MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed to us by our readers. This week, we have questions about multiple files being deleted when using Secure Empty Trash, application integration between OS X and virtual machines, using Spotlight to search system files, and using Web mail (Gmail specifically) as a default e-mail client.… Read more
A number of people have complained about Safari often crashing on their systems. While Apple's latest Safari update (5.0.1) is supposed to address some stability issues with the program, a number of people are complaining of crashes. Here are some things you can try to hopefully clear these problems.
General maintenanceThere are some general maintenance routines you can run both on Safari and on the system to help clear problems. In Safari, try clearing cookies and caches, among other items in the "Reset Safari" option in the Safari menu. You can also run general … Read more
Some iPhone 3G owners who upgraded their phone to the latest iOS software have complained of slowness and shorter battery life. Apple now says it will be looking into the complaints.
That's according to what one spokesperson at the iPhone maker told The Wall Street Journal.
Since iOS 4 was released in mid-June, iPhone 3G owners have voiced problems with the phone seemingly grinding to a halt: slow keyboard response time, frozen unlock screens, and a battery that drains faster than with previous versions of the software.
One CNET reader told us, "The OS update has made my … Read more
Research in Motion is expected to unveil a new touchscreen BlackBerry next week to rival Apple's iPhone and other smartphones, like ones using Google's Android operating system.
Shares of RIM were up Wednesday on the speculation, reports Reuters.
The new BlackBerry 9800 is expected to be launched at an event in New York City on Tuesday next week. AT&T, which is expected to be the exclusive carrier for the new phone, will be joining RIM for the announcement. CNET reported news of the press conference earlier this week.
For months, bloggers and others watching RIM closely … Read more
Apple has released an update to Safari 5, which addresses a number of issues with the initial release, including the problem with black backgrounds appearing when generating mail attachments with scripts, and the potential security vulnerability with autofill that was recently uncovered. In addition, the program has a built-in link to Apple's new extensions gallery for people to download and install extensions.… Read more
With the undeniable popularity and success of the iPhone 4 (despite the antenna debacle), iPad, and ever-increasing Mac sales, Apple is gaining customers faster than ever. If you're thinking about making the switch, this could be your perfect setup.
Component one: iPhone 4 Now in its fourth iteration, Apple's iPhone has forever changed the mobile phone landscape by thrusting touch-screen technology to the tips of every tech geek's tongue and every consumer's wish list. Despite its early and somewhat overblown issues, iPhone 4 has had record-setting sales. With the exception of the complaints from a vocal minority regarding its antenna, … Read more
As new versions of Android and iOS take hold and Microsoft continues to tease us with Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry is in the unenviable position of trying to play catch up to the cool kids. So, as we anxiously await for next Tuesday's unveiling, RIM has kindly provided a brief sneak peek at what BlackBerry OS 6 might bring, at least when it comes to the home screen. Here's a gallery of what we can expect. As a refresher, here are a few links to our previous coverage of BlackBerry OS 6:
Apple has released an update to OS X that is specifically for the newly released iMac systems. The update addresses some graphical anomalies that occur in the new systems with the current version of OS X 10.6.4, and also fixes some compatibility issues with reading SDXC memory cards.… Read more
This week Brian Tong discusses the possibility of the iPhone going to T-Mobile instead of Verison, along with an update on Apple's profits and questions regarding Apple's reasons for shortages of iMacs and other Mac models. In addition, he touches on the new products that Apple released earlier this morning, and goes over a few new and useful iPhone apps.… Read more
A number of people are having an issue where upon upgrading to the latest version of iTunes they are not able to connect to the iTunes store. The program will claim there are problems with your internet connection and will state something like "iTunes could not connect to the iTunes store. Make sure your network connection is active and try again."… Read more