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Don’t Want to Update your Mac to OS X Yosemite? Hide the Update from the App Store

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 19:43
While many Mac users have updated to OS X Yosemite, a notable amount have chosen to stay on OS X Mavericks or Mountain Lion for a variety of reasons, and some have even had to downgrade due to frustrations or incompatibilities that were experienced with the new version of OS X. Whatever the reason, if ... Read More

A Solution for MacBook Pro Booting to a Black Screen

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 02:21
Rarely, a Mac may encounter some peculiar issue during system boot that can cause quite a bit of panic, like booting to a completely black screen. It would be easy to interpret that as a potential hardware problem, and in some particularly rare situations that may be the case, but it’s more often a software ... Read More

Access the Two Different Mini-Players in iTunes 12

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 19:56
If you’d rather your iTunes player take up less screen real estate, iTunes has two alternative player appearance options available, the album cover player, and the popular mini player. These are not new features to iTunes 12, but like many other things which have been switched up in the latest version, accessing them has changed ... Read More

Delete Specific Pages from Safari History in iOS

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:03
Safari in iOS has always had the ability to clear all browser history on the iPhone and iPad, but up until the latest versions of iOS, it was either delete all history or nothing. That has changed however, and if you would rather selectively delete individual pages from history instead of clearing out all browser ... Read More

OS X 10.10.2 Beta 1 Available to Developers

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:35
Apple has released the first developer beta of OS X 10.10.2, arriving as build version 14C68K. The notes attached to the OS X Update Seed 10.10.2 download don’t specify any particular focus areas, but presumably the update aims to address bugs and issues that have gone unresolved after the recent OS X 10.10.1 update. Developers ... Read More

How to Flush DNS Cache in OS X Yosemite with discoveryutil

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 22:22
Some Mac users may encounter situations where they need to flush DNS cache in OS X for a name server to resolve properly, or for some DNS address change to become noticed by their individual computer. This is particularly relevant for system administrators, network admins, and web developers, but there are certainly situations where other ... Read More

How to Format Text & Insert Pictures Into Notes in iOS

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:44
The Notes app in modern versions of iOS includes support for text formatting and media insertion. This is a welcome change for many reasons, as it not only improves the functionality of Notes app to serve as a scratchpad, but it also makes the Notes app and it’s iCloud syncing abilities between iOS devices and ... Read More

Troubleshooting OS X 10.10.1 Wi-Fi Connection Issues

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:30
A number of Mac users who were experiencing wi-fi connection difficulties with OS X Yosemite have found the problems continue to persist after updating to OS X 10.10.1. The reasons for this are not entirely clear given that OS X 10.10.1 has aimed specifically at improving wi-fi reliability, but some of the traditional troubleshooting steps ... Read More

How to Disable Reachability on iPhone If You Accidentally Open It

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 23:15
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus gained a feature called Reachability which, when activated, brings all onscreen icons and elements closer to the bottom of the display and Home button, thus making it easier for your thumb or finger to reach the desired touch points. While Reachability is proving to be a popular tool ... Read More

iOS 8.2 Beta 1 & Apple Watch Developer Kit Released

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:37
Apple has released iOS 8.2 beta 1 and an Apple Watch developer toolkit to those registered with the iOS developer program. The first iOS 8.2 beta build is 12D436 and arrives alongside a new beta version of Xcode 6.2, which includes the WatchKit developer package. Though iOS 8.2 will undoubtedly include bug fixes and feature ... Read More

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Update Available for Mac

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:05
Apple has released the first major update to Macs running OS X Yosemite, versioned as OS X 10.10.1. OS X 10.10.1 includes several prominent bug fixes, including resolutions to issues with Wi-Fi reliability, Mail app problems, and a Time Machine backup bug. Other stability enhancements, security updates, and bug fixes are also included in the ... Read More

iOS 8.1.1 Update Available with Bug Fixes [IPSW Download Links]

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:43
Apple has released the final version of iOS 8.1.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. The iOS update is focused primarily on bug fixes and stability enhancements, though some performance improvements are also said to be included for some older hardware. The brief download notes mention performance improvements aimed specifically at iPad 2 and ... Read More

Find Local Listings & Restaurants with Spotlight in OS X Yosemite

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:02
Spotlight is the fantastic search engine built into OS X and iOS, and while most people associate Spotlight searches with finding documents on their Mac or launching applications, the feature set has expanded dramatically since OS X Yosemite. One of the more useful tricks found within the revised Spotlight search is the ability to search ... Read More

Increase or Decrease Text Size of Messages in OS X Yosemite

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 21:10
The Mac Messages app has long had the ability to change the text size and font of your messages and conversations, but the adjustment functions have changed a bit in OS X Yosemite. In Messages under OS X Yosemite, you now have the option to increase or decrease the size of the Helvetica Neue system ... Read More

Instantly Share Your Current Location from Messages on iPhone

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 19:13
If you’ve ever tried to give directions to someone when you aren’t that good at it, or maybe aren’t entirely sure where you are let alone how to get there, you know how frustrating of an experience that can be. Fortunately you can avoid that situation entirely now though thanks to a great location sharing ... Read More

How to Use Mail Drop to Send Large Files Over Email from Mac OS X

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 19:26
Nearly every email server has a file size limit, typically ranging between 10MB and 40MB, and any file attached to an email larger than that will typically bounce or not send. Apple has come up with an interesting solution to this problem, calling it Mail Drop. Essentially, MailDrop will automatically detect when a large file ... Read More

Get Notifications for Specific Email Threads in iOS Mail App

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:26
The iOS Mail app has long included a variety of ways to be notified of new emails, whether it’s the standard notification for all new messages, or having a unique alert set to specific VIP contacts. Perhaps even better is a feature added to recent versions of iOS that allow for individual email thread alerts, ... Read More

Edit Autofill Information in Safari for Mac OS X

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 19:58
Autofill is one of the more useful features of Safari that automatically fill online order forms and logins, whether it’s a name, shipping address, login and password, or even payment and credit card information. Of course, if you change any of that information like an address or payment details, that old autofill information filling up ... Read More

Show a Preview Panel in Every Finder Window of Mac OS X

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 23:28
The Column view of the OS X Finder has long been popular with users who like to see a preview of what image or document they are selecting in the Finder. Of course, the problem with that preview panel is that up until OS X Yosemite, it was limited to the Column view, and if ... Read More

OS X 10.10.1 Beta 2 Released to Developers

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:33
Apple has released the second beta version of OS X 10.10.1 to those registered with the Mac Developer Program. The update arrives as build 14B23 and is a relatively small download, weighing in around 300MB. Release notes accompanying the second seed of OS X 10.10.1 are the same as the first beta seed, saying the ... Read More