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PieMessage desperately wants to bring iMessage to Android

PieMessage desperately wants to bring iMessage to Android

Before there was Viber, LINE, WhatsApp or even Facebook Messenger, instant messaging on smartphones were dominated by the likes of BlackBerry's BBM and Apple's iMessage. While BBM has already opened its doors to other platforms, iMessage remains an exclusive party for owners of Apple's devices. Until now. Somewhat. PieMessage is a new open source project that appeared on GitHub that tries to bring iMessage to Android. Except it really doesn't. You will be able to receive and even send iMessages from your Android device, but if and only if you have an OS X computer.

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WhatsApp may be working on a desktop client

WhatsApp may be working on a desktop client

Users in Brazil aren't able to use WhatsApp to communicate with friends, family, or anyone else, thanks to a government shutdown. Thankfully, the blackout is only set to last 72 hours, which is a small price to pay for showing a government that users want access to encrypted communication. And it would seem that the makers of the popular app are looking at a new way for you to use it.

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LOUD on Planet X Review : Castle Defense in the Music Arena

LOUD on Planet X Review : Castle Defense in the Music Arena

The folks responsible for LOUD on Planet X have given the music-friendly gaming scene a real kick in the pants. In this game - for multiple platforms - is a new generation of gameplay, taking the best bits of both Plants VS Zombies and Rock Band - or Dance Dance Revolution, if you prefer - combining them into a game that's neigh on impossible to resist once you've played. Even better - some of the most awesome "Indy" bands are here to play along.

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Apple further hints OS X name change to MacOS

Apple further hints OS X name change to MacOS

It's looking more and more likely that this year will see Apple announce a change in branding of the Mac's operating system from OS X to just "MacOS." This possibility was first discovered in late March when a developer found a hidden file in the latest update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan that made reference to "macOS" in its name. The latest hint, however, comes from Apple itself, with the term being used on an official webpage for the company's Earth Day 2016 efforts.

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Chrome becomes a good OS X citizen, adds native notifications

Chrome becomes a good OS X citizen, adds native notifications

Sometimes, app developers have ideas for fancy new features that just clashes with the ideas and policies of operating system developers. Sometimes, when you're big enough, you get to push your own way anyway. And sometimes, that eventually turns out to be a bad idea. Google Chrome's Notification Center was one such example, which Google eventually retired because, in the end, no one was using it. Resolving to be better citizens on its respective platforms, Google has added support for Mac OS X's native notifications in the latest experimental builds of the Chrome browser.

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Mac OS X to be rebranded ‘macOS’ hints hidden file

Mac OS X to be rebranded ‘macOS’ hints hidden file

Apple has a number of different operating systems for its various device these days, including iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and, of course, OS X for the Mac itself. Ever notice that one of those is not like the other when it comes to the naming convention? Turns out, Apple may already be planning to address this, with OS X possibly being rebranded as "macOS" sometime in the near future. A developer has spotted a hidden file in the latest update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan that makes mention of "macOS" in the name.

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Does your MacBook Pro need more storage?

Does your MacBook Pro need more storage?

Kits created by OWC for expanding storage on a litany of legacy MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks have been revealed this week. These pieces of hardware allow most any MacBook Pro or Air unit released in the past several years (back to mid-2013) to upgrade their internal storage with relative ease. OWC brings this Aura SSD to the masses not just for the newest in new - no! They've made way for generations of Apple notebooks to take part.

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First full OS X ransomware seen in Transmission BitTorrent app

First full OS X ransomware seen in Transmission BitTorrent app

When speaking of malware, Windows is usually the poster boy for an OS that gets infected a lot almost by nature. In truth, however, no operating system is totally bulletproof. Even Apple's OS X and iOS, usually considered to be tightly guarded silos, have their fair share of intrusions. This latest incident is one such example but this time the affected platform is Apple's much larger Mac OS X. Named by security firm Palo Alto Networks as KeRanger, the ransomware's damage is worsened by the fact that it infected even legitimate installers of the Transmission BitTorrent client.

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Oculus Mac OS X support update “if they ever release a good computer”

Oculus Mac OS X support update “if they ever release a good computer”

An interview with Oculus founder Luckey Palmer this week made clear the company's position on Mac support: it's "up to Apple." Whether or not "they ever release a good computer," said Palmer, "[Oculus] will do it." Palmer went on to suggest that Apple just needed to return to an earlier age of different prioritization: "If they prioritize higher-end GPUs like they used to for awhile back in the day I think we'd love to support Mac."

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OS X update leave your Mac’s ethernet port broken? Here’s the fix

OS X update leave your Mac’s ethernet port broken? Here’s the fix

Last week Apple released a minor patch for OS X in the form of a kernel extension update. Labeled "031-51913 Incompatible Kernel Extension Configuration Data 3.28.1," the update turned out to be bugged, leaving many Mac users without a working ethernet port. Well, at least those with Macs that still have ethernet ports. It took a little time, but Apple has acknowledged the bug offered a solution for those affected.

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Apple Photos app to see editing tools return in next iOS, OS X versions

Apple Photos app to see editing tools return in next iOS, OS X versions

Apple's annual WWDC event in June is expected to see the announcement of both iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 this year, and just like with the last few versions of the operating systems, new software and features are a sure thing. One app that is reported to be getting a modest refresh is the mobile and desktop versions of Photos, which made its debut last year as the replacement for the long-standing iPhoto software.

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Apple OS X 10.12 said to feature Siri’s Mac debut

Apple OS X 10.12 said to feature Siri’s Mac debut

It's 2016, and that means Apple is gearing up to announce this year's update to its OS X operating system for the Mac. With the last two years seeing a lot connecting and cross-over features between OS X and iOS in the form of Continuity, how could Apple build on that for another year? It seems that virtual assistant Siri is the next logical step, especially after the fact that Microsoft's Cortana has migrated to the desktop with last year's release of Windows 10.

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