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Apple releases new OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers and AppleSeed testers

Apple has released the second developer beta, and first AppleSeed Beta of OS X 10.10.4

Apple notes that OS X 10.10.4 "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac". Apart from that, there are no specifics about exactly what is to be found in this release.

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Apple releases graphics fix for certain iMac models

Apple has released a graphics update for a number of models of their iMac desktops.

The update fixes issues that may cause an iMac to become unresponsive when looking at large JPEG images in Finder or Preview. The problem impacts three iMac models, including the iMac with 5K Retina display.

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The Rootpipe vulnerability is back, but most people still don't have to worry

Rootpipe, a "privilege escalation" vulnerability Apple patched in OS X 10.10.3, turns out to have a wider target area than original thought.

A "privilege escalation" vulnerability means that if someone already has malicious code on your Mac, they can use something like Rootpipe to gain deeper access. Think of it like this — if a criminal has already broken into your house, they can use a pipe to break open a locked cupboard. While the analogy starts to break down at this point, Apple thought they made the cupboard pipe-proof in OS X 10.10.3 but, after analyzing the new locks, a security specialist found another angle to attack it from.

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How to set up and use Force Click on the Mac

Apple's new Force Touch Trackpad for the Mac comes with a new way to interact with OS X — Force Click.

Force Click lets you not only click like you would on a traditional, mechanical trackpad, but press harder to engage a second click, or a range of additional click levels, that enable additional actions. For example, click on an icon and then Force Click to get a QuickLook, or click on a word and then Force Click to get a dictionary definition. All of this comes enabled by default on the new MacBook and on the 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro, but there are several options you can toggle and a range of features you can explore.

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How to assign Force Click on OS X

For now there's only one way to assign Force Click actions on your Mac, and only one kind of action to assign.

Sure, that makes un-assigning Force Click the same as disabling it, but Force Touch and Force Click are brand new and Apple has only just begun experimenting with them. No doubt other functionality, and third party app implementations, will follow.

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How to adjust Force Click firmness on OS X

Force Click, as the name implies, requires you to put a little "force" behind your click.

By default, Force Click requires a "medium" level of intensity to activate. Apple gives you the option, however, of switching to "light", which makes it easier to engage, or "firm", which requires you to put even more muscle behind it. Whether you're having a hard time triggering Force Click, or you're triggering by mistake, there's likely a setting that's perfect for you.

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How to enable or disable Force Click on OS X

Force Click lets you perform a "deeper"-feeling secondary trackpad click to initiate additional actions.

With a Force Click, you can do everything from bringing up Quick Look to Look Up, preview maps and websites, and more. If you like the way it works and feels, it's on by default and you can leave it that way. If you'd rather turn it off, however, and use your Force Touch trackpad more like a traditional trackpad, you can easily do that too. And if you later change your mind, you can turn it right back on.

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OS X Yosemite review: 6 months later

Time flies: It's been six months since OS X Yosemite's launch.

First, we wrote the original gigantic review. Then, we got together and chatted about the operating system three months later. Now, six months after the release of OS X 10.10, the iMore team is back at it to talk once more about Apple's national-park-named operating system.

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Apple seeds first beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers

Apple has released the first developer beta of OS X 10.10.4. The build is available now from the Apple Developer Center.

There is very little specific information about what is in OS X 10.10.4, but it seems likely that it focuses on fixes and improvements. Apple notes that this build, 14E7f, improves stability, compatibility, and security.

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Supplemental update to OS X 10.10.3 fixes video driver issues

Apple has released a supplemental update to OS X 10.10.3 to fix a video driver issue.

Following the release of OS X 10.10.3 on April 8, Apple has pushed out a small update for that version.

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