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Is there an iMessage client for Windows?

My wife's iPhone has iOS 5 and hence iMessage installed. I would like to be able to chat with her using my Windows computer. What options are available for this? Is there a Windows client or any ...
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Remember window sizes and placement when unplugging and replugging second monitor

Here’s something that sucks: Plug in external monitor to laptop (Mac OS X Leopard in my case). Arrange your windows to have the IDE on one screen and browser on another. (Etc etc. Resize, ...
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Is there an AirDrop client for Microsoft Windows?

It would be nice to have an AirDrop client for Microsoft Windows. Does anyone know if such a program exists as a shipping product or an open source work-in-progress? I'm aware that there are many ...
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MacBook Retina Display for coding

This is a question that could be better on Stack Overflow or Programmers, but I thought I'd try it here first. As a programmer, I need lots of screen real-estate for the IDE and files that I'm ...
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What's a good Windows RDP client for Mac?

I administer a number of Windows machines, and am trying to find a really good application to remote desktop in to them from my Mac. I've tried CoRD, and I really like its library approach to saved ...
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How do I set OS X to boot by default?

I set Windows 7 to my Boot Camp. Windows 7 starts now by default in the normal boot. However, I want that OSX boots by default and Windows 7 only as I press ALT and then select it. How can you set ...
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Where can I download Safari for Windows?

This sounds like an absurd question, I know, but when I go to: http://www.apple.com/safari/ There isn't a download link! I'm sure it used to be there :-/ Here's what I see: Scrolling further ...
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Stop iTunes from automatically stopping podcast downloads

I subscribed to about 30 interesting podcasts which I would like to listen to one day when I have time... maybe never, but I hope I will soon. I just noticed that iTunes has not been downloading some ...
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iTunes 11: Sorting albums by year

Is there a way of sorting albums for an artist by year in iTunes? For example: "Coda" is actually Led Zeppelin's last album, but it appears first for me in iTunes. I'd prefer it if it sorted albums ...
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Why do PDF forms/annotations filled in using Preview.app appear blank to Windows/Adobe users?

If I fill out a PDF form using Preview.app on Mac OS X, and email it to a Windows user, it appears to be blank when they open it in Acrobat. The same applies to some (most?) annotations. How can I ...
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Is there software to mirror a Windows PC via AirPlay?

I would like to mirror my Windows PC to my Apple TV via AirPlay. I've found a few options which enable Windows Media Player to receive video via AirPlay. I've also found an application named Airfoil ...
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What is the safest way to move the iTunes Library from one hard drive to another?

This may happen later with my iMac, but right now it is happening for my iTunes on PC. The PC had 60GB of partition to install Windows 7, and right now it is down to about 2GB of free space. All ...
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Make the green full screen window icon on Yosemite maximize windows

On Mac OS X Yosemite the green icon in every window: is by default used to make the application full screen. How do I make it work the same way as in previous versions of Mac OS X, i.e. to ...
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Do I really need Bonjour on Windows?

One of my least favorite things that Apple does to every Windows computer during an installation of iTunes is that it installs Bonjour. On almost every Windows machine I've installed iTunes on, ...
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Can we load video onto iPad without iTunes?

We have a shared iPad at work which is used for trade shows etc. It is a pain to only be able to copy content to this from one PC, i.e. one nominated shared PC with iTunes on it. We have Windows XP ...
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What is the cheapest way to get windows running on a Mac

I want to get windows running alongside Mac OSX, just so I can run one program not available om Mac OSX. what is the cheapest way to get this set up?
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Make Mac OS X “Option-Arrow” work like Windows “Ctrl-Arrow”

I rely on the "Ctrl-→" command on Windows to navigate my way through text documents. This useful key-combo will quickly bring me to the beginning of the next word. For example, the following ...
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Is it possible to install and boot Windows on a Thunderbolt drive?

I know the BIOS emulation of the EFI firmware in Macs does not support booting from FireWire or USB drives, and the EFI version of Windows doesn't seem to be compatible with Apple's EFI ...
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What format for my external drive allows use with Mac and Windows?

How can I use my external hard drive on Mac OS so I can modify/edit files on both OS's: Mac and Windows? How should I format it?
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What's a good IE tester for Macs?

I just moved to the Mac after years and permanently moved my PC out of my life at home. I am a graphic designer who builds web pages. I code pure XHTML pages with div layouts. But whenever you keep to ...
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Moving files >4GB from a Mac to a Windows box

Normally, when I want to take video files from my Mac to friends who use Windows, I move the files on a FAT32-formatted flash drive or external hard drive, but FAT32 cannot handle files larger than ...
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Should I virtualize Windows on Mac OS X using Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion?

I have a MacBook Air and would like to install Windows Vista in a virtual machine, so I can use both Mac OS X and Windows at the same time. I have tried with VirtualBox, but it performed very bad and ...
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What are some reasons to run Windows on a Mac? [closed]

I'm interested in knowing why one would run Windows on a Mac. I may be required by my school to do so, and I'm curious about potential reasons. So, what are some of the reasons to run Windows on your ...
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Is it possible to make a mouse accelerate like it did in Windows?

15 year Windows guy here, slowly going full Mac on everything and enjoying it. But there's one thing that's killing me: the USB mouse acceleration curve in Snow Leopard drives me crazy. I've looked ...
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Windows 8 RTM Freezes on Mac Book Pro

I've installed Windows 8 RTM (available to MSDN subscrbers) on my Core 2 Duo 13" Mac Book Pro. I've been trying to install Visual Studio 2012 on my MBP and it keeps freezing up during install. ...
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Does Windows or Linux have any tools for accessing a FileVault2 encrypted drive's contents?

I'm looking to mount (and access files on) my FileVault2 encrypted drive on a non-OS X box, and am wondering if anyone has done this with Windows or Linux.
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How can I test with Internet Explorer while on my Mac?

I work on a Mac, but most of my users are on Windows. What's an easy way to test my websites in IE 7, 8, & 9? Wine seems kinda buggy and unfriendly.
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Good resources for those transitioning to Mac OS X from Windows

I'm going to be getting a new MacBook laptop as part of the PhD programme I've just started, but have never used Macs before in my life. I'm quite an advanced computer user (running an informal ...
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MacBook Pro Retina and Windows 8

I am running my Windows 8 RP on my MacBook Pro Retina. Everything's going smooth, but I have problems with my keyboard and trackpad drivers because I can't make any changes to them since BootCamp ...
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Best File System for Sharing Between OS X and Windows

What is currently the best file system to use for drives that are regularly accessed (both reading and writing) from both Windows and OS X on a single machine using BootCamp. The most important points ...
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Triple Boot Lion+Win7+Linux

I have a challenge for you. I've been doing lots of research, and I've found quite a few questions here left unanswered. I know this is possible, I'm interested in hearing from people who have ...
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How to change the location where iTunes stores backups of iPhones?

When I sync my iPhone 4 with my iTunes, the latter starts to make a backup before doing the actual sync. This backup often takes a lot of time to make, which is very annoying. What is even worse ...
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Can I develop iPhone apps in Windows?

I would like to develop iPhone apps without using Mac OS X. Is it possible to do this on Windows OS?
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Corporate alternatives to DropBox for iPad

I am currently the only iPad user in a large company, and am loving using it, especially for meetings. I keep a lot of information relevant to meetings on DropBox, such as minutes, reports, ...
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How could i use an iMac as secondary monitor for windows 7 laptop

Recently (less than one year ago) i bought an iMac 21,5". Now i would like to use it as secondary monitor for my laptop. (My laptop runs Windows 7). Is it possible? (I found conflicting opinions on ...
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How to turn on Hardware Virtualization on Late 2013 MacBook Pro (for Windows 8.1 using Boot Camp)?

I am trying to turn on Hardware Virtualization for my new MacBook Pro for Windows 8.1 setup using Boot Camp. I have searched online and I know that we can not just go to the BIOS like windows and ...
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Can I stream music from my laptop to my iPod Touch over wifi?

Rather than running a long cable from my Laptop to my stereo, I've been thinking for a while about getting one of those wireless devices that lets you transmit audio from your PC to a receiver plugged ...
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Can I turn a Windows machine into an AirPlay destination?

Is there software available that'll make a Windows PC running XP appear as an AirPlay destination in my Mac's iTunes? I'd like to be able to stream audio from my Macs to a Windows machine I use as my ...
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Bypassing Boot Camp to install Windows using a non-standard partition scheme

My new Retina MacBook Pro is on its way, giving me time to contemplate setting it up. Good thing I got started—I had no idea how difficult it was going to be to install Windows and create an auxiliary ...
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How can I run Windows applications on a MacBook Pro?

I have a friend that wants to buy a Mac Book Pro and he has some windows applications that he needs to run. He doesn't want to buy the applications again. Can he run the Windows applications on his ...
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Windows-style taskbar functionality in OS X?

Looking for an OS X add-on that will enable Windows-like (one-click) functionality for switching between different windows of a single application. Example: I have 5 maximized Chrome windows open, ...
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Are the Retina MacBook Pro 15" suitable for PC (Windows) gaming?

I want to buy a MacBook Pro Retina 15" and install Windows 7 or 8 (boot camp) to play games. Obviously games aren't ready for this 2880x1800 resolution, so I hope I can set the games to run at ...
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How can I move photos from iPhone to my local disk?

This has me stumped. I have nearly 4GB of photos and videos on my phone, and I want to put them into my computer's pictures folder. I have opened Windows Explorer and found the photos in the weird ...
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Boot into Mac from Windows after failed Bootcamp

Don't hate on me too much for this one... I put Win8 on my Mac Mini using Bootcamp, and all was well. I switched back and forth a couple times between the two with no problems. The problem started ...
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Since upgrading to OS X Mavericks, I can't open any files on a SMB share from my Windows 8.1 PC

I have a PC with Windows 8.1 and a Mac with Mavericks. I have a folder on the Mac that is shared with the PC. When I'm on the PC and I try to open a file that is shared by the Mac, such as an ISO file ...
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Creating boot disk for Windows 7 on MacBook Pro

EDIT: I gave in and burned the DVD from a windows PC and I was able to install Windows on my MacBook Pro with Bootcamp. Sorry, that I don't have a satisfying solution. My goal is to install Windows 7 ...
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Can I use my Time Capsule with other OSes?

I have two Macs at home which use Time Machine to back up to a shared Time Capsule. Does anybody know of any tools or methods for other operating systems to perhaps make use of that back-up facility? ...
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How can I get Snow Leopard to properly reconnect to my Windows network drives after it goes to sleep?

My mac goes to sleep. It wakes up. The volumes mounted to a Windows server in my house all work. I can see pictures and listen to music. Until I can't. After two or three sleep/wake cycles, I can't ...
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What is Safari Safe Browsing Data and why does it need to copy every time I sync my iDevice?

Whenever syncing iDevices to iTunes, I always see "Safari Safe Browsing Data" being copied. This naturally sounds alarming. Is Apple tracking my browsing history‽ What exactly is it, and why does it ...
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Install Bootcamp Windows7 off external USB optical drive on Lion system

I got my new MBP today and I plan to use MCE's OptiBay to place a second harddisk in the drive bay and put Windows via Bootcamp on it, but I heard / read that, at least with Snow Leopard, it was not ...