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  • Public Betas of iOS 14, watchOS 7, Big Sur and More Rolling Out

    Thu 1:17pm By Stephen Hackett
    John Voorhees: Apple has opened its public beta program for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7 on the Apple Beta Software Program website. One notable difference between this year’s public betas and those of past years is that this is…
  • Connected #302: Looking Out Across Antarctica

    Wed 6:58pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Connected: With WWDC in the rearview mirror, Stephen and Myke shift their minds to the future and discuss rumors of the upcoming iPhone 12, changes coming with Apple Silicon Macs and macOS Big Sur. On Connected Pro, we spoke about my 5th “indie…
  • Apple Clarifies Its Future with Thunderbolt

    Wed 6:24pm By Stephen Hackett
    In a statement to Rene Ritchie: Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility it brings to every Mac. We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support…
  • The Rise and Fall of Flash

    Tue 2:58pm By Stephen Hackett
    Richard Moss, writing at Ars Technica: Whichever side of the love-hate divide you land on, there’s no denying the fact that Flash changed how we consume, create, and interact with content on the Web. For better and worse, it helped shape the Internet of…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: Mac OS X 10.4.2 or Later: Installing and Removing Dashboard Widgets

    Tue 9:52am By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: Downloading, installing, and removing Dashboard widgets has been greatly improved in Mac OS X 10.4.2 and later. For the best widget installation experience, be sure to update to the latest version of Mac OS X 10.4. In short, when you ran a…
  • Is Anyone Watching Quibi?

    Mon 3:30pm By Stephen Hackett
    Benjamin Wallace at Vulture: The streaming platform raised $1.75 billion and secured a roster of A-list talent, but it can’t get audiences to notice.
  • Sponsor: SheetPlanner: The Ultimate Tool for Organizing Information, Managing Projects and Getting…

    Mon 9:16am By Stephen Hackett
    SheetPlanner helps you organize information, manage your projects, and schedule your tasks and activities with unparalleled power and flexibility. Get organized… Organize information using the Outliner to provide structure. Populate the start, finish and…
  • Introducing More Power Users

    Sun 6:02pm By Stephen Hackett
    Today, David Sparks and I are thrilled to introduce More Power Users, a special dedicated feed for MPU members that includes ad-free episodes, as well as regular bonus segments, more focused on news or current happening in the Apple community. This is…
  • The Omni Group

    Jul 3, 2020, 5:00 pm By Stephen Hackett
    My thanks to The Omni Group for sponsoring 512 Pixels this week. Since their founding in 1992, The Omni Group has created powerful tools for productive professionals. Designed for Mac, iPad, and iPhone, the Omni Productivity Suite is software engineered with…
  • Microsoft Getting Pushy with Edge

    Jul 3, 2020, 11:24 am By Stephen Hackett
    Some things never change, I suppose.
  • Connected #301: We Should Be Developers

    Jul 1, 2020, 4:38 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week’s episode of Connected is a special one: The guys talk with Jenny Chen, an Apple engineer who works on Apple Pencil software, and Stephen Tonna from Apple’s product marketing team about what’s new in iPad OS 14, including Scribble and the…
  • Liftoff #127: Wormy Space Coin

    Jun 30, 2020, 4:52 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This time on Liftoff: Black holes doing weird black hole things, a progress report on the SLS and a discussion of how some of NASA’s facilities should be renamed. My thanks to our sponsor: Tuparev Technologies: Introducing StarBrush: Modern astronomical…
  • Ungeniused #108: Some Cool Winter Olympic Games

    Jun 30, 2020, 11:25 am By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Ungeniused: a PSA from me (and a begrudging Myke) about how the Winter Olympics are the coolest games in town.
  • A Tour of Haiku Beta 2

    Jun 29, 2020, 6:56 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Haiku is an open-source project dedicated to rebuilding BeOS. The group just released the second beta, and Jim Salter has a thorough look at it over on Ars Technica. If you aren’t familiar with BeOS, check out this episode of my podcast Flashback, on which…
  • Macintosh Manager: About the Hand Out Feature

    Jun 29, 2020, 6:47 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: A Macintosh Manager administrator can hand out files to members of the currently active workgroup, or to specific users that belong to the active workgroup (Figure 1). This feature is only available when logged in as a Macintosh Manager…
  • The New York Times is Pulling out of Apple News

    Jun 29, 2020, 2:11 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Kellen Browning and Jack Nicas: The Times is one of the first media organizations to pull out of Apple News. The Times, which has made adding new subscribers a key business goal, said that Apple had given it little in the way of direct relationships with…
  • Sponsor: The Omni Group: Powerful Productivity Tools Built for Pros

    Jun 29, 2020, 1:45 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Since their founding in 1992, The Omni Group has created powerful tools for productive professionals. Designed for Mac, iPad, and iPhone, the Omni Productivity Suite is software engineered with pros (and their work) in mind. OmniFocus is a to-do app and task…
  • MPU 542: Beta Tales

    Jun 28, 2020, 8:42 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Mac Power Users: It’s beta season, and David and Stephen have reported for duty with reports of new features and general thoughts on macOS Big Sur, iOS and iPadOS 14 as well as watchOS 7. Plus, a brief announcement about something coming in…
  • Report: iPhone 12 Won’t Include Charger in Box

    Jun 28, 2020, 12:49 pm By Stephen Hackett
    People will complain which will be annoying, but’s it’s a good move from the environmental perspective.
  • TextExpander

    Jun 26, 2020, 5:39 pm By Stephen Hackett
    My thanks to TextExpander for sponsoring 512 Pixels this week and making working across my devices way, way faster. It is available for Mac, Windows, Chrome, iPhone and iPad. 512 Pixels readers get 20% off their first year.
  • The Stalman Podcast: The Mac Will Never Be the Same

    Jun 25, 2020, 5:30 pm By Stephen Hackett
    I chatted with my buddy Tyler Stalman the other night about all the changes coming for the Mac that were announced at WWDC. It was a fun conversation about the tool at the center of many professional workflows.
  • Connected #300: You Cannot Put a Price on Glory

    Jun 24, 2020, 6:04 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on a hectic episode of Connected: WWDC 2020 is underway, so the time has come to judge The Rickies. After a new Chairman is crowned, the guys do a high-level pass on Apple’s OS announcements, as well as what’s new with Shortcuts. It’s going to…
  • Microsoft Comments on Windows on ARM and the Mac

    Jun 24, 2020, 4:40 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Tom Warren, writing at The Verge: Apple will start switching its Macs to its own ARM-based processors later this year, but you won’t be able to run Windows in Boot Camp mode on them. Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to PC makers to preinstall on new…
  • Apple Silicon Macs Getting Boot and Recovery Changes

    Jun 24, 2020, 4:30 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Jason Snell: Doing unusual things at Mac startup has long required remembering keyboard shortcuts. Is it Command-Control-P-R or Command-Option-P-R that zaps the PRAM? Is that still even a thing? Is it Command-S for Recovery Mode—or wait, that’s Single User…
  • The Future of Apps on the Mac

    Jun 24, 2020, 11:57 am By Stephen Hackett
    Depending on how you count them, Apple has several different routes for developers to take when it comes to modernizing their apps for the future of macOS. Let’s take a look at these related technologies to see what they can provide. Traditional Mac apps The…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: Mac OS 9: “Big System Morsels” Error During Installation

    Jun 23, 2020, 10:51 am By Stephen Hackett
    I searched for “Big Sur,” but saw this article and knew I had to share it.
  • Mac Power Users #541: WWDC 2020

    Jun 22, 2020, 10:36 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Big week on MPU: Recorded just a few hours after the WWDC keynote, Stephen and David share their reactions to iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and the Mac’s transition to Apple-designed processors. There’s so much to think about this year, but it was good to spend…
  • The Mac Developer Transition Kit with Apple Silicon

    Jun 22, 2020, 8:18 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Like during the switch to Intel, Apple has put together a transition hardware kit for the move to ARM. Like with Intel, this is not a product, and Apple was quick to note that it doesn’t represent what final hardware could look like. That said, here are the…
  • macOS 11

    Jun 22, 2020, 3:40 pm By Stephen Hackett
    A quick look at a “About this Mac” window in today’s keynote showed the version number of the copy of macOS running on the Apple Silicon development hardware was 11.0, but Apple is also using the new name on the Developer website: macOS 11 introduces…
  • Sponsor: TextExpander

    Jun 22, 2020, 12:00 pm By Stephen Hackett
    TextExpander boosts your business productivity by allowing your team to communicate smarter, faster, and more consistently across all your channels. The app is built with collaboration in mind—instantly insert snippets of text into emails, messages,…