How to fix choppy video playback in Safari on OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2014

Recently I ran into a problem that I found to be quite annoying. Flash video playback in Safari began suffering from major stuttering and choppiness. It was so bad that videos essentially became unwatchable while using Safari.

For someone who’s constantly watching and editing video like me, this proved to be a big problem. I even pondered switching to Chrome for a bit, but quickly dismissed that thought and set out to find a solution to the problem.

Fortunately, the solution to fixing choppy video playback in Safari is an easy one. Have a look inside and we’ll show you how. Read More

 

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

 

Reeder 2 beta for Mac now available for download

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 11, 2014

The long awaited update to the Mac version of Silvio Rizzi’s Reeder is finally amongst the living. Indeed, Reeder 2 is now in beta and has been posted for download on its official website.

Rizzi, who is not known for indulging his customers with quick releases and frequent updates, launched Reeder 2 for iOS over six months ago. That release was met with mostly positive reviews, although the general consensus is that it didn’t add much in the way of new or envelope-pushing functionality.

On the Mac, things are a bit different. The number of excellent feed reading apps can probably be counted on one hand, and that’s being generous. I’ve only been able to play around with Reeder 2 for a few minutes, but I can tell you right off the bat that this is going to be one of the best feed reading apps available on the Mac. It’s fast, responsive, works with a variety of feed reading services, and it looks good to boot. Read More

 

iOS, OS X and key iCloud services not affected by Heartbleed, Apple confirms

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

If you’ve as much as glanced at what’s your inbox lately, chances are you’ve encountered messages in which your favorite apps and services announce emergency password resets in the wake of Heartbleed, a nasty bug that’s attacking millions of websites. And unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past week, you must be aware by now that a shockingly high number of websites are at risk.

The latest security scare stems from a devastating flaw in the OpenSSL software many websites use to authorize login sessions and encrypt and transmit user data. Long story short, the exploit allows attackers to easily scoop up the website’s encryption keys, passwords and user content, prompting tons of emergency password resets by some of the Internet’s most popular services.

But what about your Apple ID? Have the keys to your account in the Apple cloud been compromised? How about iCloud or the App Store? According to an Apple spokesperson, its iOS and OS X platforms are protected against Heartbleed. Do I hear a collective sigh of relief? Read 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

 

Upcoming ‘PushNotify’ tweak will let you forward push notifications from iOS to the Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 8, 2014

I’ve been testing PushNotify for a few weeks, and now I can finally talk about what it does. A lot of you have been asking me about this tweak, because you’ve seen its settings featured in my other videos and screenshots.

PushNotify, to put it simply, is a jailbreak tweak that lets your forward push notifications to the Mac. It does so by means of a small menu-bar utility that runs on the Mac, and a jailbreak tweak that’s installed via Cydia on your iOS device.

We’ve taken PushNotify for a test drive on video, and we’d like to show you how it works. Check inside for the details. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D33 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 3, 2014

Apple has seeded another beta for OS X 10.9.3 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes one week after it released the third beta of 10.9.3, which added various improvements.

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 releases Safari 7.0.3 update for Mavericks

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2014

Apple has released a plethora updates on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the company has revamped its web-based iWork for iCloud suite and then followed up by half a dozen matching updates to Pages, Keynote and Numbers for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices and Mac computers.

Available now through your Mac’s Software Update mechanism, the new Safari 7.0.3 update brings a bunch of bug fixes and a few noteworthy security-related enhancements like the strengthened Safari sandboxing, improved credit card autofill compatibility with websites and more… 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

 

First OS X 10.9.3 beta includes new ‘Retina’ resolution option for 4K displays

By Cody Lee on Mar 7, 2014

Late yesterday, Apple seeded the first beta of OS X 10.9.3 to Mac developers. The beta seemed insignificant, with no mention of any changes or new features; just a brief request that devs focus their testing on audio and graphics.

But as it turns out, there is at least one notable difference in the beta: a new ‘Native’ Retina resolution option for 4K displays. This enables users with compatible displays to use OS X in a noticeably sharper Retina mode at 60Hz… Read More

 

How to send group emails on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Mar 5, 2014

In a recent series of post focusing on managing your contacts, we showed you how to create contact groups on your iPhone and on your Mac. Today we want to push this a little further by showing you how to send group emails on your Mac.

Creating a group email can be a real time saver as you don’t have to manually enter each recipient’s email address manually. Instead, you can quickly type in the name of a group of contacts that you want to send an email to and have the “to:” field of your email client populated for you automatically.

In this post, we will show you how to send group emails from your Mac. As you will soon be able to verify, sending messages to a group from your Mac is a fairly simple and quick process… Read More

 

Apple releases OS X 10.9.2 with FaceTime Audio, SSL bug fix and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2014

After seeding a number of betas over the past few months, Apple has finally seeded OS X 10.9.2 to the public. As expected, the update includes FaceTime Audio, new contact blocking controls for both iMessage and FaceTime and Mail fixes.

Additionally, Apple has included a fix for the nasty SSL connection verification bug that popped up last week. So we recommend that everyone grab this new version of Mavericks by visiting the ‘Software Update’ tab in the Mac App Store… Read More

 

OS X Mavericks bug allows security researcher to capture nearly all SSL encrypted traffic

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2014

The nasty SSL bug was found in iOS last week that opens the door to a dangerous man-in-the-middle attack which makes it easy for attackers to intercept communications and steal sensitive info like usernames, passwords and even credit card numbers, by posing as a trusted website.

Apple quickly squashed the dangerous bug with the release of iOS 7.0.6. If you’re jailbroken, you can patch the SSL exploit without updating to iOS 7.0.6 (here’s how).

Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t yet issued an urgent OS X fix for the exploit, meaning Mac users are left out in the cold and at risk of having their personal information and passwords hijacked.

One security researcher from New Zealand has now confirmed that the vulnerability is more dangerous than previously thought: virtually all encrypted traffic to be intercepted, including iCloud data, Keychain enrollment, certificate from apps like Twitter and more… Read More

 

OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks update looms: FaceTime Audio, Messages blocking, Mail fixes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2014

After releasing seven beta builds of the upcoming OS X 10.9.2 update to its registered Mac developers, Apple appears to be putting finishing touches on this highly anticipated second Mavericks update. A pre-release build of OS X Mavericks version 10.9.2 is now in circulation among a small group of Apple employees, indicating that a public release is around the corner. The OS X 10.9.2 update will (hopefully) fix Mail bugs while enabling greater feature parity between iOS 7 and Mavericks.

The latter entails enabling FaceTime Audio calling on the Mac and giving users the ability to block individual senders through the Messages app. Both of these features are supported in Apple’s mobile operating system.

The software will also fix dozens of bugs and bring useful tweaks and under-the-hood improvements, all listed below the fold… Read More

 

Timing of SSL bug fuels conspiracy theories about Apple and the NSA

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2014

By now you’ve probably already heard about the SSL bug that was discovered in iOS and OS X. Apple pushed an iOS update out on Friday to fix it, and it didn’t sound like a big deal at the time, but we have since learned that it is an extremely serious security flaw.

The flaw leaves Apple devices open to what’s called a man-in-the-middle attack, in where a malicious program poses as a trusted website to intercept communications or inject malware. And its existence has fueled conspiracy theories about Apple and the NSA… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.2 build 13C62 to developers

By Cody Lee on Feb 17, 2014

Apple has seeded the seventh OS X 10.9.2 beta to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The last few betas have each come about a week apart, but this one comes less than a week after beta 6.

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

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The Gloss bookmarklet helps you highlight and save text on the web

By Lory Gil on Feb 15, 2014

Sometimes the simple things are what make our lives a little better. Sure there are some very useful productivity tools for saving and sharing websites (Evernote being my preferred option). But sometimes, you just need something a little simpler.

Gloss is a Safari bookmarklet for OS X that lets you highlight and save one sentence at a time from any website. It may sound too simple, but read on to find out why it might be the right fit for you… Read More

 

Apple seeds fifth OS X 10.9.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Feb 6, 2014

Apple has seeded the fifth OS X 10.9.2 beta to registered Mac developers this evening. The last few beta releases have each come about a week apart, suggesting that they’re nearing a final version.

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

 

Steve Jobs said to have approached Sony about using OS X in VAIOs

By Cody Lee on Feb 5, 2014

As serious as Apple has always been about making all of its own hardware and software, it’s hard to believe that OS X almost wound up on Sony VAIO PCs. But it’s true, according to Japanese freelance writer Nobuyuki Hayashi.

It’s even harder to believe that the effort was spearheaded by Steve Jobs himself, but it was. In a recent blog post, Hayashi recounts a time when Jobs and other Apple executives met with Sony and pitched them the OS X VAIO… Read More

 
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