Security Update 2015-004 Available for OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion

Apr 9, 2015 - 5 Comments

mac os x security update Mac users who are running OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion will find an important security update available to them. Labeled as Security Update 2015-004 1.0, the software update includes many fixes to a wide variety of potential security issues for OS X, and is therefore recommended for all Mac users running OS X 10.9.5 or OS X 10.8.5 to install.

Users who are running OS X Yosemite will find the same security fixes bundled within the OS X 10.10.3 software update, thus there is no separate security update patch available for Yosemite.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 5 Comments

iTunes 12.1.2 Released for Mac OS X & Windows with Improvements

Apr 9, 2015 - 10 Comments

iTunes icon

Apple has released an update for iTunes, versioned as iTunes 12.1.2. The small update is available now for Mac OS X and Windows, includes various improvements to the media management application that is basically essential for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. This update is particularly important for Mac, as it enables syncing photos between iTunes and the new Photos app in OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - iTunes, Mac OS X, News - 10 Comments

iOS 8.3 Update Released with Many Fixes [IPSW Download Links]

Apr 8, 2015 - 136 Comments

iOS 8.3 final available to update

Apple has released iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The software update includes 300 new Emoji icons, a variety of small new features, some minor user interface changes to keyboards, a variety of new languages for Siri, and a handful of performance fixes and optimizations, including resolutions to various wi-fi issues and Bluetooth connectivity. Full release notes for iOS 8.3 are listed below.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 136 Comments

OS X 10.10.3 Update Available for Yosemite with Photos App, Wi-Fi Fixes, New Emoji

Apr 8, 2015 - 105 Comments

OS X 10.10.3 Update download available for all Mac users

Apple has released the final version of OS X 10.10.3 to all Mac users running Yosemite. The public version of OS X 10.10.3 includes the Photos app to replace iPhoto, and contains a handful of bug and performance fixes as well, including improvements to Wi-Fi stability and performance, over 300 newly designed Emoji icons, Spotlight Look Up suggestions, a resolution to some Bluetooth connectivity issues, and improvements to Safari and Screen Sharing. Full release notes are included below.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 105 Comments

Open Containing Folder of a Recent Document or Application in Mac OS X

Apr 7, 2015 - 10 Comments

Open the location of a recent item in the Finder of Mac OS X

Can’t remember where a file you recently opened was stored on the Mac, or where an OS X app you recently used was kept or originated from? Maybe you don’t know where something you recently used went to? No big deal, a simple keystroke modifier trick allows you to jump directly to the containing location of any app or file found in the “Recent Items” list of Mac OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How to Resize a VirtualBox VDI or VHD File on Mac OS X

Apr 7, 2015 - 1 Comment

Resizing a VirtualBox VM file If you use VirtualBox to run guest operating systems within a virtual machine on the Mac, like Windows 10 or Ubuntu Linux, you may find yourself needing to resize the virtual disk size where the OS resides. This is often the case when you inadequately estimate how much space is required for properly installing in a virtual machine with dynamically allocated storage.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Tame High WindowServer CPU Use on a Mac with OS X Yosemite

Apr 6, 2015 - 26 Comments

WindowServer consuming CPU and slowing down a Mac

The Mac received a many changes with OS X Yosemite along with a notable visual redesign, but some of those changes and various transparent effects may be taking a toll on some users Mac performance with errant WindowServer behavior. This is typically demonstrated with the WindowServer process spiking into heavy CPU use for seemingly no reason, often with an accompanying inordinate usage of memory, leading to very sluggish and choppy behavior during general usage of OS X.

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How Change Stack View Styles in Dock for Mac OS X

Apr 5, 2015 - 7 Comments

The list view

Stacks offer a method of displaying folders or collections of multiple items in the Dock of the Mac. When clicked, the “Stack” will pop open and show the contents sprawling out of the Dock.

Dock Stacks always display on the right-side of the OS X Dock and they default to contain things like the Applications folder, Downloads folder, but many users add a Documents folder or even a Recent Items Dock menu stack.

The default for most stack items is set to Automatic, which means it will change as the folder (or stack) item changes to accommodate the contents. But you can also just choose to set the style of the Dock Stack yourself with a simple right-click on the stack item you wish to change in OS X.

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

How to Enable (or Disable) Motion & Fitness Tracking with iPhone

Apr 5, 2015 - 7 Comments

Health app icon Newer iPhones have the ability to track fitness activity and motion and displaying that data in Health app and other applications. Fitness tracking is done by using a low-power motion coprocessor that determines steps, altitude gain and lost, and distance traveled, and many users like this feature as it represents an easy way to keep an eye on their activity levels, and perhaps work towards that goal of an active 10,000+ steps per day.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

4 Stunning Wallpapers Hidden in Plain View on the Apple & Wired Websites

Apr 4, 2015 - 15 Comments

Four amazing hidden wallpapers hidden in plain view on and

There’s something about good wallpaper that makes using a Mac, iPhone, iPad, ok, even a Windows PC or Android device, just even better. We’re bringing you four gorgeous high resolution wallpapers that are basically hidden in plain sight from two sources, a recent Wired article about Apple Watch, and product pages. All it took to uncover these amazing wallpaper shots was a little digging around with the web inspector tool, and we’re going to share the source links with you.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 15 Comments

Apple Watch Pre-Orders Begin at Midnight on April 10

Apr 3, 2015 - 7 Comments

Pre order Apple Watch at midnight

Those interested in purchasing an Apple Watch early will be able to pre-order the device just after midnight at 12:01 AM PST (3:01 AM EST) on April 10, according to the Apple website. The pre-ordered devices will be shipped to an address or available for pickup at an Apple Store on April 24.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, News - 7 Comments

How to Monitor FPS (Frames Per Second) Live in Mac OS X with Quartz Debug

Apr 2, 2015 - 11 Comments

Monitor FPS live in Mac OS X

Whether testing performance of an application, OS X animations, or just out of general curiosity, you can measure the refresh rate in Frames Per Second of onscreen actions and animations on the Mac by using a free developer tool from Apple called Quartz Debug.

Part of the Graphics Tools package of Xcode, Quartz Debug can also be downloaded separately if you have a developer login, and a simple action will enable the live FPS monitor.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

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