How to Prepare a Mac for the OS X Yosemite Update the Right Way

Oct 13, 2014 - 69 Comments

How to Prepare a Mac for OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite is the latest version of the Mac operating system, complete with an overhauled user interface and a variety of new features that are sure to make your Mac experience better and more productive.

While OS X Yosemite is a free download and arrives as a simple to use installer from the Mac App Store, you’ll want to prepare your Mac before jumping into the update to OS X 10.10. That’s what we’re going to cover here with five simple tips to get everything squared away, updated, and ready to go.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 69 Comments

OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 Released

Oct 13, 2014 - 7 Comments

OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6

Mac users who are participating in the OS X Yosemite Public Beta program will find the sixth beta release available to them as a small download.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 7 Comments

Does iOS 8 Feel Slow? 4 Tips to Help Fix Sluggish Performance & Lag

Oct 12, 2014 - 36 Comments

Speed up iOS 8

Though iOS 8 has tons of great new features and so many improvements, the release has not been entirely trouble-free for some users, and certain iPhone and iPad devices may feel as if their performance has degraded after the update. The extent of the speed issue seems to vary, ranging from random and generally sluggish iOS 8 behavior, to just stuttering animations, or, sometimes the worst scenario, where the entire iOS experience feels suddenly outright slow when compared to how it performed under the prior version.

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Mac Setup: A Gorgeously Minimalist Apple Household

Oct 11, 2014 - 21 Comments

Wall mounted TV with Mac Mini media center

This weeks featured Mac setup comes to us from Adam J., whose Apple hardware spans multiple rooms, offering a gorgeous combination of minimalism and functionality. Let’s jump right in and learn a bit more about this beautiful setup:

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 21 Comments

Make Reading iBooks in the Dark Easier for the Eyes with Auto-Night Mode on iPhone & iPad

Oct 10, 2014 - 8 Comments

iBooks If you use iBooks and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to read, you can improve your evening reading experience by switching the theme to Sepia or the “Night” color scheme. Up until now though, you’ve had to perform that theme change yourself, and if you get caught up in a good book, you know it’s easy to get sucked into the book only to later realize that your eyes are perhaps overly strained due to the glaring white background and bright screen of the iOS device you’re reading on.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

Record Incredible Time-Lapse Video with the iPhone Camera

Oct 10, 2014 - 1 Comment

iOS Camera icon Of the many Camera improvements that arrived on iPhone with the release of iOS 8, perhaps one of the most fun and interesting to use is the Time-Lapse feature. Not long ago, Time-Lapse photography and video was considered fairly advanced, but the iPhone makes it so simple that quite literally anyone can record a high quality time-lapse video with little effort at all. We’re going to demonstrate how to use the new Time-Lapse feature on iPhone, and offer a few tips to get the best results with your videos.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How To Use Reachability with iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus to Improve Single-Handed Usage

Oct 9, 2014 - 11 Comments

Reachability on iPhone

The larger screen displays of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus make them beautiful to view apps, text, and images on, but some users find that using the devices with a single hand is a bit more challenging. But one-handed usage of the larger screen iPhone models is made considerably easier thanks to the help of a feature called Reachability. Reachability basically pulls everything from the top of the screen down to the bottom of the screen, and it works anywhere in iOS, whether you’re on the Home Screen or in any app.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

OS X Yosemite GM 3.0 Released to Developers

Oct 9, 2014 - 7 Comments

OS X Yosemite GM 3.0 Update

Apple has released OS X Yosemite Golden Master 3.0 to Mac users registered in the Mac Developer program. At the moment, there is no accompanying update to the Public Beta version. The latest build is versioned as 14A388, and considering the timing and expectation of a public release next week, is possibly the final version.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 7 Comments

Stop Videos Disappearing from Messages App in iOS by Disabling Auto-Delete

Oct 9, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Video messages automatic removal in iOS Messages app

Have you noticed that after you watch a video message sent to your iPhone or iPad in Messages app, it disappears automatically soon after? It’ll be completely gone from the Messages app and the media overview for the given message thread. That auto-delete video messages feature is new to iOS 8 and is enabled by default, which can be either good or bad depending on your viewpoint. Apple presumably chose to enable this to resolve the growing message cache problem that impacts a lot of iPhone users who share media frequently, and while it’s effective at that, it can also be overly aggressive and has caused a significant amount of confusion and frustration for some.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

12″ Retina MacBook Air Coming Next Year Along with 12.9″ iPad?

Oct 9, 2014 - 6 Comments

New MacBook Air

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a new 12-inch MacBook Air with “a higher resolution display” will enter mass production at the end of the year, suggesting a release sometime in early 2015.

Additionally, Apple has reportedly delayed production plans for a larger screen 12.9″ iPad until later next year, according to the same Wall Street Journal report. That delay is apparently due to “overwhelming demand” for the bigger screen iPhones, particularly the iPhone 6 Plus.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, Mac, News, Rumor - 6 Comments

How to Change the Keyboard Language Being Typed with a Keystroke in Mac OS X

Oct 8, 2014 - 7 Comments

Change active keyboard language quickly with a keystroke in Mac OS X

If you’re bilingual, trilingual, or even just use an alternate keyboard input method from QWERY like DVORAK, you can make your typing life much easier by setting up a keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X that instantly changes the typed language. This shifts the keyboard to your other language or typing layout option(s), from an English keyboard to Chinese keyboard for example, with a quick keystroke entry. Additionally, we’ll cover a simple trick that provides a system-wide indicator of what is the currently active language or keyboard being used on the Mac, so you’ll always know exactly what language is active without having to type to find out.

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

How to Track Steps & Mileage with iPhone to Make the Health App Useful

Oct 8, 2014 - 14 Comments

Track steps and movement with iPhone Health app

The Health app, loaded onto all iPhones with iOS 8 and sitting prominently on the home screen, is clearly ambitious, but at the moment the majority of it’s intended abilities remain inactive or useless (at least without additional third party sensors, which don’t seem to exist yet). But for those with a new iPhone, the Health app can be useful right now, because it has the ability to track your steps like a pedometer, as well as flights of stairs climbed, and your walking / running distance.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 14 Comments

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