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How to Restore a Mac from a Time Machine Backup

Aug 24, 2015 - 21 Comments
How to restore an entire Mac from Time Machine backup

While Macs have a great reputation for being stable and rarely experiencing major issues, the reality is that sometimes things can go wrong. Typically this happens when either a hard drive fails or an OS X system update goes completely awry, but if you have set up Time Machine backups on the Mac like all … Read More

Faulty iPhone 6 Plus Cameras to Be Replaced Free by Apple

Aug 22, 2015 - 7 Comments
iPhone Plus rear camera

Apple has launched a replacement program for malfunctioning rear cameras on some iPhone 6 Plus models. The affected iPhone 6 Plus devices have a camera component failure which causes photos and video taken with the devices rear camera to appear blurry rather than focused (note Apple calls the rear camera on iPhones the iSight camera, … Read More

Mac USB Ports Stopped Working? It’s Likely Easy to Fix

Aug 9, 2015 - 12 Comments
Mac USB ports not working? It's probably an easy fix

While Macs usually work flawlessly, sometimes peculiar issues pop up. One such unusual case is when the USB ports on a Mac suddenly stop working, seemingly out of the blue. While there may be several reasons (or no reason) for USB ports ceasing to function with no cause, the good news is that it’s typically … Read More

Not Happy with OS X El Capitan? How to Send Feedback to Apple

Jul 20, 2015 - 11 Comments
Send Feedback to Apple about OS X Yosemite

OS X El Capitan (10.11) is part of an open Public Beta, which means that any user can opt-in to install and run the beta version of the future OS X system software on their Mac. This is a chance for Mac users to help shape the future of OS X, and a great way … Read More

Resolving Mail Problems After OS X 10.10.4 Update

Jul 5, 2015 - 57 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

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

Jul 1, 2015 - 107 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

How to Stop Steam Opening Automatically in Mac OS X

Jun 7, 2015 - 6 Comments
Removing Steam from automatic Login app list

Steam offers many great games for Mac users to enjoy, but if you’re a casual gamer you may not be too excited about having the Steam client open itself automatically when logging in or starting up OS X. Fortunately, if Steam opening itself bothers you, it’s very easy to stop this behavior and only open … Read More

iOS Unicode Bug Crashes Messages & Reboots Devices, Here’s a Fix

May 27, 2015 - 20 Comments
Bug crashes Messages app and reboots iPhone

A bug with text rendering in iOS allows a specifically arranged text message to crash the Messages app on iPhone and iPad and then reboot the device. When the device has booted back again, the Messages app becomes unavailable as it crashes immediately upon launch, which has caused some users to think the problem is … Read More

Resolving the “Unable to Download Item. Please Try Again Later” Error Message on iPhone

May 20, 2015 - 4 Comments
iPhone

A somewhat strange error message can occur at random on iOS, typically for iPhone users, that states “Unable to Download Item. Please try again later” with a “Done” and “Retry” button options. The thing that makes this error message strange is that it appears at random and not after the user has attempted to download … Read More

Fix an “Unapproved Caller” SecurityAgent Message in Mac OS X

May 3, 2015 - 7 Comments
Finder of Mac OS X

Rarely, Mac users may encounter a random error message which appears somewhat disconcerting, with an OS X pop-up message saying “Unapproved caller. SecurityAgent may only be invoked by Apple software.” This message can appear at random when using certain apps, or after logging in or a reboot, and is sometimes followed by crashing and other … Read More

Fix Abnormally Slow Folder Opening & Folder Populating in OS X 10.10.3

Apr 17, 2015 - 53 Comments
Remove CloudKit metadata to fix sluggish Finder behavior in OS X 10.10.3

Some Mac users have experienced a variety of performance issues with OS X Yosemite, ranging from a sluggish and problematic Finder, to WindowServer going crazy pegging the processor, to assorted wi-fi difficulties. While OS X 10.10.3 has helped address some of the trouble, another issue appears to have popped up for a select group of … Read More

Resolving Finder Problems in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite

Apr 10, 2015 - 73 Comments
Finder of Mac OS X

Some users who have updated to OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, 10.10.4, or 10.10.3 have discovered that Finder will misbehave wildly, sometimes becoming wildly slow and unresponsive, crashing, or using inordinately high CPU. Given that Finder is a critical component of the Mac and nearly all OS X users rely on it for file system navigation, … Read More

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