MacFixIt Answers is a feature where we answer questions e-mailed to us by readers. This week, we have questions on the application services not appearing in Safari, Time Machine drives not being set up correctly, an AirPort Express unit not working as a WiFi extender, and burned CDs not mounting or ejecting.… Read more
The most common ways for launching applicaitons in OS X are to either double-click them directly in the Finder, or to click those that are in the Dock. Besides these methods there are several alternative ways to access applications, which may be useful depending on various problems or situations you may find yourself in.… Read more
When you invoke QuickLook on a folder in OS X, you are shown the folder icon along with some information about the folder. While this is convenient, QuickLook has a hidden "X-ray" feature that lets you preview items in the folder, similar to the option in Windows where pictures are displayed in the enclosing folder's icon.… Read more
An ongoing issue with OS X 10.6.3 seems to corrupt graphics on external displays when you present in full screen with "mirrored" displays. The display will work and show the mirrored desktop in the Finder, but when applications take over use the display to show full-screen presentations, media, or other purposes, the graphics will garble and can only be fixed with a restart.… Read more
For all photographers and those managing RAW images, Apple has released another RAW compatibility update that extends the RAW format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09 for a number of Canon, Olympus, and Sony cameras. In addition, the update addresses some issues with the RAW processing of currently supported cameras. The full list of new devices in this update are as follows:… Read more
Apple has made version 3.2.2 of their Xcode developer tools available, which is primarily a bug fix for the debugger and interface builder, as well as the llvm-gcc compiler and some of Apple's optimization tools including Clang and Shark. The update also addresses bugs with Interface Builder. If you have earlier versions of Xcode, keep in mind that this update will need to be installed over OS 10.6.2 or later.… Read more
If you use external USB or FireWire hard drives on your Mac, one problem you may encounter is where the drive will not mount in OS X when attached to your computer. It may make whirring sounds as the device powers up, but will not display in the Finder. If this happens, there are several things you can try:… Read more
It may not be as dramatic a discovery as the likely iPhone 4.0 prototype in the San Francisco Bay Area that inundated tech headlines this week, but RIM is getting a taste of the premature spotlight as details of the latest operating system for BlackBerry smartphones circulate around the blogosphere.
Boy Genius Report said it got its hands on a BlackBerry smartphone running the OS 6.0 from a secret source at AT&T and wasted little time detailing some of the features within. When asked, RIM's representatives declined to comment on the disclosed information.
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Palm's WebOS, the software on which the company's Pre smartphone is based, is "riddled" with dangerous security flaws, according to security researchers who said they were able to crack the operating system via text message.
A probe of WebOS uncovered a number of easy-to-find bugs, giving the impression that Palm had put minimal effort into security, researchers from Intrepidus Group said in an advisory published Friday.
The firm also published a video demonstrating a Palm Pre being cracked via text message.