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  • The Applaudables

    Fri 5:51pm By Stephen Hackett
    Get 12 award-winning Mac apps for up to 78% off for a limited time at The Applaudables. My thanks to the Applaudables for sponosring 512 Pixels this week.
  • The Gemini

    Thu 7:23pm By Stephen Hackett
    Well, this thing is on my Apple collection wishlist now:
  • Connected #374: Myke’s Advocate

    Wed 6:53pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on the show: Myke is on vacation, so Federico and Stephen are finally free to talk about the Mac and AirPower. Then, a Q&A session for the ages. I miss him, but we sure had a lot of fun at his expense without Myke.
  • Liftoff #164: A Dashcam for a Space Probe

    Tue 2:49pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Liftoff: The future of the International Space Station is the topic of a new report, all while the SLS inches closer to its first launch. Also: DART is on its way to a celestial crash and a spacewalk has been delayed thanks to debris from the…
  • My New Keyboard

    Tue 11:05am By Stephen Hackett
    Myke Hurley has been big into mechanical keyboards for over a year now, and we finally got together to build me my first custom keyboard. I have to say, I love how it turned out: I started with the new Keychon Q1 in Navy Blue. To that, I added a full set of…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: Change Spoken Content Preferences for Accessibility on Mac

    Tue 10:30am By Stephen Hackett
    An article releated to yesterday’s video: On your Mac, use the Spoken Content pane of Accessibility preferences to customize the system voice, be notified when an alert or app needs your attention, and set other options for content your Mac can speak aloud.
  • Video: The Voices of the Mac

    Mon 11:30am By Stephen Hackett
    The Mac has been able to speak since its introduction, and today the feature is core to the Accessibility story for macOS. However, some of the voices available today are straight from the classic Mac OS. In this video I compare some examples from Mac OS 9…
  • Sponsor: The Applaudables — 12 Award-winning Mac Apps for up to 78% Off

    Mon 10:30am By Stephen Hackett
    The Applaudables is a new, limited-time bundle featuring twelve award-winning apps — from promising debutants to all-time classics — that truly bring new magic to your Mac. The bundle includes: Unite 4 – Turn any website into an app on your Mac Unclutter…
  • Mac Power Users #616: The Quality Will be Ensured, with Daniel Jalkut

    Nov 28, 2021, 3:26 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week, our pal Daniel Jalkut drops by Mac Power Users to talk about his indie development career, the new MacBook Pro and the many options developers face when picking a method for writing a macOS application.
  • Connected #373: ★★★★★: How Dare You?!

    Nov 24, 2021, 6:23 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Connected: Federico and Myke are joined by alternating members of the Hackett family. Beats are reviewed and thanks are given. (Please rate and review the show.)
  • Kbase Article of the Week: Find the Serial Number of your Apple Display

    Nov 23, 2021, 11:00 am By Stephen Hackett
    Is there a single support document that more Mac nerds want to be updated than this one?
  • Opening Some Old Mac Mystery Boxes

    Nov 22, 2021, 5:52 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Join me tomorrow at 2 PM Eastern as I unbox some old Macs I received over the summer. I didn’t get a chance to open them as they came in, so I’m not sure what I even have, so this should be an adventure.
  • Mac Power Users #615: The Clipboard Manager Roundup

    Nov 22, 2021, 11:02 am By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Mac Power Users, David and I explore some of the best options when it comes to supercharging the copy and paste game, both on the Mac and even mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone. There are some exciting software titles in this space, and…
  • The 512 Pixels Holiday Gift Guide for People Like Me

    Nov 21, 2021, 11:54 am By Stephen Hackett
    It’s that time of year again, so if you have people in your life like me, here are some gift ideas that may prove helpful: Macintosh “Hello” Enamel Pin: $8 on Etsy Think Different license plate frame: $19.95 on the Missing Byte 2020 WWDC Reversible Emoji…
  • Connected #372: WhatsApp beta 2.21.24.5: What’s New?

    Nov 17, 2021, 5:06 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This time on the show: There’s a new version of iOS 15 right around the corner, Apple has announced a new self-service repair program and Twitter is up to … stuff.
  • Apple Announces Self-Repair Service Program

    Nov 17, 2021, 9:47 am By Stephen Hackett
    Big news on the right to repair front: Apple today announced Self Service Repair, which will allow customers who are comfortable with completing their own repairs access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Available first for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups,…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: About the Mac OS 9 Utilities Read Me

    Nov 16, 2021, 12:33 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: This document contains information about the utilities provided with Mac OS 9. My favorite may be the 5xxx/6xxx Tester: This program tests Performa and Power Macintosh 5200, 5300, 6200, and 6300 computers for a possible hardware problem. If you…
  • Firing Shortcuts from a Stream Deck

    Nov 16, 2021, 12:27 pm By Stephen Hackett
    John Voorhees at MacStories: The Stream Deck has been a favorite of Mac users who are into automation for a while now, but the device’s utility has grown substantially for a couple of reasons. First, you can use the Stream Deck to run Shortcuts, which…
  • HYPER Announces new Notebook Dock

    Nov 15, 2021, 4:32 pm By Stephen Hackett
    HYPER has unveiled a new USB-C dock for the MacBook Pro that adds a whopping 15 ports to the device. Juli Clover at MacRumors has the details: There are three HDMI ports and three DisplayPorts, all of which support 4K displays at up to 60Hz, along with a…
  • Sponsor: TextExpander

    Nov 15, 2021, 12:55 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Do you ever type the same thing over and over and over again? Whether it’s customer support answers, sales emails, or document edits, typing things repetitively or using copy and paste can be a burden. That’s where TextExpander comes in. With TextExpander,…
  • Mac Power Users #614: The 2021 MPU Gift Guide

    Nov 14, 2021, 5:51 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Believe it or not, it is time for the annual MPU Holiday Gift Guide once again.
  • Drafts

    Nov 12, 2021, 4:15 pm By Stephen Hackett
    My thanks to Drafts for sponsoring the site this week. It lets you quickly capture, sync, process and share text, from any of your Apple devices.
  • FastScripts 3

    Nov 11, 2021, 5:19 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This is a great update to one of those apps that makes the Mac feel like the Mac.
  • Connected #371: Roast my iPhone Home Screen

    Nov 11, 2021, 10:06 am By Stephen Hackett
    Everyone is bad at setting up their iPhones.
  • On Background

    Nov 10, 2021, 11:17 am By Stephen Hackett
    Nilay Patel: Today, The Verge is updating our public ethics policy to be clearer in our interactions with public relations and corporate communications professionals. We’re doing this because big tech companies in particular have hired a dizzying array of…
  • Apple Business Essentials

    Nov 10, 2021, 10:17 am By Stephen Hackett
    Today, Apple has announced a new beta service for small businesses that run on Apple products. Here’s a bit from the press release: Apple Business Essentials is a complete solution that makes employee onboarding simple, allowing a small business to easily…
  • Failed Image Formats

    Nov 10, 2021, 10:06 am By Stephen Hackett
    Ernie Smith: Around this time 30 years ago, two separate working groups were putting the finishing touches on technical standards that would come to reshape the way people observed the world. One technical standard reshaped the way that people used an…
  • The iOS App Icon Book

    Nov 9, 2021, 1:04 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Michael Flarup has launched a really cool Kickstarter campaign: I simply love app icons — they continue to be everything that excites me about visual design. App icon design is a carefully balanced discipline with the goal of producing a memorable graphic…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: AppleScript to Access Aperture Library Generates an Error Under Leopard

    Nov 8, 2021, 1:17 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: An AppleScript used to select a project in Aperture may generate the error message “Aperture got an error: Can’t get project ‘yourprojectname’ when run on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The same script runs without an error message on Mac OS X…
  • Sponsor: Drafts, Where Text Starts

    Nov 8, 2021, 11:37 am By Stephen Hackett
    Quickly jot down ideas in a trusted capture system. Hone your text in a familiar, customizable editor. Output your text to a practically unlimited number of other apps and services through powerful actions. All the while, Drafts’ fast iCloud sync keeps all…