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  • Bloomberg: New iMac Design, External Display and Two Mac Pros Underway

    2h By Stephen Hackett
    The current iMac design hails from 2012, so it’s no big surprise that Apple is readying a new, modern iMac, but Gurman has two other interesting things in his report: Apple is also working on a pair of new Mac Pro desktop computers, its priciest Mac machines…
  • Rumors Say Apple Readying 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with Apple silicon, MagSafe and More — With…

    11:09am By Stephen Hackett
    It is no secret that more Apple silicon Macs are on their way. For the first three models, the new versions are more or less the same as their Intel counterparts, just way faster and better. The Mac mini, MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 all look…
  • Connected #328: Sir, I Believe That’s Not Your Suitcase

    Wed 5:26pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Connected, Federico, Myke and I gathered to discuss Apple’s new Racial Equity and Justice Initiatives, some things at CES that caught their eyes and how they feel about the Apple Watch. On Connected Pro, the 5-second rule is discussed as is…
  • Apple Launches Racial Equity and Justice Initiative

    Wed 10:52am By Stephen Hackett
    Apple PR: Apple today announced a set of major new projects as part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) to help dismantle systemic barriers to opportunity and combat injustices faced by communities of color. These forward-looking…
  • Liftoff #140: The End of the Year Means Next Yea

    Tue 3:32pm By Stephen Hackett
    On this episode of Liftoff, Jason and I start 2021 by picking some things they are looking forward to in what promises to be a very busy year in space. My thanks to our sponsor: Squarespace: Make your next move. Enter offer code LIFTOFF at checkout to get 10%…
  • Ungeniused #120: Sandboarding

    Tue 12:02pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Ungeniused, a sport I never knew I wanted to try: If shredding fresh powder is just too mainstream for you, this could be the sport for you. Think snowboarding, but down a dune. My thanks to our sponsor this week: HelloFresh: Click this link and…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: iDVD 1.0 Cannot Import MPEG 1 Video

    Tue 11:00am By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: You’re unable to import an MPEG 1 video file into your iDVD project. QuickTime Player can read and play the file, and iDVD Help says: “You can add any video or image file supported by QuickTime to your iDVD project.” iDVD 1.0 cannot read…
  • Sponsor: Backblaze Unlimited Backup

    Mon 10:41am By Stephen Hackett
    Backblaze offers unlimited computer backup for Macs and PCs for just $6 a month (no gimmicks or add-ons or gotchas included). This means they will back up your movies, music, photos, videos, projects, and all the data you have! You can restore files from…
  • Mac Power Users #570: Mac Security

    Sun 8:41pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Mac Power Users: From the beginning, Mac OS X was designed with security and privacy in mind, but over the years Apple has worked to make both the Mac’s software and hardware more even more so. We spent the entire episode talking what’s what…
  • 2001 Revisited: Macworld San Francisco

    Jan 8, 2021, 5:08 pm By Stephen Hackett
    In my series 2001 Revisited, I’m covering Apple’s major announcements from 20 years ago. This month, we’re looking at Macworld San Francisco. To kick off what would be a very busy year, Steve Jobs took to the Macworld stage in San Francisco, boasting…
  • The 2021 Digital Planner for iPad

    Jan 8, 2021, 4:11 pm By Stephen Hackett
    My thanks to The Sweet Setup for sponsoring 512 Pixels this week. Their 2021 Digital Planner is built for the iPad and based on a proven system for clarity, margin, and focus. Download now, and see for yourself. Comes with a 30-day, money-back guarantee.
  • On iPhone Notch Sizes

    Jan 8, 2021, 12:02 pm By Stephen Hackett
    No spoilers, but on yesterday’s episode of Connected, we had to contend with how big the iPhone’s notch is, and how it may have changed sizes over the years since the introduction of Face ID in 2017. Just looking at a pile of iPhones isn’t that helpful…
  • Connected #327: The Rickies (Early 2021)

    Jan 7, 2021, 7:23 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Big week on Connected: 2020 is over. Products have been released, notches have been measured and an Annual Chairman has been named. As if that wasn’t enough, the 2021 Rickies have been etched into a Google Doc for all time. On Connected Pro, Myke decides to…
  • My 2020 Tasks, by the Numbers

    Jan 7, 2021, 6:28 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Thanks to Todoist’s annual reporting, I have found a lot of information about how I worked last year. In total, I completed 4,362 tasks in 2020, which breaks down to these averages: 11 tasks per day 82 tasks per week 363 tasks per month April was my most…
  • Facebook Blocks Trump’s Accounts Until Inauguration, If Not Longer (Updated: Twitter, Too)

    Jan 7, 2021, 11:22 am By Stephen Hackett
    Mark Zuckerberg: The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden. His decision to…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: Mac OS X 10.5.5: USB Connected Printers do not Print; Printer Queue…

    Jan 5, 2021, 3:50 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: After updating to Mac OS X 10.5.5, you may not be able to print to some USB-based printers. This message may appear in the printer queue: “Printer is currently off-line.” I remember this bug showing up at a couple of schools I supported back…
  • Flashback #11: The Nexus Q and a Sea of Set-top Boxes

    Jan 5, 2021, 12:05 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Flashback is back for a second season: In 2012, Google announced a sphere-shaped media player that was meant to be used with a TV or sound system. It was a disaster. However, nearly a decade later, set-top boxes are nearly everywhere. How did the market move…
  • Video: Putting Mac Pro Wheels on my New Streaming PC

    Jan 4, 2021, 10:43 am By Stephen Hackett
    I needed better access to the back of my new streaming PC, and then I realized I already had the perfect solution: Mac Pro wheels. Somewhere, Jony Ive is dying inside.
  • Sponsor: The 2021 Digital Planner for iPad

    Jan 4, 2021, 10:14 am By Stephen Hackett
    From my Alma mater, The Sweet Setup, is the new, 2021 Digital Planner built for the iPad and based on a proven system for clarity, margin, and focus. Use the Planner to: Get clear on the areas of life that matter most to you. Make choices about how you will…
  • Mac Power Users #569: Contextual Computing

    Jan 3, 2021, 6:31 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Mac Power Users, David walked me through his concept of “Contextual Computing,” and why it is isn’t as hard as it seems. On More Power Users, I issued a challenge to my co-host concerning the future of his Mac setup. My thanks to our…
  • Flash is Dead

    Jan 3, 2021, 4:53 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Adobe: Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help…
  • 2001 Revisited: A New Series

    Jan 3, 2021, 2:48 pm By Stephen Hackett
    2001 was a huge year in terms of Apple history. Just check out this list of some of the announcements and news from 20 years ago: Software Mac OS 9.1 Mac OS 9.2 Mac OS X 10.0 Mac OS X 10.1 iTunes Hardware Titanium PowerBook G4 First SuperDrive White iBook G3…
  • iOS Access for All Updated for iOS 14

    Jan 3, 2021, 1:49 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Shelly Brisbin: I’m thrilled to let everyone know that the iOS 14 edition of iOS Access for All is now available in ePub format. The book contains more information about iOS accessibility than ever, including details, tips and step-by-step guides covering…
  • Unite 4 for macOS

    Jan 1, 2021, 5:15 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Turn any website into a lightweight, customizable app in mere seconds on your Mac. Unite 4 includes hundreds of new features and improvements. Go check it out.
  • Video: Unboxing Three Pickup Trucks’ Worth of Apple and NeXT Gear

    Dec 31, 2020, 1:51 pm By Stephen Hackett
    My studio is a disaster, but this was a lot of fun. Thank you to Relay FM listener and all-around nice guy Scott for the massive addition to my collection.
  • Becky Hansmeyer, on Being in the App Store for Five Years

    Dec 30, 2020, 9:10 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Writing on her blog, after sharing how much she has made on her apps over the last few years: It’s simultaneously a lot and a little. It’s a lot for most developers. It’s a little for the developers I follow on Twitter. Early on, someone asked me how I…
  • Apple Wins Patents for Vehicle Climate Control and ‘Situational Awareness Alert Systems’

    Dec 30, 2020, 9:09 pm By Stephen Hackett
    There have been a lot of rumors in the last few weeks about Project Titan, Apple’s electric car program. While reports vary on when Apple may actually deliver a car to market, it’s clear that something is being worked on inside Apple. Patently Apple…
  • Restoring macOS on Apple silicon Macs

    Dec 30, 2020, 9:02 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Mr. Macintosh, with the order in which you should try things when reinstalling macOS on an Apple silicon Mac: macOS Recovery System Recovery – (Will boot automatically if macOS Recovery is unavailable) macOS Big Sur USB Installer Drive – (External boot for…
  • Connected #326: 2020 Year in Review: Not an Ideal Situation

    Dec 30, 2020, 6:58 pm By Stephen Hackett
    On the last Connected of the year, we look back at 2020. What a year. My thanks to our sponsors: TextExpander, from Smile: Recall your best words. Instantly, repeatedly. Get 20% off your first year. Pingdom: Start monitoring your website performance and…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: Intel-based Macintosh may Kernel Panic if Used with “Flavored” iMac…

    Dec 28, 2020, 5:44 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: If you have a “flavored” (strawberry, tangerine, blueberry, lime or grape) iMac keyboard connected to your Intel-based Mac and you press the F12 key to eject a disc immediately after pressing the power button, you may experience a kernel…