Don’t Want to Update your Mac to OS X Yosemite? Hide the Update from the App Store

Nov 23, 2014 - 46 Comments

Hide the OS X Yosemite update from the Mac App STore

While many Mac users have updated to OS X Yosemite, a notable amount have chosen to stay on OS X Mavericks or Mountain Lion for a variety of reasons, and some have even had to downgrade due to frustrations or incompatibilities that were experienced with the new version of OS X. Whatever the reason, if you’re wanting to stick on a previous version of OS X that you are happy with, you should probably hide the Yosemite update so that you don’t accidentally install it.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 46 Comments

A Solution for MacBook Pro Booting to a Black Screen

Nov 22, 2014 - 16 Comments

MacBook Pro with a Black Screen

Rarely, a Mac may encounter some peculiar issue during system boot that can cause quite a bit of panic, like booting to a completely black screen. It would be easy to interpret that as a potential hardware problem, and in some particularly rare situations that may be the case, but it’s more often a software issue that can be resolved with some simple troubleshooting steps.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Troubleshooting - 16 Comments

Access the Two Different Mini-Players in iTunes 12

Nov 21, 2014 - 10 Comments

iTunes 12 If you’d rather your iTunes player take up less screen real estate, iTunes has two alternative player appearance options available, the album cover player, and the popular mini player. These are not new features to iTunes 12, but like many other things which have been switched up in the latest version, accessing them has changed from prior versions again for whatever reason. This has led some users to believe the mini-players are no longer available in the latest version, but much like the sidebar, it’s still there, you just have to learn how to get to it.

So fear not iTunes mini-player fans, not only is the mini player still there in v12, it’s actually really easy to access! There are a few different ways to get there, so we’ll show you two different tricks to access the mini player and the album art player in the latest iTunes version.

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By Paul Horowitz - iTunes, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

Delete Specific Pages from Safari History in iOS

Nov 21, 2014 - 2 Comments

Safari Safari in iOS has always had the ability to clear all browser history on the iPhone and iPad, but up until the latest versions of iOS, it was either delete all history or nothing. That has changed however, and if you would rather selectively delete individual pages from history instead of clearing out all browser history from Safari, you can now choose to do that easily.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

OS X 10.10.2 Beta 1 Available to Developers

Nov 20, 2014 - 11 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 - 11 Comments

How to Flush DNS Cache in OS X Yosemite with discoveryutil

Nov 20, 2014 - 5 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 - 49 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 - 100 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 - 100 Comments

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

Nov 17, 2014 - 21 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 - 21 Comments

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