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News and Notes
In November we covered the new OS X Mavericks (10.9) release, which succeeds Mountain Lion (10.8). It is a free upgrade for all current users of Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), and Mountain Lion. It’s available as a download from the Mac App Store.
By Richard Corzo
We took a look at the two new applications, Maps and iBooks, which were originally iOS (iPhone and iPad) apps and have now come to the Mac. iBooks uses your same Apple ID that you use with iTunes. In iTunes there was previously a Books category (along with Music, Movies, and TV Shows categories). When you start iBooks the first time it asks if you want your books collection moved to the iBooks application, where they properly belong and you can now read them. In addition to iBooks purchased from the iBooks Store, iBooks supports ePub-format books and PDFs.
The Safari Web browser now has a shared links section in the sidebar, that show links mentioned by people you follow on Twitter. You’ll see the same section in Safari on your iPhone or iPad. It manages plug-ins like Flash so that they do not burn up CPU when the tab or window in which the plug-in is running is not visible.
The Mac Finder (equivalent to the Windows File Explorer) has two new features, tags and tab windows. The tabs in Finder windows work just like they do in Safari. You can assign tags (more than one if you like) to files and folders that may be in separate locations. To bring them all together you can click on a tag in the Finder sidebar.
My favorite Mavericks feature is increased battery life. The technique I mentioned for Safari plug-ins is used in general for applications, which are made to “nap” when their windows are hidden, so as not to waste CPU on rendering windows that aren’t seen. There are other techniques Apple uses that you can read about. The bottom line is that my nearly five-year old MacBook Pro got an additional 35 minutes of battery life running down from a full charge.