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Apple's Gone Rotten With Patent for Ad-Supported Macs?

Advertisements have been a constant nuisance since the Web's inception, but their continued proliferation has recently become nearly unbearable. Even on some pay sites where every amount of available space is devoted to ad banners, members have to sit through a 30-second spot every time they want to watch a three-minute video. Apple, though, reportedly believes that all those pop-ups, videos,...

Windows 7 Performing Just Fine, Despite Haters

Apparently, some media outlets are so eager to see Microsoft fall flat on its face that they're already calling Windows 7 a failure -- less than two weeks after its debut. Electronista and CNN Money have already declared that, with Windows 7, Microsoft has blown its chance to stop the rise of Mac. According to Internet tracking firm Net Applications, Windows has seen its ninth drop in market...

Bug in Mac OS X Snow Leopard Deleting Users' Accounts

What is it that everyone says about Macs? "They just work?" Well, that might have been true pre-Snow Leopard... In addition to news of rampant compatibility problems and a quiet admission that even Macs are vulnerable to malware, there is now word that the 10.6 version of OS X was shipped with a bug so severe it could wipe out all of your data. If you upgraded to the latest version, and have...

Apple Quietly Admits Macs Get Viruses

If the 'I'm a Mac' ads are to be believed, one of the biggest selling points of the Apple computer is its supposed invulnerability to viruses, spyware, and other evil programs. Of course, those who follow these sorts of things know such a claim is misleading at best. OS X has seen a number of viruses and other nasties over the past several months, as the OS has gained popularity. And now Apple...

Apple's List of Software Incompatible With Snow Leopard

Upgrading a computer's operating system often means you'll be left with software and devices that are simply incompatible with the new version due to the removal of legacy code, and/or outdated drivers and software. We've seen this happen in every major operating system (OS) update, from Vista to Leopard, and we're seeing it once again with Snow Leopard, Apple's most recent OS X point update...

Microsoft Finally "Blessing" Macs With Outlook E-Mail

Microsoft is doing its part to heal the Mac / PC divide. The next version of Office for Mac will ditch Entourage (icon pictured above) and replace it with a proper version of the slightly less awful Outlook. Now PC and Mac users will be able to come together at the table and voice the same frustrations with Outlook's unreasonably slow search performance, convoluted interface, barely functioning...

Apple's Latest Update: Mac OS X v10.5.8 -- What's in It for You?

If you're a Mac user, you have a little updating to do. To tide us over until Snow Leopard, the next major version of the Macintosh operating system, Apple earlier this week released an update with the exciting name "v10.5.8." Here's what it holds in store for you: A new version of Safari, version 4.0.2, fixes some security holes and also allows better searching of browser history. Bluetooth...

Apple Announces New iPhone 3GS, Revises MacBook Pros (and More!)

Today was the start of Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), and today's keynote started off the week-long event with a bang. There were so many announcements that we could easily spend all day sharing every minute detail of the upgrades and new products in the Apple family. We'll leave the nitty-gritty stuff to someone else, so here's a quick recap of everything you need to know about...

New Botnet Threatens Mac Computers

For years now, Mac users have flaunted their seeming immunity to computer viruses, malware, and other noxious applications that plague the hearts, minds, and hard drives of PC users. However, there have been exceptions to the Mac's invincible reputation, like the one app from last summer that stole photos and all sorts of other information. According to security software firm Symantec, there's...

10 'Coulda-Been-Windows' Operating Systems That Never Took Off...

Sure, you've all heard of Windows and Apple's OS X, and at least some of you are familiar with Linux, but those aren't the only operating systems out there. Many of you have probably never heard of NeXTStep, the operating system developed by Steve Jobs's company NeXT after he left Apple. NeXTStep eventually became the basis for OS X when Jobs was asked to rejoin the home of the Mac. NeXTStep was...

How to Turn Off Startup Programs on Your Mac (OS X)

Share You might not even realize it, but when you first log onto your PC, dozens of programs and services are starting that you most likely don't need. Some rear their ugly heads in the system tray (that little collection of icons next to the clock in Windows), but others run quietly in the background with you none the wiser. Now, don't get scared, these instructions will take you to corners...

Apple Is Not a Bastion of Openness (Duh)

Well, the Register is a little late to the party, but having another voice bemoaning the closed nature of Apple is always appreciated. As we've pointed out before, despite all the complaints against Microsoft for being closed and monopolistic, Apple actually commits far more crimes against openness in the tech world. While most of the computer-using, iPod-listening public give Apple a free...

Mac Users Susceptible to Malware Tricks, Too

As we've said countless times, you -- the user -- are the biggest security threat to your PC. While Windows has a well deserved reputation as being insecure, Macs are far from immune to attacks. While it may be more secure by the nature of its design, OS X can't force users to make smart decisions. It appears that the age old trick of throwing up a fake dialog box asking users to click "OK" to...

Netflix Opens 'Watch Instantly' to Mac Owners Who Opt-In

Mac owners who have been waiting for Netflix to open up the 'Watch Instantly' option just got a little something to light up their day -- the service is now available to the public; or at least members of the public who opt in via a Web form. It's all based on Microsoft's Silverlight, so you'll need to download and install the plugin for your Web browser, but please mind the six device limit if...

Meet OLO, the Netbook-Style 'Dumb' Terminal for Your iPhone

OLO Computer is reportedly thinking of bringing to market a netbook-styled device that would actually enable (require?) users to plop their iPhone / iPhone 3G into the palm rest; from there, the handset would act as the brains of the operation and double as a trackpad. At the present time, there are no real specifications to speak of -- just a zany teaser page and lots of speculation. We...