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The old guard of Mac indy apps has thrived for more than 25 years

2 weeks 4 days ago

It seems like it was only yesterday that I first used BareBones Software’s BBEdit, but in actuality, yesterday is so far away—25 years, in fact. With all the twists and turns across more than two decades of Apple as a company, Mac hardware, and the underlying operating system, you might think that BBEdit stands alone as a continuously-developed app shepherded largely or exclusively by the same independent developer—an app without a giant company behind it. As it turns out, BBEdit is one of several apps that’s been around the block more than a few times.

The longevity of indie apps is more extraordinary when you consider the changes Apple put the Mac through from the early 1990s to 2018. Apple switched from Motorola 680x0 processors to PowerPC to Intel chips, from 32-bit to 64-bit code, and among supported coding languages. It revved System 7 to 8 to 9, then to Unix across now 15 major releases (from 10.0 to 10.14). That’s a lot for any individual programmer or small company to cope with.

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Glenn Fleishman

Get a new MacBook Air for just $999 at B&H

3 weeks ago

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Air, you’ll be happy to know that B&H Photo is currently selling the entry-level 128GB modelRemove non-product link for a mere $999, down from the normal retail price of $1,199. That means you’ll be getting it for the retail price of the old MacBook Air (although discounts for that model are becoming increasingly common). Act quickly, though, as the deal ends on December 29 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

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Leif Johnson

How to modify Notifications on your iPhone

3 weeks ago

Notifications are a helpful and important part of the iPhone and iOS, but it’s easy to be bombarded by them. You can quickly find yourself with so many Notifications that they aren’t useful anymore. The key is to activate Notifications for only the apps you want, or to group them so they’re easier to manage.

To access your Notifications settings in iOS 12 on you iPhone:

1. Tap Settings.

2. Scroll down a little, then tap Notifications.

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Let’s go over the ways you can modify Notifications.

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Roman Loyola

Best iPhone screen protectors: Keep your screen flawless

3 weeks ago

Screen protectors can be a nuisance to get on your iPhone, but they’re essential for protecting your iPhone’s screen from drops and scratches.

A countless amount of screen protectors exist on the market today, and many of them are frustratingly poor quality. So we did the heavy lifting and found some of the best that money can buy.

How we reviewed: We did two things to test these screen protectors. First, we applied them to make if they fit well and didn’t bubble excessively. Then, we used a sharp pair of scissors to see if they resisted scratches.

Without further ado, here are our favorite screen protectors for the iPhone.

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Dieter Holger

What to expect from Apple in 2019

3 weeks ago

Seems like just yesterday I was running down what to look for in 2018, but the Earth has made it around the sun once again, which means that we’re once again poised to embark upon a new year of Apple news.

While there are some things that we can always reasonably expect from Apple in any given year—a new iPhone, probably at least one iPad revision, and some new Macs—2019 is unusual in that we already have several strong indications of announcements to expect from the company. Here’s a quick look at several things that I’m keeping an eye over the next twelve months.

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Dan Moren

Apple's gaslighting over bent iPads is a stunning response to a serious problem

3 weeks 1 day ago

If the new iPad Pro you got for Christmas is bent in the center, don’t bother booking an appointment at the Apple Store. Just return the tablet, because the genius at the bar isn’t going to care. Why? Because, apparently, Apple doesn’t want you to think the bend is a problem.

It started like this: A couple of weeks ago, people began complaining on forums that their new iPads Pros were bent. Then photos began making the rounds, showing iPads that were clearly bent at the center, with one side perceptively higher than the other when lying flat on a table. At first it seemed like a nothing story. My initial reaction was that it was the result of a production defect that presumably affected a small batch of devices. Affected devices would be replaced at Apple Stores, the bent units would make their way through the channel and then peter out entirely, and business would proceed as usual.

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Michael Simon

Bad medicine: The Apple Watch problem

3 weeks 1 day ago

First Apple ruined computers by making them for everyone. Then it ruined humanity by making everyone addicted to smartphones. Now it’s ruining medicine by… well, you have to read this to believe it.

Writing at The Motley Fool, Danny Vena asks “Is the Apple Watch Causing a Run on Emergency Rooms?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

Is insulin saving lives and creating an overpopulation problem? Are puppies making people too happy? Where does it all end?!

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The Macalope

How to rearrange app icons on your iPhone

3 weeks 1 day ago

You’re going to spend a lot of time using your iPhone, so it’s a good idea to set up the icons on the Home Screen to suit your needs. You can move the icons around so the ones you use the most are easy to access, and apps that aren’t used as much are on a secondary Home Screen or a folder.

Here’s how to rearrage your app icons on your iPhone.

How to move an app icon

1. On your Home Screen, press on an icon until it is highlighted and hold it. The icons on the screen should start to jiggle.

2. Here are your options to rearranging your app icons.

  • To move an icon, tap and hold it. Then drag it to the desired location. Let go of the icon to place it.
  • To move an icon to another Home Screen, tap and hold an icon, and then drag it to the right edge of the screen. This will add a new Home Screen page.
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  • To put an icon in a folder with other apps, tap and hold an icon, and then drag it on top of another icon. This will create a folder with both apps. You can then drag other icons into the folder. Remember to rename the folder
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  • To remove an icon, tap the X icon on the upper left of the icon. Some Apple apps (such as Safari) cannot be removed.

3. Tap Done at the upper right of the screen when you are finished.

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Roman Loyola

What to do whe you caot type certai letters o your MacBook

3 weeks 1 day ago

The Mac 911 mailbag has recently included a number of letters about missing letters—people either can’t type or encounter strange keyboard problems or other oddities.

One email began, “I am cotactig you because my Mac Book Pro keyboard has decided it does ot like to type the letter that appears betwee L ad M o the keyboard.” (Sadly, the writer even had an “n” in her name.)

These kind of keyboard problems are easy to diagnose, because Apple’s had a spate of problems with its MacBook and MacBook Pro models. It chose a new keyboard design starting with the 2015 12-inch MacBook, and then brought to the 2016 overhaul to the MacBook Pro line. Its revised its design once, but not with much improvement.

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Glenn Fleishman

Why 2019 could be an enormous year of change for the Mac

3 weeks 1 day ago

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for the Mac, and I don’t just mean a year where there are a bunch of new Mac models released, along with a macOS update, like almost every other year. This could be the year that everything changes. It’s potentially the most tumultuous year since the transition from the original Mac OS to Mac OS X.

So here’s my annual mix of prediction and wishcasting for the Mac in the coming year.

The Mac Pro arrives at last

Apple has done all 2019 look-ahead columns the great service of preannouncing the new Mac Pro (in 2017!) and, this year, admitting that it would arrive in 2019. The company has also said that it will be releasing its own external display, so no points for guessing that one, either.

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Jason Snell

Amazon and B&H are selling the new Mac mini for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

3 weeks 2 days ago

The new Mac mini is an impressive little price of hardware, but we initially weren’t terribly impressed with its price. Thankfully, Amazon and B&HRemove non-product link are both selling it for a mere $699, which is a full $100 off the $799 it normally sells for. It’s enough to make it a much more appealing purchase if you’re simply looking for a relatively inexpensive Mac.

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Leif Johnson

10 must-have apps for your new iPhone

3 weeks 2 days ago

You just got a new iPhone, you’re done setting it up, and it’s time to hit the App Store. Which apps should you download to really make your iPhone great?

Obviously, there are the go-to standards that nearly everyone seems to have on their phone. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, maybe Netflix or Amazon…you don’t need a list of suggestions to tell you about those household names. If you’re new to iPhone, or just looking to find some new favorite apps, you should also consider these ten gotta-have-it suggestions.

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One of iOS 12's best features is an app you download from the App Store.

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