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  • Mac 101: Getting set up

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Welcome to Mac 101, Macworld's new guide for the new Mac user. Our plan is to use this weekly column to explain how to use Apple's computers--starting with the most basic of the basics and, over the course of time, to touch on virtually every aspect of the Mac and its operating system.
  • Java security threats: What you need to know

    Posted August 31, 2012 - 7:36 am

    First, the bad news. Once again, Mac users are at risk due to a flaw in Java, similar to the one that enabled the Flashback Trojan. Even worse, there isn't (yet) a patch to fix that vulnerability. But don't worry: This time around, there's good news for Mac users: Thanks to changes Apple has made, most of us are likely to be safe from this threat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Apple issues firmware update for 2011 Mac models

    Posted February 24, 2012 - 7:20 am

    If you bought a Mac in 2011, you've got some firmware to download. Apple on Thursday issued four EFI firmware updates, one for each Mac model released by the company last year.
  • Apple in the enterprise: $19 billion to be spent on iPads, Macs in 2012

    Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    If you thought Apple made strides in the enterprise last year, it was only the first lap of a remarkable run, according to analyst firm Forrester.
  • Apple becoming a serious player in enterprise

    Posted January 9, 2012 - 11:51 am

    Forrester Research forecasts big growth in enterprise sales of Apple hardware as employees insist on using iPads and even Macs in the workplace.
  • No. 2 tech story of 2011: The decline and death of Steve Jobs

    Posted December 29, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    Steve Jobs, whose vision and drive made Apple the most valuable technology company in the world, dies at age 56.
  • 12 valuable tools for managing business Macs

    Posted November 29, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    The knock on managing Macs in business environments has long been Apple's ambivalent attitude toward providing significant enterprise support. Apple does, of course, offer tools for deploying, configuring, and managing Macs. But to move Macs beyond a departmental setting, IT will often find it necessary to look to third parties for help.
  • Apple tops in owner satisfaction (but the fanboys already knew that)

    Posted July 5, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    If you buy a computer from Apple, chances are you're a more satisfied customer than those who bought other brands.
  • Amazon challenges Apple with Mac app download store

    Posted May 26, 2011 - 4:19 pm

    Amazon today launched a Mac-specific application download store that will compete with Apple's nearly five-month-old Mac App Store.
  • Mac sales surging in enterprise

    Posted May 23, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    The overall percentage is still insignificant, but sales of Apple's Mac computers in the enterprise soared in the company's last fiscal quarter.
  • Mac malware goes from game to serious

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 8:51 pm

    A game theory paper written in 2007 predicted that Mac users would see more malware. Now, those predictions are coming true.
  • Parallels: Run Windows, Linux servers on Mac mini

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 5:38 am

    Parallels--best known for software that lets you run Windows on your Mac--has come out with a product that does the same thing for Mac-based servers.
  • Apple nearly doubles Q2 earnings

    Posted April 20, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    Looks like this Verizon thing is working out for Apple. Fueled by a 113 percent increase in iPhone sales over the year-ago quarter, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) on Wednesday reported record second-quarter net income of $5.99 billion, or $6.40 a share, up 95 percent over the $3.07 billion, or $3.33 a share, in Q2 2010.
  • Six ways to clean up your Mac

    Posted March 22, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    It’s spring again, and with the new season comes the age-old ritual of cleaning out things you ignored for most of the year. Far be it from me to suggest that you clean out your basement, garage, or attic, but I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend you take a closer look at the crusty corners of your Mac. Last year, Chris Breen shared valuable Tips for a tidier Mac—all of which are worth revisiting. But I also want to draw your attention to a half-dozen digital dust bunnies that you might not have considered:
  • Analyst firm downgrades Apple shares. No, really.

    Posted March 16, 2011 - 12:03 pm

    A number of tech stocks were down Wednesday, so Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) drop through late morning of 8.25, or 2.4 percent, could just be part of the ongoing negative impact of the nuclear crisis in Japan on Wall Street.
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