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  • How to automatically add movies to your Mac media server

    28 July 2014, 9:00 am

    Reader Jason Enns would like to streamline his media acquisition workflow. He writes:…
  • Photoshop CC 2014 review: Image editor gets new time-saving features

    28 July 2014, 8:30 am

    Adobe added some incredibly practical features to Photoshop CC 2014, especially where productivity is concerned. Time-savers include smarter smart guides and smart objects, updatable Layer Comps, a color picker that stays open, full Typekit integration, a…
  • Staff Picks: Revolution 60 is the most ambitious iOS game you'll play this year

    28 July 2014, 8:00 am

    As I’ve mentioned previously in this column, it takes a very specific kind of iOS game to grab my interest. I’m not a huge fan of first person shooters or clunky free-to-play titles; multi-touch puzzle games and the occasional 2D RPG are my bread and…
  • LogViewer for Time Machine review: Find Time Machine info in OS X system logs

    28 July 2014, 7:15 am

    OS X’s built-in Time Machine feature makes backing up your important data a relatively painless process: You just connect a drive to your Mac, tell the OS to use that drive for Time Machine, and then, to quote a famous Apple ad, “There is no Step 3.” As…
  • Why you should care about CloudKit

    28 July 2014, 7:00 am

    If you’ve lived through the last couple iterations of OS X and iOS, you’ve probably had the opportunity to develop a special love/hate relationship with iCloud. Apple’s cloud service suite is made up of many different parts and systems, and while it’s…
  • How to prepare for a Mac disaster

    28 July 2014, 6:43 am

    No one likes to think about disasters such as burglary, earthquake, fire, the zombie apocalypse, or other catastrophes that could potentially wipe out your Mac, your other gadgets, and perhaps even your entire home or office. But these things do happen (with…
  • The Week in iPad Cases: A distinguished teacup

    26 July 2014, 9:00 am

    A distinguished teacupThere’s a cup with a monocle in this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, alongside a few cats and some amazing plastic bubbles. And did we mention the monocle-wearing cup?Apple and MintThe Pink Fairy (all iPad models; $25) envelops your…
  • Things might get ontological

    26 July 2014, 7:00 am

    Do people know that words have meanings? It’s starting to seem like they don’t. First a pundit has trouble realizing “people” are the “people” he works with. Then we look at what you can say if you provide the qualifier that it “could” be true…
  • Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

    25 July 2014, 4:22 pm

    The bill reverses a 2013 decision that phone unlocking by consumers ran afoul of copyright laws.
  • Bose sues Beats over headphone patents

    25 July 2014, 4:00 pm

    Headphone maker Bose has launched a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to acquire in a $3 billion dollar deal. In its complaint, Bose alleges that the “active noise cancellation” system in Beats Studio…
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Fixing a flat

    25 July 2014, 3:15 pm

    Fixing a flatThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features lots of gemstone—both real and printed—and a pouch that lies flat whenever you need to fix a flat.AdoptedThe Lens (iPhone 5 and 5s; $30) features a hard shell finished with a high-gloss…
  • How to get photos from your digital camera to Instagram in 3 easy steps

    25 July 2014, 3:01 pm

    Instagram may be designed for smartphones, but you've probably noticed that the best photos have a distinctly non-camera-phone vibe to them. Savvy Instagrammers post high-quality DSLR or point-and-shoot photos instead. You can create a high-quality Instagram…
  • How to revert to Mavericks from the Yosemite public beta

    25 July 2014, 1:51 pm

    The OS X Yosemite public beta gives us some insight into Apple’s next-generation operating system, but it is a beta release—a version of the Mac OS that will have problems and will not be compatible with some of your existing software. If you’ve leapt…
  • With Stickers commercial, Apple wants us to connect with our devices

    25 July 2014, 11:30 am

    Over the last few days, you’ve probably seen journalists on a number of Apple-centric publications get very excited about the company’s latest commercial, aptly titled “Stickers.” Here it is, straight from Apple’s YouTube channel: If you’re not…
  • Do the math: Figuring out what Apple's really worth

    25 July 2014, 11:00 am

    The formula is pretty simple: Number of Mac users plus number of iOS users times how much money Apple makes on each one, plus what it's making from all those iTunes accounts, equals a pretty healthy company.(asymco.com)To read this article in full or to leave…
  • 13 things OS X Yosemite beta testers need to know

    25 July 2014, 10:52 am

    This article was originally published on Computerworld.com.…
  • Ask the iTunes Guy: Should you re-rip your CDs?

    25 July 2014, 10:00 am

    Sometimes, what seems like a good idea turns out to have unexpected consequences. One reader wrote in about album art that wasn’t syncing to his iOS devices, and had a surprise when he found out the reason. Another wonders whether it’s worth re-ripping…
  • Comixology goes DRM-free on select comics

    25 July 2014, 8:47 am

    You won't see the latest Spider-Man or Superman stripped of anti-copying measures, but some independent publishers are going DRM-free.
  • Numi 2.0.1 review: Not your typical Mac calculator

    25 July 2014, 7:00 am

    If there’s one constant across every Mac we’ve ever used, it’s the calculator. From System 1 to Yosemite, there’s always been a basic number cruncher baked right into the operating system, but for the most part, the calculators on our desktops still…
  • Which Mac should I buy?

    25 July 2014, 7:00 am

    If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’ve tested (almost) every standard-configuration Mac model currently in Apple’s lineup. We’re quite familiar…
  • You Should Play: Steampunk Tower

    25 July 2014, 6:30 am

    You literally defend a tower. A steampunk tower.
  • iPhone 6: What we know, what we don't know, what we'd like to see

    25 July 2014, 6:00 am

    As summer edges on and Apple CEO Tim Cook drops his latest hint about new and upcoming products, it’s time to start looking to the fall—and, with the change of the seasons, the next generation of Apple’s iPhone. Based on the pattern years past, it’s…
  • Apple faces privacy suit following Chinese TV report

    25 July 2014, 3:00 am

    An iPhone user has filed a lawsuit for invasion of privacy against Apple, about a week after a Chinese state broadcaster raised security concerns about the device’s location-tracking functions.…
  • How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive

    24 July 2014, 8:30 pm

    With Yosemite (OS X 10.10) and the OS X Beta Program, Apple is for the first time since 2000 making pre-release versions of a new operating system available to people other than developers. Specifically, the first million non-developers to sign up for the…
  • Apple still top tablet company, but its grip is loosening

    24 July 2014, 2:53 pm

    Apple’s grip on the tablet is loosening, with the iPad losing ground during the second quarter this year to Android and Windows tablets.…
  • OS X Yosemite public beta arrives

    24 July 2014, 12:52 pm

    On Thursday, fall came early for hundreds of thousands of Mac users as Apple released its first public beta of OS X Yosemite. The public-beta program, announced during Apple’s annual developer conference in June, is letting regular users download and test…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Government made easy

    24 July 2014, 11:30 am

    Government made easyA new app promises to help you make up your mind about big issues—and to let Congress know about it. Plus, we have new apps for gaming, making movies, hearing music, and more.ClimendoNate Silver got famous predicting elections by…
  • No way to win

    24 July 2014, 10:30 am

    Rumors have Apple announcing a larger iPhone this fall, which naturally means doom for Apple.Wait, what?“A supersize iPhone is a big risk for Apple” (tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody).Only Apple could be damned if it doesn’t make a larger phone and…
  • Monotony review: Super simple RSS reader for your Mac

    24 July 2014, 8:36 am

    With Google Reader gone, the RSS readers that have popped up in its stead—like Feedly and Digg Reader—have largely strived to be fully featured replacements. Monotony (Mac App Store link) seems to revel in being quite the opposite, as the super simple app…
  • BitPerfect review: Improve your iTunes music sound quality

    24 July 2014, 7:00 am

    In spite of the criticism levied against it, I tend to give iTunes the benefit of the doubt. It’s there, it does a serviceable job of managing and playing my music, it functions as a device hub and it does a good job of it. Tim Murrison’s BitPerfect 2.0.1…

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