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Flare 2 is a solid photo effects editor for your Mac

Flare 2 for Mac (currently on sale for US$9.99 regularly $14.99) is a well thought out and executed app for photographers who want to get beyond the basics in photo effects. The app comes with dozens of filters, and each can be adjusted by the user, making the options almost infinite. In addition...

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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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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 time's passing -- the ability to use Skype. Users ...

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Apple improves iOS OS X integration with iMessage, Hotspot, and sharing upgrades

It just got a lot harder to say you missed a phone call thanks to Apple. At the WWDC 2014 keynote, Craig Federighi announced a few major changes to the way iOS integrates with OS X. First off you can now use your iOS device remotely from your OS X device. This includes SMS messaging and phone call...

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Mac 101: quickly transform selected text into a new Stickies note

The Stickies app on the Mac goes back to System 7.5, believe it or not. And though it remains a part of OS X, I can't imagine it gets much use. Nonetheless, if you happen to be one of the few and the proud who still use Stickies regularly, you'll likely find this tip rather helpful. I'll even go out...

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Apple patches missing /Users folder bug spawned by iTunes update

That was fast. After updating their Macs to OS X 10.9.3, many users noticed that their /Users folder was gone. Actually, it was there, but somehow the OS update rendered the folder invisible. There were some 3rd party patches to fix it, but late yesterday Apple updated iTunes to version 11.2.1 and...

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Memory Diag monitors and cleans up your RAM usage on Mac OS X

Memory Diag is a nice free utility app available on the Mac App Store. Like a lot of memory utilities (including the OS X Activity Monitor), it will analyze your RAM usage, tell you what applications are using the most resources, and offer to clean things up by purging unused processes. The app liv...

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TUAW TV Live: The essential applications and tools anthology

This week on TUAW TV Live, I am covering for Steve Sande while he is on a boat. Today I will talk about some of our favorite apps and accessories we have loved over the last 30 years of Apple. Time to dig up your memories of the AppleWorks and come along for the ride. To join in to watch the live...

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App updates you don't want to miss

It has been a busy few weeks in the App Store with a bunch of app updates landing on iOS and OS X. Grab a cup of joe and check out our list of notable updates from the past few weeks! You can also follow them on a rolling basis on our website. iOS Apps Transloader [iOS Universal; Category: U...

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Douglas Adams' last post on his online forum was about excitement over Mac OS X

Douglas Adams, author of the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, was famous for his love of technology. In his personal life and works alike ran a deep appreciation for science and its effect on society. In the posthumous collection The Salmon of Doubt, Adams famously summed up his view of how h...

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App updates you don't want to miss - January 9, 2014 edition

It has been a busy few weeks in the App Store with a bunch of app updates landing on iOS and OS X. Grab a cup of joe and check out our list of notable updates from the past few weeks! You can also follow them on a rolling basis on our website. iOS Apps Assassin's Creed Pirates[iOS Universal;...

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App updates you don't want to miss - December 13, 2013 edition

It has been a busy few weeks in the App Store with a bunch of app updates landing on iOS and OS X. Grab a cup of joe and check out our list of notable updates from the past few weeks! You can also follow them on a rolling basis on our website. iOS Apps Plant Nanny [iPhone; Category: Health &...

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Poll: What's been the best OS X in recent years?

OS X Mavericks has gotten off to a good start for Apple, with generally positive reviews and a high adoption rate. Part of this is no doubt due to the fact that it's free. But that doesn't lessen the operating system's great features, like tabbed Finder windows, iBooks and Maps. This got many of ...

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Apple seeds OS X 10.9.1 beta to developers

Just before the weekend, Apple seeded the first build of OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 developers. The first "X.X.1" builds are usually released fairly quickly -- and are always hotly anticipated by users -- to fix glaring and frustrating bugs that ship in the gold master version of a new major OS X relea...

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Apple releases Xcode 5.0.2, fixes iOS Simulator hang

After initially seeding it to developers last week, Apple has released Xcode 5.0.2 to the masses. If you're an iOS developer, you'll be happy to hear Apple has apparently fixed that nasty iOS Simulator hang bug that quite a few people were complaining about. Besides that, the new version of Xcode fi...

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