How To Try Out Mac OS X Yosemite Before Everyone Else

Now that you've digested everything that's new in OS X Yosemite, you're probably itching to try it out for yourself. The good news is that Apple's happy for you to do so: for the first time since Cheetah in 2000, non-developers have the opportunity to give an upcoming operating system a test run. For free. » 6/03/14 11:22am 6/03/14 11:22am

How to Optimize Your Mac for Gaming

You may not immediately think "gaming" when you think "Mac," but there are tons of games for the Mac these days, and some of the most popular PC games are also available for OS X. Let's take a look at a few ways to make those games run as smoothly as possible. » 10/25/13 8:25am 10/25/13 8:25am

Someone Installed Mac OS on a Nook Simple Touch eReader

Technology today is all Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion and Tablets and Retina Displays. So it's always fun to see someone paying tribute to the technology of old, just because. In this case, it's a brave soul who installed a 16-year-old verson of Mac OS 7 on a Nook Simple Touch, answering the question nobody asked:… » 6/17/12 6:00pm 6/17/12 6:00pm

What If iOS Looked Like the Original Mac OS?

One of the iPhone's most striking qualities is iOS' beautiful interface. Still, I love this conceptual rendering of iOS made to look like the OS on the original Macs. » 2/13/12 1:40pm 2/13/12 1:40pm

You Can Download OS X Lion Right Now

Although it's (weirdly?) not a "featured app," OS X Lion is indeed now available for download from the Mac App Store. The 3.5GB download will cost you $30, and upgrades your Mac with over 250 new features—some of which you may be just as happy without. » 7/20/11 8:56am 7/20/11 8:56am

Go Get Your OS X Lion Dev Preview Now

Along with a handful of supafast MacBook Pros, Apple also dropped a developer preview of OS X Lion this morning. The release combines a dash of iPad and a dash of Mac OS, and will be available to the general public this summer. Members of the Mac Developer Program, though, can pick up their advanced copy today at the… » 2/24/11 8:57am 2/24/11 8:57am

Could This Be a Mac OS X Lion Screenshot?

A reader just sent us this pretty little screenshot. He explained that it was forwarded to him by a friend who works for some mysterious company. » 2/23/11 8:02pm 2/23/11 8:02pm

Mac App Store Will Launch January 6th

After a few rounds of rumors and speculations about when exactly Apple would get its Mac App Store off the ground, the official word is in: January 6th. If you were getting me Mac Apps for Christmas, time to reevaluate! » 12/16/10 8:43am 12/16/10 8:43am

Sneaky App Lets Your Computer Pretend That It's an Apple TV

Want to use AirPlay, but don't have an Apple TV? There's hope for you yet. TUAW's Erica Sadun put together an app which'll allow your Mac to stream media from an iPhone by pretending to be an Apple TV. » 12/14/10 9:20pm 12/14/10 9:20pm

Microsoft Kinect Hacked to Run on Mac OS X

We've seen the Kinect get hacked already, but we're still tickled by this little mod which allows you to run the Microsoft gadget on Mac OS X. Yes, the idea alone feels oh-so-very-wrong, but how can you resist such fun? » 11/11/10 6:20pm 11/11/10 6:20pm

Mac OS X 10.6.5 Update Is Now Available For Download

If you happen to check for software updates on your Mac now, you should find that the Mac OS X 10.6.5 update is available for download. It appears to be a lovely update with plenty of bug fixes, performance improvements, and stability enhancements: » 11/10/10 4:18pm 11/10/10 4:18pm

The Day Steve Jobs Was Wrong

It happened in 1997. Can't quite remember exactly when or where. It doesn't show up on Google, so I'm thinking it came at some internal Apple event or agency meeting. » 11/02/10 11:40pm 11/02/10 11:40pm

Flash On Mac Just Got More Tolerable

Adobe may have stopped bothering with iPhones, but they certainly didn't hesitate to finally give us a tolerable Flash video experience on Macs by incorporating Apple's new video acceleration API in a Flash Player preview release dubbed "Gala." » 4/28/10 10:40pm 4/28/10 10:40pm

Why Flash On Mac Is About To Get Much Less Terrible

Running Flash on Mac OS is, in a word, miserable. It's slow, resource-sucking and crashy, compared to Windows. Which is why Apple's new video acceleration API—which Adobe plans to use in upcoming versions of Flash—is great news. » 4/24/10 12:00pm 4/24/10 12:00pm

History's Five Dumbest Apple Tablet Rumors

Days away from the supposed launch of the Apple tablet, we know almost nothing about it. While we can't say for sure which rumors are true, we can definitely say which, over the past decade, were just plain dumb. » 1/20/10 2:20pm 1/20/10 2:20pm

Apple Nemesis Psystar Permanently Banned From Selling Mac Clones

I feared that the Apple vs Psystar battle would just fizzle out, but it's ending with a strong punch as Apple Insider reports that Apple has been granted a permanent injunction against Psystar, marking the end of shady Mac clones. » 12/15/09 8:30pm 12/15/09 8:30pm

How To: Virtualize Any OS For Free

Syncing your Zune in Mac OS X, running Word in Linux, giving Linux a go within Windows 7: just a few of the things you can do with virtual machines. And setting one up isn't just easy—it's free. » 10/17/09 3:00pm 10/17/09 3:00pm