How to Re-Install OS X with Internet Recovery on a Mac

Dec 14, 2014 - 14 Comments

Reinstall OS X on a Mac with Internet Recovery

In some rare situations, reinstalling OS X on a Mac may be required. This is made fairly easy as all modern Macs include the OS X Internet Recovery feature, which lets you reinstall OS X through a netboot type of mode that is accessed from the internet rather than a local drive. This is helpful in the event you need to reinstall Mac OS X whether for fun, because something has gone truly haywire, or because you need to replace the system software for whatever other reason.

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Apple Releases Annual Holiday Commercial for 2014, “The Song”

Dec 14, 2014 - 12 Comments

The Song holiday commercial from Apple

Apple has released their annual holiday commercial, titled “The Song”. The advertisement plays out like a short film, following a girl who discovers an old record of her grandmother singing, and then proceeds to use a Mac and iPad to create and share a duet with herself and her grandmothers old recording.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 12 Comments

The OSXDaily Holiday Gift Guide for 2014

Dec 13, 2014 - 7 Comments

Gift Guide

The Holiday shopping season is here, and let’s face it, the techies and geeks in our lives can be some of the toughest people to shop for. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the more useful, fun, and interesting potential gifts you can get for the gadgeteers in your lives (or anyone, really). Just don’t be surprised if you see an item or three and think “that looks great, I kind of want that for myself too”, and hey, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Whoever you’re shopping for (yourself included), check out the list below for some great gift ideas for anyone with an iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or whatever other combination of Apple products. And if you have any interesting ideas or great gift finds that you have come across yourself this holiday season (and that would be appropriate), do share your finds with us and let us know in the comments!

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 7 Comments

OS X 10.10.2 Beta 3 Available to Mac Developers with Focus on Wi-Fi & Mail

Dec 12, 2014 - 32 Comments


Apple has released a third beta version of OS X 10.10.2 to Mac users who are registered with the Macintosh Developer program. The new beta build of 14C81f apparently focuses on several issues where some OS X Yosemite users have experienced ongoing problems with the new Mac operating system, including Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 32 Comments

Safari Updated to Version 8.0.2, 7.1.2, or 6.2.2 for Mac Users

Dec 11, 2014 - 19 Comments

Safari icon Mac users will find a new Safari update available to them, with the precise version offered depending on the OS X release they are running.

The small software update appears to resolve several bugs, in addition to whatever issues may have appeared in another recent Safari update that was later pulled by Apple.

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

Health App Dashboard Empty on the iPhone? It’s a Quick Fix

Dec 11, 2014 - 12 Comments

Fix for Health Dashboard Empty on iPhone

The iOS Health app can keep track of your movement, steps, and fitness throughout the day, and it works really great with the new iPhones… most of the time, at least. But sometimes you can open Health app and rather than seeing a chart of your fitness activity for that day, week, or month, you’ll see a blank dashboard, as if all of your prior activity, steps, and mileage has been erased.

Not to worry, your activity logs are not missing, and all of your health data is still on the iPhone*.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Troubleshooting - 12 Comments

You Can Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 with TaiG

Dec 11, 2014 - 8 Comments

Jailbreak for iOS 8.1.2 with TaIG

Users who are interested in jailbreaking their iPhones and iPads will find that iOS 8.1.2 can be jailbroken using an updated version of the TaIG tool. The new version of TaiG came almost immediately after the release of iOS 8.1.2, which apparently does not patch the method utilized by the jailbreaking utility.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone - 8 Comments

iOS 8.2 Beta 2 Available for Developers

Dec 10, 2014 - Leave a Comment

iOS 8.2 beta 2

A second beta of iOS 8.2 has been released to users participating in the iOS Developer program. The newest beta version arrives as build 12D445d and is said to focus primarily on bug fixes that remain with the mobile operating system.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - Leave a Comment

Make TextEdit in Mac OS X Behave More Like Windows Notepad

Dec 10, 2014 - 19 Comments

Mac TextEdit app is a Notepad equivalent Many longtime Windows users have grown to rely on the Notepad app for it’s plain text editing simplicity, for everything from writing little code blocks to just serving as a easy way to strip formatting and styling from anything copied into an open Notepad document. As a result, many Windows switchers to the Mac platform look for something that behaves similar to Notepad, but it turns out that such an app already exists in OS X and thus there is no need to download a third party app for most basic Notepad-like needs. Instead, just make a quick settings change to the TextEdit app that ships with every version of Mac OS X to turn it into a plain text editor.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 19 Comments

iOS 8.1.2 Update Released with Bug Fixes [IPSW Direct Download Links]

Dec 9, 2014 - 78 Comments

iOS 8.1.2  update Apple has released iOS 8.1.2 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. The small update weighs in around 35MB and focuses primarily on bug fixes, most of which are unspecified, though a specific issue for iPhone users where ringtones and text tones would disappear is mentioned in the download notes.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 78 Comments

Resize the Large Buggy Open / Save Dialog Windows in OS X Yosemite

Dec 8, 2014 - 20 Comments

A huge open and save window dialog box in OS X

OS X Yosemite has a rather peculiar bug with Open and Save dialog windows, where the file selector or saver dialog window shows up as inappropriately large. Sometimes the Open / Save window gets so big that it goes underneath the users Dock or even off screen, effectively preventing the dialog window from being resized.

This bug has been around in OS X 10.10 and has yet to be fixed, so while Mac users wait for another bug fix and system update to OS X Yosemite, we’ll cover a few workarounds that you can use in the meantime if and when you encounter the jumbo Open / Save dialog window.

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Best iOS Apps & Games of 2014, as Chosen by Apple

Dec 8, 2014 - 3 Comments

Best of 2014 Apps and Games from Apple

Apple has unveiled their picks for the best iPhone and iPad apps and games of 2014. The list includes some apps that you’re probably familiar with, and likely a notable amount of games or apps that you’ve never heard of, which can make these Apple provided “best of” lists a good way of discovering new apps and games.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 3 Comments

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