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New iPad Air, OS X Mavericks Released and More Announcements from Today’s Apple Media Event

Yes, they announced a new iPad. Yes, it's basically a thinner, faster iPad.

Today, Apple announced new iPads, new MacBook Pro models, and that OS X Mavericks will be available starting today as a free upgrade. We've got all of those highlights and more from their special media event.

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Is Your Mac Running Too Smoothly? Type These 8 Characters to Crash Almost Any Program

I've used Macs for most of my adult computing life. They're normally very stable machines, but they're not perfect, and a new flaw proves it. It turns out if you type "File:///" (no quotes) into most programs on a system running Mac OS X, that program will crash. I tested this bug out in a number of programs, and almost all of them quit immediately. This reportedly only works in the current Mountain Lion version of OS X, so maybe it's a cool new feature? Will "File:///" replace Command-Q?

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Sad Times: Twitter to Stop Development of Beloved OS X Twitter Client

There isn't one Twitter client that compiles all of the neat features spread across the world of Twitter clients into one package. The best Twitter client I've personally found happens to be the official Twitter client for OS X, available on the Mac App Store. Mainly, its smooth, clean, and lightweight interface, along with its highly customizable notification features and Global Tweet button, make this client my preferred method of tweeting. Unfortunately, it's only available on OS X. Even more unfortunately, word on the digital street is that Twitter will cease development of this client. So, we can all still use it and clutch our Global Tweet button close to our chests, but if you were hoping for the ability to schedule a tweet in a future update, don't hold your breath.

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Apple No Longer Claims It’s Immune to Viruses

Apple, widely known for being essentially immune to viruses has now changed the wording on its website to clarify that Mac computers aren't in fact immune to malware. Until recently, Apple's "Why Buy Mac" page, which touts the benefits of OS X, displayed an icon that claimed a Mac "doesn't get PC viruses." Now, instead, it reads that a Mac is "built to be safe." It's an amusing little change, and one that's quite noteworthy coming from Apple.

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Latest Apple Security Update Exposes User Passwords

Mac users are still reeling from the Flashback, the nasty OS X malware which illustrated painfully that even Apple users are vulnerable to attack. Now it seems that Apple is following that up with the embarrassing revelation that the latest update, Mac OS 10.7.3, exposes passwords for certain users. The scenario where this information is exposed is very specific, but it is nonetheless disquieting.

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And Just Like That, Another Mac OS X Trojan Found in the Wild

Though Macs aren't exactly less vulnerable to viruses as Windows computers, they've always experienced less -- mostly because there were a lot less people using Macs, thus a lot less people making viruses to infect them. Not too long ago, news broke that a malicious OS X virus spread around the digital tubes, infecting over half a million computers. Now, only a little over a week later, we get news that another OSX Trojan is circulating around our digital domain.

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Apple Already Announces OS X Mountain Lion, Is More Like iOS

Though OS X Lion only released last July, less than one year ago, Apple has announced the next upgrade to their operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, obviously taking a cue from Leopard's jump to Snow Leopard. This iteration of Apple's desktop operating system will be more like its mobile operating system, iOS, than ever, with the inclusion of some new features, as well as iCloud being bandied about the operating system like never before.

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The Secret is Out: Clever Easter Egg Found in Dropbox

Dropbox, the handy cloud storage service, has quickly become a stalwart companion for people looking to sync files across multiple computers or to share files with others. What users probably haven't realized is that the minds behind the service have a pretty good sense of humor, and hid a fun easter egg in the service. So far the trick only appears to work for OS X users, and seems to have been hidden in April, but only just now been discovered. It can be accessed by changing the name of a file (or folder) in your Dropbox folder to a series of pre-set phrases. Doing so causes a window to appear that scrolls through pictures and quotes from many of the Dropbox developers, followed by a special thanks and some words of wisdom. There's also a shoutout to Google, Microsoft, and Apple, perhaps a reference to those companies new interest in cloud-based services pioneered by companies like Dropbox.

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OS X Lion Packs a Nifty, Hidden Wi-Fi Monitoring Tool

Despite all its weird foibles (and oh man, there are foibles) of Lion, Apple's latest iteration of its operating system for computers, it packs some pretty useful little tools under the hood that you probably didn't even know were there. One such tool is Wi-Fi Diagnostics, which gives you a real-time look at your Wi-Fi signal. To get to the app, navigate through your file tree thusly: /System/Library/CoreServices. (Alternatively, in the Finder you can hit command+shift+g and just type in /System/Library/CoreServices.) Once there, scroll down through the list of files to the Wi-Fi Diagnostics app and double click it. The app lets you select from a number of services; to see what's going down on your network, just click the Monitor Preferences button and hit Continue. Easy. The information the app spits out is pretty technical, but if you're wondering whether the Internet is down or if your Wi-Fi connection is wonky, it could give you the answer.

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Mac OS X Gets Its Very Own Fake, Malicious Antivirus Program

Need proof that Mac is catching up to Windows in a big way? Security firm Intego reports that it has recently observed in the wild a malicious, fake 'antivirus' app appearing on computers running Apple's Mac OS X operating system. Windows, of course, has been host to such programs for about as long as the Internet has existed. Apple's fake, malicious antivirus program has a much slicker interface, though. Called "MAC Defender," the app functions similarly to comparable PC scam programs: It claims that the user's computer has been infected with viruses and asks the user to pay for the program via credit card. Protip: Don't provide your credit card number to MAC Defender.

Intego notes that the application is visually well designed and doesn't have numerous misspellings or other errors common to such malware on Windows, though it does seem to contain some sketchy grammar. The software will periodically display Growl alerts that various fake malware has been detected, and also periodically opens porn websites in the default browser, perhaps leading a user to believe the detected malware "threats" are real. Users are then directed to an insecure website to pay for a license and "clean" the malware infections. However, buying the license merely stops the fake alerts from popping up, but your money and credit card info is now in the hands of hackers.
Remember: The notion that Macs can't get viruses or malware is a myth. (Intego via Ars)

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The Best Games in the Mac App Store at Launch

The Mac App Store launched earlier today, bringing the relative ease and slight addictiveness of obtaining programs the iOS way to Apple's computers, finally allowing OS X users to nickel-and-dime our e-wallets to death the way all those iPhone and iPad users get to. Upon browsing the store, in the midst of the obligatory litany of throw-away games and limited demos masquerading as free games lies a decent amount of extremely worthwhile and critically acclaimed games -- something most platforms don't generally accomplish at launch.

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Apple’s Back to the Mac Event: Announcement Roundup

Apple held its "Back to the Mac" event and streamed it across the Internet for all to see. The big announcements were a new iLife suite, FaceTime coming to OS X, a new version of OS X dubbed "Lion," a new MacBook Air, and the Mac App Store. Head past the jump for details and screenshots.

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Apple’s “Back to the Mac” Announcement Kicks Off at 1pm EDT: How to Follow

Apple's Back to the Mac announcement is scheduled to begin at 1pm EDT: While some details of the announcement appear to have leaked via Apple's forums, including a new MacBook Air, iLife '11, and a possible mystery product, no one yet knows for certain what's in store. It seems pretty likely that the announcement will tease a new version of Mac OS X, tentatively known as "Lion" to the blogosphere thanks to the promotional picture Apple sent out last week (left); however, it's unclear whether that'd be ready to go on people's computers anytime soon or would merely be a sneak peek, consistent with Apple's schedule of releasing the past three updates two years apart each; then again, the rules may be different now. Update: We've written a comprehensive roundup of all the big announcements this afternoon.

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Google Inc. Dropping Windows Over Security Concerns

Yet more fallout from Google's Chinese security breach earlier this year: According to the Financial Times, Google is phasing out support for all versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system, calling the change a "security effort."

According to the report, since the attacks on Google by Chinese hackers in January, new Google employees have been given a choice between OS X and Linux. "'Linux is open source and we feel good about it,” said one employee. “Microsoft we don’t feel so good about.'"

Kind of like Windows 7? Want to give Microsoft a chance? Well, you'll need lots of top-level corporate approval to do so:

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Mac OS X 10.6.3 Is Here: Third Update to Snow Leopard

Windows users, UbuntuHeads -- feel free to skip this post. But our internal stats suggest that a fair number of our readers are Mac users, and you all may be interested to know that Apple has just released Mac OS X 10.6.3, the third update to their Snow Leopard operating system.

Installation info and upgrade details after the jump:

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Man Converts Original 1984 Macintosh to Run Snow Leopard … And You Can Too

MacHeads are a competitive, obsessive bunch, but graphic designer and Instructables member gmjhowe may have just secured himself a place in the Apple pantheon: He took an original 1984 Macintosh computer, with its princely 8mhz processor, and converted it to run OS X Snow Leopard. He also posted instructions on how you, too can do so, provided you've got patience, tech skills, and a fairly substantial budget:

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