Apple seeds OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 5 to developers and public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Apple today released a fifth beta of the forthcoming OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 software update. The new software carries a build number of 15C48a and is available through the Purchased tab in the Mac App Store app on Macs that have a prior El Capitan 10.11 beta installed or as a standalone download through Apple’s portal for developers Read More


How to copy file or folder’s complete path on your Mac directly from Finder

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

The Mac’s Finder isn’t as versatile a file manager when it comes to copying a file or folder’s full path as the Windows Explorer app is.

To be sure, OS X has long allowed you to enable an interactive file path at the bottom of Finder windows, and even show the complete path in a window’s titlebar, but these methods won’t let you copy an item’s full path to the system clipboard easily.

With OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has introduced a new Copy Pathname option that makes it very easy to do just that. And in this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to copy a file or folder’s complete path on El Capitan-enabled Macs, directly from the Finder. Read More


Fix: stuck progress bar below LaunchPad icon

By Sébastien Page on Nov 16, 2015

I had this issue for a while on my MacBook Air where there would constantly be a progress bar below the LaunchPad icon. Typically, this progress bar means something is downloading, but after checking, I couldn’t find anything being installed on my Mac, so I figured the problem had to be deeper than that. In this post, I will share with you a few things you can try if you are facing the same issue. Read More


Tim Cook on why making converged Mac and iPad doesn’t make sense

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with The Independent to talk the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple’s latest addition to the iPad lineup.

Asked to shed more light on his statement to The Daily Telegraph last week that most mainstream consumers might no longer be interested in buying a PC, Cook reiterated that “We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same” and argued that people “are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad”. Read More


How to record Apple TV video output on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2015

There are lots of reasons why you might invest in a USB Type-C cable for the new Apple TV. One of the most compelling reasons is because a USB Type-C cable allows you to record Apple TV video output. Via QuickTime’s video capturing capabilities, first introduced in OS X Yosemite, it’s possible to record and save direct-feed footage from the Apple TV to your Mac. Read More


Review: take a Quick Look inside OS X installer packages with Suspicious Package for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2015

I download apps for my Mac from the Mac App Store whenever possible. Going through the Mac App Store gives me a piece of mind knowing Apple screens all submissions and keeps harmful software at bay.

But every once in a while, an app comes along and gets distributed outside the Mac App Store’s safe haven. True, one can verify signing information for non-Mac App Store apps in Terminal, but it isn’t for the faint-hearted.

That’s precisely the kind of problem that a nifty little Mac app, called Suspicious Package, solves in one fell swoop.

Created by a company called Mothers Ruin Software, the free of charge app is actually a plug-in for the Mac’s Quick Look feature, allowing you to easily and quickly inspect contents of  a .PKG installer file after you’ve downloaded it but before it’s launched. Read More


Apple posts OS X 10.11.2 beta 2 to public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2015

Less than 48 hours after seeding its developers with the second OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan beta, Apple today made OS X 10.11.2 beta 2 available to public beta testers.

People who are running a previous El Capitan beta on their Mac can apply the update through the Mac App Store’s Purchased tab, or download the standalone installer through Apple’s portal for developers. You must be a member of the Apple Beta Software Program to use this pre-release software. Read More


Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta 2 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2015

In addition to iOS 9.2 beta 2 and tvOS 9.1 beta 1, members of the Apple Developer Program can also download OS X 10.11.2 beta 2 (build number 15C31f).

Arriving a week after the first beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 hit, the new software is now available to download on Macs with a previous beta through the Mac App Store’s Software Update mechanism, or as a standalone download via Apple’s portal for developers. Read More


Apple opens cryptographic libraries used to protect iOS and OS X to app makers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2015

Apple yesterday announced it’s opened up its cryptographic libraries, the same ones used to protect iOS and OS X, to third-party developers. As reported by VentureBeat, the move is significant in that developers can now implement advanced security features into their apps, for free.

In addition to open-sourcing the cryptographic libraries, Apple back in the summer promised to open source its Swift programming language by the end of the year. Read More


Helium brings Picture in Picture options to the Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 29, 2015

Picture in Picture mode is a cool new feature for the iPad on iOS 9. As we showed you earlier today, you can even take advantage of Picture in Picture mode on the iPhone, if you’re willing to jailbreak.

But what about the Mac?

Fortunately there’s a Mac app called Helium that does a pretty good job of emulating the Picture in Picture effect on the desktop. It’s especially handy for watching YouTube videos. Watch our hands-on video to see what I mean. Read More


How to go into and exit Split View multitasking mode from within Mission Control on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2015

El Capitan has a nifty little productivity boost that makes it both easy and fun to run two apps side-by-side in OS X’s native full-screen mode.

This can be indispensable when focusing on specific tasks at hand while disregarding everything else, like online research and taking notes, or blogging and writing, or reading news while keeping tabs on your Twitter feed and so forth.

This mode, called Split View, is normally activated by dragging an app to either side of the screen by its window’s upper left green button, and then choosing another app to fit the other half of the screen.

But the multi-step process is often a tad confusing for novice users, especially those accustomed to Windows 7’s effortless window snapping. Thankfully, your Mac supports creating Split Views right within Mission Control, which in El Capitan has been tidied up and made clearer and more obvious.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to go, and exit, Split View just by dragging app windows inside your Mac’s Mission Control. Read More


Pangu for Mac is now available to jailbreak iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, it took a while, but Pangu for Mac is now available. This means that even if you only own a Mac, you can now jailbreak iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, or iOS 9.0.2. Read More


Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta to developers

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 27, 2015

Along with the release of iOS 9.2 beta 1, Apple has seeded a new OS X beta to developers. The beta, OS X 10.11.2, comes with a build number of 15C27e.

It’s only been 6 days since the public edition of the prior version of Apple’s desktop OS, OS X 10.11.1, was released. Unlike today’s earlier iOS update, Apple is being fairly mum about the contents of its new beta for El Capitan. Read More


How to add the new Apple TV aerial screen savers to your Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 27, 2015

Well-known jailbreak developer John Coates (@punksomething) has created an app that lets you add the new Apple TV’s awesome-looking animated aerial screen savers to your Mac. As we saw during the Apple TV reveal, the crew behind the screen savers were meticulous in their attention to detail.

The locations of the aerial shots vary. Included are shots from San Francisco, China, New York, London, and Hawaii. In this post, we’ll show you how to add these same screen savers to your Mac by way of Coates’ easy-to-use tool. Read More


20+ things you can do with a Force Touch trackpad on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 22, 2015

Apple just released its Force Touch-enabled Magic Trackpad 2, which joins the Force Touch trackpads already built into many of its MacBooks. The significance of the Magic Trackpad 2 sporting Force Touch, is that it essentially brings the feature to everyone without needing to go all out and purchase a brand new machine.

Force Touch is an interesting concept that’s been a part of our vernacular for over a year with the unveiling of the Apple Watch. Since then, the pressure sensitive technology has made its way, in some way, shape, or form, to both MacBooks and the iPhone.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Force Touch is best implemented on the iPhone (as 3D Touch), but it’s an interesting feature on the MacBook as well. Now that pretty much anyone can add the ability to Force Touch via a $129 Magic Trackpad 2 purchase, I figured it was time to showcase some of the things that you can do with the nifty pressure sensitive input method. Read More


Apple releases OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 update with improved stability and more

By Sébastien Page on Oct 21, 2015

Following the release of iOS 9.1 and watchOS 2.0.1, Apple has also updated OS X El Capitan, bringing to software to version 10.11.1. This update doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of new features, besides the addition of 150 new emoji characters. Read More


How to share Reminders lists

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2015

Although not apparently obvious, Apple’s Reminders app on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and lets you share to-dos and checklists with friends and family.

Sharing a reminder list with, say, your girlfriend (or wife) is particularly convenient as you’ll both be able to add, delete and check off items as completed, and all changes will instantly appearing on everyone’s devices thanks to seamless iCloud syncing.

This isn’t just great for grocery lists, shared to-dos and interactive lists among family members, but for business, too. For example, you could share a to-do list with team members to keep everyone apprised of what needs to be done on any particular day.

In this post, we’re going to show how easy it is to create a list in Reminders and invite others to participate across iOS, OS X and the web. Read More


Magic Trackpad 2 review: Force Touch-enabled and rechargeable, but should you upgrade?

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2015

Of all of the new “Magic” devices in Apple’s lineup, perhaps no device is more deserving of the moniker than the Magic Trackpad 2. It’s the only device, out of the three new peripherals that Apple recently launched, that truly brings new functionality to the table.

While the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic Keyboard are legitimate upgrades over the products they replace, the Magic Trackpad 2 is the most justifiable upgrade from a pure features standpoint, and Apple’s pricing for it says as much.

At $129.00, this isn’t exactly a knee-jerk purchase to be made on a whim. And if you already own the old Magic Trackpad, an impulse buy is lessened even more.

I’ve been testing out the new Magic Trackpad 2 for several days now, and it’s taken me a while to put my thoughts down in writing. This device takes significantly more time to get to know than either the Magic Mouse 2 or the Magic Keyboard. That’s because the Magic Trackpad offers the most diverse functionality of the trio.

With all of that said, is the Magic Trackpad 2 worth upgrading to if you already own the previous Magic Trackpad? Watch our video review, and read my full analysis for the details. Read More


How to quickly locate a specific setting on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2015

Just like the familiar Settings application on an iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, OS X’s System Preferences is probably the most frequently used application on your Mac.

If you’re new to the Mac, System Preferences—much like the Control Panel on Windows—is a one-stop shop for adjusting various settings on your computer. Various settings are categorized into logical sections and laid out as a grid of  preference pane icons.

In this post, we’re going to outline five different time-saving ways to jump quickly into any specific setting nested within System Preferences. Read More


Things you actually agree to by accepting El Capitan’s software license agreement

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2015

Like so many folks, I myself don’t even bother reading through legal mumbo-jumbo in software license agreements and just click the ‘Agree’ button

A trained professional—lawyer and developer Robb Schecter—took it upon himself to read through Apple’s end user license agreement for El Capitan to spell out any limitations in plain English so you don’t have to.

You don’t own El Capitan per se when you download a copy of the operating system from the Mac App Store: instead, you’re actually borrowing it and Apple still owns it.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise: that’s how software has been distributed for decades. But, I doubt many people are aware of El Capitan’s limitations pertaining to virtualization, business use and more. Read More

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