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Mac OS, Mac OS X, or macOS, is the operating system that resides on Apple’s desktop and portable computer lineup. Built upon a Unix core, it is easy to use yet highly advanced, extremely stable, and an excellent OS for productivity and creation. Browse through our articles or use the search feature to look for something specific that is pertinent to the Mac operating system.

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You Can Install MacOS Sonoma Beta Right Now, But Don’t

Jun 6, 2023 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Sonoma beta is available to download and install by any Mac user for free, thanks to a recent change in the Apple Developer program. However, it’s important to remember this is an early developer beta of MacOS 14 that is buggy and less stable, so most Mac users should not install it at this … Read More

Beta 1 of MacOS Sonoma Available to Download

Jun 6, 2023 - Leave a Comment
MacOS Sonoma features

Apple has released the first beta version of MacOS Sonoma, or MacOS 14, to users participating in the developer beta testing program. While the first developer betas are available only to registered Apple developers, a public beta will be made available to anyone interested in July. MacOS Sonoma includes new features for the Mac, including … Read More

MacOS Sonoma Announced with Desktop Widgets, New Screen Savers, & More

Jun 5, 2023 - 2 Comments
MacOS Sonoma features

Apple has announced MacOS Sonoma as the next major version of MacOS. MacOS Sonoma, technically versioned as MacOS 14, features a new desktop widgets feature, new screen savers, new video conferencing features, a new Game Mode feature that optimizes performance when playing games, and more.

How to Remove DS_Store Files from Git Repository

May 30, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Remove DS_Store files from git

If you use git on the Mac platform, you likely have come across DS_Store files in a git repository. These can be annoying and clutter a git repo, and you may even run into unnecessary conflicts due to .DS_Store files being maintained in git repos, where you may see error messages like “The files .DS_Store … Read More

List a Macs Local IP Address History Over Time or from Specific Dates

May 26, 2023 - 3 Comments
Terminal in macOS

If you ever find yourself needing to know a history of a specific Macs assigned local IP addresses, you can find this potentially helpful networking information from the command line. This trick will report all local IP addresses which have been used by a Mac, and, very helpfully, it will also offer the specific date … Read More

How to Add Apps to MacOS Finder Toolbar

May 25, 2023 - 2 Comments
Apps in the MacOS Finder Toolbar

If you have some frequently used applications on the Mac that you routinely launch from the Finder, you can customize the Finder toolbar to include those apps. This offers a helpful alternative to launch frequently used apps that is Finder specific, and can be particularly handy for apps that you only use for drag and … Read More

How to Find How Many CPU Cores a Mac Has

May 23, 2023 - 2 Comments
Find how many CPU cores a Mac has

Knowing the number of CPU cores a particular Mac has can be useful for performance optimization, stress testing, compatibility, and to otherwise make informed decisions about system performance on a Mac. For example, maybe you want to make sure you have multiple cores available to run a virtual machine, or you want to spawn a … Read More

MacOS Monterey 12.6.6 & MacOS Big Sur 11.7.7 Updates Released

May 19, 2023 - 1 Comment
MacOS Monterey available to download

Apple has released MacOS Monterey 12.6.6 and MacOS Big Sur 11.7.7 for Mac users who are not running the Ventura operating system. Safari 16.5 is also available for these macOS versions. The updates to macOS Monterey and Big Sur arrive alongside updates to macOS Ventura 13.4, iOS 16.5, and iPadOS 16.5.

MacOS Ventura 13.4 Update Available to Download & Install

May 18, 2023 - 2 Comments
MacOS Ventura update

Apple has released MacOS Ventura 13.4 for all Mac users running the Ventura operating system. The software update focuses on bug fixes including resolutions to an issue with Screen Time, a fix for Apple Watch auto-unlock, a fix for a VoiceOver issue, and a resolution to a Bluetooth keyboard issue where the keyboard would reconnect … Read More

How to Enable or Disable Firewall on MacOS Ventura

May 17, 2023 - 1 Comment

Firewalls serve as a network security mechanism to monitor and control incoming and outgoing traffic to your computer and the network, or internet. MacOS includes a software firewall that can be enabled manually for users who would like to use the feature, or who require it for whatever purpose. The ability to use the firewall, … Read More

How to Find Who/What is Listening on TCP Ports on Mac

May 15, 2023 - Leave a Comment
What listens on TCP ports on Mac

Occasionally you may find yourself in a situation where you are seeking to find what open TCP connections are in a listening state on a Mac. This can be useful whether you’re troubleshooting particular network issues, or simply looking to identify which processes are listening on specific ports on a Mac. We’ll be using the … Read More

How to Configure & Use Aliases in ZSH

May 13, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Mac Terminal icon

Command line aliases are very useful, allowing you to have command shortcuts for lengthier commands, and you can use them to replace one command with another as well. With zsh becoming the default shell in Terminal for MacOS, and a widely used shell in general thanks to Oh-My-Zsh, you may be wondering how to configure … Read More

How to Change the User Agent in Google Chrome

May 11, 2023 - Leave a Comment
How to change the user agent in Chrome

Many advanced Chrome users may occasionally need to change the user agent associated with the browser, typically for testing purposes. Whether you’re a designer, developer, student, tinkerer, novice, or expert, changing the Chrome user agent isn’t particularly difficult, but it is hidden within a section of Chrome that most users never interact with; the developer … Read More

How to Access Emoji on Mac by Hotkey

May 9, 2023 - 1 Comment
Emoji picker on Mac

If you’re a Mac user running the latest versions of macOS system software, from Monterey 12, Ventura 13, or later, you can enable an optional Emoji quick-access feature that allows you to summon the Emoji picker instantly with the press of a single key on your Mac keyboard.

How to Access Saved Passwords in Chrome

May 8, 2023 - 2 Comments
Google Chrome Icon

Many users choose to save login information and passwords into the Google Chrome browser’s built-in password manager. Sometimes you may need to manually access the passwords or login information that is stored within the password manager, so we’ll show you how you can access and view saved password and login information in the Chrome web … Read More

How to Dim Flashing Lights in Videos on Mac

May 5, 2023 - 1 Comment
Automatically dim flashing lights and strobe effects on Mac

It’s not terribly uncommon to encounter flashing lights and strobing effects in videos, and while they can be annoying for most people, flashing light can be particularly problematic for people with epilepsy. Fortunately, the latest versions of MacOS offer a feature that will detect flashing lights and strobing lights in videos, and automatically dim them. … Read More

How to Install GCC on Mac

May 2, 2023 - 2 Comments
Installing GCC on a Mac

Some Mac users may wish to install GCC onto their MacOS computers. GCC, which stands for Gnu Compiler Collection, is a commonly used compiler with support for C, C++, Objective C, Go, Fortran, Ada, and more languages, and is frequently used for compiling command line programs, writing software, and more, whether for computer science classes … Read More

Security Response Updates for MacOS 13.3.1, iOS 16.4.1, iPadOS 16.4.1 Released

May 1, 2023 - 7 Comments
Security Response Updates for iOS, iPadOS, MacOS

Apple has released the first rapid security response updates for MacOS Ventura 13.3.1, iOS 16.4.1, and iPadOS 16.4.1. The security updates are said to include important security fixes and are therefore recommended for all eligible users to download and install onto their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. The purpose of Rapid Security Response updates are to … Read More

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