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OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 Beta 3 Released for Developers & Public Beta Users

May 11, 2015 - 39 Comments
OS X 10.10.4 Beta 3

Apple has released the third beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 for Mac users who are part of the Mac developer program or participating in the OS X Public Beta. The new build arrives as 14E17e and is compatible with all Macs that can run OS X Yosemite. The release notes accompanying the beta … Read More

How to Disable Swipe Navigation Gestures in Google Chrome for Mac

May 9, 2015 - 2 Comments
Mac Multi-Touch Gestures

Many Mac apps support a two-finger swipe to go back / forward gesture, but not all users wish to use the scrolling gesture. For those who use Google Chrome, you may find that if you have disabled the system-wide “Swipe between pages” feature, you’ll still have the swipe navigation available in the Chrome app. This … Read More

How to See the Exact Location Where a Photo was Taken with a Mac

May 8, 2015 - 6 Comments
Find the picture location in GPS > Show in Maps

The digital cameras included with iPhone, Android, and many others, have an option to geotag pictures using the devices GPS hardware, effectively pinpointing the exact location a photo was taken and bundling that geographic location data into the metadata of a picture. While you can turn off photo geotagging on iPhone and iPad, many users … Read More

Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, & Safari 6.2.6 Released for Mac Users

May 6, 2015 - 12 Comments
Safari 8.0.6 update

Apple has released a series of security updates for the Safari web browser, versioned as 8.0.6 for OS X Yosemite, Safari 7.16 for OS X Mavericks, and Safari 6.2.6 for OS X Mountain Lion. Release notes accompanying the small update mention that it “contains improvements to security”, making it recommended for all Mac Safari users … Read More

How to Adjust Mail Drop Minimum File Size Threshold for Mac Mail

May 6, 2015 - 7 Comments
Using Maildrop for Mac Mail app in OS X

Using Mail Drop allows you to send larger files over email than typically allowed by uploading the sent file to iCloud from Mail app in OS X, and then passing the link to download that file onto the recipient. The default MailDrop threshold for mail attachments is 20MB before kicking in and offering the service, … Read More

How to Reset Launchpad Layout in OS X Yosemite

May 5, 2015 - 8 Comments
Launchpad without Blur

Launchpad serves as a quick way to open applications on the Mac from a familiar iOS-like icon grid interface. If you’ve customized the way these app icons and arranged in Launchpad, you may decide you’d like to start from scratch and reset their order to how things appear when you first get a Mac. This … Read More

How to Disable Gatekeeper from Command Line in Mac OS X

May 4, 2015 - 3 Comments
Gatekeeper warning in Mac OS X prevents unknown apps being launched

Though most Mac users will want to keep Gatekeeper enabled for security purposes, some advanced users find that Gatekeeper is overly zealous in preventing third party apps from being used in OS X. While it’s easy to turn off Gatekeeper through the System Preferences on a Mac, another option is to disable Gatekeeper by using … Read More

Fix an “Unapproved Caller” SecurityAgent Message in Mac OS X

May 3, 2015 - 5 Comments
Finder of Mac OS X

Rarely, Mac users may encounter a random error message which appears somewhat disconcerting, with an OS X pop-up message saying “Unapproved caller. SecurityAgent may only be invoked by Apple software.” This message can appear at random when using certain apps, or after logging in or a reboot, and is sometimes followed by crashing and other … Read More

How to Add Text to Video with iMovie in Mac OS X

May 2, 2015 - 4 Comments
Saving a video with iMovie for Mac OS X is a unique experience of file saving using a Sharing menu

If you want to place some text onto a video, the iMovie app for Mac is a good place to start. This is good for putting a title onto a movie, placing some basic subtitles on a silent video, captions on a video, or at a specific point in a movie, adding a watermark to … Read More

How to Read .cap Packet Capture File on Mac OS X with tcpdump

May 1, 2015 - Leave a Comment
read-captured-packet-cap-file

Whether performing a packet trace or sniffing and capturing packets from a network, the result is usually the creation of a .cap capture file. That .cap, pcap, or wcap packet capture file is created regardless of what you’re using to sniff a network, a fairly common task among network administrators and security professionals. Perhaps the … Read More

How to Change Scrolling Speed of Mouse or Trackpad in Mac OS X

Apr 29, 2015 - 7 Comments
Change the scrolling speed of a Mac trackpad

Scrolling through documents, web pages, and other data with a trackpad or mouse is one of the most common computing tasks and used gestures. By default, the scrolling speed on a Mac is not particularly speedy, but with some settings changes you can customize the scrolling rate in OS X for both a Mac trackpad … Read More

How to Stop Automatic Emoji Replacing Emoticons in Messages for Mac OS X

Apr 28, 2015 - 5 Comments
Mac Messages icon

If you use Messages on the Mac to as a way to send texts, iMessages, Facebook chat, AIM, or whatever else, you’ve certainly noticed that new versions of Messages in OS X will automatically replace an emoticon with an emoji icon substitution. While many users like Emoji characters and they work great when messaging other … Read More

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