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 graphics and display management utilities, disk and file management and recovery utilities, as well as a few small updates to maintenance utilities.… Read more
It's going to be a bit longer until we see a major PC maker using Google's operating system.
Last week VentureBeat reported that Acer would show a device running Chrome OS at Computex, the big Taipei, Taiwan, IT show, and cited multiple sources. It seemed on track with the company chairman's predictions from late last year. But then on Monday, Acer refuted the story.
A few Parallels Desktop users are noticing a problem with some newer Macs where the program will not show the Virtual Machines list after migrating to the new system. At times the VM list will briefly show when some window-based system functions are used such as Expose and Spaces; however, it quickly disappears, and users cannot access their VMs.… Read more
Troubleshooting network problems can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when the problems being experienced are not shared among all computers on the network. For instance, we were recently helping a reader fix a problem where his Mac would not load certain items on Web pages, such as image thumbnails from sites like Google Images. The page would load fine; however, the images would display as a blank placeholder with a question mark. The odd part is, a secondary Windows machine on the same network would load the same images just fine. Hearing this, we began the troubleshooting.… Read more
The first Chrome OS-based device will be introduced by Acer in two weeks, according to a report by VentureBeat Thursday.
The tech blog cites "multiple sources" saying that Acer will show Chrome OS "devices" at Computex Taipei, a yearly computer and electronics show, which opens June 1. The report doesn't specify what kind of devices.
But Chrome OS, which was introduced by Google last year, is designed to work on Netbooks, smartbooks, and tablets. Acer said in December that it would have a Chrome OS Netbook ready for mid-2010, so VentureBeat's report certainly tracks … Read more
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