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Enthusiasts take control of abandoned NASA satellite using MacBook, McDonald's and spare radio parts

A crew of space enthusiasts, including a former NASA employee, used their knowledge of satellite technology along with some spare parts to control an abandoned NASA satellite, reports Betabeat. It's the perfect maker project with Kickstarter money...

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New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ads target the MacBook Air

Microsoft today launched three new ads for its Surface Pro 3 tablet that compares the device to Apple's MacBook Air. The MacBook Air is featured prominently in all three ads, appearing side-by-side to a Surface Pro 3 equipped with a keyboard and...

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How many apps do you have on your Mac? [Poll]

Yesterday we asked readers how many apps they had installed on their iPhones. Out of the almost 1,100 responses, a majority of readers (38%) said that they had over 500 apps! Comments ranged from "I have 16 apps and I rarely use those" to "I have...

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Skype blocks users with OS X 10.5, earlier versions

A sad reality of owning older Macs running old version of OS X is the steady ticking time bomb of obsolescence. For Mac owners still running OS X 10.5 Leopard or earlier versions of the Mac's operating system, there has been another casualty of...

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Flickr Find: The most unusual and rare thing you'll see in a driveway

When you look in someone's driveway, you will likely find a car, a motorcycle or perhaps some random bicycles from the children who live inside. Blake Patterson, though, has a much more unusual driveway, one that is littered with Mac hardware. And...

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iStat Menu 5 for Mac brings big improvements

iStat Menu is a powerful system monitoring tool that gives you a clear, simple, explanation of the resources your computer is currently using. For US$16 the app monitors everything from CPU activity to your internal fan speed, showing you real time...

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Booq Cobra pack: The ultimate lightweight laptop backpack

Whether you're a college student lugging around a MacBook Air and some books or a creative professional with a MacBook Pro who travels constantly on the job, you probably like the hands-free convenience of a backpack for your laptop. Booq's Cobra...

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Apple's changes to app signing could leave some apps blocked by Gatekeeper (Updated)

Heads up for developers: you'll want to take a close look at the changes that have been introduced in the latest Mavericks and Yosemite developers previews. According to prerelease notes for OS X 10.9.5 and Yosemite Developer Preview 5, changes are...

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iRig Mic HD: 24-bit digital mic for studio and mobile recording (Updated)

IK Multimedia has been busy lately with a bunch of recording accessories and apps for iOS and Mac reaching the market. The latest, which we're announcing before its official unveiling tomorrow, is the iRig Mic HD (US$129.99), a 24-bit digital...

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Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray: Beautiful and functional

Portland-based Grovemade has done it again, with a beautiful and functional desk accessory for your Apple Wireless Keyboard. The Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray (US$59) provides a nice-looking "hutch" for your keyboard while providing storage for...

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Monitor overkill?

A wise man once told me that for every additional monitor on your desk, your productivity is cut in half. If that's true, then nobody is getting any work done in this office. I'm all for having an obnoxious amount of screen real estate at your...

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Tonality for Mac is a powerful black and white image editor

I used to think that my photos needed color to be compelling, but a good black-and-white image can be very powerful. Of course, producing a monochrome image from a color one is not as simple as removing the color information. Talented...

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Battle of the Airs: MacBook or iPad?

If you had just enough money to buy one or the other, would you buy a MacBook Air or an iPad Air?...

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Wunderlist 3 makes many nice improvements

Wunderlist is the cloud-based, task- and project-management solution from Germany's 6Wunderkinder. I say "solution" because it's available for iOS, OS X, Kindle Fire, Chromebook and the web. I've been playing with it for a few weeks and I'm quite...

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TUAW Poll: Would you buy a Retina MacBook Air?

Apple still hasn't released a Retina display MacBook Air. Would you buy one?...

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Get all the flash storage you could ever want with the new Drobo Mini

If you're a creative type who needs a ridiculous amount of storage, there's a good chance you're already familiar with Drobo storage arrays. With today's launch of the Drobo Mini with SSD, the company is upping the speed of its compact storage...

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