Safari Technology Preview Release 3 is out with a long list of fixes

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2016

Apple today launched a third update for Safari Technology Preview, an experimental version of the desktop Safari browser for developers to try and test out upcoming web technologies. Safari Technology Preview Release 3 includes a long list of bug fixes and tweaks for various web technologies, including JavaScript, CSS, Web APIs, Web Inspector, Accessibility, Rendering, Media and Networking. Read More

 

How to change your Apple ID

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 27, 2016

Many of us still have the same email address associated with our Apple ID that we made years and years ago when we got our first device. We use it to sign into each and every one of our devices when we buy one new from the store or restore an existing one to factory settings.

On the other hand, times change. Sometimes you may get new email addresses, and sometimes you want to use something new to log in with rather than your high school email address. Perhaps you’ve made one that is a little more professional looking and seek to use it instead.

Apple provides a way to change your Apple ID email address so you can use something different to sign into everything you use. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how that’s done. Read More

 

How to remove Adobe Flash from your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

The succession of vulnerabilities found in Adobe’s Flash Player shows no signs of dying down: not a month goes by without Adobe releasing another yet emergency update for Flash to patch a bunch of newly discovered vulnerabilities (measuring in the dozens).

Some of them can be pretty nasty as they introduce new attack vectors for spyware, ransomware, trojans and other malicious applications that you don’t want anywhere near your computer.

A few years ago, Flash Player was impossible to avoid because a bulk of web video was encoded in Adobe’s proprietary Flash format, but not anymore: YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other popular web services now use HTML5-based video players that work in any modern browser.

While Apple does block older, vulnerable versions of Flash in the Safari browser on OS X, you should do yourself a favor and remove Flash Player from your Mac using step-by-step instructions provided in this tutorial. Read More

 

How to configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 26, 2016

Mac users can take advantage of Automatic Downloads, which allows your Mac to automatically download apps, movies, music and other media that were downloaded on other Apple devices you own.

Unfortunately, some users may not want this. Some apps and media take up a lot of storage space, and there’s no reason to sop up all of your individual devices’ storage space to keep home to one specific app.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac so you have better control over the content that is downloaded to your machine. Read More

 

Finding what version and build number of OS X you have on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016

There come times when you need to know not only what version of OS X that you’re running, but also where you may want to know the actual build number.

This information usually comes mostly in handy when you’re running betas, but sometimes when filing bug reports with Apple, they might ask you to provide them with what version of OS X you are running on your Mac and the build number it shows.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you not only how to find out what version of OS X you’re running, but also where to find the build number of the version of OS X you have installed. Read More

 

What the “Trust This Computer” alert on your iPhone means

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 22, 2016

Occasionally, you will be asked on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad whether or not you want to “Trust This Computer” when you attach it to a computer with a USB connection either to charge or sync.

If you have ever wondered why this pop up appears, and what it means, then you’ve come to the right place. In this piece, we’ll discuss the alert and why it appears so you’ll have a greater understanding of what it aims to do. Read More

 

Put Product Hunt right in your Mac’s menu bar

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

Product Hunt, the popular Y Combinator-backed service that lets users share and discover new products, earlier this month unveiled a thoroughly revamped iPhone and iPad application that puts fun back into product discovery.

It’s a gorgeously done app that I use every day and it’s made me want that experience on my Mac. Lo and behold, Product Hunt for Mac. A tiny, official client for OS X, this app puts Product Hunt’s familiar round “P” icon right into your Mac’s menu bar, where it sits and dutifully awaits a click of the mouse to present you with the latest popular products, games, books and podcasts on Product Hunt. Read More

 

Here’s how to add a WWDC 2016 countdown widget to your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 21, 2016

If you’re waiting patiently for WWDC 2016 to see what Apple has in store for iOS and OS X this year, then you’ve probably marked your calendars, or you may even be attending the event in person.

Those of you looking forward to the event can now add a countdown widget to your Mac’s Dashboard that counts down to the day of WWDC 2016.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to get the widget and how to install it. Read More

 

Limiting kids’ access to apps and media to only those with age-appropriate ratings

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

With the handy Restrictions feature on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV (and let’s not forget about Parental Controls on the Mac!), blocking or limiting certain capabilities and services on your Apple devices becomes a simple task.

Maybe you’re a parent to a kid who extensively uses your iOS hardware and other Apple gear?

Perhaps your colleagues at work, or potentially other people, have access to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If that’s the case, you might want to consider restricting apps and media on your devices to only those with appropriate age-based ratings.

As always, iDownloadBlog comes to the rescue: step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will guide you through the process of restricting access to music, movies, television shows, digital books and apps on iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS platforms. Read More

 

New watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X 10.11.5 betas have dropped, too

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

After seeding iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 to its registered developers this morning, Apple has also released new betas for its other forthcoming operating system updates: watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan. You can download watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (build 13V420) and OS X 10.11.5 beta 2 (build 15F24b) through Apple’s Developer Center, which requires a paid account for full access, or apply them on the devices themselves through the Software Update mechanism on devices running a beta OS. Read More

 

How to fix IP address conflicts on your Wi-Fi network

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 15, 2016

Every so often, you might end up with two devices on your Wi-Fi network that have the same IP address. This conflict can cause a plethora of problems with trying to use the internet on any of the devices affected.

Fortunately, there’s a really easy to way reset your IP addresses on your iOS devices or Macs, and in this tutorial, we’re going to show you how! Read More

 

Apple’s environmental webpage hints at ‘MacOS’ name change

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

More evidence that Apple is planning to rebrand OS X to MacOS in the near future has been discovered on Apple’s environmental webpage. First spotted by 9to5Mac, the recently updated page specifically refers to “MacOS” devices.

The news follows a March report that pointed to a MacOS reference hidden inside OS X code. And of course the change has long been speculated about, as it would bring the desktop OS branding in line with Apple’s other platforms. Read More

 

What you should do if your Mac won’t turn on

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 11, 2016

Most of the time when you want to use your Mac, you can just press the power button, hear a startup sound, and your computer will begin to boot up so you can use it.

Sometimes however, you don’t get so lucky. There may be a time when you go to use your Mac and it doesn’t turn on at all.

As reliable as Macs can be, there are times when they hiccup. In this piece, we’ll talk about what you can do to troubleshoot a Mac that doesn’t appear to be turning on after you use the power button. Read More

 

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 1 also seeded to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

Just over two weeks after posting OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 for public consumption, Apple this morning seeded the first beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 to its registered developers. A fifth major update to the the most recent operating system powering the Mac, OS X 10.11.5 includes bug fixes, performance improvements and general security and stability fixes.

It is not expected to bring any major user-facing features. The new beta carries a build number of 15F18b and can be installed on computers running a prior OS X beta through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. Read More

 

How to remove unwanted email addresses from the Mail app on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 5, 2016

One thing I hate about the Mail app on my Mac is how when I go to enter someone’s name to email them, OS X has a nasty habit of picking the wrong email address for that person and I always notice it when it’s too late.

I had this happen to me the other day and my email was sent to the wrong inbox of that person – an email address that they don’t even use anymore – so they never got the email I sent and I had to resend it.

If you’ve ever had this happen to you before, then you’re reading the right tutorial, because we’ll be showing you how to remove unwanted email addresses from your Mac’s Mail app history so they aren’t auto-suggested for you when you start to type someone’s name. Read More

 

Disabled Apple ID? Here is what to do about it

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 1, 2016

In certain scenarios, your Apple ID may become disabled and you could end up locked out of it. These situations are frustrating, but there are different reasons why an Apple ID may become disabled.

We’ll talk about the various reasons an Apple ID could become disabled and what you can do about it in this piece. Read More

 

Here are some things to check if your Mac is running slowly

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 31, 2016

Every computer, yes even Macs (there, I said it) can slow down over time if you’re not maintaining it properly or if the computer suffers hardware or software issues.

In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the things you can do to troubleshoot why your Mac might be slowing down, and some possible fixes. Hopefully after reading, you’ll have a snappy Mac again in no time! Read More

 

How to clear recent calls in FaceTime for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2016

I use FaceTime on a regular basis to place cellular iPhone phone calls through my Mac and engage in immersive video calls with friends and family.

Each and every missed, placed, received and declined audio and video FaceTime call is captured on the recent calls list so that you can click an entry to quickly dial that person.

For privacy reasons, you might want to remove some of the items from your recent calls. In this tutorial, we’re going to lay out two ways of removing traces of any particular FaceTime call while telling you about a cool trick toclear your recent calls list completely. Read More

 

Is Apple going to rebrand OS X as ‘macOS’?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2016

OS X, the desktop operating system which powers the Mac—“it’s what makes a Mac a Mac,” says Apple—does not fit into the company’s current OS naming scheme that has already given us watchOS, tvOS and iOS, but that might be about to change.

According to Portuguese-language site MacMagazine.com.br, developer Guilherme Rambo has discovered an interesting mention of ‘macOS’ in the “FUFlightViewController_macOS.nib” interface file within the FlightUtilities framework inside OS X code. Read More

 

This Mac app tracks how often you slack off

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016

A lot of us use our Macs not only for our daily lives, but also for our work. The problem is, with all of the internet at our fingertips, it can be hard to stay focused when the allure of social networking, like Facebook and Twitter, as well as other things you can do to slack off, are no more than just a click away.

That’s the idea behind the creation of an awesome free app for your Mac called Escape by FocusList, which tracks how much you slack off each day and provides you with a daily report for your viewing pleasure.

In this piece, we’ll give you a look at the software and how it works; you might even find interest in trying it out for yourself! Read More

 
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