CloudClip: Universal Clipboard for your Mac right now

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 16, 2016

Apple’s newly-announced macOS Sierra is set to release to the public this Fall as the company revealed at WWDC 2016 this week, and it includes a variety of improvements that will make using your Mac even better than ever.

One of those improvements is Universal Clipboard, which is a Continuity feature that lets you share your clipboard between your iOS device(s) and your Mac.

But what if we told you that you didn’t have to wait until the public release of macOS Sierra to enjoy a similar feature on your Mac? Read More

 

Survey highlights the top 3 quibbles developers are having with Mac App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2016

Apple is shaking up the App Store, but what about its OS X counterpart? Sure, the new subscription terms extend to iOS, tvOS and OS X apps, but what’s Apple going to do, if anything, in order to make the Mac App Store a more attractive venue for Mac software distribution?

We should find out what’s next for the Mac App Store next week at WWDC. In the meantime, here’s what developers are disliking about it, based on a DevMate survey which polled about 700 Mac developers. Read More

 

Apple details search ads and subscription enhancements coming to App Store this fall

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2016

Apple today announced a pair of major changes that will be coming to the App Store this fall, which it said were designed to help grow developer app’s business and engage with new and existing customers.

Both the rumored search ads and various subscription enhancements will soon be available across any app category, games included. Read More

 

Apple releases iTunes 12.4.1 with bug fixes and improvements

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 2, 2016

Apple released a software update for iTunes on Thursday that has been made available via the Mac App Store. The update comes with some minor improvements to the software.

Bringing the software up to version 12.4.1, this update is mostly a bug fix release and is recommended for everyone who uses iTunes. Read More

 

App Stores and other iCloud services are currently down for some people

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

If you needed another proof that Apple is not very good at online services, here’s one: the App Store, the Mac App Store and various other online services are currently down, according to a notice on Apple’s System Status webpage.

Other iCloud services were affected at the time of this writing and have been inaccessible to an unknown portion of Apple’s user base, including the Apple TV, iTunes in the Cloud and Volume Purchase Program.

UPDATE: The outage is more widespread than originally thought, with iCloud Drive, iCloud Backup, Mail Drop, iWork for iCloud, Photos, iCloud Web Apps and iCloud Storage Upgrades all having been affected as well. Read More

 

Users around the world are reporting search problems with App Store and Mac App Store

By Christian Zibreg on May 5, 2016

We are tracking multiple reports on Reddit, Twitter and other social media this morning that describe problems with the search feature on the App Store and Mac App Store, with some of the well-known apps not being surfaced in users’ search results.

The issue appears to be widespread, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from looking at Apple’s System Status webpage, which at the time of this writing had not acknowledged any such issues with App Stores. Read More

 

Apple updates iMovie for Mac with various visual and speed improvements

By Cody Lee on Apr 28, 2016

Apple on Thursday pushed out a solid update for iMovie for Mac, bringing the popular video-editing software to version 10.1.2. The release brings about several improvements, including faster project creation, easier clip selection and more.

The focus of the update seems to be visual cues and speed. Apple added a New Project button in the Projects Browser and Larger project thumbnails on the visual side, and the ability to begin editing a project with a single click on the speed side. Read More

 

How to configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 26, 2016

Mac users can take advantage of Automatic Downloads, which allows your Mac to automatically download apps, movies, music and other media that were downloaded on other Apple devices you own.

Unfortunately, some users may not want this. Some apps and media take up a lot of storage space, and there’s no reason to sop up all of your individual devices’ storage space to keep home to one specific app.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac so you have better control over the content that is downloaded to your machine. Read More

 

Limiting kids’ access to apps and media to only those with age-appropriate ratings

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

With the handy Restrictions feature on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV (and let’s not forget about Parental Controls on the Mac!), blocking or limiting certain capabilities and services on your Apple devices becomes a simple task.

Maybe you’re a parent to a kid who extensively uses your iOS hardware and other Apple gear?

Perhaps your colleagues at work, or potentially other people, have access to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If that’s the case, you might want to consider restricting apps and media on your devices to only those with appropriate age-based ratings.

As always, iDownloadBlog comes to the rescue: step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will guide you through the process of restricting access to music, movies, television shows, digital books and apps on iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS platforms. Read More

 

This Mac app tracks how often you slack off

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016

A lot of us use our Macs not only for our daily lives, but also for our work. The problem is, with all of the internet at our fingertips, it can be hard to stay focused when the allure of social networking, like Facebook and Twitter, as well as other things you can do to slack off, are no more than just a click away.

That’s the idea behind the creation of an awesome free app for your Mac called Escape by FocusList, which tracks how much you slack off each day and provides you with a daily report for your viewing pleasure.

In this piece, we’ll give you a look at the software and how it works; you might even find interest in trying it out for yourself! Read More

 

FreeChat for WhatsApp brings a free native desktop app for WhatsApp to Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016

Anyone who uses WhatsApp Messenger who has been looking for a truly free native-style desktop app experience on their Mac has been hard-pressed to find a really good client that didn’t have hidden costs and worked extremely well in the same package.

Fortunately, FreeChat for WhatsApp is an app on the Mac App Store that you can download on your Mac at no cost whatsoever, and it will work exactly how you would expect a WhatsApp Messenger client to work on your Mac without any hidden costs, ads, or caveats Read More

 

‘Ask to Buy’ lets you control what your kids buy in iTunes, iBooks, or App Store

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 10, 2016

After a period of Apple being under fire because kids were running up their parents’ credit card bills with App Store and in-app purchases, Apple decided to do something about it. Apple’s answer was to create a parental control system for the App Store so parents could approve or deny purchases that would otherwise have an impact on their credit card.

This parental control system is known as ‘Ask to Buy’ and it’s available on both iOS and OS X in the latest releases of the operating systems, and in this tutorial, we’ll tell you a little bit about how to configure and use Ask to Buy. Read More

 

5 Mac apps I have set to launch at system startup

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 1, 2016

There are some apps I use so much that I have them set to launch automatically every single time my Mac turns on. This is a handy feature that I like to take advantage of because it not only saves time, but it gets my favorite apps up and running as soon as I’m ready to start using my computer.

In this piece, I’ll share my top 5 OS X apps that I allow to start up when my Mac turns on each time I use it. Read More

 

How to change how frequently your Mac checks for software updates

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 23, 2016

Apple used to let you configure the frequency at which your Mac would check for updates via the System Preferences app, but recent OS X releases have done away with that. Instead, your Mac automatically looks for software updates, whether they’re for OS X or your Mac App Store apps, on a weekly basis.

If you’re interested in changing how often your Mac checks for software updates, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to change the frequency that your Mac looks for software updates and notifies you of them so you can more easily stay up to date with the latest bug fixes, security improvements, and new features among other things. Read More

 

5 third-party Mac apps I use every day

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 18, 2016

Although there are plenty of great apps already built into OS X, I use a lot of third-party apps on my Mac to give it more functionality tailored to my needs, as I’m sure many other Mac users do too. In this piece, I’ll be sharing what my five favorite third-party apps to use on my Mac on a daily basis are, and I’ll also share why I love using them. Read More

 

Removing duplicate pictures from the Photos app on Mac with Photos Duplicate Cleaner

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 15, 2016

Love it or hate it, the Photos app is a tool Apple includes in the stock installation of OS X on every Mac. It’s a way to view and manage your photos and videos on your desktop, and the app even makes importing photos from iCloud or your iOS devices very simple.

Unfortunately, bugs and user error can sometimes leave you with photo duplicates in your Photo Library, and if you’re one to take a whole lot of photographs, then you might not even realize you have duplicates. These duplicates easily eat up valuable space on your Mac’s storage drive, so in this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to quickly and easily examine your Photo Library for duplicate photos and remove the duplicates. Read More

 

Using Gatekeeper to help secure your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 12, 2016

OS X comes with a security feature known as Gatekeeper, which can help prevent unwanted apps from launching on your Mac without your permission. It can also prevent potentially malicious apps from launching because it can be used to limit the kinds of apps that are allowed to open on your Mac.

In lieu of the recent Sparkle updater framework vulnerability having been uncovered in a variety of popular OS X apps, now is a great time to set up your Gatekeeper settings to prevent potential issues with malware on your Mac in the future. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how Gatekeeper works and how you can configure it to keep your Mac just as secure as you want it to be. Read More

 

Viewing your download history in the Mac App Store is as easy as that

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 8, 2016

Heavy Mac App Store users will download, install, and delete apps from their Mac all the time. It may be because you’re interested in experimenting with new utility releases, downloading games to get a thrill, or checking out the productivity apps that developers claim to be the “best” out there.

Through all this downloading, installing, and deleting, you may want to check out one of the apps you remember using from a long time ago to see if it got any cool new updates, and sometimes you don’t particularly remember what the name of said app might be.

Fortunately, the Mac App Store comes with a way to see your purchase history, allowing you to see all of the apps you’ve ever downloaded from the Mac App Store whether they were free or paid ones. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to see your Mac App Store’s download history. Read More

 

Multiple iCloud services experiencing downtime, App Store/iTunes purchases affected

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

Apple on Thursday morning reported a number of issues with various iCloud services. According to the iCloud Status webpage, these problems are preventing many users around the world from making purchases in Apple’s app and content stores.

In addition, “new and recently changed content may not have updated across devices for iCloud Drive, Backup, iCloud Notes, iWork for iCloud and Photos,” reads a notice on the webpage.

UPDATE: As of 9:10am PT, all of the affected iCloud services had been restored. Read More

 

How to update the Apple TV to the tvOS beta without losing apps, settings, or data

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 26, 2016

If you’re a developer, there are two ways to update to the latest tvOS beta on the Apple TV. Both methods require a USB-C cable, so be sure to have one of those at your disposal.

The first method, and perhaps the way the general public is more familiar with, requires downloading the full tvOS beta software and restoring using iTunes. This method works, but it also means that everything that’s on the Apple TV, from settings to apps, will be wiped. You’re essentially setting the Apple TV back to factory defaults when using iTunes to update to the tvOS beta.

The more sensible approach is to use Apple Configurator 2, a Mac App Store app that can be used together with Configuration Profiles, to update to the latest tvOS beta.

The advantage of using the Configuration Profiles method is that all of your data, apps, and settings stay put. That way, you can enjoy all of the latest features of the tvOS beta, without having to go through the tedious initial setup process. Read More

 
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