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OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite Released for Mac with Bug Fixes & Wi-Fi Fix

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 18:24
Apple has released the OS X 10.10.2 software update to all Mac users running OS X Yosemite. The OS X 10.10.2 update focuses on bug fixes and security updates, and is said to help resolve some of the persistent wi-fi problems that have negatively impacted some Mac users running the newest versions of OS X ... Read More

Quickly Save Photos from Messages in Mac OS X with Drag & Drop

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:20
Many Mac users rely on the Messages app to converse back and forth with other Mac and iPhone owners, but unlike saving a picture or image from a message in the iOS side of things, OS X Messages app does not offer a share sheet download option or menu for saving specific photos and media ... Read More

Need to Download Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard? ADC Has It

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:32
Mac users who have older hardware laying around which are unable to run modern versions of OS X may be relieved to discover that Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) are available to download directly from Apple. These versions of Mac OS X are over half a decade outdated ... Read More

How to Hide the Safari Favorite Bookmark Menu URL Dropdown in OS X Yosemite

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:10
Mac Safari users in the latest versions of OS X have discovered that when the URL bar is clicked in Safari, a panel of bookmark icons and Favorites appears. This is a lot like how Safari iOS works, and these icons can be clicked to visit sites quickly, or moved, removed, and rearranged as desired. ... Read More

Mac Setup: Personal Workstation of a Pro Audio Designer

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:39
It’s time for another featured Mac setup! We’re going to share the great personal studio workstation of Nick J., a professional Audio Designer. Let’s dive right in and learn more about the hardware and software used with this setup: What hardware components make up your Mac setup? Core Apple Gear 2.26Ghz 13″ MacBook Pro 8GB ... Read More

Workaround for Local Network Discovery Failures & Problems Connecting to Servers in OS X

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 19:24
Local networking usually works flawlessly on Macs, which is why some of the most aggravating issues that a select group of users may experience with OS X Yosemite pertain to network connections. Some of these may relate to broader connection and wi-fi functionality problems, and others which can effect general LAN networking functions and the ... Read More

Found Someones iPhone? Help Return a Lost iPhone to the Owner with Siri

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 22:05
Losing an iPhone is a terrible feeling, so if you ever happen to be in the position of finding a random iPhone somewhere, maybe in a coffee shop or on the street, you should always do the right thing and try to return it to the proper owner. Of course that’s sometimes easier said than ... Read More

Move or Remove Icons from Safari Bookmarks Menu in OS X Yosemite

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 18:48
When you click into the URL bar of Safari in OS X Yosemite, a panel menu of website bookmark icons appears directly under the address bar. This can offer a quick way to access web bookmarks in Safari from a Mac, but it’s fairly likely you’ll discover a few bookmarks in the icon view that ... Read More

A Gesture Trick for Marking eMail as Unread Instantly in iPhone Mail App

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:24
Have you ever needed to mark an email as unread after opening it on your iOS device? Of course you have, whether to serve as a reminder to yourself later, or to undo an accidental mark as read. Typically on the iPhone and iPad iOS Mail apps, most people use the Flag menu method to ... Read More

How to Hide the Multiple Google Profile Menu in Chrome Browser

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 22:49
The Google Chrome web browser has updated with a multiple-user profile menu visible in the window titlebar, a feature that makes juggling multiple Google and Gmail accounts extremely easy. It’s also helpful for computers with multiple people using them without multiple accounts too, since anyone can switch logins through the menu. Of course, the user ... Read More

OS X 10.10.2 Beta 6 Released for Testing

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 20:00
Apple has released a sixth beta version of OS X 10.10.2 to those registered with the Mac Developer program. The new build arrives as 14C106a and continues to emphasize a focus on resolving wi-fi problems, Mail, and VoiceOver. Users who are opted in and signed up to test pre-release OS X software will find the ... Read More

View the List of Songs Which Siri Identified in iOS

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 23:18
Now that Siri can identify songs that are playing, similar to the Shazam app service, you’ll probably appreciate knowing that you can easily go back and see a list of songs that Siri has found and detected. This is great since it basically keeps a running tab of what music you asked your iPhone to ... Read More

Use an Xbox One Controller on a Mac with Enabler Tool for OS X

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:09
The Xbox One is a great gaming console with an excellent controller, and if you have a Mac with a few games you’d like to use a controller for, you can use a third party tool to gain Xbox One controller support for gaming in OS X. The free utility is appropriately called “Xbox One ... Read More

How to Set Speakerphone Mode to Automatically Activate on iPhone Calls

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 20:08
By default, all calls on the iPhone will play audio through the standard earpiece at the top of the phone, and if someone wishes to use speakerphone they enable it manually by tapping on the “Speaker” button during an active call. While that may be the desired effect for most users, in various situations some ... Read More

Fixing OS X Install Errors “can’t be verified” and “error occurred while preparing the installation”

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 18:35
Two unusual error messages that can occur during the attempted installation of OS X Yosemite are the “This copy of the Install OS X Yosemite application can’t be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading” message, or a more vague “An error occurred while preparing the installation. Try running again” error ... Read More

Troubleshoot Safari Freezes & Crashing in OS X Yosemite

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 19:30
Some Mac users have discovered the Safari web browser has become significantly less stable after updating to OS X Yosemite. This can range from periodic crashes of Safari that never happened before, to Safari freezing up entirely, to Safari outright refusing to open as it crashes immediately upon launch. Troubleshooting app crashes can be frustrating, ... Read More

iPhone Won’t Stop Vibrating? Here’s How to Resolve the Endless Buzzing

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 18:54
Most problems with iPhone are fairly simple to explain and resolve, but a somewhat rare outlier is the case of the spontaneous continuously vibrating iPhone. You’ll know it if you encounter it, the iPhone will basically seize up and do nothing but vibrate with a black screen, and the vibrations aren’t even pulsed like a ... Read More

Get Exchange Rates & Convert Currency with Spotlight in OS X

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 18:33
The Mac has long had currency conversion tools available through Calculator app and Dashboard with the Converter widget, but the latest versions of OS X have an even faster option available with Spotlight, which can provide current exchange rates and conversions on the fly. You will need to be running at least OS X 10.10 ... Read More

What the “Other” Storage Space is in Mac OS X & How to Clear It Up

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 19:45
Many Mac users check the About This Mac Storage tab to get a quick overview of their disk space usage, and many will see a rather large “Other” storage space taking up disk capacity on their drives. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because iOS often has a rather large Other storage space, but that’s ... Read More

OS X 10.10.2 Beta 5 Released for Developer Testing

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:15
Apple has released the fifth beta version of OS X 10.10.2 for users registered with the Mac Developer program. The new Yosemite build is 14C99D and continues to emphasize a focus on addressing bugs and remaining issues with wireless networking, Mail, and VoiceOver. Mac users who are part of the Developer Program can find the ... Read More