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Apple partners with Oakland nonprofit Dream Corps on Swift coding initiative

Apple this morning announced a new partnership designed to train more people to code using its own programming language, Swift. The company says it’s now working with the Oakland-based nonprofit organization Dream Corps on the initiative, which will see Apple providing technology along with curriculum guidance, professional support and advocacy to individuals in middle and high […]

Apple finally brings Microsoft Office to the Mac App Store, and there is much rejoicing

That slow clap you hear spreading around the internet today could be due to the fact that Apple has finally added Microsoft Office to the Mac App Store. The package will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Shaan Pruden, senior director of worldwide developer relations at Apple, says that when the company overhauled the […]

Apple Mac mini review: Small but mighty

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Four years. That’s how long it took for Apple to finally update the Mac mini.

Why did it take so long? Call it serious neglect, overshadowed by the tremendous growth of the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. It really doesn’t matter anymore because Apple finally updated its most affordable Mac.

I requested a review unit to evaluate just how much value somebody could squeeze from the $799 Mac mini, but Apple left me hanging. So I bought my own to find out. Read more…

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Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge is real, and it’s coming to the Mac

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Recent rumors were real: Microsoft’s Edge will become a Chromium-based browser. 

Microsoft’s Corporate VP Joe Belfiore revealed the news in a blog post Thursday, saying the company intends to “to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop.”

Here’s the kicker: Microsoft plans to bring this new, Chromium-based Edge browser to the Mac. 

According to Belfiore, Microsoft plans to make the switch to Chromium “over the next year or so.” 

For users, this means better compliance with web standards and other Chromium-based browsers such as Google’s Chrome and Opera. Microsoft also plans to deliver and update Edge more frequently to all supported versions of Windows. And, finally, Microsoft hopes that its participation in the Chromium project will make other Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices.  Read more…

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Microsoft Edge goes Chromium (and macOS)

The rumors were true: Microsoft Edge is moving to the open-source Chromium platform, the same platform that powers Google’s Chrome browser. And once that is done, Microsoft is bringing Edge to macOS, too. In addition, Microsoft is decoupling Edge from the Windows update process to offer a faster update cadence — and with that, it’ll […]

This dongle turns your iPad into a touchscreen Mac (sort of)

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Ever pick up your iPad and think about how much more you could get done on it if only it ran macOS? Now, a small red dongle turns that into a reality.

Luna Display by Astropad is a tiny dongle that connects your MacBook to an iPad wirelessly, turning the tablet into a second monitor for your laptop. However, with Apple’s long-awaited new Mac Mini now available, Luna Display tested whether its adapter would turn the new iPad Pro into a touchscreen display for the desktop Mac.

In a blog post and video posted below, Luna Display breaks down the result.

With the Luna Display dongle plugged into the Mac Mini, a user simply opens the Luna Display app on their iPad. The video output is then pushed over WiFi from the Mac Mini to the iPad. So, macOS isn’t actually running on the iPad, it’s just acting as a display. Read more…

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macOS Mojave is now available

Enjoy reading lots of words about new operating systems? Good news! There are plenty of those here. Enjoy actually downloading and running said new operating systems? Gooder news! macOS 10.14 Mojave is now available in final public form over at the Mac App Store. As with the last several versions of the desktop OS, Mojave’s […]

macOS 10.14 Mojave review

Against my better judgement and repeat warnings from those who knew better, I went ahead and installed Mojave on my work computer the first chance I got. Sure, there were certain standard beta bugs and capability issues that made me regret the decision on occasion, but the only way to sufficiently test a product like […]

5 features of macOS Mojave that will level up your Mac experience

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MacOS Mojave
$0 (free upgrade for Mac users)
The Good

Stacks cleans up a messy desktop • Gallery View is great for working with images • Screenshots are much improved • Dark Mode is 🔥

The Bad

Some features are extremely niche • No support for Macs older than 2012

The Bottom Line

You could ignore the myriad new features in macOS Mojave, but at least one of them is guaranteed to improve your day-to-day Mac experience.

Mashable Score4.25
Cool Factor5.0
Learning Curve4.0
Performance4.0
Bang for the Buck4.0

Sitting down to write this review of macOS Mojave, I thought about which new feature is my favorite, and which is my least favorite. Then I realized I haven’t actually thought about new features in macOS in this way for years. Thinking back to Sierra and High Sierra, I could barely name any new feature, let alone the best and worst of the bunch. Read more…

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