Mac OS X

  • Google Maps Now Lets You Scale Yosemite’s El Capitan Mountain

    Google Maps Now Lets You Scale Yosemite’s El Capitan Mountain

    El Capitan is already something I associate almost by default with Mac OS X, but it was a real mountain before that – millions of years before Apple previewed OS X 10.11, in fact, though it only got its name in 1851. Anyways, it’s the real mountain, not the Apple operating system, that Google now lets you virtually climb in Google Maps with its first ever vertical Street View… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 18: El Cap And WWDC Recap

    TC AppleCast 18: El Cap And WWDC Recap

    This week’s AppleCast is actually last week’s, and it’s us recapping the WWDC announcements, including iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple Music and watchOS 2. We also dive a little more deeply into 10.11 now that we’ve had some time with it. We cover the watchOS 2 pending updates in some detail, too, and specifically address the new Time Travel and Complications… Read More

  • Web Developers Can Create Custom Force Touch Interactions In OS X 10.11

    Web Developers Can Create Custom Force Touch Interactions In OS X 10.11

    The version of Safari that ships with OS X 10.11 ‘El Capitan’ allows web developers to build custom experiences that work with Force Touch input, similar to how native app developers have had access to that new hardware before now. That means that you can set custom actions for how content on your web page responds to deeper clicks on the trackpads that ship in Apple’s… Read More

  • AirPlay Works With Safari Media Content In OS X 10.11

    AirPlay Works With Safari Media Content In OS X 10.11

    Apple’s under-the-hood changes in OS X 10.11 will offer some good advantages to developers hoping to create better web-based content for consumption in Safari. One such advantage is the extension of AirPlay video support to Apple’s browser on the desktop, where it had previously only been available on iOS. Users can, in 10.11, play media from the web to AirPlay-enabled device like… Read More

  • Apple’s New Developer Program Offers iOS, OS X And watchOS Tools For $99

    Apple’s New Developer Program Offers iOS, OS X And watchOS Tools For $99

    Apple has consolidated its developer program, bundling together access to developer tools and pre-release software builds for iOS, OS X and watchOS all under one umbrella. The unification of the dev programs is very much in favor of developers; previously, the Mac and iOS programs each cost $99 per year for access, but now it’s just $99 annually for both, plus the new watchOS native… Read More

  • WWDC 2015 Keynote Live Blog

    WWDC 2015 Keynote Live Blog

    This year’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote kicks off later today at 10 AM PT at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and we’ll be there live to fill you in on all the action as it happens. Will Apple debut its on-demand streaming music service? What does a native Apple Watch app look like? What’s in store for the future of iOS and OS X? All will be revealed… Read More

  • What To Expect From Apple’s WWDC 2015

    What To Expect From Apple’s WWDC 2015

     This year’s kick-off event at WWDC will likely have a developer focus, given the nature of the event, but there will plenty for everyone to pay attention to, especially if you’re a fan of iOS, OS X or the latest new Apple device: The Apple Watch. Here’s a roundup of what’s likely to go down at WWDC this year, along with a few far-out wishes and some cold water… Read More

  • Skype For Web Beta Now Open To All U.S. And U.K. Users

    Skype For Web Beta Now Open To All U.S. And U.K. Users

    Skype’s web-based client, along with both IM and video/audio call functionality, is now available to all users in open beta, the company announced today. The web-based version of the popular chat and calling tool came out at the end of last year, with access gated based on an invite system, but now everyone can join in, so long as you’re residing in the U.S. or U.K. The Skype web… Read More

  • Apple Launches An Invite-Only Beta Program For iOS

    Apple Launches An Invite-Only Beta Program For iOS

    Apple has launched a new beta program for iOS (via 9to5Mac), with the latest build of iOS 8.3 (which includes advanced Message filtration features) acting as the first seed. The expanded program allows non-developers to opt-in to receiving pre-release software builds on their device, and in exchange, Apple expects both patience with bugs and feedback regarding what needs fixing. The public… Read More

  • Latest OS X Beta Includes Support For Force Click And Pressure Sensitivity For Drawing Apps

    Latest OS X Beta Includes Support For Force Click And Pressure Sensitivity For Drawing Apps

    Apple’s latest beta for developers for OS X 10.10.3 adds some new tools that will be available to third-party software developers targeting owners of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook and the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. These include support for new Force Click secondary pressure-based input, support for accelerator features that translate amount of pressure into subtle changes in the… Read More

  • Apple’s Latest Betrayal

    Apple’s Latest Betrayal

    “Seriously, fuck them,” read the tweet. The person was speaking about Apple and the new MacBook the company recently announced. There are countless other tweets and comments with the same sentiment. Right now there’s visceral hate directed at the company. A swath of consumers feel betrayed by the stark design of the new MacBook. Our original post on the topic was shared… Read More

  • Apple Watch Live Video Stream: How, Where And When

    Apple Watch Live Video Stream: How, Where And When

    Happy Apple Watch day! Starting at 10 AM Pacific Time, Apple is set to answer all the questions about the Apple Watch. And you can follow our liveblog or watch the festivities on an Apple device. As usual Apple is restricting the live stream to Apple devices. To watch the live video stream You’ll need an iOS device, Apple TV or Safari on a Mac running at least OS X 10.6.8. Those on… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 5: That Crazy Apple Car Maybe Isn’t So Crazy

    TC AppleCast 5: That Crazy Apple Car Maybe Isn’t So Crazy

    Apple has spent the whole week in the news because of a car it might be making, so that’s a real thing that happened. We discuss how the rumor went from airy tales to something quite solid, including a possible timeline for launch in 2020. Just what might an Apple Car actually look like, and why would the company even bother to make one? We don’t know for certain, but we… Read More

  • Apple Opens Up With A New Blog About Swift, Its New Programming Language

    Apple Opens Up With A New Blog About Swift, Its New Programming Language

    Apple just launched a blog about Swift, its new programming language that makes it easier to build applications for iOS and Mac OS X. This is a first for Apple, and marks a new period of openness for the famously walled-in tech giant. Read More

  • Logitech Gaming Software Beta-Testing Program Confirms Future Support For Mac OS X

    Logitech Gaming Software Beta-Testing Program Confirms Future Support For Mac OS X

    According to a beta tester listing on OnlineBeta.com, Logitech is finally preparing to support OS X gamers, with plans to release a new Gaming Software for Mac OS X that lets users configure their Logitech gaming mice and keyboards to optimize performance and play. It’s unclear what this type of software will do specifically, as it hasn’t been announced yet, but the most… Read More

  • OS X Mountain Lion: Quick, Familiar, Cheap, And Drenched In iOS Goodness

    OS X Mountain Lion: Quick, Familiar, Cheap, And Drenched In iOS Goodness

    Trying to write a review of OS X Mountain Lion is tricky. First of all, I had already written a review back in February, when Apple legitimately surprised the world with the revelation that the ninth iteration of OS X was just about ready to go. Granted, back then I only had a few days to play with an early build. But it was already pretty solid at that point. Now, months later, I’ve had… Read More

  • Apple Loses Executive Bertrand Serlet After 22 Years Of Working With Jobs

    In a press release issued earlier this morning, Apple has announced that Bertrand Serlet, SVP of Mac Software Engineering, will be leaving the company. Craig Federighi, Apple’s VP of Mac Software Engineering and Serlet’s long-time protégé, will assume his responsibilities and report directly to chief exec Steve Jobs. Serlet originally joined Apple in 1997 and has played an… Read More

  • Tread Lightly When Embracing The Mac App Store

    Is there really any doubt the Mac App Store will be anything other than a huge hit when it debuts in 90 days? Seven billion downloads on the current App Store would suggest that Apple knows what it’s doing (and that people really love to slingshot cartoon birds into buildings). And the benefits of the App Store are clear: it’s an easy-to-use, one-stop source of safe, tested software. Read More

  • Mac OS X Now Running On An HTC Shift Near You

    Remember the HTC Shift? Sort of an early-days tablet. (Tablets are dated in terms of whether they came before or after the almighty iPad.) The hardware wasn’t too bad, but, yeah, it didn’t make a huge mark on the world. But, they’ve now got Mac OS X on there, so if you have one and would like a quick little project! Read More

  • Windows 7 Now More Popular Than Vista (But XP Still King)

    Usage of Windows 7 had finally passed that of Windows Vista, according to data from Net Applications. As it stands, 14.46 percent of Internet users are using Windows 7, compared to 14.34 percent for Windows Vista. The king remains Windows XP, which stands at a remarkable 61.9 percent—remarkable because XP is nearly 9 years old. Read More

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