Apple’s Presentation of OS X El Capitan Was Spot On

5:15 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Apple had a lot of things to present at the 2015 WWDC Keynote. And so it was no great dramatic loss that Apple did exactly the right thing with the next version of OS X, El Capitan. The focus will be on the user experience and performance improvements. The restraint exhibited took a lot of courage.

Apple Unveils OS X El Capitan with Loads of Refinements

1:29 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Os X El Capitan, coming this fall as a free upgrade

Apple's first big reveal for Worldwide Developer Conference this year was OS X El Capitan, the version of the Mac operating system to replace OS X Yosemite. The new version was shown off by Craig Federighi who said Apple focused on experience and performance.

OS X Yosemite: Using Your iCloud Password to Unlock Your Mac

8:58 AM, Jun. 5th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Yosemite's got a neat-o, cool, awesome little hidden feature that'll let you use your iCloud password to unlock your user account on your Mac! Sound weird? It is a little bit, but we think it's useful, especially for folks who have trouble distinguishing what passwords go where. For the scoop, come read this Quick Tip!

Web Pages Not Loading? Here’s How to Change Your Mac’s DNS Servers

1:50 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2015 · · Mac OS

Change your Mac's DNS server

Comcast's customers learned the hard way yesterday that sometimes Internet connections aren't as reliable as we'd like. In this case, it was Comcast's DNS servers that failed, leaving users stuck without any way for their browsers to find Web pages. This problem can happen with any Internet Service Provider, but you can cut down on the chances of it happening to you by switching to more reliable DNS servers. Bonus: It'a easy to do. Read on to learn how.

Safari: Turning Off Push Notifications

8:40 AM, May. 29th, 2015 · · Mac OS

If you're tired of websites asking for permission to send you notifications (or if you want to change which ones you've already allowed to do so), come check out today's Quick Tip. We'll cover how to turn off the requests, how to revoke permission if a site's getting on your nerves, and what you'll do if you don't like the format or behavior of certain notifications.

Yosemite 10.10.4 Beta Dumps Discoveryd to Fix Network Issues

9:36 AM, May. 27th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Apple Kills Yosemite Network Bugs with Mavericks Code

In hopes of finally addressing ongoing network-related issues in OS X Yosemite, the new 10.10.4 beta release does away with discoveryd and rolls back to mDNSResponder from OS X Mavericks. Apple replaced mDNSResponder in OS X Yosemite with discoveryd for handling certain network tasks, but that decision left many Mac owners frustrated with heavy CPU usage, slow Internet issues, and network connection problems.

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Discoveryd has been a big bag of hurt for Apple. Rolling back to mDNSResponder seems like a smart move considering just how many network-related issues Yosemite using Mac owners have been facing.

OS X: 3 Tricks for Moving Files Around

8:55 AM, May. 27th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Ever been curious about how you can use a keyboard shortcut to move files on your Mac? What about ways to drag and drop stuff without having to open separate windows? Melissa Holt has three very useful Quick Tips on organizing items in the Finder, coming right up!