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Apple opens OS X Mavericks beta program to the public

If you're the type who loves beta testing software but didn't (or couldn't) jump through the hoops to be a part of Apple's developer program, fear not. The company has opened beta testing for OS X Mavericks to the public.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 beta: Developers, come get you some

Apple has posted the new beta of OS X 10.9.3, build 13D45a for registered Mac developers to test. This is pre-release software covered by a non-disclosure agreement, so we're not going to post the details of the new build, but rest assured that major bugs and gripes will be addressed.

We have no idea when we'll see the update for Mavericks, but we expect it soon. If you're a developer in good standing, high-tail it to the Apple Developer Center and start poking around.

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The Mac mini: the best game console in the house

I just heard something: A tectonic eruption of eye-rolling from PC gamers. Look, if you've got a custom rig with Nvidia Titan hardware and 4K displays to run Crysis 3 in ridiculous mode, move along. There's nothing for you here. If, on the other hand, you already have a Mac mini, or if you've been thinking about getting one but think it's underpowered for gaming, what I have to say may surprise you.

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Twelve South introduces BookArc möd for Macbook with interchangeable inserts

Twelve South has started selling a great new accessory for Macbook owners called the BookArc möd. This is a continuation of their established and excellent Macbook holder, with a few key differences. Now the BookArc comes in one of three types of hardwood finishes, and is universally compatible, so you can upgrade or switch Macbooks whenever you like. This is accomplished through a replaceable middle insert.

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$30 gets you six great games for your Mac with this bundle from Feral Interactive

This weekend only you can save about $90 on a set of six great games for your Mac. Feral Interactive, through the Mac Game Store, is offering these titles at 75-percent off the regular price when purchased as a Feral Bundle.

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LaCie's new Thunderbolt 2 storage options are fast, spacious, and beautiful

LaCie has announced three new Thunderbolt 2 storage products, including new versions of their 5big and 2big RAID storage devices. They are also launching a new product called the 8big Rackmount Thunderbolt 2.

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What's on Peter's Mac menu right now!

We've told you about what's on our iPads and Macs before, explaining our choices in apps, desktop wallpaper and more. It's my turn again so I thought I'd share with you the contents of my Mac's menu bar. I've customized the bar with a bunch of applications and tools that I think are indispensable.

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Elgato Thunderbolt Dock plugs everything into your Mac with one wire

There's a growing selection of Thunderbolt docks on the market, and now you can add Elgato to the mix. The aptly-named Elgato Thunderbolt Dock serves to connect more of your things quickly and easily. The dock has two Thunderbolt ports (one for connecting to your computer and another for whatever other Thunderbolt device you'd like to connect and then daisy chain), three USB 3.0 ports, and one each HDMI, ethernet RJ45, 3.5mm microphone input, and 3.5mm audio output — all so you can connect displays, hard drives, input devices, and more all with one plug.

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Safari updated to version 7.0.3 in the Mac App Store

A quick point release update for Safari on the Mac is now available for download from the Mac App Store. Version 7.0.3 brings a number of improvements, including fixes for the search and address fields prematurely hitting return, credit card autofill with numerous websites and websites with generic top-level domains.

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OWC rolls out turnkey processor and memory upgrade for the new Mac Pro

That Mac Pro that's taking up space on your desk can be faster, better, stronger with new upgrades from OWC. The new turnkey upgrade program lets you send in your shiny new Mac Pro to OWC, have their Apple Certified technicians swap out your piddly old chips for powerful new ones, and then ship it right back to you, more capable than ever.

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