apple mac articles

Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite: big UI overhaul, introduces "continuity," free release coming this fall

Apple kicked off its annual developer conference by unveiling the next major release of OS X, named Yosemite after California's Yosemite National Park. The OS X 10.10 update appears to bring more subtle refinements compared to previous years, but aside from a new paint job that’s cleaner and directly inspired by iOS' flatter UI, there were a couple of surprise new features that got big cheers from the crowd.

Building a Hackintosh The Easy Way

Building a Hackintosh has definitely gotten easier over the years but there's still plenty of tinkering involved for the uninitiated. Earlier this year a company known as Quo launched a Kickstarter to fund a motherboard designed to run "any operating system". Though they don’t explicitly market it as a Hackintosh board, it’s clearly one of the board's key selling points. For the past few weeks we've been experimenting with the Quo motherboard (and the office's brand new hackintosh), here's how it all went...

The Apple Decade: Where They Succeeded and Others Were Too Lazy to Innovate

The Apple Decade: Where They Succeeded and Others Were Too Lazy to Innovate

In the decade we have been publishing TechSpot, we have watched Apple resurge from the joke that G3 and G4 machines represented, to the Apple 'Mac vs. PC' debate -- during a time the company had better luck selling MP3 players than computers -- to today's ubiquity of Apple products in all forms of computing devices.

During the past 10 years Apple has systematically attacked and conquered from several fronts. Here's a brief recount of those winning products, and where it applies, the industry incumbents that for one reason or another failed to innovate or at least failed to beat Apple at breaking products to the masses first.

Apple Mac OS X Lion Preview

By now it's clear Apple has drawn a lot of inspiration from its popular iPhone and iPad devices, making significant changes to OS X and adding features that are focused on simplifying the overall user experience. Compared to its predecessor, Mac OS X Lion is a more significant release in terms of functionality, user interface and workflow improvements. We've compiled a list with several of the changes and new features disclosed so far. Read on for a quick tour of what's new.
uTorrent beta 1.5 for Mac released

uTorrent beta 1.5 for Mac released

The BitTorrent team has released µTorrent beta 1.5. You can download build 24963 directly from here: µTorrent for Mac. The new version adds many of the features already available on the Windows version:

Adobe releases Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, Linux

Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2, introducing Stage Video, a new API that delivers high performance video playback across platforms and browsers. The new version also offers everything introduced in the beta, including custom native mouse cursors, multiple monitor full-screen…

Kinect can now do multitouch, and Mac OS X

Florian Echtler and Theo Watson have managed to hook up the Kinect motion controller into two separate software libraries. Echtler used his own libTISCH library to demonstrate multitouch capabilities while Watson ported over libfreenect, the open source Kinect drivers, to…

Apple: all new Macs will ship sans Adobe Flash

Apple revamped its MacBook Air this week and it was quickly discovered that the new laptop ships without Adobe Flash pre-installed. All previous generations of Macs have shipped with Adobe Flash, but those days are officially over. This wasn't just…