ExoLens is a Professional Photography Lens Kit for iPhone 6

9:10 AM, Feb. 24th, 2015 · · Mac OS

The just released ExoLens kit for the iPhone 6 is a professional pair of lenses, a 3x telephoto and a wide angle that attach to the iPhone with a sturdy lattice mount. The mount is threaded with a standard 1/4"-20 connection, ready for a tripod. The system is designed for growth. 

Apple Warns Developers Garbage Collection is Dead, Move to ARC

11:12 AM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · · Mac OS

Apple has issued a warning to developers that it has deprecated the garbage collection feature used for memory management in favor of Automatic Reference Counting, or ARC. New Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store starting in May will be required to use ARC.

iTunes 12: Changing Media Shortcuts on the Mac

8:55 AM, Feb. 20th, 2015 · · Mac OS

There's a lot of customization you can do to iTunes 12's new interface, and in today's Quick Tip, we're going to talk about changing which media shortcuts appear in the upper-left corner. Don't need an icon for movies or TV shows because you don't have any? No problem!

Dr. Mac’s 3 Must-Have Utilities For Mac OS X

3:29 PM, Feb. 18th, 2015 · · Mac OS

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Someone recently asked Dr. Mac about his “must-have” applications for Mac OS X Yosemite, so he wrote a column about it. Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #110 is all about three utilities that save him time and keystrokes every day. 

OS X: Opening System Preferences with the Function Keys

8:55 AM, Feb. 18th, 2015 · · Mac OS

In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to discuss how you can use those funny little printed function keys on your Apple keyboard to open the System Preferences pane associated with each item. This is one of the fastest ways to access your display settings or your sound preferences, say, so come check it out!

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac Free 6-Month Subscription

6:09 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · · Mac OS

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac Free 6-Month Subscription

If you've been thinking about trying out antivirus software on your Mac, we have a deal that will let you do it for free. It's a 6-month subscription for Bitdefender Antivirus Software for Mac, and you can get it for free through our friends at Stack Social. It works with Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite. There's additional information on the deal's page.

Apple Remembers Remote Desktop Exists, Releases Yosemite Update

9:27 AM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Apple released Apple Remote Desktop 3.8 on Wednesday, the first update for the remote Mac administration app in more than a year. The update improved OS X Yosemite compatibility, refreshed the user interface, and more.

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Apple still supports ARD? We thought they forgot about it since its last update was pretty much just an OS X Mavericks compatibility release.

How to Restore Missing iPhoto Image Thumbnails

11:01 AM, Jan. 28th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Using iPhoto to manage the photos from your iPhone, iPad, and digital camera is fine unless the thumbnails showing you previews of your snapshots disappear. Keeping track of your pics when you can't actually see them isn't very productive, but there is a fix for that. Read on to learn how to resurrect your missing iPhoto image thumbnails.

Apple Blocks Flash on the Mac Following Major Security Exploit

7:52 PM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Apple has updated its Flash Player blacklist again, this time blocking versions lower than 16.0.0.296 and 13.0.0.264. The move follows a zero-day exploit currently targeting Windows PCs that could also potentially go after Macs, too.

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If you don't need Flash Player on your Mac, don't install it. Flash is an ongoing security headache that doesn't seem to be improving despite Adobe's constant updates.