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.
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 was a week for updates, that's for sure. (Even the product above got updated, though this happened years ago over several iterations. Ahem.) This week saw people pushing out new versions of software everywhere we turned. We don't know what's in the pipelines, but we like it when our apps get great new tools and slick new features. It's pretty hot stuff, we don't mind telling you. And here's some of the other hot magic happening this week.
Today marks 70 years since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, the catalyst for America leaping into World War Two. A rather somber day of remembrance for many of us, but the tech world isn’t about to stop, with no less than three major App Store events on top of a couple of juicy Apple product rumors as well. Let’s have a moment of silence for the 2,403 lost on that fateful day, then dive into what’s making tech news on this Wednesday, December 7, 2011.
Struggling to get through this mid-week “hump day” and coast into the weekend? Well, how about a gaggle of app-related news to get you all excited -- that’s exactly what we have for you today! Distraction-free web browsing dukes it out with Readability going free while Evernote Clearly adds the capability to Chrome, aTV Flash (black) hits version 1.0 and there are new iOS app updates for AIM, Camera+ and Gmail ready to be downloaded. Without further ado, here’s all the app news for Wednesday, November 16, 2011.
Everyone rejoice! After months and months -- even years -- of waiting, Facebook is finally available for the iPad. While the app developers at Facebook could have easily just ported the iPhone app over to the iPad, they have done no such thing. Facebook for iPad provides users of the popular social networking site with a significant user interface update to the iPhone version. Here's a look at some of the most salient updates, from multi-tasking and multiple users to new and improved image galleries.
Camera apps are plentiful on the App Store, but one that consistently rises above the din of the crowd is Instagram, one of many free options for making your pictures look retro (dare we say “hipster”?) with the touch of a button -- and now, thanks to a new version pushed out on Tuesday, you can now filter your photos before you even take them.
Three months ago, Apple debuted their new vision for Final Cut Pro X, a radical departure from the legacy application that has dominated the professional market for some time. Now, on the heels of Adobe luring away customers to its own Premiere Pro solution, Cupertino fires back with the first update, adding back two critical features lost in the transition.
Adobe kicked off the week with a fairly substantial update to the latest Premiere Pro CS5.5, stomping out a long list of bugs and beefing up compatibility with OS X Lion as the company continues to gobble up unhappy Final Cut Pro customers.
If you need to share files from your computer with other internet users, there’s no easier way to do it than Presence, the app formerly known as FarFinder. With this week’s 2.7 update, the developer has improved reliability for the software as well as making the marquee feature EasyConnect absolutely free unless you transfer a lot of data.