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

Apr 8, 2015 - 122 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 - 122 Comments

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

Apr 7, 2015 - 11 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 - 11 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 - 27 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 Wired.com and Apple.com

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 Apple.com 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

OS X 10.10.3 Beta 7 Released for Developer Testing

Apr 2, 2015 - 8 Comments

OS X Yosemite Apple has released a seventh beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, just a few days after releasing the sixth beta.

The rapid beta testing release schedule either suggests the final public version of OS X 10.10.3 is approaching quickly, or perhaps that an important fix is included in the seventh beta version, though the former is probably more likely.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 8 Comments

Two Stupid April Fools Jokes for iPhone

Apr 1, 2015 - 1 Comment

iPhone April Fools pranks

It’s April Fools, so why not have a little fun and play a prank or two on some iPhone (or iPad) users? We’ve got two super simple tricks that are completely harmless yet amusing enough to be worth while. Have fun out there.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, iPhone - 1 Comment

How to Clear & Flush DNS Cache on iPhone & iPad

Mar 31, 2015 - 3 Comments

How to flush DNS cache in iOS If you ever need to set custom DNS or change the DNS settings on iOS devices for using an alternate domain name server or a faster one, you’ll probably want the DNS changes to take effect immediately, which requires the flushing of DNS caches on the iPhone or iPad. There are actually several ways to perform a DNS flush on an iOS device, we’ll cover the two fastest methods below, the first is preferential because it has the least amount of impact overall to other activity on the device as it does not require a reboot.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

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