Twitter content and accounts coming soon to Spotlight search

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2015

According to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Twitter content such as tweets and accounts are coming to Apple’s Spotlight search engine on Macs and iOS devices, allowing for an even tighter integration between the iPhone maker and the popular micro-blogging service, MacWorld reported Wednesday. Apple added Twitter to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad as the inaugural third-party service integration in iOS 5 three years ago. Read More

 

How to manage received AirDrop files with Hazel on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015

Every waking day I send tons of screenshots from my iPhone to my Mac via AirDrop. And every day I wish that Apple allowed users to customize the AirDrop save location. Not only is the ~/Downloads folder the default save location, but it can’t be modified, not even via undocumented methods.

As a workaround, I use Hazel ($29 w/ free trial) to automate the process of moving images sent via AirDrop to my Desktop. It’s a great workaround that does the job. While it would be nice if Apple allowed you to specify an exact save location, this is probably the next best thing. Read More

 

How to use the Pixelmator Repair Tool extension on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015

One of the most under-the-radar new features to hit OS X Yosemite was the addition of extensions. Action extensions are particularly nice, because they allow apps to interface with other apps directly.

Some app developers, such as Pixelmator ($29.99 on the Mac App Store), have brought third-party extensions to the Mac, which demonstrates how beneficial extensions can be. Watch our video that showcases Pixelmator’s Repair Tool extension to see what I mean. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta 1 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Thursday, Apple seeded the first beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 software update to its Mac developers, as first reported by MacRumors. Registered Mac developers can grab the installer manually through Apple’s portal for developers, or automatically, using the OS X Software Update Seed Configuration Utility.

We’ll be reporting on any interesting new features, changes and enhancements in OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta 1 as we encounter them. Read More

 

Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 supplemental update to fix video driver issue

By Sébastien Page on Apr 16, 2015

Just eight days after releasing OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to the public, Apple released a supplemental update today to fix a video driver issue that may have preventing some Macs to boot up properly when specific video capture apps were used. Read More

 

How to remove date and time from screenshot names on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Apr 15, 2015

By default, every time you take a screenshot on Mac OS X, the file generated will be named “Screen Shot date time” where “date” and “time” are replaced with the actual date and time the screenshot was taken. For most people, this is a useful feature as it allows to quickly sort screenshots depending on when they were taken. But for other people, it might be an annoyance.

In this post, we will show you how to remove the date and time from screenshots that were taken on Mac OS X. Read More

 

A look at five new Final Cut Pro X 10.2 features

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 13, 2015

As we told you earlier, Final Cut Pro X received a significant update today. It adds several new features—a redesigned splash screen, and updated app icon, and more. Along with Final Cut Pro X, both Motion and Compressor received updates as well.

As someone who uses FCP X on an almost daily basis, I wanted to talk about five new features that I really like about the new update. Watch our video inside, and see if you concur. Read More

 

How to create a new library in the Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 10, 2015

Creating separate libraries. It’s one of the best ways to go about organizing photos with the new Photos app in OS X Yosemite.  I find that using multiple libraries to separate things like work and personal life is a good strategy. Fortunately, it’s extremely simple to create new libraries and to switch between those libraries on the fly. Read More

 

How to migrate your iPhoto Library to the new Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 9, 2015

Now that OS X Yosemite has been officially released, it’s time to think about migrating your old iPhoto library to the new Photos app. Migrating over is extremely easy, as there are multiple ways to do so. In this post, we highlight one of the easiest and most straightforward ways to migrate an iPhoto Library over to a new Photos app install. Read More

 

Business owners can now claim POIs as their own via Apple Maps on iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

One of the welcome changes in the iOS 8.3 and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 software updates, which hit yesterday, includes the ability for business owners to claim any point of interest as their own using an updated Report a Problem tool in Apple Maps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, as reported Thursday by AppleMapsMarketing.

The company began allowing local businesses to manage their listing in the service last October, but required them to use its Maps Connect web service.

At the same time, the iPhone maker appears to be removing some TripAdvisor hotel reviews which started showing up in its Maps service last week. Read More

 

OS X 10.10.3 with Photos for Mac dropping today

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015

Get your Macs ready for a major software refresh as Apple gears up to release the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 software update with the long-awaited Photos for Mac app and other improvements.

Associated Press, which ran a review of Photos for Mac earlier this morning and first reported that the software update is due today, praised the software’s professional-level and advanced fine-tuning tools such as granular color correction.

“Apple’s new Photos app for Mac computers, available Wednesday as a free software update, makes it easy to organize and edit your pictures,” the news organization wrote. Read More

 

How to pair Android Wear without an Android Phone using a virtual machine on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

I know, it may sound fairly niche, but hear me out. Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz about using Android Wear devices with the iPhone, and that’s the reason why I started exploring this topic to begin with.

As it turns out, when you buy an Android Wear device, you need an Android device to “activate” the smartwatch (go figure). Since I don’t currently own an Android phone, my LG G Watch was stuck at the pairing screen.

Yes, there are more “in-depth” ways to go about getting passed this screen, but not everyone is up to that task. With this in mind, I’ve created a video tutorial that shows you how to run an Android virtual machine on your Mac with Parallels, and how to then pair an Android Wear device with the virtual machine. Read More

 

How to run Android apps like WhatsApp and Instagram on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 5, 2015

ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, is a tool that allows you to run many Android apps right on a desktop machine. For the most part, the apps look and function like they do on an Android phone or tablet.

Why is this so cool? Well, it means that you can now have access to whole variety of new apps. Some apps, like WhatsApp, have no native desktop counterpart, so it’s especially nice for apps like these.

While it isn’t a perfect 1:1 solution, and some apps outright don’t work, it’s worth trying if there’s an app that you want that isn’t otherwise available on the desktop. In this post and video, we’ll walk you through the steps of configuring Google’s ARC Welder tool, and show you how to run multiple applications as well.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 beta 6 to developers, public testers

By Jake Smith on Mar 30, 2015

Apple seeded another beta of OS X 10.10.3 on Monday for both members of the Mac Developer Center and public beta testers. The new build, available to download through the Mac App Store’s Software Update mechanism, carries the build number 14D127 – compared to the previous build number of 14D113 that was released one week ago. Read More

 

How to configure apps to launch at system startup on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Do you have certain apps that you always open as soon as you restart or log in to your Mac? If so, it might be a good idea to make those apps auto-start upon logging in to OS X. Thankfully, it’s very easy to add and remove auto-start items using OS X’s System Preferences. Read More

 

Apple seeds fifth OS X 10.10.3 beta for developers and public testers

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

Apple seeded the fifth beta of OS X 10.10.3 on Monday, available to download for registered developers and public AppleSeed beta testers. The beta, carrying build number 14D113c, is available to download via the Updates tab of the Mac App Store or from the Mac Developer Center. Read More

 

How to get a 3D dock on OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2015

Do you miss OS X’s 3D dock? OS X Yosemite finally did away with the 3D dock that’s been present since the release of OS X Leopard, but you can get it back by using a simple application called cDock.

cDock includes, among a host of other features, the ability to theme the dock with over a dozen built-in themes. There are night themes, fullscreen themes, pink themes, and, of course, 3D themes. If you’ve been reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”, then you can easily relive the past with this handy little application. Read More

 

How to use window snapping with HyperDock on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 20, 2015

As many of you guys know, I’m a huge HyperDock ($9.99 on the Mac App Store) proponent. I use it primarily to have access to window previews of running apps in the OS X dock, but the tweak has additional features as well.

The biggest side benefit to using HyperDock is its window snapping capabilities. It’s not the deepest window snapping feature-set out there, but if you need basic Windows-like functionality, it’s should have more than enough to win you over. Read More

 

iPhoto for Mac updated before dying at hands of new Photos app

By Jake Smith on Mar 19, 2015

Apple has released an update for the iPhoto for Mac app on Thursday, updating the software that’s on its death bed before Apple transitions users to the new Photos app.

The update, available through the Mac App Store’s software update tool, will help users transition their photo libraries to Apple’s new software when it’s eventually made available to the public.  Read More

 

New security update is available for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 users

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Thursday, Apple issued a new security update for Mac users running OS X Yosemite 10.10.2. The update, titled ‘Security Update 2015-003 1.0,’ is available right now through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store and is recommended for all users as it improves the security of OS X.

If you’re running a public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, you won’t see this update because the stable OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 release is bound to include contents of today’s security update. Read More

 
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