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How to Play a Power Charging Sound Effect in OS X When a MacBook is Plugged in (Like iOS)

Apr 15, 2015 - 31 Comments
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When you connect a power source to an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or MacBook, a familiar charging chime sound will trigger from the device, indicating that a cable is attached and the device is getting power. If you like hearing that auditory confirmation that a device is getting power, you can add the exact same … Read More

How to Access & Use Different Emoji Skin Tones on Mac

Apr 14, 2015 - 12 Comments
Diverse skin tone emoji in Mac OS X

Now that many of our Emoji characters have various skin tones in iOS and OS X, you may want to access and use the new diverse emoji icon set on the Mac. This is quite simple, but do note that not all Emoji have the diverse skin and hair color options.

How to Create a New Photo Library in Photos App for Mac

Apr 13, 2015 - 20 Comments
Photos app icon in Mac OS X

The Mac Photos app allows for the creation of entirely new photo libraries, which means it’s easy to make a separate photo library if you want to keep some pictures outside of a primary image collection. This can be helpful for many reasons, whether to differentiate a personal photo library from a work picture library, … Read More

Resolving Finder Problems in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite

Apr 10, 2015 - 48 Comments
Finder of Mac OS X

Some users who have updated to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 have discovered that Finder will misbehave wildly, sometimes becoming wildly slow and unresponsive, crashing, or using inordinately high CPU. Given that Finder is a critical component of the Mac and nearly all OS X users rely on it for file system navigation, Finder trouble can … Read More

Security Update 2015-004 Available for OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion

Apr 9, 2015 - 5 Comments
Security Update 2015-004

Mac users who are running OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion will find an important security update available to them. Labeled as Security Update 2015-004 1.0, the software update includes many fixes to a wide variety of potential security issues for OS X, and is therefore recommended for all Mac users running OS … Read More

iTunes 12.1.2 Released for Mac OS X & Windows with Improvements

Apr 9, 2015 - 10 Comments
iTunes album art player

Apple has released an update for iTunes, versioned as iTunes 12.1.2. The small update is available now for Mac OS X and Windows, includes various improvements to the media management application that is basically essential for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. This update is particularly important for Mac, as it enables syncing photos between … Read More

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

Apr 8, 2015 - 107 Comments
OS X Yosemite

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 … Read More

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

Apr 7, 2015 - 10 Comments
Hold Command Key while selecting a Recent Items menu option to jump to it in Finder of 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 … Read More

Tame High WindowServer CPU Use on a Mac with OS X Yosemite

Apr 6, 2015 - 26 Comments
WindowServer, why do you eat so much CPU? I bought you a new Mac, what else do you want? Please WindowServer, be nice.

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 … Read More

How Change Stack View Styles in Dock for Mac OS X

Apr 5, 2015 - 7 Comments
Change the Dock Stack view style in OS X

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 … Read More

How to Monitor FPS (Frames Per Second) Live in Mac OS X with Quartz Debug

Apr 2, 2015 - 11 Comments
Enable the FrameMeter FPS monitor in OS X Quartz Debug tool

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 … Read More

OS X 10.10.3 Beta 7 Released for Developer Testing

Apr 2, 2015 - 8 Comments
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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 … Read More

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