In recent updates of Apple knowledge base articles, the Cupertino computer maker offers insight for users that need help with MobileMe as well as an overview of how MobileMe billing works. These articles should help users that have questions regarding correspondence from Apple regarding MobileMe, especially when it involves billing information.… Read more
Mac accessory maker Twelve South unveiled a new MacBook case on Thursday called the BookBook, and all I can say is I WantWant. The distressed-leather hardback case looks like a vintage book, but has a padded spine and a soft, padded interior to keep your computer safe. Dual leather zipper pulls appear to be bookmarks, but give you access to the power port while your MacBook's inside the case.
It's novel (get it?) and great-looking--what more could you ask for in this world of boring black neoprene bags?
The BookBook is available in classic brown with a black … Read more
Does your Mac feel sluggish? Internet surfing, downloading software, and just plain regular use are all major contributors to filling up your hard drive with useless files. As time goes by, your Mac starts to fill up with cache files, unused language files, and even leftover installers, making your whole system struggle to keep track of it all. You can go through and try to clean out a lot of these files manually, but knowing that it might take you a significant amount of time makes it easy to put off until later.
Fortunately, there are a number of utilities … Read more
Most Mac users default to Apple's good-but-not-great Mail program to manage their e-mail. But given Mail's serious deficiencies (e.g., weak to nonexistent integration with calendaring and contacts), a variety of open-source initiatives are underway to bring a full-featured e-mail client to the Mac.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that there appears to be little to no coordination between the different groups, leading to duplication and fragmentation of efforts.
Zimbra, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Raindrop, and a new project initiated by NetNewsWire founder Brent Simmons, Letters.app, all seem to be heading in the right … Read more
With the much-hyped Apple event only a day away, people are probably checking their bank account balances and credit card limits to see if they can swing buying what most believe will be the long-awaited Mac tablet. I just might be able to take the leap under the right circumstances, but I'll have to wait like everyone else for the details and price of the not-yet-officially announced device. Other possible announcement rumors point to a new iPhone operating system and even a new iPhone, though new iPhones usually come out in June, making the possibility of a January announcement … Read more
Apple fixes a dozen vulnerabilities affecting Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 in its first security update for the year released on Wednesday.
The security update addresses several issues with the Flash Player plug-in, including one that could allow an attacker to take control of the computer if the user visits a malicious Web site.
Also patched were holes in CoreAudio, ImageIO, and Image RAW that could lead to arbitrary code execution and allow an attacker to take control of the computer if a malicious MP4 audio file were played, or malicious TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) or … Read more
If you've got multiple websites that you want to host on MobileMe, the manual tells you that's not possible. MacFixIt tells you that it is--with a small caveat. If you have not already read my quick tutorial from earlier this week on setting up a domain name with GoDaddy, you should check that out first.… Read more
Apple on Tuesday released Security Update 2010-001, a collection of fixes for users of Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) and Snow Leopard (10.6).
As with most security releases, the latest Mac OS X update fixes issues within the core system and does not add new features to built-in applications or fix application bugs.
Security Update 2010-001 fixes an issue in Mac OS X's CoreAudio where a maliciously crafted MP4 audio file could be used as a way to execute code or terminate an application on the user's computer. Image RAW's handling of DNG files has … Read more