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OS X 10.10.3 Beta 3 Released to Mac Developers

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:30
Apple has released a new developer version of OS X 10.10.3 for Mac. The new beta build of 14D98g includes Photos app, as well as support for Force Touch API, which is the redesigned touch-sensitive trackpad included in the new 12″ MacBook and MacBook Pro 13″ Retina. The new diverse Emoji characters and some other ... Read More

iOS 8.3 Beta 3 Released for Developers

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:12
A third beta version of iOS 8.3 has been released to developers. The new beta build is 12F5047f and includes bug fixes and feature enhancements for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Developers who are currently running the second beta of iOS 8.3 can find the latest beta build available in the Software Update ... Read More

Change the Green Button Maximize Behavior in OS X Yosemite with BetterTouchTool

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 17:09
The Green Button in OS X window bars used to maximize windows to fit the Mac screen, but since OS X Yosemite the Green Button now sends windows or apps into full screen mode by default. This can be modified one-off by Option+Clicking the maximize button, but a better solution for some users is to ... Read More

Next iPhone to Have Force Touch Technology

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 16:26
Apple will introduce Force Touch technology on the next models of iPhone, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Force Touch is able to determine soft touches from hard presses on the devices screen to be able to perform different functions. The technology was first introduced with Apple Watch, and now resides ... Read More

Compare Actual Apple Watch Sizes with an iPhone

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 18:35
Now that we know Apple Watch will take pre-orders at the beginning of next month for a later release date in April, interested users may want to have a better idea of just how big or small given Apple Watch models are. Rounding the numbers, 42MM is 1.65 inches, and 38MM is 1.5 inches. For ... Read More

Having Safari Problems with iOS 8.2? Try This

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:47
Some users who have updated to iOS 8.2 have discovered the Safari web browser no longer works as it should on their iPhone or iPad. There seems to be a few variations of Safari issues with iOS 8.2, but typically the problems manifest as an inability for Safari to launch or stay open, Safari becoming ... Read More

Security Update 2015-02 Available for OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 22:52
Apple has released an important security update for Mac users running a variety of versions of OS X. Labeled as “Security Update 2015-02″, the small update weighs in around 60MB and is available now for OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, and OS X Mountain Lion. Mac users should install the available security update as ... Read More

iOS 8.2 Released for iPhone, iPad [IPSW Direct Download Links]

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 19:10
iOS 8.2 has been released for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The new release includes bug fixes and feature improvements, and is required for iPhone users who wish to use an Apple Watch when it is released on April 24, as the new iOS version ships with the Watch companion application. Download ... Read More

Apple Watch Pricing, Pre-Orders, & Release Date Revealed

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 19:04
Apple spent a good amount of time detailing specifics about the Apple Watch product, revealing pricing, pre-orders, and a specific release date. If you’re still not sure what Apple Watch does, it does quite a bit right out of the box and will do more as developers work on more apps for the platform. At ... Read More

All New 12″ MacBook Released in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 17:54
Apple has released an all new redesigned unibody MacBook with Retina display. The new Mac laptop looks absolutely gorgeous and is intended to be extremely portable. The computer is available in a trio of colors, much like the iPhone and iPad, don’t miss the specs and gallery images below, this is one impressive portable Mac. ... Read More

How to Change the Root User Account Password in OS X

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 19:17
Some advanced Mac users require having the root user enabled in OS X for administrative or troubleshooting purposes. While many will keep the root user account password the same as their general administrator password, this is not always recommended for some situations, and thus these Mac users may wish to change the root user account ... Read More

How to Bypass a FileVault Password On a Per Boot Basis with OS X

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 17:05
Using FileVault full disk encryption is one of the better ways to protect your Mac and personal documents from prying eyes and password resets, but if you’re troubleshooting a Mac with FileVault, either your own or someone else’s, it’s kind of annoying to have another layer of passwords necessary to enter before you’ll be able ... Read More

Type the Apple Logo Icon on iPhone or iPad with Keyboard Shortcuts

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 19:46
The Apple logo is iconic and used frequently by fans, but if you’re looking to type the Apple logo () on an iPhone or iPad you won’t find it in the standard keyboard options or special characters. Indeed, for the time being anyway, the Apple logo does not have an easily accessible character option in ... Read More

Microsoft Office 2016 Preview Available for Mac as Free Download

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 17:14
Microsoft has released a free public preview version of the Microsoft Office 2016 Suite for Mac. The Office suite includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and OneNote, which are arguably the most popular productivity apps in existence. Office 2016 has all of the features of Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint that you’d expect, plus a variety ... Read More

Larger Screen iPad Model Delayed Until Later in 2015

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 23:02
If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a larger screen iPad, you’ll need to wait a bit longer. Apple is said to be delaying the release of a larger screened 12.9″ iPad model until later in the year, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Specifically, the Bloomberg report says: “Production of the ... Read More

Fix for Mac Randomly Asking for Password to iCloud, FaceTime, Messages

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:29
A notable amount of Mac users have discovered that a random OS X password popup window can appear from iCloud, FaceTime, or Messages, any of each asking for the respective iCloud password. The random password request is very non-specific and just has the logo, “iCloud Password – Please enter your password for email@address” with options ... Read More

How to Force Reboot an iPhone & iPad

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 20:28
Rarely, an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will become completely unresponsive and errant, leading to what amounts to a frozen device that just won’t do anything. The most obvious indicator of this is when something on screen just ceases up completely and the touch screen becomes unresponsive to all input, and clicking on any of ... Read More

OS X 10.10.3 Public Beta with Photos App Now Available

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:48
Apple has released the first public beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 with the new Photos app. The beta software is build 14D87p, nearly the same as the most 2nd developer beta, and can be installed by users who are opting to participate in the OS X Yosemite Public Beta testing program. It is strongly ... Read More

Audio & Sound Not Working in OS X Yosemite? It’s an Easy Fix

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 22:24
A few Mac users that update to OS X Yosemite discover their sound and audio output has ceased to work, leading to a completely mute Mac that does not respond to the volume keys. Fortunately, the mysterious missing sound output issue is incredibly simple to fix, and there is nothing actually wrong with the Mac. ... Read More

Instantly Add Item to the Mac Dock with a Keyboard Shortcut

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 22:02
Just about all Mac users know that you can add items to the Dock of OS X by dragging and dropping things into it, but another option, which may even be faster for some users, is to use a keyboard shortcut. With a quick keystroke, you can instantly add any item from the file system ... Read More