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October 24 Friday's News

 

Apple Thunderbolt Display Blacking Out Hack/Fix? [UPDATE]

Apple Thunderbolt Display Blacking Out Hack/Fix? [UPDATE]

You may recall that yesterday I reported on the problem I have been having with my Apple Thunderbolt Display Blacking Out.

So after the black out Thursday morning I unplugged the array and unplugged the Thunderbolt Display. Then I reconnected the Thunderbolt Display and then reconnected the external disk array. No problems all day. YEAH!

Well last night I shut down and also powered down my external disk array.

This morning I powered up my iMac and then my external disk array (perhaps I should mention it is a Firewire array and is connected with an Apple Firewire to Thunderbolt converter cable) and no problems.

Mac users report Bluetooth lag & connection issues after updating to OS X Yosemite

Mac users report Bluetooth lag & connection issues after updating to OS X Yosemite

Bluetooth bugs seem to be a recurring problem with Apple's latest software updates, as users running OS X Yosemite say that the new Mac operating system has created connectivity problems with the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, Apple wireless keyboard, and third-party wireless accessories. -- AppleInsider.

How one Apple engineer fixed the Mac's awful startup sound for good

How one Apple engineer fixed the Mac's awful startup sound for good

One of the things that makes a Mac a Mac is the beautiful startup sound it makes when you turn it on: a soothing, sonorous noise that sounds like electronic harp strings being plucked as you enter the gardens of Zen.

But it wasn't always this way. When the original Macintosh was released, the startup sound was horrible. Yet it wasn't Steve Jobs who fixed it. It was an unknown sound engineer who hated it with such a passion that he defied his bosses and literally snuck it onto the Mac. -- Cult of Mac.

Adjust your iPhone's brightness from the home button with this iOS 8.1 trick

Adjust your iPhone's brightness from the home button with this iOS 8.1 trick

iOS 7 made it easier than ever for iPhone users to toggle the brightness on devices through Command Center, but if you're too lazy to go through a few flicks and swipes to adjust your screen's brightness, we've discovered a way to dim your display by simply pressing your home button three times. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Now Available for Developers

Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Now Available for Developers

Apple today began notifying developers that its TestFlight Beta Testing platform is now live and available for immediate use. TestFlight Beta Testing is designed to make it easier for developers to invite users to test pre-release versions of apps. -- Mac Rumors.

Show missing hard disks in the Finder sidebar

Show missing hard disks in the Finder sidebar

The Finder sidebar is a convenient location to access frequently used items such as hard drives, various folders in your home directory, network shares, and any custom items you drag there. If you use the sidebar for accessing hard disks, then there may be times when certain hard disks do not show up here, while others do. -- MacIssues.

New feature helps Safari page troubleshooting in OS X Yosemite

New feature helps Safari page troubleshooting in OS X Yosemite

A small change in the way Safari manages web pages in Yosemite will allow you to more easily troubleshoot any pages that are unresponsive or otherwise stuck.

If you ever run across a site that either hangs, or repeatedly shows a message that you cannot get rid of and which prevents you from otherwise interacting with Safari (e.g., closing the window), then you might find yourself resorting to force-quitting the program; however, there is an alternative you can use to more specifically manage the problem. -- MacIssues.

Work-around For SharePoint Permissions Lookup using OS X Safari

Work-around For SharePoint Permissions Lookup using OS X Safari

Of of the problems I have as a SharePoint developer is that Safari on OS X, which used to be so reliable, has decided not to be for certain Active Directory Permission lookups on SharePoint. This does not happen with Windows Safari, or OS X Firefox, etc.

When you are going to add someone to a SharePoint site or check someone's permissions you are presented with an interface which checks against UT's Active Directory. You enter a name and click OK. The problem is that it will search forever and never return anything using OS X Safari.

Safari search fails

If however, while you have the search window above open and you go under the Develop menu and select Internet Explore 10.0 as the User Agent. It will work.

Change User Agent

CAVEAT! It will only work when you make the change while the search window is open. Otherwise you will be locked out of entering anything. And yes, since you asked, I have reported it to Apple, they just blew me off.

Safari search works

When you are done with permissions be sure to change your User Agent back to "Default (Automatically Chosen)."

At least with this work-around I don't have to change browsers just to do a lookup or change permissions.

Apple Reveals their Enhanced Next Generation 3D Memory Invention

Apple Reveals their Enhanced Next Generation 3D Memory Invention

In March of this year NVIDIA unveiled their next-gen graphics processor with 3D memory. In May, Samsung announced that they were shifting their focus to highly advanced 3D NAND flash memory chips that will also be used in future solid state drives. This is where the memory chip industry is going. It also happens to be the subject of one of Apple's latest patent applications that were published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. -- Patently Apple.

Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

Apple has released Security Update 2014-005 with a Secure Transport-related fix for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks. The Security Update patches the so-called POODLE vulnerability that could enable an attacker to decrypt data protected by SSL. Plus, the security update includes the contents of OS X Bash Update 1.0, bringing the Bash patches to everyone (see "Apple Updates Bash for the Shellshock Vulnerability," 29 September 2014). It's available via Software Update or via direct download from Apple's Support Downloads Web site. (All updates are free. For 10.8 Mountain Lion, 152 MB; for 10.9 Mavericks, 6.8 MB.)

Continuity Activation Tool enables Handoff/Instant Hotspot/AirDrop features on unsupported Macs

Continuity Activation Tool enables Handoff/Instant Hotspot/AirDrop features on unsupported Macs

Apple decided not to support all Bluetooth 4.0 capable Macs for its new Continuity features in OS X Yosemite for undisclosed reasons, but it is possible to get the feature up and running on some older, unsupported Macs. Previously it required a bit of manual tinkering, but now a utility called OS X Continuity Activation Tool makes the process much easier. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple iMac With Retina 5K Display/Rating: 9/10 Nearly flawless; buy it now

Apple iMac With Retina 5K Display/Rating: 9/10 Nearly flawless; buy it now

The iMac with Retina 5K Display has, without a doubt, the best desktop display currently on the market. With its ultra-high resolution 27-inch screen, everything looks exactly the way it should--text is sharp, colors are rich, and images appear true to life. But the machine doesn't earn our highest rating on the display alone. It also has respectable processing capabilities that place it near the top of Apple's desktop computer lineup. -- Wired.

How to use Family Sharing for iTunes and App Store accounts in iOS 8

How to use Family Sharing for iTunes and App Store accounts in iOS 8

Family Sharing is a new feature in iOS 8 that lets your entire family share purchases from both iTunes and the App Store without having to share the same Apple ID. More than that, parents require that younger children ask permission before purchasing content. You can then receive a request and either accept or deny it right from your own iPhone or iPad. To get started with Family Sharing, you'll need to perform a few steps in order to set it up. -- iMore.

October 23 Thursday's News

 

How to Install Java in OS X Yosemite

How to Install Java in OS X Yosemite

Mac users who require Java and who have installed OS X Yosemite may have discovered that a prior version of Java is no longer functioning under OS X 10.10, and that older installers don't work to install Java in Yosemite. Additionally, a fresh install of Yosemite does not include Java at all. If your Mac running OS X Yosemite needs Java for application compatibility, online banking, or any of the myriad of other reasons, you can manually install one of two versions of Java that are compatible with OS X 10.10, either the latest version of JRE 8, or an older version from Apple which remains compatible with the newest version of OS X. -- OS X Daily.

Apple Thunderbolt Display Blacking Out Hack/Fix?

Apple Thunderbolt Monitor Blacking Out Fix?

This has got to be the strangest hack/fix ever.

I have an Apple Thunderbolt Display as my second monitor for my iMac (I know, eat you heart out.) But a while back it decided to start just "Blacking Out" after it was on for just a few minutes. Previously it had been working just fine for a long time. I even put in a bug report (Bug ID 16838372) without result.

I had also added an additional Thunderbolt device (hard drive array) during this time and it, like my Thunderbolt Display, was plugged into one of the Thunderbolt port my iMac. It always worked fine.

And lets not forget all the system updates during this time.

So yesterday I had a little extra time to do some research and found this on Apple's website:

To resolve Apple Thunderbolt Display Blacking Out:

  1. Shutdown your computer.
  2. Disconnect all Thunderbolt devices.
  3. Wait 10 seconds.
  4. If you are using a Mac mini with a Thunderbolt display, reconnect the Thunderbolt display directly to your computer via the Thunderbolt port. Do not connect other Thunderbolt devices at this time.
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. If the Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.2 is offered, download and install it and restart your computer when asked. If the Thunderbolt Update is not offered, the update has installed correctly.
  7. Reconnect all Thunderbolt devices.

I tried this and there seemed to be some effect but, "no joy." Back to black.

Then I started to think "What if...", which is always dangerous. So I

  1. Shut down my computer
  2. Disconnect all my Thunderbolt devices
  3. Waited 10 seconds
  4. Plugged my Thunderbolt Display into my iMac
  5. Plugged my Thunderbolt disk array into my Thunderbolt Display's Thunderbolt port
  6. Rebooted

EUREKA!

It seems that for what every reason, my iMac does not want more than one Thunderbolt device plugged into it, if one of those devices is a monitor or if one of those devices is a disk array. I don't know why.

What I do know is that since I changed my configuration as described above I am a happy but confused user with a usable second monitor.

Seems I spoke too soon. When I powered on this a.m. the monitor went dark after a few minutes. I unplugged my disk array then plugged in the monitor and then the disk array again. All is OK so far. If I have to shut down the array overnight I will. Since the array gets power all the time that may be the issue. Thunderbolt may not like it.

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Update

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Update

The Apple engineers have been hard at work which culminated with the release of OS X Yosemite.

Likewise, the Parallels engineers have been hard at work to bring some of the Yosemite goodness to Windows and Windows apps, and that work has also culminated today with the release of Parallels Desktop 10 Update 1, version 10.1.0 (28600) in engineer-speak. -- Parallels.

Apple Remote Desktop Support

Apple Remote Desktop Support

Apple Remote Desktop is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end-users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and automate routine management tasks -- all from your own Mac. -- Apple Remote Desktop Support.

Get your Mac online anywhere easily with OS X Yosemite's new Instant Hotspot iPhone tethering feature

Get your Mac online anywhere easily with OS X Yosemite's new Instant Hotspot iPhone tethering feature

One of the new Continuity features between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is Instant Hotspot, giving users the ability to automatically connect to the Internet through their iPhone's cellular data connection without the need to touch their phone. -- AppleInsider.

How to change your default Apple Pay credit card, or remove cards remotely via iCloud

How to change your default Apple Pay credit card, or remove cards remotely via iCloud

Apple Pay is simple to set up and start using, but those who dig a little deeper can customize and take control of the mobile payments system, such as choosing the default card that appears when a transaction is initiated, or remotely removing cards from a missing iPhone via iCloud. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 8.1 mini-review: Testing Apple Pay, SMS forwarding, and more

iOS 8.1 mini-review: Testing Apple Pay, SMS forwarding, and more

iOS 5, 6, and 7 got many minor updates throughout their life cycles, but each received only one "major" update in their year or so as Apple's newest mobile operating system. iOS 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 were all released several months after the initial release, and each update marked the point where the version became "mature."

Apple is mixing things up with iOS 8. Version 8.1 is here just a month after the initial release, and plentiful evidence shows that both versions 8.2 and 8.3 are already in testing at Cupertino. It's a rapid-fire schedule more in line with iOS 4, a release in which bug fixes and new features were introduced at a steady but more gradual clip.

iOS 8.1 shouldn't be compared to iOS 7.1, which gestated for a full six months and was vetted in five separate beta builds. It still introduces quite a few new features, though, and in the spirit of keeping our comprehensive iOS 8 review up to date, we've taken the most important ones for a test drive. This release doesn't fix all of iOS 8's biggest problems, but it's an important first step toward a more stable and more useful OS. -- Ars Technica.

Apple launches a portal for businesses to get better exposure in Apple Maps

Apple launches a portal for businesses to get better exposure in Apple Maps

If you've got a business that Apple Maps just keeps on getting wrong, great news. Apple has just launched a new portal for U.S. businesses to add or edit their listings within Apple Maps.

Called Apple Maps Connect, the new portal aims to allow small business owners to make their businesses more visible (and -- perhaps more importantly -- have accurate listings) within Apple Maps. -- Cult of Mac.

This magic math app is like having Stephen Hawking on your iPhone

This magic math app is like having Stephen Hawking on your iPhone

Here's a confession: I was terrible at math in school. From Algebra 1 on, I just couldn't keep the various symbols, numbers, and denominators I was faced with straight, and so I flunked pretty much every test.

But I grew up in the 90's. If I was in high school today, I'd never fail a math test again. I'd use the new iOS app PhotoMath instead, which literally solves math problems like magic. -- Cult of Mac.

Now Fantastical can truly replace Apple's Calendar app in iOS 8

Now Fantastical can truly replace Apple's Calendar app in iOS 8

Thanks to how apps can hook into each other with Extensibility in iOS 8, third-party developers are able to rival the systemwide functionality of Apple's stock apps like never before.

So is the case with Flexibits, maker of the popular calendar app Fantastical. In a big 2.2 update today, Fantastical has not only been optimized for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but it's received a number of iOS 8-only features. -- Cult of Mac.

iFixit teardown discovers the iPad Air 2 skimps on battery life

iFixit teardown discovers the iPad Air 2 skimps on battery life

As they so often do when new Apple products land, the gadget vivisectionists at iFixIt have used one of their trademark spudgers to crack open a brand iPad Air 2, and there's at least one interesting finding.

All the iPad Air's specs have improved this generation except for one critical thing: battery. -- Cult of Mac.

OS X Yosemite: The Quintessential Review

OS X Yosemite: The Quintessential Review

On October 16. Apple released OS X Yosemite which is version 10.10. I have been beta testing since the first developer release and also testing with iOS 8. Here is everything that I learned and how I've sized up this stellar OS X release. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Make Calls from Yosemite the Geeky Way

How to Make Calls from Yosemite the Geeky Way

With iOS and Yosemite installed, you can finally do things you saw in the WWDC Keynote like make phone calls from your Mac. Sure there's the regular ways to do it, but if you want to dial up your phone call game, Kelly has some alternate methods to help you show off. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Use Yosemite's New Batch-Renaming Feature

How to Use Yosemite's New Batch-Renaming Feature

Yay, Yosemite's here! And Melissa Holt's all excited. For her first Quick Tip on this new version of OS X, she's chosen the new batch-renaming feature, which you can use to change a bunch of filenames at once in exactly the ways you specify. Isn't it nice when we get new abilities that were previously only available with third-party software? -- The Mac Observer.

How to use Markup in OS X Yosemite Mail

How to use Markup in OS X Yosemite Mail

One of OS X Yosemite's new features is the Markup feature in Mail, where instead of using Preview to annotate a PDF or image before attaching it to an e-mail, you can perform these edits right in your new message. This not only adds exceptional convenience for managing your attachments in your various correspondences, but also reduces clutter and the need for odd workarounds such as printing a document to a PDF in Preview, annotating it, and then printing it to PDF again for the convenience of creating a new e-mail message with the PDF.

With Markup, if you have any document that you want to share and add annotations to, you can simply press Command-P to print it, then use the PDF menu to mail the PDF, and then mark it up before sending it off. -- MacIssues.

State of the Art: Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device

State of the Art: Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device

The tech giant has succeeded in ensuring that its phones, tablets and computers work seamlessly together. You might never leave.

We are now beginning to see the fruits of Mr. Cook's vision of a tightly integrated Apple. Over the last few months, Apple has introduced a series of devices that work best as part of an integrated lineup. Apple is no longer making lonely individual products. Its phones, tablets, computers and the mobile and desktop operating systems that run them are blending into a single, inseparable whole. -- New York Times.

Welcome Wi-Fi Changes under Yosemite's Hood

Welcome Wi-Fi Changes under Yosemite's Hood

Apple made a few minor tweaks to how Wi-Fi is used in Yosemite, some of which are useful and others of which finally shake off the past.

Wi-Fi is a mature part of OS X, but Apple likes to tinker, and OS X 10.10 Yosemite brings a tinkling cascade of tiny changes, from new information and a new way to display data in the Wi-Fi menu to removing the last vestiges of the long outdated and completely broken WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption protocol.

With iOS 8.1 installed, Yosemite also adds a nifty way to activate Personal Hotspot from your Mac instead of your phone. -- TidBITS.

Apple dropping support for SSL 3.0 on push notification servers, requiring TLS by October 29th

Apple dropping support for SSL 3.0 on push notification servers, requiring TLS by October 29th

Apple has announced to developers that it will be dropping support for SSL 3.0 on its push notification service on October 29th in order to mitigate a vulnerability discovered in the software recently.

Developers who currently support both TLS and SSL 3.0 on their push servers will not be impacted by the change, but those using SSL 3.0 exclusively will need to switch to TLS before next Wednesday to ensure there is no disruption in their service. -- 9to5Mac.

How to install Windows using Boot Camp

How to install Windows using Boot Camp

Boot Camp helps you install Microsoft Windows on your Mac. After installing, you can restart your Mac to switch between OS X and Windows. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Scientific Applications under Yosemite

Scientific Applications under Yosemite

Whilst there are many sites that track the compatibility on common desktop applications, it is often difficult to find out information about scientific applications. Given that this seems to be such a major upgrade I thought I'd set up a spare machine to test applications before I update my main machine. I'll update the list regularly and feel free to send in information. -- Macs in Chemistry.

Transferring Time Machine Backups to a New Drive

Transferring Time Machine Backups to a New Drive

Since hard drives have a limited lifespan, it's important to change the Time Machine backup drive every few years, or when it begins to show signs of wear. When switching Time Machine drives, it's important to transfer the files to the new drive properly to avoid damage to backups.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to prepare a new external hard drive for use with Time Machine and how to move existing backups to the new drive. -- Tuts+.

Record Text To Audio On A Mac

Record Text To Audio On A Mac

One of the most unsung, unheralded features in OS X is the option to read text in a voice. OS X comes with a bunch of good voices (Samantha is much like Siri), too.

This is a good feature for those who have an impairment and need to have text read to them, but there are other uses and options. One of my favorites is the misnamed Text2Tape app, which reads text and save it as an audio file on your Mac. -- Mac 360.

The App We Need In Apple TV

The App We Need In Apple TV

What's missing in Apple TV? The list is so long I don't know exactly where to begin. Something new may be coming down the pipe, but for now Apple TV is an orphan in need of a family of new features.

What's missing? Well, real content. All those channel icons might look impressive but far too many of them require a cable TV account already, so, like, hey, what's the point? Until Apple can coerce the networks, content providers, and cable TV operators to undo the pursestrings, here's what Apple TV needs. -- Mac 360.

Digitimes Research: Apple turns to focus on price management to save tablet business

Digitimes Research: Apple turns to focus on price management to save tablet business

Digitimes Research believes Apple is planning to sacrifice its gross margins to save its tablet business, which has already fallen into decline. Apple's entry into price competition is also expected to impact sales of its competitors' high-end tablets. -- Digitimes.

Apple Invents an iPad GUI for Class Group Reading and Scoring

Apple Invents an iPad GUI for Class Group Reading and Scoring

During Apple's latest Financial Conference Call Apple's CEO pointed out that Apple currently has 90% of the tablet market in education. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new Graphical User Interface for group reading environments such as the education market. The system uses an iPad (or MacBook) to allow students to follow a group reading session where teachers could grade them based on vocabulary, pronunciation, comprehension, emotion, speed, fluency, prosody and so much more. Apple's patent 6a noted above illustrates a group reading session starting. -- Patently Apple.

Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

In a wide-ranging interview at IEEE Spectrum Michael I. Jordan skewers a bunch of sacred cows, basically saying that: The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges. Hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool's errand; and despite recent claims to the contrary, we are no further along with computer vision than we were with physics when Isaac Newton sat under his apple tree.

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