Items tagged with OS X

It's not often you hear an Apple user bash his platform, especially a relatively high profile one like Lloyd Chambers, a photography enthusiast and author of the Macintosh Performance Guide. Chambers, who worked as a professional software engineer for 25 years and has been using Macs since they first appeared in the 1980s, wrote an interesting piece on what he perceives is an ongoing degradation of the OS X platform. "Over the past few years a semi-conscious unease has been steadily growing in my mind: OS X is not getting more reliable and more stable, it is instead developing more and nastier... Read more...
Believe it or not, but Macs are susceptible to security vulnerabilities too, and perhaps erring on the side of caution, Apple has begun removing dated versions of Oracle's Java software from OS X when Mac users upgrade to the latest release. "Java for OS X 2012-006 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_37. This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers," Apple stated on its support website. "To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled 'Missing plug-in' to go download the latest version of the... Read more...
OS X is a significant step forward for Apple and it has reached a very mature stage. Obviously, we've only got another point release before we roll to OS 11, or whatever Apple ends up naming it. To best understand what makes this edition worthwhile though, let's look at what's new. The actual desktop space of OS X 10.8 isn't dramatically different than what you'll find in 10.7. At a glance, it may be tough to see what's actually different in Mountain Lion. But it's just a reminder that most point updates are subtle, and many of the changes are under the hood. Mountain Lion is essentially a refined... Read more...
Mountain Lion is off to such a fast start that Apple dubbed it "the most successful OS X release" in the company's history. Prior to the weekend, estimates pegged Mountain Lion downloads at around 2 million after just 48 hours of being uncaged, and since then Apple has come out said downloads of OS X 10.8 have topped 3 million in just four days. "Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president... Read more...
When Apple unveiled its Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system back in June, the Cupertino outfit said it would be available in July from the Mac App Store, but refrained from offering up a specific release date. With barely two weeks left in the month, Apple is running out of time to make good on that promise. Not to worry if you're a Mac user looking forward to Mountain Lion. According to the latest rumor mill chatter, Apple Stores in the U.S. and overseas are planning an overnight work date on Tuesday, July 24th, presumably in anticipation of Mountain Lion's arrival. If that's the case,... Read more...
For years, Apple has propogated the myth that its computers were inherently secure thanks to its BSD roots, inherently better security management, or because Steve Jobs sacrificed puppies under the new moon to keep your platform safe. This created a dangerous perception that Macs were immune to viruses, trojans, or man-in-the-middle attacks. In reality, Apple has always benefited from security through obscurity -- when 90% or more of the world runs on PCs, PCs are the platforms hackers target. Apple has now quietly acknowledged this fact with a few judicious updates to its Max OS X page. The first... Read more...
Contrary to what some Mac fanatics might tell you, their platform of choice isn't inherently immune to viruses, spyware, and other forms of malware. Malicious software certainly isn't anywhere near as prominent on Macs as they are in Windows, but like Bob Dylan said, the times, they are a changin'. Thanks in no small part to the wildly popular iPad and iPhone segments, more and more users are now considering a Mac, and it's quickly becoming viable for malware writers to focus their attention on a platform that has long been ignored. Luckily for Mac users, antivirus vendors are stepping up. One... Read more...
If you've been reading here for any length of time, you'll know that we're big fans of mechanical keyboards. And now, one of the famous ones is making the move to Mac. Das Keyboard today introduced a new version of its award-winning Model S keyboard designed to appeal to a fan base also known for its extreme loyalty - the Mac crowd. The company's new Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac is now available online for pre-ordering, and will be shipping by April 15. Available in the U.S. and Canada, the Model S Professional for Mac retails for $133. A 15% discount is currently available on all... Read more...
Bad news for iTunes users that may have lost their movie purchases through data loss: users won't be able to re-download or stream their purchased movies to any PC or iOS device in the near future, thanks to movie studios and HBO. There were claims last week that a service named iTunes Replay was on the verge of launching. The basic idea of the service was that by putting iTunes purchases in the cloud, Apple would allow users to re-download almost any movie purchased after January 2009 and stream their content to a Mac or Windows PC, and possibly iOS devices. Users can already stream... Read more...
A recent complaint filed against Apple by the unknown company Operating System Solutions alleges that the company's method of fast-booting OS X violates a patent. At first glance, the lawsuit seems no different than other patent troll cases that litter the legal landscape--but there are a few oddities that hint at a larger purpose to the filling. For one thing. the patent holder--Operating System Solutions--is an absolute unknown. Even patent trolls typically have websites and a modest online presence; OSS appears to lack even these items. Furthermore, the patent in question was originally granted... Read more...
Apple's Mac mini hadn't seen a substantial update for about a year, but with Intel's Sandy Bridge-based second generation Core processor family arriving in 2011, it was only a matter of time before one of those chips found favor with Apple's tiniest desktop. The Mac mini design really hasn't changed all that much in the year or so it took the folks in Cupertino to swap out the Core 2 Duo for a Core i5. In terms of volume and dimension, it's almost exactly the same as the 2010 edition, but with a major addition—support for Thunderbolt... Apple's Sandy Bridge-Based Mac Mini Review... Read more...
Apple's Mac mini hadn't seen a substantial update for about a year, but with Intel's second generation Core processor family arriving in 2011, it was only a matter of time before one of those chips found favor with Apple's tiniest desktop. The Mac mini design really hasn't changed in the year or so it took the folks in Cupertino to swap out the Core 2 Duo for Intel's new Core i line of processors. In terms of volume and dimension, it's almost exactly the same as the 2010 edition, but with a major addition--that port between the HDMI socket and those four USB 2.0 ports.... Read more...
Apple may have a nominal member of the standards group that developed Blu-ray, but the company has shied away from supporting Blu-ray playback for years. Blu-ray disc authoring, in contrast, was added to Final Cut Studio 3 / Final Cut Pro 7 back in 2009. Jobs has previously commented on Apple's decision. In 2008, the CEO told listeners: "Blu-ray is a bag of hurt... I don’t mean from the consumer point of view. It’s great to watch movies, but the licensing is so complex. We’re waiting until things settle down, and waiting until Blu-ray takes off before we burden our customers with... Read more...
If you're waiting for the next big OS X release, you'll have to wait a little longer. But that doesn't mean that Apple won't be producing any extra updates for their existing desktop operating system. OS X 10.6 saw its latest update this week, with 10.6.8 taking things one step closer to "Lion." According to changelog, this update is intended to fix a number of general OS issues that will enhance stability, compatibility and security. It's also the last major step before Lion; Apple even says that it updates the Mac App Store "to upgrade to OS X Lion." The update also fixes an issue that could... Read more...
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