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OS X Mavericks Preview: Compressed Memory gives your Mac room to run

OS X Mavericks preview: Compressed Memory gives your Mac room to run

Another example of how Apple is trying to make Mavericks more efficient is "Compressed Memory." This technique helps free up memory from dormant apps that don't need it. The net result: your Mac runs and wakes from sleep faster. If you open a lot of applications, or if some of your apps need a...
OS X Mavericks Preview: Safari Power Saver cuts Flash off at the knees

OS X Mavericks Preview: Safari Power Saver cuts Flash off at the knees

Nothing heats a Mac up (or drains its battery) faster than power-hungry Flash content running on a web site. Apple's finally giving Mac users the means to cut that off at the knees with a new technology in Mavericks called Safari Power Saver. With the rise of HTML 5 and the dominance of the iPad...
The legendary RPG makes its triumphant comeback: Shadowrun Returns ships for Mac and PC

Shadowrun Returns ships for Mac and Windows: The legendary RPG makes its triumphant comeback!

Harebrained Schemes on Thursday released Shadowrun Returns, a brand new tactical role playing game based on the enormously popular tabletop RPG that later became a popular computer and console game. Shadowrun Returns has been released for OS X and Windows, with iOS and Android versions still in...
Be the leader of your own banana republic in Tropico 4: Gold Edition, now on Mac

Be the leader of your own banana republic in Tropico 4: Gold Edition, now on Mac

Feral Interactive on Thursday announced the release of Tropico 4: Gold Edition for the Mac, a city builder and political sim that puts you in the role of the ruler of a banana republic. You rule a tiny Caribbean nation with one goal - to turn your modest land into a thriving world power. You do...
Apple releases OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 4

Apple posts OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 4

Apple on Monday posted a new build of OS X Mavericks to the Mac App Store, accessible to registered Mac developers who are currently using Mavericks on a test machine. No details were posted - all Apple indicated was that the update is recommended for all users running OS X Mavericks Developer...
Borderlands 2 gets more fresh content this fall

Borderlands 2 gets more fresh and tasty content this fall

2K Games announced Monday plans to release additional downloadable content for its hit action role playing game Borderlands 2. The new content will be released for all platforms including OS X this fall. Borderlands 2 - developed and published for the Mac by Aspyr Media - has been an enormous...
OS X Mavericks Preview: App Nap helps you work longer from your laptop

OS X Mavericks Preview: App Nap helps you work longer from your laptop

It's really easy to have a bunch of apps running at the same time, but as it stands now, that'll kill your battery life pretty quickly. OS X Mavericks is intelligent enough to know when open apps aren't doing anything, and forces them into dormancy. Sometimes in the course of your day, you'll...
MacBook Air (2013) software update 1.0 is here to fix all your Wi-Fi dropping, photoshop flickering, audio fluctuating ills

MacBook Air (2013) software update 1.0 is here to fix all your Wi-Fi dropping, photoshop flickering, audio fluctuating ills

A software update is now available for the new-as-in-2013 MacBook Air. Apple describes it as follows: This update fixes an issue that in rare instances may cause an intermittent loss in wireless connectivity, an issue with Adobe Photoshop which may cause occasional screen flickering, and an...
Timer Coalescing

Mavericks Preview: Timer Coalescing boosts Mac laptop battery life

A lot of the time your CPU isn't doing anything, and we're not just talking about when you're away from your keyboard - even when you're working, the CPU could be powered down but isn't. OS X Mavericks will use a technique called Timer Coalescing to make the most of this downtime, and that means...
OS X Mavericks Preview: OS X Server is a friend to Macs, iOS devices

OS X Mavericks Preview: OS X Server - friend to Macs, iOS devices

In all that's been written or said about OS X Mavericks, precious few words have been saved for OS X Server, which, of course, is getting the Mavericks treatment too. Let's take a look at some of the enhancements coming to OS X Server when Mavericks bows this fall. OS X Server, using the same...
OS X Mavericks Preview: Maps help you find your way and integrate with iOS

OS X Mavericks Preview: Maps help you find your way, integrates with iOS

The Maps app in iOS is an indispensable tool, whether you're traveling in familiar territory or exploring a new place. Now, for the first time, Maps is coming to OS X when Mavericks bows this fall. Will it keep you from getting lost? Certainly, OS X is no stranger to map applications or web...
OS X Mavericks Preview: Finder Tabs save time, reduce frustration

OS X Mavericks Preview: Finder Tabs save time, reduce frustration

Have you ever gotten frustrated when you click and drag files between multiple windows on your desktop? Then Finder Tabs are for you. This improvement to the Finder in Mavericks will save you time and reduce frustration. Tabbed Web browsing has been a staple of Safari for a number of years -...
OS X Mavericks Preview: Notifications

OS X Mavericks Preview: Notifications

Up to now, OS X notifications have been a one-way street: They provide you with info about what's happening in applications, but offer no way to interact. Mavericks changes all that. For years, Mac users who wanted to consolidate notifications from various applications had to rely on third-party...
MIA: Games that need to come to the Mac but are nowhere to be found

MIA: Games that need to come to the Mac but are nowhere to be found

There are a lot of great games to download for Mac, whether you use Steam, the Mac App Store, or the myriad other services that cater to Mac users. Still, there are some games whose absences are keenly felt. Here's a roundup of games that are still missing in action on the Mac platform. Some of...
Civilization V: Brave New World expands legendary strategy game

Civilization V: Brave New World expands legendary strategy game

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World is now available for download through Steam (in the US - it'll be available internationally on Friday). It's downloadable content (DLC) that works with both the Mac and Windows versions of Civilization V, also available for download through Steam. Here...
OS X Mavericks Developer Release 3 is available for download

OS X Mavericks Developer Release 3 is available for download

The same day as the release of iOS 7 beta 3, Apple has released OS X Mavericks Developer Release 3. The update is available for download from Apple's developer Web site. The build number is 13A510d. OS X Mavericks was unveiled last month at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San...
OS X Mavericks preview: Multiple Displays finally work like they're supposed to

OS X Mavericks preview: Multiple Displays finally work like they're supposed to

If you've ever been frustrated by the way Spaces or full-screen apps have been supported on multiple displays, those days will soon be behind you. When OS X Mavericks is released this fall, Macs will finally get truly useful, independent support for multiple displays. Macs have supported simple-...
OS X Mavericks preview: iCloud Keychain promises relief from password hell

OS X Mavericks preview: iCloud Keychain promises relief from password hell

Few features in OS X Mavericks will fundamentally change your computing experience as much as iCloud Keychain. It promises to fix Web password management once and for all on both Mavericks and iOS 7. You need secure login credentials to be able to engage in e-commerce and other online activities...
Mavericks Preview: Safari

OS X Mavericks preview: Safari

OS X Mavericks doesn't just bring core improvements like Finder Tabs, better battery life and more efficient processor use; a new version of Safari is in the works that will make your Web browsing faster and more social. While it's great to have a boatload of improvements in the operating system...
Mavericks preview: iBooks

OS X Mavericks preview: iBooks

Available for iOS since the iPad was introduced in 2010, iBooks is finally coming to the Mac with OS X Mavericks. iBooks for Mac sports some features that will make it a winner especially for students with Macs. Apple's ebook reader software, iBooks, was first introduced when the iPad debuted in...

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