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Oracle adds Ask Toolbar to Java for Mac

Oracle adds Ask Toolbar to Java for Mac

It has long been known that installing Java meant having to keep an eye out for that pesky adware Ask Toolbar, which would be selected by default and, unless you explicitly made it known you didn't want it, would appear to muck up your browser -- assuming you were using Windows. Nothing about that has changed. What has changed is who this toolbar now affects: Mac users in addition to Windows users. Oracle has begun bundling Java for Mac with the Ask Toolbar.

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Hack puts OS X Yosemite on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

Hack puts OS X Yosemite on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

Macs and OS X have a reputation of being the preferred hardware and platform of designers, but quite ironically, there is not a single official Apple computer that comes with an integrated Wacom display. Perhaps Apple considers it unnecessary because Wacom's Cintiq displays work perfectly with Macs anyway. But there is still a class of people that want to get the best of both worlds, like this latest hack that puts Apple's latest operating system inside a Cintiq Companion 2 tablet, though not everything is fine and dandy just yet.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta arrives with Photos

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta arrives with Photos

Those who are signed up to be part of Apple's OS X Beta Program have scored the first public beta for OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 today, perhaps most notable for its inclusion of the new Photos app with which we have previously gone hands-on. That alone is enough to drum up excitement, but the pre-release comes with some other goodies, as well, including those new more diverse emojis and new support for Google's two-factor authentication account security feature.

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Apple changes emoji menu to be more inclusive

Apple changes emoji menu to be more inclusive

When you look at emoji, do you think “that’s not really what I look like”? If so, you might want to grab an Apple device in the future. With their recently (today) seeded OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 betas, Apple made some changes to emoji. With a long-press on some emoji, you can now see new-look faces with different skin tones. To better serve those new emoji, Apple also added a few new flags to their lineup, making sure everyone was able to represent themselves.

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Apple changes how OS X apps treat memory with move to ARC

Apple changes how OS X apps treat memory with move to ARC

Apple is ready to ask Developers to make improvements to incoming Mac Apps. Through the Apple Developers portal, Apple is asking OS X Developers to change the way their incoming apps treat memory. Rather than ‘Garbage Collection’, Apple is asking Developers to use Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) for memory management. The change applies only to incoming apps, and for apps submitted after May 1. Developers should have seen this coming, though; Apple began favoring ARC over Garbage Collection back in the days on OS X Mountain Lion.

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Google continues clean-up, pulls Sparrow from App Store

Google continues clean-up, pulls Sparrow from App Store

When it comes to email apps for your smartphone or tablet, the list of options is exhaustive. Google recently made a big splash with Inbox, which aims to make your email more contextual to-do than messaging platform. After buying Sparrow, Google did what they typically do in an acquisition setting, and put the skids on incoming updates. With the service languishing of late as an also-ran that proved a reliable standard for modern email apps to gauge themselves against, it’s now been pulled from the App Store for iOs and OS X.

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Modern Family “Connection Lost” iPhone episode behind-the-scenes

Modern Family “Connection Lost” iPhone episode behind-the-scenes

What defines the Modern Family? If it's ABC's popular sitcom of the same name, then that's a question spanning six seasons, and now adding Apple to its roster of same-sex and inter-generational marriage, awkward siblings, and cross-cultural differences. For upcoming episode "Connection Lost," however, the challenge got even greater: shot almost entirely on iPhone 6 in just two days, processed on a Mac Pro, and taking place entirely on the desktop of OS X Yosemite. I headed to 20th Century Fox studios in LA to preview what co-author and director Steve Levitan describes as "the most labor-intensive episode" that the Modern Family team has ever attempted.

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Affinity Photo takes on Photoshop, currently in beta for OS X

Affinity Photo takes on Photoshop, currently in beta for OS X

If you want to edit photos like a pro, the term ‘Photoshop’ has become as synonymous with doing so as ‘Google’ is to searching the Internet for stuff. A new editor is on the horizon, though, and it’s pretty special. Affinity Photo is currently in beta, but packs a ton of Photoshop-y tools that pros and amateurs alike will find useful. It’s the same team behind another very useful Photoshop tool, Affinity Designer, and packs just as much punch for photo editing as Designer did for things like vector art.

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OS X 10.10.3 offers hints of diverse, multicultural emoji

OS X 10.10.3 offers hints of diverse, multicultural emoji

While the big news surrounding the release of the developer preview of Apple's OS X 10.10.3 was about the new Photos app, there were a few other, less prominent changes, especially in regard to emoji. First up are organization changes to the emoji menu which make it easier to find and enter the character you want. Second is the hint of a more diverse line-up of emoji, including the possibility to customize the skin color of certain characters.

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Mac app PhoneExpander frees up storage on your iPhone or iPad

Mac app PhoneExpander frees up storage on your iPhone or iPad

At launch, the 16GB option for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus seemed entirely too limited. If you were one of the anxious bunch who snapped up a new iPhone with the smaller memory option, or have an older one with a similarly svelte internal storage, we’ve got good news for you. A new app for your Mac can help clear up some space, and even tell you which apps might be soaking up more memory than you’d like. Even better, the app is free.

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