OS X 10.10.2 Wi-Fi Issues Continue for Some Mac Users

Jan 30, 2015 - 104 Comments

Wi-Fi Problems in OS X 10.10.2

Some Mac users who have been experiencing longstanding wi-fi issues with OS X Yosemite have discovered that updating to OS X 10.10.2 does not resolve their networking difficulties. Perhaps more troubling, some Mac users who had functioning wi-fi previously have discovered that new wireless difficulties have appeared on their Macs after updating to the OS X 10.10.2 release of Yosemite.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News, Troubleshooting - 104 Comments

How to Enable the iTunes Notification Center Widget in OS X

Jan 30, 2015 - 10 Comments

iTunes Notification Center widget is here just like you wanted

Mac users who are running the newest version of iTunes in OS X Yosemite can choose to enable an optional iTunes widget in Notification Center. Despite being the primary change to iTunes 12.1, the widget is not enabled or shown by default on any of the Macs I’ve updated, which is likely to be the case for many other OS X users as well.

If you’d like to see and use the iTunes Notification Center widget in OS X, you can enable it manually in just a moment.

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

iTunes 12.1 Released for OS X Yosemite & Mavericks

Jan 29, 2015 - 19 Comments

iTunes icon

Mac users can find iTunes 12.1 available if they are running OS X Yosemite or OS X Mavericks. The update is said to include some performance improvements for syncing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes, and may include bug fixes as well. Perhaps the most notable change to iTunes 12.1 is the addition of an optional widget for Notification Center in OS X Yosemite, though prior versions of OS X will not include the widget feature.

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By Paul Horowitz - iTunes, Mac OS X, News - 19 Comments

Detect & Remove Adware from Mac OS X Easily with AdwareMedic

Jan 29, 2015 - 18 Comments

Detect and Remove Adware in Mac OS X

Adware is generally something most Mac users won’t have to worry about, but that doesn’t mean that OS X is entirely immune to the potential nuisance, and nobody likes it when their browser has been hijacked by that type of junk. If you’re at all concerned about adware impacting your Mac and web browsing, you can easily scan, detect, and remove some of the most frequently encountered (although still rare) adware found in OS X using an excellent free utility called AdwareMedic.

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Forgot a Mac Firmware Password? Don’t Panic, Here’s What To Do

Jan 28, 2015 - 18 Comments

What to do if you forget a Mac Firmware password

Users who require higher than usual security measures often set a firmware password on a Mac, which requires that a password be entered before the typical OS X boot sequence begins. While these low level passwords are quite secure, but that higher security also means a forgotten firmware password can be a significant problem. Nonetheless, if you wind up in a situation where you or another user has forgotten a low level firmware password on a Mac, don’t panic, because you may be able to recover the password or bypass it using one of the methods outlined below. If all else fails, Apple can possibly help you too.

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Apple Watch Release Set for April

Jan 28, 2015 - 11 Comments

The Apple Watch lineup

The Apple Watch will start shipping to customers in April, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Though Apple Watch has always been said to launch sometime in “early 2015″, this is the first mention of a specific release month when the device will become available.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 11 Comments

Security Update 2015-001 & Safari 7.1.3 Released for OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion

Jan 27, 2015 - 14 Comments

OS X Mavericks

Apple has released important security updates for Mac users who are continuing to run OS X Mavericks (10.9.5) and OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5). The updates are versioned as “Security Update 2015-001″ for both system software versions and are recommended for all Mac users running prior releases of OS X. Additionally, new versions of Safari are available versioned as Safari 7.1.3, which includes bug resolutions, stability improvements, and security fixes, the Safari updates are also available for both OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion.

These software updates arrive separately from OS X 10.10.2 update for Mac Yosemite users but do include some of the same security updates.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 14 Comments

iOS 8.1.3 Released with Bug Fixes [IPSW Download Links]

Jan 27, 2015 - 22 Comments

iOS 8.1.3 Update

Apple has released iOS 8.1.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The minor point release primarily focuses on bug fixes, but is also said to increase general stability of iOS as well. All eligible devices running prior versions of iOS 8 are recommended to install iOS 8.1.3.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 22 Comments

OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite Released for Mac with Bug Fixes & Wi-Fi Fix

Jan 27, 2015 - 87 Comments

OS X 10.10.2 Update for Yosemite

Apple has released the OS X 10.10.2 software update to all Mac users running OS X Yosemite. The OS X 10.10.2 update focuses on bug fixes and security updates, and is said to help resolve some of the persistent wi-fi problems that have negatively impacted some Mac users running the newest versions of OS X Yosemite.

Apple recommends that all Mac users actively running OS X Yosemite install the update to improve the stability and security of OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 87 Comments

How to Save Photos from Messages in Mac OS X Quickly with Drag & Drop

Jan 26, 2015 - 4 Comments

Mac Messages icon Many Mac users rely on the Messages app to converse back and forth with other Mac and iPhone owners, but unlike saving a picture or image from a message in the iOS side of things, OS X Messages app does not offer a share sheet download option or menu for saving specific photos and media sent back and forth. That’s because the Messages app in Mac OS X offers perhaps an even easier and faster way to save images from your message conversations, using a simple drag and drop trick.

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

Need to Download Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard? ADC Has It

Jan 26, 2015 - 23 Comments

Mac OS X Snow Leopard is available to download from Apple

Mac users who have older hardware laying around which are unable to run modern versions of OS X may be relieved to discover that Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) are available to download directly from Apple. These versions of Mac OS X are over half a decade outdated and are now unsupported, making them appropriate for advanced users and those who require specific legacy software support within a virtual environment or on appropriately aged Mac hardware.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 23 Comments

How to Hide the Safari Favorite Bookmark Menu URL Dropdown in OS X Yosemite

Jan 25, 2015 - 8 Comments

Hide the bookmark icon dropdown menu thing when clicking on a URL in Safari

Mac Safari users in the latest versions of OS X have discovered that when the URL bar is clicked in Safari, a panel of bookmark icons and Favorites appears. This is a lot like how Safari iOS works, and these icons can be clicked to visit sites quickly, or moved, removed, and rearranged as desired. But some Mac users may wish to not see the bookmark favorites icon drop down menu thing at all, and would rather just be able to click into the URL bar of Safari and enter a site address or search term without the popup.

If the bookmarks dropdown menu bothers you, you can quickly turn it off in Safari settings, though the preference isn’t necessarily named something you would expect:

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

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