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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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How to Show & Verify Code Signatures for Apps in Mac OS X

Mar 14, 2016 - 1 Comment
Check and verify code signing of apps in Mac OS X

Code signed applications allow security conscious users to verify the creator and hash of a particular app to help confirm it has not been corrupted or tampered with. This is rarely necessary for average Mac users, particularly those who obtain their software from the Mac App Store or other trusted sources since the apps are … Read More

Monitor System Stats, CPU Temp, Fan Speed in Mac Notification Center

Mar 13, 2016 - 5 Comments
System monitoring in Notification Center widgets for Mac OS X

Many Mac users like to keep a watchful eye on their system stats, including processor utilization, memory usage, disk activity, network usage, CPU temperature, fan speed, and perhaps battery stats. The Activity Monitor Dock icon offers one way to do this, but it’s on a limited basis, so if you’d rather see all kinds of … Read More

How to Convert plist Files to XML or Binary in Mac OS X

Mar 10, 2016 - 1 Comment
Convert a plist file to XML or binary in Mac OS X

Plist files contain preference specifics and properties relevant to a particular application or portion of Mac OS X system software. Depending on where the plist file is located and what function they serve, they can either be in XML format, binary format, and sometimes even json. For users who need to modify a plist file … Read More

How to Change Launchpad Icon Grid Layout in Mac OS X

Mar 9, 2016 - 12 Comments
Change the Launchpad grid icon count in Mac OS X

Launchpad is the quick application launcher available from the Mac OS X Dock and a keystroke that looks quite a bit like the Homescreen of iOS. By default, the Launchpad app grid usually displays icons in 7 rows and 5 columns of apps, but with a little adjustment from the command line of OS X … Read More

How to Delete Specific Message Segments in Mac OS X Messages

Mar 8, 2016 - 1 Comment
Deleting multiple message segments in Messages for Mac OS X

The Mac Messages app allows users to delete portions of a conversation and specific messages contained within a thread, without clearing out the entire chat transcript. This targeted message removal feature is helpful if you want to delete a part of a chat that is best left private, or perhaps because it contains sensitive data, … Read More

Beta 6 of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2, and WatchOS 2.2 Released for Testing

Mar 7, 2016 - 2 Comments
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta and iOS 9.2.2 beta

Apple has released a bevy of beta software updates for users participating in the public beta and developer beta testing programs, including iOS 9.3 beta 6, OS X 10.11.4 beta 6, watchOS 2.2 beta 6, and tvOS 9.2 beta 6. Each new build continues to emphasize bug fixes and refinements to the beta releases as … Read More

How to Increase Color Saturation of a Picture in Mac OS X with Preview

Mar 6, 2016 - 10 Comments
How to adjust color saturation of an image in Mac OS X

An images color saturation is expressed by the intensity of the color of a picture, thus a picture modified with higher saturation will appear with vivid colors, and a picture with the lowest saturation winds up turning a picture to black and white. Adjusting saturation is a common photo editing technique to both enhance or … Read More

Fix a Missing Sidebar in Open & Save Dialog Windows of Mac OS X

Mar 5, 2016 - 9 Comments
Sidebar missing in Open and Save dialog windows

Some Mac users have discovered the sidebar to be missing in the Open and Save dialog windows that appear throughout Mac OS X. Since the sidebar contains quick access links to various points in the file system, including user directory pictures, documents, the desktop, Macintosh HD, and tags, this can be frustrating and lead to … Read More

How to Backup an iPhone to External Hard Drive with Mac OS X

Mar 4, 2016 - 33 Comments
How to backup iPhone, iPad to an external hard drive

For those of us with larger storage size iPhone and iPad models, backing up the device locally can be a burden on limited disk space. A simple solution to this storage dilemma is to backup an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to an external hard drive instead, where disk space is often more abundant. We’ll … Read More

Convert Video to GIF on Mac with GifBrewery

Mar 1, 2016 - 4 Comments
Convert a video to animated GIF on Mac

If you have ever wanted to convert a movie into an animated GIF, you likely have found a variety of lower quality apps or web based solutions. You can skip those though, because Mac users have an excellent option for creating animated GIFs from a video called GifBrewery. Gif Brewery is a full featured GIF … Read More

Beta 5 of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, WatchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2 Released

Mar 1, 2016 - 5 Comments
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta and iOS 9.2.2 beta

Apple has released updates to each beta version of their operating systems, including iOS 9.3 beta 5, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 Beta 5, tvOS 9.2 beta 5, and watchOS 2.2 beta 5.

Mac Apps Not Opening? Apps Crashing on Launch? Fix Error 173 with OS X App Store Apps

Feb 29, 2016 - 11 Comments
App Store icon

Over the last few weeks, many Mac users have discovered that attempting to launch some apps obtained from the Mac App Store fails, with the apps immediately crashing and thereby failing to open in OS X. Typically you’ll see the app icon appear for a fraction of a second in the Dock, then disappear. For … Read More

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