Yosemite Continuity/Handoff on Older Macs

One of the best Yosemite features is now available on even older Macs

By on December 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

One of the best Yosemite features is now available on even older Macs

Even though Apple’s 2014 OS X update is compatible with many Mac models, including older machines dating back to 2007, not all the new features included in Yosemite can work on older laptops and desktop. One of the best additions to OS X, at least for users who also own iPhones and iPads, is Continuity/Handoff, but the feature only works on Macs that have Bluetooth 4.0 support, which means that Macs older than mid-2012 (depending on model) can’t support it. More →

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Mac and iPad: Second Display Setup

This is the best reason to revive that old iPad and put it to good use

By on December 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM.

This is the best reason to revive that old iPad and put it to good use

iPad owners who have found themselves using their tablets less and less and people who still have old iPad models gathering dust in a corner will soon be able to bring them to life with help of a handy app developed by a previous Apple engineer, Business Insider reveals. Be warned though, there’s a catch for this particular type of endeavor. More →

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Mac Hidden App

Did you know there’s a hidden paint app on your Mac? Here’s how to find it

By on December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Did you know there’s a hidden paint app on your Mac? Here’s how to find it

Apple’s OS X 10.10 Yosemite software introduced so many new features that users will still be trying to learn them several months after installing the update. But OS X also has some old features that you might not know about. In fact, there’s a hidden paint program on your Mac computer that has been sitting right under your nose this whole time, and a recent pose will show you how easy it is to find. More →

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OS X Yosemite Issues

How to fix the most annoying problems with OS X Yosemite

By on December 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

How to fix the most annoying problems with OS X Yosemite

As a relatively new version of Apple’s desktop operating system, Yosemite is understandably imperfect. In the past, we’ve covered how to fix the frequent WiFi issues that many users have reported, but there are plenty of other annoyances that you might encounter while using a Mac with Yosemite installed.

TidBITS has put together a list of five of the most common problems on Yosemite and how to fix them. Read on for some of the highlights.

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FingerKey: iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus

This cool iPhone Touch ID app unlocks your Mac with your fingerprint

By on December 1, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

This cool iPhone Touch ID app unlocks your Mac with your fingerprint

FingerKey is a new iOS application that takes advantage of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor found on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, giving it an interesting feature that Mac owners, who also have one of these fingerprint-enabled iPhones, will love. As 9to5Mac reports, FingerKey will let you unlock a Mac computer with help of your fingerprint, which is a lot easier than having to type in the password on the Mac each time you want to unlock it. More →

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OS X Yosemite Notification Center Widgets

These are the best Notification Center widgets for OS X Yosemite

By on November 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM.

These are the best Notification Center widgets for OS X Yosemite

Apple’s phones and tablets weren’t the only devices to receive improved widget functionality in their latest update. OS X Yosemite also allows third-party apps to include interactive widgets in the Notification Center, bringing the mobile and desktop interfaces closer together than ever before. More →

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iPhone and Mac Malware

This is the most advanced iPhone malware yet, and it should terrify you

By on November 6, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

This is the most advanced iPhone malware yet, and it should terrify you

Apple used its iOS anti-malware security many times to bash Android’s malware problem — which is an issue that affects plenty of Android users — but it looks like the company might have a serious iOS and OS X security issue on its hands, The New York Times reports. While malware attacks have been possible against jailbroken iOS devices for some time, a new piece of malware has been discovered that can infect even iPhones that have not been jailbroken. More →

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History of Apple Poster

The entire history of Apple products captured in one fantastic poster

By on October 31, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

The entire history of Apple products captured in one fantastic poster

When you think of Apple in 2014, the first device that comes to mind is probably the iPhone. Few products have had as much of a cultural impact as Apple’s smartphone, but the iPhone is just one branch of Apple’s prolific history. Pop Chart Lab recently released the third edition of its “Insanely Great History of Apple” poster, featuring over 500 Apple releases, from the Dot Matrix Printer to the iPad Air 2. More →

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Cheap iPhones and Macs

Stop dreaming about Apple making cheap iPhones and Macs

By on October 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Stop dreaming about Apple making cheap iPhones and Macs

Even though Apple has reduced the prices of its Macs over the years, the company isn’t willing to create cheap iPhones and Macs just for the sake of gaining more customers. At least that’s Apple’s Greg Joswiak said during an interview with Re/code at the Code/Mobile conference. More →

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OS X Yosemite Tips And Tricks

The easiest way to activate OS X Yosemite’s best features on an unsupported Mac

By on October 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM.

The easiest way to activate OS X Yosemite’s best features on an unsupported Mac

Earlier this week, we discussed one fairly complex solution to bringing Continuity / Handoff to Mac and MacBook models that didn’t initially support every feature in OS X Yosemite. It involved replacing hardware and messing with internal code, but now there is a much more effective fix available: the Continuity Activation Tool. More →

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Apple Ads Compilation

Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s

By on October 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM.

Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s

Before actor John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman turned the PC into a laughable dope, before dancing silhouettes convinced you to buy an iPod and before George Orwell’s novel came to life in a 60-second spot during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple made posters.

The history of Apple’s advertising campaigns is almost as interesting as the history of the products it advertises. On Sunday, The Loop’s Dave Mark stumbled upon an article from 2009 on Web Designer Depot which contains an extensive collection of Apple’s ads, from Apple II posters to commercials for the iPhone 3G.

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MacBook and Mac with Touchscreen Display

Apple exec: Apple is ‘not that interested’ in building a touchscreen Mac

By on October 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Apple exec: Apple is ‘not that interested’ in building a touchscreen Mac

In an interview with CNET following Apple’s iPad and Mac event on Thursday, Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, who talked about Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X operating systems during the keynote, said Apple isn’t likely to make a Mac or Macbook computer with a touchscreen display anytime soon. More →

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Apple Event 2014

Good news, Apple fans: Apple will livestream next week’s big iPad event

By on October 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Good news, Apple fans: Apple will livestream next week’s big iPad event

New iPads? Yes. New Macs? Almost certainly. New software? Get ready for Yosemite. New iPods? Precious few people still care at this point, so we’re not sure it matters. Whatever the case may be, we can expect plenty of new products to be shown off during next week’s big event as Apple unveils the rest of its product lineup for 2014. The iPad Air will be refreshed, according to several recent leaks, and we might see an updated iPad mini as well. Beyond that, several computers in Apple’s Mac lineup are due for updates, and Yosemite should finally get a firm release date.

And for Apple fans, the best news might be the fact that you’ll be able to watch all of the action unfold live. More →

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