Simple tips for safely cleaning your Mac and other Apple devices

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 5, 2016

Your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and/or any other other fancy high-tech devices you have are fun to use, but they’ll easily get dirty and collect dust, sneeze splatter, and bacteria from your fingers over time, whether they’re used frequently or not.

To combat grime, you can clean your devices every so often, but like anything else, there’s a right and a wrong way to do this.

In this piece, we’ll share with you some handy tips for cleaning your Apple devices safely so you don’t accidentally damage them. Read More

 

Having trouble deciding what Mac to buy? Use Apple’s online comparison tool

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016

Apple has a wide variety of Macs to choose from, so if you’re in the market to buy a new one, you might need some help deciding which one is going to be right for you.

Fortunately for anyone who needs a quick and reliable way to compare the specs and features of Apple’s various Mac models, Apple has an online comparison tool that is perfect for this need. In this piece, well show you how it works. Read More

 

The different Mac OS X startup tones and the problems they indicate

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 25, 2016

The infamous startup tone that the Mac is known for when you turn it on isn’t just a sound, but is actually a very important part of your Mac’s boot up process.

Unless your volume is turned all the way down, not hearing your startup tone at the time you power on your Mac may indicate a problem with your machine. Additionally, unusual startup tone sequences are also indicative of a problem with your Mac and will require troubleshooting to resolve.

In this piece, we’ll attempt to outline what all the different scenarios of your Mac startup tone mean to give you better understanding of what to do should you ever end up in a situation where your Mac’s startup tone doesn’t sound right. Read More

 

Apple updates Mac mini, lowers price to $499

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

In addition to the new 5K iMac, Apple announced an update to its aging Mac mini line today. The new desktop computer has been outfitted with Intel’s 4th-gen Core processor, and now supports PCIe-based flash storage and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and the faster Thunderbolt 2 ports.

But the Mac mini has never really been about performance; it’s been about the price. As Apple’s least expensive Mac machine offered, the mini gave more people access to the popular OS X ecosystem. And today, the computer gets even more accessible with a  $100 price drop. Read More

 

Apple drops Mac mini prices across Europe, too

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

Apple is on a roll today. First it announced a $200 cheaper baseline iMac model, then we heard about slight Apple TV discounts across Europe and a lot deeper price cut on refurbished Time Capsule wireless base stations and now comes word that Cook & Co. have dropped prices of Mac mini models across key markets in Europe.

That’s right, our fans in Europe can now pick up a Mac mini for anywhere between €30 and €60 less (translates to approximately $40 and $82, respectively), depending on the country and model… Read More

 

Haswell-based Mac mini refresh underway in late-February

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2014

Apple’s Mac mini is way overdue for a specs bump – it’s now been a whopping 458 days since the $599 desktop received its last hardware refresh, bringing faster processors and other updated internals.

According to a Belgian retailer’s online storefront, Apple’s most affordable Mac desktop is about to be updated with the latest Intel Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 processors.

This information has been corroborated by at least one source who was able to confirm that the Mac mini refresh tidbit came from “reliable sources”… Read More

 

Apple to bring Mac mini production to the U.S.

By Cody Lee on Dec 27, 2012

Earlier this month, Tim Cook sat down with Rock Center’s Brian Williams for his first major TV interview since becoming Apple’s CEO. And among the many topics covered in the conversation, Cook spoke about Apple’s plans to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US.

Initial speculation suggested that Apple was going to start making Mac Pros in the States, because of the desktop’s pricing and sales volume. But according to a new report out of Taiwan, it will actually be the smaller Mac mini that will soon be shifted to US production… Read More

 

Apple announces updated Mac mini

By Cody Lee on Oct 23, 2012

We’re about half an hour into Apple’s highly anticipated media event and even though there has been no iPad mini sighting yet, Apple has introduced a few new products. A few moments ago, it announced a new Retina display 13″ MacBook Pro, and now it’s talking about a new Mac mini… Read More

 

Samsung now copies Apple’s Mac mini?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2012

Amid the epic Apple v. Samsung legal fight over mobile devices, it’s easy to overlook other cases where an argument could be made that Samsung looked to Apple’s design language perhaps too closely in order to make its gear more pleasing to the eye. Enter Samsung’s Chromebox Series 3, a $300 computer running Google’s Chrome OS.

The computer comes packaged in an enclosure which bears uncanny resemblance to Apple’s Mac mini, down to the exact 7.6-inch-square footprint, rounded corners and silver rim, which in Samsung’s case is made of painted plastic instead of aluminum. Of course, you’re free to argue I’m stretching it, but first take a look at the comparison images right after the break… Read More

 

‘Banana TV’ Aspires to Turn Your Mac Into an Overweight Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2011

As you may have figured out from its play on words, Banana TV is an app for the Mac that mimics some of Apple’s $99 Apple TV functionality.

Banana TV is a client that runs on your Mac that transforms it into an AirPlay recipient. This means that when you tap the little AirPlay icon on your iPhone, you’ll see the name of your Mac along with any other AirPlay enabled devices.

But is there really a need for such software? Check inside for our thoughts on the matter…

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Want to Use AirPlay But Don’t Have An Apple TV 2?

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 15, 2010

AirPlay is awesome because it allows you to instantly stream video that you’re watching on your iPhone to your television utilizing a $99 Apple TV 2. But let’s say you don’t have an Apple TV 2, but you do have a Mac mini hooked up to your TV. What to do then?

Before today, the answer to that question was “not a whole lot.” Thankfully, though, there’s a new OS X app in town called AirPlayer, and it allows you to use AirPlay right on your Mac…

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TouchPad – A Seamless Extension of Your Mac on Your iPhone

By Alex Heath on Oct 18, 2010

There are plenty of apps in the App Store for using your iPhone to remotely control your Mac. I’ve tested plenty of remote apps for the iPhone. Some of them are ok. Some of them are unbearable.

Recently, I stumbled across Edovia Software’s TouchPad app. TouchPad is by far the best, all-in-one remote app for the iPhone…

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