Today in Apple history: Mac Centris 660av is an audio-visual masterpiece

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The Macintosh Centris 660av was astonishingly ahead of most rival computers at the time.
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July 29 July 29, 1993: Apple releases the Macintosh Centris 660av, a Mac which — despite its confusing name — packed a ton of innovative new audio-visual features, including an AppleVision monitor with both microphone and speakers, a port that could be used as a modem with a telecom adapter, and even the first Apple software to recognize and synthesize speech.

Best of all? At the (relatively) low price of $2,489, this was an affordable multimedia Macintosh.

Apple turns car ambitions toward self-driving system

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CarPlay support is now available on some Hyundai cars.
Your next car probably won't have an Apple logo.
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As Apple’s “secret” electric car project gains momentum, the company continues to pick up top talent for their automotive experience.

Its latest hire is Dan Dodge, founder and former CEO of QNX, who was recently the head of BlackBerry’s automotive software team. The move comes after “Project Titan,” the codename for Apple Car, started to take a whole new direction.

Why do some folks hate Apple? It’s complicated.

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Mac Man tries to gobble up all the Apples.
Mac Man tries to gobble up all the Apples.
Illustration: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Cult of Mac 2.0 bugYou don’t see long lines for the latest Lenovo PC or LG Android phone. But take a quick peek on the internet and you’ll find plenty of people lining up to say how much they hate Apple.

Every successful person or company has its critics, but the expressions of vitriol for Apple are more complex than the popular refrain ‘haters gonna hate’.

How to use Tabs in MacOS Sierra to get your docs in a row

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Tabs will help keep your desktop clutter free!
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Imagine if every time you opened a new tab in your web browser it instead opened an entirely new window on your desktop. It would basically mean living like an animal, right?

However, while we have long since gotten used to being able to easily switch between tabs while browsing the internet, things aren’t always so straightforward if you’re using other apps — be it Maps, Keynote, Pages, or some other third-party app.

Fortunately that’s all changing thanks to the new tabs feature on macOS Sierra. Here’s what you need to know if you’re running the new operating system, which is currently in public beta and will be released this fall.