NSFW: Apple's benign neglect of the Mac App Store

A new Mac app shot to the top of the App Store charts by selling fewer than 100 copies. What does that say about the state of the Mac App Store?

Sam Soffes recently released Redacted, a $4.99 Mac app that makes it easy for you to pixelate, blur, or add black bars to images. If you already have an image editing app that does this, it's no big deal, but it's a handy utility for people who need that capability and nothing more.

I doubt Soffes was expecting to burn up the Mac App Store charts when he released it. But that's exactly what happened.

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A day in the life with Apple Watch

What's it like to use the Apple Watch throughout the day? Rene, Ally, and Ren weigh in.

We've put up a lot of information, how-tos, thoughts, and reviews about the Apple Watch these past few weeks, but we haven't really talked about what our daily use cases for the Watch look like. So, two weeks in, Rene, Ally, and I got together to chat about how we actually put the Watch to work each day.

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OS X Yosemite networking issues and 'discoveryd'

Having problems with Apple devices on your network getting lost or appended with numbers? "Discoveryd" might be to blame.

Iconfactory developer Craig Hockenberry posted to his blog about persistent problems he's run into with OS X Yosemite (warning: strong language). Hockenberry gives me some insight into a problem that has also dogged me since Yosemite was in beta last summer: Problems with Macs waking from sleep, and devices on the network being arbitrarily renamed.

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The true magic of the Apple Watch is in what it can't do

The Apple Watch isn't designed to do everything, and that's okay — that's why you have an iPhone, too.

As I get more comfortable with my Apple Watch during day-to-day activities, I've started to figure out what tasks I like doing on it, along with the ones better suited to a larger screen. What I appreciate most about the Watch is that even as a 1.0 product it knows its limitations — it tackles the stuff it can, and offloads the rest to your iPhone.

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The MacBook and the future of Apple laptops

Apple gave us a glimpse into the future of laptops with the new MacBook. But what does that mean for the rest of the company's laptops?

Tim Cook was unambiguous about the new MacBook during his most recent conference call with financial analysts:

We believe — and I think most everyone agrees — this is the future of the notebook.

The new MacBook hasn't exactly wowed early reviewers with its performance capabilities, but I think the laptop is fundamentally designed to appeal to a different class of user than Apple currently caters to with its MacBook Air and the Retina MacBook Pro.

Having said that, the company is likely going to continue to make powerful laptops that appeal to its current customer base. So when Cook says that the MacBook is the future of the notebook, what does he mean?

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No, Apple doesn't want you to wear an Apple Watch charging band, and that's a good thing

Apple doesn't want your Watch to die, but it doesn't want your skin cells to, either.

On Monday, Apple posted guidelines for creating bands for Apple Watch under Apple's "Made for Apple Watch" program. And, unsurprisingly, people are throwing a little fit about one of the requirements:

"Bands must not integrate magnetic chargers."

For all of you getting ready to rant on Twitter after reading that, deep breaths: I'm going to tell you why this is, in fact, a good thing.

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Why celebrities paid by Samsung keep using iPhones

A few days ago boxer Manny Pacquiao was given a Samsung phone in an effort to get some of the attention from his fight to carry over to Samsung products.

Pacquiao's Twitter account posted a picture of it, and included a Samsung hashtag in that and several subsequent tweets. Most of those tweets were posted from the Twitter website or from a "social management tool". Earlier today, after the fight, when Pacquiao posted another picture and thanked his fans for their support, it was tweeted by — you guessed it — Twitter for iPhone.

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How to easily switch from Android to iPhone!

Google makes it easier than ever to switch from Android to iPhone

More people than ever are switching from Android to iPhone, be it for the new, big screens, the terrific industrial design, the focus on security and privacy, the great apps, or any of a dozen other reasons. We've been getting a lot of feedback, however, from people who want to make the switch but are worried that it might be too much work — or are especially concerned over the stress involved in finding new apps and services to replace the ones they've been using on Android. Luckily, that's not the case, thanks to Google!

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Samsung's latest video looks oddly familiar...

It's impossible to argue that Samsung didn't change course and make the Galaxy S6 seem as close to an iPhone as possible. They tried to match the look and feel, even if they couldn't match the fit and finish, and now it looks — and sounds — like they're trying to match the same visuals — and voices — of the advertising as well.

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Why I played games as a guy: The power of the online pseudonym

When I was in high school, I played CounterStrike as a guy.

A very specific guy, in fact — a friend of a friend who'd given me his Steam login information because he didn't use his account. I didn't even realize that I was logging hours on borrowed time; around 2006, the account's owner changed his password and locked me out for good. After all, it had never really been "my" account – and as far as the Steam gameplay records were concerned, I was never even the one playing.

At the time, this type of login exchange didn't seem so strange; digital game marketplaces were relatively new, and I was used to loaning my friends physical copies of games and systems. Now that I had to create a Steam account of my own, though, I ran up against a brand new problem: did I have to game as myself?

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