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October 22 Wednesday's News

 

iTunes 12 Minimize Button Is Hidden

iTunes 12 Minizmise Button Is Hidden

I have no idea who thinks the new iTunes 12 interface is better but they should be taken out and forced to use DOS 1.0.


I was also looking for the old minimise button that used to sit in the top right corner of iTunes 11 - gone.

old minimise button

The minimise button is hidden on the pic of the album or song icon. When the mouse pointer is over the image it appears.

minimise button is hidden

minimise button is hidden

When the player is minimized, you can get full sized again pressing the X.

 full sized again

Yosemite Safari Favorites Bar

Yosemite Safari Favorites Bar

By default Safari under Yosemite comes up with the Favorites Bar hidden. No I don't know why.

In order to get the favorites bar back go under Safari's View menu and select "Show Favorites Bar."

 full sized again

Network Utility Moved on Yosemite

Network Utility Moved

I use the Network Utility quite often to debug and test.

After installing Yosemite I found that it was removed from my Dock because its location in the OS had changed.

 Network Utility Moved

Apple's Maps Connect portal lets local businesses create, add details to listings

Apple's Maps Connect portal lets local businesses create, add details to listings

In a continued effort to make Apple Maps more accurate, Apple on Tuesday launched a new Web portal called "Maps Connect" to let local businesses add information directly into the mapping services. -- AppleInsider.

The new iPad. Is it better?

The new iPad. Is it better?

The problem with getting better is that if you're more than good enough you're actually getting worse. Improving beyond the point where your improvements can be absorbed is not only wasteful but it's also dangerous. It opens the door to competitors who compete asymmetrically. -- Asymco.

How to find stores near you that support Apple Pay

How to find stores near you that support Apple Pay

Apple Pay launched yesterday with dozens of official partners supporting Apple's mobile payments solution out of the gate, but even though participating stores are listed on Apple's website, there are tons of other contactless payment vendors in your city that can use Apply Pay, and you don't even know it. -- Cult of Mac.

BBC's fact-tastic data-dicing tool puts your tiny life in perspective

BBC's fact-tastic data-dicing tool puts your tiny life in perspective

Wondering how many solar eclipses there have been since the day you were born? How about when your next birthday on Mercury is? Perhaps you want to know how much Earth's population has changed since your very special day.

You can answer these questions and more at BBC Earth with this interactive tool -- you just plug in your birthdate, height, and gender, and you'll get all sorts of interesting facts about our planet, as it relates to your lifespan. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple explains how to keep yourself safe from phishing hacks on the web

Apple explains how to keep yourself safe from phishing hacks on the web

Recent reports of iCloud phishing attempts in China illustrate just how important it is always verify that you're logging into legitimate websites before you enter your precious passwords.

To help, Apple today outlined how users can protect themselves from phishing attacks, in which bad guys pose as legitimate entities in an attempt to gain sensitive data on the web. Apple's simple PSA page shows how web surfers can verify the authenticity of any website. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Enable Apple's SMS Relay on your Mac or iPad

How to Enable Apple's SMS Relay on your Mac or iPad

When Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC one feature was met with great applause: SMS Relay. This allows users to send and receive Text Messages (i.e. the "green bubble" messages) on our Macs the same way we've always been able to send and receive iMessages. SMS Relay is made possible by using your iPhone as the conduit between your Mac and the SMS network. Now that you have both iOS 8.1 and Yosemite installed (you must for this to work), there are just a few more steps to follow to activate this, but they're pretty simple. -- The Mac Observer.

How Apple Pay Mitigates Breach Fatigue

How Apple Pay Mitigates Breach Fatigue

If you're suffering from breach fatigue, Apple Pay offers a bit of relief. Kelly gets into how Apple Pay actually works, why it's better than the magnetic stripe you have now, and what makes it less susceptible to attacks. -- The Mac Observer.

Don't Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read This Column

Don't Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read This Column

This has been a big week for Apple operating system upgrades: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite arrived last Thursday and iOS 8.1 came out yesterday. But as eager as you may be to sample their improvements, don't install either until you read what I have to say. -- The Mac Observer.

How to stay safe using iCloud and other online services

How to stay safe using iCloud and other online services

Following the recent hack attempts against its iCloud service in China, Apple has published a reminder page to inform you of how to detect fraudulent sites that are pretending to be legitimate ones, by determining if the remote server is using valid certificates and proper encryption. -- MacIssues.

Exporting Video From iPhoto

Exporting Video From iPhoto

Even though it imports digital video clips from the camera along with still pictures, the iPhoto program is primarily intended for editing photographs and creating albums and projects from the collection. Once you have the movies in iPhoto, however, you can export them from the iPhoto Library, and then import them into a video-editing program so you can arrange the clips, trim them and then add music, scene transitions and titles to make a longer movie.

You can get the selected clips out of iPhoto in several ways. Using the Export option under the File menu or dragging the clips out of the iPhoto window to the Mac's desktop may work, although some video formats may give you an error message when you try. You can also head right to the source by going to the File menu and choosing "Reveal in Finder," then "Original File," to see the actual clips on the computer and copy them from there.

You can find plenty of video-editing programs in the Mac App Store or online, like the Adobe Premiere Elements software for Mac, which costs $100 for the full version. Adobe's site also has a free trial edition of the program to download.

If you do not have it already, Apple's own iMovie software is $15 in the Mac App Store and can import the clips right from its iPhoto sibling. Apple has a step-by-step guide for importing media from iPhoto into iMovie at support.apple.com/kb/PH14677.

How Spotlight Suggestions Handles Privacy

How Spotlight Suggestions Handles Privacy

In iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Spotlight now searches the Internet, not just your local device, for the information you are looking for. Going beyond Apple's documentation, Security Editor Rich Mogull digs into how Apple provides relevant results, while still managing your privacy. -- TidBITS.

Coming of Age in Cloud Computing

Coming of Age in Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has been criticized as undependable and tough to manage. A number of recent announcements suggest that some companies are trying to address the issue.

Cloud computing isn't merely changing the way much of the technology business works. Now it is changing itself, and putting even more computing power in more places. -- New York Times.

Eddy Cue right about "a lot of work to do" as Apple Pay glitches emerge

Eddy Cue right about

While early Apple Pay experiences appear to have been mostly positive, Eddy Cue's admission that there is still "a lot of work left to do" has been demonstrated in a number of glitches in the system -- some of them resulting in multiple payments being taken for the same transaction. -- New York Times.

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac 14.4.5 Fixes SharePoint Bug

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac 14.4.5 Fixes SharePoint Bug

Even though it does not say so in Microsoft's release notes for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac 14.4.5, this version fixes a serious bug with SharePoint.

One thing Office is supposed to do is check-out, edit and check-in documents stored on SharePoint servers. Somewhere along the way of Mavericks updates (and Yosemite) this feature was broken. It would check-out the document but you could not edit it or check it back in. This used to work under OS X. I discovered it while testing a SharePoint application I wrote.

The new version of Office fixes this issue under Mavericks and Yosemite.

Yosemite and Blackboard at UTK

Yosemite and Blackboard at UTK

MacGuru Jeff Mellor writes:

So far I have not experienced problems, but I thought MacVolPlace people should know about the following (see screen shot). In Lower Division German, we use a McGraw Hill textbook, which is also linked into Blackboard. I get the following message when I attempt to log in to the textbook.

Yosemite and Blackboard at UTK

As I mentioned, I have not yet experienced a problem, but felt that other users should be aware (to the extent that they are not already).

Free Meters For Your Mac's Menubar

Free Meters For Your Mac's Menubar

There is a growing problem in OS X, not fixed in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, that I want Apple to address in future versions of the Mac's aging OS. iStat Menues is not compatible under Yosemite.

It's the Menubar; that strip of convenience at the top of your Mac's screen. It hasn't changed much through the years, and it's in need of a fix because Mac users and app developers insist on cramming utilities and menus up there. -- Mac 360.

How to set up and troubleshoot Apple Pay

How to set up and troubleshoot Apple Pay

Apple Pay is here. The Cupertino company's official venture into the mobile payments space launched on Monday with dozens of in-store and online partners, and if you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, it's easy to start ditching your wallet for your device. Here's what you need to know. -- iMore.

An easy guide to Apple iMessage troubleshooting

An easy guide to Apple iMessage troubleshooting

If you can't get iMessages to work consistently or just want to activate the new SMS Relay feature then you may need this short guide.

iMessage is fantastic -- the ability to send free messages to all your chums, with or without a data connection using your Apple device, even if your contact doesn't use an Apple product. It's great.

Except when it's not.

iMessage offers a wide range of useful features but it is sometimes a little unpredictable. I've assembled this selection of handy tips to help you get things working a little better. -- Computerworld.

October 21 Tuesday's News

 

Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, SMS relay, iCloud Photo Library

Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, SMS relay, iCloud Photo Library

Right on schedule, Apple on Monday released iOS 8.1, bringing the new Apple Pay e-wallet functionality to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. In addition, the update includes the new beta iCloud Photo Library, SMS relay and Instant Hotspot when paired with a Mac or iPad, and the return of the Camera Roll in the Photos app. -- AppleInsider.

How to set up Apple Pay on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.1, and where you can use it right now

How to set up Apple Pay on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.1, and where you can use it right now

With Monday's launch of iOS 8.1, users can now begin adding their compatible credit cards to Passbook and start using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to pay at participating retail outlets. AppleInsider offers you a look at how to set up Apple Pay and where you can head out to use it. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Pay is online, too: Apple Store, others apps accept Touch ID for authorizing purchases

Apple Pay is online, too: Apple Store, others apps accept Touch ID for authorizing purchases

The official Apple Store application was updated on Monday with support for one-touch checkout using Apple Pay and Touch ID, marking the start of the online purchasing capabilities of Apple's new digital wallet service. -- AppleInsider.

How to send and receive SMS text messages in OS X Yosemite

How to send and receive SMS text messages in OS X Yosemite

With today's release of iOS 8.1, Apple finally activated SMS text forwarding from iPhone to OS X Yosemite, allowing users to send, read and reply to messages directly from their Mac. -- AppleInsider.

Apple responds to Spotlight Suggestions 'backlash,' says personal data collection limited

Apple responds to Spotlight Suggestions 'backlash,' says personal data collection limited

In response to a Monday report alleging Apple has started to automatically collect user search and location data through Spotlight Suggestions, the company has issued a statement clarifying the extent to which customer information is gathered and how it is used. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote starts cars, performs high-level functions

Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote starts cars, performs high-level functions

An Apple patent published on Tuesday could foreshadow future CarPlay functionality that allows users to unlocks car doors, start the engine and perform other automated tasks based on a user's proximity to their vehicle. -- AppleInsider.

Using Apple Pay in-store on an iPhone 6 is quick, convenient, and dead simple

Using Apple Pay in-store on an iPhone 6 is quick, convenient, and dead simple

With this week's launch of iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay, shoppers can now use Apple's tap-to-pay functionality in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in a variety of in-store locations. AppleInsider offers a closer look at just how quick and easy it is to use the new digital payment system. -- AppleInsider.

Google rolling out new anti-piracy search algorithm

Google rolling out new anti-piracy search algorithm

Google will begin rolling out a change to its search algorithm that the media giant says will "visibly affect" rankings of piracy sites globally.

The Mountain View, California company promised to do this in 2012. But at the time, the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America, and others said the changes to its search algorithm had "no demonstrable impact on demoting sites with large amounts of piracy." Google said the latest global algorithm changes, to roll out this week, will work. -- Ars Technica.

New iOS 8.1 features you need to know

New iOS 8.1 features you need to know

iOS 8.1 is now available to the public. Along with bringing Apple Pay into the wild, this major update is packed with new features that bring harmony to your iPhone and Mac workflow. Instant Hotspot and SMS Relay connect your iPhone like never before, and there are a few other sweet new features you probably haven't heard about yet.

Here are the biggest features in iOS 8.1 you need to know. -- Cult of Mac.

Keep OS X Yosemite from sending Spotlight data to Apple

Keep OS X Yosemite from sending Spotlight data to Apple

OS X Yosemite has changed the way your Mac deals with your privacy. On the one hand, Apple has decided to enable hard drive encryption by default, despite the FBI requests not to.

On the other hand, every time you type in Spotlight, your location and local search terms are sent to Apple, and, according to developer Landon Fuller, other third parties like Microsoft.

Fuller's created a website, Fix Mac OS X Yosemite, where he's posted up a way to stop Yosemite from sending such private data out. He's also been contributing to a developer project on GitHub to find out and fix other ways that OS X phones home. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple's New Retina iMacs Offer Slight Performance Boost Over Non-Retina iMacs

Apple's New Retina iMacs Offer Slight Performance Boost Over Non-Retina iMacs

Apple's new Retina iMacs, released last Thursday, have been showing up in Geekbench benchmarks, giving us a look at how the new machine's performance compares to the non-Retina iMacs released in 2013 and still being sold. -- Mac Rumors.

Apple Acquired 20 Companies Across 2014, 7 In Fiscal Fourth Quarter

Apple Acquired 20 Companies Across 2014, 7 In Fiscal Fourth Quarter

During today's fourth quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple purchased 20 companies over the course of 2014, including seven companies during the fiscal fourth quarter. Of the 20 companies purchased, some remain known, but many remain unknown.

Apple's biggest purchase of fiscal 2014 was Beats Electronics, which the company bought for $3 billion in May. With the acquisition, it gained Beats popular line of headphones, the Beats Music music service, and it took on Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, aka Andre Young, as executives. -- Mac Rumors.

2014 Mac Mini Teardown Highlights Increased Difficulty For User Upgradability

2014 Mac Mini Teardown Highlights Increased Difficulty For User Upgradability

iFixIt has conducted its teardown of the brand new Mac mini, finding that the new device is more difficult to open than previous models. They've also discovered that the RAM is soldered onto the machine, which was first discovered late last week.

Fix OS X Yosemite always booting into Safe Mode

Fix OS X Yosemite always booting into Safe Mode

After upgrading to OS X Yosemite, you might encounter a problem where your Mac appears to always boot in Safe Mode, a maintenance boot environment where OS X only loads minimal and essential system services, in addition to running a few system checking routines. In general this mode is invoked purposefully by holding the Shift key down at boot; however, there are times when the system will automatically be triggered into Safe Mode.

If you suspect this latter occurrence is what is happening to your Mac, then there are a couple of things to consider. -- MacIssues.

Prevent the WindowServer process from dragging Yosemite down

Prevent the WindowServer process from dragging Yosemite down

One potential issue in OS X Yosemite that you might run into is a problem with the WindowServer, where at times this background process can use a large amount of your Mac's CPU. This may result in not only choppy performance, but also excessive energy usage and heat generation, and therefore greatly reduce the battery life of MacBook systems. -- MacIssues.

Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering Vehicle Geo-Fencing, an iDevice e-Reader Mode, a Spiral Glass Staircase & More

Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering Vehicle Geo-Fencing, an iDevice e-Reader Mode, a Spiral Glass Staircase & More

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover vehicle geo-fencing, an iDevice e-reader mode, 3D imagery appearing on a 2D UI and Apple winning a design patent for their Shanghai Store's glass staircase. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Pay is Easy to Use as Presented in Two Quick Videos

Apple Pay is Easy to Use as Presented in Two Quick Videos

Apple Pay is Quick & Easy to use: For those wanting to see what Apple looks like in action and how Apple Pay works, the first video is one the clearest I've seen so far. The second and more "commercial" styled video on Apple Pay, the mobile wallet that will change the world of financial transactions. -- Patently Apple.

Open Surveillance

Open Surveillance

Cryptography could keep electronic investigations under control.

Democracy rests on the principle that legal processes must be open and public. Laws are created through open deliberation; anyone can read or challenge them; and in enforcing them the government must get a warrant before searching a person's private property. For our increasingly electronic society to remain democratic, this principle of open process must follow us into cyberspace. Unfortunately, it appears to have been lost in translation. -- MIT Technology Review.

Examining iTunes 12's New Interface

Examining iTunes 12's New Interface

iTunes 12 gets flattened (in a design sense) with a spare, but functional user interface design for Yosemite. Agen Schmitz dives in to find where the sidebar and MiniPlayer have gone. -- TidBITS.

A Physical Key to Your Google Account

A Physical Key to Your Google Account

Google says using a small USB stick to vouch for your identity is more secure than either a password or conventional two-factor authentication.

Opting in to Google's latest security upgrade requires a spot on your keychain for a device known as a security key. -- MIT Technology Review.

Apple Pay already works abroad on supported NFC terminals w/US-based cards

Apple Pay already works abroad on supported NFC terminals w/ US-based cards

Following yesterday's launch of Apple Pay through participating card issuers, banks and retailers in the US, some users have discovered that the payment service is also already being accepted through some retailers abroad. 9to5Mac readers report using Apple Pay loaded with a US-based credit card at retailers in Australia. -- 9to5Mac.

Fix 'Could Not Set Up Apple Pay' error in iOS 8.1

Fix 'Could Not Set Up Apple Pay' error in iOS 8.1

Apple's new Apple Pay service was made available yesterday with the release of iOS 8.1. With this update, any iOS device that contains a near field communications antenna, which at this point are only the iPhone 6 and 6 plus (though 5S owners will be able to use it with Apple Watch), will be able to set up and store banking information that can be used with the payment system that Apple claims is far more secure than giving merchants credit card numbers and other bank account information. -- MacIssues.

How To Fix Lync for Mac (OSX Yosemite) Sign-in Failing Repeatedly

How To Fix Lync for Mac (OSX Yosemite) Sign-in Failing Repeatedly

Since I updated my Mac to OS X Yosemite this morning, I could not log in to Microsoft Lync (14.0.9). The program kept trying to connect, then connects for a second and disconnects back. It keeps trying in an infinite loop.

The fix is:

  1. In System Preferences add a different language (I used German)
  2. Made it primary
  3. Reboot OS X
  4. In System Preferences Remove the language you just added and reselected English making it primary
  5. Reboot OS X

Now Lync will login.

How to Show the Full Website URL in Safari for OS X Yosemite

How to Show the Full Website URL in Safari for OS X Yosemite

The newest version of Safari in OS X Yosemite defaults to only displaying the domain name of the website you are visiting, rather than the complete URL that many users have long been accustomed to seeing. Some users won't notice the change, but for many of us, this is unnecessary and annoying as it hides information about active websites that is important to know. -- OS X Daily.

Yosemite's Continuity features: Handoff and the price of progress

Yosemite's Continuity features: Handoff and the price of progress

Since Apple released OS X Yosemite, I've gotten one question that's bubbled to the top above everything else: How can I get my older Mac to support Handoff features? You can't, at least not easily, and that's leading some to trumpet "forced obsolescence." Not so fast. Let's have a look at what's really going on here.

Handoff features -- stuff like being able to start a document on your iPad and continue on your Mac or vice versa -- require a Mac of relatively recent vintage: 2012 or newer, according to Apple.

You can find the complete list on Apple's web site. Reading the "Feature Requirements" section may make your head boggle a bit. -- iMore.

How to install iOS 8.1

How to install iOS 8.1

Last week saw Apple debut the latest additions to the iPad family -- the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. These devices are the first to come with the company's latest operating system, iOS 8.1, preinstalled, but the update is now also available for download on older Apple devices.

The latest iteration of the tech giant's operating software brings with it a raft of new features. Users can expect to see Apple's pay support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, messaging ability on both iPads and Macs, as well as fixes for previous iOS 8 bugs, amongst other additions. Here are the simple steps you should take to make the upgrade as seamless as possible. -- Telegraph.

October 20 Monday's News

 
Getting ready for Yosemite: How to backup your Mac and set up OS X 10.10

Apple's latest desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, is available today. In this post, we'll take you through the steps required to protect your data by backing it up, upgrading the OS, and getting started with the latest version of OS X. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple releases iTunes 12.0.1 for Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows

Along with the actual release of the public version of Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple has pushed iTunes 12.0.1. The update, available for users who have upgraded to Mac OS X Yosemite, brings iTunes to version 12. The update is available through the Mac App Store on the Mac, or you can download it directly from Apple's website. -- 9to5Mac.

iPhoto and Aperture for Mac briefly revived to receive OS X Yosemite compatibility update

We all know that iPhoto and Aperture for Mac are on borrowed time: Apple has already announced that the Mac app is going away in favor of a new iCloud-infused Photos app next year and iOS 8 doesn't even allow users to launch the old iPhoto app. However, that's not stopping Apple from giving iPhoto for Mac and Aperture for Mac final farewells. The Mac App Store was updated this evening with updates for iPhoto and Aperture that "addresses compatibility with OS X Yosemite and stability improvements." It's likely that this will be the last iPhoto update, if not one of the very last ones. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple updates iMovie and GarageBand for OS X Yosemite with new features and design

Apple has pushed out updates for iMovie and GarageBand to add compatibility with OS X Yosemite and add new features for both apps. GarageBand 10.0.3 introduces a new Bass Amp Designer, tweaks to the zoom function, a new template for recording vocals, and other changes.

iMovie has also been updated with a new interface that fits with the new design in Yosemite, as well as to add support for new features like the ability to create iPhone app previews for the App Store and tweaks to the adjustments bar and other changes. There are also new options for exporting videos as custom H.264, ProRes, or just audio tracks. -- 9to5Mac.

Adobe releases iPhoto/Aperture importer plugin to help users transfer their libraries to Lightroom

When Apple announced earlier this year that it would be discontinuing iPhoto and Aperture in favor of the upcoming Photos app for OS X, Adobe announced that it would be releasing a tool that would allow users to transfer their libraries into Lightroom. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple says iPhone 6 owners can start using ApplePay with release of iOS 8.1 on Monday, Oct. 20

The NFC-based e-wallet functionality hidden inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be unlocked starting next Monday, Oct. 20, when the service is set to launch in the U.S. -- AppleInsider.

OS X Yosemite & new iWork available for free on the Mac App Store today

Apple's free next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, will hit the Mac App Store today, packing in an all-new design, Continuity and Handoff with iOS 8. In addition, a redesigned iWork suite is also set to launch as a free download. -- AppleInsider.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review

Which platform does Apple love more? iOS continues to dominate Apple's business in terms of unit sales, revenue, and profits. Last year, some Apple watchers had openly wondered whether Apple would even bother updating the look of OS X. And yet for the past several years, Apple has loudly and publicly insisted that it remains committed to the Mac as a strong, independent platform. Yosemite aims to fulfill that commitment--but in an interesting way. -- Ars Technica.

A visual tour of OS X Yosemite's changes

John Siracusa's gigantic review of OS X Yosemite tells you everything you need to know about the new operating system. The biggest, most noticeable change is the revised user interface, which has been redesigned in the image of iOS 7 even though it remains distinctly Mac-like.

When the first Yosemite Public Beta was released, we ran through a bunch of apps and compared them side-by-side with their Mavericks iterations to show just what had changed, and by how much. Apple continued to tweak the look of the interface throughout the beta period, addressing a few of our initial gripes.

Below is a comprehensive visual tour of Yosemite's new changes. Many of these screenshots are similar to what shipped with the Public Beta, so we'll be sure to highlight those elements that have changed significantly since then. -- Ars Technica.

How to make your own bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite USB install drive

It was 2009 when Apple last released a new operating system on physical media. Things have proceeded remarkably smoothly since version 10.7 switched to download-only installers, but there are still good reasons to want an old, reliable USB stick. For instance, if you find yourself doing multiple installs, a USB drive may be faster than multiple downloads (especially if you use a USB 3.0 drive). Or maybe you need a recovery disk for older Macs that don't support the Internet Recovery feature. Whatever the reason, you're in luck, because it's not hard to make one. -- Ars Technica.

Prepare your apps for OS X Yosemite

Apple 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. -- MacIssues.

Apple Patents Reveal Work on Liquid Metal, a New Dock with a Flexible Lightning Connector, Parallax Displays & More

The US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of patent application from Apple that reveals their continuing work on several interesting projects. In this patent application brief, we point you to Apple's work in regards to liquid metal, a new dock with a flexible connector and more. -- Patently Apple.

Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)

Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)

Creativity is a collaborative process. As brilliant as the many inventors of the Internet and computer were, they achieved most of their advances through teamwork. Like Robert Noyce, the founder of Intel, some of the best tended to resemble Congregational ministers rather than lonely prophets, madrigal singers rather than soloists. -- Linkedin.

Options for backing up your Mac before installing OS X Yosemite

Options for backing up your Mac before installing OS X Yosemite

New software is exciting, but it's not nearly as fun if something goes wrong during the installation, necessitating a downgrade or --?worse --?starting from scratch and being forced to recover your data. AppleInsider took a look at some of the options for backing up your Mac before installing OS X Yosemite. -- AppleInsider.

How to place and answer iPhone calls on your Mac with OS X Yosemite

How to place and answer iPhone calls on your Mac with OS X Yosemite

With Apple's newly released OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, users can be alerted to incoming calls to their iPhone on their Mac, and even answer a call and carry a conversation through their Mac in a simple, seamless process. -- AppleInsider.

Handoff in OS X Yosemite makes it easy to transition between your Mac, iPhone & iPad

Handoff in OS X Yosemite makes it easy to transition between your Mac, iPhone & iPad

This week's launch of OS X Yosemite enables Mac users to tap into the Handoff function introduced last month with iOS 8, making it simple to jump back and forth between a Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Here's how to set up Handoff and use it. -- AppleInsider.

American Express prepares customers for Apple Pay launch, details setup procedure

American Express prepares customers for Apple Pay launch, details setup procedure

In an email sent out to credit card holders on Friday, American Express announced integration with Apple Pay and outlined steps users need to take in order to get the payment system up and running on their mobile device. -- AppleInsider.

How to use Mail Drop and Markup to send large emails in OS X Yosemite

How to use Mail Drop and Markup to send large emails in OS X Yosemite

With OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a host of useful features for creating and sending emails, including Mail Drop and Markup, which allows users to send messages up to 5GB in size and annotate attached files before sending. -- AppleInsider.

Teardown of 27" Retina iMac reveals identical parts, construction as last-gen model

Teardown of 27

The team at iFixit recently completed a teardown of Apple's new iMac with 5K Retina display and found the all-in-one to be nearly identical to previous models, save for the ultra high-resolution screen. -- AppleInsider.

iCloud Drive allows OS X Yosemite users to store any type of file in the cloud

iCloud Drive allows OS X Yosemite users to store any type of file in the cloud

The launch of OS X Yosemite has brought online Apple's new iCloud Drive, which not only automatically syncs data from Mac and iOS applications, but also for the first time allows Mac users to upload and organize any file types on their own. -- AppleInsider.

Apple launches iCloud Photos beta Web client ahead of iOS 8.1 rollout

Apple launches iCloud Photos beta Web client ahead of iOS 8.1 rollout

Apple on Saturday launched a beta version of iCloud Photos for iCloud.com users, activating the photo and video storage and syncing service planned to officially roll out on Monday with the debut of iOS 8.1. -- AppleInsider.

How Apple Pay is designed to avoid the pitfalls of traditional payment systems

How Apple Pay is designed to avoid the pitfalls of traditional payment systems

Apple has made security a tentpole of its marketing strategy for Apple Pay, the company's new mobile payment system, which rolls out across the U.S. on Monday. AppleInsider took a look at how Apple Pay's design makes it better for consumers. -- AppleInsider.

Office 2011 for Mac Update Fixes Issues with SharePoint

Office 2011 for Mac Update Fixes Issues with SharePoint

Office 2011 for the Mac 14.4.4 would not correctly open, checkout, edit and checkin files stored on SharePoint servers. This issue was fixed with the just releasd 14.4.5 update.

This update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. -- Microsoft.

Apple's biggest security threat is you

Apple's biggest security threat is you

iCloud passwords and security passwords can be guessed using social networking and various phishing techniques, and complex passwords and two-step verification are not as intuitive as they should be. -- Cult of Mac.

Tips for getting the most out of OS X Yosemite

Tips for getting the most out of OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite packs a lot of new features inside a cleaner, flatter interface on the Mac. It's a big upgrade, and there's a lot to take in at first glance.

Whether you're a Mac novice or a seasoned expert, there's plenty to explore in the latest version of OS X. Wondering how to get started? Here are some of the best tips and tricks for getting the most out of Yosemite. -- Cult of Mac.

OS X Yosemite: An In-Depth Look at Markup and Mail Drop in the Mail App

OS X Yosemite: An In-Depth Look at Markup and Mail Drop in the Mail App

OS X Yosemite has brought some major changes to Apple's Mail app, and those changes aren't limited to a simple visual overhaul. Mail may have a new look, but it also has several new features like Mail Drop and Markup. -- Mac Rumors.

Quick Tip: Save the OS X Yosemite installer

Quick Tip: Save the OS X Yosemite installer

Apple released OS X Yosemite yesterday, and while you might have prepared your Mac by backing it up, and updating as many of your apps as possible, one additional step you might take after you have purchased and downloaded OS X Yosemite from the App Store is to save the installation package that you download to your computer. -- Mac Issues.

Seven subtle changes in OS X Yosemite

Seven subtle changes in OS X Yosemite

Apple's new OS X Yosemite comes with a number of exciting new features, including integration with iOS 8 to send and receive voice and text chats, an new interface style that mimics the look of iOS 8 and iOS 8, better power management, and integration with online services. However, hidden in and around these augmentations are some subtle changes to Yosemite that might not pop out at you right away. Some of these might be useless, but others might be fun additions that you might enjoy. -- MacIssues.

How to manage small problems after upgrading to OS X Yosemite

How to manage small problems after upgrading to OS X Yosemite

While some problems with OS X will be very distinct, sometimes after upgrading there may be a few nondescript problems that occur, even if it's something as small as the mouse not tracking as well, or the system having odd hiccups of slowness, or perhaps a visual artifact or two on a Web page. If odd little problems are happening to you after upgrading to OS X Yosemite, then while at times they may indicate a larger problem or bug, in most cases they can be rectified with a few quick and common fixes. -- MacIssues.

How to make a bootable Yosemite installation drive in 10 steps

How to make a bootable Yosemite installation drive in 10 steps

If 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. -- MacIssues.

Fix Mail crashing after upgrading to Yosemite

Fix Mail crashing after upgrading to Yosemite

After upgrading to OS X Yosemite, you might find Apple's Mail application may crash or hang when you open it, preventing you from accessing any new messages. This can be exceptionally frustrating to manage, especially when it persists after restarting your system. If mail is constantly quitting after upgrading, and especially if it quits immediately when you open it, then there are several approaches you can take to fix this situation. -- MacIssues.

While the New Apple SIM didn't get any Coverage during Yesterday's Event, CNBC sees it as a Knockout Feature

While the New Apple SIM didn't get any Coverage during Yesterday's Event, CNBC sees it as a Knockout Feature

CNBC reports today that in all the headlines and hype of the launch of the latest iPad models and iMac computer, there was one new member of the Apple ecosystem that analysts are calling "remarkable", wasn't even mentioned. And that's the new Apple SIM.

A preinstalled data-only SIM card has been inserted into the $699 iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and allows users to change carriers at the tap of a finger. It's available in the U.S. on AT&T, Sprint and T Mobile, and in the U.K. on EE. Consumers can buy short-term data plans and can switch between the carriers to find the best deal. -- Patently Apple.

The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

Milen Dzhumerov, a software developer for OS X and iOS, has posted a concise breakdown of the problems with the Mac App Store. He says the lack of support for trial software and upgrades drives developers away by preventing them from making a living. Forced sandboxing kills many applications before they get started, and the review system isn't helpful to anyone. Dzhumerov says all of these factors, and Apple's unwillingness to address them, are leading to the slow but steady erosion of quality software in the Mac App Store. "The relationship between consumers and developers is symbiotic, one cannot exist without the other. If the Mac App Store is a hostile environment for developers, we are going to end up in a situation where, either software will not be supported anymore or even worse, won't be made at all. And the result is the same the other way around -- if there are no consumers, businesses would go bankrupt and no software will be made. The Mac App Store can be work in ways that's beneficial to both developers and consumers alike, it doesn't have to be one or the other. If the MAS is harmful to either developers or consumers, in the long term, it will be inevitably harmful to both.

If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

It would seem that no matter how you configure Yosemite, Apple is listening. Keeping in mind that this is only what's been discovered so far, and given what's known to be going on, it's not unthinkable that more is as well. Should users just sit back and accept this as the new normal? It will be interesting to see if these discoveries result in an outcry, or not. -- GitHub.

Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use Handoff

Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use Handoff

Now that Yosemite is out, with iOS 8 devices you are now able to use Handoff. Handoff will allow you to seamlessly start a task on one device, and pick it up on another device. So for example you start writing a paper on your iPad and then you want to continue it on your Mac, or you start writing an email on your iPhone and want to finish it on your iPad, this is what Handoff does. When signed into the same iCloud account and Bluetooth is turned on, Handoff will allow you to transition your work flow from one device to another. -- 9to5Mac.

How To View Your Music Videos in iTunes 12

How To View Your Music Videos in iTunes 12

If you've had time to check out iTunes 12, you may have noticed something missing. In iTunes 11, when you selected your Music library, the navigation bar at the top of the window included a button to access your music videos. In iTunes 12, there is no such button. -- Kirkville.

System Preferences in OS X 10.10, Yosemite: CDs & DVDs

System Preferences in OS X 10.10, Yosemite: CDs & DVDs

In the latest version of OS X - 10.10, Yosemite - some System Preferences have seen changes. As many new Macs no longer have internal disk drives, the CDs & DVDs preferences panel may not be shown, although the necessary files are installed. The panel is available to control the actions of the computer when a disk drive is available. -- eXtensions.

System Preferences in OS X 10.10, Yosemite: Date & Time

System Preferences in OS X 10.10, Yosemite: Date & Time

OS X 10.10, Yosemite is a major update to OS X and there are many changes to System Preferences including new interfacing. Many of the new icons and panels have a new flatter look. The Date & Time preferences panel is for setting up and controlling how the computer uses and displays time data. -- eXtensions.

Setting up OS X Yosemite the way you want it

Setting up OS X Yosemite the way you want it

Apple's OS X Yosemite has dozens of new features and plenty of tricks to keep Mac users busy, but getting your system working just the way you want it to may take a few tweaks. -- Computerworld.

Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Erik Karjaluoto writes that he recently installed OS X Yosemite and his initial reaction was "This got hit by the ugly stick." But Karjaluoto says that Apple's decision to make a wholesale shift from Lucida to Helvetica defies his expectations and wondered why Apple would make a change that impedes legibility, requires more screen space, and makes the GUI appear fuzzy? The Answer: Tomorrow.

Personal OS X Yosemite 10.10 (14A388a) GM3 Benchmarks

Personal OS X Yosemite 10.10 (14A388a) GM3 Benchmarks

NovaBench 1.1(2) benchmarking of my Intel iMac (2.9 GHz Intel Core i5, 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512 MB, 1TB Fusion Drive). Your mileage may vary.

Intel iMac
10.9.4 10.9.5 10.10
Over All Score: 991 Score: 1003 Score: 944
CPU Tests
Floating Point Operations/Sec:
Integer Operations/Sec:
MD5 Hashes Calculated/Sec:
Score: 500
152075024
317170368
1251912
Score: 503
155296352
315012928
1256680
Score: 505
152557232
314994976
1290712
Ram Test
RAM Speed:
Score: 224
9322 MB/s
Score: 224
9331 MB/s
Score: 224
9398 MB/s
Graphics Test
3D Frames Per Second:
Score: 240
858
Score: 243
877
Score: 190
624
Hardware Tests
Primary Partition Capacity:
Drive Write Speed:
Score: 27
889 GB
97 MB/s
Score: 33
889 GB
127 MB/s
Score: 25
145 GB
87 MB/s