Good deal: 78% off Parallels 10 and 1Password Mac software bundle

By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2014

Good news Mac owners, the Parallels team is running another one of its popular software bundle promotions, meaning you can score some great software at a steep discount. This week’s bundle includes 7 Mac applications, offered at 78% off their original prices.

Headlining apps in the bundle are Parallels Desktop 10 and 1Password. Parallels is hands-down our favorite virtual machine software for running Windows on a Mac, and AgileBits’ 1Password made the top of our list of best password manager apps for Mac and iOS. Read More

 

How to stop iTunes from automatically syncing when you connect your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Nov 5, 2014

A couple weeks after getting my new iMac, I am still tweaking the preferences of many applications so they work the way I want them to. I recently shared a way to stop iPhoto from automatically launching when you plug your iPhone in, and today, I will share with you a similar tip to stop iTunes from automatically syncing when you connect your iPhone. As often with these specific settings, the solution is simple but it might not always be obvious to everyone.

There are actually two ways to go at it. The first method is device-specific, meaning that you can tell iTunes not to sync when a specific device (ie. your iPhone) is being plugged in. The other method works with any iOS device you plug in. Read More

 

How to show or hide filename extensions in OS X Yosemite

By Sébastien Page on Oct 29, 2014

I’m still tweaking my new iMac so it behaves the way I want it to. While all my main apps have been installed and set up as needed, there is still all these little things that need to be finetuned. One of those things is file extensions.

By default, OS X hides the extensions of filenames. I imagine this is made to simplify the view for casual users, and I’m totally fine with that. However, I like to see the extensions of files on my desktop or in Finder, which allows me to use files differently depending on their extensions.

In this post, I will show you how to hide or show the extensions of filenames on a Mac in OS X Yosemite. Read More

 

Apps like Pocket is why Handoff is my top new feature in iOS 8 and Yosemite

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014

Pocket, a read-later service, with a recent Mac app update has completed its support for Apple’s refreshed mobile and desktop operating systems.

According to developers last week, Pocket for Mac now includes Handoff and can send stuff to other apps that use the Mac’s new multi-purpose Share menu. It’s Pocket’s largest Mac update in over a year.

The iOS edition of Pocket has had Handoff support in place for weeks. And with Handoff now live in the Mac edition of Pocket, I’m not sure how I’ve managed to do without such a useful feature. I’m a huge, huge Pocket fan and use it every day to bookmark and save dozens of articles that I find during the day for later reading.

With Handoff implemented in both Pocket editions, I now am able to seamlessly continue reading an article right where I left off on any of my Apple devices (Bluetooth must be enabled).

It’s awesome and I couldn’t imagine my daily computing without Handoff. It’s the one feature I use the most, all the time. As I constantly move between my mobile and desktop devices, Handoff removes the friction completely without the mental burden of having to remember where I left off.

Handoff is tremendously convenient. It’s fun, easy to use, a time-saver and bridges the gap between desktop and mobile like no other technology before it. And it’s only getting started.

Pocket for Mac is available free of charge in the Mac App Store. Read More

 

How to stop OS X Yosemite from asking for a password after waking your Mac

By Sébastien Page on Oct 28, 2014

I just got my all new iMac with Retina 5K display last week and I’m still going through all the settings to have it behave the way I want. One thing I noticed is that every time it goes to sleep or the screen saver kicks in, my Mac will require me to enter my user password when I wake it up.

What is a great security feature if you work in an office is somewhat of an annoyance to me, simply because I work from home and no one except my wife ever gets to touch my computer, making this password an extra step that I don’t need.

In this post, I’ll show you how to stop OS X Yosemite from requiring a password after waking up your Mac. Read More

 

How to extract OS X app icons

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

OS X is known for its beautiful interface and beautiful app icons. It’s one of the things that really separates it from Windows and its bland look (although Windows has made significant strides in this regard as well).

At iDB, we often use app icon images as feature images for our posts, and videos. Fortunately, OS X makes it extremely easy to copy the app icons from all of our favorites apps, and export them as standalone images. In the following video walkthrough, I’ll show you how to do just that. Read More

 

Helvetica Neue typeface replaces Lucida Grande as the system font in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2014

One of the most striking changes that you will notice when you first fire up OS X Yosemite is the system-wide font change. Apple’s previous desktop operating system releases, since 1999, used Lucida Grande as the system font.

Lucida Grande worked well on lower resolution screens, but as high resolution Retina Displays become more common, it’s starting to look out of place. To address the issue, Apple decided to adopt iOS’ system font of choice—Helvetica Neue—and make it the system font for OS X Yosemite. Read More

 

‘iStat Mini’ widget places system stats in OS X Yosemite’s Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 19, 2014

As I discussed on Let’s Talk iOS episode 39, Bjango’s iStat Menus is one of my favorite Mac apps. It’s an app that places a wealth of system status information right in the Mac’s menu bar.

The same folks behind iStat Menus have come up with a new app geared towards OS X Yosemite. The app, which is cleverly entitled iStat Mini, places a simple widget in Notification Center’s Today View.

Like its big brother, iStat Mini allows you to quickly view the CPU usage, disk usage, and memory usage on your Mac. It also allows you to monitor your Mac’s upstream and downstream bandwidth.

Have a look at our 4K ultra-high resolution video walkthrough after the break for more details.

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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

 

How to reset the OS X dock to factory defaults

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 14, 2014

As I’ve worked on coverage for the imminent release of OS X Yosemite, I’ve found myself needing to reset the look of the Dock back to factory settings again and again. Perhaps you, at one time or another, have thought about how handy it would be to have a factory reset button in OS X—one similar to the reset buttons found in iOS.

Unfortunately, no such button exist within OS X, but there is a handy terminal command that you can use to quickly make your dock look and work like new again. Inside, I’ll share the command on video, and walk you through this super-simple process. Read More

 

Apple revamps iTunes Store in iTunes 12 ahead of OS X Yosemite launch

By Cody Lee on Oct 10, 2014

Apple has rolled out a revamped version of its desktop iTunes Store to iTunes 12 today. Folks with access to the developer preview or public beta of OS X Yosemite should see the new storefront with various changes including cleaner, flatter design elements.

As you can see in the image above, Apple has axed the 3D rotating carousel of featured content in favor of a new card-style layout. There’s also no longer a backdrop shadow behind the album art, or in the navigation buttons, and the fonts have been changed. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X Yosemite GM candidate 2.0 to developers, Public Beta 5

By Cody Lee on Oct 7, 2014

Alongside beta 2 of iOS 8.1, Apple has today seeded Golden Master candidate 2.0 of OS X Yosemite. The update can be downloaded either through the Updates tab in the Mac App Store, or through Apple’s Mac Dev Center by registered developers.

This marks the tenth and possibly final developer beta of Yosemite as Apple prepares to officially release the software to the public later this month. Introduced in June, OS X Yosemite brings about new UI design and several other improvements for Macs. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X Yosemite GM candidate 1.0 to developers, Public Beta 4

By Cody Lee on Sep 30, 2014

Apple has today seeded Golden Master candidate 1.0 of OS X Yosemite. The update, which arrives as Build 14A379a, can be downloaded either through the Updates tab in the Mac App Store, or through Apple’s Mac Dev Center by registered developers.

This marks the ninth and [likely] final Developer Preview of Yosemite as Apple prepares to officially release the software to the public next month. Introduced in June, OS X Yosemite brings about new UI design and several other improvements for Macs. Read More

 

Apple issues update to patch ‘Shellshock’ Bash bug in OS X

By Cody Lee on Sep 29, 2014

Apple on Monday delivered the promised update to patch the ‘Shellshock’ Bash bug in OS X. You can download the update manually here, otherwise it should be popping up in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store shortly.

The security flaw was uncovered by security researchers last week and sent much of the Internet into a panic. Affecting the bash command shell in UNIX, the exploit allows for hackers to remotely execute malicious code. Read More

 

Apple readying a fix for Bash vulnerability, ‘vast majority’ of Mac users unaffected

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2014

A fix for a new kind of exploit recently discovered in the Bash command shell used in multiple versions of Unix is underway, Apple confirmed Friday, adding that the “vast majority” of Mac users are unaffected because OS X is “safe by default” from the so-called ‘Shell Shock’ attacks.

“The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported Bash vulnerabilities,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement quoted by The Verge.

The vulnerability was documented and publicized Thursday by security researchers at RedHat and gained prominences after security expert Robert Graham called it “as big as the Heartbleed bug,” referring to a nasty vulnerability discovered earlier in the year in the OpenSSL software commonly used by nearly two-thirds of servers powering the Internet. Read More

 

New Unix command line exploit makes Macs vulnerable to attacks

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 25, 2014

A new exploit in the Bash command shell found in many versions of Unix, including Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, makes Mac computers vulnerable to so-called ‘Shell Shock’ attacks, security researchers at RedHat discovered Thursday.

Though the exploit lets attackers run malicious scripts remotely, most people are not at risk unless they’ve manually allowed SSH access from remote connections or a web server running server side scripting.

Here’s how you can check if you’re vulnerable and what you can do in order to avoid ‘Shell Shock’ attacks on your system. Read More

 

Safari 7.1 for Mavericks is out with encrypted Yahoo searches, DuckGoGo and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2014

Apple on Thursday released an update to its desktop Safari browser for Macs running OS X Mavericks which contains improvements to compatibility and security while introducing a pair of new options for strengthening your privacy when searching.

The first such feature turns on SSL encryption for all Yahoo searches conducted from Safari’s search field. As a result, no one can eavesdrop on what you’re searching for online.

The other adds DuckGoGo, a search engine that does not track you (Google won’t like this) as a built-in option in the search field. Note that Safari in iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite already includes DuckGoGo as an option.

Safari 7.1 has arrived on the heels of yesterday’s OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update which contains Safari 7.0.6 and improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. Read More

 

Apple: iOS 8’s SMS forwarding arriving in October

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2014

When iOS 8 launches for public consumption next Wednesday, text message relaying will not work immediately from day one because Apple plans to enable the feature in October, according to the just-refreshed iOS 8 webpage detailing the Continuity feature that was first spotted Friday morning by iLongue.

Now listed as ”coming in October”, the delayed launch coincides nicely with an upcoming October release of the free OS X Yosemite update. A discussion thread at MacRumors corroborates iLounge’s findings, suggesting Apple has disabled SMS relaying on its servers in the past couple of days, likely until Yosemite is officially released.

This development isn’t surprising to us given that iOS 8 and Yosemite are more dependent on each other by Continuity than previously. Read More

 

How to move files around in OS X Finder while maintaining permissions and ownership data

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2014

Many Mac users are unaware that copying a file or folder in the Finder, or moving it to another location, does not preserve the permissions and ownership data attached to it.

In most circumstances, that’s not a problem as you’ll be moving stuff within your own user account. Hence, the default behavior of changing ownership/permissions is actually desirable for most users, in most cases.

But on occasion, you may need to override the default setting when, say, copying a file into another user’s folder, dropping a document into the Guest account and so forth. In these kinds of scenarios, preserving the original file’s ownership and permissions can save you headache down the road.

But worry not — the Mac’s Finder includes a pair of hidden features, Paste Item Exactly and Duplicate Exactly, that get the job done. The following tips will teach you how to leverage them to ensure that the file’s ownership information and permission data has been kept intact after the copy/move operation. Read More

 

New QuickType-like feature found in OS X Yosemite

By Timothy Reavis on Sep 4, 2014

It’s no secret that Apple is merging many iOS and OS X features into one seamless experience across devices, and one of these instances – QuickType, the predictive typing feature found in iOS 8 – has recently surfaced in OS X Yosemite.

By pressing the ESC key, Yosemite users can invoke a drop-down menu containing several suggested words that OS X thinks should be typed next. Pressing SPACE BAR will insert the highlighted word along with a space, so users can continue typing or press ESC again for the next suggestion. Note that this is different from a similar feature that has been present in OS X for a few years. Read More

 
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