Apple’s Greatest Advantage: The Apple Ecosystem

Google's power in the mobile computing world seems to grow with every new product announcement and Android device that comes to market. But for all its reach, the search giant is missing one piece of the puzzle that Apple does better than anyone else: product integration.…

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6 Great Apps for New Mac Users

Over half of new Macs are being bought by users new to the platform. After years of negative experiences on that other platform, new Mac users might be a little worried about downloading software for their machine. Here are some safe bets to get you started.…

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Mac 101: Window Management in OS X

Moving from Windows to Mac is a big change, and can be a little disconcerting at first. A friend of mine described the feeling akin to being “underwater.” One of the biggest differences between the platforms is in how windows are managed.…

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The Mac Notebook-to-Desktop Conundrum

I'm one of the lucky few who can carry their MacBook Pro to and from work each day, and just use one computer for everything. Still, I'm not always happy with my current setup. There's one big thing missing that PC laptops have: the docking station.…

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iPad App Design: River of News vs. Twitter

Back in July, I wrote an article rounding up some of the top RSS readers for the iPad. Since posting, I’ve started using a new client, River of News. River of News is simple, elegant, and beautiful. Twitter embraces very different design principles. Which is better?…

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Divvy Up Your Screen

One annoyance that I’ve found in dealing with multiple windows in OS X is how each application seems to view the green plus button a little differently. Divvy is an app that provides a user-defined solution to that oversight, and does it in style.…

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Bringing a PowerMac G4 Back to Life

Under my desk is a PowerMac G4 with a whopping 512MB of RAM. When I acquired the old boy, it was running Tiger, had been used and abused and desktop support had put it out to pasture. But I knew all it needed was some TLC.…

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iPhone 4 Attenuation Only Half the Story

Something about Apple's press conference yesterday just didn't sit right with me. They seem to be doing the right thing by giving out the free bumper cases, but how they explained why the cases are needed in some instances didn't quite cover everything.…

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iPad RSS Reader Roundup

Feed reading is arguably one of the primary uses of the iPad, so making a good RSS client for it very important. Here's a run-down of the five feed readers available now for the iPad.…

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