Apple has seeded a new beta build of OS X 10.9.4 to its AppleSeed testers. The seed was posted for developers yesterday. AppleSeed testers who have their computers registered with the program can go into the Updates section of the Mac App Store to download the new build.
Netflix continues to get rid of using Microsoft's Silverlight video player in its web browser versions. Today, the streaming video company announced that, starting with the version of Safari in Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite, it will move over to HTML5.
Kicking off the Worldwide Developer Conference, or WWDC, this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave us a look at the state of the Mac by giving us a look at how the Mac and Mavericks is doing. According to Cook, there are over 9 million developers creating compelling apps for Apple, giving them nearly a 50 percent increase from last year.
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).
Google has released VirusTotal Uploader for OS X, an app that will let you upload suspicious apps and files to VirusTotal so they can be scanned by the service to identify malware. VirusTotal, purchased by Google in September 2012, has produced apps for Windows and Android, but this is the first VirusTotal product to be released on an Apple platform.
The new Mavericks update, 10.9.3, has taken away some people's ability to see their /Users directory. Here's how to fix it
Mavericks has been updated to 10.9.3, and a peculiar thing has happened to some people who have applied the update: Their /Users directory has gone missing. More specifically, it's been hidden. Unhiding it isn't a big deal, though it does require you to use a utility that many Mac users never go near: Terminal, the command line interface for OS X.
Selling your Mac? Clean it up first by reformatting the hard drive and installing a fresh copy of OS X. Here's how
If you're getting ready to sell your Mac, you need to prepare it to get ready to hand it off to its new owner. That means some housekeeping on your part to make the Mac tidy and ready for its new home.
If your Mac can't boot up, don't panic. The built-in Recovery System can get you up and running
A flashing question mark or flashing globe on boot is one of the scariest sights imaginable to a Mac user. It means that the Mac is not finding the system software it needs to continue booting. You're not doing anything else on this Mac until this is fixed.
Backing up with Time Machine? That may not be enough. Time to think about offsite backup, too
Time Machine or another similar tool for OS X should be your first line of backup defense for your Mac. You should always have a way to recover if you delete an important file or if your hard drive fails. But backup hard drives can go bad, even the one in Apple's Time Capsule. What's more, if you have a major catastrophe, like a major robbery, house fire or natural disaster, you may not be able to restore from that backup. What do you do then? One solution is to use an offsite backup service. Backblaze and CrashPlan are two of the more popular services available for Mac users.