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  • New Yosemite dev preview may herald public beta update later this week

    Posted August 18, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    Apple released the sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite today.
  • Four Finder timesavers every smart Mac user should know

    Posted August 14, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    For some users, "organizing files" in the Finder begins and ends with creating folders and moving files into them. But there are a bunch of other things you can do to manage your files in OS X that, whatever your workflow, will make things way easier.
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    Hands on: OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta shows off a new look and features

    Posted July 29, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    Apple's latest OS promises a sparkling new design and some very useful features.
  • How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive

    Posted July 25, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    As with previous versions of OS X, it's not difficult to create a bootable installer drive from the Yosemite beta installer, though the processes have changed slightly since Mavericks.
  • How to revert to Mavericks from the Yosemite public beta

    Posted July 25, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    If you've leapt aboard the beta without thinking carefully about what this would mean for day-to-day use, and you now wish you had Mavericks (OS X 10.9) back, we're here to help.
  • 13 pieces of advice for Yosemite beta testers

    Posted July 25, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    For the first time since 2000, Apple is allowing pubic beta testers to try out a prerelease version of OS X. Ryan Faas tells testers what to do and what to avoid.
  • OS X Yosemite public beta: What you need to know

    Posted July 24, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Given that this marks the first time a major new version of OS X has been available to users before it's actually released (not counting the original Mac OS X Public Beta), you likely have questions. We've got answers.
  • Three smart tricks for managing printers in OS X

    Posted July 7, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    I bet you'll learn something new.
  • OS X 10.9.4 update fixes Wi-Fi network issue, includes Safari 7.0.5

    Posted June 30, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    It never rains software update, but it pours. Apple on Monday released OS X Mavericks 10.9.4, incorporating a number of small fixes for the Mac OS, as well as patching some security holes. Apple also released iOS 7.1.2.
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    Hands-on with OS X Yosemite: Spotlight takes center stage

    Posted June 30, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    Like its littermate Dashboard, OS X's Spotlight feature has been with us since OS X Tiger, way back in 2005. That entire time, it's been a systemwide search feature parked at the top of the screen. But Spotlight in OS X Yosemite is different. Really different, with a new look, a new location, and a new set of data sources. This is not the Spotlight we've come to know.
  • Hands-on with OS X Yosemite: Mac interface rebuilt for Retina

    Posted June 16, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    For a few years there, it felt like major changes in OS X's look and behavior were imminent. The conventional wisdom during the Lion and Mountain Lion eras was that Apple had placed OS X on a collision course with iOS, and inevitably the two would come together to form...well, if not a single operating system, then two variations on a single theme.
  • Devs can 'Handoff' iOS apps to browser-based UIs on Macs

    Posted June 10, 2014 - 8:51 pm

    Continuity's premier feature covers cases when apps aren't available on both the iPhone/iPad and the Mac.
  • OS X Yosemite FAQ: Big changes coming to your Mac this fall

    Posted June 5, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    This year's update to OS X has been officially previewed, and we know its California place name: Yosemite. But while developers have access to an early version of the new OS now, regular users will have to wait until the fall to use it (unless they sign up for, and get into, the public beta program). So there are lots of questions swirling around out there about OS X Yosemite; based on what we've learned at WWDC (and from testing out the early OS on a system that Apple loaned to Macworld's Jason Snell), here are answers to some of the most common.
  • Nearly 80% of Macs will be able to run OS X Yosemite

    Posted June 5, 2014 - 11:25 am

    iPhone 4 won't be able to handle iOS 8.
  • Apple returns to beta testing with Yosemite, just as Microsoft downplays the ritual

    Posted June 4, 2014 - 11:11 am

    'Feels like a PR exercise,' says analyst of Apple's decision to publicly beta test OS X.
  • Apple announces OS X Yosemite

    Posted June 2, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    Apple on Monday announced that the next version of the Mac OS -- dubbed OS X Yosemite, after the popular National Park in California -- will be available as a free upgrade to the public this fall.
  • Apple to reveal iOS 8, OS X 10.10 June 2 at 10 a.m. keynote

    Posted May 21, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    New hardware, perhaps Retina-equipped MacBook Air, also likely on the program; webcast likely.
  • Tethered syncing returns with iTunes 11.2 and OS X 10.9.3

    Posted May 16, 2014 - 10:49 am

    In the recent release of iTunes 11.2 and OS X 10.9.3, Apple brought a measure of joy to those users who missed the ability to sync contacts and calendars over a tethered USB connection.
  • Switch to Mac: How to find your favorite Windows features in OS X

    Posted August 22, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    The scariest part of moving from a Windows PC to a Mac is the prospect of losing access to the tools and utilities you use on a daily basis, but many of those features are available in OS X. You just have to know where to look.
  • You can jailbreak Windows RT to run desktop apps...or even Mac OS

    Posted January 11, 2013 - 2:06 pm

    Free your Surface RT tablet
  • OS X Snow Leopard shows signs of becoming Apple's XP

    Posted November 5, 2012 - 10:56 am

    One in four Macs now run OS X Mountain Lion, Apple's newest operating system, data released last week showed.
  • Mac 101: All about windows

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:31 am

    If you've just come to the Mac from a PC you may have wondered where Microsoft got the name "Windows" for its operating system. Without delving into the politics of the thing (because some people are still sore about it), let's just say that Microsoft was inspired by one of the Mac OS's most prominent features: virtual windows that gave users a visual metaphor for the way their files were organized on their computers. Microsoft, much to Apple's chagrin, thought this a wonderfully descriptive name for its graphical user interface (known by its initials, GUI) and so Microsoft Windows was christened.
  • Mac 101: Meet the Finder

    Posted October 13, 2012 - 9:27 pm

    In the last Mac 101 column, you finished configuring your new Mac. At long last, it's up and it's running OS X Mountain Lion—you’ve arrived! But where exactly are you? And what’s all that stuff on the screen?
  • How to make Windows and Mac OS play nicely together

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:50 am

    About nine months ago, I acquired a 13-inch MacBook Air. At that point, the first Ultrabooks had been announced but were not yet shipping. Even so, I might have waited, except that the Ultrabooks I'd previewed to that point seemed uninspired--with clunkier hardware than the Air offered and various odd compromises. Some missed the boat on the trackpad; others had lower-quality displays. So I bought a 13-inch MacBook Air configured with a 256GB solid-state drive.
  • Mac security software sales jump after Flashback infections make news

    Posted April 12, 2012 - 11:15 am

    Sales of Mac security software have jumped since the news broke last week about a massive malware infection of Apple computers, according to application statistics and some antivirus vendors.
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