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So long, and thanks for all the fish

As you may have heard, TUAW is being archived by its parent company AOL. The 10+ years of content that our talented team of writers and editors have crafted are due be folded into our sister site Engadget, where you'll be able to check out the archives.<p>It's been a long haul for us, from the heady …

There's magic everywhere

The past couple of articles I've written about Apple may paint the company in a negative light. One might misinterpret those posts as saying "Apple is doomed." I think given profitability, cash on hand and product pipeline, that is a ridiculous statement.<p>Apple is moving faster, with more products …

Realmac's Typed.com Indiegogo campaign: Building a sustainable blogging service

Back in the early days of December 2014, TUAW ran a review of Typed (US$19.99), a very minimalist blogging app for OS X from Realmac Software that works with a number of blogging platforms including WordPress and Blogger. Now the company has launched an Indiegogo campaign for Typed.com, billed as a …

Mac 101: Option-select those columns

It's fitting that this is my last Mac 101 tip for TUAW, because it's one of the first "whoa, how did you do <i>that?</i>" tricks I learned as a desktop publishing newbie way, way back in the day. Like, Word and PageMaker on System 5, 1988-vintage back in the day, when I was learning how to write, edit and …

The end of an era

The news that TUAW is being shut down came as quite a shock to me, having missed some of the rumors floating around the Internet about AOL's possible plans.<p>Those of you who pay attention to author's bylines on posts will probably notice that I haven't posted here in quite a while. While I've been …

Remember the GT Advanced sapphire facility? It's going to be a command center for Apple

CNBC reported today that the GT Advanced plant in Mesa, Arizona, originally tasked with the job of making sapphire for screens, buttons, and other bits and pieces of Apple gear, is now going to be taken over by the company that allegedly caused GT Advanced to go out of business -- Apple.<p>Apple will …

Well I hope Neil Young will remember, an iPhone man don't need him around anyhow

Remember Neil Young's PonoPlayer? The Kickstarter campaign for the vintage rocker's "revolution in music listening" raised a huge US$6.2 million, with notables like Norah Jones, Elvis Costello and Tom Petty spouting about how the new $400 music playing box made them "feel the music" more than …

Some final thoughts...

It's been quite a ride for more than 6 years starting when Lead Editor Mike Rose invited me to come aboard after reading some things I had written.<p>The iPhone had been out for less than a year... the Mac was selling but seemed destined to lose the desktop wars. Now Apple is the darling of Wall …

Apple planning a $5 billion bond offering

Thanks to the fun and excitement of financial accounting, even companies with $178 billion in cash need to incur some debt every once in a while. That's exactly what Apple has in store for the near future, filing a bond sale prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the amount of $5 …

Live at 10pm tonight: It's The End Of The World As We Know It, final Sunday "Talkcast"

It may be Superbowl Sunday, but for those of us who have enjoyed reading, contributing to or editing The Unofficial Apple Weblog it's anything <i>but</i> super. As you all know, our parent company has lowered the curtain on this motley crew, and we are set to officially cease publication on Tuesday of next …

TUAW ceasing publication on February 3, 2015

We're probably the last tech site to report on our own demise, but we ask your forgiveness -- it's been a rough couple of days.<p>Yes, TUAW will be ceasing publication this week. Expect to see our last posts sometime on Tuesday, February 3. You'll probably see some personal farewells from a number of …

BitTorrent Sync gives you the flexibility to sync anything

Several months ago I started replacing Dropbox with BitTorrent Sync ("BTS" for short) for my file-syncing needs, and I couldn't be happier with the results. One study showed BTS was up to <i>16 times</i> faster than syncing to the cloud.<p>Let me walk you through some of the features and some of the reason …

Hocus Focus hides inactive apps automatically

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who like a nice, clean virtual workspace, and John Siracusa. If you're closer to the former than the latter, check out Hocus Focus - a Mac menu bar app which automatically hides inactive apps.<p>At first, Hocus Focus may remind you of Spirited Away …

This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.<p>Apps Now Free<p><b>Axe in Face [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99]</b> Axe in Face - Defense of the …

The Week in Review: news and features you don't want to miss

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:<p>News<p>Apple R&D spending reached record levels last quarter<br>• Microsoft Outlook now …

A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:<p>PicoPro: A laser projector about the size of an iPhone 6 Plus<br>• iMacompanion: Kickstarted accessory puts a USB …

All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may have missed:<p>Puppet Punch brings arcade action to …

And a final bonus Caturday: Graham's MacBook Air

Every once in a while there is a Caturday submission that has such a cute cat and great back story that it just calls out for more than one photo. This kitten is Graham, and owner Rob Waag tells the story:<p><i>Graham is a seven month old kitten that was rescued by my wife. He had been hit by a car and</i> …

Here's how to stream the Super Bowl on your Apple devices

This Sunday is Super Bowl XLIX featuring the Seahawks, the Patriots, and, hopefully, properly inflated balls. You can watch the big game on your TV if you can pick up a signal, but what about if you've cut the cord to cable or don't have a solid digital tuner? Don't worry, your Apple devices are …

Vine has released a special version of the app specifically for kids

Vine is a wonderful world of content -- adorable pets, occasionally brilliant sketch comedy, the odd heartfelt message of hope -- but it isn't one you'd want your children using unsupervised. Vine apparently agreed, and today launched Vine for Kids, a special version of the app free of the filth …

Folderol: An amazingly useful OS X utility by one of TUAW's finest

While we're busy closing down shop here at TUAW, I thought that I'd write one final app review. It's fitting that it's an app by Aunt TUAW herself, Erica Sadun. Folderol (US$2.99) is a surprisingly useful and fun utility that does one thing very well -- it applies custom colors and images to …

Apple releases iTunes 12.1

Apple has released the iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, which introduces a new iTunes control widget for Notification Center. Using the widget, users can see which song is currently playing and pause, skip, or favorite a track. If you regularly use the Mini Player you'll already be familiar with the …

Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.<p>Apps Now Free<p><b>App for Instagram - InstaFeed [OS X; Now free, down from $4.99]</b> Experience …

Yahoo updates its news and lifestyle app with more interactive features

Yahoo has a bunch of apps for iOS, including Yahoo Mail, Weather, Finance and others. The primary Yahoo app (free) is what has just received an update. This app features a blend of news with Yahoo's interactive lifestyle magazines.<p>The Yahoo app has been slightly retooled visually, and there are …

Daily Deals for January 30, 2015, The Beats by Dre Giveaway

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.<p>All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly. TUAW is not responsible for third-party deals and …

Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.<p>Apps Now Free<p><b>Zero Age [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99]</b> Acquire Beam powers and …

Indigo Prophecy is coming to deliver nightmares to your iOS device

When Indigo Prophecy -- also known as Fahrenheit outside of North America -- was released in 2005, it slowly started to build a rabid cult following with its cinematic brand of horror adventure gaming. Wedged uncomfortably somewhere between the X-Files and Silence of the Lambs, Indigo Prophecy is …

Daily Deals for January 29, 2015, Set the mood from your iPhone with the Revogi smartbulb

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.<p>All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly. TUAW is not responsible for third-party deals and …

Facebook's Paper app updated with improved photo sharing

We're fans of Facebook's Paper here at TUAW. It's a handy alternative to Facebook's main iPhone app, which lets you bypass downloading the Messenger app. Paper has just received a new update which makes finding and sharing your favorite photos easier.<p>Version 1.2.5 introduces an improved camera roll …

PicoPro: A laser projector about the size of an iPhone 6 Plus

Several times in the past, TUAW has done reviews of pico projectors - projectors that are <i>so</i> small that they can be slipped into a pocket on a backpack or in a briefcase. Designed to make presentations on the road less burdensome, pico projectors have always had one Achilles Heel - the visual …