Tagged With macs

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Apple has been well known for its fervent attention to detail and desire to maintain secrecy. What some see as a carefully protected and tightly integrated array of products and services - a walled garden - others see as a boring monotone where everything is controlled.

That was evident when, earlier this week, Apple fired an engineer from their iPhone X team after his daughter posted a couple of minutes of video of the iPhone X from Caffe Macs at Apple's Infinite Loop campus. Was this an isolated incident or is Apple a glossy totalitarian state run by an outwardly benevolent dictator?

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If you've ever had a Mac with a Wi-Fi hardware problem, then you know that attempting to use a USB dongle to fix your Wi-Fi has long been a funky experience. That's especially been the case over the last couple versions of macOS. Thankfully, Edimax has released an adaptor that not only works on current and previous operating systems, it might even work in the future.

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Apple is bringing back its Back to Uni deal for Australian and New Zealand students. Eligible customers can score a $100 Apple Store Gift Card when they buy a Mac for university. You can also score a $70 Gift Card when you buy an iPad Pro. That's in addition to Apple's pr-existing education discounts on Macs, iPads and AppleCare. Read on for details.

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For the first time ever, Apple has been forced to shut down a ransomware attack targeting Mac users running OS X. The file-encrypting malware is embedded in version 2.90 of the BitTorrent client Transmission and demands a bitcoin payment of approximately $400. If you are using Transmission 2.90, you are advised to delete it immediately. Here are the steps you need to take.

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Dear Lifehacker, We live in a world with multiple computers for one person, but I am having one issue. How can we keep everything in sync? I would like to work on my Mac at home. Close it, go to work and open my (different) Mac at work. I want the same configuration (yes, I do have some tendencies...), same files, same everything where I left off at home. Any suggestions?

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When you create files with most of Apple's apps (and some third-party ones) it automatically saves several versions of that files so you can easily jump back to a previous version. This is great in most cases, but if you're sharing your computer, you might not want people to have access. Six Colours points to a somewhat hidden menu to delete those files.

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Setting up a new computer is hard enough, but if you're privacy minded, things are even more complicated. This is especially the case with a Mac, which keeps all kinds of stuff behind the scenes. Whether you're setting up a new system or installing a new version of OS X, now's a good time to check your privacy settings.

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Flickr user Sanjeev put this desktop together on his Mac to show off how useful GeekTool can be. He's right -- it's super useful and we're impressed. Here's how he set it up, and how you can too.

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Apple's relase of new iMac and Mac mini models today is bound to generate lots of enthusiastic commentary. What I can't help immediately noticing is that despite the frequent suggestion that Macs have got more affordable, these are all still more expensive than Windows boxes. To take a single example: the new Mac mini (2.0GHZ Core 2 Duo, 1GB of memory, 120GB drive) is $1,049. For less than that ($999), you could pick up a Dell Studio notebook with twice the memory, more drive space and a 15.4 inch display (and a desktop would be even cheaper). Sure, you could argue that comparisons aren't fair because of design or reliability or an extra Firewire port or whatever, but the general conclusion seems to hold across the range: for the same amount of money, your Windows box will have more grunt.