10 Safari keyboard shortcuts that everyone should know

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 24, 2015

Safari is definitely the most energy efficient browser available for the Mac, so it’s wise to use it as your browser of choice, especially if you’re on a battery-reliant MacBook. If you’re going to use Safari as your full time browser, then it makes sense to learn some of the more important keyboard shortcuts to supercharge your workflow. In this post, we’ll consider 10 must-have Safari shortcuts to power up your browsing experience. Read More

 

How to pick a startup disk for your Mac at boot time

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2015

Most people are content with booting their Mac straight into OS X, but certain multi-boot situations warrant choosing a different startup disk. But why would anyone in their right mind have multiple operating systems on their computer, you ask.

Well, if you like trying out new things out before they’re available to everyone, chances are you keep El Capitan installed on a separate partition.

Besides, some people like yours truly prefer to keep a bootable USB thumb drive in a safe place for times when something terribly wrong goes with their Mac.

There are two ways to choosing a startup disk.

One involves choosing a boot disk via a System Preferences pane called Startup Disk, which my colleague Jeff recently covered. This tutorial deals with the other method which involves picking a boot disk as your Mac is starting up. Read More

 

OS X El Capitan Recovery Update now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2015

Apple on Friday seeded a small update to OS X’s Recovery feature to users running a pre-release version of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The OS X El Capitan Recovery Update includes improvements to the operating system’s Recovery partition. Like in prior OS X editions, this feature can be invoked at boot time by pressing the Command – R combo. Read More

 

Parallels Desktop 11 with support for El Capitan and Windows 10 now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

In addition to running newly-released Windows 10 natively on your Mac in dual-boot mode through Boot Camp 6, you can now enjoy Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system alongside OS X using the popular virtualization solution, Parallels Desktop.

In its latest incarnation that was released earlier today, Parallels Desktop 11 brings full support for Windows 10 features like Cortana and experimental support for Macs running OS X El Capitan. Read More

 

How to boot your Mac in Verbose Mode

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2015

We previously discussed how booting your Mac into OS X’s Safe Mode can help troubleshoot various issues with your computer. In more obscure situations and borderline cases, however, Safe Mode may not be enough to understand why your Mac freezes or crashes during the system boot process.

Enter OS X’s Verbose Mode.

Not only does Verbose Mode makes it easy to access detailed status messages as your Mac is starting up, but also lets you see what’s really going on behind the scenes and watch as OS X loads kernel extensions and other startup items.

In this tutorial, we’re going to cover booting your Mac in OS X’s Verbose Mode, explain in which situations it might come in handy and give you some handy tips related to using Verbose Mode. Read More

 

How to move Music or Photos to a new Mac using Time Machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 15, 2015

With Time Machine, it’s easy to restore all of your data back to a new Mac or to a fresh install of OS X. As we outlined previously, users can choose to restore all data, or pick and choose the data that they wish to restore during the initial setup process of OS X, and that includes both music and photos.

Another option is to simply restore the entire Pictures or Music folder via the Time Machine interface. We show you how to do that via this post.

In the following tutorial, we’ll show you another quick and easy way to recover photo or music data from a Time Machine backup—directly from the backup folder on your Time Machine external drive. Read More

 

Apple releases OS X 10.10.5 with patch for DYLD bug and other fixes

By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2015

In addition to iOS 8.4.1, Apple on Thursday also seeded OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, a free update for Macs. The release comes after two developer betas and a month of testing, and you can find it in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

Most notably, the update features a patch for the DYLD privilege escalation bug that was discovered earlier this month. Apple says in the release notes that the software includes fixes for both Mail and Photos apps, as well as QuickTime.

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The next Mac security update will patch a serious privilege-escalation DYLD bug in OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2015

A “privilege escalation” bug plaguing Apple’s OS X desktop operating system will be patched in the next security update that the company is working on as we speak, a company spokesperson said today.

The Guardian newspaper reported that a fix for the dangerous zero-day vulnerability, known as DYLD, will be patched before OS X El Capitan releases for public consumption this fall. Read More

 

TaiG 1.1.0 for Mac released to jailbreak iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 4, 2015

TaiG has released a new version of its Mac jailbreak tool for iOS 8.4. Version 1.1.0 of TaiG for Mac aims to fix an issue present for users of OS X 10.9. If you’ve experienced issues with jailbreaking your iPhone using the OS X version of TaiG, then it is recommended that you update to this latest version. Read More

 

TaiG for Mac released to jailbreak iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 2, 2015

Over a month after the original TaiG jailbreak for Windows surfaced, TaiG for Mac is now officially available for OS X users. TaiG for Mac will allow you to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on your Mac without having to resort to using a virtual machine.

If you’ve yet to jailbreak due to the lack of a proper TaiG tool for OS X, now is your time. You can find the download link for TaiG for Mac inside. Read More

 

How to set up a new Mac from a Time Machine backup

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 1, 2015

One of the primary benefits to using Time Machine is that it allows you to restore your backup on a new Mac or a new OS X installation. This makes it so that you can essentially pick up where you left off from your old machine or old installation.

Fortunately, restoring Time Machine backups to a new Mac is extremely easy and straightforward. In this fifth tutorial in our Time Machine how-to series, we’ll show you how easy it is. Read More

 

Reeder 3 gets a public beta for Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 30, 2015

Renowned RSS feed reading app, Reeder, is one of the best feed reading experiences on the Mac. And so I was quite happy when I learned that Reeder 3 was finally entering public beta.

Reeder 3 will be a free update for Reeder 2 for Mac users. It comes with brand new themes and an OS X Yosemite-centric modern UI, among many other additions. Check out the full change log and download link in this post. Read More

 

How, why and when to boot your Mac in Safe Mode

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Most of the time, your Mac “just works.”

But there will be times when a rogue app, a misbehaving service, outdated caches and other issue will cause your Mac to slow, stop starting up or exhibit other unwanted symptoms. Thankfully, Apple has provided a way to boot OS X in Safe Mode.

In Safe Mode, your Mac prevents some software, such as startup items, from loading. What does get loaded are the bare minimum level of drivers and essential software. This is by design, to help you troubleshoot your Mac and isolate the cause of a software conflict. As a bonus, booting in Safe Mode also forces a check of your startup disk.

Here’s what you need to know about Safe Mode on OS X, when you should use it and how to startup up any Mac in Safe Mode and get back to normal. Read More

 

How to create a partition on your Time Machine external hard drive

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 25, 2015

Time Machine is extremely easy to use, and its flexibility makes it a great solution for keeping your Mac backed up safely. But with external drives being as large as they are, you may wish to use some of the space on your Time Machine drive for basic file storage.

There are many ways to go about this, but one of the best ways is to simply create a separate partition on your external drive. By doing this, you have a dedicated partition for file storage, and a dedicated partition for your Time Machine backups.

Although it’s possible to store files on your Time Machine partition, in my opinion, it’s a better practice to keep them separated. In this fourth entry into our Time Machine tutorial series, I’ll show you how simple it is to create a second partition on your Time Machine external drive. Read More

 

OS X 10.10.5 beta now available to public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2015

Apple is now testing the next major OS X Yosemite update with public beta testers, shortly after making OS X 10.10.5 beta 1 available to members of the Apple Beta Software Program. The software has the same build number of ’14F6a’ like the developer seed of OS X 10.10.5 which was released two days ago, implying identical code. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.10.5 beta to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

In addition to posting iOS 8.4.1 beta 1, Apple on Tuesday released the first beta of what would become the fifth major Yosemite software update. OS X 10.10.5 beta 1 is now available for download to members of the Apple Developer Program through Apple’s portal for developers.

It’s unclear what new features, if any, the pre-release OS X 10.10.5 software (build number 14F6a) may bring to Mac fans when it launches for public consumption. Read More

 

How to view and restore specific files using Time Machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2015

Time Machine is very useful, because not only does it allow you to back up all of your user data, but it also allows you to selectively view and restore portions of that data, even down to individual files.

In this tutorial, the forth in our series about Time Machine, I’m going to show you to how to view and restore an individual file using a Time Machine backup. Read More

 

Apple issues supplemental El Capitan update fixing unexpected crashes in 32-bit apps

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2015

After seeding OS X El Capitan beta 3 to developers Wednesday, and less than 24 hours after it’s made the third beta available for testing to the members of the Apple Beta Software Program, the Cupertino firm has now released a small update to El Capitan beta 3 which fixes specific crashes related to 32-bit applications. Read More

 

A look at Apple’s new, more secure 2-factor authentication in iOS 9 and El Capitan

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

At WWDC, Apple has made a promise to step up security with native two-factor authentication in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. Before today, the feature was unavailable on iOS 9 betas prior to beta 3.

But with today’s release of iOS 9 beta 3, the new system has made its debut, with some users offered the option to upgrade their Apple ID to use the new two-factor authentication.

Here’s what you need to know about this new system, how it increases your security and how it’s different from Apple’s existing two-step verification process. Read More

 

How to exclude files from being backed up in Time Machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 4, 2015

In our third Time Machine tutorial for OS X, we’ll show you how to exclude specific files from being included in your Time Machine backup. You’ll find that it’s extremely easy to curate your Time Machine backups using its preferences.

The thing that I really like about Time Machine is that you can exclude not only individual files, but entire folders of files as well. Have a look at our easy to use tutorial to find out how you can exclude certain data from becoming a part of your backup. Read More

 
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