Using the new Today View in OS X Yosemite’s Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014

The Notification Center in iOS 8 received a significant revamp, and the same can be said about the Notification Center in Yosemite. New in this year’s OS X revamp is the appearance of the Today View.

The Today View contains pertinent information about your day from your Calendar, Stocks, Weather and more. It even has the ability to host widgets—both stock and third-party—directly within Notification Center. Watch our walkthrough video inside to see what I mean.

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How to annotate mail attachments in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014

It is now possible to annotate image attachments in the Mail app on the fly. In previous versions of OS X, you had to go through the time-consuming exercise of opening the image in some sort of editor, perhaps Preview, annotating the image, attaching it to your email, then sending.

With OS X Yosemite, you can annotate the image while the image is attached to the email. This is done via Markup—a new default extension available within Mail. Look inside to see our video walkthrough, which showcases this awesome new OS X Yosemite feature. Read More

 

Using OS X Yosemite’s revamped Spotlight Search

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014

Spotlight has been improved through and through to be more useful in OS X Yosemite. It has adopted an Alfred-inspired interface that makes working with Spotlight easier and more powerful.

Want to see some of the main differences in action? Have a look at our video walkthrough as we showcase some of the new things that Spotlight has to offer. Read More

 

How to use iCloud Password in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014

New in OS X Yosemite is the ability to use your iCloud Password to log in to OS X and unlock your screen. It’s a convenient way to lessen the amount of passwords that you need to use and manage.

With that in mind, you’ll need to be logged in with your iCloud account to enable iCloud Password. Check out our video walkthrough after the jump to see how to do just that. Read More

 

Using Extensions in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014

Like iOS 8, OS X Yosemite introduces third-party extensions. Extensions allow you to easily share with social services and perform other functions.

Apple has included a new Extensions manager, accessible via System Preferences → Extensions. From there, you can manage built-in extensions, third-party extensions, and Notification Center Today View widgets from one convenient location. Read More

 

Skype for Mac updated with OS X Yosemite support

By Cody Lee on Oct 30, 2014

Following the major 7.0 release earlier this month, Skype today pushed out a new version of its Mac client. Labeled as build 7.1, the update brings about full support for the just-released OS X Yosemite, as well as a number of bug fixes and improvements.

Among the improvements, Skype has made it easier for users to copy a link in a group chat, and leave conversations. It’s also fixed the issue that caused crashing when making a video call on Yosemite, as well as the bug related to sending contact info. Read More

 

How to show or hide filename extensions in OS X Yosemite

By Sébastien Page on Oct 29, 2014

I’m still tweaking my new iMac so it behaves the way I want it to. While all my main apps have been installed and set up as needed, there is still all these little things that need to be finetuned. One of those things is file extensions.

By default, OS X hides the extensions of filenames. I imagine this is made to simplify the view for casual users, and I’m totally fine with that. However, I like to see the extensions of files on my desktop or in Finder, which allows me to use files differently depending on their extensions.

In this post, I will show you how to hide or show the extensions of filenames on a Mac in OS X Yosemite. Read More

 

Apps like Pocket is why Handoff is my top new feature in iOS 8 and Yosemite

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014

Pocket, a read-later service, with a recent Mac app update has completed its support for Apple’s refreshed mobile and desktop operating systems.

According to developers last week, Pocket for Mac now includes Handoff and can send stuff to other apps that use the Mac’s new multi-purpose Share menu. It’s Pocket’s largest Mac update in over a year.

The iOS edition of Pocket has had Handoff support in place for weeks. And with Handoff now live in the Mac edition of Pocket, I’m not sure how I’ve managed to do without such a useful feature. I’m a huge, huge Pocket fan and use it every day to bookmark and save dozens of articles that I find during the day for later reading.

With Handoff implemented in both Pocket editions, I now am able to seamlessly continue reading an article right where I left off on any of my Apple devices (Bluetooth must be enabled).

It’s awesome and I couldn’t imagine my daily computing without Handoff. It’s the one feature I use the most, all the time. As I constantly move between my mobile and desktop devices, Handoff removes the friction completely without the mental burden of having to remember where I left off.

Handoff is tremendously convenient. It’s fun, easy to use, a time-saver and bridges the gap between desktop and mobile like no other technology before it. And it’s only getting started.

Pocket for Mac is available free of charge in the Mac App Store. Read More

 

How to stop OS X Yosemite from asking for a password after waking your Mac

By Sébastien Page on Oct 28, 2014

I just got my all new iMac with Retina 5K display last week and I’m still going through all the settings to have it behave the way I want. One thing I noticed is that every time it goes to sleep or the screen saver kicks in, my Mac will require me to enter my user password when I wake it up.

What is a great security feature if you work in an office is somewhat of an annoyance to me, simply because I work from home and no one except my wife ever gets to touch my computer, making this password an extra step that I don’t need.

In this post, I’ll show you how to stop OS X Yosemite from requiring a password after waking up your Mac. Read More

 

OneNote gains Touch ID, iOS 8 Storage extension and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014

Microsoft on Tuesday updated OneNote for iOS and OS X with useful new features, including fingerprint based Touch ID authentication to unlock password protected sections of your notebooks.

There’s also a new Storage Provider extension in iOS 8 which let you easily add files to your notebooks from your favorite cloud storage service like, say, Dropbox.

On the iPhone, OneNote finally allows you to move and rearrange your notes anywhere you like. Moreover, the note-taking app has now gained ability to open notebooks stored on SharePoint Servers.

OneNote for the iPhoneiPad and Mac apps are free downloads. Read More

 

How to use AirDrop between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014

AirDrop is a file transmission tool that first debuted in OS X Lion. Prior to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, the AirDrop protocols between Mac and iOS were not compatible. This incompatibility made AirDrop worthless in the eyes of many, as most casual users would prefer to exchange data between a Mac and an iOS device, instead of two Macs.

The AirDrop issue has been solved in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. AirDrop now works beautifully between a Mac and an iPhone, or a Mac and an iPad. It’s a great way to make quick transmissions between local devices. Watch our video walkthrough after the break for a demonstration of AirDrop in action. Read More

 

How to use Handoff in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014

Handoff is one of the flagship features for both iOS and OS X. It allows you to seamlessly continue working where you left off on another device.

In this video tutorial, I’ll walk you through making sure that Handoff is enabled for your device, and show you how it can be used. Step inside to learn more. Read More

 

New in OS X Yosemite: iCloud Drive

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014

iCloud Drive is a new integrated cloud storage solution for Apple devices. It’s available on both iOS devices running iOS 8, and Macs with OS X Yosemite installed.

iCloud Drive taps into your existing iCloud Storage to act as a central hub for all of the files stored in iCloud. Watch our video walkthrough after the jump for additional insight… Read More

 

The Calendar app gets a new “Day View” for OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014

The Calendar app receives a brand new Day view to highlight a full day’s events in OS X Yosemite. Again, this is a feature that originates on iOS, and has found its way back to the Mac.

If you have a lot of appointments scheduled on a daily basis, then the Calendar App’s new Day view could become an instrumental tool for you. It’s a great way to take in the breadth of the current day’s appointments from a single view.

Step inside and watch our hands-on walkthrough, which showcases the new Calendar view in action… Read More

 

OS X Yosemite ushers in a revamped iTunes

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014

iTunes has been redesigned completely to coincide with OS X Yosemite’s design enhancements. The result is a much flatter and cleaner looking app that’s devoid of many of the shadows and layers present in previous iterations.

Just recently, the iTunes Store, which resides within the iTunes app, received an update to match the flatter appearance. This has resulted in a more consistent look across the entire app.

Check out our video walkthrough after the break, which highlights some of the changes in the latest version of iTunes— iTunes 12. Read More

 

Use Mail Drop to send large Mail attachments in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Sending large attachments has always been a precarious activity when it comes to email. You just never know if your attachment will go through, and if it does, it’s a toss up as to whether or not the recipient will be able to successfully receive and open it.

Mail Drop is a new feature in OS X that hopes to solve this issue. With Mail Drop, Mail app users can send emails with encrypted attachments up to 5GB. That’s sure to cover most of the large emails that the majority of users send. Read More

 

How to send quick voice messages via the Messages app in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

iMessage in OS X Yosemite features the ability to create and send quick audio clips via the Messages app. It’s yet another feature that both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 share. Sending quick voice messages makes it easy to communicate with fellow iMessage users in a hurry.

Watch our video walkthrough after the break to see this handy new OS X Yosemite feature in action. Read More

 

Using predictive text in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

The QuickType predictive text functionality found in iOS 8 would be hard to mimic on a desktop interface that uses a physical keyboard, but Apple has come up with a good way to suggest words that you may want to type next in OS X Yosemite. Check out our video walkthrough after the break and see how. Read More

 

A look at some of the Safari enhancements in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Safari has been given a big revamp in OS X Yosemite, and it’s one of my favorite new updates to the operating system as a whole. The team working on Safari took a lot of the elements that makes Safari on iOS a success, and incorporated those into the OS X Yosemite version. The result is a much-improved favorite interface, simplified toolbar, and better tab navigation. Safari for OS X Yosemite is a win all the way around. Have a look at our video walkthrough showcasing these new features inside… Read More

 

How to manage group iMessages in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Like iOS 8, OS X Yosemite brings tons of new features to the table when it comes to iMessage. You can now do interesting things like rename iMessage Conversations, add additional participants to a group message conversation, and leave a group iMessage conversation outright.

Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break, which showcases these three new group iMessage features in OS X Yosemite. Read More

 
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