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Mac OS X, often called simply OS X, is the operating system that resides on Apple’s desktop and portable computer lineup. Built upon a Unix core, it is easy to use yet highly advanced, extremely stable, and an excellent OS for productivity and creation. Browse through our articles or use the search feature to look for something specific.

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Resolving Mail Problems After OS X 10.10.4 Update

Jul 5, 2015 - 28 Comments
Fix mail problems after updating OS X

Some Mac Mail users have discovered that Mail app misbehaves after updating to OS X 10.10.4 (and some with OS X 10.11 El Capitan betas) particularly with Exchange and Gmail accounts, but it can happen with other email provider services as well. Typically the problem manifests in one of a few ways; eMail logins suddenly … Read More

How to Disable Force Click on MacBook Trackpads

Jul 3, 2015 - 4 Comments
Force Click settings for Mac trackpad

Force Touch is an impressive haptic feedback technology that is rolling out through updated Apple hardware, with all of the newest model Mac laptops having a Force Touch trackpad included. The basic click functionality of Force Touch is often not even noticed by MacBook users, but one thing that is frequently discovered is Force Click, … Read More

Fix Frozen App Store Updates and High softwareupdated CPU in OS X

Jul 1, 2015 - 92 Comments
Stuck App Store frozen Updates tab

Some users who are trying to install OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 or iTunes 12.2 have discovered the Mac App Store will freeze, with an endless spinning wait cursor and the updates never showing up. Investigating further reveals that a process called ‘softwareupdated’ simultaneously goes haywire and consumes 99% CPU for an indeterminate amount of time … Read More

Security Update 2015-005 for OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion Available

Jul 1, 2015 - 6 Comments
The Mavericks installer app icon

Mac users on OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 and OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 will find two important software updates available to them, labeled as Security Update 2015-005 and Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001. The updates include patches and fixes to significant potential security issues and are therefore recommended for all Mac users running Mavericks and … Read More

OS X 10.10.4 Update Available with Bug Fixes for Wi-Fi & Networking, Photos, Mail

Jun 30, 2015 - 74 Comments
OS X Yosemite

Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 for Mac users, the update offers significant bug fixes and improvements to Mac OS X and is recommended for all users running OS X Yosemite to install. One of the most notable bug fixes with OS X 10.10.4 is the removal of the ‘discoveryd’ networking process in favor … Read More

Annotate eMail Attachments with MarkUp in Mail for Mac OS X

Jun 29, 2015 - 15 Comments
Access the MarkUp function to annotate emails in OS X Mail app

The modern versions of Mac Mail app support an easy to use image and PDF annotation feature called MarkUp. MarkUp allows users to quickly perform annotation tasks like drawing on an image, adding a note, or even adding a signature, it’s essentially the Preview apps editing tools suite but available instantly in Mail for OS … Read More

How to Load & Unload Kernel Extensions in OS X

Jun 24, 2015 - 5 Comments
Loading and unloading kernel extensions in Mac OS X

Kernel extensions, called kext for short, are modules of code that are loaded directly into the kernel space of OS X, able to run at a low-level to perform a variety of tasks. Most kexts are part of the core Mac OS X system software, typically hardware device drivers, but some third party apps will … Read More

OS X El Capitan Developer Beta 2 Released for Testing

Jun 23, 2015 - 3 Comments
OS X EL Capitan

Apple has released the second developer beta version of OS X El Capitan 10.11 to Mac users who are part of the registered Apple Developer program. The updated build arrives as 15A204h and is officially labeled as OS X El Captain Developer Beta 2 1.0, separately, a second beta version of OS X Server 5.0 … Read More

How to Create a Windows 10 Installer USB Drive from Mac OS X

Jun 22, 2015 - 30 Comments
Windows 10 logo

Windows 10 is able to run on all modern Mac hardware in a dual boot environment thanks to Boot Camp. If you’re aiming to run Windows alongside OS X on the same Mac, you’ll want to create a bootable Windows 10 installer drive out of a USB drive, which can be done quickly from OS … Read More

How to Stream Video to Xbox One from Mac OS X or Windows

Jun 21, 2015 - 11 Comments
Streaming media to Xbox One from a Mac is easy

If you have an Xbox One gaming console in the household, you may be pleased to discover that it’s really quite easy to stream video and audio from a local Mac or Windows PC to play directly on the Xbox One. This offers a nice wireless method to play movies from any Mac or PC … Read More

2 Ways to Copy Files to iCloud Drive from Mac OS X Finder

Jun 19, 2015 - 15 Comments
How to copy files to iCloud Drive from the Mac with a drag and drop trick

iCloud Drive supports direct file transfers from the Mac, meaning you can take just about any file, folder, document, or item stored in OS X, and copy it over to iCloud Drive, where it will be stored and accessible by your other Macs and iOS devices using the same Apple ID. Using iCloud Drive this … Read More

How to View EXIF Data of Any Picture in Photos for Mac

Jun 17, 2015 - 9 Comments
EXIF data seen in Photos for Mac

The Photos app for Mac allows users to quickly see EXIF metadata of any image contained within the applications library. For those who aren’t familiar, EXIF data is raw information about the picture file, containing details about the camera and settings used to take the picture, the aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and you’ll also find … Read More

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