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Hide System Preferences in OS X

We all probably know that to delete a custom System Preferences Pane from your OS X installation you can CTRL-Clicking on the icon and select the Remove Preference Pane from the pop-up menu.

But what if you don't want to remove it but only hide it. You can do that easily: open System Preferences app, then go to the View menu and select Customize. This will bring up checkboxes next to each Preference Pane. Uncheck those you don't use and don't want to see. You can always bring them back or just select them from the same drop down menu.

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Introducing Apple iHole, Google Plug

A few weeks ago I posted about an idea on my Facebook page about a new Google device idea:

After the hugely positive reception of Google's new wearable device Google Glass rumor says Google is already working on a new revolutionary device called Google Plug.

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The most beautiful Apple Stores in the world

In order of appearance: Fifth Avenue in New York City, Pudong in Shanghai, Jungfernstieg in Hamburg, ifc mall in Hong Kong, Grand Central Station in New York City, Amsterdam Netherlands, Sanlitun in Beijing, Covent Garden in London, Rosenstraße in Munich, Nanjing East in Shanghai, Opéra in Paris, Sydney Australia, Upper West Side in New York City.

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Exclude disks from Spotlight indexing

When you connect any external drive to your Mac Spotlight will immediately start indexing it. This makes sense in most cases because you want to be able to search them later on, but in certain situations you may want to exclude drives. Examples for such need may include:

  • Drives with private information that you don't want others to see, especially if you're on a shared computer.
  • Large drives that are connected only temporarily and you don't want Spotlight to waste CPU and hard drive resources on indexing them.
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Ultimate creative tool: Cintiq 24HD touch

The Cintiq 24HD touch offers creative professionals the most natural and complete tool for design, video, art and animation. The integration of multi-touch capabilities directly on the Cintiq screen, along with Wacom's most advanced pen technology, give you a truly "hands-on" creative experience as you work digitally.

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Sim cards in Apple Laptops?

I do not understand why Apple's mobile computers such as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro do not have cell phone radios in them. These radios are very small and relatively cheap nowadays. Apple could easily design these laptops to have a slot for a SIM card like iPhones and iPads have. I don't expect them to add it on iMacs or Mac Pros, but for mobile computers I think it's clearly a good feature to have. Having those USB sticks sticking out of our USB ports is inconvenient and ugly. The third party software that comes with them is usually a hit and miss.

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App Cloud Dual Screen Demo

Jeremy Allaire demonstrates the new App Cloud Dual Screen Solution for Apple TV.

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Transparent iPhone 5 concept

Clearly amazing. The quad-core A5 chip delivers even more power. The laser projection keyboard liberates your thumbs. The new iClear Retina display presents sharp graphics and stunning images. iOS 6 will take your iPhone experience in an entirely new direction. And if there's anything else you need, just ask Siri.

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Annual Report powered by the sun

Agency called Serviceplan from Munich, Germany created a special kind of annual report for the company Austria Solar that is activated by the sun.


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