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OS X (pronounced; originally Mac OS X) is a series of Unix-based graphical interface operating systems (OS) developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is designed to run on Macintosh computers, having been pre-installed on all Macs since 2002. [1]

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A/UX is Apple Computer’s implementation of the Unix operating system for some of their Macintosh computers.

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Advanced Encryption Standard

The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), also known as Rijndael (its original name), is a specification for the encryption of electronic data established by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2001.

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All Things Digital

AllThingsD.com was an online publication that specialized in technology and startup company news, analysis and coverage.

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Angry Birds

Angry Birds is a video game franchise created by Finnish computer game developer Rovio Entertainment.

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AOL Inc. (previously known as America Online, written as AOL and styled as Aol.) is an American multinational mass media corporation based in New York City that develops, grows, and invests in brands and web sites.

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Appearance Manager

In pre-Mac OS X versions of the Macintosh operating system, the Appearance Manager controlled the overall look of the Mac GUI widgets and supported several themes.

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Apple Color Emoji

Apple Color Emoji is a color typeface used by iOS and OS X to display emoji, a series of ideograms originally created by Shigetaka Kurita for use in Japanese mobile phones.

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Apple community

The Apple community are people who are interested in Apple Inc. and its products and share information in various media.

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Apple Developer

Apple Developer, formerly Apple Developer Connection or ADC, is Apple Inc.'s developer network.

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Apple Inc.

Apple Inc. (commonly known as Apple) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California, that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services.

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Apple Maps

Apple Maps is a web mapping service application developed by Apple Inc. for its iOS, OS X and watchOS operating systems.

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Apple Remote

The Apple Remote is a remote control device released in or after October 2005 by Apple Inc. for use with a number of its products which use infrared capabilities.

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Apple Software Update

Software Update is a software tool by Apple Inc. that installs the latest version of Apple software on computers running OS X. It was originally introduced to Mac users in Mac OS 9.

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Apple TV

Apple TV is a digital media player and a microconsole developed and sold by Apple Inc. It is a small network appliance and entertainment device that can receive digital data from a number of sources and stream it to a capable TV for playing on the TV screen.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), is a conference held annually in California by Apple Inc. The conference is used by Apple to showcase its new software and technologies for software developers.

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Apple's transition to Intel processors

Apple's Intel transition was the process of changing the central processing unit (CPU) of Macintosh computers from PowerPC processors to Intel x86 processors.

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AppleScript is a scripting language created by Apple Inc. and built into Macintosh operating systems since System 7.

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Application programming interface

In computer programming, an application programming interface (API) is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications.

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Aqua (user interface)

Aqua is the graphical user interface (GUI) and visual theme of Apple's OS X operating system.

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Arabic numerals

Arabic numerals or Hindu-Arabic or Indo-Arabic numerals, are the ten digits: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, based on the Hindu–Arabic numeral system.

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Architecture of OS X

OS X is the culmination of Apple Inc.'s decade-long search for an operating system to replace the original Mac OS.

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Ars Technica

Ars Technica (Latin-derived for the "art of technology") is a technology news and information website created by Ken Fisher and Jon Stokes in 1998.

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ATI Technologies

ATI Technologies Inc. (commonly called ATI) was a semiconductor technology corporation based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, that specialized in the development of graphics processing units and chipsets.

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Automator (software)

Automator is an application developed by Apple Inc. for OS X that implements point-and-click (or drag and drop) creation of workflows for automating repetitive tasks into batches for quicker alteration, thus saving time and effort over human intervention to manually change each file separately.

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Avenir (typeface)

Avenir is a geometric sans-serif typeface designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1988 and released by Linotype GmbH, now a subsidiary of Monotype Corporation.

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Backward compatibility

In telecommunications and computing, a product or technology is backward compatible (BC) or downward compatible if it can work with input generated by or meant to an older product or technology such as a legacy system.

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Baidu 百度, Inc. (pronounced "" in English), incorporated on January 18, 2000, is a Chinese web services company headquartered at the Baidu Campus in Beijing's Haidian District.

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Basilisk II

Basilisk II is an emulator which emulates the 680x0-based Apple Macintosh computer on a variety of operating systems.

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Baskerville is a serif typeface designed in 1757 by John Baskerville (1706–1775) in Birmingham, England and cut by John Handy.

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Berkeley Software Distribution

Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) is a Unix operating system derivative developed and distributed by the Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) of the University of California, Berkeley, from 1977 to 1995.

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Big cat

The terms big cat and great cat, while not a biological classification, are used informally to distinguish the larger felid species from smaller ones.

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Binary translation

In computing, binary translation (or (binary) recompilation) is the emulation of one instruction set by another through translation of binary code.

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Boot Camp (software)

Boot Camp is a multi boot utility included with Apple Inc.'s OS X that assists users in installing Microsoft Windows operating systems on Intel-based Macintosh computers.

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Bruce Tognazzini

Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini (born 1945) is a usability consultant in partnership with Donald Norman and Jakob Nielsen in the Nielsen Norman Group, which specializes in human computer interaction.

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Brushed metal (interface)

Brushed metal is a discontinued graphical user interface design used in Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating system for Macintosh computers.

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C (programming language)

C (as in the letter ''c'') is a general-purpose, imperative computer programming language, supporting structured programming, lexical variable scope and recursion, while a static type system prevents many unintended operations.

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C++ (pronounced as cee plus plus) is a general-purpose programming language.

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Calendar (application)

Calendar is a personal calendar application made by Apple Inc. that runs on both the OS X desktop operating system and iOS mobile operating system.

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Carbon (API)

Carbon is one of Apple Inc.'s C-based application programming interfaces (APIs) for the Macintosh operating system.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University (Carnegie Mellon or CMU; or) is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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CBS Interactive

CBS Interactive (formerly CBS Digital Media Group) is an American company and is a division of the CBS Corporation.

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China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a sovereign state in East Asia.

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Chinese characters

Chinese characters are logograms used in the writing of Chinese and some other Asian languages.

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Classic Environment

Classic Environment, usually referred to as Classic, is a hardware and software abstraction layer in PowerPC versions of Mac OS X that allows most legacy applications compatible with Mac OS 9 to run on the Mac OS X operating system.

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CNET (stylized as c|net) is an American media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and videos on technology and consumer electronics globally.

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Cocoa (API)

Cocoa is Apple's native object-oriented application programming interface (API) for the OS X operating system.

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Code name

A code name or cryptonym is a word or name used, sometimes clandestinely, to refer to another name, word, project or person.

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ColorSync is Apple Inc.'s color management API for the Mac OS and Mac OS X Operating Systems.

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Command-line interface

A command-line interface or command language interpreter (CLI), also known as command-line user interface, console user interface, and character user interface (CUI), is a means of interacting with a computer program where the user (or client) issues commands to the program in the form of successive lines of text (command lines).

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Commercial software

Commercial software, or sometimes payware, is computer software that is produced for sale or that serves commercial purposes.

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Comparison of BSD operating systems

There are a number of Unix-like operating systems based on or descended from the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) series of Unix variants.

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Comparison of operating systems

These tables provide a comparison of operating systems, listing general and technical information for a number of widely used and currently available PC and for some handheld (including smartphone and tablet computer) operating systems.

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A compiler is a computer program (or a set of programs) that transforms source code written in a programming language (the source language) into another computer language (the target language), with the latter often having a binary form known as object code.

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In legal terminology, a complaint is any formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons (see: cause of action) that the filing party or parties (the plaintiff(s)) believes are sufficient to support a claim against the party or parties against whom the claim is brought (the defendant(s)) that entitles the plaintiff(s) to a remedy (either money damages or injunctive relief).

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Computer Weekly

Computer Weekly is a digital magazine and website for IT professionals.

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Condé Nast

Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications, is a mass media company headquartered at One World Trade Center in New York City.

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Contacts (Mac OS)

Contacts, called Address Book before OS X Mountain Lion, is a computerized address book included with Apple Inc.'s OS X. It includes various syncing capabilities and integrates with other OS X applications and features.

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Copland (operating system)

Copland was a project at Apple Computer to create an updated version of the Macintosh operating system.

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Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution.

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Core Image

Core Image is a pixel-accurate, near-realtime, non-destructive image processing technology in Mac OS X. Implemented as part of the QuartzCore framework of Mac OS X 10.4 and later, Core Image provides a plugin-based architecture for applying filters and effects within the Quartz graphics rendering layer.

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Core Services

Core Services are a set of Mac OS X and iOS application programming interfaces that architecturally are underneath Carbon, Cocoa and Cocoa Touch.

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Core Video

Core Video is the video processing model employed by Mac OS X. It links the process of decompressing frames from a video source to the rest of the Quartz technologies for image rendering and composition.

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In computing, cross-platform, multi-platform, or platform independent, is an attribute conferred to computer software or computing methods and concepts that are implemented and inter-operate on multiple computer platforms.

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Darwin (operating system)

Darwin is an open source Unix computer operating system released by Apple Inc. in 2000.

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Dashboard (Mac OS)

Dashboard is an application for Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X operating systems, used as a secondary desktop for hosting mini-applications known as widgets.

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Device driver

In computing, a device driver (commonly referred to as a driver) is a computer program that operates or controls a particular type of device that is attached to a computer.

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Dialog box

The graphical control element dialog box (also called dialogue box or just dialog) is a small window that communicates information to the user and prompts them for a response.

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Didot (typeface)

Didot is a name given to a group of typefaces named after the famous French printing and type producing family.

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Dock (OS X)

The Dock is a prominent feature of the graphical user interface of the OS X operating system.

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Dow Jones & Company

Dow Jones & Company is an American publishing and financial information firm that has been owned by News Corp since 2007.

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Drop shadow

In graphic design, a drop shadow is a visual effect consisting of drawing that looks like the shadow of an object, giving the impression that the object is raised above the objects behind it.

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are the ideograms or smileys used in Japanese electronic messages and Web pages, that are spreading outside Japan.

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Engadget is a multilingual technology blog network with daily coverage of gadgets and consumer electronics.

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Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

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Far East

The Far East is an alternate geographical term in English (with equivalents in many other languages – see the infobox on the right for examples), that usually refers to East Asia (including Northeast Asia), the Russian Far East (part of North Asia), and Southeast Asia.

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Fast user switching

Fast user switching is a feature on some modern multi-user operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, Mac OS X, Linux.

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File system permissions

Most file systems have methods to assign permissions or access rights to specific users and groups of users.

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FileVault is a method of using encryption with volumes on Mac computers.

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Finder (software)

The Finder is the default file manager and graphical user interface shell used on all Macintosh operating systems.

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The Fink project is an effort to port and package open-source Unix programs to Mac OS X. Fink uses dpkg and APT (Debian's package management system), as well as its own frontend program, fink (which is implemented as a set of Perl modules).

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In electronic systems and computing, firmware is a type of software that provides control, monitoring and data manipulation of engineered products and systems.

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Free software

Free software, software libre, or libre software is computer software that gives users the freedom to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, change, and distribute the software and the adapted versions.

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Front Row (software)

Front Row was a media center software application for Apple's Macintosh computers and Apple TV for navigating and viewing video, photos, podcasts, and music from a computer, optical disc, or the Internet through a 10-foot user interface (similar to Windows Media Center and Kodi).

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Game Center

Game Center is an online multiplayer social gaming network released by Apple Inc. It allows users to invite friends to play a game, start a multiplayer game through matchmaking, track their achievements, and compare their high scores on a leader board.

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GeForce 2 series

The GeForce2 (NV15) is the second generation of NVIDIA's GeForce graphics processing units.

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Gill Sans

Gill Sans is a sans-serif typeface designed by Eric Gill.

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Grand Central Dispatch

Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) is a technology developed by Apple Inc. to optimize application support for systems with multi-core processors and other symmetric multiprocessing systems.

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Graphical user interface

In computer science, a graphical user interface or GUI, pronounced ("gooey") is a type of interface that allows users to interact with electronic devices through graphical icons and visual indicators such as secondary notation, as opposed to text-based interfaces, typed command labels or text navigation.

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Helvetica is a widely used sans-serif typeface developed in 1957 by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger with input from Eduard Hoffmann.

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Homebrew (package management software)

Homebrew is a free/open source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on the Mac OS X operating system.

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Human interface guidelines

Human interface guidelines (HIG) are software development documents which offer application developers a set of recommendations.

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Hybrid kernel

A hybrid kernel is an operating system kernel architecture that attempts to combine aspects and benefits of microkernel and monolithic kernel architectures used in computer operating systems.

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IA-32 (short for "Intel Architecture, 32-bit", sometimes also called i386 through metonymy) is the 32-bit version of the x86 architecture, first implemented in the Intel 80386 microprocessors in 1985.

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International Business Machines Corporation (commonly referred to as IBM) is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, with headquarters in Armonk, New York.

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IBM PC compatible

IBM PC compatible computers are those similar to the original IBM PC, XT, and AT and able to run the same software as those.

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iBooks is an e-book application by Apple Inc. for its iOS and OS X operating systems and devices.

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iChat (previously iChat AV) was an instant messaging software application developed by Apple Inc. for use on its Mac OS X operating system.

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iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service from Apple Inc. launched on October 12, 2011.

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IEEE 1394

IEEE 1394 is an interface standard for a serial bus for high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer.

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Apple Creativity Apps, formerly known as iLife (as it is still commonly called), is a suite of software applications for Mac OS X and iOS developed by Apple Inc. for organizing, editing, and publishing photos, movies, and music.

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The iMac is a range of all-in-one Macintosh desktop computers designed and built by Apple Inc. It has been the primary part of Apple's consumer desktop offerings since its debut in August 1998 (shipped; introduced June 1998), and has evolved through six distinct forms.

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iMessage is an instant messenger service developed by Apple Inc. It is supported by the Messages application in iOS 5 and later and OS X Mountain Lion and later.

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Installer (OS X)

Installer is an application included in OS X (and in its progenitors OPENSTEP and NeXTSTEP) that extracts and installs files out of.pkg packages.

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Integrated development environment

An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development.

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Intel Corporation (commonly referred to as Intel) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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Intel Core

Intel Core is a brand name that Intel uses for various mid-range to high-end consumer and business microprocessors.

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International Data Group

International Data Group, Inc. (IDG) is an American technology, media, research, event management, and venture capital organization.

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iOS (originally iPhone OS) is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. and distributed exclusively for Apple hardware.

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iOS 7 is the seventh major release of the iOS mobile operating system designed by Apple Inc and successor of iOS 6.

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iPad is an iOS-based line of tablet computers designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010; the most recent iPad models are the iPad Air 2, released on October 22, 2014, and the iPad Mini 4, released on September 9, 2015.

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iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. They run Apple's iOS mobile operating system.

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IPod Touch

The iPod Touch (stylized and marketed as iPod touch) is an iOS-based all-purpose pocket computer designed and marketed by Apple Inc. with a user interface that is touchscreen-based.

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iTunes is a media player, media library, online radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc.

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Apple Productivity Apps, formerly and commonly known as iWork, is an office suite of applications created by Apple Inc. for its OS X and iOS operating systems, and also available cross-platform through the iCloud website.

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Java (software platform)

Java is a set of several computer software and specifications developed by Sun Microsystems, later acquired by Oracle Corporation, that provides a system for developing application software and deploying it in a cross-platform computing environment.

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Java version history

The Java language has undergone several changes since JDK 1.0 as well as numerous additions of classes and packages to the standard library.

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Kernel (operating system)

In computing, the kernel is a computer program that manages I/O requests from software, and translates them into data processing instructions for the central processing unit and other electronic components of a computer.

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Kernel panic

A kernel panic is an action taken by an operating system upon detecting an internal fatal error from which it cannot safely recover.

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Launchpad (OS X)

Launchpad is an application launcher developed by Apple Inc., and introduced in Mac OS X Lion.

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Linux (pronounced or, less frequently) is a Unix-like and mostly POSIX-compliant computer operating system (OS) assembled under the model of free and open-source software development and distribution.

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List of Macintosh software

The following is a list of notable computer applications for modern OS X systems.

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List of operating systems

This is a list of operating systems.

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List of OS X technologies

This is an incomplete list of the various technologies (and core applications) in OS X.

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Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is a digital distribution platform for OS X applications.

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Mac OS

Mac OS is a series of graphical user interface–based operating systems developed by Apple Inc. for their Macintosh line of computer systems.

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Mac OS 8

Mac OS 8 is an operating system that was released by Apple Computer on July 26, 1997.

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Mac OS 9

Mac OS 9 is the ninth and final major release of Apple's Classic Mac OS operating system.

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Mac OS X 10.0

Mac OS X version 10.0, code named Cheetah, is the first major release of Mac OS X, Apple’s desktop and server operating system.

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Mac OS X 10.1

Mac OS X version 10.1, code named Puma, is the second major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system.

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Mac OS X 10.2

Mac OS X Jaguar, version 10.2, is the third major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system.

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Mac OS X Leopard

Mac OS X Leopard (version 10.5) is the sixth major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers.

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Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7; marketed as OS X Lion) is the eighth major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers.

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Mac OS X Panther

Mac OS X Panther (version 10.3) is the fourth major release of Mac OS X, Apple’s desktop and server operating system.

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Mac OS X Public Beta

The Mac OS X Public Beta (internally codenamed "Kodiak") was the first publicly available version of Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating system Cheetah to feature the Aqua user interface.

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Mac OS X Server 1.0

Mac OS X Server 1.0, released on March 16, 1999, is the first operating system released into the retail market by Apple Computer based on NeXT technology.

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6) is the seventh major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers.

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Mac OS X Tiger

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is the fifth major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system for Mac computers.

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Mach (kernel)

Mach is a kernel developed at Carnegie Mellon University to support operating system research, primarily distributed and parallel computing.

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The Macintosh (branded as Mac since 1998) is a series of personal computers (PCs) designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. Steve Jobs introduced the original Macintosh computer on January 24, 1984.

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Macintosh startup

The Macintosh startup sequence behaviors include the startup chime, Happy Mac, Sad Mac and Chimes of Death.

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MacPorts, formerly called DarwinPorts, is a package management system that simplifies the installation of software on the Mac OS X and Darwin operating systems.

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MacRumors.com is a website that aggregates Mac and Apple related news, rumors, and reports.

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Macworld is a web site dedicated to products and software of Apple Inc. It is published by Mac Publishing, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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Mail (Apple)

Mail (also known as Apple Mail or Mail.app) is an email client included with the operating systems OS X, iOS and watchOS by Apple Inc.

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Memory protection

Memory protection is a way to control memory access rights on a computer, and is a part of most modern operating systems.

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Messages (application)

Messages is an instant messaging software application developed by Apple Inc. for its OS X, iOS and watchOS operating systems.

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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows (or simply Windows) is a metafamily of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft.

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Mission Control (OS X)

Mission Control, formerly Exposé, is a feature of the OS X operating system.

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MIT License

The MIT License is a free software license originating at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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MkLinux is an open source computer operating system started by the Open Software Foundation Research Institute and Apple Computer in February 1996 to port Linux to the PowerPC platform, and Macintosh computers.

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Monolithic kernel

A monolithic kernel is an operating system architecture where the entire operating system is working in kernel space and is alone in supervisor mode.

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Motorola, Inc. was a multinational telecommunications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, United States (U.S.). After having lost $4.3 billion from 2007 to 2009, the company was divided into two independent public companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions on January 4, 2011.

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Motorola 68000 series

The Motorola 680x0/m68000/68000/m68k/68k series is a family of 32-bit CISC microprocessors.

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In computing, multi-touch is technology that enables a surface (a trackpad or touchscreen) to recognize the presence of more than one or more than two points of contact with the surface.

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Multimedia refers to content that uses a combination of different content forms.

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NetEase, Inc. is a Chinese Internet company that operates 163.com, a popular web portal ranked 27 by Alexa.

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Network service

In computer networking, a network service is an application running at the network application layer and above, that provides data storage, manipulation, presentation, communication or other capability which is often implemented using a client-server or peer-to-peer architecture based on application layer network protocols.

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NeXT, Inc. (later NeXT Computer, Inc. and NeXT Software, Inc) was an American computer company headquartered in Redwood City, California, that developed and manufactured a series of computer workstations intended for the higher education and business markets.

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NeXTSTEP is an object-oriented, multitasking operating system based on UNIX, which was developed by NeXT Computer in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Notes (application)

Notes is a application developed by Apple.

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Notification Center

Notification Center is a feature in iOS and OS X that provides an overview of alerts from applications.

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Nvidia Corporation (commonly referred to as Nvidia, stylized as NVIDIA, nVIDIA or nVidia) is an American worldwide technology company based in Santa Clara, California.

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Object-oriented programming

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a programming paradigm based on the concept of "objects", which are data structures that contain data, in the form of fields, often known as attributes; and code, in the form of procedures, often known as methods. A distinguishing feature of objects is that an object's procedures can access and often modify the data fields of the object with which they are associated (objects have a notion of "this" or "self").

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Objective-C is a general-purpose, object-oriented programming language that adds Smalltalk-style messaging to the C programming language.

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Open Firmware

Open Firmware, or OpenBoot in Sun Microsystems parlance, is a standard defining the interfaces of a computer firmware system, formerly endorsed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Open-source software

Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.

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Open Computing Language (OpenCL) is a framework for writing programs that execute across heterogeneous platforms consisting of central processing units (CPUs), graphics processing units (GPUs), digital signal processors (DSPs), field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and other processors.

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OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is a cross-language, multi-platform application programming interface (API) for rendering 2D and 3D vector graphics.

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OpenStep was an object-oriented application programming interface (API) specification for an object-oriented operating system, with the basic goal of offering a NeXTSTEP-like environment on a non-NeXTSTEP operating system.

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Operating system

An operating system (OS) is system software that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs.

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Optima is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Hermann Zapf and released between 1952 and 1955 for the D. Stempel AG foundry, Frankfurt, Germany.

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OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan (version 10.11) is the twelfth major release of OS X, Apple Inc.'s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers.

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OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) is the tenth major release of OS X, Apple Inc.'s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers.

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OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8) is the ninth major release of OS X (formerly Mac OS X), Apple Inc.'s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers.

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OS X Server

OS X Server, formerly Mac OS X Server, was a separately sold Unix server operating system from Apple Inc. architecturally identical to its desktop counterpart OS X—with additional server programs and management and administration tools.

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OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite (version 10.10) is the eleventh major release of OS X, Apple Inc.'s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers.

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OSx86 (from the names OS X and x86) is a collaborative hacking project to run the operating system on non-Apple personal computers with x86 architecture on x86-64 processors.

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Palatino is the name of an old style serif typeface designed by Hermann Zapf, initially released in 1948 by the Linotype foundry.

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pkgsrc (package source) is a package management system for Unix-like operating systems.

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Portable Document Format

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware and operating systems.

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POSIX, an acronym for Portable Operating System Interface, is a family of standards specified by the IEEE Computer Society for maintaining compatibility between operating systems.

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Power Macintosh G3 beige

The Power Macintosh G3, commonly called "beige G3s" or "platinum G3s" for the color of their cases, is a series of personal computers designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Computer from November 1997 to January 1999.

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PowerPC (an acronym for Performance Optimization With Enhanced RISC – Performance Computing, sometimes abbreviated as PPC) is a RISC instruction set architecture created by the 1991 Apple–IBM–Motorola alliance, known as AIM.

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Preemption (computing)

In computing, preemption is the act of temporarily interrupting a task being carried out by a computer system, without requiring its cooperation, and with the intention of resuming the task at a later time.

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Printing is a process for reproducing text and images using a master form or template.

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Programming language

A programming language is a formal constructed language designed to communicate instructions to a machine, particularly a computer.

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Programming tool

A programming tool or software development tool is a computer program that software developers use to create, debug, maintain, or otherwise support other programs and applications.

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Proprietary software

Proprietary software, non-free software (in the sense of missing freedoms), or closed-source software is software, where the developers or distributors reserve all freedoms and rights.

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Quartz (graphics layer)

In Apple computer's OS X operating system, Quartz is the Quartz 2D and Quartz Compositor part of the Core Graphics framework.

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Quartz Compositor

Quartz Compositor is the display server (and at the same time the compositing window manager) in OS X. It is responsible for presenting and maintaining rasterized, rendered graphics from the rest of the Core Graphics framework and other renderers in the Quartz technologies family.

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Quick Look

Quick Look is a quick preview feature developed by Apple Inc. which was introduced in its operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

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QuickTime is an extensible multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc., capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity.

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Radeon is a brand of computer products, including graphics processing units, random-access memory, RAM disk software, and solid-state drives, produced by Radeon Technologies Group, a division of Advanced Micro Devices.

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Random-access memory

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of computer data storage.

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Reed Business Information

Reed Business Information is a provider of data services, business information and workflow solutions to businesses.

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Repair permissions

Repairing disk permissions is a troubleshooting activity commonly associated with the OS X (formerly Mac OS X) operating system by Apple Inc. The efficacy of repairing permissions to troubleshoot application errors has been debated.

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Retina Display

Retina Display is a brand name used by Apple for screens that have a higher pixel density than their previous models.

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Rhapsody (operating system)

Rhapsody was the code name given to Apple Computer's next-generation operating system during the period of its development between Apple's purchase of NeXT in late 1996 and the announcement of Mac OS X in 1998.

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Roman numerals

Roman numerals, the numeric system used in ancient Rome, employs combinations of letters from the Latin alphabet to signify values.

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Rosetta (software)

Rosetta is a dynamic binary translator for Mac OS X that allows many PowerPC applications to run on certain Intel-based Macintosh computers without modification.

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Safari (web browser)

Safari is a web browser included with the OS X and iOS operating systems and developed by Apple.

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San Francisco (2014 typeface)

San Francisco is a neo-grotesque sans-serif typeface made by Apple Inc. It was introduced as the system typeface of the Apple Watch in 2014 and replaced Helvetica Neue as the system typeface of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.

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Sandbox (computer security)

In computer security, a sandbox is a security mechanism for separating running programs.

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In typography, a sans-serif, sans serif, gothic, san serif or simply sans typeface is one that does not have the small projecting features called "serifs" at the end of strokes.

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Screen Sharing

Screen Sharing is a VNC client by Apple Inc. included as part of Mac OS X v10.5.

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In typography, a serif is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol.

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Server (computing)

A server is both a running instance of some software that is capable of accepting requests from clients, and the computer that executes such software.

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SheepShaver is an open source PowerPC Apple Macintosh emulator originally designed for BeOS and Linux.

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Sina Weibo

Sina Weibo is a Chinese microblogging (weibo) website.

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Single UNIX Specification

The Single UNIX Specification (SUS) is the collective name of a family of standards for computer operating systems, compliance with which is required to qualify for the name "Unix".

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Skin (computing)

In computing, a skin (also known as visual styles in Windows XP) is a custom graphical appearance preset package achieved by the use of a graphical user interface (GUI) that can be applied to specific computer software, operating system, and websites to suit the purpose, topic, or tastes of different users.

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Software development

Software development is the computer programming, documenting, testing, and bug fixing involved in creating and maintaining applications and frameworks involved in a software release life cycle and resulting in a software product.

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Software widget

A software widget is a relatively simple and easy-to-use software application or component made for one or more different software platforms.

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Spaces (software)

Spaces was a virtual desktop feature of Mac OS X, introduced in version 10.5 "Leopard".

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Spatial anti-aliasing

In digital signal processing, spatial anti-aliasing is the technique of minimizing the distortion artifacts known as aliasing when representing a high-resolution image at a lower resolution.

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Spotlight (software)

Spotlight is a system-wide desktop search feature of Apple's OS X and iOS operating systems.

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Starvin' Marvin in Space

Starvin' Marvin in Space is episode 44 of the animated television series South Park.

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Steve Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American businessman.

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Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems, Inc. was a company that sold:computers, computer components,:computer software, and:information technology services and that created the Java programming language, Solaris Unix and the Network File System (NFS).

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Swift (programming language)

Swift is a multi-paradigm, compiled programming language created by Apple Inc. for iOS, OS X, and watchOS development.

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Swing (Java)

Swing is a GUI widget toolkit for Java.

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Taligent (a portmanteau of Talent and Intelligent)"", The Register, 3 October 2008 was the name of an object-oriented operating system, and the company dedicated to producing it.

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Tencent QQ

Tencent QQ, popularly known as QQ, is an instant messaging software service developed by Chinese company Tencent Holdings Limited.

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The New York Times

The New York Times (NYT) is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by the New York Times Company.

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The New York Times Company

The New York Times Company is an American media company which publishes its namesake, The New York Times.

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The Verge

The Verge is an American technology news and media network operated by Vox Media with offices in Manhattan, New York.

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The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is a business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City.

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TigerDirect is a direct online and catalog retailer of computers and consumer electronics.

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Time Machine (OS X)

Time Machine is a backup software application distributed with the Apple OS X computer operating system.

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Tudou, Inc. is a video-sharing website in China, where users can upload, view and share video clips.

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Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets".

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Universal binary

A universal binary is, in Apple parlance, an executable file or application bundle that runs natively on either PowerPC or Intel-manufactured IA-32 or Intel 64-based Macintosh computers; it is an implementation of the concept more generally known as a fat binary.

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Unix (all-caps UNIX for the trademark) is a family of multitasking, multiuser computer operating systems that derive from the original AT&T Unix, developed in the 1970s at the Bell Labs research center by Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, and others.

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A Unix-like (sometimes referred to as UN*X or *nix) operating system is one that behaves in a manner similar to a Unix system, while not necessarily conforming to or being certified to any version of the Single UNIX Specification.

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Usage share of operating systems

The usage share of operating systems is the percentage market share of the operating systems used in computers.

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User space

A modern computer operating system usually segregates virtual memory into kernel space and user space.

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Videoconferencing (VC) is the conduct of a videoconference (also known as a video conference or videoteleconference) by a set of telecommunication technologies which allow two or more locations to communicate by simultaneous two-way video and audio transmissions.

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Virtual desktop

In computing, a virtual desktop is a term used with respect to user interfaces, usually within the WIMP paradigm, to describe ways in which the virtual space of a computer's desktop environment is expanded beyond the physical limits of the screen's display area through the use of software.

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Virtual folder

In computing, a virtual folder generally denotes an organizing principle for files that is not dependent on location in a hierarchical directory tree.

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vMac was an open source emulator for Mac OS on Windows, DOS, OS/2, NeXTSTEP, Linux-Unix, and other platforms.

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VoiceOver is a screen reader built into Apple Inc.'s OS X, iOS, iPod, and Apple TV operating systems.

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Widget (GUI)

A widget (or control) is an element of interaction in a graphical user interface (GUI), such as a button or a scroll bar.

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Widget toolkit

A widget toolkit, widget library, GUI toolkit, or UX library is a library or a collection of libraries containing a set of graphical control elements (called widgets) used to construct the graphical user interface (GUI) of programs.

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World Wide Web

The World Wide Web (www, W3) is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by URLs, interlinked by hypertext links, and can be accessed via the Internet.

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X Window System

The X Window System (X11, X, and sometimes informally X-Windows) is a windowing system for bitmap displays, common on UNIX-like computer operating systems.

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X.Org Server

X.Org Server refers to the free and open source implementation of the X Window System stewarded by the X.Org Foundation that includes not only the display server but also the client libraries (like Xlib and XCB), developer and user tools, and the rest of the components required to run an entire X Window System architecture.

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x86 is a family of backward compatible instruction set architectures based on the Intel 8086 CPU and its Intel 8088 variant.

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x86-64 (also known as x64, x86_64 and AMD64) is the 64-bit version of the x86 instruction set.

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Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) containing a suite of software development tools developed by Apple for developing software for OS X and iOS.

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XDarwin was a display server supporting the X Window System (X11) ported to run on the Mac OS X and Darwin operating systems.

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XFree86 was an implementation of the X Window System.

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XNU is the computer operating system kernel developed at Apple Inc. since December 1996 for use in the Mac OS X operating system and released as free and open source software as part of the Darwin operating system.

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XPostFacto is an open source utility that enables the installation of PowerPC versions of Mac OS X up to Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), and Darwin on some PowerPC-based Apple Macintosh systems that are not officially supported for them by Apple.

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XQuartz (formerly and often still informally referred to as X11.app) is Apple Inc.'s version of the X server, a component of the X Window System, for Mac OS X. The X Window System is a standard framework for creating applications with a graphical user interface on Unix-like operating systems.

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Youku Inc., formerly Youku.com Inc.,"." Youku.

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ZDNet is a business technology news website published by CBS Interactive, along with TechRepublic and SmartPlanet.

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* The OS X and iOS operating system made by Apple use.pkg extensions for Apple software packages.

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32-bit is also a term given to a generation of microcomputers in which 32-bit microprocessors are the norm.

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3D computer graphics

3D computer graphics (in contrast to 2D computer graphics) are graphics that use a three-dimensional representation of geometric data (often Cartesian) that is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images.

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64-bit computing

In computer architecture, 64-bit computing is the use of processors that have datapath widths, integer size, and memory address widths of 64 bits (eight octets).

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