• Parallels launches Desktop 8 for Mac

    Posted August 30, 2012 - 11:17 am

    Parallels on Thursday announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, the latest generation of its applications that lets users run Windows on Mac computers.
  • SketchBook Pro relaunches with new features

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 10:37 am

    A new version of SketchBook Pro, the “artistic toolkit” application for the Mac, has made its debut on the Mac App Store, offering an interface overhaul and cloud support among other features.
  • Curiosity about lines of code

    Posted August 8, 2012 - 9:35 am

    How many lines of code does it take to get to the center of Gale Crater?
  • Video

    Set up your Mac for remote file access

    Posted August 1, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    Setting up your Mac for remote file access can be handy when you need to retrieve an errant file while on the road. Dan Moren walks you through the process of setting it up.
  • Video

    Does anyone else want to punch the "Apple Genius" guy in the face?

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    New Apple ad campaign strikes a lot of bad chords.
  • Google acquires Mac, iOS email client Sparrow

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 10:14 pm

    Software developer Sparrow, maker of the popular Mac and iOS email clients of the same name, announced on Friday that it has been acquired by Google, and that the Sparrow team will be joining forces with the search giant.
  • Java-based Web attack installs backdoors on Windows, Linux, Mac computers

    Posted July 10, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    A new Web-based social engineering attack that relies on malicious Java applets attempts to install backdoors on Windows, Linux and Mac computers, according to security researchers from antivirus vendors F-Secure and Kaspersky Lab.
  • How to use an external microphone with a MacBook Air

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:04 am

    Reader and frequent Macworld contributor, Glenn Fleishman should know better than to send me a question via Twitter’s direct message, as I’m sure to blab it to the rest of the world. He messaged:
  • How to choose a to-do manager

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:45 am

    Not too long ago, the main option for task management on the Mac was iCal’s To Do list. (Note I said option, not solution.) For serious task management, the Mac was a barren wasteland. Not anymore. Looking through the Mac and iOS App Stores, there seem to be more task management tools than fart apps. Those tools range from rudimentary checklists to gargantuan multi-feature, multi-platform systems. I know because I’ve tried a lot of them. For users, this newfound abundance of riches finally makes it possible for everybody to use their Macs (and iPhones and iPads) to manage their tasks and even, perhaps, get a little work done.
  • Review

    Launch Center Pro deserves a space in your iPhone's dock

    Posted June 24, 2012 - 7:25 am

    It's easy enough to navigate your Mac without any add-ons. You can maneuver around through folders to find what you're after, and use the Spotlight menu to search for files and launch apps more quickly. Power users tend to prefer third-party utilities like LaunchBar ( Macworld rated 5 out of 5 mice ) or Alfred ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ). These are keyboard-driven apps that make quick work of common actions for tech savvy users.
  • Retina MacBook Pro battery will cost 54 percent more to service

    Posted June 23, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display is not only very difficult to repair, but it will also cost you 54 percent more to replace the battery. Apple updated the pricing list for MacBook battery replacements, highlighting the increased price battery service for the new laptop to $199 before tax.
  • Skype 5.8 for Mac adds simpler contact list, more

    Posted June 17, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Perhaps no Mac app’s interface has been maligned in recent months as much as that of Skype 5. Thursday’s release of Skype 5.8 for Mac should please some of those critics, however, as the company has shown that it’s listening to the feedback of its users.
  • iFixit teardown: Retina MacBook Pro will be hard to repair

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:44 am

    Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina display is probably the least repairable laptop so far, according to repair site iFixit. Just a couple of days after it became available, the teardown of the Retina MacBook Pro shows the notebook is a great piece of engineering, but this comes at a price.
  • Belkin and Matrox set to bring USB 3.0 to the Mac via Thunderbolt

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Two docking station products set to ship in September of this year promise to bring USB 3.0, and much more, to the Mac.
  • Nine fun ways to stop summer brain drain

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:35 am

    It goes by many names, but the syndrome is the same. Whether it’s dubbed “summer learning loss,” “summer vacation slide,” or good-old-fashioned “summer brain drain,” studies show that students usually have to relearn four to six weeks of classwork at the beginning of every school year. On the brink of the lazy days of summer, what’s a parent to do? Here are nine ways to use your Mac and iOS devices to keep your kids sharp during the summer. Add your own advice to the comments at the end of this article.
  • Dispatch from the technology culture wars

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 7:50 am

    There's room for common ground in the tech culture war between the 'geeks' -- technical people who like to tinker with tech -- and 'noobs' -- nontechnical people who want gadgets to just work, writes columnist Mike Elgan.
  • How to make your PC distraction-free

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 7:50 am

    With tons of desktop real estate and the processing power to run practically as many apps as you can open, it can be challenging to stay focused on a single task while using your PC. Luckily, in recent years a number of new tools have been developed to help you create a distraction-free workspace at home or in the office. These apps and tools hide unused windows and menus to help you focus on what's important and be more productive.
  • Restarting a remote Mac

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:55 am

    Reader, tech dabbler, and Weeds actor Andy Milder, occasionally contacts me for technical advice. In exchange, I drop his name. I'd additionally like to drop this bit of advice in response to his latest query:
  • Beyond .zip: secrets of the archive utility

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    If you’ve ever sent, or received, a big file via email, you’ve undoubtably encountered a zip file. Double-click one of these and it expands to show files hidden inside. A zip file, or archive, takes up less space than the original files, so that your documents, images and whatnot are easier to send or store. But what do you do if a file won’t expand or you come across a different type of archive? Here are answers to frequently asked questions about working with compressed files on Mac OS X.
  • Seamless transitions your music from Mac to iOS effortlessly

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Back when I had a morning commute, I would often pop in some earbuds before hopping on the bus and rock out to one of the many tunes on my iPhone as we rode through Chinatown. The problem, of course, came when I reached my desk mid-song: Did I pause and try and find the song on my Mac's iTunes library? Or did I continue to listen through my iPhone, only to look up hours later and realize I'd drained my phone's battery when I should have switched to my desktop?
  • New, sneakier Flashback malware infects Macs

    Posted April 24, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    A new, sneakier variant of the Flashback malware has been uncovered by the French security firm Intego.
  • Apple Flashback malware removal includes innovative approach to reducing risk for Macs

    Posted April 14, 2012 - 7:46 am

    Better late than never? Apple has released the third Java update in a week for Mac OS X, and this one contains the tool to remove the Flashback malware from infected systems. Beneath the belated fix to help users eradicate the threat, Apple has introduced a proactive approach to reducing security risk that other vendors should take note of.
  • Free tool detects Flashback Mac malware pestilence

    Posted April 10, 2012 - 7:54 am

    A Mac developer has posted a tool that detects a Flashback malware infection on Apple's computers.
  • Review

    Review: FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Pro Advanced 12

    Posted April 4, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    With new versions of its entire FileMaker product line (FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Advanced, FileMaker Server, FileMaker Server Advanced, and FileMaker Go), FileMaker, Inc. extends its dominance of the Mac OS and iOS database world by offering improvements that will be valued by every type of FileMaker user: end users both in the office and out, and developers of every level of ability, from amateurs to aces.
  • Apple patches Mac Java zero-day bug

    Posted April 4, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    Apple yesterday released a Java update for Mac owners that fixes a dozen security flaws, including one that has been exploited by attackers for at least two weeks.
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