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Apple slates WWDC for June 2-6, sets up ticket lottery

Apple today announced that its annual developers conference will run June 2-6, and that it's copying Google's method of assigning tickets through a random drawing.
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Apple patches Safari's Pwn2Own vulnerability, two-dozen other critical bugs

Apple on Tuesday patched the security vulnerability in Safari that was successfully exploited at last month's Pwn2Own hacking contest, where a team cracked the browser to win $65,000.

Google Now alerts hit desktop Chrome, OS subversion continues

Google yesterday began rolling out Google Now notifications to users of its desktop browsers on Microsoft's Windows and Apple's OS X.

Microsoft's free OneNote vaults to top of Mac App Store chart

Microsoft's OneNote jumped to the top of the free application chart on Apple's Mac App Store shortly after its Monday launch.

New boycott called on Apple products for toxic chemical use

Green America, a D.C.-based non-profit group, and The Nation magazine launched a campaign Wednesday intended to persuade consumers to boycott Apple products unless the company makes changes in its production and supply chain operations.

OS upgrades: Cheap is better than pricey, free is better than cheap

Lowering the price of an operating system upgrade boosts its uptake five-fold, but pushing it out for free speeds uptake as much as 12 times, data from an analytics company shows.

Apple retires Snow Leopard from support, leaves 1 in 5 Macs vulnerable to attacks

Apple on Tuesday made it clear that it will no longer patch OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, when it again declined to offer a security update for the four-and-a-half-year-old operating system.

German security firm offers unauthorized patch for critical encryption bug in OS X Mavericks

A German security company has released an unauthorized patch for Apple's OS X Mavericks that it claimed closes the hole the Cupertino, Calif. giant left wide open in the operating system's implementation of basic Internet encryption.

Hey Microsoft, where's the next Mac Office?

Microsoft is behind the schedule it used for the last several iterations of Office for the Mac, and has not breathed a word about its Mac intentions.

iTunes is almost as big a biz as OEM Windows

Apple's iTunes, software and services group generated almost as much revenue in 2013 as the Microsoft division responsible for licensing Windows to computer and smartphone makers, according to comparisons of the companies' financial statements.

Mac OS X In Depth

Hands on: Apple's Mac Pro is the fastest Mac ever

One thing is certain: You won't mistake Apple's powerful new Mac Pro for any other desktop computer. And it has the computing chops to match its high-style look.

24 milestones in the Mac's 30-year history

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the now-iconic Apple Macintosh computer. Columnist Ryan Faas looks back over the past three decades at some of the highlights and lowlights of the Mac's -- and Apple's -- evolution.

2014: Does Apple still look doomed?

Don't be fooled by the company's rocky 2013. There are strong signs that it has turned the corner.

New tech device? Make the most of it

If you got a new smartphone, tablet or computer for the holidays, these Computerworld stories can help you get acquainted with new OSes, find great apps and accessories, safely dispose of your old devices and more.

How Apple is playing hardball with Microsoft

Tucked in amongst Apple's several hardware debuts last month was word that the company will stop charging for OS X and iWork. Why is Apple willing to forgo this small revenue stream? How might it affect IT buyers? The move is interesting on several fronts.

Review: Hands on with the new Haswell chip iMac

Apple updated its iMac line in September, adding Haswell chips, faster storage options and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi while leaving the stylish look intact. Columnist Michael deAgonia explains what's new and what's not.

OS X Mavericks review: Different name, looks the same

Apple's new desktop/laptop operating system, OS X Mavericks, looks and works a lot like its predecessor. But that doesn't mean Apple hasn't made it a better OS for users. Michael deAgonia explains what's new and what's not.

Scot Finnie: Is Apple OK?

It has stumbled under Tim Cook, and 2013 has been mighty thin in terms of product launches. Can it still do amazing things?

What makes OS X Mavericks so special?

OS X might not be getting as much attention this year as iOS 7, but as is usually the case, Apple is refining OS X to make it work better for users, says columnist Michael deAgonia.

IT will have a love-hate relationship with iOS 7, OS X Mavericks and iCloud

Consumers and business users alike will find things to love about OS X Mavericks and iOS 7, says columnist Ryan Faas. But for enterprise IT pros, this week's announcements are a mixed bag.