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.

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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

 

Using Do Not Disturb in OS X Yosemite’s Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Like the Messages app in iOS 8, the Yosemite version of Messages allows you to mute specific conversations by enabling Do Not Disturb. Do Not Disturb ensures that you still receive messages, but you won’t be bothered by notifications when new messages arrive.

Have a look at our video walkthrough explaining the ins and outs of Do Not Disturb after the break. Read More

 

Translucency: a big part of OS X Yosemite’s new visual style

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Translucency is everywhere in OS X Yosemite. In Safari, you can see the subtle colorful translucent glow of a website behind its toolbar. In the Finder, you’ll see apps and wallpaper glow behind your list of favorites, and in the Dock, you’ll see the translucent visuals of any apps that are moved behind it.

Check inside, as we explore OS X Yosemite’s translucent effects in our video walkthrough. We’ll also show you how to disable translucency if you’re not a fan of the effect. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite adoption rate slightly outpacing Mavericks in first week

By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2014

Apple’s just-released OS X Yosemite is thus far seeing slightly better adoption rates than last year’s Mavericks launch. New stats from the research team at Chitika ad network show Yosemite was installed on approximately 12.8% of Macs in North America in the first week.

Additionally, Chitika notes that OS X Yosemite accounted for more than 1% of all North American Web traffic from OS X users on launch day. That’s more than double the first-day adoption rates of Apple’s prior Mac OS updates, OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion. Read More

 

Cannot activate iOS 8’s Text Message Forwarding and iPhone Cellular Calls? Here’s a fix.

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

As soon as iOS 8.1 hit two days ago, I immediately went about checking out a pair of new features I care about the most, Text Message Forwarding and iPhone Cellular Calls.

As a quick reminder, Text Message Forwarding lets me mirror text messages sent to my iPhone in the Messages app on the Mac or iPad. With iPhone Cellular Calls turned on, I can finally make and receive phone calls on my other Mac and iOS devices through my iPhone’s cellular connection.

But something was amiss, or so I thought, because I just couldn’t get either feature to work. While attempting to enable Text Message Forwarding, the system prompted me to enter a confirmation code my Mac was supposed to generated, but didn’t.

Likewise, trying to enable iPhone Cellular Calls yielded a FaceTime error message saying my devices must use the same iCloud account, even though I was using FaceTime without any problems before.

Having spent a few hours restoring my devices as new, reseting network settings, changing settings on my router and checking the status of iCloud services, I eventually came to the same realization as did the other affected users: Text Message Forwarding requires you to use an email address and for iPhone Cellular Calls to work properly, FaceTime must be signed in with your Apple ID. Read More

 

Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac goes on pre-order with 15% discount, arriving this holiday

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will be hitting the Mac and Linux platforms this holiday season, with pre-orders now available through GameAgent.com with a fifteen percent discount for GameAgent members and the Exoplanets Map Pack thrown in as a free bonus, developer Firaxis announced Tuesday on the official Civilization website.

The Mac edition is being handled by Aspyr Media, a Texas-based company which specializes in porting Windows games to the Mac. The Mac and Linux editions of Beyond Earth include all of the features found in the Windows counterpart. The PC edition is set to launch this Friday, October 24. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite features a 2D Dock and a friendlier looking Finder icon

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2014

The Dock in OS X Yosemite has ditched the 3D look and has gone back to its 2D roots. This results in a much “flatter” appearance, which harkens back to the earlier versions of OS X. Icons now appear to be a part of the Dock instead of hovering it.

Check past the break as we break down this and other Dock changes on video. Read More

 

How to enable Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2014

Dark Mode is a new feature that can be enabled in OS X Yosemite by going to System PreferencesGeneral, and checking the Use dark menu bar and Dock option.

Dark Mode will make the Dock, the menu bar, and Spotlight Search darker in appearance. If you do a lot of work on your Mac at night or in a dark room, Dark Mode can make using your computer a bit easier on the eyes. Check out the video after the jump to see Dark Mode in action. Read More

 

Improved Resize Controls: a new OS X Yosemite Feature

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2014

Apple has redesigned and redefined the window controls in OS X Yosemite, and like many of the other changes present in this release, it’s a welcomed change.

All of the window controls in OS X Yosemite—including the ability to invoke full screen mode—are now accessible from the red, yellow, and green “traffic light” buttons in the upper left-hand corner of every app. Check inside for the video details. Read More

 

How to use Text Message Forwarding in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2014

The ability to forward traditional SMS messages between the Mac and the iPhone is another huge feature to make its way to OS X Yosemite. Now that iOS 8.1 is publicly available, everyone can take advantage of this awesome new feature.

SMS Forwarding essentially makes it possible to turn the Messages app on your Mac into a full-fledged text messaging app. Not only can you compose SMS messages and stay in touch with your non-iMessage using friends, you can receive messages as well. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more details on this awesome new feature. Read More

 

How to record your iPhone’s screen and hide its carrier name with OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2014

I’ve been asked a lot of times on Twitter how I was able to hide my iPhone’s carrier name on iOS 8. There really is no trick involved, I was simply using OS X Yosemite’s new iPhone screen recording feature. Indeed, OS X Yosemite has the ability to capture real-time video of your iPhone or iPad’s screen out of the box. This feat is accomplished by a new option in the QuickTime app.

Using the screen record option in the QuickTime app results in a uniformed status bar on the iPhone. It hides the carrier name, and sets the time to 9:41 for a clean looking status bar while recording. Of course, this change isn’t permanent, as some might at first assume, but it’s a great way to capture clean looking video of your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

How to use Instant Hotspot on the Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2014

Instant Hotspot is a great new feature that allows you to connect to your iPhone’s Hotspot for instant Internet access with zero configuration. As long as your Mac running OS X Yosemite and iPhone running iOS 8 are connected to the same iCloud account, and both devices have Bluetooth enabled, you can quickly tap into your iPhone’s Internet connection from your Mac. Read More

 

How to make and take phone calls on your Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2014

Now that iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are out, the FaceTime app in OS X Yosemite is now capable of making and taking phone calls. It does so by connecting to an iPhone running iOS 8 to transmit calls via the iPhone’s cellular connection. All calls made from your Mac will appear as if they came from your iPhone’s phone number.

Want to see how it works in action? Check out our video after the break for a demonstration and setup details. Read More

 

How to batch rename files in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 18, 2014

We’re still discovering some of the new features to be found underneath the surface of OS X Yosemite. One such feature, batch renaming, allows you to use the Finder to rename multiple files at once. Previously, such an ability required the usage of third-party utilities, but with OS X’s built-in batch renaming, this is no longer the case.

As someone who often has to rename groups of files, this is a welcomed addition to OS X. Step inside as I walk you through the process of using batch renaming in OS X Yosemite via ultra-high-definition 4K video. Read More

 

Tumblr launches new desktop app in the Mac App Store

By Cody Lee on Oct 17, 2014

Tumblr today released a new desktop application for OS X Yosemite in the Mac App Store. Complementing the micro-blogging site’s iOS client, the new app allows users to browse Tumblr, post to their own blogs, and perform various other actions.

The UI is very minimalistic, and goes great with the new design language in Yosemite. The app also takes advantage of a few OS X features such as Full Screen mode, and the Share button—you can post to Tumblr from almost anywhere on your Mac. Read More

 

Wunderlist for iOS gets 1Password integration, Mac app gains Handoff, Today widget and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2014

Wunderlist, an increasingly popular cross-platform to-do and task manager by German developer 6Wunderkinder, got updated both for iOS and OS X with cool new features.

The iOS edition now includes support for 1Password signing and the ability to see your to-dos in iCal while fixing UI issues on iPad and more.

The Mac edition has received a substantial Yosemite-ready refresh adding a more productive Today widget in the Notification Center, interactive push alerts, a more powerful “Add to Wunderlist” feature along with the complete Handoff experience for seamless moving between devices and more. Read More

 
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