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iPhone Concept: I Really Wish This Was Real

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Between some exciting Steve Jobs reports, iPhone 3.0 and Snow Leopard, things are heating up the weekend leading in to WWDC. Be sure to tune in to Gizmodo’s live coverage here: on Monday, June 8th at 10am Pacific.
No, it’s not real (sadly). But I really wish it was.

Screenshots of Latest Snow Leopard Build Released

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

A host of screenshots have recently emerged depicting a few minor interface changes and feature enhancements of the latest build of Apple’s much anticipated Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
A brief mention of Snow Leopard at WWDC 2008 by Steve Jobs gave the public a mere glimpse into what can be expected, yet developers had [...]

Customizable Multi-touch Gestures File Found in OS X Leopard

Friday, February 13th, 2009

A recent discovery in OS X Leopard’s system files sheds some light on Apple’s intentions on letting users customize their own four-finger swipe gestures. While their has been talks on software updates allowing users of older machines to get enabled gestures, customizing your own has never before been an option.
MyAppleGuide originally found the file (though [...]

Apple Seeds Third Snow Leopard Build to Select Developers

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

A select group of developers have been seeded the latest build of Apple’s upcoming operating system Snow Leopard (build 10A261), which is rumored to be released in the first quarter of 2009.
The information and build numbers come from, which have reported that the builds are only available to a select group of developer testers [...]

Apple Sends Wired a Cease-and-Desist Letter for Netbook Video [U]

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Apple’s legal hounds have sent Wired’s Gadget Lab and Brian Chen a cease-and-desist letter demanding they remove a detailed video explaining how to hack Mac OS X onto a netbook PC.
Chen has disclosed via Twitter that a past video tutorial on how to install Mac OS X onto a netbook, has gotten Wired into legal [...]

Apple Releases Support Note Addressing Mac OS X 10.5.6 Issues

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Tuaw points us to a support note released by Apple aimed at addressing various issues some users were experiencing while upgrading to Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6.
The support note explains that the issues were being caused by a “partially downloaded software update.”
When attempting to update software using Software Update in Mac OS X 10.5, the [...]

Apple’s Phil Schiller to Demo Snow Leopard at Macworld?

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

The guardian explains that Apple will be unveiling Mac OS X Snow Leopard at the upcoming Macworld Expo in January. While it may be true that that new OS is ready to be demo’d, it most likely won’t be shipping until a few months after the expo.
The article delves into why Apple would be pushing [...]

Apple Has Released Mac OS X 10.5.6

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Apple has released an update to its operating system Mac OS X Leopard bringing it to version 10.5.6. After brief, inaccurate reports claimed last Friday as a possible release date, Apple has released the 190MB update today.

Details of the update can be found in a support document on
The Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update is [...]

Briefly: Mac OS X 10.5.6 to be Released as Early as Friday? [U]

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Apple has recently given developers an additional build of Mac OS X 10.5.6 (9G55), which shows no signs of new issues and addresses the few that remain.

Macrumors notes that Apple has begun seeding this build “internally outside of the usual developer circles,” which may reveal it to be the final version before going public. [...]

Apple Patent Reveals 3D Desktop User Interface

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Among the host of patent applications released today shines a gem above the rest, a 54 page filing divulging research conducted in 2007 that displays a “Multidimensional” or true 3D desktop user interface.

Macrumors reports that one in the series of these patents, dubbed Multidimensional Desktop, contains diagrams that reveal how the desktop [...]

Apple Releases EFI Firmware Update For Late 2008 Notebooks

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Apple has released a series of EFI firmware updates for its late 2008 notebooks. The unibody Macbook, Macbook Pro and Late 2008 Macbook Air all require two updates each.
The updates can all be found and downloaded at or by navigating to “Software Update” in OS X’s Apple menu. MacRumors has categorized the updates by [...]

Windows XP Downgrade Costs $21 More Than New Copy of Leopard

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Since the introduction of Windows Vista, Dell has been offering a downgrade option to Windows XP for its customers. The deadline for the downgrade option has been extended twice, and at this point costs more than a brand new copy of OS X Leopard.
Tgdaily points out that the Windows XP downgrade option is listed on [...]

The Importance Of Backing Up and the Increasing Virus Threat

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Do Mac users need to lose sleep over the malware that plagues our PC using friends? Do we need to load up on antivirus and antispyware and antirootkit software? Probably not. There is a better solution: bootable clones.

The more knowledgeable PC users know that the greatest vulvernability to malware assault resides in user habits, opening [...]

Apple Recommends Antivirus Software For The First Time Ever [U]

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

For the first time ever Apple is encouraging its customers to install antivirus software on their Macs for added protection and security.
As Apple’s market share increases, so does the likelihood of malicious viruses being spread. As many have argued in the past, the reason Apple’s computers are currently so safe is because their market share [...]

Apple’s Entire Ad Budget: $486M, Compared to Vista’s $300M

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

In its 2008 fiscal year, Apple’s entire advertising budget was $486 million. Comparatively, Microsoft’s entire Vista advertising budget was $300 million. While Microsoft is a much bigger company, how effective have both campaigns really been?
Lindsay Blakely over at Bnet has dug up some numbers regarding Apple’s entire annual advertising budget, and when compared to Microsoft’s [...]

Quad-Core iMacs in January, Snow Leopard Drops in Q1 of 2009?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Snow Leopard Early Next Year
Last week, Apple’s Director of Engineering of Unix Technologies Jordan Hubbard spoke at LISA ‘08, about the evolution of Mac OS X from large servers to embedded platforms. In his presentation slides (PDF) Hubbard reveals that Apple’s next version of Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), will be shipping in the [...]

Feature: Would a Psystar Victory lead to a Downfall or Promote Open Competition?

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Let me preface the following by stating on record that I am an avid supporter of all Apple products, both hardware and software alike. I am writing this article on a Mac and I will continue to work with Mac products for, well, probably the rest of my life.
Okay, so now that we got [...]

New Apple Patents Reveal Snow Leopard Tech Enhancements

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Apple’s next major improvement to its operating system OS X will be primarily under the hood, delivering massive performance boosts, code refinement and overall architecture stability. Delivering on the promise Apple has made for Snow Leopard, InformationWeek points us to three new patents filed by Apple, revolving around the core technology being used in Snow [...]

Apple and Psystar: Set to Argue Motion Before Judge on Nov.6

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

The ongoing drama between Apple and Psystar may have been a little overblown by a few blogs as of late. Referencing the two companies setting forth Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), a few sites claimed that the companies had struck a deal, when in fact the whole story is simply protocol and standard practice in the [...]

OS X Dock Patent Finally Awarded to Apple, Nine Years After Being Filed

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Nine years after receiving the original patent filing, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has finally awarded Apple Inc, and inventor Steven P. Jobs the patent for the OS X Dock.
The original patent was filed on December 20, 1999 and aside from Apple Inc, three inventors were listed on the file, Bas Ording, [...]