy your photos, video or music from just about anywhere.
Now that the new iPad is sporting a Retina Display, it's noticeable when an app isn't optimized for the sceen's high definition resolution. Fortunately, a good chunk of our favorite apps have been updated to work with the iPad, including Apple's apps, Facebook, and even Netflix, despite the fact that it might be a bit of a bandwidth killer for all that video. But, there are still a few slow movers in the App Store, and here's three we desperately wish would hurry up and optimize!
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!
Keeping your software up-to-date ensures that you Mac has the latest security updates and most recent features. Usually we rely on the Software Update icon to start bouncing up and down in the dock before we do anything about it, but if you have multiple Macs this kind of infrequent update process can be a pain. With a simple Terminal command, however, you can “set it and forget it” when it comes to installing new updates. And if you set up SSH on your Mac, you can even log in and install new updates remotely. Like magic!
This week, we’ll show you how to use the softwareupdate command in Terminal to keep your Mac updated.