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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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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Beta 6 Available Now for Testing

Mar 30, 2015 - 5 Comments
OS X Yosemite Macs

Apple has released the sixth beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. The new build arrives as 14D127a and is available for those participating in the Public Beta test program and users who are registered as a Mac Developer.

How to Connect to Invisible Wi-Fi SSID Networks from Mac OS X

Mar 30, 2015 - 2 Comments
Join a hidden wi-fi network from Mac OS X

A fair amount of wireless routers choose not to broadcast their identity (called an SSID) as a simple security precaution, thus knowing how to join an invisible network from a Mac is important.

How to Exit Out of Full Screen Mode in OS X Yosemite

Mar 29, 2015 - 7 Comments
Exit full screen mode in OS X

Now that the Mac windows green maximize button defaults to sending apps and windows into Full Screen Mode, a notably sized cohort of OS X users who perhaps didn’t know this behavior changed until accidentally finding out, are left confused with the following question; “how do I get out of full screen mode in OS … Read More

How to Show a Paper Tape in Calculator App for Mac

Mar 28, 2015 - 9 Comments
Enable the Paper Tape Calculator in Mac OS X

If you find yourself adding up many numbers or just performing a continuous string of math that is critical to keep track of, you should know that the Mac Calculator app includes a paper tape feature. For those who aren’t familiar, a paper tape keeps a running trail of each item entered into a calculator, … Read More

View Live Webpage Previews in Spotlight on Mac OS X

Mar 27, 2015 - 6 Comments
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You may know that you can quickly jump to websites by typing a domain name into a Spotlight search and choosing the ‘Suggested Website’ option, but did you know you can get a live preview of a webpage from Spotlight on the Mac? This is a fairly simple trick that’s pretty useful, and yes it … Read More

How to Mute Conversations in Messages for Mac with Do Not Disturb

Mar 26, 2015 - 2 Comments
Mute a conversation in Messages for Mac

With the Mac Messages app able to send and receive text messages along with iMessages, you’ll be in greater contact with friends, family, and anyone else who sends you a message. This is usually a good thing, but sometimes you’ll find yourself as a recipient to a conversation that just isn’t necessary to follow. For … Read More

How to Run Windows 10 on Mac Free with VirtualBox for OS X

Mar 25, 2015 - 30 Comments
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Need to run Windows 10 on a Mac? You can install and run Windows 10 in OS X for free using VirtualBox and the Windows 10 Preview from Microsoft. Because this installs Windows into a virtual machine atop existing Mac system software, running Windows is basically like running any other application, which makes it much … Read More

How to Use iCloud Password to Login & Unlock Mac OS X

Mar 24, 2015 - 10 Comments
Use iCloud (Apple ID) as a Mac Login

Rather than remembering a separate password and set of login information for unlocking a Mac, OS X offers the option to use an iCloud password to login to the computer at boot, reboot, authentication, locked screens, and all login windows instead. This is a helpful feature for users who like to keep things simple and … Read More

OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta 5 Released for Testing

Mar 23, 2015 - 21 Comments
The standard Photos app GUI looks a lot like iOS

Apple has released a fifth beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to those participating in the OS X Public Beta program, or registered in the Mac Developer program. The new build arrives as build number 14D113c and continues to include a focus on the new Photos app for OS X, along with other bug … Read More

How to Find the Build Number of OS X on a Mac

Mar 23, 2015 - 3 Comments
Find the build number of OS X from the command line with sw_vers

Each release of OS X has a unique build number assigned to it to represent the changes found in that version of system software, often these changes are minor and incremental, but with major OS X releases the build numbers can change significantly. Though average Mac users won’t need to know the build number of … Read More

How to Make Phone Calls from Mac Using iPhone

Mar 21, 2015 - 25 Comments
Phone Calls on Mac and iPhone

If you have a Mac and an iPhone, you can now make phone calls from your Mac using that iPhone. The phone call will sound through the Mac speakers and use the Mac microphone, but the actual call itself routes through the iPhone. This is a part of the Continuity suite, which is really nice … Read More

Security Update 2015-003 for OS X Yosemite Released

Mar 19, 2015 - 10 Comments
OS X Yosemite

Apple has released an important security update for OS X Yosemite users. Labeled as “Security Update 2015-003 1.0, the update is available to all Macs running OS X Yosemite 10.10.2.

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