How to quickly switch between Mavericks and Yosemite beta

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 29, 2014

Following Apple’s release of a public beta of OS X Yosemite, iDB reader Antony Verros sent us some code he wrote in AppleScript, which allows users to quickly restart a computer and automatically boot up in the installed OS of choice. For anyone who installed the OS X Yosemite beta on a separate partition, this is an easy solution for booting up into Yosemite or Mavericks without having to hold down the Option key on boot to select the desired partition. The script can even be tweaked to work with BootCamp.

While it’s mostly a matter of time-saving convenience, this method can prove to be quite advantageous over time, particularly for users who find themselves frequently switching between OSs, whether it be a Yosemite beta, Mavericks, or Windows 7. Having an easily accessible application for booting into another OS while making a sandwich or refilling a cup of coffee, versus having to wait around to hold down Option, can be highly useful… Read More

 

OS X 10.9.4 released with Wi-Fi fix, improved wake from sleep and Safari 7.0.5

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 30, 2014

Apple has followed up on its iOS 7.1.2 software update with a public release of OS X 10.9.4 on the Mac App Store. The latest version of OS X Mavericks fixes an issue where some Macs would automatically connect to known Wi-Fi networks, improves the reliability of wake from sleep and includes Safari 7.0.5. The full changelog has been posted ahead… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.4 build 13E25 to developers

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 25, 2014

Apple has seeded the fourth beta of OS X 10.9.4 to registered Mac developers for testing. This latest OS X Mavericks beta has the build number 13E25 and arrives just six days following the third OS X 10.9.4 beta release. As with most of these minor build releases, it is unknown exactly what changes that Apple has made, but we should be nearing a public release soon…  Read More

 

How to record your Mac screen on OS X

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 21, 2014

I was recently streaming the Stanley Cup Finals and waiting for a new Apple commercial to air during the first period. Looking for a solution to record the TV ad, as it was not up on YouTube yet, I discovered a simple feature built right into QuickTime for recording your screen on Mac. Forget using third-party software or other cumbersome tools for recording your screen, and read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to record your screen on Mac using QuickTime… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.4 build 13E19 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jun 19, 2014

Apple has seeded the third beta of OS X 10.9.4 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes almost a month after Apple released OS X 10.9.3 to the public, which included improved 4K display support and more.

Today’s new 10.9.4 build is available to developers via an update in the Mac App Store or as a download on Apple’s online developer center. It does not, however, appear to be out in Apple’s new public Mavericks Beta Seed program yet… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.4 build 13E16 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2014

Apple has seeded the second beta of OS X 10.9.4 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes almost a month after Apple released OS X 10.9.3 to the public, which included improved 4K display support and more.

Today’s new 10.9.4 build is available to developers via an update in the Mac App Store or as a download on Apple’s online developer center. It does not, however, appear to be out in Apple’s new public Mavericks Beta Seed program yet… Read More

 

First beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 seeded to devs

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2014

Sticking to its accelerated releases schedule for operating system upgrades which now calls for one major OS X release each year, Apple’s software teams have now began work on what would become the fourth major update to OS X Mavericks.

Simultaneously, its main group continues work on OS X 10.10, which will be previewed at next Monday’s WWDC alongside iOS 8 and other “exciting” goodies.

The first OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 beta (build 13E9) has now been seeded to Apple’s registered Mac developers. The work-in-progress software should become available to the general public through the company’s OS X Beta Seed ProgramRead More

 

Apple posts Safari 7.0.4/6.1.4 with fixes for WebKit vulnerabilities

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2014

Following the release of OS X 10.9.3iTunes 11.2 and the subsequent iTunes 11.2.1 update (which fixed the disappearing Users folder in OS X 10.9.3), Apple on Wednesday issued a pair of Safari updates for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks systems.

Both Safari 7.0.4 for OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 and Safari 6.1.4 for OS X Lion 10.7.5, OS X Lion Server 10.7.5 and OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 are now available with fixes for vulnerabilities found in WebKit, the browser’s open-sourced rendering engine… Read More

 

Apple details 4K hardware support in OS X 10.9.3

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2014

Perhaps the key headline feature of the newly-released OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 is proper support for external 4K monitors. Previously, Mavericks would render text, icons and other user interface elements as-is, so everything appeared tiny due to the densely packed pixels on 4K monitors.

OS X 10.9.3 uses pixel-doubling to enable a true Retina experience where the size of the user interface does not change, it’s just a lot sharper because OS X has a lot more pixels per square inch to work with.

Apple has now refreshed its support document with detailed information regarding compatible 4K monitors, display modes, video interfaces and Macs… Read More

 

How to fix disappearing /Users folder in OS X 10.9.3

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2014

Apple yesterday released the OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Software Update and some of the people who have installed it reported that their /Users folder has seemingly disappeared from the Finder.

The /Users folder is located at the top level of your hard drive and holds sub-folders for specific user accounts so some feared 10.9.3 has messed up their system. Turns out the folder is there, it’s just hidden and here’s how to unhide it… Read More

 

OS X 10.9.3 arrives: proper 4K support, improved contact/calendar syncing and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2014

Following weeks of extensive testing and nearly a dozen betas seeded to its registered developers, Apple on Thursday released OS X 10.9.3 software update, the third major refresh of its latest Mavericks desktop operating system powering Macs.

It expectedly includes proper support for external 4K displays that makes everything crisper rathern than smaller. Other changes include more reliable contact and calendar syncing, the previously released Safari 7.0.3 and more… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D61 to developers

By Cody Lee on May 7, 2014

Apple has seeded another beta for OS X 10.9.3 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes just one week after the eighth beta was released, which brought about few notable changes.

The new build is available to developers via an update in the Mac App Store or as a download on Apple’s online developer center. It does not, however, appear to be out in Apple’s new Beta Seed program yet… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D55 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 29, 2014

Apple has seeded another beta for OS X 10.9.3 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes just one week after the seventh beta was released, which brought about few notable changes.

The new build is available to developers via an update in the Mac App Store or as a download on Apple’s online developer center. It does not, however, appear to be out in Apple’s new Beta Seed program yet… Read More

 

Apple opens Mac OS X betas to the public

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2014

Big news this afternoon as Apple has opened up its OS X beta program to the public. Before today, you needed a $99/year developer account to help test the company’s upcoming Mac software updates before they were widely released, but starting this afternoon, anyone can sign up for the ‘OS X Beta Seed Program.’

You can sign up here, and all you need is an Apple ID. Once enlisted, users can test out pre-release builds of Mavericks before they’re launched to the public and even submit feedback to Apple to help iron out the kinks. It’s not for everyone, but it’s great news for early adopters and those who enjoy sneak previews… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D45a to developers

By Jake Smith on Apr 21, 2014

Apple has seeded OS X 10.9.3 build 13D45a to developers on Monday, following the release of build 13D43 last week.

Apple didn’t detail features of the new build, but once again asks developers to focus on Graphics Drivers, Audio, Mail, Contacts and Calendar sync over USB in iTunes, and Safari.
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Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D43 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Apple has seeded another beta for OS X 10.9.3 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes one week after the sixth beta of 10.9.3 was released, which brought about few notable changes.

The new beta build is available to registered Mac developers through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store, or as a complete download via the Mac section of Apple’s online developer portalRead More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D38 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Apple has seeded another beta for OS X 10.9.3 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes one week after the fifth beta of 10.9.3 was released, which brought about few notable changes.

The new beta build is available to registered Mac developers through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store, or as a complete download via the Mac section of Apple’s online developer portalRead More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 beta build 13D28 to devs

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2014

Following the release of iTunes 11.1.6 and OS X 10.9.3 betas to developers and AppleCare employees earlier this month, Apple on Friday seeded another OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers.

Now available in Dev Center for registered Mac developers, a new version (build 13D28) of what would become Apple’s third major software update to its desktop operating system focuses on further refinements to Graphics Drivers, Safari, Audio and Contacts and Calendar sync over USB in iTunes… Read More

 

Beta version of iTunes 11.1.6 restores local contact and calendar sync

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2014

Apple has seeded a new beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to some of its employees today. The release comes one week after Apple released the second beta of 10.9.3 to devs, which included few noticeable changes.

The new beta build is not yet available to registered Mac developers, but should be via the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store soon, or as a download via the Mac section of Apple’s developer portalRead More

 

Apple seeds second OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Mar 13, 2014

Apple has seeded the second OS X 10.9.3 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The release comes one week after Apple released the first beta of 10.9.3, which added enhanced 4K display support.

The new beta build is available to registered Mac developers through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store, or as a complete download via the Mac section of Apple’s online developer portalRead More

 
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