Tag Archives: OS X

Apple issues 10.10.2 update and security updates

SoftwareUpdateIconXApple has released the awaited 10.10.2 update for OS X Yosemite, bringing a number of fixes for outstanding stability bugs and security issues, including some long-standing problems with Thunderbolt (aka “Thunderstrike”) that could allow an attacker with physical access to a machine the ability to overtake the system’s through a firmware hack. Continue reading

How to view and close OS X Safari tabs within iOS

NewSafariIconXIf you use Safari in OS X and on your iPhone or iPad, then you can manage browser tabs on one device through Safari on the other device. This is doable through the use of iCloud syncing for Safari in iOS and OS X, where you can access bookmarks, history, and other details entered on one device, in Safari on another device that is signed into the same iCloud account. Continue reading

Fix or help stem Wi-Fi connectivity problems in OS X

WiFiIconXAfter upgrading, restoring from backup, or otherwise heavily modifying your Mac’s software setup, you might run into an issue with your system not being able to connect or maintain a connection with your Wi-Fi network. This may have you regularly turning Wi-Fi off and then back on, or selecting your Wi-Fi network to hopefully re-establish a connection, only to have the system show an error and drop the connection again. Continue reading

All methods for restarting and shutting down your Mac

PowerIconWhile shutting down and restarting your computer might sound trivial, and are perhaps obvious tasks in most cases, there are a number of ways to go about doing these on your Mac, many of which you might not be aware of.

Some of the approaches for shutting down and restarting may be preferred in most situations, but others might be better suited when your Mac is unresponsive, or is otherwise in a jam where the standard options are either not available or not working properly. Continue reading

How to make a bootable Yosemite installation drive in 10 steps

YosemiteInstallerIconXIf you intend on upgrading your Mac to OS X Yosemite, then I recommend you first save the installer that is downloaded to your Applications folder, as this can be used to directly install to other Macs you own. It also can be used to create a bootable OS X installation drive, which you can likewise use to upgrade other Mac’s, or better yet, reinstall OS X from scratch if needed. Continue reading

Prepare your apps for OS X Yosemite

MacAppStoreIconXApple is expected to release OS X Yosemite today, where after months of testing with its developers and its new Public Beta program, the new version of OS X will be made available as a free download from the App Store. As with prior OS X upgrades, Yosemite will come with a number of new services and features that have been extensively tested, but which may still have a bug or two so while you might be eager to upgrade, be sure you have prepared your Mac by at least fully backing it up with Time Machine, but in addition, be sure your apps are fully updated. Continue reading

OS X Yosemite to be released very soon

YosemiteInstallerIconXApple has released the golden master version of the Yosemite Developer Preview, in addition to the fourth Public Beta to its various testing communities. These being the golden master builds suggests they are going to be the final versions for public release, provided no major bugs are found.

Generally Apple has made the golden master build available to the public within a few days Continue reading

Apple relatively silent on Apple Watch and OS X compatibility

AppleWatchYesterday’s announcement and demonstration of Apple Watch has brought to light a number of rumors and ongoing speculation about what Apple has been hiding up its sleeve, and while Apple has not yet revealed everything about its new device, it has been relatively silent about its compatibility with OS X. In fact, in yesterday’s discussion of Apple Watch, Apple barely even gave a head-nod to the Mac. Continue reading

How to prepare for and upgrade your Mac to OS X Yosemite

YosemiteInstallerIconXApple will soon be releasing OS X Yosemite, an upgrade to its Mac operating system that bring a slew of new features along with a significantly different look that mirrors its iOS design. While Yosemite, is going to be available for free from the Mac App Store, and while the installation process is built to be seamless and easy, there will undoubtedly be problems that some people experience with the new OS, therefore, you might mull over a few preparation steps to ensure you cover all your bases when you decide to install Yosemite. Continue reading

Options for managing Finder windows in OS X

FinderIconXApple’s default approach for window management in the Finder is to provide you with one window in which you can access most of the locations you need on your Mac’s file system. In this manner, you should not need to have too many windows open at once; however, there may be times when you will have a number of windows to manage. Continue reading