On Wednesday, Apple introduced a new version of its Apple TV media player, but the company also brought all of that model's software improvements to its predecessor, via Apple TV Software Update 5.0. Here's a look at what the new software brings to both the second- and third-generation Apple TV.
We love launcher utilities, which let you find and open files, folders, applications, and more using the keyboard. But what's the advantage over just using Spotlight? Senior editor Dan Frakes shows you some tips for using his favorite launcher, LaunchBar, to be more productive.
If you're a frequent moviegoer, and especially if you regularly go to the movies with family or friends, Wigglehop is a standout app that makes it easy to plan your next cinematic excursion. And it's even easier to share that plan with others.
Scrawl is a simple menu-bar utility for storing basic text notes, and it uses iCloud to keep those notes in sync between your Macs.
At Apple's annual shareholder meeting, the focus was again on CEO Tim Cook, who addressed the company's fortunes (and fortune), with some corporate-governance changes thrown in for good measure.
When Apple released Lion (OS X 10.7), Mail received its biggest overhaul ever, gaining many new and noteworthy features. The changes to Mail in Mountain Lion are more subtle, though there are some nice improvements, along with one significant omission.
Skip Tunes gives you a simple menu-bar controller for iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio.
Many Mac users will welcome the updated versions of iCal and Address Book--renamed Calendar and Contacts, respectively--offered in Mountain Lion. While they don’t fix all issues present in their Lion counterparts, each offers a number of significant improvements. Here’s a quick look.
Pacifist lets you examine, and even extract files from, installer packages and file archives. It also provides a number of troubleshooting tools.
If your Mac was released after Lion, it's not quite as easy to make a bootable Lion install disc or drive, but it's still possible. We've got the complete instructions.
WeatherMin provides an elegant display for keeping tabs on your local weather.
Clarify simplifies the process of making how-to documents and annotated images. It's great for professional use, but it's also useful for explaining a procedure to your remote relatives.
Smile Software has introduced an iPad version of its PDF-editing app, along with iCloud syncing of PDFpen documents for both the iPad and Mac versions.
Yoink offers a shelf for temporarily stashing files and content, making it easier to move your stuff between documents, folders, and drives.
Flexibits has released version 1.2 of its standout calendar app, Fantastical, adding multiple language localizations and improved event parsing.