OS X Safari: Wiping Your History, on Schedule

8:58 AM, Aug. 6th, 2015 · · Reports

Safari browser history

You just can't depend on your friends having the good sense to delete your browsing history if you die, can you? No, you can't. Because of that, Melissa Holt's latest Quick Tip is about how you can tell Safari to clear your history on a schedule, so at least your ghost won't have to worry too much about that one time you searched for that thing you like.

Mac Zero-Day DYDL Exploits are Real, Apple Fix Coming Soon

9:39 AM, Aug. 5th, 2015 · · Reports

DYLD bug lets attackers install adware on your Mac without permission

It's been a scary week for Apple security thanks to Thunderstrike 2 and now DYLD. The former is a proof of concept that poses little real world risk, but the second can is being exploited now to install adware on victim's Macs. A fix is on the way, and will be part of the OS X 10.10.5 update due out soon.

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Yes, DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE is a real Mac security flaw that's being exploited right now. The fix is in the beta of OS X El Capitan, and the beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. The official Yosemite update will be released soon. Right, Apple?

Apple’s Stock Drops 3%, Enters Correction Territory

7:17 PM, Aug. 4th, 2015 · · Reports

Five Day Chart for $AAPL Ending August 4th, 2015

Shares in Apple Inc. have taken a bit of a beating in the last two weeks of trading, losing some 12 percent of their value. The stock has been pressured by worries about iPhone growth, concern that Apple Watch won't be a revenue game changer, and ever-present concerns about China's economy, but what sent investors into a tizzy Tuesday was $AAPL falling below its 200 day moving average.

How to Create Signatures in Mail.app in iOS and OS X

5:40 PM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · · Reports

Mail.app Signatures Screenshot

Apple users can add personal signatures to their emails on both their Macs and their iOS devices. They can promote a cause or a product. Let everyone know how they feel about a particular topic, or just make the recipient smile. It's easy to set up, and Nancy Carroll Gravley shows you how.

OS X Photos: Using Split View

8:55 AM, Jul. 24th, 2015 · · Reports

Today we've got another Quick Tip for you about the Photos program, and in this one, we'll discuss how to use what's called Split View. This feature makes it easy as pie to view all of the images taken at the same time and place, so if you need to apply the same adjustments to a bunch of pictures at once, it's simple!

Apple Sells Record Macs and iPhones, but Misses iPhone Estimates

4:54 PM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · · Reports

Apple Logo with Stock Graph

Apple reported revenues for the June quarter of $49.6 billion on Thursday, with earnings of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 earnings per share (EPS). The results exceeded Apple's own guidance and consensus estimates from Wall Street, and it was fueled by record third quarter sales of both Mac (4.8 million) and iPhone (47.5 million), all-time high revenue from services, and what Apple called "the successful launch of Apple Watch."

AAPL Q3 2015 Earnings Report Tuesday Afternoon

9:46 AM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · · Reports

Apple stock chart

Apple's third fiscal quarter earnings report is set to start at 5PM eastern time this afternoon. Analysts will be watching the numbers closely to see how many iPhones and iPads Apple sold, and are hoping to coax Apple Watch sales figures out of the company, too. The Mac Observer will be following Apple's announcements as they happen, so be sure to check in with us this afternoon for the latest earnings report news and analysis.

Analysts: Nobody Knows How Many Apple Watches Apple Sold

10:31 AM, Jul. 20th, 2015 · · Reports

Apple isn't saying how many Apple Watches have been sold

How many Apple Watches were sold during Apple's third fiscal quarter? That depends on which analyst you ask: it could be as low as 2.85 million, or as high as 5.7 million. They're all hoping to have a better idea just how many Apple Watches made it onto consumer's wrists, but unless Apple decides to specifically state how many were sold—which most likely won't happen—those analysts will have to try to extrapolate an answer based on the company's other numbers.

OS X Pages: Using Sections to Delete Document Pages

8:57 AM, Jul. 17th, 2015 · · Reports

If you've ever tried to delete a single page within a Pages document, you may have been confused to find that you couldn't do so without removing additional pages (or maybe your whole document!). In this Quick Tip, we'll go over why this is happening and what you can do to get those stubborn pages out of there.