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What will Apple's September 9th event mean for the Mac?

Apple's let the cat out of the bag: There will be an Apple event in September. It's scheduled for September 9th and it happens at the Flint Center, where Apple historically introduced the Macintosh 30 years ago. It seems like a sure thing that Apple will introduce the iPhone 6, but what role will the Mac play at the event?

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Best Mac apps for instant messaging

There are a lot of instant messaging services out there. There are fewer instant messaging clients that are actually capable of supporting multiple services and protocols. Here are the best for the Mac.

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Is Intel doomed on the Mac?

With apologies to Mark Twain, the reports of Intel's death on the Mac are greatly exaggerated

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée recently offered his opinion on the future of the Mac. In his blog post Macintel: The End Is Nigh, Gassée predicts the imminent demise of Intel-based Macs. Is he right?

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Mac sales keep booming as Windows PC buyers stay away in droves

Good news for the Mac from Apple's third quarter 2014 earnings: Mac sales were up 18 percent year over year, a new June quarter record: 4.4 million units sold. As a market, Windows PC sales are on the decline, which makes booming Mac sales even more remarkable.

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When should you buy your next Mac?

Here's my answer to the age-old question of when you should buy your next Mac, once and for all

In my capacity writing about the Macintosh for the past 15 years, I've been asked one question more than any other: Should I buy a new Mac now or should I wait?

Here's my answer to that question:

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Looking for some Mac fun this weekend? Try Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard's new free to play game

If you're looking to have a good time on your Mac this weekend, pop on over to Blizzard's site and download Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The company's free to play strategy card game recently emerged from a lengthy public beta period and is now ready for general consumption.

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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.

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Titanfall for Mac? Respawn says they're talking to Aspyr

Titanfall is one of the hottest new games of the year. Right now it's an exclusive for Microsoft platforms - Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. But if the developer has its way, Titanfall might be headed to the Mac, too.

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Product vs. process: Is it important how games for the Mac are made?

Star Trek Online is now available for the Mac, four years after its Windows debut. Better late than never, I say: a Star Trek themed free to play MMO is something I'll be happy to spend some time getting to know.

I reported on it earlier today, and an eagle-eyed reader on Twitter pointed out to me that this isn't a "native" Mac game port (what that means, I'll get to in a moment) — in fact, they'd already been playing Star Trek Online for some time using a program called Wine, and they suggested this wasn't that different. This got me thinking: Does anyone really care if a Mac game is native anymore?

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Star Trek Online comes to the Mac

Star Trek Online is a free to play Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game that launched in 2010. But it launched solely for Windows gamers, leaving Mac users somewhere in the Delta Quadrant, with no way home.

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