The Mac – or “Macintosh” if we’re going back to 1984 – is the first computer to effectively market a graphical computer to the masses, all delivered by Apple (or, at the time, Apple Computer).

The Mac has gone through several stages of evolution and iteration since 1984, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Performa, Power Mac (including the G4 Cube!), iBook, and more. It remains one of the most popular computers you’ll see in business, schools, and homes today.

What Will We Do When Siri Picks Our Pocket?

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Hal9000 eye

A major problem with Artificial Intelligence (AI) development is that a time might come when AI’s are able to learn and teach themselves faster than humans can manage them. Recently, President Obama suggested AI’s that aren’t properly constrained and regulated could be unleashed on unsuspecting citizens and severely disadvantage them. Figuring out when to step in will be the great 21st century challenge for governments.

Get Detailed CPU Info From Mac's Command Line

· John Martellaro · Quick Tip

Terminal app

It’s easy to get hardware information about your Mac from “About This Mac.” But the command line data can provide some extra tidbits that the GUI leaves out. John shows you how to reveal detail of your CPU from the Terminal app.

This May be The 4K UHD Apple TV We've Been Waiting For

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

4th gen Apple TV with Siri

An Apple filing with the FCC looks very much like it might be a new 4K UHD, 5th generation Apple TV just in time for the December holiday period.  It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that the old 4th generation Apple TV from October 2015 had been delayed. And now we may be getting what we really wanted all along just one year later.

macOS Sierra Coming September 20

· Jeff Gamet · News

macOS Sierra website

Apple’s big focus today is the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, but that doesn’t mean the Mac didn’t get any love—or more precisely, macOS Sierra. Apple quietly updated the Sierra website on Wednesday to say the replacement for Mac OS X El Capitan will ship on September 20th.

The Mac Hunger Games and the Rapidly Fracturing Computer Marketplace

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

MacBook-iPad side by side

The personal computing industry is changing quickly. Again. Not long ago, there was a simple migration from Mac and PC desktops to notebooks. Then, Apple finally got the simple tablet right in 2010. However, basic tablets can’t do it all, and so Apple warmed to the iPad Pro concept. But the dust isn’t clearing. Rather the market is exploding in use cases and advanced technology. John tries to make sense of it all.

OS X: Use a Keyboard Shortcut for Display Mirroring

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Mirror Mac display

Using multiple monitors on your Mac? We’ve got a neat keyboard shortcut for you that’ll let you temporarily turn mirroring on and off again, so if you need to swap your Dock to a different display, you can! Check it out in today’s Quick Tip.

Blood in the Macintosh Water: Apple's Competitors Now Sense Weakness

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Concept of Macintosh, MacBook Pro with OLED strip

Apple’s competitors are sensing Macintosh weakness and are making bold moves. The MacBook Air hasn’t been updated since March, 2015. The Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini are very long of tooth. The latest iMac is coming up on a year old, and only the MacBook looks fresh. Soon, there may be much blood in the water.

Renaming Apple Products and Other Deck Chair Shuffles

· John Kheit · Editorial

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Since Apple is busy re-arranging deck chairs rather than actually making a new product, the least they can do is fix their wacked-out product naming scheme. John Kheit has some ideas on taming those names and modernizing Apple’s approach.

PSA: New Mac Malware Tries to Trick Less Savvy Users

· Bryan Chaffin · News

The KRACK hack is being patched

There’s new Mac malware in the wild aimed at users who may be a bit less savvy on the nerd scale. Discovered by Malwarebytes, this malware uses interface shenanigans to trick users into permitting other malware to be installed.

Apple's Mac Problem Could Soon be a Mac Crisis

· John Martellaro · TMO Linked Teasers

iMac and MacBook Pro

Apple is long overdue for a refresh of its Macintosh line. The last Mac mini update was October 2014. The 2013 Mac Pro has never been updated. The last MacBook Pro (15-inch) was updated in May of 2015. The company still sells a 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro with a SuperDrive. Only the iMac and MacBook lines are less than a year old. The Verge lays it all out and questions why Apple isn’t keeping most of its Macs more current. Yet there are glimmers of hope. It’s all on page 2 of Friday’s Particle Debris.

Make Your Mac Clipboard Work Smarter

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Mac on a clipboard

If you use a Mac you’ve surely used the clipboard many times. But do you understand what the clipboard is and how it works? More importantly, do you know the simple tricks — like keyboard shortcuts utilities that offer multiple clipboards — that make it work smarter? Dr. Mac has you covered.

How to Create an iCloud Shared Album

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Are you looking for an easy and secure way to instantly share your vacation photos with friends and family? We’ll show you how to set up an iCloud Shared Album in today’s Quick Tip. Come check it out!

The Macintosh Product Line Will Soon Change Before Our Eyes

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Concept of Macintosh, MacBook Pro with OLED strip

There are certain Macintosh products that are carry overs from the past and there are top selling Macs that suggest the future of Apple. While some suggest that the transformation of the product line means the end of the Mac, John Martellaro suspects there could also be a glorious new beginning.

Dropbox: Using Selective Sync

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you use Dropbox, you’ve gotta check out how to use its Selective Sync feature. This’ll let you remove folders from your Mac (but not from Dropbox’s website or any other computers you’re syncing with!), so if you need to reclaim some space on one of your machines, you can easily do so. We’ll give you the scoop in this Quick Tip.

Backdoor.MAC.Elanor Malware Access Mac Webcams, Steals Data, More

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac with monsters

There’s a new Mac malware threat in the wild dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Elanor that’s particularly nasty because it lets attackers take control of your Mac’s camera, download data from your computer, and remotely run code. Mac users can fall victim to the threat by downloading what otherwise appears to be a legit app and has even shown up on some mainstream Mac software repositories.

OS X Pages: Converting Documents to PDF

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Pages Icon

Using Pages, Apple’s document-creation program, you can export your documents to PDF, Word, plain text, and even ePub formats to send to other people. Sharing is the name of the game in this Quick Tip!

OS X: Safari's "Close Other Tabs" Option

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about a nifty little Safari feature that’ll let you close all of the tabs you’re not using, in a flash! We’ve got the details on the different ways you can do this, so come read all about it.

6 Great Display Choices for Your MacBook Pro and Mac Pro

· Jeff Gamet · News

MacBook Pro with 4K display

Apple is getting out of the stand-alone display market—at least for now—and says there are plenty of third-party alternatives to its now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Sorting out which display to buy can be a little intimidating, so The Mac Observer put together a list with some great 4K, 5K, and HD options to help make your shopping a little easier.

OS X: Using Policy Banner for Custom Login Screens

· Melissa Holt · News

iMac with custom message screen

You may know that you can set a custom message on your Mac’s lock screen, so if someone takes or finds your computer, he’ll have an easy way to contact you. However, if you’re an administrator who manages multiple machines, there’s also a built-in way to add a policy banner, which’ll make anyone who logs in click an “Accept” button to continue.