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iOS 8, OS X Yosemite and future shock

iOS 8, OS X Yosemite and future shock

I love my Macs and my iOS devices, but I can't help but feel like things are getting out of control. When I look at the gadgets that my family and I take for granted, I feel like I live in the future. Smart tablets, smart phones, smart watches. Despite all these smart devices, though, there's a...
Apple issues security update for OS X 10.10.2

Apple issues security update for OS X 10.10.2

Apple has released a security update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2. Apple did not specify the content update, saying only that it is recommended for all users, and improves OS X security. You can download Security Update 2015-003 from the Updates section of the Mac App Store, or as a separate download...
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Third beta for OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite now available for developers

Apple has released the third beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to registered developers. This update includes developer APIs for the new Force Touch trackpad that is a part of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and the upcoming new version of the MacBook. The third beta build has the version number...
How to set up parental controls on OS X Yosemite

How to set up parental controls on OS X Yosemite

How to keep your kids safe while on the Mac with Parental Controls in OS X Yosemite Keeping your kids safe while using the computer is paramount in many parents' minds. Fortunately Apple gives you the resources you need to keep your Mac safe for little ones. So today I'm going to give you some...
Apple releases first public beta of OS X 10.10.3

Apple releases first public beta of OS X 10.10.3

Apple has released the first public beta of OS X 10.10.3. This update contains stability and security fixes, as well as the new Photos app for Mac. The Photos app lets you view photos you have stored in iCloud. The app will replace both iPhoto and Aperture, and you can migrate your libraries...
How to find anything on your Mac with Spotlight

How to find anything on your Mac with Spotlight

Whatever you're looking for on your Mac is only a few keystrokes away. Spotlight is a huge time saver! You can clutter up your Dock up with icons, create aliases and click on the Applications menu in your Favorites sidebar in the Finder. But the quickest way to find what you're looking for doesn...
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Second beta for OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite now available for developers

Apple has released a second beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to its approved third-party software developers. The first beta, which was launched earlier this month, contained an early build of Apple's upcoming Photos app for Mac, which will be released to all OS X Yosemite users later this spring....
Mac Help: Master Yosemite's Privacy settings

Mac Help: Master Yosemite's Privacy settings

Security is on everyone's mind these days. How secure is your Mac? Can other people figure out where you are? What apps have access to your most important data? Read on to understand how Yosemite's Privacy settings are configured, and how to master them. R.C. writes: I've "enabled Location...
How to resize multiple Finder columns at once in OS X Yosemite

How to resize multiple Finder columns at once in OS X Yosemite

Column view is a handy way to look at large collections of files in the Finder. It's my go-to default when I want to arrange contents of Finder windows in easy-to-track lists. I like to reset the column width, however, and I've discovered a handy trick to reset it across an entire window. How...
Yosemite 10.10.3 beta bakes in support for Google's 2-step verification

Yosemite 10.10.3 beta bakes in support for Google's 2-step verification

It looks like managing your Google accounts on your Mac is about to get a tad easier. The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta for developers appears to contain native support for Google's 2-step verification when adding Google accounts in system preferences. The new settings, which were spotted by...
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New Photos app for Mac beta included in OS X 10.10.3 developer preview

The all new Photos app for Mac, which Apple first announced and showed off at WWDC 2014, is now available as a developer beta, included in OS X 10.10.3. The new Photos app has been made to replace the current iPhoto software for Mac. Apple has also posted more info on the new Photos app, which...
How to batch rename files and photos in OS X Yosemite

How to batch rename files and photos in OS X Yosemite

Up until OS X Yosemite, it was a pain the butt to batch-rename files. You either had to do it manually, arduously replacing the file names one by one, download a specialized utility, use some Terminal command-line wizardry, or perhaps resort to a tool like Apple's Automator utility. Not any more...
Apple releases OS X 10.10.2 with fixes for Wi-Fi, Spotlight troubles and more

Apple releases OS X 10.10.2 with fixes for Wi-Fi, Spotlight issues and more

Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to the public. This update is meant to fix a number of issues in Yosemite, including an issue that caused Wi-Fi to disconnect. Here is the full list of changes found in OS X 10.10.2: Resolves an issue that may cause Wi-Fi to disconnect Resolves an...
Latest OS X 10.10.2 beta kills Google-disclosed vulnerabilities dead

Latest OS X 10.10.2 beta kills Google-disclosed vulnerabilities dead

Google's Project Zero research program has disclosed and released proof-of-concept code for a series of 0day — previously unknown — vulnerabilities found in Apple's OS X operating system for the Mac. These exploits are all fixed in OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, now in beta. Here's a report on the...
Apple seeds new developer beta of OS X 10.10.2

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. You can download the new build, 14C106a, from the Apple Developer Center, as well as the Mac App Store if you're already a member...
Apple and the pain of platform transitions

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...
OS X Yosemite review: 3 months later

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...
Apple seeds new OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta build to developers

Apple seeds new OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta build to developers

Apple has started seeding yet another build of the 10.10.2 Yosemite beta today, bumping the build number up to 14C99d. Just like last week's beta build, Apple is asking that developers focus on areas concerning Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver. Developers should be able to start grabbing the update...
Apple seeds new Yosemite 10.10.2 beta build to developers

Apple seeds new Yosemite 10.10.2 beta build to developers

Apple has started seeding a new build of the 10.10.2 Yosemite beta today. As is usual, it isn't entirely clear what fixes the update brings, but the build number is bumped up to 14C94b and Apple is asking developers to focus on areas concerning Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver. Developers and those...
Disconnecting from iCloud is scarier than it should be

Disconnecting from iCloud is scarier than it should be

As a long time user of Apple's cloud services dating back to iTools (and even dabbling with AppleLink back in the day), I just assumed that most people used iCloud. Until I started working at an Apple reseller and helping people with their Macs and iOS devices. And that's when I discovered that a...

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