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OS X 10.10.2 Beta 2 Released for Developers

Dec 4, 2014 - 6 Comments
OS X Yosemite

Apple has released another beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to those registered with the Mac Developer program. Officially labeled as “Pre-release: OS X Update Seed 10.10.2″, the second beta build arrives as 14C78c and is said to focus specifically on Wi-Fi. No other bugs or issues are mentioned in the brief download notes accompanying … Read More

How to Sign Documents with the Mac Trackpad Using Preview for OS X

Dec 4, 2014 - 10 Comments
Preview in Mac

The Mac Preview app has long included the ability to digitally sign documents with a signature, but up until the most recent versions of OS X, users had to basically sign a piece of paper and then use the Macs front-facing camera to ‘scan’ and digitize the signature. That has changed with OS X 10.10 … Read More

Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, & 6.2.1 Released for Mac OS X

Dec 3, 2014 - 23 Comments
Safari icon

Apple has released a series of small updates to the Safari web browser for users of OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, and earlier versions of OS X including Mountain Lion. The contents of the updates vary per release, but include bug fixes and resolutions to some issues that users were experiencing with specific versions … Read More

How to Access Attachment Files in Messages App from Mac OS X Finder

Dec 3, 2014 - 5 Comments
Messages attachments folder in Mac OS X

When you send or receive a picture, audio message, gif, video, or file in the Messages app of OS X, it obviously appears within the conversation window of that particular message, but those attachment files are also stored locally in a caches directory that can be accessed through the traditional file system of your Mac.

Search the Manual Page Index for String Matches in Terminal for OS X

Dec 2, 2014 - 2 Comments
apropos command matches in Mac OS X Terminal

Many command line users are familiar with the ‘man’ command that will open a manual page for a specific command, but what if rather than a specific commands man page, you’re looking for a string match within all man pages? That’s what this tricks is for, so whether you’re trying to learn more about a … Read More

Send an Audio Message to an iPhone or Mac from Messages in OS X

Dec 2, 2014 - 2 Comments
Record an audio message in OS X Messages app

The Messages app in the newest versions of OS X and iOS support audio messaging, meaning you can quickly record and send an audio message or verbal note to someone right from the messages app on the Mac. Perhaps even better, the recipient of the audio message does not need to be on the latest … Read More

Number Keypad Not Working on a Mac Keyboard? It’s a Simple Fix

Dec 1, 2014 - 8 Comments
Uncheck Mouse Keys if the number pad is not working on keyboard

Many Mac users go with the full sized Apple wired keyboard rather than a wireless keyboard so that they can have a dedicated number keypad on their keyboard. Sometimes that numeric pad seems to randomly stop working though, and suddenly numbers don’t type at all, which can be frustrating to say the least. To further … Read More

Clear Recent Web Browsing History in Safari for Mac OS X

Nov 28, 2014 - 16 Comments
clear-safari-website-history-cookies-data-hour

The Safari web browser has always included an ability to delete all web history, site data, searches, and cookies on a Mac, but the latest versions of Safari for OS X make this task even easier and offer a bit more control with four possible options, allowing users to do any of the following; remove … Read More

How to Start & Stop MySQL Manually in OS X Yosemite

Nov 26, 2014 - Leave a Comment
MySQL Start and Stop server

Many developers require MySQL on their Macs, but if you’ve tried to install MySQL in OS X Yosemite, you likely noticed that you’ll get an “installation failed” error during the process. That error sounds worse than it is, because you can avoid it entirely by choosing not to install the startup item included in the … Read More

Start or Request Screen Sharing from Messages in Mac OS X

Nov 25, 2014 - 8 Comments
Start or Request Screen Sharing in OS X

Messages app is generally associated with conversations, but new to OS X Yosemite is a feature which allows Mac users to initiate screen sharing with another Mac user directly from an active iMessage window. This is great for remote collaboration, showing off something on your computer, a file transfer between remote Macs, or even for … Read More

How to Use Instant Wi-Fi Hotspot in OS X Yosemite with an iPhone

Nov 24, 2014 - 7 Comments
Instant Hotspot

The iPhone has long had the excellent Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot feature, which effectively turns an iPhone or cellular iPad into a wireless router that Macs and other devices can connect to. That iPhone Hotspot feature gets even better for Mac users running OS X Yosemite, because you can now enable the iPhones personal Hotspot feature … Read More

Don’t Want to Update your Mac to OS X Yosemite? Hide the Update from the App Store

Nov 23, 2014 - 47 Comments
Hide OS X Yosemite installer from App Store

While many Mac users have updated to OS X Yosemite, a notable amount have chosen to stay on OS X Mavericks or Mountain Lion for a variety of reasons, and some have even had to downgrade due to frustrations or incompatibilities that were experienced with the new version of OS X. Whatever the reason, if … Read More

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