Items tagged with Mac

Apple's Siri virtual assistant has been a well-used iOS feature since its introduction in 2011, and it's seemed inevitable that at some point, the company would port it (ahem - her) on over to Mac OS X. Well, according to a patent filed on Thursday, the future does indeed hold that in store. When it's going to happen is anyone's guess, although it seems highly unlikely that we'll see it anytime before OS X 10.11's release (10.10 is due sometime this fall). Nonetheless, like Siri for iOS, this virtual assistant would always keep an ear open for commands, and then take appropriate action. At the... Read more...
While no operating system is foolproof, iOS has been relatively exploit-free given the attention that's on it. And with the impending launch of iOS 8 this fall, Apple's ratcheting things up in a bid to add even more user privacy -- something that is becoming more of a foreign concept as advertisements grow and users become the product. With iOS 8, Apple will eliminate the unique device number that marketing clients and app devs have used to track users and their usage. Essentially, iOS 8 will generate a random MAC address while scanning for a Wi-Fi network, which means that companies collecting... Read more...
The latest edition of the Opera browser, Opera 21, is now available for Windows and Mac. Chief among the many changes, tweaks, and updates is hardware acceleration via Aura technology. Aura “allows us to hardware-accelerate the entire browser, including the user interface,” wrote the Opera Desktop team in a blog post. Aura acceleration promises smoother and more responsive animations. The Opera folks spent a great deal of effort simply making Aura work correctly with the browser, and as such they say they’ve just scratched the surface of what the technology can do. Interestingly,... Read more...
Microsoft's been pushing its OneNote app pretty hard in the last few months, first by updating it for Windows 8.1 with new features, and more recently by porting it over to Mac and iOS where users can download and use OneNote for free. Apparently the offer of using OneNote for free was too good to refuse, as it quickly climbed to the top of the freebie chart on Apple's Mac App Store. OneNote had to leapfrog past Apple's OX X 10.9 (Mavericks) to take the top spot, which it did within hours after launching on Monday, ComputerWorld reports. In doing so, OneNote pushed down several popular titles,... Read more...
Microsoft appears close to releasing the cloud-based Office 365 version of its ever-popular suite of Office applications for Mac and iOS devices, according to several reports. For Office 365 subscribers, this news is a huge boon, as it would allow them to use the software on a greater variety of devices. A Microsoft representative admitted to MacWorld that a new Office for Mac, which hasn’t been updated since 2011, was indeed in the works for this year, and Reuters’ sources say that full iPhone and iPad versions are finished and are merely awaiting the greenlight from new Microsoft... Read more...
Want to know what’s trending on Google? Now you can, with a screensaver. Google outed the nifty new tool in a Google+ post, and you can see it in action for yourself here. You can set up the look of the Google Trends screensaver in a couple of different ways. There’s a little 25-square grid in the upper left part of the screen. You can click a single tile so that you see one trending story at a time, which changes to a new topic every few seconds, or you can click and drag to highlight all 25 tiles and see a constantly shifting array of topics filling your screen. Actually, you can... Read more...
There's mounting evidence to suggest that Apple has put Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) out to pasture, thereby leaving users of what's become a legacy operating system to fend for themselves out in the wild. For the second time, Apple rolled out a security patch for present and past OS X builds dating back to OS X 10.7, or Mountain Lion, and stopping just short of supporting of Snow Leopard. According to ComputerWorld, Apple did the same thing back in December when it patched Safari 6 and 7 for newer version of OS X, but neglected to update Safari 5.1.10, which is the latest version available for Snow... Read more...
When it comes to mobile payments, security is an obvious concern. In fact, even the more standard forms of payment are facing all sorts of new security issues these days. In a bid to help things, MasterCard and Syniverse have partnered to test out a new mobile payment methodology that would tap into a phone's GPS in order to approve or deny a given purchase. The news was revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The two companies are currently in pilot-phase for an opt-in service that will enable card transactions for users only when they have their mobile device switched on in a specific... Read more...
After reading our headline, you might have clicked through expecting to see a punchline, but this is no joke. A Windows PC user of 20 years decided to switch over to a Mac and leave behind his platform of choice cold turkey, and then chronicle what the experience was like. It's an interesting proposition considering that Apple is more popular today than it's ever been and there are likely other Windows users wondering (to themselves) what life on the other side is like. Andy Patrizio from IT World took that journey by scoring a 2011 MacBook Pro off of Craigslist and then using it exclusively for... Read more...
According to a new Bloomberg report, HTC is planning to showcase its own smartwatch as early as next week at Mobile World Congress. The handset maker, despite world-class hardware and rave reviews, has struggled to secure market share in the high-end smartphone realm. Out-marketing a giant like Samsung has proven difficult, if not outright impossible, leaving the company with little choice but to change course and focus on lower-end devices in the coming quarters. But it's also continuing to innovate in other areas, as it should. Under the watch's face will (reportedly) be a Qualcomm processor... Read more...
Once you hit your thirties, you begin to realize that the older you get, the better you used to be. You start to embellish your stories of past accomplishments and eventually that game tying layup in the third quarter of your high school basketball's regular season game becomes a slam dunk in triple overtime against an archival in a critical playoff match. The brain is a funny thing, twisting memories around and distorting reality, but c'mon, how can a major player at Apple forget that a company like Hewlett-Packard exists? During a recent interview with MacWorld, Philip Schiller, Apple's senior... Read more...
It was 30 years ago that Apple brought forth the Macintosh, a personal computer with a great GUI and all sorts of capabilities foreign to most users. Apple debuted that iconic “1984” ad in the Super Bowl that year, and the company has been innovating and producing new machines since then, most of which have been compelling. Apple set up a few pages to commemorate the anniversary, and unless you’re a real Apple hater, pop over and browse through it. There are images of Apple computers through the years, a lot of history, examples of what creative and smart people have done with... Read more...
Googlers are well-known for using Macs on campus, and Google has a history of dishing out great software to both OS X and iOS. To that end, the company is announcing Mac support for Chrome Apps. Starting today, you'll just need an updated version of the Chrome browser, and then head into the "For your desktop" section of the Chrome Web Store. Chrome Apps work offline, update automatically and sync to any computer where you're signed into Chrome, so you can pick up where you left off. The goal was to make these apps "feel like native software." For example, you can find your Chrome Apps in the Applications... Read more...
Bah, humbug. As if crowds fighting yet again to get to Walmart doorbusters weren't bad enough to nearly ruin Thanksgiving, Apple zealots who have waited all year for a small sale on an iProduct are likely going to be let down by this year's Black Friday sale. Unlike years in the past, Apple isn't offering cash-off discounts on products. Instead, it's offering Apple Gift Cards as the discount. In other words, you'll still pay full retail for anything you buy from Apple today, but at least you'll have a bit of Apple cash to spend on more Apple gear in the future. It's actually a pretty clever trick.... Read more...
Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next ... Last