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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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Google releases VirusTotal Uploader for OS X to help keep your Mac secure

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.

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How to unhide your /Users directory in 10.9.3

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.

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How to reset your Mac to prepare it for sale

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.

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How to use Mac Recovery System to restore your operating system

If your Mac can't boot up, don't panic. The built-in Recovery System can get you up and running!

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How to back up and restore your Mac using Backblaze or CrashPlan

Backing up with Time Machine? That may not be enough. Time to think about offsite backup, too.

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OS X Dashboard: Apple's oft-ignored widget interface — do you use it?

OS X's Dashboard has been around for almost a decade, a repository of "Widget" mini-apps. Do you use it or do you ignore it completely?

Dashboard is a special app built into OS X that features "Widgets." These mini-applications combine HTML, CSS and JavaScript to provide limited functionality compared to full-blown applications, but still offer plenty of functionality that's only a single key-click away. Apple really hasn't made any innovations to it in years, so it's easy to ignore the Dashboard. That's probably why many of us ignore Dashboard completely, though based on my unscientific survey, many of us still depend on it daily. I know I do, which is what got me wondering if and how you use it.

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Apple patches hole in developer center that exposed user information

Last night Apple took their developer center down to patch a hole that allowed someone with access to the internal Radar app to get the professional contact information for anyone registered with the iOS, Mac, or Safari developer programs.

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Are you joining the new OS X beta program?

Are you joining the new OS X beta program?

Apple dropped a bombshell earlier this week by announcing a public beta program for OS X users to get in on. Previously only registered, paid up Mac developers were afforded this privilege but now Apple has flung the doors open and allowed anyone to join up. So, are you joining the new OS X beta program?

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How to easily clone your Mac using SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner

Even if you're backing up your Mac using Time Machine or another method, you may eventually need to clone your hard drive as well. Cloning produces an exact duplicate of your hard drive, bootable from your Mac. If your main drive fails, it can be a life-saver.

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