Monthly Archives: July 2014

Manage applications that use your location in OS X

compassSome apps you use in OS X may handle location information to bring you directions, weather, or other details about your location without you needing to enter zip codes or other details manually. While it may be no question that some applications like Maps will need to use your location information, at times seemingly unrelated programs may attempt to access your location and you might wish to know what they are and be able to disable them, if desired. Continue reading

Testing Yosemite Beta? Send Apple feedback!

FeedbackAssistantIconXApple’s Yosemite beta has been out for a few days now, and if you have decided to take the plunge and try it out either as your main OS or on a test partition, then you might find some problems or even have some features you would like to have changed or implemented in the OS.

For any of these concerns, Apple includes a tool Continue reading

New MacBook Pros tweaked with faster processors, more RAM

MacBookProIconXApple has updated its line of portable Macs, offering slightly faster components while making no changes to the systems’ external designs.

Both the 13-inch and 15-inch models now have new processors, and more RAM, but with little change to other components. Both systems use the same Intel Iris and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M Continue reading

Organize Spotlight searches for better results

SpotlightIconXThe Spotlight searching system in OS X is not only good for finding files, but because it includes applications and access to services like the dictionary on the system it can be useful as an application launcher, and a quick dictionary reference, among other uses. All of these can be accessed from any application by pressing Command-Space or selecting the Spotlight menu in the menu bar, and then entering a search query. Continue reading

Five hotkey shortcuts you might not know about

FinderIconXThe hotkeys available in OS X allow you to quickly have common commands at your fingertips, and with practice you can greatly speed up your workflow with them. While common hotkeys like Command-Q to quit, and Command-W for closing windows, may be well-used, there are a number of hidden hotkeys in OS X that can sometimes be exceptionally useful. Continue reading

Address bugs and problems with the Yosemite beta

YosemiteInstallerIconXAs suggested previously, Apple today released the public beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite operating system, and people who previously signed up should now be able to download and install it. However, a few who have jumped on board have found a few problems when setting up Yosemite on their systems. If you plan on grabbing the beta, then as with any test software, do so with caution and be prepared to run into these and other problems. Continue reading

How to factory-reset your Mac

FinderIconXIt may be wise when selling or donating an old Mac to wipe all of your data off of it and offer the system to the new owners as close to how it came out of the factory. This not only offers them a fresh start, but also ensures your data is kept safe and secure.

One common practice I see people do regularly when selling their old systems is simply create a new account Continue reading

Apple to release OS X Yosemite public beta on July 24

YosemiteInstallerIconXIn addition to making the OS X operating system a free purchase for eligible systems through the App Store, one of Apple’s latest developments has been the announcement of a public beta program to expand its testing for the development of the next version of OS X.

This program was initially announced in April, and since then Apple has continued to supply its AppleSeed Continue reading

Tips for opening links and searches in Safari

SafariIconXThe default behavior in Safari for opening links, bookmarks, and Web searches is to display the results in the current browser window; however, if needed then there are options for opening these in other windows, tabs, and otherwise augmenting your browsing experience.

As with many programs in OS X, Safari supports a number of hidden alternative behaviors to standard commands for opening Continue reading

Apple Issues MacBook Air EFI firmware update

FirmwareUpdateIconXIf you have a MacBook Air and are experiencing long pauses when waking from sleep, or if you find your system fans are regularly blaring after waking from sleep, then Apple has a fix in the form of an EFI firmware update, that should hopefully clear the issue.

The update, for Mid-2011 MacBook Air systems, is a small download available via Software Update in the Apple menu, Continue reading