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Simple Tips to Improve Battery Life for Macs with OS X Yosemite

4 hours 41 min ago
Some Mac users have noted that MacBook Air and MacBook Pro battery life has took a downturn with their Macs running OS X Yosemite. While this doesn’t impact all users, and much of the perception of diminished battery is likely due to usage and various features, there are some easy settings changes that users can ... Read More

Enjoy a “Spring Forward” Wallpaper Inspired by Upcoming Apple Event

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 23:30
The invitation for the upcoming Apple Spring Forward event features an aesthetically pleasing image as the background, which happens to make a great wallpaper for your Mac and iOS devices too. If you’re feeling creative, you can get the original image sized at 2560×812 below and make something of it yourself, otherwise the large 3384×3384 ... Read More

Apple to Host Livestreamed “Spring Forward” Media Event on March 9

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:50
Apple will host a media event on March 9, 2015 at 10AM PST. The event is to be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California, but Apple is planning on livestreaming the occasion as well. The official invite from Apple, shown above courtesy of MacRumors, has the tagline “Spring ... Read More

Can’t Open a Specific File in OS X? Search the Mac App Store Quickly to Find an App That Can

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 18:40
If you’ve ever come across a file that you can’t open on your Mac, or perhaps that doesn’t open as you may expect it to in a particular OS X app, maybe rendering poorly or like a bunch of gibberish after forcing it, this quick trick can help find a more appropriate application to open ... Read More

Visit Open Web Pages on Other Devices with iCloud Tabs

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 23:41
Safari iCloud Tabs are a great feature that allow you to visit and access any actively opened web page in Safari on another iPhone, iPad, or Mac. This is really handy if you found something interesting on your iPhone but you’d rather read it on your iPad or Mac, or vice versa, and in some ... Read More

How to Customize the Login Screen Wallpaper of Mac in OS X Yosemite

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 19:17
Customizing the login screen appearance on a Mac is a nice way to add some personal (or corporate) flair to the OS X login experience. How exactly to change the login screen wallpaper has differed continuously in the many versions of Mac OS throughout the years, but with OS X Yosemite, the process of setting ... Read More

OS X 10.10.3 Beta 2 Available for Testing

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 19:16
A new beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 has been released by Apple. The second beta build arrives as 14D87h and continues to emphasize the new Photos app for Mac. Mac users who are registered to participate in the OS X developer program can find the update available in the Mac App Store Update ... Read More

iOS 8.3 Beta 2 Released for Developers

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 19:04
Apple has released the second beta for iOS 8.3. The new build is 12F5037c and is available now for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Separately, a new Apple TV beta version is also available. Those registered with the iOS Developer program can find the new iOS 8.3 beta 2 firmware available to download ... Read More

Apple Runs “Make a Film with iPad” TV Ad Narrated by Martin Scorsese

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 22:25
Apple is running a new iPad commercial focused on film making, the ad is narrated by clips from director Martin Scorsese’s commencement speech at NYU from 2014. The commercial, which is similar in theme to the “Make Music with iPad” commercial (but not at all similar in audio), follows students at Los Angeles County High ... Read More

Mac Setup: A Clean & Simple iMac Workstation

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 19:22
This weeks featured Mac setup is the really nice and clean minimalist desk setup of Joseph C.. Let’s jump to it and learn a bit more about this workstation and the apps that keep it going… don’t miss the great bonus fields wallpaper too! Tell us a bit about what you do and how you ... Read More

How to Quickly Fix Error Code -36 in Finder of Mac OS X

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 19:39
On some rare occasions when trying to copy files, Mac users may encounter “error code -36″, which completely halts the copy or move process in the OS X Finder. The full error is usually read as “The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “FileName” can’t be read or written. (Error code -36)”. ... Read More

“My iPhone is Not Ringing or Making Sounds with Inbound Messages Suddenly, Help!”

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 18:44
Have you ever had the experience where an iPhone is suddenly not ringing on incoming calls, or making any sounds when a new message arrives? The mute button isn’t turned on, so what on earth is going on, right? This is surprisingly common experience for those who are more novice iPhone users, and after troubleshooting ... Read More

iPhone 6 Plus Home Screen Not Rotating? It’s Your Display Settings

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 18:46
One of the more interesting features that arrived with the larger screen iPhone models is the ability to view the devices Home Screen, where app icons are shown, in a rotated sideways horizontal format. This places the Dock onto the side, and kind of resembles a tiny iPad. To rotate the iPhone Home Screen, you ... Read More

MacBook Pro 2011-2013 with Video Problems Eligible for Free Repair

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 00:51
Apple is offering to repair certain malfunctioning MacBook Pro models sold between February 2011 and December 2013. The impacted MacBook Pro models exhibit unusual graphics behavior, including distorted screen images, outright screen failures, and even sometimes unexpected system reboots. Not all MacBook Pros sold between the time period are impacted, the machines that may be ... Read More

Apple Electric Car Tentatively Scheduled for 2020 Production

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 00:20
Apple is intending to begin production on their rumored electric car project “as early as 2020″, according to a new report from Bloomberg. If you were hoping to see an Apple Car driving around the streets much sooner than that, you may be disappointed, but a rough production timeline of five years is apparently in ... Read More

How to Enable & Disable root User from Command Line in OS X

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 18:38
Though most advanced Mac users will find it easiest to enable root with Directory Utility from the GUI of OS X, another option is to turn to the command line. No, we’re not talking about using sudo or su, we’re talking about enabling the actual root user account, which can be appropriate for some complex ... Read More

iTunes 12.1.1 Released for Windows

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 18:27
Users who sync their iPhones, iPads, and iPods to a Windows machine will find that a new update to iTunes is available to improve the experience. The update is versioned as iTunes 12.1.1. Mac users will continue to find that iTunes 12.1 remains the newest version available for OS X. The small iTunes update appears ... Read More

Remove Bluetooth PAN Helps Resolve Wi-Fi Conflict in OS X Yosemite?

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 20:37
One of the most frustrating issues that has impacted some users of OS X Yosemite are persistent wireless networking difficulties. Apple has released multiple updates to OS X aimed at addressing the problem, but for some Mac users, they either offer no help, or even worse, may add new trouble for wi-fi connections. We have ... Read More

This is the F-ing Poster on Jony Ive’s Wall [Warning: Offensive Language]

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 18:20
Jony Ive is well known for being the design guru at Apple, and in one of the more revealing looks at the man offered by The New Yorker (a great read for designers and Apple fans in general), you’ll find a description of a rather colorful, perhaps even offensive, poster on his office wall. (Don’t ... Read More

How to Remove a Password from a PDF File in OS X

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 19:16
Many users who send PDF documents with sensitive data back and forth will password protect the files from their Mac so that only authorized users can read and access the data contained within the document. This is fairly common with everything from contracts to accounting and financial records, and it’s equally common to sometimes require ... Read More