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Release & Renew DHCP from the Command Line with ipconfig

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:00
If you need to release and renew DHCP from the command line on a Mac, the helpful ipconfig utility is able to do so quickly. Do keep in mind that for most OS X users, renewing a DHCP lease from the Mac System Preferences is the best approach because it’s user friendly and just as ... Read More

iOS 8.4.1 Beta 2 Released

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:05
The second beta version of iOS 8.4.1 has been released to users in the registered developer program. The 12H318 build arrives a few weeks after the first beta of iOS 8.4.1, and the public release of iOS 8.4 No notable features or changes are mentioned with iOS 8.4.1 suggesting the final release will be a ... Read More

OS X El Capitan Public Beta 3 Available Now

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 20:59
Mac users participating in the OS X El Capitan Public Beta program will find the third beta version available to download. The new release appears to match the recent 5th developer beta of OS X 10.11, arriving as build 15A235e. For users running a prior Public Beta of OS X 10.11, OS X El Capitan ... Read More

How to Adjust Automatic Renewal of Apple Music Subscription

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 19:22
Apple Music offers a three month free trial to experience and explore the service, but at the end of that Music trial you will be automatically renewed into a $9.99 per month subscription service. For many users, they’ll appreciate leading into a subscription after their 90 day trial period is up, but for some other ... Read More

Where to Set Environment Variables in Mac OS X

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 18:30
At the command line, environmental variables are defined for the current shell and become inherited by any running command or process. They can determine anything from the default shell, the PATH, the users home directory, to the terminal emulation type, current working directory, where a history file is located, language and localization settings, and going ... Read More

Three “Apps at a Tap” Apple Watch Ads Debut

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 18:28
Apple has started running three new Apple Watch ads in a campaign dubbed “Apps at a tap”. The new commercials focus on the variety of apps available on the wrist-worn device, with each commercial having a different emphasis; fitness apps, travel apps, and music apps. The advertisements are running now, and have been embedded below ... Read More

OS X El Capitan Beta 5 Released for Developer Testing

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 02:26
Apple has released the fifth developer beta of OS X El Capitan to users participating in the Mac Developer Beta program. The new build arrives as 15A235d, and the release seems to focus primarily on bug fixes found in the prior beta version. Mac users who are eligible to receive the new beta version can ... Read More

How to Delete Old Backups from Time Machine on Mac

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 20:53
If you use Time Machine to backup a Mac to an external drive, you may decide to manually delete old backups that are no longer needed. This can be for a variety of reasons, whether for simple removal of old backups, or if you eventually run into space limitations on backup drive where Time Machine ... Read More

Mac Setups: A High-End Animation Studio

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 19:59
Have you ever wondered exactly what hardware was used to create the stunning visual effects, animation, and CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) you see in in movies, video games, and commercials? Well, this weeks Mac setup will show you. Much more than a single workstation, it’s an entire Mac-based animation studio in Sheffield, UK! From a ... Read More

6 Abstract Wallpapers from the Apple “Why There’s iPhone” Microsite

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:51
Apple recently built this microsite to accompany the “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” TV ad campaign, and much like other portions of the Apple online presence, there is some pretty nice abstract imagery included in the backgrounds. With a little digging, this means you can uncover those nice pictures and use ... Read More

How to Find Wi-Fi Network Passwords from Command Line on Mac

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:33
Given the complexity of some wi-fi network passwords combined with the general infrequency of entering them and that they’re typically saved on use, it’s not terribly unusual to forget what a specific routers wireless password is. Fortunately, if you’re on a Mac, there are a few ways to go about finding those lost or forgotten ... Read More

Apple Back To School Promo for 2015: Free Beats Solo2 Headphones with Purchase of a Mac

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 22:07
Apple has started their annual Back To School promotional deal for students and educators looking to purchase a Mac. This year, eligible buyers are able to get a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones, valued at $199, with the order of a qualifying Mac. Permitted Macs include the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, ... Read More

How to Stop WhatsApp Saving Pictures & Video to iPhone Automatically

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 20:37
The popular messaging app WhatsApp has a default media saving setting which will automatically download and save every received picture and video to the iPhone Photos apps Camera Roll. While some users may like this feature, others may wish to change the auto-saving media behavior so that images and movies sent and received in WhatsApp ... Read More

iOS 9 Public Beta 2 Released for Testing

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 20:25
Apple has released iOS 9 Public Beta 2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users choosing to participate in the beta testing program for iOS. The new build arrives as 13A4305g, meaning it matches the 4th developer beta which was recently pushed out as well. Eligible users can find the iOS 9 Public Beta 2 ... Read More

OS X El Capitan Public Beta 2 Released for Testing

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 20:17
Apple has released the second Public Beta version of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to users participating in the testing program. The version closely matches the 4th developer beta, arriving as build 15A225f, and should offer notable bug fixes along with improvements to stability and performance compared to the first public beta release of El ... Read More

Download Civilization V for Mac for Free, No Strings Attached

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:51
Want to download Civilization V for Mac, entirely for free? For a limited time, you can get Civilization V: Campaign Edition for OS X entirely for free with basically no strings attached, thanks to a giveaway sponsored by game-maker Aspyr and MacRumors. Never heard of the game? Well, Civilization is one of the greatest strategy ... Read More

OS X El Capitan 10.11 Beta 4 Released

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 20:01
Apple has released new beta versions of OS X 10.11 El Capitan for Mac users. The fourth developer beta arrives as build 15A226f and marches the operating system ever closer to a stable release later in the year. At the moment, the latest OS X 10.11 beta is only available to users in the Mac ... Read More

iOS 9 Beta 4 and WatchOS 2 Beta 4 Released for Testing

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 20:00
The fourth beta version of iOS 9 has been released by Apple, alongside a new beta build of WatchOS 2. The new iOS 9 build arrives as 13A4305g and runs on all supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch hardware. Currently, the iOS 9 beta 4 release is available only to registered iOS Developer participants, but ... Read More

13 Force Touch Trackpad Tricks & Shortcuts for Mac

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 20:23
The new Force Touch trackpads available for some Macs are really quite impressive. By using a haptic feedback mechanism and a tiny little speaker, the pressure-sensitive trackpad mimics a click with multiple layers of depth by pushing feedback into your finger – the trackpad itself does not move or click down like the prior generation ... Read More

Not Happy with OS X El Capitan? How to Send Feedback to Apple

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 19:48
OS X El Capitan (10.11) is part of an open Public Beta, which means that any user can opt-in to install and run the beta version of the future OS X system software on their Mac. This is a chance for Mac users to help shape the future of OS X, and a great way ... Read More