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8 great free Mac gifts

If you don't have any money, these gifts might just be right up the alley of that special Mac user in your life.

Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for iOS

Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for iOS all received major compatibility updates that make it easier to collaborate and share items with iWork for Mac and Microsoft Office.

Gmail for iOS relaunches with sleeker interface, new features

Google on Tuesday relaunched its official Gmail app for iPhone and iPad, redesigning it with a sleeker user interface and an overall increase in, well, the app’s Googleness.

Google Drive adds spreadsheet creation in mobile apps

Spreadsheet makers, rejoice: Google Drive’s mobile app has been revamped to let accountants and listmakers create and edit spreadsheets directly from their Apple and Android mobile devices.

Evernote 5 launches with revised interface, new search and collaboration features

The latest version of Evernote for Mac brings changes to the interface as well as new options for searching and sharing one’s notes.

Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap: Reviewing the newest iPads, mastering software, easy backups

Our Macworld Doppler radar shows a lot of huge stories from the week gone by. It’s cloudy with a chance of MacBooks. Or more accurately, iPads and Mac minis. But MacBooks sounded better.

FreshBooks accounting app jumps to the iPad

Just two months after its bookkeeping software arrived on the iPhone, FreshBooks has unveiled the iPad version of its accounting app.

Clear expands list-making app from iPhone to the Mac

A desktop computer version of Clear, the popular list-making app originally for iPhone, launched Thursday with iCloud support to let users track and update their to-do items from multiple devices.

Hands-on with iBooks Author 2.0

New version offers simplified tools, new templates, portrait-only options, and more publishing goodness.

More than new iPad could be on tap at Apple event

A smaller version of the iPad is expected to be announced at Tuesday's Apple press event. But could Apple also be planning an update to any of its Mac hardware and software? Philip Michaels weighs the possibilities.

BusyCal 2.0 launches with new interface, Mountain Lion support

The popular BusyCal calendar application for Mac has been upgraded with an overhauled user interface, compatibility with Mountain Lion, and improved iCloud support.

CloudOn expands app to build on 'Office as a platform'

While the world waits for dedicated Microsoft Office for tablets, CloudOn is providing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint via fresh iPad and Android apps.

Apple confirms iCloud mail outage for some users

An update on Apple's iCloud system status page says that 1.1 percent of subscribers are unable to access their iCloud mail on Tuesday.