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  • Six unexpected uses for your Mac's Application Switcher

    Posted May 17, 2011 - 11:45 am

    You’ve probably got the basics of the Application Switcher down pat by now: press Command-Tab to see a bar full of running-application icons and keep Command down as you tap the Tab key to quickly switch to the application of your choice. But, as with everything on the Mac, the Application Switcher can do more than you might guess.
  • What Microsoft's Skype purchase means for Mac users

    Posted May 10, 2011 - 11:52 am

    Mac and iOS enthusiasts wondering what Microsoft’s $8.5 billion Skype purchase means to them can take some comfort from a single stoic sentence in Redmond’s press release announcing the deal: “Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.”
  • Mac App Store upgrade: Will OS X Lion be Apple's Vista?

    Posted May 6, 2011 - 11:21 am

    The first thing that came to mind when I heard that Apple may seed OS X 10.7 Lion via the Mac App Store to all users running Snow Leopard: Windows Vista.
  • Update fixes font display, printing problems in Snow Leopard

    Posted April 26, 2011 - 7:19 pm

    A software update released by Apple Tuesday promises to take on issues with displaying and printing certain OpenType fonts in Snow Leopard.
  • Mac OS X: Make Snow Leopard (and other cats) roar like Lion

    Posted April 15, 2011 - 11:48 am

    With a second preview version now in the hands of app developers, Apple's next generation of Mac OS X, called Lion (Version 10.7), appears to be on track for its planned release to the public this summer. The company has announced several new features for the upcoming Macintosh operating system (some of which are lifted straight from iOS, Apple's mobile platform) including the following:
  • Kodiak to Lion: 10 years of Mac OS X

    Posted April 14, 2011 - 5:52 pm

    On March 24, 2001, Apple released Mac OS X 'Cheetah', the first official version Mac OS X. Since then, we've seen a lot of big cats. Join us on this (predominately feline) safari through OS X history.
  • VMware to ship virtualization clients for Android, Mac OS X

    Posted April 7, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    VMware will ship a desktop virtualization client for Android Honeycomb-based tablets during the second half of the year, according to Vittorio Viarengo, vice president of End User Computing at VMware.
  • Connect Android phone to Mac OS X's Internet Sharing

    Posted April 1, 2011 - 7:38 pm

    Here's how to set up Internet Sharing so you can get a reliable connection with Android and other mobile devices.
  • Make new AppleScripts automatically

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 8:40 pm

    If you're a regular reader of this blog or the OS X Hints site on which it's based, you know we regularly post AppleScripts that do one useful thing or another. You may also be tired of manually copying-and-pasting those scripts from your browser to AppleScript editor or Automator. Hints reader Maxikubik felt that way, so he created an Automator service to do it for him.
  • Apple WWDC 2011, set for June 6-10, to highlight iOS and Mac OS futures

    Posted March 28, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    Apple has announced that its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2011) will be held June 6-10 in San Francisco, and promises to unveil the future of the iOS software used in its iPad and iPhone as well as the Mac OS X software at the heart of its computers.
  • 10 for X: A decade of Mac OS X

    Posted March 24, 2011 - 4:40 pm

    On March 24, 2001, the iMac was less than three years old, the iPod was still more than six months away, and Macs ran at astounding speeds of up to 733MHz. But most importantly, Apple on that day released the first official version of Mac OS X, changing the future of its platform forever.
  • Apple SVP of Mac software Bertrand Serlet to depart

    Posted March 23, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    Apple announced on Wednesday that senior vice president of Mac software engineering Bertrand Serlet will be leaving the company. Serlet, who holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of Orsay, France, said in Apple’s release that he wants “to focus less on products and more science.”
  • Mac OS X 10.6.7 causing iTunes woes for MacBook Air

    Posted March 23, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Some owners of the new 13in MacBook Air have been reporting issues with the recently issued update for Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6.7.
  • Apple releases Xcode 4, puts it for sale on the App Store

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    Apple has officially released version 4 of Xcode, the integrated development environment designed to help developers write apps for Mac OS X and iOS.
  • Apple patches critical Mac bugs with Java updates

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 10:56 am

    Apple Tuesday shipped its first Java update for the Mac OS since last fall, when it also disclosed plans to 'deprecate' the Java runtime in Leopard and Snow Leopard.
  • Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.6.7 build 10J868 to developers

    Posted March 8, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    Apple has issued a new beta release of Mac OS X 10.6.7 to developers.
  • Video

    Developing for the Mac App Store

    Posted February 28, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    Leapfrog the learning curve with these how-to videos.
  • Apple gets back to basics in Mac OS X Lion

    Posted February 25, 2011 - 1:10 pm

    Apple on Thursday gave us another sneak peek at what's in store for the next major release of Mac OS X, dubbed Lion, due out this summer. Between the iOS-inspired features we saw in the first Lion preview in October and the new features the company revealed today, it's clearer than ever that Apple isn't merely getting Back to the Mac. With Lion, Apple is getting back to basics, making significant changes and adding new features that are all focused on making the Mac easier to use and more accessible to both new and longtime users.
  • Apple iPad, iOS influences show in Mac OS X preview

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    Apple has released a preview version of its next Mac OS X software, showing the influence of the iPad and iOS on the flagship computer UI.
  • Developer preview of Mac OS X Lion arrives with more new features

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    Apple on Thursday released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, the next incarnation of the Mac operating system. The new version sports a number of features that weren’t showcased when Apple offered a sneak preview of Lion back in October.
  • Imagining a Mac OS X/iOS mash-up

    Posted February 12, 2011 - 10:17 pm

    While I was on Wikipedia doing some vital research (I was right: Plastic Man has no internal organs), I reminded myself that 2011 is an important anniversary for the two Apple products that made Apple what it is today—most essentially, not a subsidiary of Sony or Adobe. That’s right, folks: Mac OS X and the iPod were both released ten years ago.
  • Fourth Mac OS X 10.6.7 beta seeded

    Posted February 11, 2011 - 11:42 am

    A fourth beta version of Mac OS X 10.6.7 has been seeded to developers, a little over a month after Mac OS X 10.6.6 was released to the public.
  • Mac, iOS gain online share on back of strong sales

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 2:41 pm

    Mac OS X gained share last month by the largest amount since March 2010, while iOS, the operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad, passed 2% for the first time, a Web metrics vendor said Tuesday.
  • Developers hail Mac App Store successes

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    The launch of the Mac App Store on 6 January 2011 was met with a mixture of excitement and trepidation among software developers. How are they feeling now?
  • 2011: Year of the desktop app store?

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    Developer Sergio Tacconi spent several sleepless days and nights porting his app, Pocket Yoga, from the iOS mobile platform to Mac OS X. He wanted to have it available for sale in Apple's Mac App Store on Jan. 6, when the new online software store launched. The task was "harder than expected," he says, "but put in perspective, it's a small investment with a potentially big gain."

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