Microsoft Office for the iPad

Looks like Microsoft is finally releasing the Kraken, er, I mean Office for iPad. According to the Verge, it will be announced by new CEO Satya Nadella next week at a special event focused on ‘mobile first, cloud first’ event in San Francisco.

Microsoft has been working on the software for a number of months now, having first introduced an iOS version of Office for the iPhone in June last year. We understand the iPad variant of Office will be similar to the iPhone version, and will require an Office 365 subscription for editing. We’re told that document creation and editing is fully supported for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. Overall, the interface and features are expected to be similar to the existing iPhone version.

No word on what pricing will be, but it’s safe to assume it will be inline with the Office for iPhone version.


Category: News

MacNN: Apple dodged taxes on $8.9B in Australian profits

When it comes to Apple and headlines, details matter. For the longest time, certain parties in the tech press (and traditional press) have used sensationalistic headlines with Apple in the title to grab page views. Page views = ad revenue, so nobody should be surprised at this tactic.

However, seeing MacNN engage in this behavior is disappointing. (more…)


Category: Blog Watch,Jackassery,Opinion

End of the upgradeable portable Mac?

In what will certainly come as no surprise to anyone who follows Apple, the company is reportedly preparing to cease production of it’s last upgradeable portable computer – the Macbook Pro (non Retina) 13″.

According to DigiTimes, Apple will stop production of the last user upgradeable Mac sometime in the second half of 2014. (more…)


Category: Apple,Hardware

Web Development on the Mac: Part 2 – MySQL

Installing MySQL on OS X can be as easy or as complex as you want it to be. On the complex side, since OS X is UNIX, you could install from source and build your own package. Or your could use the Homebrew package manager to install completely from the command line.

The easiest way to get MySQL installed on OS X is to use the packages built by MySQL. The packages are offered up in tarball or in DMG. Getting the DMG is going to give you the most ‘Mac’ like install. For the purpose of simplicity, this is the method we will use in this example. (more…)


Category: PHP,Tutorial,UNIX,Web Development

Web Development on the Mac: Part 1

Mac OS X has been my platform of choice for web developmet since the release of OS X 10.2. The UNIX underpinnings of the OS and the inclusion of Apache, PHP and other web technologies, coupled with other tools like Photoshop and an wide array of high quality text editors and IDEs make OS X a stellar platform for building websites and web applications.

This article will guide you through the many options you have in setting up a killer, comprehensive platform for building web apps. (more…)


Category: PHP,UNIX,Web Development

Apple releases fixes for 13″ Macbook Pro, Mail

Apple has pushed two significant updates today that address a serious hardware issue plaguing new 13″ Retina Macbook Pro models, and the Mail app in Mavericks and how it works with Gmail.

The late 2013 13″ Macbook Pro update is an EFI Update (v 1.3)  that addresses the situation where the keyboard and trackpad may become unresponsive.

The Mail.app update addresses the strange Gmail behavior Mail.app exhibited in Mavericks when using a Gmail account.

Both updates are available using the links above, or by using the Mac App Store.


Category: App Store,Mac App Store,Software

Lion Disk Maker

Lion Disk Maker

Getting your OS updates from the Mac App Store can be a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because once the file is downloaded, installing from your local drive is much quicker than the old method of CD/DVD installation. It can be a curse because downloading a 4GB disk image is not a quick task for most people. And if you have multiple Macs that need to be updated, it will require you to download that 4GB disk image multiple times. 

There have been ways to take the OS Install disk image and create a bootable USB thumb drive from it since the Mac App Stores inception. It’s not an overly tedious process, but it’s not what I’d call drop dead easy.

Lion Disk Maker changes all of that. Download the app, open it up, and locate your copy of your OS X install, and Lion Disk Maker does the rest. 

With OS X Mavericks coming soon, you may want to check this app out and get your USB thumb drive ready.


Category: Mac App Store,Software

Samsung gets slapped

Samsung Galaxy S - Copycat

So, the jury is in and Samsung lost. Big time. It could have been worse for Samsung, but not by much. Apple walks away with $1.049B in damages, and Samsung walks away with a verdict that will fundamentally change how it implements Android on it’s handsets in the future. (more…)


Category: Apple vs. Samsung Trial,Litigation

TextMate 2 Open Sourced

Macromate’s next generation Text Editor, TextMate 2, has been open sourced according to Macromate’s blog:

Today I am happy to announce that you can find the source for TextMate 2 on GitHub. I’ve always wanted to allow end-users to tinker with their environment, my ability to do this is what got me excited about programming in the first place, and it is why I created the bundles concept, but there are limits to how much a bundle can do, and with the still growing user base, I think the best move forward is to open source the program.

The source is licensed under the GPL 3, which will prevent someone from taking the source and forking to create a commercial product. 

As a long time user of TextMate, I hope that this lights a fire under it’s development. However, open sourcing an app usually results in the app languishing in to oblivion. Hopefully, TextMate 2 will continue to be developed and survive.


Category: News

Apple and the Pro market

Ever since the introduction of the iPod, Apple has been making a shift towards becoming a consumer electronics company. In 2007, at the iPhone keynote introduction, Steve Jobs famously declared that Apple was changing its name from ‘Apple Computer Inc’ to just ‘Apple Inc’, to better reflect that change.

In the years since, Apple has taken many steps that have left many in the professional markets scratching their heads and stomping their feet. Need a reminder? Here are some of those steps: (more…)


Category: News

About the author

A user of Macs since they had silly names like Performa and Centris, Theodore Lee is a techie who prides himself on his vast knowledge of all things Apple. OS X Factor was started in 2001 (originally as macosxcentric), and continues to churn out tips, tutorials, reviews and commentary on the tech sector.