After you've set up your Xfinity X1 box, programmed a 30-second skip on the XR2 remote, and took the X1 Remote app for iOS out for a spin, you'll soon realize that neither the remote control nor the iPhone app features a jump-ahead-one-day button. On the old remote, the B and C buttons let you jump back and ahead one day,respectively, when browsing the guide, which came in useful when you were hunting for upcoming shows to record.
Free: Mac OS updates are typically a paid upgrade, but Apple has finally embraced the free distribution model, including a bunch of new app updates to boot.
Tabs and Tags: As users are now naturally used to browsing and managing the Web with tabbed interfaces, one is left to wonder why first-party developers never incorporated this into the native OS sooner. You can now browse your directories with similar Safari-like prowess. Mavericks also brings the ability to add tags to each file. Users can now label each file with a tag and color for quick indexed search.
Notifications: You … Read more
Apple's Notification Center feature that debuted in OS X 10.7 offers a central location for notices, warnings, and alerts that applications, the system, and other services might issue you. With this feature you can see incoming e-mail, messages, and App Store updates, among other details from programs that support it, or you can use custom utilities to create your own notifications.
Unfortunately Apple has made this feature a bit frustrating to deal with, especially for those who may not find it all too useful, or wanted. For those who wish to disable it, Apple has included a Do … Read more
OS X Mavericks offers a number of new features and enhancements to OS X, both in features you might use as well as under-the-hood optimizations; however, in order to take advantage of these you must first successfully install the OS, and this is where a few users have run into issues.
In some cases, people attempting to install the OS are running into a problem where the Mavericks installer claims the hard disk is damaged and needs to be repaired. Other times Mavericks might be hung up downloading from the Mac App Store, or never complete its final installation steps.… Read more
Apple rolled out a new version of iTunes designed to handle OS X Mavericks.
Released late Tuesday, iTunes 11.1.2 lists its major feature as support for Mavericks. Unveiled by Apple at its iPad launch event, Mavericks offers a host of new and improved features and apps and is free for all Mac OS X users.
iTunes 11.1.2 also adds support for those speaking Arabic and Hebrew languages and offers unspecified improvements in performance and stability.
Mac and Windows users can install the latest Apple music service by checking for updates directly in iTunes or downloading it … Read more
A Mac Pro manufactured in the US? Color me unimpressed.
Apple CEO Tim Cook made some waves in December when he said the company would pour $100 million into a manufacturing facility in the US to manufacture some Macs. It was unclear until yesterday just which Mac would get the "Made In USA" treatment.
"It will happen in 2013," he said in an interview with Bloomberg back in December. "We're really proud of it. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it's broader because we wanted to do something more substantial.&… Read more
One of the new features Apple has included in OS X Mavericks may help put to ease worries some might have about snooping from government agencies such as has been the case surrounding the National Security Agency recently.
According to Johnathan Mayer, a Stanford University computer science doctoral student and security researcher, in prior versions of OS X, online account information set up in the Accounts system preferences were synchronized unencrypted, meaning they could be intercepted en-route between your system and services like Google and Yahoo.
In Mavericks, Apple has set address book updates for these accounts to be only … Read more
With today's surprise release of the free OS X 10.9 Mavericks update, Apple's Maps app makes its way from your smartphone to the bigger screen of your Mac laptop or desktop.
Version 1.0 of the app features the smartphone app's soft color palette, 3D building data with the option for satellite imagery overlays, and more. Dig deeper and you'll also find syncing with your Mac's address book, integration with the new OS X calendar app, and the ability to quickly send addresses and routes to an Apple iOS device with just a single … Read more
After launching a $2 million ocean health challenge last month, the X Prize foundation has decided it wants to do even more to try to protect the Earth's oceans. The foundation announced on Tuesday that it is kicking off three more ocean-focused incentivized prize competitions.
The objective of each competition will be crowdsourced -- meaning that the X Prize foundation is asking the public to come up with what they believe should be the goal of each challenge. The foundation's aim is to get the three new X Prize competitions launched by 2020.
"At X Prize, we … Read more
Apple on Tuesday introduced its new iPad Air, a Retina Display iPad Mini, a new Mac Pro, and even a free upgrade to OS X Mavericks in a single step for Mac users still working on hardware as far back as an iMac from 2007.
There was no mention of an iWatch or the long-awaited and nearly mythical Apple HDTV, but clearly Tuesday's media event still served up plenty for Apple fans to get excited about.
We put it to you, CNET legionnaires: which bit of hardware or software news from Cupertino had you running to Apple.com as … Read more