5 Easy Tips to Speed Up OS X Yosemite on Your Mac

Oct 24, 2014 - 8 Comments

Speed up OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite runs great on most new Macs, but some older models may experience some sluggishness or stuttering from time to time. The reason for that feeling of reduced performance can be due to a variety of issues, and most of them are really easy to resolve with surprisingly little effort.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

Enable Dark Mode with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X Yosemite

Oct 24, 2014 - 2 Comments

OS X Dark mode

Dark Mode impacts the appearance of the Dock and Menu Bar in OS X Yosemite, turning both from their grey on white defaults to a higher contrast white text against black background dark alternative. The effect is sort of iOS-like, but it also makes a great addition to the Increase Contrast feature on a Mac with the latest OS X version. Typically to enable Dark Mode on a Mac you have to go into the System Preferences and toggle a switch, but another option is to enable a hidden keyboard shortcut instead.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

Enable Continuity & Handoff on Unsupported Macs with Continuity Activation Tool

Oct 23, 2014 - 12 Comments

Continuity in Mac OS X and iOS

Continuity and Handoff are two great features of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 that allow an iPhone or iPad to ‘handoff’ an application, like a half-written email, over to the Mac to be completed in the Mac Mail app. It’s one of the major reasons for iOS and Mac users to upgrade to OS X Yosemite and it greatly improves productivity, but not all Macs support the feature. The Continuity Activation Tool changes that, it’s a third party utility that brings Handoff and Continuity support to some Macs that aren’t supposed to have the feature.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

How to Show a Sidebar in iTunes 12

Oct 23, 2014 - 58 Comments

iTunes 12 icon The iTunes sidebar has been a part of the media players functionality since the earliest days of the app, allowing users to quickly navigate around iTunes and their media, and also easily transfer things like music and movies to their iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The latest version of iTunes 12 has a different take on things though, and the interface has changed considerably by removing the sidebar and eliminating the option to show the sidebar from the View menu.

It turns out there is a way to show a sidebar in iTunes 12, however.
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By Paul Horowitz - iTunes, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 58 Comments

Increase Interface Contrast in OS X Yosemite to Improve Usability

Oct 22, 2014 - 26 Comments

Increase Contrast of user interface elements in OS X Yosemite

The revised interface in OS X Yosemite makes heavy use of transparencies, flatness, white space, smaller and narrow fonts, and a dramatic lack of contrast with neutral shades of grey used for most text and many onscreen elements. Combined with the new system font choice of Helvetica Neue (the same font from iOS), the overall look of Yosemite is beautifully fancy on Macs with Retina displays, but the ensemble doesn’t always look so great on Macs with normal screens, where the thinness and lack of contrast just ends up looking blurry.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 26 Comments

How to Downgrade OS X Yosemite Back to OS X Mavericks

Oct 22, 2014 - 21 Comments

Downgrade OS X Yosemite back to OS X Mavericks

For Mac users who have updated to OS X Yosemite and found it to be unbearable for whatever reason, you’ll be pleased to discover that downgrading back to OS X Mavericks may be a possibility for you. This is not specifically recommended, but if you’re absolutely set on reverting from Yosemite to the prior version of OS X running on your Mac, you can likely do so. We’re going to cover downgrading to Mavericks, but technically this process would work to get back to other versions of OS X too.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 21 Comments

How to Install Java in OS X Yosemite

Oct 21, 2014 - 20 Comments

Java in OS X Yosemite

Mac users who require Java and who have installed OS X Yosemite may have discovered that a prior version of Java is no longer functioning under OS X 10.10, and that older installers don’t work to install Java in Yosemite. Additionally, a fresh install of Yosemite does not include Java at all. If your Mac running OS X Yosemite needs Java for application compatibility, online banking, or any of the myriad of other reasons, you can manually install one of two versions of Java that are compatible with OS X 10.10, either the latest version of JRE 8, or an older version from Apple which remains compatible with the newest version of OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 20 Comments

Did iOS 8.1 Reduce Your Battery Life? This May Help

Oct 21, 2014 - 40 Comments

iOS 8.1 battery life

Though the iOS 8.1 update includes many bug fixes that resolve some of the frustrating annoyances that popped up in earlier versions, a handful of users have experienced something else with iOS 8.1; quickly reducing battery life. No, we’re not talking about shaving a few minutes off how long your iPad or iPhone lasts, we’re talking dramatically reduced battery life with rapid draining.

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How to Show the Full Website URL in Safari for OS X Yosemite

Oct 20, 2014 - 19 Comments

Safari icon The newest version of Safari in OS X Yosemite defaults to only displaying the domain name of the website you are visiting, rather than the complete URL that many users have long been accustomed to seeing. Some users won’t notice the change, but for many of us, this is unnecessary and annoying as it hides information about active websites that is important to know.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 19 Comments

iOS 8.1 Download Released with Apple Pay, Camera Roll, Wi-Fi Fix, Bug Fixes, etc

Oct 20, 2014 - 118 Comments

ios-8-1

Apple has released iOS 8.1 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The update offers a variety of new features for mobile devices, and also resolves some of the bugs and issues that existed with prior versions of iOS 8. The iOS 8.1 update is recommended for all users to install on their respective devices.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 118 Comments

How to Delete an iCloud Account from an iPhone / iPad

Oct 19, 2014 - 1 Comment

iCloud For those of us who juggle between multiple iCloud accounts (which is really not recommended), you may need to remove an iCloud account associated with an iPhone or iPad some times. This is typically for situations where you need to swap in a different account, create a new iCloud login for some reason, or just change to another existent iCloud account that is better suited for a device. While iOS makes this process easy, but be sure you know why you would want to do this, otherwise you may encounter unanticipated problems.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Clean Install OS X Yosemite

Oct 18, 2014 - 44 Comments

How to Clean Install OS X Yosemite

Most Mac users who are upgrading to OS X Yosemite should go through the standard process via the Mac App Store and start the installation from there, it’s by far the easiest approach and it generally goes flawlessly. Some users like to perform what is known as a clean installation of Mac OS X though, which is essentially wiping the Mac drive, and starting fresh with a brand new untouched install of OS X Yosemite, and then manually copying or accessing files and re-installing apps. While clean installing is not particularly difficult, it’s considered more advanced because it’s a much more hands-on and lengthy process than simply updating to OS X 10.10 through the App Store.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 44 Comments

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