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Mac mini 2014 gets an iFixit teardown

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After the recent iMac with Retina 5K display teardown, iFixit has now gotten its hands on the new 2014 Mac mini. Although the machine looks identical to the past several generations, there are some new bits inside, some of which are quite troubling.

For starters, the circular plate on the bottom can no longer be twisted to open. Inside is another metal gate with unconventionally small TR6 Torx Security screws. Apple has officially made it harder to get inside the new Mac mini. Why is that? Well, it doesn’t take long to figure that out. Read more »

Apple iMac with 5K Retina display goes official

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Apple announced a brand new iMac with 5K Retina display. The main highlight of the desktop powerhouse is its 27” display – it has the barely believable resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels.

In case you were wondering, the above resolution amounts to 14.7 million pixels. Read more »

Mac OS X Yosemite available today as a free upgrade

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At its ongoing event, Apple has officially announced that Mac OS X Yosemite will be available for download today. What’s more, it’s going to be a free upgrade. And an iWork update for OS X will also be going out today.

The latest version of Apple’s OS for desktops and laptops was unveiled in June during the company’s traditional annual developer conference. Read more »

Redesigned Apple iTunes Store is now rolling out

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Google Play Store is not the only content marketplace to get a refresh these days. Apple began rolling out redesigned iTunes Store app to users as well.

The new iTunes Store features design cues from OS X Yosemite and Apple iOS. Read more »

Apple to allegedly have an event on October 16 for iPad, Mac, and Yosemite

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It hasn’t been long since Apple’s September event for the new iPhones but Apple will be holding another event this month, according to Re/code. This event will concentrate on Apple’s other major products, namely the iPad, the Mac, and the OS X operating system.

According to 9to5Mac, the event will be held at Town Hall in Apple’s Campus. This is a much smaller venue and will allow fewer people to attend. Read more »

Apple releases Yosemite public beta 2 and iTunes 12

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Apple has released the first update to the public beta that was released last month. Unlike the developer version, the public beta is not regularly updated, so this should bring quite a few changes.

The Yosemite public beta 2 is essentially the same as the developer preview 6 that was released earlier this week. It has several design changes, including new iconography throughout the UI (nothing you saw until now was finalized and things keep changing in the betas), new wallpapers, and some other bug fixes and general improvements. Read more »

Mailbox for Mac released, available as public beta

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Mailbox has officially released a beta version of their popular app on the Mac. If you had signed up for the beta released back when it was first shown, then you should get a mail with a download link. Once downloaded, you can then also invite three other people to try out the app by sending them betacoins.

Mailbox works similar to its counterparts on iOS and Android. Other than the clean, minimalist interface, you also have full gesture support for deleting, archiving and scheduling mail. Mailbox is also adding support for drafts in the Mac and iOS version, and it’s coming soon on Android. Read more »

PC vs Mac turf wars are back

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Looks like Microsoft isn’t interested in taking the high road, and are launching a new set of PC vs Mac advertisements.

In the 3 ads, MS compares its Surface Pro 3 to the Macbook Air. Read more »

China takes Apple devices off its government’s procurement list

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China has reportedly ousted Apple devices from its government’s official procurement list. This means that the company’s wares can no longer be purchased by Chinese institutions using public money.

The reason cited for the move apparently has to do with “security concerns”, according to some government officials familiar with the matter. Read more »

Shazam now available on the Mac

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Shazam has released a desktop version of their popular mobile application for the Mac. The app has so far been limited to iOS, Android and Windows platforms.

The Mac version of Shazam works similarly to the mobile version, except you can now have it running all the time in the background. It will constantly look out for music or other media such as TV shows or even advertisements in the background and will show a handy notification for you when it recognizes it. Read more »

Mac Mini may be getting refreshed soon

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The Mac mini hasn’t received any hardware update love for some time.

But that might change soon though, as rumor has it that Apple is planning on refreshing its little computer-that-could. Read more »

Apple MacBook Pros get a small update

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Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup but it’s a relatively small upgrade. The 13″ and 15″ are more or less as rumored yesterday. This update comes less than a year than the previous one.

They are still powered by Haswell-based Intel Core processors, but with some new options. You also get 8GB RAM as standard on the 13″ MacBook Pro and 16GB on the 15″ model (last year it was 4GB / 8GB). Read more »

Mac OS X Yosemite public beta starts tomorrow for the first 1 million people who sign up

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Apple has decided to do something it hasn’t done in a very long while – that is, release a public beta of an upcoming version of its operating system for computers.

Mac OS X Yosemite, which was announced last month at WWDC, will be available to test as a public beta starting tomorrow. There’s a catch, though: only the first 1 million people who sign up for the beta on Apple’s dedicated website will actually get access to it. So in case you’re interested, add yourself to the list as soon as possible. Read more »

Apple expands availability of 2-step verification to 59 countries

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Apple has greatly expanded the availability of its 2-step verification process for Apple IDs. While it was only available in 11 countries previously, the feature is now available in 59 countries worldwide.

For those not aware, 2-step verification or authentication puts an extra step between entering your ID and password and logging in. It sends a verification message with a code to a preset device or number and only upon entering that code will the person be allowed to log in. This way, even if someone gets access to your password, they still can’t access your account unless they have access to the special code. Read more »

Mobile device shipments to exceed 2.4 billion in 2014 – tablets almost reach PCs

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This year will see another big rise among smart devices shipped to retailers and sold to customers – by its end more than 2.43 billion units will have left the manufacturing facilities which compares nicely to to 2013′s 2.34 billion.

The numbers come from Gartner which breaks them down by traditional PCs, ultrabooks and premium laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Interestingly the PC market will account for 308 million devices with tablets closing in at 256 million. Gartner’s projection for 2015 is that tablets will overtake PCs with roughly 4 million more shipments. Read more »