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  • Mac improves networking

    Apple has released Mac OS X v10.4.8 and Mac OS X Server v10.4.8. Both updates are available for download both from the Software Update control panel and from Apple’s website.

  • WWDC chat in a nutshell

    Following a busy week of hardware and OS announcements from Apple, Macworld Editorial Director Jason Snell and Senior Editor Rob Griffiths spent an hour fielding readers' questions on everything from new Leopard features to the latest Mac Pro information. Here are some highlights from the from their chat session.

  • Apple previews Mac OS X Leopard, Leopard Server

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave Mac developers and the public its first look at Mac OS X v10.5, code-named "Leopard" at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Apple's annual gathering of registered developers. The sixth major version of Mac OS X since its inception, Leopard will ship in spring, 2007, according to Jobs.

  • Mac OS X 'Leopard' preview coming

    Apple has announced that Steve Jobs and other Apple executives will provide a preview of the company's forthcoming Mac OS X "Leopard" release at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in August. The executive team will give the demo at a keynote presentation scheduled for Monday, August 7. WWDC takes place from August 7 - 11, 2006 in San Francisco.

  • Cybercrims focus on Macs and zero-day

    The SANS Institute has warned of a steep increase in critical security holes in Apple’s Mac OS X operating system and in previously undiscovered (“zero day”) vulnerabilities in web browsers.

  • Opening the way for Windows on the Mac

    On April 4, a date chosen because April Fools’ Day fell on a Saturday, Apple released a freely downloadable beta utility called Boot Camp. The product has one astonishing, if not bizarre, purpose: to give Intel-based Macs the capability to boot and run Windows XP. It doesn’t surprise me that Windows runs on Macs — that was inevitable. Also, by the time Boot Camp was released, open sourcers were within two or three device drivers of achieving that goal without Apple’s help. Indeed, the stout-hearted crew at set up a cash kitty to reward those who solved the problem of Macs’ inability to boot Windows.

  • Piracy harms developers most

    There was a time when I railed against the use of rumours as sources for stories in the IT press. Now I pine for those more innocent days. Blogs are considered news sources now, a practice that, at its worst, should yield what one expects from lazy journalists. But I am shocked to see the media's race to adapt from blogs the most detailed instructions for pirating Apple's OS X for Intel and get them to readers first.

  • No high-spec Mac Minis for NZ

    While Apple Computer is selling some Mac Minis in the United States with better specifications than listed on the box but for the same price, it looks like New Zealanders won’t see the “upgrade on the sly”.

  • Mac turns 20

    January 1984: Apple launches the Macintosh with one of the most famous advertising campaigns ever, featuring a Superbowl advertisement directed by Ridley Scott. Scott’s ad depicted a young woman destroying a screen where an Orwellian figure rants and raves. Kaboom, freedom for the huddled masses. Cue voiceover: “On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like 1984.”

  • Welcome back, Mac

    Welcome to the first Mac Manager column. This monthly column is going to be an analytical look at the technical side and the applications for business of the Mac OS (both the traditional versions and the new world of Mac OS X).