OS X 10.10.2 Beta 1 Available to Developers

Nov 20, 2014 - 9 Comments

OS X Yosemite Compatible Macs List

Apple has released the first developer beta of OS X 10.10.2, arriving as build version 14C68K. The notes attached to the OS X Update Seed 10.10.2 download don’t specify any particular focus areas, but presumably the update aims to address bugs and issues that have gone unresolved after the recent OS X 10.10.1 update.

Developers registered with Apple can find the OS X 10.10.2 beta 1 update available in Software Update and the Mac App Store, or through the official Mac Developer Center website.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 9 Comments

How to Flush DNS Cache in OS X Yosemite with discoveryutil

Nov 20, 2014 - 4 Comments

Flush DNS Cache in OS X

Some Mac users may encounter situations where they need to flush DNS cache in OS X for a name server to resolve properly, or for some DNS address change to become noticed by their individual computer. This is particularly relevant for system administrators, network admins, and web developers, but there are certainly situations where other users may need to dump and reset DNS caches too, like if a user has modified the /etc/hosts file and they need the changes to take effect without rebooting the Mac.

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How to Format Text & Insert Pictures Into Notes in iOS

Nov 20, 2014 - 10 Comments

Text formatting in Notes app for iOS

The Notes app in modern versions of iOS includes support for text formatting and media insertion. This is a welcome change for many reasons, as it not only improves the functionality of Notes app to serve as a scratchpad, but it also makes the Notes app and it’s iCloud syncing abilities between iOS devices and Macs with OS X an even more useful feature.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

Troubleshooting OS X 10.10.1 Wi-Fi Connection Issues

Nov 19, 2014 - 48 Comments

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Wi-Fi Troubleshooting

A number of Mac users who were experiencing wi-fi connection difficulties with OS X Yosemite have found the problems continue to persist after updating to OS X 10.10.1. The reasons for this are not entirely clear given that OS X 10.10.1 has aimed specifically at improving wi-fi reliability, but some of the traditional troubleshooting steps still apply and may help alleviate the issue.

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How to Disable Reachability on iPhone If You Accidentally Open It

Nov 18, 2014 - 3 Comments

Turn off Reachability on the iPhone

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus gained a feature called Reachability which, when activated, brings all onscreen icons and elements closer to the bottom of the display and Home button, thus making it easier for your thumb or finger to reach the desired touch points. While Reachability is proving to be a popular tool for many larger screen iPhone owners, some other users are discovering that they’re accidentally enabling the feature when they don’t want to.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

iOS 8.2 Beta 1 & Apple Watch Developer Kit Released

Nov 18, 2014 - 3 Comments

Apple Watch and iPhone

Apple has released iOS 8.2 beta 1 and an Apple Watch developer toolkit to those registered with the iOS developer program. The first iOS 8.2 beta build is 12D436 and arrives alongside a new beta version of Xcode 6.2, which includes the WatchKit developer package.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 3 Comments

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Update Available for Mac

Nov 17, 2014 - 93 Comments

OS X 10.10.1 Update

Apple has released the first major update to Macs running OS X Yosemite, versioned as OS X 10.10.1. OS X 10.10.1 includes several prominent bug fixes, including resolutions to issues with Wi-Fi reliability, Mail app problems, and a Time Machine backup bug. Other stability enhancements, security updates, and bug fixes are also included in the update, specified in the release notes below.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 93 Comments

iOS 8.1.1 Update Available with Bug Fixes [IPSW Download Links]

Nov 17, 2014 - 16 Comments

iOS 8.1.1

Apple has released the final version of iOS 8.1.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. The iOS update is focused primarily on bug fixes and stability enhancements, though some performance improvements are also said to be included for some older hardware.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 16 Comments

Find Local Listings & Restaurants with Spotlight in OS X Yosemite

Nov 16, 2014 - 8 Comments

Spotlight icon Spotlight is the fantastic search engine built into OS X and iOS, and while most people associate Spotlight searches with finding documents on their Mac or launching applications, the feature set has expanded dramatically since OS X Yosemite. One of the more useful tricks found within the revised Spotlight search is the ability to search for local places, which includes everything from restaurants, coffee shops, businesses, or just about anything else that could be found through Yelp or an Apple Maps search. Best of all, the entire search for a local listing can be done from anywhere on the Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

Increase or Decrease Text Size of Messages in OS X Yosemite

Nov 16, 2014 - 7 Comments

Mac Messages icon

The Mac Messages app has long had the ability to change the text size and font of your messages and conversations, but the adjustment functions have changed a bit in OS X Yosemite. In Messages under OS X Yosemite, you now have the option to increase or decrease the size of the Helvetica Neue system font used in conversations, but there is no longer an ability to change the actual font face or font weight.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

Instantly Share Your Current Location from Messages on iPhone

Nov 15, 2014 - 12 Comments

Messages If you’ve ever tried to give directions to someone when you aren’t that good at it, or maybe aren’t entirely sure where you are let alone how to get there, you know how frustrating of an experience that can be. Fortunately you can avoid that situation entirely now though thanks to a great location sharing feature on the iPhone, which lets you send your current location on a map immediately to someone else. The recipient can then route directions exactly to your location, or at least locate you on a map and know where you and your iPhone are located.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

How to Use Mail Drop to Send Large Files Over Email from Mac OS X

Nov 14, 2014 - 9 Comments

Mail app icon

Nearly every email server has a file size limit, typically ranging between 10MB and 40MB, and any file attached to an email larger than that will typically bounce or not send. Apple has come up with an interesting solution to this problem, calling it Mail Drop.

Essentially, MailDrop will automatically detect when a large file has been placed in an email, and ask if you’d like to use Mail Drop for the attachment rather than trying (and failing) to send it through the email server. When you approve of the MailDrop request, the file is uploaded to an iCloud server where the recipient will receive a download link to the file attachment, rather than a direct email attachment. If that sounds confusing it’s really not, the entire thing is basically automated, and it works quite well.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

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