Macs

Apple updates OS X Mavericks to version 10.9.5

It's been a busy day for Apple. After having launched iOS 8 to the public and hosting a number of updated iOS 8 apps in the App Store, the Mac-maker has now released an update to OS X Mavericks. Now, the Mac OS is at version 10.9.5, bringing with it a number of stability and performance updates.

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OS X Yosemite Public Beta 3 and Developer Preview 8 released

Apple has released both the third public beta, along with the eighth developer preview for OS X Yosemite. If you're already on the public beta, open the Mac App Store and check for updates. The public beta began in July, with the second beta arriving late last month.

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Fantastical for Mac gets updated, works better with OS X Yosemite

Flexibits has announced a new version of its Fantastical calendar app for the Mac is now available that it claims "fixes all known OS X Yosemite issues".

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64-bit Chrome web browser for OS X to officially launch in November

Google will launch the official, non-beta, 64-bit version of its Chrome web browser for OS X in November, a few months after an early build of the browser was made available on its Canary and Dev channels.

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LaCie's new d2 Thunderbolt 2 external hard drive will help boost Mac storage

Seagate's LaCie brand has just announced an new entry in its d2 external storage hard drive lineup, which will feature both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2 support, which should make it an attractive choice for Mac owners.

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CloudApp for Mac updated with new media player, updated UI and more

Developer Linebreak has released a new 3.0 version of its CloudApp application for the Mac that adds a number of new features, including a new media player and an updated UI.

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Mailbox app comes to Mac as beta

Mailbox, the e-mail client from Dropbox typically restricted to mobile, is coming to desktops with a brand new Mac app. It's still in a closed public beta format for which you'll need to request a "betacoin" to access, but it's looking good already. If you already signed up on the waiting list, check your inbox.

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Skype group screen sharing now free for Mac desktop users

Microsoft is now allowing Skype Windows and Mac desktop users to enable group screen sharing for free for the first time, rather than needing a paid Skype premium subscription.

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Microsoft's new Mac vs. PC hyperbole

Microsoft has three new Surface Pro 3 ads out today that, as promised, switch from trying to attack the iPad to trying to attack the MacBook Air. Given how heart-breakingly, bank-breakingly unsuccessful Surface has been to date, it's hard not to sympathize. It's also hard not to think repeating past strategic failures will only result in more failures. Instead of shifting from iPad to MacBook, maybe Microsoft should shift from attacking Apple to attacking the PC market?

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A shadetree mechanic's lament: The death of the upgradeable MacBook

I've been doing some housecleaning lately and I've found a few older Macs that I'd stopped using a long time ago, but never had the heart to sell or recycle. Among them is a "Lombard"-era PowerBook G3 that I got when I was working at Macworld back in the early oughts. As much as I like the design of today's MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, I find the old machine a great looking system too, and I'm a bit sad that Macs aren't still made like this.

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