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OS X Dashboard: Apple's oft-ignored widget interface — do you use it?

OS X's Dashboard has been around for almost a decade, a repository of "Widget" mini-apps. Do you use it or do you ignore it completely?

Dashboard is a special app built into OS X that features "Widgets." These mini-applications combine HTML, CSS and JavaScript to provide limited functionality compared to full-blown applications, but still offer plenty of functionality that's only a single key-click away. Apple really hasn't made any innovations to it in years, so it's easy to ignore the Dashboard. That's probably why many of us ignore Dashboard completely, though based on my unscientific survey, many of us still depend on it daily. I know I do, which is what got me wondering if and how you use it.

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Apple patches hole in developer center that exposed user information

Last night Apple took their developer center down to patch a hole that allowed someone with access to the internal Radar app to get the professional contact information for anyone registered with the iOS, Mac, or Safari developer programs.

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Are you joining the new OS X beta program?

Are you joining the new OS X beta program?

Apple dropped a bombshell earlier this week by announcing a public beta program for OS X users to get in on. Previously only registered, paid up Mac developers were afforded this privilege but now Apple has flung the doors open and allowed anyone to join up. So, are you joining the new OS X beta program?

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OS X Security Update addresses Safari vulnerabilities and bugs

Apple has issued an OS X security update today that should improve compatibility, stability and security. The bulk of the update is centered around Safari 7.0.3, and has the following changes, per Apple:

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Top 10 keyboard shortcuts every new Mac owner needs to know!

If you just picked up your first Mac you may be scratching your head when you look at the keyboard for the first time. It's a little different than the Windows counterpart but that doesn't mean it's any harder to use and navigate. There is no shortage of handy keyboard shortcuts to help you move around OS X as fast and efficiently as possible. Here are the keyboard shortcuts we think every Mac owner should know right from the start:

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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 bigger and cheaper, solid state drives do not. If you have a 2TB HD in your machine you'll be okay for longer. If you have a 128, 256, or even 512GB SSD, however, things can get full and fast. So what do you do? If you can't or simply don't want to upgrade your HD or SSD drive to something bigger, the first step is identifying what's causing the problem, then figuring out what you get rid of to free back up that precious empty space!

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There's something familiar about North Korea's Red Star OS

North Korea has its own operating system, known as Red Star, and the latest version might look quite familiar to Mac users. While the OS had previously been patterned after Windows, it seems that the latest version of Red Star takes after OS X, with many UI elements from Apple's software, including the menubar and dock.

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Debug 24.1: Jalkut, Nielsen, Siracusa on OS X. Still.

Daniel Jalkut, Ryan Nielsen, and John Siracusa join Guy and Rene to talk about OS X Mavericks and the future of the Mac, continuing with interface, scripting, and more. (Part 2 of 2.)

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Debug 24: Jalkut, Nielsen, Siracusa and the future OS X

Daniel Jalkut, Ryan Nielsen, and John Siracusa join Guy and Rene to talk about OS X Mavericks and the future of the Mac, starting with free updates and file systems. (Part 1 of 2.)

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OS X version code-names

While the original public beta of Mac OS X was code-named for a bear, from 2001 to 2012 they were all code-named after big cats. However, because Apple marketed co-opted the internal code-names, in 2003 the internal code-names switched to wines (with the exception of OS X 10.6, which never had a code-name beyond Snow Leopard). Though OS X marketing code-names switched to California places in 2013, the internal code-names have remained wine-based, at least for now. Here are all of them, past, present, and currently in development.

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