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Mac grows even as industry slides

The computer industry is having a bit of trouble pushing against the horde of smartphones and tablets that are stealing away customers' gadget dollars. Not the Mac. According to new numbers revealed today at Apple's special event, the company...

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Apple updates the Mac mini line with improved hardware, $499 starting price tag

Apple today announced it was refreshing its Mac mini desktops, the first update the product line has seen in two years. The new Mac minis will include a 4th-generation Intel Core processor, Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000, PCIe flash storage,...

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OS X Yosemite available publicly starting today for free (Updated: Now Live)

​After unveiling OS X Yosemite earlier this year at WWDC, Apple today announced that its next generation desktop operating system would be available publicly starting today, October 16. Similar to past releases, Yosemite will be bundled on all...

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Mac App Store frustrations begin to boil over

Over the weekend, just a few days before an Apple event that is expected to be the debut of some new Mac hardware, Bare Bones Software revealed that the company will no longer sell new versions of its popular BBEdit HTML/text editor on the Mac App...

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Opera still exists, releases Opera 25 redesign to prove it

When was the last time you used the Opera browser on your Mac? Never? Well if you're a fan of beautiful bookmarks, you might want to consider changing that for Opera 25. The new Opera update brings with it something the company calls Visual...

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Mac-ception

Sometimes you can't help but feel like you're just living inside your computer on a daily basis. Paul McCoubrie captured that feeling perfectly with this picture. [Photo credit: Paul McCoubrie]...

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Adobe launches Creative Cloud updates and new links to mobile apps

In a major announcement today, Adobe is updating almost every desktop and mobile app it offers. It is aiming these new features and applications at creative professionals so their desktop and mobile tools deeply integrate. Beginning today, Adobe...

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Thousands of Macs infected with OS X botnet malware controlled via Reddit

Russian security researchers from anti-virus company Dr Web have discovered a new OS X botnet that has hijacked over 17,000 Macs worldwide. Macs recruited into the botnet are infected with Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware, which is being spread by a...

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The Mac II Book

I'm going to go ahead and assume that this isn't an officially licensed Apple product. I have to admit, my favorite feature is the fact, while it's a laptop, it has a built-in wired mouse. Now that's some serious innovation! Think different, after...

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Hive73 Mac Pro Deck: A great way to organize your workspace

I feel sorry for the Mac Pro. Here it is, the shining example of Apple's technological prowess, and the poor thing doesn't get much love from accessory manufacturers. Well, at least one company has come out with something to keep your Mac Pro from...

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Indie music video uses fourteen different Apple devices in cleverly choreographed animation

Ukrainian indie band Brunettes Shoot Blondes created a clever music video that uses fourteen different Apple screens to tell the story of their latest song, Knock Knock. Featured as a Vimeo staff pick, the video uses MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and...

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How to easily add secure FileVault passcode to your Keychain

Since I have a terrible habit of losing things, I decided to encrypt my Verbatim "Tuff-N-Tiny" USB drive. This was a simple matter of control-clicking the drive name in Finder, choosing "Encrypt" and then setting an encryption password. I also...

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Booq Cobra Brief offers space, protection and good looks

Booq makes a lot of really beautiful high-end bags for a variety of Apple products, many of which I've had the pleasure to review over the past few years. Today I'm taking a look at the Booq Cobra brief (US$295), a sweet-looking laptop bag with...

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Macs account for more than 1/4 of all back-to-school PC sales

Numbers from the NPD Group's Weekly Tracking Service show that Macs reached an all-time high percentage of back-to-school PC sales this year, with 26.8 percent of all personal computers sold in the U.S. between Independence Day and Labor Day coming...

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Logoist 2 puts you in the logo creation business

Logoist 2 (introductory price of US$14.99 on the Mac App Store) is a terrific logo creation program that can help you turn out professional looking logos for stationary, presentations, invitations, postcards, just about anything where you need...

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The headless PowerBook

According to the photo's Flickr description, this poor 12-inch PowerBook took a nasty spill down some wooden stairs, resulting in the defacing you see before you. The computer continued to function after losing its head thanks to an external...

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