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Apple seeds new developer beta of OS X 10.10.2

Apple has released a new beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to developers. Apple is asking participants in this beta to focus on Wi-Fi, Mail, VoiceOver, and Bluetooth.

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How to turn on and edit the Favorites bar in Safari

A few weeks ago, I received a panicked call from my sister. "My Favorites are gone! I don't know where they went and I don't know how to get them back." The favorites in question weren't Instagram likes or Twitter stars — no, her new work Mac had come with its Bookmarks favorites bar disabled.

It's not uncommon to see this in new OS X Yosemite Macs; Safari's default view sports as few buttons and switches as possible, so as to immerse yourself in the Web browsing experience. But it's an easy fix to reenable the Favorites bar and even edit it.

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Apple and the pain of platform transitions

The stability of Apple's platforms has been the subject of a lot of debate recently. Whether you agree with it or not, there's a growing sentiment that the quality of Apple's software has gone downhill in recent years, and that some form of "Snow Leopard moment" is needed to get it back on track.

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Comic: Apple is slipping lately

Ed: Welcome to this week's-ever-so-slightly-delayed-due-to-the-artist-being-on-a-train-for-his-birthday's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. This week: Apple is sure slipping lately... or is it?

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OS X Yosemite review: 3 months later

Three months ago Apple senior vice-president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, stood up on the Town Hall stage and said OS X Yosemite would be available that very day. We posted our OS X Yosemite review as soon as it went live, based on almost four months of beta testing. And we've had an additional 90 days to live with the final version. So, what have we grown to love and what has gotten on our nerves? It's time to check in on Apple's latest version of the Macintosh operating system, three months later...

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This Sims 4 coming to Mac next month

The classic life simulation game, The Sims, is bringing its latest iteration to Mac in February. The Sims 4 introduces a revamped graphics engine, new emotion-based gameplay, and a ton of interaction combinations.

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PDFpenPro 7 for OS X adds editable OCR layer

PDFpenPro, a heavy-duty document editing app for OS X, has updated to version 7 with the ability to fix OCR text which is scanned in from a document before exporting to Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF. You can stash your documents in iCloud through the app now, plus create interactive forms. The interface has been updated for Yosemite, too.

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iWork apps for iOS and OS X updated with bug fixes and stability improvements

Apple has released a set of maintenance updates for its iWork applications on both iOS and OS X today. Overall, there's not much to report other than the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.

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What if the next MacBook Air were lighter than an iPad?

Someone gave me a cold for CES this year — how nice of them! — so I've been getting up obnoxiously early this week. Today, I thought I'd use some of that time to muse on Tuesday's Retina MacBook Air rumor from 9to5Mac. Senior editor Mark Gurman's source purports that the next MacBook Air will merge the 11- and 13-inch models into a single ultrathin 12-inch model with — get this — a single lonely USB-C port.

Now, before I go any further, I'm going to note that Gurman wrote and mocked up the machine based on an internal prototype, so it's entirely possible that Apple's next MacBook Air will look nothing like this. But if it did, well... it'd sure be an interesting in-between for folks who don't want to work on an iPad, huh?

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Losing Mac drive space to "Backups?" Don't panic!

Apple's Time Machine software makes sure that your Mac is always backed up, either to a Time Capsule device on your network or to an external hard drive. One of the lesser-known functions of Time Machine is its ability to save "snapshots," which can grab big chunks of your hard drive. If you've had this happen to you, don't worry — everything's going to be okay.

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