MacFixIt Answers is a feature where we answer questions e-mailed to us by readers. This week, we have questions on an old PC hard drive not being writable on a new Mac, how to tell if Software Update is working properly, and OS X installation hanging with fans blowing.… Read more
For the gamers out there, Valve software's "Steam" gaming client package is available. Similar to the iTunes store, Steam is a single program through which you can purchase, download, and manage games for your computer. In addition, the program offers networking options for locating and joining online game servers, chatting, and providing in-game communication enhancements.… Read more
CNET TV has a few new Apple-related videos available. With the iPad being one of the hot topics these days there are several that outline how to use features on the new device. Editor Donald Bell covers the settings in the iPhone OS for restricting kids from seeing inappropriate content. In addition, there are a couple of videos outlining unique or relatively hidden music playback features on the iPad, including making playlists and shuffling songs. Lastly, Brian Tong has a new Apple Byte episode, which covers the features of the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 and some criticism of Apple's latest public moves.… Read more
Troubleshooting fonts can be one of the most frustrating endeavors, since many times small changes can result in small and unexpected behaviors, including application interfaces not loading, but more commonly garbled text. Many times applications will install their own fonts in the global or user library, which in itself may be enough to cause a conflict with existing fonts.… Read more
While Apple's QuickTime focus has shifted to the new QuickTime X technologies, Apple still provides QuickTime 7 as an optional install so people can use features such as authenticated streaming video, QTVR and other interactive QuickTime content in Snow Leopard. Apple today has released a small update for the older QuickTime player.… Read more
Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. This week we have updates for a few networking and monitoring utilities, as well as updates for Carbon Copy Cloner and MacCleanse. Additionally, there are a few utilities for managing Flash in web browsers and making use of old scanners.… Read more
Apple has numerous "at your fingertips" options in OS X, including icon previews, coverflow and column-view previews, as well as QuickLook and Dashboard. Of these, QuickLook is one of the most useful in allowing you get a brief bit of information about an item that does not have a preview option, or a more detailed look at the contents if the item does have a preview. If for some reason the QuickLook feature stops working there are several things you can try to get it up and running again.… Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature where we answer questions e-mailed to us by readers. This week, we have questions on an iMac that randomly switches off, where the theme files for Keynote are located on the hard drive, and reinstalling OS X over a damaged installation.… Read more
Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) sold out on Thursday, just eight days after it was announced, according to a note posted to the company's Web site.
The developer conference was announced on April 28, which is a bit later than usual. The late notice gave developers only six weeks to make the necessary plans to attend, but that doesn't seem to have been an issue.
Apple representatives were not immediately available to comment on exactly how many developers had signed up for the conference, but a note on its Web site says 1,000 Apple engineers … Read more