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Pear OS 8 brings iOS 7 color, OS X UI to Ubuntu for tablets

Pear OS 8 brings iOS 7 color, OS X UI to Ubuntu for tablets

Supposing you’re in a situation where you’d love to work with Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, but for whatever reason you’d rather not - or cannot - work with an Apple-made piece of hardware. If you’re the alternate-solutions type, there may be hope for you with the Linux Ubuntu-based system called Pear OS. The newest version of Pear OS - that’s Pear OS 8 - works with a look and feel that’s very much the most solidly cross-breed inspired iOS/OS X system out in the wild today - again, working with Unbuntu, but certainly appearing to bust out an alternate-universe Apple system by all looks and touches.

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GarageBand 10 Review for OS X Mavericks

GarageBand 10 Review for OS X Mavericks

If you’ve used a previous iteration of GarageBand for OS X, the update to version 10 of the software for OS X Mavericks shouldn’t require too much convincing. It’s essentially a new iteration of the same high-powered set of features with additional features to boot. But what about those users who want to pay the cash to grab this app from the Mac App Store for the full price - those that haven’t purchased a piece of OS X hardware in the past couple of months (and from this point forward) that haven’t had the GarageBand experience? For those of you there, there’s this.

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Apple confirms future versions of OS X will also be free

Apple confirms future versions of OS X will also be free

This week the folks at Apple have released information on their fourth fiscal quarter's earnings alongside comments on their future plans. This Q4 2013 has played host to comments on the biggest 4th quarter for iPhone, notes on future product categories, and word that future versions of software - including OS X - will be free as well. OS X Mavericks was introduced as a free software upgrade earlier this month, and this morning Apple's own CFO Peter Oppenheimer suggested that future versions of the operating system would be free as well.

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iLife prompts fury as power-users mourn missing features

iLife prompts fury as power-users mourn missing features

Apple's iWork suite may now be a free download for new Mac and iOS device owners, but existing users are already complaining that some of the more useful features of iWork '09 have been buried or dropped altogether from the 2013 release. The surprise decision to make the iWork and iLife suites free was billed by Apple as a direct challenge to Microsoft and its Office/Office 365 offerings, but early feedback on the Apple Support board suggests not everybody is happy with the new apps.

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MacBook Pro 2013 iFixit Teardowns point toward low repairability

MacBook Pro 2013 iFixit Teardowns point toward low repairability

Don't purchase a MacBook Pro this late 2013 season expecting to be able to repait it on your own any time in the near future - at least not by the judgement of the team at iFixit. They've made with the teardown of both the MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch units from this most recent season, and the results point toward some of the least user-friendly innards on the market. If you're not about repairing the hardware later on in the life of the machine's wear-and-tear yourself, you'll need no worries at all.

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iMovie 10 Review for OS X Mavericks

iMovie 10 Review for OS X Mavericks

Today we're having a look at the newest edition of Apple's basic video editing software, that being OS X Mavericks' own iMovie 10.0. With the release of OS X Mavericks comes the "free" generation of Apple-made software, and both iLife and iWork coming to the public without cost - with new machines, that is. Here we've also got a transformation, no of cost, but of usefulness for the iMovie console.

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OS X Mavericks upgrade already on 5.5% of Macs says report

OS X Mavericks upgrade already on 5.5% of Macs says report

Apple's OS X Mavericks free upgrade on Tuesday saw 5.5-percent of Mac owners update within 24 hours, new research suggests, significantly outpacing the rate of Mountain Lion adoption in 2012. A sampling of North American Mac users by ad network Chitika indicated upgrades of this week's free OS release reached levels that the $19.99 Mountain Lion took around four days to hit, suggesting that Apple's decision to slash the price made a significant difference to how eagerly it was adopted.

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Flash Player locked up in OS X Mavericks

Flash Player locked up in OS X Mavericks

Adobe has corralled Flash Player in OS X Mavericks, sandboxing the much-maligned plugin in Safari on Apple's latest Mac operating system so as to minimize its potential to allow through malware. The move - which follows Adobe sandboxing its plugins when used in Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox - follows Apple's increasing moves to keep Flash at arm's length, including forcibly blocking Flash Player in Safari after security issues were spotted.

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Mac Pro 2013 hands-on

Mac Pro 2013 hands-on

Back when Apple first teased the Mac Pro 2013 at WWDC 2013 earlier this year it gave us few details and even less of a chance to get our hands on the barrel-shaped powerhouse. This time around, we have pricing, a release date, and even the chance to get our grubby fingers on the new Mac Pro's casing and its internal parts, thanks to a splayed-out disassembly showing the innovative new cooling core system. Read on for some first-impressions of the most powerful Mac you can carry with one hand.

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