Code strings in macOS Sierra hint at future Macs with 10 Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 support

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2016

Code strings found in the latest beta of macOS Sierra—originally discovered in the macOS API definitions by app developer Felix Schwartz back in June—indicate that future Macs will almost certainly support the latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard, which allows for up to 10 Gbps transfer speeds. While plans regarding future Macs could change, we fully expect the upcoming machines—just like existing and previous Macs—to support the latest and greatest in USB and Thunderbolt tech. Read More

 

PDF Expert 2 for Mac is here: new editing features, password protection & more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2016

Ukrainian developer of fine iOS and Mac software, Readdle, today announced it’s launching a major update to its PDF Expert for Mac productivity application, bringing out a plethora of improved editing capabilities and new features like password protection for your PDF documents, the ability to link any image or text to a different page or a website, localizations for ten languages and other perks. The update will go live on the Mac App Store today at no charge for those who already own PDF Expert. Read More

 

Apple seeds macOS Sierra beta 7 to developers, beta 6 to public testers

By Cody Lee on Aug 22, 2016

Apple on Monday seeded the seventh beta of macOS Sierra to developers. Registered Mac developers running the latest betas can update via the Mac App Store, or access the standalone download in the developer center.

Today’s release comes a week after Apple issued beta 6 of macOS Sierra to developers and 3 days after beta 7 of iOS 10 was released. Apple has entered the fine-tuning stage as it prepares to release the updates to the public.

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Intel unveils new Kaby Lake chips, VR headset for merged reality, drone platform & more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

At Intel Developer Forum today, chip giant Intel announced a seventh-generation Core processors, code-named Kaby Lake, along with a new drone platform, an exciting open-source virtual reality project and a bunch of other goodies.

During an opening keynote presentation, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the new Kaby Lake chips, due later this year, will let users stream movies in 4K resolution with smooth playback and long battery life.

The company did not say when a low-power edition of the latest Kaby Lake chips suitable for use in Mac notebooks and iMacs might become available to vendors. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: changes in beta 6 for iOS 10, macOS Sierra & watchOS 3

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

As you know, Apple yesterday seeded a sixth beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra to its registered developers and public beta testers along with developer-only builds of watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.

As we’re now weeks away from their tentative fall release, small wonder the latest betas lack new outward-facing features. Here’s Andrew’s hands-on video detailing changes in the latest betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra and watchOS 3. Read More

 

Will overhauled MacBook Pros debut alongside iPhone 7 in September or in October?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2016

In an article this morning, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman rehashed much of the previous rumors regarding Apple’s widely expected MacBook Pro refresh with Touch ID, AMD GPU, an OLED touch strip replacing the row of function keys and more. As per the report, these new MacBook Pros “aren’t likely” to debut alongside the new phones at the September 7 iPhone media event.

Which brings me to our question of the day: will the new machines launch in September, October or maybe even later? Let us know what you think in the comments. Read More

 

Bloomberg: next-gen MacBook Pro with OLED touch strip “most significant update in 4 years”

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2016

Bloomberg threw its weight today behind rumors that a next-generation MacBook Pro would have Touch ID and an OLED touch strip with programmable shortcuts replacing the function key row, among other features first predicted by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Author Mark Gurman now writes for Bloomberg that the new MacBook Pros represent “the most significant upgrade” to the lineup in four years with the updated, thinner notebooks offering more powerful graphics processors “for expert users such as video gamers” and design features like a smaller footprint, thinner appearance, a bigger trackpad and more. Read More

 

Astropad graphics tablet app for iPhone and iPad is now a lot faster and uses less battery

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Astropad is a very cool app from former Apple engineers designed to let you draw into Mac apps by connecting your iPad or iPhone to the computer via USB or Wi-Fi. You can then draw into most Mac apps directly on your iOS device’s screen, using your finger as a replacement for a professional graphics tablet. In fact, it’s too good that people are replacing their Wacom tablets with Astropad and an iPad.

I’ve been using Astropad quite extensively and it works like magic, really.

There’s very little discernible lag, courtesy of the proprietary Liquid engine providing nearly three times more fluid responsiveness than Apple’s AirPlay. That’s why I’m happy to report that in its most recent version 2.0 update, Astropad is now even faster and more fluid than before and a lot less taxing on the battery. Read More

 

How to copy the same parental controls from one user account to another on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 3, 2016

If you have one Mac, and multiple users, then you might use the built-in Parental Controls to manage what those users can and cannot do. Doing so can help the security of your system in many ways.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to you can essentially copy the Parental Control settings from one of your Mac’s users over to another user so they’re managed in the same way. Read More

 

macOS Sierra Public Beta 3 just dropped

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

If you’re signed on the Apple Beta Software Program, you can now install the latest beta of macOS Sierra on your Mac even if you’re not a developer as macOS Sierra Public Beta 3 just went live minutes after the Cupertino firm posted the third public beta of iOS 10.

macOS Sierra Public Beta 3 contains the same features as the developer-only macOS Sierra beta 4. Developer-only fourth betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10 were pushed yesterday. Read More

 

Apple seeds fourth beta of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Two weeks following the release of the third beta of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Apple on Monday issued iOS 10 beta 4, macOS Sierra beta 4, watchOS 3 beta 4 and tvOS 10 beta 4 to members of the Apple Developer Program. The public beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra matching the latest developer-only releases should be released tomorrow to public beta testers enrolled with the Apple Beta Software Program. Read More

 

This website chronicles a comprehensive list of things you can do with Siri

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

As Apple continues perfecting Siri and adding new operations to her arsenal of supported actions, chronicling everything the digital personal assistant can do on your behalf is becoming increasingly difficult, even for Apple itself which highlights only the most popular Siri queries on its website.

That’s where a new website, aptly named Hey Siri, jumps in. As first discovered by The Loop, it’s a comprehensive list of things you can do with Siri which uses crowdsourced data to share some of the most successful queries made to the digital assistant. Read More

 

Apple Maps Transit directions launch in Prague

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Apple customers in Prague, Czech Republic, can now use the firm’s stock Maps app on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac to take into account local transit directions when planning their routes. Apple Maps transit data just launched in Prague with support for the city’s busses and trams and the Prague Metro and Esko Prague commuter rail. Read More

 

macOS Sierra Preview: Picture in Picture video multitasking comes to the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2016

Picture in Picture, a self-explanatory feature which debuted on compatible iPads with last September’s release of iOS 9, is coming to the desktop near you. That’s right, now desktop users can watch video while they’re multitasking on their Mac, thanks to Picture in Picture support on macOS Sierra.

With a click, you can float a clip from Safari or iTunes in a window over your desktop, and continue watching it as you’re multitasking. The video can be resized, dragged and pinned to any corner of the screen and it even stays put when you switch Spaces. Read More

 

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

 
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