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Apple officially announces OS X 10.10 Yosemite at WWDC 2014

After much anticipation Apple has today formally introduced the next version of OS X at WWDC 2014 in San Francisco. OS X 10.10 takes on the Yosemite name that was first hinted at by that giant banner of El Capitan in the past couple of days.

We're literally just touching the surface right now and there's a whole lot more to come. So stick around and we'll be updating as we get more. If you're following along in the iMore liveblog or watching online, leave us your first thoughts in the comments below!

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Get a sneaky peek at the new OS X 10.10 before WWDC even begins!

Here it is folks, a sneaky peek at what should be the new OS X 10.10 already loaded up on the WWDC 2014 stage on a pair of iMacs. It's not Mavericks, so that leads us to believe it's the new stuff. There's not a lot to see or talk about, but the dock looks different and there's a new, striking red iTunes icon.

We'll be kicking off the iMore liveblog soon, so be sure to join us!

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First beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 seeded to developers

It wasn't that long ago that the OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 update was sent to users, but today Apple seeded the first beta of the 10.9.4 update to developers. There's no word right now what's in OS X 10.9.4, but if we had to guess we'd say it's more bug fixes for Mavericks and possibly some back-end tweaks to help with the coming update and transition to OS X 10.10 Syrah (which we'll be learning more about next week at WWDC 2014).

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Apple: iTunes 11.2 /Users folder disappeared because of file permission problem

iTunes 11.2 made the /Users folder disappear temporarily, if you're using iCloud's Find My Mac feature. Apple fixed it with an iTunes 11.2.1 update that appeared later in the day. And now the company has explained the change in a security post. Apple:

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OS X 10.9.3 review: Is this the Mavericks we've been waiting for?

New Mavericks build corrects long-standing issues. Should you upgrade? Let's find out

The latest general release of Mavericks is now available for download from the Mac App Store. It was released to the general public on Thursday after a lengthy beta testing process that began back in early March. It solves a bunch of problems that have lingered for Mavericks users since 10.9 was released last fall.

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How to protect your Mac using FileVault 2 encryption

FileVault 2 can protect your drive's data by encrypting the data on your drive. Is it worth using?

An administrator password only goes so far to protect your Mac, but what happens if someone circumvents it or boots from another volume? The contents of your Mac will be vulnerable — unless you encrypt it. Fortunately Apple enables just such technology with FileVault 2 encryption, and it's built right into OS X Mavericks. Here's how to enable FileVault 2 encryption on your Mac.

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How to save disk space on your Mac by selectively syncing Dropbox folders

Try this tip to keep unnecessary Dropbox files from cluttering up your Mac

Like many of you, I rely on Dropbox to share files with friends, family and coworkers. When it comes to my coworkers, we have a lot of files we share, and some of them are quite sizable photos and graphics files.

I use a MacBook Pro with flash storage, so space is at a premium. While having access to those shared files is helpful, I don't need all of them taking up valuable storage space locally on my Mac.

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OS X Security Update addresses Safari vulnerabilities and bugs

Apple has issued an OS X security update today that should improve compatibility, stability and security. The bulk of the update is centered around Safari 7.0.3, and has the following changes, per Apple:

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What's on Richard's Mac dock right now!

Unlike my iPhone and iPad which are used a lot for leisure purposes besides work, my Mac is predominantly work focused. It's where I spend most of my working days and so many of the apps that reside on my dock are those which I use the most. I'm not one for overloading my Mac dock, so the apps that are on there are genuinely the ones I need the most throughout the day. So, following on from other members of the iMore team, here's what's on my Mac dock and why.

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What would the Mac look like with Helvetica Neue as the new OS X system font?

OS X 10.10, code-named Syrah, us currently sprinting its way towards developer beta for WWDC 2014, which kicks off June 2. Syrah is rumored to be getting a Jony Ive-led interface refresh this year, like iOS 7 got last year. That makes a lot of sense, since part of the opportunity cost of iOS 7 getting all that attention was that there wasn't much left for OS X Mavericks. It shipped with a few rough edges, like stitched leather, shaved off but others, like green felt, remaining. 2014 should see a reversal of those fortunes, with iOS 8 getting refined but Syrah getting a more significant visual upgrade. But how far will it go?

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