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How to copy/paste between your Macs and iOS devices

A few weeks ago, I put a call out on Twitter for Continuity-based copy/paste apps:

Since 2010, I'd been using Syncopy to sync clipboards between my Macs; unfortunately, the app had been virtually untouched since its release, and it got buggier with every OS X release. And that's not even talking about its iOS support, which was minimal and very quickly outmoded.

So, 2015 around the corner. Time for a new app to sync my clipboard. What better resource to turn to than Twitter? And though I didn't find a Continuity-based app, the iCloud-based ones I did find are pretty fantastic.

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Ten technology tips for your family members this holiday

Every time I come home for Christmas, my folks ask me to fix something technology-related in their home. They're very intelligent people and generally good with Macs, but somehow I always end up having to troubleshoot something. (This Christmas: controlling the Nest thermostat through their iOS devices.)

Whether your family members are tech-savvy or not, everyone appreciates a little holiday help now and then. In that spirit, here are ten of my favorite no-brainer tips to pass along this season. (I recommend printing, framing, or otherwise stickying the first five.)

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What's on Serenity's Yosemite Dock right now

First things first: Left-side Dock, forever. I know there are some people who prefer having their Dock along the bottom of the screen, but when you're rocking an 11-inch Air, a bottom Dock takes up valuable screen space.

And to borrow from the Doctor: side Docks are cool.

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How to record phone calls on your Mac

If you're in a business — as I am — where you occasionally conduct interviews over the phone, or want to remember brainstorming sessions with a friend, you may wish to record your calls. In the past, this was a bit of a pain with iPhone calls, since iOS apps can't hijack your audio signal. You usually had to record using an external device, either by putting your iPhone on speaker or wiring it up in some way.

No longer.

Thanks to the folks at Ecamm, you can use any Continuity-enabled Mac running OS X Yosemite to record your iPhone calls with Call Recorder for FaceTime ($30, free trial available).

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Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai joins the battle on OS X

Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai is now available for Mac, introducing the acclaimed standalone expansion pack by developer The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. Joining the base version of this expansion pack will be a Collection Edition, which includes four faction packs. Total War: Shogun 2 was released on Mac back in July.

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App Santa returns to bring you some of the best apps for iOS and Mac for up to 60% off!

App Santa is back! From December 16 to December 26, a number of independent developers have banded together to bring you some of the best apps for iOS and OS X for up to 60% off. From App Santa:

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Apple seeds new beta for OS X 10.10.2

Apple has released a new beta for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to developers. Apple is asking participants in this beta to focus on Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver. The previous beta for 10.10.2 was released just last week.

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Continuity: Where it is now, and our hopes and dreams for the future

Continuity is one of the major new features across Apple's new operating systems, iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and the one that's best embodied Apple's "integration" theme. It lets you AirDrop just about anything between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It makes hotspots instantly available. It relays your phone calls and SMS/MMS between your iPhone and your iPad or Mac, and back again. And it lets you handoff activity between all of your devices. Yet, for all Continuity does, it's still a version 1.0. That means there are some frustrations, but also a lot of hopes, dreams and wants for the future. Here they are!

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How to open apps from an unidentified developer in Yosemite

Mac OS X has a couple of great safeguards in place to prevent you from accidentally running malicious applications that might infect or otherwise damage your computer. But that can occasionally also prevent perfectly legitimate applications from running.

Here's how to keep your computer safe and also have the option to open certain software on a case-by-case basis.

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'Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice' lands on Mac today, iOS Thursday

Are you looking to get a little more Game of Thrones in your life between seasons? Well, there's some good news, as Telltale Games has announced that episode one of its Game of Thrones series, titled "Iron From Ice," is available today on Mac — or at least that's the plan. It currently seems that Telltale is experiencing a slight delay in getting the Mac client out the door, but they are working on getting it up as soon as possible.

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