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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 10.11.3 Beta 1 Released for Testing

Dec 16, 2015 - 9 Comments
OS X 10.11.3 Beta 1

Apple has released the first beta version of OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan to Mac users participating in the testing programs. The new release carries build 15D9c, and though it’s unclear what the focus area of OS X 10.11.3 is at the moment, presumably the release focuses on bug fixes and other improvements.

How to View & Clear the Mac NVRAM Contents from Terminal in OS X

Dec 16, 2015 - Leave a Comment
Terminal in OS X

Advanced Mac users may find it necessary to view or directly manipulate firmware variables found within NVRAM on the computer. Typically the NVRAM contains specific system data about things like the system audio level, startup disk details, an active user name, screen backlighting and resolution, and other technical details. While most users have no business … Read More

How to Reset the Bluetooth Hardware Module on Mac OS X to Troubleshoot Challenging Bluetooth Issues

Dec 15, 2015 - 13 Comments
Reset Bluetooth module in Mac OS X

Bluetooth allows wireless devices like keyboards, mouse, speakers, trackpads to be used with the Mac, and while they usually work just fine, sometimes specific Bluetooth difficulties can arise and be very frustrating to troubleshoot. Maybe it’s a persistently disconnecting device, maybe it’s a device that refuses to acknowledge a specific Mac or vice versa. Sometimes … Read More

Speed Up Photos App in OS X with Reduce Motion

Dec 14, 2015 - 7 Comments
Reduce Motion in Photos app for Mac OS X

The Mac Photos app uses various motion animations in the interface that are similar to those which appear in the iOS world, with plenty of zooming, panning, and other eye candy for doing simple tasks like opening a picture. Those eye candy effects may look nice to some users (and nauseating to others who are … Read More

Disable the Mail Swipe Gesture in Mac OS X with a Workaround

Dec 10, 2015 - 5 Comments
Use the classic layout in Mail app for Mac OS X to disable the swipe gesture

The Mail swipe left gesture in OS X can be set to archive or delete messages, but some users would rather just turn the feature off completely. At the moment, the Mac Mail client does not have an option to turn off the Mail swipe left gesture, but thanks to a workaround you can effectively … Read More

Get MacBook Battery Life Percent Time Remaining from Command Line in Mac OS X

Dec 10, 2015 - 2 Comments
Get Mac Battery Life from the Command Line in OS X

While most Mac laptop users will rely on the battery percentage indicator found in the menu bar of OS X, those who spend a lot of time at the command line may find it useful to know that MacBook battery life and battery charge percentage remaining information can be retrieved directly from the Terminal in … Read More

OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Released with Wi-Fi Improvements & Bug Fixes

Dec 8, 2015 - 57 Comments
OS X El Capitan 10.11

Apple has released OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 to the public, the latest version of OS X resolves various bugs and offers improvements to address wi-fi issues, HandOff, AirDrop, Bluetooth, Mail app, iCloud Photo Sharing, and photo importing over USB.

Prevent All Alerts from Notification Center in Mac OS X Without Disabling the Feature

Dec 7, 2015 - 16 Comments
Stop annoying alerts in Notification Center of Mac OS X

Notification Center in OS X delivers alerts and messages from Mac system functions, software updates, and various applications. While these notifications and messages can sometimes be helpful or informative, they can also be disruptive and incredibly annoying if you’re trying to focus or get things done on the Mac. Additionally, some users may not like … Read More

How to Change DNS Server Settings in Mac OS X

Dec 5, 2015 - 11 Comments
Adding and changing DNS servers in Mac OS X

Having appropriate DNS settings is essential for a Mac to be able to successfully access internet domains, whether it be a website like http://osxdaily.com or a remote server. DNS, which stands for Domain Name Server, essentially translates numerical IP addresses to the readable domains that most internet users are familiar with, and thus without properly … Read More

Change the Mail Swipe Left Gesture in OS X to Archive or Delete

Dec 2, 2015 - 10 Comments
Change the Mac Mail swipe left gesture

The Mac Mail app has added inbox swiping gestures to OS X that allow you to quickly delete or archive an email message with a simple left swipe. While this helps to sort through tons of emails rather quickly, it can also lead to some unintentional removal of emails that you may want to keep, … Read More

How to Run Microsoft Edge Web Browser in Mac OS X

Dec 1, 2015 - 19 Comments
Microsoft Edge icon transparent

Microsoft Edge is the latest web browser from Microsoft, which aims to replace Internet Explorer in the latest versions of Windows for desktop PC, Surface, and Windows Phone. While most Mac users may not need to access or use the Microsoft Edge web browser, others in OS X may require using Edge to access specific … Read More

AirDrop Not Working? Use Compatibility Mode for New Mac to Old Mac AirDrop Support

Nov 30, 2015 - 18 Comments
Fix AirDrop not working by enabling compatibility mode in Mac OS X

Using AirDrop is one of the easier ways to share files between Macs since its debut some time ago in OS X, but many Mac users have discovered that new Macs can’t seem to find old Macs with AirDrop, and older Macs with older versions of OS X can’t seem to locate new Macs with … Read More

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