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  • Kbase Article of the Week: Boot Camp: FireWire Devices May Affect Windows 7 Responsiveness if…

    Mon 5:10pm By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: When using Boot Camp and Microsoft Windows 7, FireWire (IEEE 1394) devices may affect system responsiveness if they are connected to the FireWire port of an Apple Thunderbolt display. Apple includes directions on how to update the FireWire…
  • Last 2001-Era Apple Store Getting Renovated

    Mon 4:58pm By Stephen Hackett
    Michael Steeber: Updates are coming to Apple Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. The store will be temporarily closed from January 31. I’m a little bit nervous about this renovation because Apple Tice’s Corner is the last location in the world…
  • Sponsor: Record Anything With Audio Hijack

    Mon 9:50am By Stephen Hackett
    With Audio Hijack, you can record any audio on your Mac. Whether you want to save audio from individual applications like Safari or Skype, hardware audio devices like microphones and mixers, and even the entire system audio output, Audio Hijack can handle it.…
  • Mac Power Users #677: Software Club: Fantastical

    Sun 5:04pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Mac Power Users, David Sparks and I return to our “Software Club” episode format and talk about Fantastical before being joined by one of the people behind the app. Michael Simmons discusses Fantastical’s history and the changes he’s seen…
  • Apple Increasing App Store Prices in 14 Countries Starting February 13

    Fri 9:02pm By Stephen Hackett
    Ah yes, a Friday evening news dump from Apple: On February 13, 2023, prices of apps and in-app purchases (excluding auto-renewable subscriptions) on the App Store will increase in Colombia, Egypt, Hungary, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.…
  • Mac 30th Anniversary Icons

    Thu 10:22am By Stephen Hackett
    Remember the 30th Anniversary Mac font from a few years ago? Robb Knight has recreated those glyphs as SVGs and they are glorious.
  • Connected #434: You Won’t Believe This New Scam

    Wed 5:23pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Connected, I read some poetry, some Macs got reviewed and Federico makes a confession about his computing life. On the longer ad-free version of the show, Federico tells me about running Ethernet through his new home.
  • HiDock

    Jan 24, 2023, 6:22 pm By Stephen Hackett
    If you use a portable Mac with an external display, this free app looks like it’d be a lifesaver.
  • Inside the M2 Pro Mac mini

    Jan 24, 2023, 4:11 pm By Stephen Hackett
    As Brian Stucki has discovered, the guts of the most powerful Mac mini ever help explain why the M1 model was mostly empty.
  • They’ll Leave the Light on For You

    Jan 24, 2023, 12:45 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica: The lights at Massachusetts’ Minnechaug Regional High School burn ever bright. They actually never turn off. They can’t turn off. The smart lighting system for the entire building is broken, and it’s stuck in the “on”…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: FAXstf: “Set To Answer” Conflict With America Online

    Jan 24, 2023, 10:30 am By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: The version of America Online (AOL) originally bundled with the PowerBook 3400 is 3.0D. This version does not properly deal with the situation when another application, such as FAXstf, is set to answer. Upgrading to AOL version 3.0.1 or later…
  • It Was Always Going to Be This Way

    Jan 23, 2023, 10:46 am By Stephen Hackett
    Today’s embargo day for Apple’s new M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pros, as well as the M2 and M2 Pro Mac mini, but last week David Price wrote a column for Macworld that has been bugging me all weekend.1 Let’s start at the top. After giving a recap of the…
  • Apple Silicon’s Evolution

    Jan 23, 2023, 10:15 am By Stephen Hackett
    Howard Oakley writing at The Electric Light Company on how Apple silicon has grown in the move to the M2 family: Apple silicon CPU cores are grouped in fours, forming a cluster run at the same frequency and sharing cache. M1 Pro and Max chips are unusual in…
  • Sponsor: Unite 4 for macOS

    Jan 23, 2023, 10:00 am By Stephen Hackett
    Unite 4 for macOS allows you to turn any website into an app on your Mac. Using a lightweight, WebKit powered browser as a backend, you can easily create isolated, customizable apps from any site. Unite 4 includes dozens of new features, including support for…
  • Mac Power Users #676: Workflows with Kaitlin Salzke

    Jan 22, 2023, 6:07 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on MPU: Kaitlin Salzke is an accountant, student and programmer who has built a library of OmniFocus automations. She joins David and Stephen to talk about using Javascript for automation, working on a PC during the week and pushing the boundaries of…
  • The End of an Era

    Jan 19, 2023, 5:22 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Sean Herber at The Iconfactory: Twitterrific has been discontinued. A sentence that none of us wanted to write, but have long felt would need to be written someday. We didn’t expect to be writing it so soon, though, and certainly not without having had time…
  • Lisa Source Code Released to Mark Machine’s 40th Anniversary

    Jan 19, 2023, 5:12 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Carina Sweet at The Computer History Museum: Mountain View, CA – Jan. 19, 2023: The Computer History Museum (CHM), the leading museum exploring the history of computing and its impact on the human experience, today announced the public release and long-term…
  • Connected #433: The Best Alarm is the Alarm

    Jan 18, 2023, 5:31 pm By Stephen Hackett
    On this week’s episode of Connected, we covered Apple’s new Macs and the new HomePod, before pouring one out for third-party Twitter clients. On Connected Pro, Myke shares a secret about the future CEO of Apple.
  • Kbase Article of the Week: About Software Updates for HomePod

    Jan 18, 2023, 2:01 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This page is just … weird:
  • Apple Celebrates Black History Month

    Jan 18, 2023, 11:39 am By Stephen Hackett
    The event includes a new Apple Watch band and face, an iPhone wallpaper and a bunch of content across Apple’s services.
  • Apple Announces Second-Generation HomePod

    Jan 18, 2023, 10:53 am By Stephen Hackett
    In its second product announcement in two days, Apple has unveiled a new HomePod: Oh shoot, that’s the original HomePod. Here’s an image of the new one: The two generations are very similar on the outside. The display at the top on the new one looks much…
  • ‘Extremely Hardcore’

    Jan 17, 2023, 11:20 am By Stephen Hackett
    If you want to know just how bad things are inside Twitter, this piece has it all. The graph on the left side of the page is particularly good.
  • Apple Announces Updates to MacBook Pro, Mac mini

    Jan 17, 2023, 9:46 am By Stephen Hackett
    The 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros have been bumped to the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. Apple even put together a short video with all the news: The specs for these new machines are just bonkers, with up to 12-core CPUs, 38-core GPUs and 96 GB of unified memory.…
  • Timing Updated to Import iPhone and iPad Screen Time

    Jan 16, 2023, 3:45 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Timing is a great way to automatically track and sort your time while using a Mac, but today the app spreads its wings: We are excited to announce Timing 2023.1, which introduces a new feature that a lot of you have been asking for: Timing can now import your…
  • Report: Mac Updates Coming This Week

    Jan 16, 2023, 12:06 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Chance Miller, writing at 9to5Mac: Apple could be making its first announcement of 2023 as soon as tomorrow, sources say. The company is holding Mac-related briefings with influencers and select members of the press this week, and an announcement could be made…
  • Exploring the $69 OS X Lion USB Installer

    Jan 16, 2023, 10:43 am By Stephen Hackett
    While working on a Top Secret project,1 I needed to install OS X Lion on an older MacBook Pro. I have my own USB installer that I created, but I thought it would be a good time to use the USB installer Apple sold for $69 back in the day.2 Physically, the USB…
  • Sponsor: DEVONthink of DEVONtechnologies

    Jan 16, 2023, 10:12 am By Stephen Hackett
    Whether you’re in the harbor or at high sea, you need to know where you are or where you’re sailing. If you have all the maps, books, and documents. DEVONthink for Mac and DEVONthink To Go for iOS will not let you down on your mission and help you navigate…
  • Mac Power Users #675: Cruisin’ with CarPlay

    Jan 16, 2023, 10:10 am By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Mac Power Users, David and I took a road trip through CarPlay Land.
  • Popular Third-Party Twitter Apps Currently Suspended

    Jan 13, 2023, 11:42 am By Stephen Hackett
    Hanlon’s razor says “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity,” but it’s impossible to tell the difference with Twitter these days. In a surprise to no one, developers of these apps have been left in the dark, as The…
  • iTunes for Windows Being Replaced by Three New Apps

    Jan 12, 2023, 5:37 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Andrew Cunningham, writing at Ars: Today, as part of a new Windows 11 preview build for Windows Insiders, Microsoft has announced that previews of new Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Devices apps are available in the Microsoft Store for download. The Apple…