Change the Notification Center banner dwell time in OS X

Apple's Notification Center in OS X is a relatively new service that offers notifications along the right-hand side of your desktop. This service is used by both third-party applications and Apple programs and services, and offers two configurable notification types: Banners and Alerts.

These two types differ in that alerts will stay present until you interact with one of their buttons, and banners will appear for a short while and then disappear from view. While useful for a quick notice while you are at your system, the default banner dwell time of a few seconds might be either too … Read more

Review: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks


Free: Mac OS updates are typically a paid upgrade, but Apple has finally embraced the free distribution model, including a bunch of new app updates to boot.

Tabs and Tags: As users are now naturally used to browsing and managing the Web with tabbed interfaces, one is left to wonder why first-party developers never incorporated this into the native OS sooner. You can now browse your directories with similar Safari-like prowess. Mavericks also brings the ability to add tags to each file. Users can now label each file with a tag and color for quick indexed search.

Notifications: You … Read more

Review: Lion Designer for Mac makes customizing your Mac OS X much easier

With its basic, but well-rendered interface, Lion Designer for Mac makes it easy for users to change a number of appearance features on their Mac OS X. In addition to options for changing Mission Control, Dashboard, and Launchpad backgrounds, it offers users the ability to modify FaceTime preferences, log-in and desktop icons, and Mission Control and Launchpad animations.

Lion Designer for Mac opens immediately into a well-designed, visually appealing main interface. Three buttons along the top allow users to check for program updates, revert back to all defaults, and activate an example manager. A check box also initiates a tutorial, … Read more

Apple's OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 update arrives

After nearly three months of beta testing with developers, Apple has rolled out another update to its desktop operating system.

OS X 10.8.5, which went out as a free update on Thursday, brings a handful of bug fixes and security patches. Key among them is a fix for a bug in Apple's mail software that would keep the program from displaying messages, the company said in its change log, pasted below:

The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of … Read more

The 404 1,322: Where our bark is worse than our roar (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- OkCupid stakeout finds men prefer women who cheat.

- Digital era threatens tenuous future of drive-ins.

- Chinese zoo takes heat for trying to pass dog off as lion.… Read more

Crave Ep. 132: Spaceglasses turn your face into an interface

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We take a first look at Spaceglasses and augment our reality. Find out who the most searched for superhero is on YouTube? And don't get hacked by toilet hackers. … Read more

The 404 1,316: Where baby got back buttons (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- CNET goes hands-on with the new LG G2 phone.

- Why 4.7 inches is the perfect screen size for the next iPhone.

- iPhone holds value better than do Samsung phones -- analyst.

- LG G2 specs versus Galaxy S4, Moto X, HTC One.

- Snoop is selling Snoopify in-app purchases for $100, and people are actually buying it.

- And just for the hell of it, here's Bridget Carey all Snoopified.… Read more

Snoop Lion sells $100 digital pot stickers; people buy

In my regular chronicling of the Apocalypse's approach, there are occasional bright spots of hope.

This is clearly one.

For it has reached an area between my temples that Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as a Dogg) is selling $100 digital stickers.

Alright, they're $99.99, but I am in no state to quibble when I'm still confused about how a man who was a dog can now be a cat.

These stickers are especially artistic. They feature a marijuana joint that emits colored smoke, a few sparkles and can hypnotize you into believing that you are, indeed, a famous rock star.… Read more

How to overcome problems with OS X Dictation

The dictation service Apple introduced in OS X Mountain Lion offers a convenient option to input text by speaking to your computer. When enabled by activating with the Function keys, the service will accept a small recorded spoken phrase which it sends to Apple where it's transcribed and returned as a text string to be entered at the point of the cursor.

This setup can work nicely, but does have a few configuration requirements to enable it to work properly, so there may be one of several causes for why the service might not work as expected.

First, if … Read more

Mountain Lion Macs will run Mavericks -- report

If you're running a Mac with Mountain Lion on it, you shouldn't have any trouble running Apple's latest operating system.

All Macs that are currently capable of running Mountain Lion will be able to run OS X Mavericks, people who claim to have knowledge of the software told AppleInsider in a story published Tuesday. This means that iMacs from mid-2007 and later, MacBooks and MacBook Airs dating back to 2008, and MacBook Pros from 2007 will work just fine.

It's important to note, however, that the information AppleInsider reported on is only for the developer preview … Read more