Here’s why PC notebook makers, aside from Apple, have been slow to adopt USB-C

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

When it debuted in March 2015, Apple’s twelve-inch MacBook has ushered in an era of USB-C, then new high-speed connectivity option from the USB Implementers’ Forum with a reversible, ultra-thin plug resembling Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. In fact, the MacBook was the first notebook to incorporate a USB-C connection as its power port, completely replacing Apple’s own MagSafe charging.

PC notebook vendors around the world were supposed to follow in Apple’s footsteps and readily adopt USB-C across their products—and some have—but too many of them were, and still are, less keen to adopt USB Type C connections on their products. The reason for this is two-fold: design and cost considerations. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple is going to refresh MacBook Air after all and it’ll have USB-C

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade publication that more or less accurately reports unknown features of unreleased Apple products (although the timing on its rumors is usually off), is out with a new story Wednesday claiming that USB Type-C connection is coming to a next-gen MacBook Air, implying Apple might update its most popular notebook after all. Read More

 

Is Xiaomi’s first-ever Windows PC notebook a shameless MacBook Air ripoff?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

Xiaomi (pronounced “sh-YEOW-mee”), a booming Chinese smartphone and consumer electronics maker, today took the wraps off its first-ever Windows PC notebook and it looks awfully familiar to the MacBook Air. The familiarity starts with the device’s silly ‘Mi Notebook Air’ moniker and extends to its unibody industrial design that’s thinner and lighter than Apple’s notebook.

Offered in 12.5 and 13.3-inch varieties, the product matches and—in terms of graphics, lightness and thinness—one-ups the MacBook Air while costing half as much. Xiaomi’s new notebooks run Windows 10 and will hit store shelves in China on August 2. Read More

 

Apple Maps Transit data expands to San Diego, British Columbia, Honolulu and Kansas City

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Transit directions on Apple Maps are now available in four new markets: San Diego, Honolulu and Kansas City in the United States and British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province. Now Apple fans can incorporate localized public transportation options in those locations, including buses and commuter rails, when seeking directions through the Maps app. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: changes & fixes in macOS Sierra beta 3

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Monday, Apple seeded a third developer-only beta of macOS Sierra (build number “16A254g”) to members of the Apple Developer Programfollowed by a version suited for public beta testers 24 hours later.

After spending some quality time with Sierra’s third beta, our own Andrew O’Hara summed up for you guys all the changes and fixes he’s discovered in Sierra’s beta 3 in a hands-on video. Read More

 

How to split PDF files with the Preview app on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 21, 2016

PDF files are among one of the most widely-used forms of sharing documents with others across the internet; especially considering that the idea behind this file type is to have something that is universally readable on any platform.

If you do a lot of PDF handling on your Mac, then it might not be a bad idea to become familiar with how to split a PDF file, so we’ll show you how you can do that in this tutorial. Read More

 

macOS Sierra Public Beta 2 released to testers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

In addition to releasing a second public beta of iOS 10, macOS Sierra Public Beta 2 is now also available to those signed on the Apple Beta Software Program.

The third beta of Sierra was seeded to Apple’s registered developers two days ago, and now public beta testers can take it for a spin (public beta 2 and developer beta 3 offer the same features).

The update should appear as an over-the-air download via the Software Update mechanism through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab on Macs that run the first public beta and are enrolled in Apple’s program. Read More

 

iTunes 12.4.2 is out, resolves playback issues with short Apple Music songs

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Following the release of the OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 software update with bug fixes and security enhancements earlier this morning, Apple also released a minor update to iTunes. Now available through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab, iTunes 12.4.2 for Mac and Windows fixes an issue which caused an annoying issue with Apple Music tracks shorter than 60 seconds. Read More

 

OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 hits Mac App Store with bug fixes and security enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

A sixth major software update to OS X El Capitan 10.11 since its September 2015 debut is now available for public consumption as a free-of-charge release on the Mac App Store. To apply the update, launch the Mac App Store on your computer and click the Purchased tab: OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 should be sitting there, waiting for you to download it. If not, give it a few minutes or hours as new software takes some time to propagate across the Internet. Read More

 

Facebook SDK for Swift beta now available to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

This past weekend, the social networking giant Facebook announced that a beta version of its brand new software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s Swift programming language is available for download. The new SDK integrates Facebook buttons into iOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS apps written in Swift, and integrates such features like Facebook Login, Analytics for Apps, Graph API and Share to Facebook sheets. The Facebook SDK source code is available via GitHub on an open-source basis. Read More

 

Airmail 3 for Mac gains new snooze actions, unified VIPs, reply reminders & other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Following its major revamp of the Mac app, the powerful email client Airmail 3 has now received its first point update on the Mac App Store, bringing out a few missing features. In Airmail 3.0.1 for macOS, a free update for existing users of the app, you can take advantage of a brand new Unified VIP feature which brings together emails from the app’s built-in VIP contacts received across all your accounts. BusyCal 3 users will appreciate the ability to connect their calendars from within Airmail 3 and everyone will love many other features available in this release. Read More

 

Easily delete photos from your iPhone or iPad with Image Capture on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 18, 2016

If you have a Mac, then you also have a really useful image importing app called Image Capture lurking in your Applications folder.

To be completely honest, I still use the Image Capture app despite the fact Apple released their new Photos app for OS X last year, and that’s because it’s a dead simple utility that isn’t bloated with extra features I really don’t feel like using.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use the Image Capture app on your Mac to remove photos or videos from your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Do you have unfinished Mac App Store downloads? Here’s how to check

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 18, 2016

Do you have any Mac App Store apps stuck in cyberspace that you don’t even know about?

That’s a trick question… how are you going to know if you don’t check?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can check to see if there are any downloads waiting to be completed in the Mac App Store on your Mac. Read More

 

Changing where files you download in Safari go on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 14, 2016

Chances are, you download a lot of files on your Mac from day to day. Whether they’re apps, work files, school files, photos, or something else you want to have on your computer, all those downloads have to go somewhere.

On the Mac, the default folder for downloads in Safari is the Downloads folder. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to change that so your downloaded files go somewhere else on your Mac. Read More

 

How to simulate tetherless ‘Hey Siri’ functionality on macOS Sierra like a pro

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

Apple advertises Siri as one of the headlining new features in the forthcoming macOS Sierra software update. Siri on the Mac performs in much the same way as it always has on an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, except on the Mac tetherless ‘Hey Siri’ functionality is currently unsupported.

On iOS, tetherless ‘Hey Siri’ requires Apple’s embedded M9 motion coprocessor to monitor microphone input without taxing the battery. Since the battery isn’t a major concern with Macs, the decision not to implement ‘Hey Siri’ on Sierra is eyebrow-raising. As it turns out, you can easily simulate ‘Hey Siri’ on Sierra without resorting to dark magic, using a simple trickery. Read More

 

Tip: Disable additional Mac App Store password prompts for 15 minutes after a purchase

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 13, 2016

Have you ever went on an app downloading spree in the Mac App Store only to find that it was going to ask for your password every time you wanted to download a paid app on your Mac?

If you’re the only user on your Mac, then you probably don’t want to or need to be bothered with having to enter your password each and every time.

Instead, OS X includes a feature that lets you disable password prompts for additional purchases for up to 15 minutes following your first Mac App Store purchase in a succession. We’ll show you how to configure this feature in this tutorial. Read More

 

How to set up repeating reminders on Mac and iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 13, 2016

Reminders are very useful for when you want to make sure you don’t forget something, and all-too-often, you need a reminder for the same thing more than once at different intervals.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you show to set up a reminder that repeats more than one time on both your Mac and your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: everything new in macOS Sierra beta 2

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

A second beta of macOS Sierra was released to Apple’s registered developers and public beta testers last week. In addition to turning on an anticipated new feature called Auto Unlock, the second beta of Sierra (build number “16A239j”) packs in iTunes 12.5, Dark Mode assets for some stock apps, a change of the Siri keyboard shortcut—which was clunky to begin with—and more.

Here’s our video overview of everything that has changed in macOS Sierra beta 2 since its inaugural developer-only release at WWDC 2106. Read More

 

Dark Mode discovered in Safari and System Preferences on macOS Sierra

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

It looks like iOS 10 may not be the only Apple operating system to include dark interface assets as Mac developer Guilherme Rambo tweeted out a number of screenshots showing a dark interface theme in several stock applications on macOS Sierra, including Safari and System Preferences.

This mode is different in appearance than macOS’s existing setting for enabling dark menu bar and the Dock in System Preferences → General. Read More

 

Blind Apple engineer describes advancing Accessibility features for the blind

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Mashable yesterday ran an interesting profile on 22-year-old Jordyn Castor, an Apple engineer who works on the company’s Accessibility team. Aside from other tidbits, the story reveals that Apple employs Accessibility engineers who themselves are users of those features as Castor has been blind since birth. Read More

 
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