OS X

New beta of OS X 10.10.4 now available for developers and AppleSeed testers

Apple has released a new beta build of OS X 10.10.4 to developers and AppleSeed testers. This is the third beta for AppleSeed, and the fourth for developers.

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MacPaw releases DevMate to help you build and distribute your Mac app

Mac developer MacPaw has released DevMate, their new platform to help developers build and distribute their apps for OS X outside the Mac App Store.

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How would you change Photos for OS X?

Photos for OS X brings Apple's new, system-live image and video service to the Mac.

That meant an end to Apple's traditional photography tools, iPhoto and Aperture, but in their place Photos for OX offers seamless integration with Photos for iOS. That includes sync for both content and edits via iCloud Photo Library. With optimized storage, only your most frequent, favorite, and recent images and videos take up space on your Mac's drive while the rest are stores a click-and-download away on Apple's servers. Yet, as much as Photos for OS X may have replaced iPhoto, it's left some Aperture users looking for more. So, what would you change?

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Stability and security said to be the primary focuses for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11

Apple has apparently focused more on stability and security with iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, opting to include fewer tentpole features for users.

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iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 may take a typography lesson from the Apple Watch

Apple may elect to use San Francisco, the typeface built for the Apple Watch, as the system font for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.

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How to stop Google Chrome from automatically launching on your Mac

Tired of Google Chrome launching every time you restart or log in to your Mac?

If Chrome is your browser of choice, it can be convenient. If you tried Chrome but switched back to Safari, like I recently did, it can be annoying. I still want to be able to use Chrome from time to time, but I don't want it opening on login or launching on startup. Luckily, there's a super simple way to get Chrome to stop launching automatically, and it only takes a few clicks!

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OS X development for the Oculus Rift VR headset is currently on hold

Oculus VR has put OS X and Linux development for its upcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset on hold, in order to concentrate its efforts on the Windows platform.

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Chrome extensions will soon only be available through the Chrome Web Store

Google will only allow for Chrome extensions to be installed via the Chrome Web Store for all Windows and Mac users, in both consumer and development channels, starting in July.

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Apple releases new OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers and testers

Apple has released a new beta build of OS X 10.10.4 to developers and AppleSeed testers. This is the second beta for AppleSeed, and the third for developers.

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Best storage practices for OS X Server and Time Machine

If you run a Mac server, what's the best way to back up data using Time Machine?

That's the question posed to me in this week's Mac Help. Now, I'll extol the virtues of the Mac mini as a home and small business server until my dying day. Sometimes I think I'm the only one, then a question comes in that reminds me I'm not. This one focuses on storage for OS X Server, Time Machine and more.

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