OS X

Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

A lot of what make OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 great are their cooperative efforts. Things like “handoff” make the duo work well together, but there was always something from iOS many desktop users wanted: Siri. It seems the snarky digital assistant may be coming to our desktop soon, as a newly granted patent from Apple shows just how they’d work her into the mix.

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Shazam hits OS X, identifies music anywhere it plays

Shazam hits OS X, identifies music anywhere it plays

You might use Shazam to identify music on your smartphone, but what about the desktop? If you use a Mac, you’re in luck. The music recognition engine is bringing itself onto the Mac, making a home on your Menu Bar.

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Just what is ModBook doing for Mac artists now?

Just what is ModBook doing for Mac artists now?

MacBook finagler ModBook is back, teasing what looks to be a new tablet based on Apple's notebook but reworked to suit artists and pen lovers. The unnamed project has been teased in portions over the past week or so, with ModBook promising a full reveal this week. One thing's for sure: there's a stylus involved.

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OS X Yosemite: beware the beta

OS X Yosemite: beware the beta

If you’re considering downloading the Beta of Apple’s OS X Yosemite, think twice. It’s not that the operating system itself is weak in any way, but if you’re an average user, you should not go rushing in to downloading this particular build at this particular time. The reasons you should avoid this Beta are simple.

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The OS X Yosemite beta is out… here’s what to do first

The OS X Yosemite beta is out… here’s what to do first

Apple doesn't normally pull back the curtain on software until it's fully ready, so it's no surprise that the OS X Yosemite Beta Program, launching today, has Mac users excited. Offering a chance to try out features like the new Spotlight and supercharged Notification Center, it's an unusual foot-in-the-door for the first million sign-ups. Still, beta software has its foibles, and so there are a few things you should consider before jumping at the early code.

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OS X Yosemite Preview (Public Beta)

OS X Yosemite Preview (Public Beta)

Apple’s Mac platform has had a great year. At a time when traditional PC consumption is shrinking, more people are diving into OS X, and the next big upgrade is Yosemite 10.10. Revamping the interface, eroding the barriers between iPhone, iPad, and your MacBook, and seamlessly connecting local apps and the cloud, Yosemite promises to be not only an ambitious upgrade, but a capable one. Now, on the eve of the new OS X Yosemite Beta Program, we’ve been putting the latest release through its paces. Read on for our full preview.

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Apple’s OS X Yosemite public beta opens July 24th

Apple’s OS X Yosemite public beta opens July 24th

Apple promised a public beta for OS X Yosemite, and now it's delivering on that, with the work-in-progress software set to launch for eager early-adopters from Thursday, July 24th. The pre-release software won't require an Apple developer account in order to download, but will be the same version those coders are playing with to recreate their apps in time for the launch. However, you'll need to get in early if you want to try Yosemite first.

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Apple fiscal Q3 2014 brings $37.4 billion in revenue

Apple fiscal Q3 2014 brings $37.4 billion in revenue

This week Apple reports their fiscal Q3 results with a whopping $37.4 billion USD in revenue. Last quarter, Apple brought in $45.6 billion in revenue, while, Apple suggests guidance of revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion for their fourth fiscal quarter of 2014.

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OS X Yosemite public beta program coming soon

OS X Yosemite public beta program coming soon

Just as they said they would, Apple is releasing a public beta of their incoming OS X version, dubbed Yosemite. The beta program will be open to quite a few people later this month, but by Apple standards may end up more limited than you think. For those anxious to see the new Mac operating system, though, it’s an opportunity that might be hard to pass up.

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Apple Swift site launches dev blog as Xcode 6 beta loosed for all

Apple Swift site launches dev blog as Xcode 6 beta loosed for all

Apple has launched a new Swift blog to guide iOS and OS X developers through the new programming language, while at the same time throwing open the Xcode 6 beta to anybody who has registered. Swift, announced to no small degree of surprise at WWDC 2014 last month, replaces Objective C as Apple's preferred programming language, and developers still have plenty of questions.

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Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 and iOS 7.1.2 maintenance updates

Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 and iOS 7.1.2 maintenance updates

At the close of the month, Apple launched updates for both OS X Mavericks OS on Macs as well as the mobile iOS platform. While Mavericks 10.9.4 and iOS 7.1.2 do come with a few, very few in fact, new features, the focus of the update is to address security issues and bug fixes, including one that was discovered shortly after the unveiling of iOS 8.

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Aperture giving way to ‘Photos’ in OS X Yosemite

Aperture giving way to ‘Photos’ in OS X Yosemite

Aperture, Apple’s professional photography app, is disappearing. Speaking to The Loop, Apple notes the app will be slipping into the darkness with OS X Yosemite. As they prepare a more robust Photos app, Aperture may just be redundant.

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