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Making music on the Mac with GForce M-Tron Pro synth

The M-Tron Pro (approx. US$225) is a software-based Mellotron emulator synth, available for Mac as stand-alone or as a plug-in with Logic, GarageBand, Pro Tools, and a host of other music apps. It's made by UK-based developer GForce Software. Design Let's start with a simple question: what...

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All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may have missed: Get Backup Pro is a solid...

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Get Backup Pro is a solid backup utility for Macs

Yes, there is Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper!. All have their place and are terrific backup utilities, but it's also nice to see something new on the scene that adds a few tricks to your backup bag. Get Backup, from Belight Software (on sale for US$9.95) is a Yosemite-ready...

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Addressing Mac OS X Yosemite's most annoying "features"

Mac OS X Yosemite has been in the wild for about a week now, just long enough for tech bloggers and many users to find things that frankly drive them nuts about the new OS. Longtime Macworld writer and fellow ailurophile Kirk McElhearn toted up his list of Yosemite gripes, but instead of just...

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Apple just sold more Macs than iPods for the first time in a decade

The iPad and iPhone are both selling extremely well these days, but Apple's other portable, the iPod, is having a rough go of things. Being replaced by smartphones as the default mobile music player of choice, the iPod dipped to under 15 million units sold in fiscal 2014, which means two things:...

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Long live the Mac! Apple posts all-time quarterly record in Mac sales

Apple's earnings results yesterday blew away analyst estimates. Yeah, yeah, what else is new? Apple also set a new iPhone sales record for the September quarter. Par for the course, really. Apple last quarter sold 5.5 million Macs, more than it's ever sold in any other quarter in company...

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New in Yosemite: Mail Drop, signatures and annotations in OS X Mail

Mail in OS X hasn't gotten a lot of love over the last few years, with its feature set remaining pretty inert. Finally, with the release of Yosemite, Mail has received some very nice and useful updates. One of the most compelling features in Mail is a feature called Markup. Once you add a...

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Installing and living with the new Sonos Boost

I've been a long-time fan of the Sonos whole house music system. When it was first introduced about a decade ago, it provided high quality music to several rooms in my house, and later updates allowed me to have complete control of the system from my Mac, iPhone or iPad. The only issue I ever...

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New in Yosemite: Dark Menus

You might not have noticed it, but hidden away in the System Preferences General tab in Yosemite is a new feature called 'Dark Menu Bar''. What it does is simple; it darkens the menu bar and the dock, making icons and text really stand out. It does the same to any menus in any applications. I...

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All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may have missed: Sixty Vocab: unfathomably slow...

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Another Apple event, still no new black MacBook

I want a black MacBook, you want a black MacBook, we all want black MacBooks, so where is our black MacBook? We got a lot of cool things at yesterday's special event, including an über iMac, a more powerful yet less expensive Mac mini, and of course the new version of OS X you definitely...

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Where is my sidebar in iTunes 12?

Apple support boards are chattering today about the graphical changes in iTunes 12. The beloved, or in some cases tolerated sidebar is pretty much gone. Your music, movies and devices are now a row of icons at the top left of the iTunes window. This new version iTunes was released earlier this week...

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How to get phone calls on your Mac in Yosemite

Chris Breen has a quick writeup on how to set your iPhone to route calls through your Mac (or use your Mac to make calls). Some important things to know: Your iPhone and Mac must be on the same WiFi network and you'll need iOS 8 and Yosemite installed on any target machines, plus an actual...

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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 revealed that Mac has seen 18% year-over-year growth....

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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, 802.11ac WiFi, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Apple is...

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