Hidden OS X Features

10 secret OS X features hidden inside your Mac

By on December 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

10 secret OS X features hidden inside your Mac

Apple recently updated its desktop operating system OS X to version 10.10, also known as Yosemite. The latest version of OS X packs tons of new features beneath a sleek redesign of the user interface, but most Mac computer users likely haven’t even mastered all of the features that were already available in OS X.

We recently told you how to access a nifty paint app that Apple hid on your Mac, and now we have a list to share that identifies 10 interesting OS X features that you might not have known about. More →

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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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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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OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite Wi-Fi Issues

How to fix Yosemite’s Wi-Fi bugs, which are still present in OS X 10.10.1

By on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

How to fix Yosemite’s Wi-Fi bugs, which are still present in OS X 10.10.1

Some Mac users who updated their devices to OS X Yosemite soon discovered certain Wi-Fi connectivity and performance issues, which Apple acknowledged and tried to address in the recent OS X 10.10.1 update. However, the Wi-Fi issues did not go away for all affected users, and some people still experience a sub-par Wi-Fi.

Luckily for them, OS X Daily, which has provided some tips for the initial Yosemite Wi-Fi issues, has put together a quick troubleshooting post that could help people fix their problems following the OS X 10.10.1 update. More →

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Yosemite WiFi Bug Fix

Apple’s new Yosemite update reportedly didn’t fix the annoying Wi-Fi bug for everyone

By on November 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Apple’s new Yosemite update reportedly didn’t fix the annoying Wi-Fi bug for everyone

Apple’s OS X 10.10 Yosemite update was released to the public last month, and it was a massive update. The new software featured a big user interface overhaul that helped modernize the look of OS X a bit, and it also added a number of great new features such as redesigned Spotlight search and Continuity. Unfortunately, for many users the update also introduced an extremely annoying Wi-Fi connection bug, and it looks like Apple’s just-released OS X 10.10.1 update didn’t solve the problem for everyone. 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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Mac App Store Download

This is Apple’s gorgeous new Mac App Store

By on November 6, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

This is Apple’s gorgeous new Mac App Store

Apple released OS X 10.10 Yosemite last month and the new desktop operating system was packed full of great new features. Spotlight has been totally remade, Continuity features add terrific integration with iOS devices, and plenty more functionality was added. But beyond features, Yosemite also introduced a completely redesigned interface that is flatter and far more modern than Apple’s earlier desktop software. Menus got a new look, apps got a new look and even icons were completely redesigned, but Apple’s Mac App Store remained unchanged… until now. More →

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iCloud Saves Unsaved Mac Files

Does Apple have another major iCloud security issue on its hands?

By on November 4, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Does Apple have another major iCloud security issue on its hands?

After having to deal with the iCloud-related Nudegate scandal, stop the Chinese iCloud attacks, and reassure users that its cloud has not been hacked, Apple might have a new iCloud problem to deal with, as various people report that Apple is silently uploading unsaved documents to iCloud after a Mac is updated to Yosemite. More →

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Yosemite Wi-Fi Issues: Fix

Experiencing Wi-Fi issues in Yosemite? Here’s how to fix them yourself

By on October 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM.

Experiencing Wi-Fi issues in Yosemite? Here’s how to fix them yourself

Apple’s latest desktop operating system has been already installed on more Macs than its predecessor during the same period of time after launch, but that doesn’t mean all users are completely happy with their Yosemite experience. OS X Daily reports that several Mac owners have complained about certain Wi-Fi issues including dropped connections, slow speeds, or an inability to connect to Wi-Fi. The publication offers various tips on fixing these issues yourself, with the simplest being installing a fresh copy of Yosemite on your Mac, rather than jumping from Mavericks to OS X 10.10. More →

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Yosemite and iOS 8.1 Tips and Tricks

Pro photographer offers 10 essential iOS 8.1 and Yosemite photo tips and tricks

By on October 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Pro photographer offers 10 essential iOS 8.1 and Yosemite photo tips and tricks

Now that Apple has released both major updates for its operating systems, including OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, pro photographer Austin Mann — who recently offered readers an awesome iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera review — has looked at both Yosemite and iOS 8 (iOS 8.1 to be exact), and come up with 10 handy Yosemite and iOS 8.1 tips and tricks for photographers. More →

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iOS OS X Handoff Apps

Here’s a complete list of apps that use the awesome new Handoff feature in iOS 8

By on October 24, 2014 at 1:57 PM.

Here’s a complete list of apps that use the awesome new Handoff feature in iOS 8

The coolest new feature that spans across both iOS and OS X announced this year has definitely been the Handoff feature that will let you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your Mac. And what makes it even cooler is now app developers are designing their applications to use Handoff as well so you can move what you’re looking at on your favorite apps from your iPhone to your Mac and vice versa. Below we’ve listed all of the apps that support Handoff so far, which come to us by way of App Advice. More →

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OS X Dark Mode

How to quickly and easily enable Apple’s sleek new ‘dark mode’ on your Mac

By on October 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM.

How to quickly and easily enable Apple’s sleek new ‘dark mode’ on your Mac

Apple’s new OS X Yosemite software is a huge update for Mac users. The latest version of Apple’s desktop software includes a great visual overhaul that makes the user interface much flatter and more modern, with some apps that even go as far as to mirror the look of iOS 8. But beyond the obvious new graphical changes, Yosemite also includes a nifty new “dark mode” that makes a few key changes to OS X’s interface that actually have a pretty dramatic impact on the look of the operating system. More →

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Yosemite to Mavericks Downgrade

How to ditch Yosemite and roll back to Mavericks

By on October 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

How to ditch Yosemite and roll back to Mavericks

Apple’s 2014 OS X update is already available to plenty of Mac users — even though not all supported machines have what it takes to let users enjoy some of Yosemite’s coolest features — but that doesn’t mean all Mac owners who jumped on Yosemite after Apple released it last week are necessarily happy with the upgrade. Unlike with iOS 8 users, who can’t downgrade their iOS devices to iOS 7 (at least not officially), Mac users have the option of jumping back to Mavericks if they so desire, and OS X Daily has put together a quick guide on how to downgrade a Yosemite-running system to last year’s OS. More →

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