iStat Menus 5 Offers More System Data, OS X Yosemite Support

9:24 AM, Aug. 6th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Bjango's new iStat Menus 5 is out with features OS X Mavericks users have been hoping for like per-app power usage, compressed memory support, per-app disk read and write stats, and more. OS X Yosemite users get to share in on the new features, too, plus version 5 supports menubar dark mode, too.

Reminders: Printing Out Your Lists

8:46 AM, Aug. 6th, 2014 · · Mac OS

You may have noticed that the Reminders app in OS X doesn't offer a way to print out your lists, which is a strange and curious oversight. For today's Quick Tip, we're going to talk about what we think is the easiest way to overcome this weird problem.

OS X Gatekeeper Update Holds Headaches for Developers, Users

9:00 AM, Aug. 5th, 2014 · · Mac OS

A beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 held a surprise for Mac developers thanks to changes in the Gatekeeper app security feature that could leave end users scratching their heads wondering why apps no longer launch. Apple is changing how apps will be digitally signed to verify they aren't malware, and developers will need to recompile their code to comply with the Gatekeeper update.

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This surprise change to Gatekeeper will no doubt be a serious pain for some developers and confusing for some end users. Making the change now, however, instead of this fall with Yosemite's release gives developers a head start on updating their apps. That said, this was a pretty big surprise to spring on developers unannounced.

Apple Seeds Yosemite Developer Preview 5

2:34 PM, Aug. 4th, 2014 · · Mac OS

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Apple released Developer Preview 5 of OS X 10.10 Yosemite on Monday. The new release includes a number of interface tweaks, new features in apps such as Safari, where Apple is testing some rendering abilities, and other minor changes.

OS X: Configuring FileVault

8:45 AM, Aug. 1st, 2014 · · Mac OS

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the most powerful security tools on your Mac—FileVault. She'll discuss why you need it, how you'll turn it on, and a really easy way you could lose access to all of the files on your computer. (Don't do that last thing, OK?)

Shazam Song Recognition Comes to the Mac

10:15 AM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · · Mac OS

The iPhone music identification app Shazam is getting a little less mobile, but in a good way. A new version for OS X was released on Thursday that offers the same discovery features as its iPhone counterpart, but designed to live in your Mac's menu bar.

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Not having to scramble for your iPhone in a coffee shop to Shazam a song that's playing sounds pretty cool.

OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions

8:45 AM, Jul. 25th, 2014 · · Mac OS

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover a little-known feature of OS X Recovery—repairing your Home folder permissions. If your Documents folder won’t let you edit files or an application is telling you that you don’t have permission to save something to your Desktop, then this tip should be right up your alley. 

Apple’s Yosemite Beta: Don’t Use TRIM with SSD

3:47 PM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · · Mac OS

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For those who are succeeding where others have failed at getting their hands on the public beta of Yosemite, make sure you disable TRIM before installing on a 3rd party solid state drives (SSDs). Users are reporting that having TRIM controls enabled will resort in your Mac not booting up.

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If this post doesn't make sense, maybe hold off on installing the beta for now.

Apple’s Yosemite Beta Site Conks Out Over Heavy Demand

2:42 PM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · · Mac OS

If you're planning on downloading Apple's just released public beta of OS X Yosemite, think again. The public beta site crashed thanks to heavy traffic only hours after the beta was released and eventually Apple replaced the error users saw with its familiar "We'll be back" image.

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It's as if millions of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.