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iOS 8 Beta 5 Download Now Available to Developers

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 18:21
Apple has released iOS 8 beta 5 for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The latest build focuses primarily on bug fixes and improvements to iOS 8, and marches the beta release ever closer to the final public version, which is expected sometime this fall. As is typical with iOS betas, the fastest way ... Read More

How to Watch MKV & AVI Video on iPad or iPhone Free with VLC

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 21:33
If you’ve ever wanted to watch a high resolution movie like an MKV, MPEG, or AVI file that’s currently on a computer, but on an iPhone or iPad, you know that the default iOS Video app isn’t always going to cut it. Sure Videos.app stores iTunes movie downloads and can play a fair amount of ... Read More

Mac Setup: The Dual Thunderbolt Display Workstation of a Geologist

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 20:08
This weeks featured Mac setup is the desk of Uri S., a geologist – note the rock hammer! – with a nice and clean nearly minimalist workstation. Let’s jump in and learn a bit more… What do use your workstation for? My Mac and related gear is used for my PhD work in science (Geology). ... Read More

“Dreams” is the Latest iPhone 5S TV Commercial [Video]

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:36
Apple has started to air a new iPhone 5S commercial titled “Dreams”, as part of the “You’re More Powerful Than You Think” ad campaign. The commercial follows a variety of vocations from scientists to artists using an iPhone with different apps, including Vaavud Wind Meter, Camera with an Olloclip, Response Deck SBC, ForeFligth Mobile, iTranslate ... Read More

How to Change the Apple ID on iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:54
An Apple ID is central to just about every Apple service you use on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. From sending and receiving iMessages and FaceTime calls, to shopping with the App Store and iTunes Store, and making backups to iCloud, this is all tied to an Apple ID. For the best experience with ... Read More

Fixing Odd Mac Mouse or Trackpad Behaviors & Random Clicks

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:23
The mouse and trackpad are pretty essential to desktop Mac users, so if the input devices start acting up with mystery clicks, clicks not registering, erratic motions, and other weird behavior, you have good reason to be frustrated. First, Check the Hardware It should be noted that such problems are usually not a software issue ... Read More

How to Completely Remove Apps & Software in Mac OS X by Manual Terminal Uninstall

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:33
Most apps in Mac OS X can be uninstalled easily by dragging them into the Trash from the /Applications/ folder, and many others come with accompanying uninstall applications that will clean house and completely remove the apps too. Additionally, there are third party utilities for OS X that can make total removal of apps as ... Read More

Stuck in Yosemite with OS X Installer Drive and a Missing OS X Mavericks Partition? Here’s the Fix

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:02
Some Mac users who partitioned their Macs to dual boot between the beta OS X Yosemite builds and stable OS X Mavericks releases have discovered a disconcerting issue; their Mavericks partition seems to have vanished and been replaced by an “OS X Installer” partition, forcing them to be stuck in OS X Yosemite. The obvious ... Read More

Translate Words & Phrases from Foreign Languages with iPhone & Word Lens

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 01:52
Have you ever been somewhere with something written in a foreign language and wondered what the heck it said in your own language? Or, have you ever looked at a sign, book, or printed text somewhere, and wished you could instantly translate that something into the language of your choice? With your iPhone and the ... Read More

How to Install New Screen Savers in Mac OS X

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 21:10
Adding a new screen saver to Mac OS X that you’ve obtained from a third party source isn’t as easy as it used to be, but that doesn’t mean it’s particularly complicated. Though Gatekeeper has made things slightly more challenging to improve security, you’ll find that installing any screensaver to the Mac is still pretty ... Read More

Advanced Mac OS X Diagnostics & Troubleshooting with sysdiagnose

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 19:33
Mac users who are dealing with particularly complex or troublesome issues with OS X can turn to an advanced diagnostics tool available from the command line in Mac OS X. The tool, called sysdiagnose, offers detailed technical analysis and reports of a huge variety of components of OS X and the Mac hardware, making it ... Read More

CNBC and FOX NOW Available to Watch on Apple TV

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 19:10
Apple TV users can now use their devices to watch CNBC, FOX NOW, TV 2 Sumo, and Esporte Interativo, though access to the new channels are limited by region and network. FOX NOW requires an approved cable or satellite provider, and includes a large library of TV shows from the Fox network, including the popular ... Read More

Retina MacBook Pro Models Updated with Faster CPU and More RAM

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 16:50
Apple has updated the entire Retina MacBook Pro lineup with spec bumps, including faster processors and more RAM as standard options. 8GB of RAM is now standard for all 13″ Retina MacBook Pro models, which come with dual-core i5 CPU’s starting at 2.6 GHz, while 16GB of RAM is now standard for the Retina 15″ ... Read More

Don’t Like Something in OS X Yosemite? Let Apple Know with Feedback Assistant

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:33
Now that OS X Yosemite is in open public beta and generating considerable interest from Mac users, a fair amount of complaints or frustrations have surfaced both in our comments and around the web on forums. Whether it’s a pestering bug, a beloved feature that has gone missing or that was tweaked in Yosemite, something ... Read More

Make Your Own iPhone Speakers with a Paper Towel Roll & Two Keg Cups

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:05
Don’t have any iPhone or iPod speakers handy, but really want to boost the volume of the music or audio coming from your iOS device? If you have a paper towel roll and two plastic cups, you’re good to go with this goofy and sort of effective DIY iPhone speaker solution. Precision crafted by Twitter ... Read More

Where Mac System Icons & Default Icons Are Located in OS X

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:38
The system icons of Mac OS X decorate nearly everything found within the Finder and desktop, ranging from default folder icons, to the default icons of hard disks, network machines, even the Finder sidebar items, and some toggles found throughout OS X. If you’ve ever wanted to access the full size original resources for these ... Read More

Mac Setup: The Mac Mini Workstation of a Music Composer

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:47
It’s time for another featured Mac setup! This week we’re sharing the workstation of James C., a professional music composer who uses a Mac Mini with an iPad to produce tracks and music scores for everything from commercials to video games. Let’s learn a bit more: Tell us a bit about what you do, and ... Read More

How to Make a Bootable OS X Yosemite Beta USB Install Drive

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:39
Now that the OS X Yosemite Beta is available to the public (you can still sign up and download it if you’re interested in running the beta release on your Mac), you might be wanting to make a bootable installer drive out of an external USB flash disk to make installation easier. Sure, you can ... Read More

Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite Beta 1 Download Errors & Problems

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:18
With the OS X Yosemite public beta now available to download, some users are experiencing a handful of issues when trying to actually download and install the release. First I’ll state the obvious: this is a beta with tremendous interest, so many of these errors are caused simply by the huge number of download attempts. ... Read More

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Now Available to Download

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:12
As expected, Apple has released the first version of OS X Yosemite Public Beta. Individuals who signed up to be a part of the public beta program for OS X 10.10 are now able to download the first Public Beta build, which is essentially the same version as the recently seeded OS X Yosemite Developer ... Read More

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