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How to set your Mac's firmware password (and why you shouldn't)

How to set your Mac's firmware password (and why you shouldn't)

Want to keep your roommate from posting your nude selfies on Facebook? Concerned that your Mac might fall into the wrong hands? You've already got a secure password on your Mac, maybe even file encryption. What happens if someone boots off an external hard drive? Setting a firmware password is...
Sparkle Mac web page editor will seem familiar to page layout fans

Sparkle Mac web page editor will seem familiar to page layout fans

Sparkle is a new web page editor for the Mac, now available in public beta form. It's still pretty raw, but the first version should give you an idea of what the developers are going for - web page design using a page layout metaphor. It's a bit like Pages for the Web. Sparkle lets you assemble...
Happy XIIIth birthday, OS X!

Happy XIIIth birthday, OS X!

On March 24, 2001, Apple released Mac OS X v10.0. Codenamed "Cheetah," the new Mac operating system represented a radical departure from what came before it. OS X would help to mold Apple into what it's become today and it would also lay the groundwork for the enormous success Apple saw with...
How to find out what's eating up storage space on your Mac's hard drive

Running out of hard drive space on your Mac? Here's how to fix it!

Running out of hard drive space is incredibly annoying. OS X needs a good amount of free space to function properly so as things get full not only will you be unable to download or transfer large files, you'll start to get panicked warnings from the operating system. While hard drives keep...
Getting slow speeds or dropped connections on your AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express? Here's how to fix it!

Getting slow speeds or dropped connections on your Apple AirPort Wi-Fi router? Here's how to fix it!

Wi-Fi seems magical. Unless your connection keeps dropping or slowing to a crawl. Interference can cause that. Sometimes it's a microwave or a automatic garage door opener or an elevator, sometimes it's other devices on the same Wi-Fi channel. If you have an Apple AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express...
Yo, Mac developers - look out for a new build of Mavericks 10.9.3!

Yo, Mac developers - look out for a new build of Mavericks 10.9.3!

A new version of Mavericks 10.9.3 is ready for developers to download at this hour. Late on Thursday Apple posted the new release to its Mac Developer Center. The new build is 13D17. OS X 10.9.2 was released in late February with a fix for an SSL vulnerability, support for FaceTime Audio, Mail...
Is Microsoft Office on the Mac still important?

Is Microsoft Office on the Mac still important?

A new version of Microsoft Office may be ready for the Mac soon. Is it as important as it used to be? Rumor has it that Microsoft is on the cusp of releasing a new version of Office for Mac. It's been more than three years since the last version of Office came out. Things have changed a lot. Is...
What are Apple's plans for 4K video on the Mac? Latest Mavericks beta shows the way

What are Apple's plans for 4K video on the Mac? Latest Mavericks beta shows the way

4K video is coming, in fits and starts, not just to the general consumer marketplace but also to Apple products. Apple's actual support of 4K video has been a bit patchwork, but its new beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, published last week, is starting to provide some clarity to Apple's 4K...
Apple seeds 10.9.3 beta - come and get it, developers!

Apple seeds 10.9.3 beta - come and get it, developers!

Apple on Thursday released the first beta seed of OS X 10.9.3. It's now available for download by those registered with Apple's Mac developer program. The build number for this release is 13D12. It was only last week that Apple publicly released OS X 10.9.2, which fixed an important SSL security...
How to turn your Mac's internet connection into a WiFi hotspot with Internet Sharing

How to turn your Mac's internet connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot with Internet Sharing

Wi-Fi is almost ubiquitous now but that doesn't mean it always comes cheap. Hotels especially love to nickel and dime people for Wi-Fi, sometimes offering different prices for slightly different speeds and often restricting or charging extra for multiple devices. If you're traveling...
Is Snow Leopard 'vulnerable to attacks?' Has Apple really abandoned it?

Is Snow Leopard 'vulnerable to attacks?' Has Apple really abandoned it?

"Apple retires Snow Leopard from support, leaves 1 in 5 Mac vulnerable to attacks," reads the headline on Computerworld. Is it the end for Apple's venerable OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" operating system, and are you at risk if you're still using it? Hardly. (Do the world a favor and don't click on...
Apple posts design guides and resources to help developers make better apps

Apple posts design guides and resources to help developers make better apps

Apple has added a new Design Guides and Resources section to their developer center. It includes videos and documentation on user interface design for apps and games, overviews of what's new in iOS 7, best practices, a look at how iPhoto was designed, Apple's famed Human Interface Guidelines (HIG...
Hey OS X 10.9.2 — where did the iCloud Keychain forced password fill go?

Hey OS X 10.9.2 — where did the iCloud Keychain forced password fill go?

It looks like yesterday's OS X Mavericks update removed the ability to force passwords to save in Safari when if a website requested that they not be saved. Previously, users could check a box in the Password section of the Safari settings that read "Allow Autofill for websites that request...
Apple posts security updates for Lion, Mountain Lion — update now!

Apple posts security updates for Lion, Mountain Lion — update now!

In addition to OS X 10.9.2, Apple has posted security updates for OS X 10.7 (Lion) and OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). Both of those are available either through the Software Update system preference or directly from Apple's web site. While much has been made of a data security bug that affects iOS...
Apple updates OS X Mavericks to 10.9.2 — Fixes SSL vulnerability, adds FaceTime Audio, improves Mail and more!

Apple updates OS X Mavericks to 10.9.2 — Fixes SSL vulnerability, adds FaceTime Audio, improves Mail and more!

Apple on Tuesday released OS X Mavericks 10.9.2, which is now available for download through the Software Update tool. Improvements include a fix to the SSL/TSL bug that's been getting a lot of attention lately, as well as changes to Mail, FaceTime, SMB2 and more. Changes in the new release...
iOS 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 for iPhone and iPad released, go get your bug fixes! [Update: Apple TV too!]

iOS 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 for iPhone and iPad released, go get your bug fixes! [Update: Apple TV too!]

Apple on Friday released iOS 7 version 7.0.6 and iOS 6 version 6.1.6. Both are no available as over-the-air (OTA) downloads. Apple describes the 7.0.6 update thus: "This security update provides a fix for SSL connection verification." Update 1: Apple has posted the security update contents...
How to find and delete duplicate files on your Mac

How to find and delete duplicate files on your Mac

No one likes to find themselves running out of hard drive space on their Mac. Weeding through files and deciding what to delete and what to keep is a painful process and one that none of us likes. One of the biggest causes of wasted space are duplicate files. Luckily there are a few easy ways to...
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,...

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