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How to Create Mojave’s True Dynamic Desktops with GraphicConverter

Want to create your own Mojave-style dynamic desktops? All you need is 16 appropriate images and GraphicConverter 10.6.5 running in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Can You Distinguish Helvetica from Arial?

If you’re a font geek, or just want to challenge your powers of observation, check out David Friedman’s online quiz that asks you to identify which of two nearly identical logos is in Helvetica, as opposed to Arial.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Use Movies Anywhere to Take Advantage of Bargains

If you've been buying movies from iTunes so you can play them on your Apple devices, you may be paying more than necessary. With the Movies Anywhere service, you can shop around and buy from the digital retailer with the best price.

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Travel Back in Time with Stephen Hackett’s Aqua Screenshot Library

Ever wonder how much the Mac’s user interface has changed over time? Thanks to Stephen Hackett’s extensive collection of screenshots in each of the 15 versions of the Mac operating system, we can all trace the transition from Pin Stripes to Brushed Metal and relive the skeuomorphic excess of Rich Corinthian Leather.

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“Small Fry” Offers the Opportunity to Think Differently about Steve Jobs

Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Steve Jobs’s firstborn daughter, who he long denied and rejected before finally acknowledging, has written a memoir of her life and memories of her famous father. It’s a story that hasn’t yet been told, and it remains to be seen how it will affect the collective opinion of Steve Jobs.

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What Goes Into a Major Conference Keynote Demo

When you watch a product demo during the keynote of a conference like WWDC, the presenter may make it seem effortless, but Adobe’s Khoi Vinh reveals that good demos require months of preparation.

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Reminiscing about the Early Mac’s Interface

Are contemporary computing interfaces making us crazy? Fast Company's Mark Wilson finds inner peace in the interface of the Mac operating system circa 1991.

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50 Shades of Space Gray

Have you ever noticed that Apple's space gray isn't always the same color? You're not alone. 9to5Mac's Michael Steeber has charted out six versions of what Apple markets as a single color.

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Mario Can Guide You in Google Maps This Week

To celebrate MAR10 Day (on March 10th, natch), Google and Nintendo added a “Mario mode” to the latest version of Google Maps for iOS and Android. To try it out, search for a destination and tap the Directions button, but instead of tapping Start, tap the question mark block in the lower-right corner and then tap Let’s-A-Go! when prompted. Google Maps changes your navigation marker to Mario in a go-kart. Mario mode will be available only through 17 March 2018, so check it out soon.

Josh Centers 2 comments

How to Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics on Your Apple Devices

The Olympics are upon us once again, so here’s how you can watch them on your Apple devices.

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CARROT Weather Predicts Cloudy with a Chance of Snark

CARROT Weather’s AI would kill you if it could, but since it can’t, it instead provides accurate and attractive weather forecasts. Josh Centers explains why CARROT Weather has become his favorite weather app.

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iOS Apps Reduce Treadmill Trudgery

Bored with your treadmill but need to get moving? Mike Matthews looks at three iOS apps that could revitalize your treadmill workouts with gorgeous video scenery and additional features.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Eudora

On the site Tedium, which promises to surface "stories that maybe fell through the cracks of time," editor Ernie Smith writes about Eudora, the much-missed email app of yesteryear. There's nothing new here, of course, since Qualcomm officially discontinued Eudora over a decade ago, but it's still nice to see acknowledgment of how popular and important Eudora was in this "here today, gone tomorrow" Internet era. Our article about converting email away from Eudora is quoted, and Steve Dorner himself even makes a cameo appearance in the comments.

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Nutty Hack of the Week: Pair an Apple Watch Series 3 with Android

In the Stupid Apple Tricks department, iMore’s Serenity Caldwell has discovered that it is possible to pair a cellular-capable Apple Watch Series 3 with an Android phone, although she admits that it’s a terrible idea. The process involves tricking the Apple Watch by inserting the SIM from an Android phone into an iPhone, pairing the Apple Watch, and then moving the SIM back to the Android phone. It works, but your Apple Watch will lose many features and have awful battery life. In other words: don’t try this at home.

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The Rock X Siri: Don’t Try This At Home

Want to see how well Siri works when it’s backed up by a full team of video production editors? Apple has produced an amusing “film” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in which he manages to use Siri repeatedly while doing everyday made-up movie star stuff. We believe all the actual Siri commands he issues could work, although many would require that the iPhone be unlocked. And when we tried to duplicate his commands, Siri failed to understand our words much of the time. Happily, when Siri misheard “read my last email” as “delete my email,” we learned that Siri isn’t allowed to delete emails. Which is a good thing.