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The life and death of the Mac hobbyist: Is it time for a new HyperCard?

The life and death of the Mac hobbyist: Is it time for a new HyperCard?

A couple of years after I got my first Mac, Apple introduced a really innovative tool called HyperCard, which made it possible for you to create programs without having to know how to program. There's really nothing like it today, and I think the Mac is lesser for it. Back in the day I'm lucky...
Hey Mac developers: Download the latest Mavericks beta seed now!

Hey Mac developers: Download the latest Mavericks beta seed now!

Apple has released a new beta build of OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. The new release, build 13C62, is ready for download from the Mac Dev Center on Apple's developer site. If you're a registered Mac developer, you can download it now. As is customary, this beta build is bound under Apple's non-...
Person-centric computing: The future beyond iOS and OS X

Person-centric computing: The future beyond iOS and OS X

This is the dream: You pick up a phone or a tablet, you sit down to a laptop or desktop, you walk up to a display of any kind, and all of your stuff is just there, ready and waiting for you to use or enjoy. It's the future of decoupled computing where intelligence is independent of environment,...
How to reset Launchpad in Mavericks

How to reset Launchpad in Mavericks

Launchpad is the application launcher that Apple has included in OS X since Lion was released in 2011. It makes it dead easy to find and launch applications on your Mac, regardless of where they're installed. Apps you've installed using the Mac App Store are really easy to remove - you just...
How to use the Flyover feature in Apple Maps for Mac

How to use the Flyover feature in Apple Maps for Mac

Apple Maps has a cool feature called Flyover that lets you get 3D views of a selected area. While it doesn't serve much purpose in a navigational sense, it's still a cool feature to play around with and has some practical use if you're trying to scope out certain areas before visiting them. Here'...
Who says there are no Mac games? 10 places where to can buy them right now!

Who says there are no Mac games? 10 places where you can buy them right now!

If you're new to the Macintosh, or even if you've had one for a while, you may be interested in putting the work aside from time to time and playing games on your lovely machine. Macs may not have the same number of games as Windows PCs, but there are still plenty of places to get them if you...
Best apps new Mac owners should download right now!

Best apps for new Mac owners: Download right now!

Just bought a new Mac? These are the apps you should download right out of the box! There's very little in life that's more exciting than unboxing a brand new Mac. Once you've unpacked everything and set it up just so, it's time to open start loading it up with apps. From cool conveniences to...
OS X Mavericks problems that drive me nuts - how about you?

OS X Mavericks problems that drive me nuts — how about you?

OS X Mavericks has been out since October. Apple wanted to accelerate the uptake of their newest Mac operating system by offering a free update for anyone using Snow Leopard or higher. And millions of us have. Many for better, but some for worse. Nothing is bug-free, and Mavericks is no...
How to personalize your listening experience with iTunes Radio

How to personalize your listening experience with iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio is a great way to discover and enjoy music on the go with iPhone and iPad, or when you're in the office using iTunes. Even though you can always choose from featured stations that are constantly changing, it's always more fun to create your own stations. While how to create a station...
New OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, Safari 6.1.2 Seed 2 now available — developers, go get 'em!

New OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, Safari 6.1.2 Seed 2 now available — developers, go get 'em!

Apple has pushed out a new OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, and Safari 6.1.2 Seed 2 to developers. They're available in the usual places, via the usual means. If you're a registered developer, they're ready and waiting for you on the Mac Dev Center.
How to add Facebook events to the Calendar app in OS X

How to add Facebook events to the Calendar app in OS X

For a reason I don't quite understand, a lot of people seem to use Facebook Events in order to plan things and invite people to them. For many of us, it has become an unnecessary evil. The last thing I want to have to do is check not one but two places for upcoming events. Luckily, OS X lets you...
Best password manager apps for Mac: 1Password, LastPass, oneSafe, and more!

Best password manager apps for Mac: 1Password, LastPass, oneSafe, and more!

From storing and generating passwords to managing your credit card info, here are the very best password manager apps for Mac! Easily remembered, broadly repeated passwords are for suckers. Writing them down to type back in, or copy/pasting them each time is not only a hassle, it's a disaster...
New Mavericks beta is out - developers. come and get it!

New Mavericks beta is out - developers, come and get it!

Apple on Thursday offered a new beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. The new build, identified as build 13C39, is now available for download from the Mac Dev Center. It's available for registered Mac developers only. Changes made to the update are covered by Apple's non disclosure agreement,...
How to enable the Guest User account on your Mac

How to enable the Guest User account on your Mac

There are lots of reasons to use the Guest User feature on your Mac. For most of us that'll be so others don't have unauthorized access to our files and settings. You can limit what they can and can't do fairly easily so you can be sure at all times that no one is doing things on your Mac that...
How to keep people from messing with the System Preferences on your Mac

How to keep people from messing with the System Preferences on your Mac

When we first set up our Macs we tweak and adjust settings to suit our own personal preferences. The worst thing in the world is when someone comes along and doesn't respect our Mac. We've all experienced it from time to time. They pop into System Preferences like they own the place and start...
How to disable emailing via Google+ with Gmail

How to disable emailing via Google+ with Gmail

Google recently made some changes to Gmail and Google+ that lets anyone that has you on Google+ send you an email, even if they don't know your email address. While some of us may be okay with this, some of us may find it to be an invasion of privacy and quite frankly, a little creepy. Luckily,...
How to force all websites to let you save passwords to iCloud Keychain in OS X Mavericks

How to force websites to save passwords to iCloud Keychain in OS X Mavericks

Not all websites just let you save passwords to iCloud Keychain. Whether for privacy or security reasons, or simple technical misconfiguration, sometimes your best efforts to stay in sync across your Apple devices will be stymied... at least at first. Luckily, Safari can often let you save...
OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 pre-release now available for developers

OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 pre-release now available for developers

Apple has put the first OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 pre-release on the Mac Developer Center. It's under non-disclosure agreement (NDA) so we can't go into the details until Apple releases it, but If you're a registered Mac developer, you can download it now and begin testing your apps!
Apple releases Mavericks 10.9.1, improves Gmail support, other Mail issues, more

Apple releases Mavericks 10.9.1, improves Gmail support, other Mail issues, more

Apple on Monday released OS X Update 10.9.1, an update to Mavericks. It's available for download from the Mac App Store using Software Update. The new release makes fixes to Gmail handling and other changes to improve stability and compatibility, according to Apple. Apple cites the following...
How to add Finder Tags to a file saved in iCloud with OS X Mavericks

How to add Finder Tags to iCloud documents with OS X Mavericks

We've already talked about how to set up and start using Finder Tags in OS X Mavericks, but what about documents that aren't stored on your computer, but in iCloud instead? It's just as easy to apply Finder Tags to new and existing iCloud documents too. Here's how: How to add Finder Tags to a...

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