OS X 10.10.4 Public Beta 1 & Developer Beta 2 Released for Mac Users

Apr 27, 2015 - 26 Comments

OS X 10.10.4 beta for Mac

Apple has released the first public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 to Mac users choosing to participate in the OS X Public Beta program, alongside the second beta of OS X 10.10.4 for registered Mac Developers. The build number of 14E11f is the same for both public beta and developer releases.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 26 Comments

iOS 8.4 Public Beta 1 & iOS 8.4 Beta 2 Released for Testing

Apr 27, 2015 - 14 Comments

iOS 8.4 public beta 1

Apple has released the first public beta version of iOS 8.4 to those registered to participate in the iOS Public Beta program. Additionally, the same build of 12H4086d has been released to registered developers labeled as iOS 8.4 beta 2.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 14 Comments

Get a $12,000 Gold Apple Watch Edition on a $400 Budget… Sort Of

Apr 26, 2015 - 16 Comments

Convert your cheap Apple Watch into a gold lookalike Edition model

So you want a gold Apple Watch Edition, but you don’t have a spare $12,000 laying around to buy the base model. Well, rather than spend a princely $12,000 on a gold Apple Watch Edition, why not spend $400 on the aluminum Sports model, and invest a couple bucks into some gold spray paint, masking tape, and an xacto knife?

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Fun - 16 Comments

How to Use FaceBook Messenger on Mac OS X via Messages App

Apr 25, 2015 - 11 Comments

Facebook Messenger in Mac OS X Facebook Messenger is a popular means of communicating, but the Mac doesn’t have a dedicated Facebook messaging app like the iPhone or Android does… or does it!?! Indeed, you can use Facebook Messenger to message friends from OS X, and in moments you can set up the Mac Messages app to function as a Facebook Messenger client in OS X.

Using Facebook Messenger from the Mac is really quite simple, but it’s entirely separate from configuring Facebook sharing from the Mac, so if you have done one but not the other, you’d need to complete both to have the full Facebook functions of sharing, posting, and messaging available to you in OS X.

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

How to Disable Safari Power Saver Plug-In Stopping on Mac OS X

Apr 24, 2015 - 8 Comments

Safari icon Many Mac users may not notice this, but modern versions of Safari support a new feature which automatically stops plug-ins from running in certain situations to save power on the computer. This is kind of like App Nap in OS X, except that it’s limited to plug-ins within the Safari browser itself, which means things like Flash, Java, QuickTime Player, and others, can potentially stop running automatically.

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

Three Apple Watch TV Commercials Debut “Us”, “Rise”, “Up”

Apr 24, 2015 - 13 Comments

Apple Watch commercials

Apple has introduced three commercials for the Apple Watch, each with a different focus and feature emphasis. Titled “Us”, “Up”, and “Rise”, the TV advertisements are airing now and are included below for easy viewing.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, News - 13 Comments

How to Sniff Packets & Capture Packet Trace in Mac OS X the Easy Way

Apr 23, 2015 - 11 Comments

Packet sniffing in Mac OS X with Wireless Diagnostics packet capture utility The Mac includes a variety of powerful wireless network tools that offer many features which are helpful for administration and IT purposes, including the ability to sniff packets. Here we will demonstrate how to perform a packet trace in OS X easily by using the built-in Wi-Fi Diagnostics app. Using Wi-Fi Diagnostics Sniffer function is simple, and it requires no additional downloads nor does it require the usage of the command line.

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

iMac Graphics Update Fixes Crashes from JPEG Viewing in OS X Yosemite

Apr 23, 2015 - Leave a Comment

iMac

For some iMac users running OS X 10.10.3 (even post Supplemental Update 1), a software update is available that aims to resolve a peculiar bug that caused many iMacs to stall or crash when viewing JPEG image files in the Mac Finder or Preview app.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - Leave a Comment

How to “Show In Finder” the Original File in Photos App for Mac OS X

Apr 22, 2015 - 25 Comments

Photos app icon in Mac OS X The ability to quickly jump to a photo in the Finder file system of Mac OS has changed in the new Photos app. For now, the traditional “Reveal In Finder” option in Photos app for OS X is missing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show the original file in the Finder or access the photos from the Mac file system.

There are actually a few ways to access the original image file in the Finder from Photos app, and one method works almost exactly to the “Show In Finder” option that used to exist in iPhoto and Aperture. Read on to learn three different ways to reveal an original image file in the Mac Finder from Photos app for OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 25 Comments

9 HD Environment Wallpapers Hidden on Apple .com to Celebrate Earth Day

Apr 22, 2015 - 9 Comments

Apple Earth Day environmental efforts wallpapers

Led by CEO Tim Cook, Apple has been making notable efforts toward being a more environmentally responsible corporate citizen, investing in solar farms, hydropower efforts, renewable forests, recycling programs, and other projects which are generally considered positive given that humans currently live on planet Earth and lack a backup planet (sorry, there’s no Time Machine app for Earth – but if there was… dinosaurs!).

Apple even now has a nice subsection of their website devoted to covering their environmental efforts, and like many other sections of the Apple site, it’s filled with beautiful high resolution images that can be extracted and used as some lovely background wallpaper for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or heck, even a Windows PC or Android.

To celebrate Earth Day, here are nine absolutely lovely HD wallpapers of various environmental related projects that Apple is participating in, directly from the Apple website.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 9 Comments

How to Stop Photos Copying Images & Creating Duplicate Files in Mac OS X

Apr 21, 2015 - 30 Comments

Photos app icon in Mac OS X Photos app is a great app to manage and browse large collections of pictures on a Mac, but some users prefer to manually sort their pictures using the file system of OS X, which means that if you add those pictures into Photos app they will be copied into the Photos library. That’s the intended behavior, but essentially that means Photos app defaults to creating duplicates of pictures that are manually added through the Finder or Import function, as the original picture stays in it’s origin location, but then a copy of the image is duplicated into the Photos Library.photoslibrary package in the user Pictures/ directory. By disabling the Importing feature, you will be able to use Photos app as a front-end photo browser to an existing folder hierarchy of images.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 30 Comments

Make Console Easier to Read in OS X with PID, Icons, & Bold View Options

Apr 20, 2015 - 4 Comments

Console in Mac OS X By default, the OS X Console app view is quite simple, displaying events and logs in nothing but plain text, which makes it not very different from viewing system logs from the command line on a Mac. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re a Mac user who spends a fair amount of time with Console app for troubleshooting, administrative, or development purposes, you can improve your Console experience by making the app much easier to scan and read by adjusting some handy view options.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

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