Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta

12:35 PM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · · Mac OS

As promised, Apple released a public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday. The beta gives Mac users the opportunity to participate in the testing process, and get a taste of what's in store, before the new operating system officially ships this fall.

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Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Coming July 24

10:52 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple will release the promised public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday, July 24. The beta will be in line with the version developers are currently using, at least for now, but devs will get updates at a faster pace.

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Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.

iPhoto: A Shortcut to Help Fix Red-Eye

8:45 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · · Mac OS

There’s a secret to fixing red-eye on images within iPhoto—and it leaves a certain frustrating pupil-size slider in the dust. In this Quick Tip, we’ll go over how to use this fast little repair tool.

OS X: Move Jobs Between Printers

8:45 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · · Mac OS

For today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to teach us how to move a job that we’ve sent to the wrong printer to a different one. No more walking through the steps to reprint a document just because the printer you tried to use is at home, folks! 

OS X: Use Any Color on Your Screen

8:45 AM, Jul. 16th, 2014 · · Mac OS

In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt’s going to cover a feature that not many people use, despite it having been around since approximately the dawn of time. OS X’s Color Picker can grab any color on your screen, so you can apply the exact shade of a logo, a t-shirt you took a picture of, or pretty much anything else to your objects and text. Handy!

Apple Blocks Older Flash Versions on Mac Over Security Issues

9:35 AM, Jul. 11th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple updated the built-in security safeguards in OS X to block versions of Flash prior to 14.0.0.145 from running following the discovery of a flaw in the multimedia platform that could let attackers steal login credentials for thousands of websites. Adobe released an update for Flash on Mac, Windows, and Linux earlier this week to address the issue, too.

Safari: Use a Shortcut to Clear Your History

8:45 AM, Jul. 11th, 2014 · · Mac OS

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to create a keyboard shortcut to clear Safari’s browsing history on your Mac, quick as a wink. We understand that sometimes you look at sites that you don’t want other people to know about, and hey, we won’t judge you. Well, we won’t judge you much, anyhow.

iPhoto: Splitting Events

8:45 AM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · · Mac OS

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to cover some easy ways to move your iPhoto images into new Events, making organization much more simple. Hey, you may not know why your Mac lumped your mom’s birthday pictures in with the ones from your gory knee surgery, but at least you’ll now know how to fix it!

Apple Fixes Crashing Issue with iMovie Update for the Mac

9:49 AM, Jul. 2nd, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple rolled out iMovie 10.0.4 for the Mac on Tuesday with stability improvements and a fix for issues that could cause the app to crash. iMovie is Apple's consumer-level video editing app and is part of the company's iLife suite.

OS X: Put the Date in Your Menu Bar

8:40 AM, Jul. 2nd, 2014 · · Mac OS

In this simple but useful article, Melissa Holt’s going to cover how to add the date to your Mac’s menu bar—and heck, you can even turn your clock into an analog one if you want. Or switch to a 24-hour version! Oh, the possibilities.