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How to make Yosemite look like System 7

Yes, OS X Yosemite is sexy, modern, and a far cry from what Apple desktops ran 20+ years ago, but that doesn't mean there's no value in nostalgia. Way back when Macs ran on CPUs with speeds of 33MHz (or even less), OS 7 -- also called System 7 -- was the best looking operating system most users ha...

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The ultimate Mac user's guide to Minecraft on OS X - mods, skins, and more

Minecraft is an amazing game thanks largely to a massive community of creative individuals who spend their free time tweaking, modifying, and overhauling just about every aspect of the experience. The game can be played in its "vanilla" version quite easily on OS X -- and to be fair the original, ...

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These are the apps you need for your new iPad

You just got a new iPad from an extremely generous friend or family member? Oh. My. God! Lucky you! Whether it's the Air or the mini, you now possess a ridiculously powerful tool for entertainment, productivity and education, but at the moment, it's looking rather bare, isn't it? It needs apps, lo...

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TUAW's complete guide to iOS 7: How-tos, first impressions and more

If you've loaded up iOS 7 on your iOS device this week and still feel a bit lost about all the new features, check out TUAW's guides to Apple's new operating system. If you have a request for us to explore a certain feature or any questions, feel free to ask in the comments: iOS 7 Guides Getting...

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Daily iPhone App: SlamBots crashes into some surprisingly deep action

SlamBots is the latest title from Retro Dreamer, a company that's been taking the one game a month idea very seriously this year. This title is based on a game Retro Dreamer put out back in February of this year, which took an endless jumping game and turned it into more of an arena-style beatdo...

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Chimani releasing new national park apps and an option for augmented reality

We've said good things about the Chimani apps before. With National Park Week starting today, Chimani has released additional free national park guides, including Grand Teton, Glacier, Olympic, Sequoia-Kings Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Parks. A new guide will be released every day this wee...

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Dijit's NextGuide finally gets personalized TV and streaming video guides right

Part of the difficulty Apple is going to have with any next-generation, disruptive Apple TV product is corralling all the stakeholders, rights owners and interested parties. Luckily there are already other solutions for finding, watching and saving video on TV or via streaming services. Enter N...

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BuddyTV app gains control over AT&T U-verse TV boxes

When last we checked in with the BuddyTV Guide app (in July), the capable recommendations and program search in the app were plenty useful. The main drawback, unfortunately, was that you could not use it to control your TV and set-top box unless you had a Google TV-powered setup or a TiVo Serie...

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BuddyTV Guide for iPhone delivers TV recommendations, TiVo/GoogleTV controls

In Victor's recent reviews of iOS universal remotes, most of the products' focus was on helping you control your entertainment devices. Only one system (the Peel) delivered program recommendations in a new way, helping you decide what to watch. The approach behind Buddy TV Guide is a bit differ...

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Dear Aunt TUAW: Help me find a better alarm

Dear Aunt TUAW, Why do all iPhone alarm clock apps have to simulate an old and unattractive 7-segment display? Or the old, cheap, unattractive flip-clock display? I understand the gee-wiz factor of emulating these classic displays, but aren't we way past that point? I would love to see a simple,...

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WWDC Interview: HearPlanet

Neil Ticktin (Editor-in-Chief, MacTech Magazine and MacNews) interviews Steven Echtman of HearPlanet at WWDC 2011. HearPlanet offers an intriguing service: a location-based audio tour guide app. Available for iOS and Android, HearPlanet partners up with businesses and individuals to publish aud...

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i.TV for iPhone: Cluttered but promising entertainment guide

If you're into entertainment, the newly updated i.TV for iPhone (iTunes link) offers more content than ever before. Now in its sixth release, i.TV aims to keep you on top of listings, DVD rentals, and more. If there's a single word that describes this iPhone application, it's "cluttered." i.TV offer...

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Lonely Planet San Francisco City Guide for iPhone free for a limited time

Normally the Lonely Planet guides for iPhone are $15.99, so any way you look at it, getting the San Francisco guide (iTunes link) for free is a great purchase. At worst you'll see if you like the Lonely Planet way of doing things in a travel guide and at best you might discover something new in San ...

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So you just got an iMac -- now what?

All day on December 25, TUAW presents "Now What?" We've got first steps and recommendations for all the Apple gifts you (hopefully!) found under the tree today. Happy holidays! It was probably the biggest box under the tree (unless you really splurged on the anniversary edition of the Radio Flyer w...

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So you just got an iPod nano -- now what?

All day on December 25, TUAW presents "Now What?" We've got first steps and recommendations for all the Apple gifts you (hopefully!) found under the tree today. Happy holidays! If you're a iPod veteran, send a link to this post to the switcher on your holiday list. Congrats on your new iPod nano! ...

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