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[18 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 326 views]

Has you Flash video downloader stopped working? You are not alone. However, the folks at TastyApps have updated their downloader, VideoBox, for OS X Mavericks and Safari 7 compatibility — works just fine with several major video websites!
• VideoBox 3.9.6 …

Cord Cutter, Music, movies, TV »

[18 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 826 views]

Are you ready to be a cord cutter? Whether you just shouted an emphatic “yes!” or just wonder about the possibilities, you need not make a definitive choice right now — you can cut the cord in steps and here …

Deals, Mac »

[16 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 347 views]

While sub-$1,000 refurbished iMacs have been scarce, Apple does have a nice selection of refurbished Mac minis, MacBook Airs and a single MacBook Pro configuration priced under a grand. And, that MBP? It comes with a built-in SuperDrive — they …

Mac, Software »

[16 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,142 views]

Apple has already released a Mail 7 fix and has been internally testing Safari and OS X Mavericks updates. Those efforts took a step forward with the release of OS X 10.9.1 and Safari 7.0.1 developers.
While early adopters helped OS …

Cord Cutter, Music, movies, TV »

[15 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 464 views]

Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. Like lots of folks, I get a thrill watching the pay TV suppliers, especially the cable companies, in pain and they’re definitely suffering, if only a little.
LA Times, quoting Moffett and …

Mac, Software »

[15 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 517 views]

These Mac printer driver updates are for Macs running OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard. For what it’s worth, the last time the Fairer Platform checked, Apple’s AirPrint wireless printing protocol was supported by 765 printers, which …

Mac, Security, Software »

[14 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 400 views]

Whereas VideoLAN delivers a beefy VLC Player update loaded with features, tweaks and fixes, Adobe has pushed out a Flash Player that’s largely about security. Regardless, there are critical updates available for these two popular tools.
• VLC Player 2.1.1 (download)

Books, Mac, Reviews, how to »

[14 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 752 views]

When it comes to off-the-shelf text-to-speech solutions, the Macintosh is pretty darned good. Although that functionality hasn’t changed in OS X Mavericks, Apple is offering new English language, both US and overseas accent, voices available for download.
So, how do they …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[14 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,423 views]

OS X Mavericks has lots of cool new features, among my favorites are the new text-to-speech voices. Yes, Siri (aka Samantha) is still in there, but so are some new and even better ones — here is how to get …

Apple luv, Mac »

[12 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,099 views]

It has been three weeks since Apple shipped its latest desktop operating system opus. However, while OS X Mavericks adoption easily outstripped Mountain Lion, growth has largely dried up.
When the Fairer Platform last looked at Mavericks adoption, back on October …

Mac, Software »

[12 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 299 views]

Apple has yet to release an OS X Mavericks update for client users, but OS X Server admins just got their first dot-update. That said, the rest of us will have to satisfy ourselves with third-party app updates for Mavericks.

Mac, Software »

[11 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 805 views]

But when I see the future, I close my eyes. I can see it now…* Adrian Stutz and an international cast of supporting collaborators have released MPlayer OS X Extended, which is being called the future of MPlayer OSX.
• MPlayer …

iPad, Reviews, how to »

[9 Nov 2013 | One Comment | 1,481 views]

The iPad is great for doing real work, especially blogging, and even better when you mate it with a keyboard case. With the release of iOS 7, Apple has significantly boosted tablet efficiency by adding support for new iPad keyboard …

Mac, Software »

[8 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 158 views]

Some folks buy the newest Macs as soon as they ship, while others are a little more circumspect with their time and money. That said, Apple has just released what are likely the first round firmware updates for 13 and …

iPad, iPhone, iPod, Tech »

[8 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,174 views]

Apple has purchased a factory ($100 million) and partnered with GT Advanced ($587 million) to produce sapphire crystal. That’s a big investment in a big facility, which has led to big speculation, though at least one obvious application isn’t being …