Though weather forecasting is a notoriously inexact science, thanks to voice assistants, pop-up notifications and buzzing smartwatches, it's easier than ever to keep tabs on the day's weather (and dress accordingly). Of course, checking the truncated weather forecast on your phone might be convenient, but it could also mean you're losing out on valuable information that could help you deal with the heat, rain, or general mugginess outside. That's where desktop weather apps come in.
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Mac: Flexibits, creators of Lifehacker's favourite calendar app Fantastical, has released its command-line approach to contacts with Cardhop. This new contacts app is oriented around actions rather than your contacts database; you mainly use it by writing commands, kind of like talking to Siri. It's a potentially compelling interface -- if you can remember to use it.
The command line (or Terminal for you Mac fans) is a throwback to a simpler age of computing, before mouse pointers and application windows and desktop wallpaper. Back when it was just you and a window full of text. Operating systems have long since evolved beyond the humble command line interface, but there's still no better tool for quickly disseminating complex information in your operating system -- and you can actually do some other pretty cool stuff with them, too.
The MacBook Pro's Touchbar is a polarising addition to the notebook. Many praised its versatility, while others bemoaned the removal of the traditional shortcut keys we've grown to know and love on Apple's keyboards. Since there's no tactile indication of whether or not you've hit a key on the Touchbar, it's a bit frustrating to find yourself tapping where you think the misaligned Escape key should be without getting a response.
Bluetooth technology can be a godsend for those of us trying to minimise the amount of cord clutter in our digital lives. But when your laptop, phone, or other device is hooked up via bluetooth to a wireless speaker or pair of headphones and the audio playback starts to stutter, it can be nothing short of infuriating.
At its press event yesterday, Apple announced a slew of new products, including a trio of new iPhones (such as the $1579 iPhone X), an LTE-equipped Apple Watch, and an Apple TV capable of displaying movies in 4K HDR. The announcements also coincided with some software update news, namely release dates for iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, updated versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems, respectively.
There is not shortage of free mobile and desktop applications available on the internet. Unfortunately, most of them are either rubbish or trick you into parting with your cash via in-app purchases. But if you take the time to sort the wheat from the chaff, you'll find plenty of excellent apps that truly are free.
We're thankful every day for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 our favourites.
So you've run out of patience with your old MacBook Pro, and have now been tempted over to the world of Windows by Microsoft's shiny new array of 2-in-1 devices. How exactly do you get started? The questions is: can you really move all of your important files over easily? Here's everything you need to know about switching from Mac to Windows.
When you're sharing your screen for a business or school presentation, you don't want any notifications popping up, like a sext, a calendar notification for your therapist appointment, or a Slack DM about the problem client you're currently presenting to. You could hit "Do Not Disturb", but what if you forget? While Windows 10 has a built-in option to turn notifications off during screen-shares, OS X doesn't. The free app Muzzle fixes that.
Reader Saifali has submitted desktops in the past to our Desktop Showcase, but this one's a fresh look, and we like it. If you dig it too -- or just the Antarctic landscape in it -- here's how you can bring the same look to your computer.
Mac: Some of the most popular apps on your phone most likely have a web-friendly version. Facebook and Twitter both started on the web, after all. But Instagram is different, and not exactly web-friendly, which makes it a hassle if you prefer to edit your photos on your desktop (large screens are still cool!) instead of your phone. There is an Instagram app for Windows 10 users, but Mac owners are out of luck.
Although Apple's built in Mail and Calendar apps are pretty good, many companies prefer to standardise and have everyone using the same mail and calendar client regardless of the computing platform they use. But Outlook for Mac has always seemed to be a step or two behind its Windows counterpart.
Today, Microsoft has announced that a number of highly requested features (which I think is code for "stuff we do in Windows but never got around to on the Mac") are making their way onto Macs.
What do you do when you have three beautiful curved ultrawide displays? Mount them side-by-side for a glorious, pixel-packed super-wide experience, like elliotvs did with his workspace. Here's a closer look.
Since last spring, new MacBook Pro models have replaced the function keys with the Touch Bar, a gimmicky touch-sensitive display along the top of the keyboard. It takes some getting used to, and you may find yourself groping for the delete key and cranking up your headphone volume, or idly resting your finger on the escape key and losing your work.
Next week, Apple will be running its annual developer shindig, the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). This is the event we get to see the next versions of Apple's operating systems.
Apple now has four distinct hardware platforms, each running its own OS. Traditional computers get macOS, phones and tablets get iOS, watches get watchOS and tvOS looks after the company's set-top box hobby. But what if this year's WWDC is the start of a consolidation, with iOS and macOS pulling back together?
The login screen greets you every single time you boot up your computer, but it's often neglected when it comes to tweaking and customising your system. Here's how to make changes to the login screen on macOS Sierra or Windows 10 so it's very much your own.