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Apple opens OS X Beta Seed Program (but demands silence)

Apple opens OS X Beta Seed Program (but demands silence)

Apple typically plays its beta software cards close to its chest, but the company is unexpectedly throwing open the doors with the OS X Beta Seed Program. The scheme offers early access to OS X 10.9.3 to anybody who wants to try it out, on the understanding that you'll report any bugs, issues, or feedback to help Apple tweak ahead of the public release.

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SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition lands for Mac gamers

SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition lands for Mac gamers

Mac gamers have a new game they can download right now on iTunes called SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition. This classic simulation game gives the gamer the ability to build anything they can imagine. You can dig rivers, plant forests, and make mountains if you want. Once you build your city in the game, you can destroy it with natural disasters.

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Leap Motion Muse turns your hands into musical instruments

Leap Motion Muse turns your hands into musical instruments

Leap Motion has announced a new music app that is available for the Mac user called Muse. The software is a music creation platform that allows users to create ambient music using hand gestures. Muse is the result of work from a musician called BT and Dr. Richard Boulanger from the Berklee College of Music. Muse does require a Leap Motion controller.

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OS X Mavericks takes 40% of Apple desktop OS cake in 5 months

OS X Mavericks takes 40% of Apple desktop OS cake in 5 months

While it’s not a perfect system since it only really tracks web traffic, not overall installs, this week’s Chitika study shows OS X Mavericks to be doing especially well. Compared to the rest of the Apple-made operating systems on the desktop side of things, Chitika shows OS X Mavericks to be taking 40% of the pie just 5 months after release.

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Mac Pro 2013 doubles factory RAM with OWC 128GB

Mac Pro 2013 doubles factory RAM with OWC 128GB

This week the folks at Other World Computing have let it be known that they’re not going to rest with the current Apple-given options for the Mac Pro from 2013. They’re releasing their own OWC 128GB RAM, as it were, made specifically for the Apple Mac Pro 2013. This project will be entirely MaxRAM Certified and includes a number of RAM upgrades between 32GB and 128GB.

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Apple’s first third party retailer going out of business

Apple’s first third party retailer going out of business

Back when Apple was a new company in the computer market, it needed third party retailers to get its products to the masses. This was decades before Apple was the retail juggernaut that it is today with its own fancy and efficient retail stores around the country. The very first batch of Apple computers went to a retail store in Minneapolis called Team Electronics.

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Sonos app reborn: search tracks across platforms

Sonos app reborn: search tracks across platforms

There’s a new Sonos controller app out there this week, one delivered for users to take command of their local audio from their smartphone with ease. This app is updated with a new design and extra-simple interface, a new universal search feature, and an update period of "this spring". Android users can test the app today, supposing they’re OK with the Beta state of the software.

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OneNote for Mac launches with new Evernote-challenging tools

OneNote for Mac launches with new Evernote-challenging tools

Microsoft has rolled out OneNote for Mac, a free version of its cross-platform notetaking app for OS X, accompanying not only OneNote for iOS on iPhone and iPad, but the apps for Windows, Android, Windows Phone, and the browser. Meanwhile, there are also new tools for avid OneNote users, including a new OneNote Clipper for snapshotting webpages into a note, and an Office Lens app for turning a Windows Phone into a mobile scanner.

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