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Fix Wi-Fi Problems in OS X Yosemite

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 22:50
Some Mac users who upgraded to OS X Yosemite have discovered a variety of wireless network connectivity issues, ranging from dropping wi-fi connections, to an inability to connect to the outside world despite being connected to a wifi router, even suddenly and strangely slow internet speeds. These network issues seem to occur most often on ... Read More

5 Easy Tips to Speed Up OS X Yosemite on Your Mac

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:26
OS X Yosemite runs great on most new Macs, but some older models may experience some sluggishness or stuttering from time to time. The reason for that feeling of reduced performance can be due to a variety of issues, and most of them are really easy to resolve with surprisingly little effort. If you feel ... Read More

Enable Dark Mode with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X Yosemite

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 17:40
Dark Mode impacts the appearance of the Dock and Menu Bar in OS X Yosemite, turning both from their grey on white defaults to a higher contrast white text against black background dark alternative. The effect is sort of iOS-like, but it also makes a great addition to the Increase Contrast feature on a Mac ... Read More

Enable Continuity & Handoff on Unsupported Macs with Continuity Activation Tool

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:11
Continuity and Handoff are two great features of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 that allow an iPhone or iPad to ‘handoff’ an application, like a half-written email, over to the Mac to be completed in the Mac Mail app. It’s one of the major reasons for iOS and Mac users to upgrade to OS ... Read More

How to Show a Sidebar in iTunes 12

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:18
The iTunes sidebar has been a part of the media players functionality since the earliest days of the app, allowing users to quickly navigate around iTunes and their media, and also easily transfer things like music and movies to their iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The latest version of iTunes 12 has a different take on ... Read More

Increase Interface Contrast in OS X Yosemite to Improve Usability

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:29
The revised interface in OS X Yosemite makes heavy use of transparencies, flatness, white space, smaller and narrow fonts, and a dramatic lack of contrast with neutral shades of grey used for most text and many onscreen elements. Combined with the new system font choice of Helvetica Neue (the same font from iOS), the overall ... Read More

How to Downgrade OS X Yosemite Back to OS X Mavericks

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:20
For Mac users who have updated to OS X Yosemite and found it to be unbearable for whatever reason, you’ll be pleased to discover that downgrading back to OS X Mavericks may be a possibility for you. This is not specifically recommended, but if you’re absolutely set on reverting from Yosemite to the prior version ... Read More

How to Install Java in OS X Yosemite

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:07
Mac users who require Java and who have installed OS X Yosemite may have discovered that a prior version of Java is no longer functioning under OS X 10.10, and that older installers don’t work to install Java in Yosemite. Additionally, a fresh install of Yosemite does not include Java at all. If your Mac ... Read More

Did iOS 8.1 Reduce Your Battery Life? This May Help

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 18:34
Though the iOS 8.1 update includes many bug fixes that resolve some of the frustrating annoyances that popped up in earlier versions, a handful of users have experienced something else with iOS 8.1; quickly reducing battery life. No, we’re not talking about shaving a few minutes off how long your iPad or iPhone lasts, we’re ... Read More

How to Show the Full Website URL in Safari for OS X Yosemite

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:24
The newest version of Safari in OS X Yosemite defaults to only displaying the domain name of the website you are visiting, rather than the complete URL that many users have long been accustomed to seeing. Some users won’t notice the change, but for many of us, this is unnecessary and annoying as it hides ... Read More

iOS 8.1 Download Released with Apple Pay, Camera Roll, Wi-Fi Fix, Bug Fixes, etc

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:33
Apple has released iOS 8.1 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The update offers a variety of new features for mobile devices, and also resolves some of the bugs and issues that existed with prior versions of iOS 8. The iOS 8.1 update is recommended for all users to install on their ... Read More

How to Delete an iCloud Account from an iPhone / iPad

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:23
For those of us who juggle between multiple iCloud accounts (which is really not recommended), you may need to remove an iCloud account associated with an iPhone or iPad some times. This is typically for situations where you need to swap in a different account, create a new iCloud login for some reason, or just ... Read More

How to Clean Install OS X Yosemite

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 00:30
Most Mac users who are upgrading to OS X Yosemite should go through the standard process via the Mac App Store and start the installation from there, it’s by far the easiest approach and it generally goes flawlessly. Some users like to perform what is known as a clean installation of Mac OS X though, ... Read More

How to Stop iPhone Calls Ringing a Mac in OS X Yosemite

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:59
Perhaps you have noticed that since updating your Mac to OS X Yosemite, when your iPhone gets an incoming phone call, so does your Mac. In fact, all of your Macs running the latest OS X and using the same Apple ID will get a phone call, creating a whole chorus of ringing, just from ... Read More

iTunes 12.0.1 and Security Update 2014-005 for OS X Released

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:19
Apple has released iTunes 12.0.1 for all Mac users, as well as Security Update 2014-005 Mavericks for those running OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and Security Update 2014-005 Mountain Lion for those running 10.8. Mac users whom have already updated to OS X Yosemite will not find a Security Update available to them, indicating whatever patch ... Read More

OS X Yosemite Installation Stuck with Minutes Remaining? Wait!

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:04
A notable number of Mac users who have gone to update their machines to OS X Yosemite have discovered something which may seem alarming; the progress bar seems to halt during the installation at just minutes remaining, and in some cases, it can sit unmoving with no apparent progress for well over an hour. The ... Read More

How to Make an OS X Yosemite Boot Installer USB Drive

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:38
Now that OS X Yosemite is available, many users may wish to create a bootable installer drive from something like a USB flash thumb drive or another disk. This allows for several things, the ability to upgrade multiple Macs without having to re-download the installer, the ability to perform a clean install, and also the ... Read More

iMac with 27″ Retina 5k Display Released

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:09
Apple released the first iMac with an ultra-high resolution Retina display today. The Retina model includes a 27″ display with a whopping 5120 x 2880 pixel resolution, which Apple is calling a Retina 5K display. The iMac with Retina display is backed by some powerful internal hardware as well, with the entry level model including ... Read More

iPad Air 2 & iPad Mini 3 Released

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:40
Apple has announced updates to the iPad line, officially labeled as the iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 3. All new models include faster processors and improved capabilities, Touch ID sensors, and while iPad Mini remains in the same enclosure, the iPad Air 2 has been redesigned to be slimmer than ever. Some of these ... Read More

iOS 8.1 Release Date Set for October 20

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:13
iOS 8.1 will be released for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices on Monday, October 20, according to Apple. The update will include new features like Apple Pay, the re-introduction of the Photos app Camera Roll, the ability to interact with Macs running OS X Yosemite, and the update is expected to include many ... Read More