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  • Timing

    Fri 5:14pm By Stephen Hackett
    My thanks to Timing for sponsoring 512 Pixels this week. It’s a Mac app that automatically tracks which apps, documents and websites you use so you can see how you’re spending your time on your computer. It’s great for time tracking, eliminating…
  • Mac Chimes of Death

    Thu 12:43pm By Stephen Hackett
    We’re all familiar with the Mac’s startup chime. While it has changed over the years, it has greeted users with its friendly tone for decades. What you may not know is that for years, the Mac also came with a death sound, that would play when the machine…
  • Connected #341: The Rickies (April 2021)

    Wed 7:59pm By Stephen Hackett
    Apple is holding an event next week, so we have gathered our picks and are entering the Battlefield of the Ricky. The Keynote Chairman title is on the line. Gulp. My thanks to our sponsors: Indeed: Get a free $75 credit to upgrade your job post. Mack Weldon:…
  • Apple to Stream Event on April 20

    Tue 12:05pm By Stephen Hackett
    According to rumors, we’ll see new iPads and possibly new Macs and even AirTags.
  • 40 Years Ago, the Shuttle Launched

    Tue 11:11am By Stephen Hackett
    Matt Haskell at Spaceflight Insider marked yesterday’s anniversary with an outstanding column on the history of the program: The morning of April 12, 1981, proved to be a history-making event. For many, that day stemmed careers, dreams and imaginations…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: Avoid Using Apostrophes in your iWeb Site/Page Names

    Tue 10:02am By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: If you create a site or page name in iWeb 1.0.1 with an apostrophe as part of the name, and subsequently update to iWeb 1.1, then the web addresses (URLs) to your site/page will no longer be valid. This will break any existing bookmarks to the…
  • Siri is All Like, 420, Duuuuuuude

    Tue 9:23am By Stephen Hackett
    Cool cool cool.
  • Sponsor: Timing — Automatic Time Tracking for Mac

    Mon 10:57am By Stephen Hackett
    Time is your most precious resource. You need to know how you are spending it. But time tracking sucks. Big Time. (Pun intended.) Timing fixes that. It automatically tracks which apps, documents and websites you use — without start/stop timers. See how you…
  • Mac Power Users #583: The Obsidian Deep Dive

    Mon 9:52am By Stephen Hackett
    With the recent explosion in personal knowledge management tools, it is hard to know which one fits your needs the best. This week on MPU, David and I talk through Obsidian, which builds on top of plain, old-fashioned Markdown documents. My thanks to our…
  • Loopback

    Apr 9, 2021, 5:34 pm By Stephen Hackett
    My thanks to Rogue Amoeba for sponsoring the site this week. Their app Loopback gives your Mac powerful audio routing, with no cables required. 512 Pixels readers save 21% with coupon code HACKETT21 in April.
  • SpaceX Catching Rockets at Sea for Five Years

    Apr 9, 2021, 2:04 pm By Stephen Hackett
    It is amazing how quickly this has become routine.
  • Flashback #16: ROKR: The iTunes Phone

    Apr 8, 2021, 12:33 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This time on Flashback, Quinn and I look at another Motorola phone. This one was introduced by Steve Jobs: A year and a half before the iPhone was introduced, Apple took the stage to announce a very, very different product: the iTunes phone, built in…
  • Watchsmith 2.0

    Apr 8, 2021, 11:40 am By Stephen Hackett
    Underscore has a new version of his excellent Watchsmith app out today, with a bunch of new features including a bunch of new complications, updated workout metrics a Golden Hour calculator and more. If you wear an Apple Watch, you should take some time to…
  • Connected #340: Very Good at Being Computers; Very Bad at Being Humans

    Apr 7, 2021, 5:38 pm By Stephen Hackett
    I’m back on Connected after a few days off last week: Stephen cleans out the Connected inbox, Federico questions the meaning of an idea and Myke checks out a new task manager. Then, a discussion about the ramifications of technology reminding us of painful…
  • On Digital Reminders of Painful Memories

    Apr 6, 2021, 12:06 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Lauren Goode has published an amazing piece at Wired about calling off her wedding, yet being reminded about it over and over from algorithm-powered services from Facebook, Pinterest and even Apple: I still have a photograph of the breakfast I made the morning…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: Formulas and Functions Help

    Apr 6, 2021, 10:15 am By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: Use formulas and functions in tables in the iWork apps—Numbers, Keynote, and Pages. You have access to more than two hundred fifty functions that you can use in your formulas to perform calculations, retrieve information, or manipulate data.
  • Clubhouse Announces Creator Payments

    Apr 5, 2021, 7:27 pm By Stephen Hackett
    From the Clubhouse blog: Today, we’re thrilled to begin rolling out Payments—our first monetization feature for creators on Clubhouse. All users will be able to send payments today, and we’ll be rolling out the ability to receive payments in waves,…
  • Sponsor: Loopback from Rogue Amoeba

    Apr 5, 2021, 11:38 am By Stephen Hackett
    With Loopback, it’s trivial to pass audio from one application to another on your Mac. Need to play a recording into Zoom? Add sound effects into a podcast? Include music in a streamed event? Loopback gives you the power to do just that with just a few…
  • Speaking of Intel…

    Apr 4, 2021, 9:35 pm By Stephen Hackett
    In scrolling through Jean-Louis Gassée’s Intel coverage I just linked to, I came across this from Matt Richman, written back in 2011: When Apple makes the switch to ARM, they will have total control of their own destiny – just the way they like it.
  • Intel 2.0

    Apr 4, 2021, 9:30 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Jean-Louis Gassée has gathered a decade of writing about Intel, and it was a lot of fun to back through his old columns. I think Intel’s next chapter could be one of the most interesting stories in the technology industry, and this is good background to…
  • Mac Power Users #582: Radio and Podcasts and Books, Oh My… with Shelly Brisbin

    Apr 4, 2021, 9:11 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Mac Power Users, our friend and colleague Shelly Brisbin returns to the show to explain how she applies power user workflows to working across multiple mediums throughout a normal work week. For More Power Users, David issued me a challenge…
  • Koombea

    Apr 2, 2021, 5:00 pm By Stephen Hackett
    My thanks to Koombea for sponsoring 512 Pixels this week. They do web development and mobile app development work that can make your product or app stand out.
  • Apple Arcade Reboots iPhone Classics

    Apr 2, 2021, 1:45 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This morning, Apple announced 30 new titles for Apple Arcade, bringing the total to 180 games as part of the $5/month service. Some of these games are new, and some are … not. John Voorhees at MacStories has details: Second, Arcade includes two new game…
  • Designing the LEGO Shuttle Discovery

    Apr 1, 2021, 5:21 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This morning, a new LEGO space shuttle went on sale: This model honors STS-31, the flight that put the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit for the very first time. I love the way the LEGO Hubble looks. collectSPACE interviewed LEGO designer Milan Madge, who led…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: iCloud: About your @icloud.com, @me.com, and @mac.com Email Addresses

    Apr 1, 2021, 10:15 am By Stephen Hackett
    From a rather wordy support document: Depending on when you created your iCloud account, your iCloud email addresses and aliases may end with @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com domains. Learn how these email addresses are granted. My main Apple ID is from the…
  • The End of TenFourFox

    Mar 30, 2021, 11:23 am By Stephen Hackett
    If the TenFourFox name doesn’t mean much to you, it’s a project that has kept the Mozilla browser alive for PowerPC Macs. It’s been a labor of love, and now, some 15 years after the Intel transition, it’s coming to an end. This is a bummer, but it’s…
  • Virtual WWDC 2021 Announced for June 7-11

    Mar 30, 2021, 10:04 am By Stephen Hackett
    To no one’s surprise, WWDC is remaining virtual this year, and will be held from June 7-11: Free for all developers, WWDC21 will offer unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Building on the record-breaking participation and…
  • Big Sur and the Final Cut Pro Content v1.0 Update

    Mar 29, 2021, 11:30 am By Stephen Hackett
    For months, Software Update on both of my Macs has listed “Final Cut Pro Content v1.0” as ready to install, but trying to run the update doesn’t clear it from the list of available updates. On my Mac Pro, it appears twice which is extra fun: In the past,…
  • Sponsor: Koombea: Top Web and Mobile App Development

    Mar 29, 2021, 10:21 am By Stephen Hackett
    Web development and mobile app development can be hard. They not only require understanding how to develop a digital product and make it work. They also demand that extra something that will help deliver a powerful User Experience and make your app stand out.…
  • Patents Outline Apple’s Aluminum Recycling

    Mar 29, 2021, 9:47 am By Stephen Hackett
    Patently Apple: This past Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent application from Apple relating to this topic of recycled aluminum. The first patent is titled “Heat-Treatable Aluminum Alloy made from used Beverage can Scrap; The…