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2/11/2010
The Most Efficient iPhone Developers
By Ben Lorica -
Last week marked the first time the U.S. iTunes store had over 150,000 apps available. Close to 31,000 different developers (or "sellers") were responsible for those apps, with many offering one to five apps, while a few offered over a hundred different apps.

Which developers consistently produce top-selling apps? I examined the percentage of apps produced by a developer that became best-sellers. To identify best-selling apps, I used the Top 100 Free and Top 100 Paid, and the recently launched Top 100 Grossing apps lists.
 


2/08/2010
Working with Geo-Tagged Photos in iPhoto and Preview
Author John Tollett explains how to add and use location information (geo-tags), mapping your photos to show where they were taken.

Geo-tagging adds GPS location data to a photo. Software that can recognize this data can show you a map of the location where the photo was taken. After you return from traveling or hiking, for example, this location data can tell you where you were when you snapped a specific photo. If you've never geo-tagged your photos, you're missing out on some fun, interesting, and even useful stuff.
 


2/05/2010
What Is Mac OS X?
OS X is often misunderstood, regarded as a pretty version of FreeBSD, a microkernel, and various other things. In this article, David Chisnall, author of Cocoa Programming Developer's Handbook, looks at what is really at the core of Apple's operating system and where it came from.

I've read lots of claims about Mac OS X. It's a Linux distribution (my personal favorite), it's just FreeBSD with a pretty window manager, it's Mach with a BSD userland, it's just something copied from NeXT. All of these contain some grains of truth, but none of them is really accurate. In this article, I'm going to take a look at exactly what OS X is and try to clear up some of the misconceptions about it.
 


2/03/2010
What to Do When Your Mac's Hard Disk Runs Out of Space
Your hard drive once seemed impossibly huge, but now you're running out of room. What can you delete safely? Maria Langer helps you decide how to perform triage on both data and Mac system files.

It's happened to all of us. We buy a new computer with a hard disk so big we're convinced we could never fill it up. Six months or a year later, we wonder where all that free space went and we worry about having enough space for the next six months.
 


2/02/2010
Getting Ready for Macworld Expo & Conference 2010
With Macworld Expo & Conference 2010 mere days away, it is about time to stop worrying over what it means that Apple has pulled out of the show; to put aside the discussions about how revolutionary the iPad really is; and, instead, to focus on what will be happening at Moscone Center in San Francisco next week.
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2/01/2010
Use iMovie to Share Videos on YouTube, MobileMe Gallery, and iPhone
John Tollett shows how to use iMovie to share your videos with your pals worldwide.
iMovie makes it crazy easy to create movies quickly and share them with other people. All you have to do is import video from your camera, create an iMovie project, drag video clips into the project, and then choose one of the sharing options from iMovie's Share menu.
 


1/29/2010
Web developers can rule the iPad
Arise, web developers! Our time has come to dominate! A lot of tech commentators seem disappointed that the iPad feels more like an evolutionary step than a revolutionary step. For one group of technologists, though, the iPad is an opportunity for revolution, to take center stage in creating experiences users will want, and even want to buy. The iPad is all about consuming content, but most of the conversation about that content has seen it in traditional silos...
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Snow Leopard: The Underhyped APIs
A number of new features in OS X 10.6 were the subject of a lot of hype. David Chisnall uses this article to look at some of the new APIs that didn't receive much publicity. Ones that will make life much easier for developers.
 


1/28/2010
Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.6: Using File Services
This chapter addresses the topic of using Mac OS X Server to share files across a network, including how to set up share points with appropriate access settings and configure the specific sharing protocols that Mac OS X Server will use.
 


11/20/2009
Mac OS X Support Essentials: File Systems
In this chapter, you will examine the storage technology used by Mac OS X. Storage hardware like disk drives and RAID will be covered alongside logical storage concepts like partitions and volumes. Naturally, you will learn how to properly manage and troubleshoot these storage assets as well. Finally, you will also learn to manage storage security through ownership, permissions, and access control lists (ACLs).
 


Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Pocket Guide: Applications and the Dock
This chapter covers how to run applications, as well as how to install and update them. And we can't talk about applications without looking at the Dock, Apple's go-to place for accessing applications
 


10/09/2009
Surfin' Safari: Using the Safari Web Browser on Your iPhone
Scott Kelby and Terry White tell you everything you need to know about using the Safari web browser on your iPhone.
"Now you gotta admitthe Beach Boys' classic hit "Surfin' Safari" is just about as perfect a title for a chapter on using the Safari Web browser as you can get. But as you know, that's where the cohesiveness ends on this page, because the rest of this paragraph really has nothing to do with browsing the Web, or safaris, or even the iPhone for that matter. That's right, this is my "special time" where you and I get to bond on a level that I normally reserve only for close personal friends and men's room attendants. You see, when someone has read as much of this book as you have, a very magical thing happens. It's a magical moment of extreme clarity we both share simultaneously (but not at the same time), and although we experience this together, we do it totally separately, but still as one (which isn't easy to do). For example, it's that moment when you realize that you've already invested so much time in this book that you really can't stop now and you're "in it for the long haul." For me, it's the moment when I realize that you've had the book so long now you can't really return it for a refund. You see, it really is magical. So, put down the book, and take just a moment to close your eyes, breathe deeply, and just let your mind drift off to a place where it doesn't matter that the chapter introduction doesn't actually relate to the content in the coming chapter. That type of thing no longer matters to you because in your mind you're finally freefree to finally reach out and touch that existential neo-ocular nirvana that can only happen in Seattle. I have no idea how to end this gracefully. Hey! Quicklook over there!"
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Using Mail and Calendar on your iPhone
From Peachpit Press...
Christopher Breen shows you how to use iPhone's Mail and Calendar apps, as well as how to configure your iPhone to work with any number of other email clients. Seeking a less-immediate way to communicate than the phone or messaging? Can't figure out how to copy your notes and photos from your iPhone to a computer that's not synced with your iPhone or how to receive documents that you can view on your iPhone? Or is your life so tied to email that you can't stand to be away from your computer for more than a couple of hours? If so, you and the iPhone's Mail application are about to become best friends.

Portable email is a real boon, and so is knowing where you're supposed to be from one minute to the next. To help with the latter, the iPhone includes a Calendar application that lets you sync your schedule with your Mac or Windows PC, as well as create calendar events on the go. In this chapter, I explain the ins and outs of both applications.
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8/28/2009
My New Mac, Snow Leopard Edition
Press release from No Starch Press
San Francisco, CA, --Come this September, new Macs will ship with the Snow Leopard operating system. Apple says this version of OS X is "faster, more reliable, and easier to use," and it probably will be for many. But how about those who find computers (even Macs) just a little bit confusing? Or users making the move from Windows to Snow Leopard?

For anyone entering the brave new world of the Macintosh operating system, geek book publisher No Starch Press offers My New Mac, Snow Leopard Edition. "This is a project-based, get-it-done-without-a-lot-of-fuss guide to using a Mac--not a tedious and boring manual," said No Starch Press Publisher Bill Pollock, "because who wants to read those anyway?"

In this completely revised and updated edition of his best-selling "My New Mac," Wallace Wang, (author of My New iPhone and Steal This Computer Book), walks readers through 52 useful projects that will have them doing useful things with their Mac right away. "'My New Mac' is a different kind of book, because the Macintosh is a different kind of computer," explains Wang. "Instead of burdening users with technical details, the Macintosh lets them get useful stuff done right away. That's why I designed My New Mac as a project-oriented book that focuses on accomplishing specific tasks, rather than a book that lists all of the possible menu options."

Hailed by Macworld as "highly recommended for newbies and switchers," the first edition of My New Mac is a best-seller in Apple Stores and bookstores around the world. This completely revised Snow Leopard edition adds coverage of the newest Snow Leopard features, while retaining the simple, no-nonsense style that made the first edition such a success. According to InfoWorld, "Wallace Wang has hit the nail on the head...some people just learn better and faster by doing projects rather than trying to stay awake doing tedious lessons."

My New Mac's projects cover topics like organizing music with iTunes, tracking birthdays with iCal, and clipping and saving information from the Internet. Readers learn how to:
  • Organize files and folders by color and keyword
  • Connect to the Internet, chat with friends, and listen to online radio stations
  • Install and update software--and remove unwanted programs
  • Set up and manage parental controls to limit kids' computer and Internet access
  • Share songs, images, and documents with other computers wirelessly
  • Use the built-in firewall and keep their computer and information safe from intruders
For those who need a little help navigating a new Mac, My New Mac, Snow Leopard Edition is a welcome companion.
Additional Resources
Project 15, "Putting Your Information at Your Fingertips with Dashboard" (PDF)
Table of contents overview
Detailed table of contents
 


8/17/2009
Five Cool and Useful Techniques for iMovie '09 and iDVD
It would be easy to overlook some video-editing and DVD-creation features in iMovie '09 and iDVD, as they aren't immediately apparent to a new (or even longtime) user. But these tips from Jeff Carlson, author of iMovie 09 and iDVD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, are immediately useful - and loads of fun.

iMovie '09 is a huge update to Apple's consumer video-editing software -- one of those releases where the flagship new features, such as image stabilization or the Precision Editor, really represent just the top crust of what's been baked in.
 


 


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