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  1. 3 points
    If you see that error message, you should be able to resolve the connection timeout issue by following the steps outlined below. The troubleshooting steps covered here apply to any and all Macs using nearly any version of Mac OS X, whether it’s on a MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, Air, or whatever else you’re using. Note you’re going not be removing wireless networking preferences as part of this sequence, that alone can reliably resolve stubbornly problematic wi-fi issues, but you will lose customizations to wireless settings in the process, so if you set custom DNS or specific DHCP or TCP/IP settings, be prepared to make those changes again. How to Resolve Mac “Connection Timeout” Error Messages with Wi-Fi Networks Before anything else, you should reboot the wi-fi router that is having a hard time connecting. Sometimes just turning a router off and back on again is sufficient to resolve connection difficulties. /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ com.apple.airport.preferences.plist com.apple.airport.preferences.plist-new
preferences.plist Turn off wi-fi on the Mac by going to the wireless menu and choosing “Turn Wi-Fi Off” Eject and disconnect any Thunderbolt or USB drives or disk peripherals that are attached to the computer (I know this sounds weird, just do it) Next to to the Finder in Mac OS X and create a new folder, call it something like “backup Wi-Fi files” so that it’s easy to identify and put it on the Desktop or another easy to access location Open a new Finder window, then hit Command+Shift+G to bring up “Go To Folder” (you can also access this from the Go menu), entering the following path: Select the following files in this directory, and copy them to the “backup Wi-Fi files” folder you made in the third step by using drag and drop: Back at the “SystemConfiguration” folder with the aforementioned files selected, delete those files by dragging them to the Trash (you will need to authenticate to make this change) Now reboot the Mac as usual by going to the  Apple menu and choosing “Restart” When the Mac boots back up, go to  Apple menu and choose “System Preferences” and select the “Network” preference panel Choose ‘Wi-Fi’ from the side menu, and click the “Turn Wi-Fi On” button, then pull down the “Locations” menu and choose “Edit Locations” Click on the + plus button to create a new network location, name it something obvious, then click “Done” and using the Network Name menu item choose to join the wi-fi network as usual Authenticate and login to the router as usual, the wifi network connection should establish without incident and without a connection timeout error Close out of System Preferences (Choose Apply when asked about network settings) and enjoy your wi-fi connection Once you have established a wi-fi connection, you can reconnect any USB drives, Thunderbolt drives, USB flash disks, or other peripherals back to the Mac again – why this sometimes impacts wi-fi connections is unclear but for whatever reason, perhaps due to a bug, disconnecting them as part of the sequence usually resolves any connection failed and connection timeout issues. After the wireless connection is shown to be working as intended, you can trash the ‘backup Wi-Fi files’ folder that was created in this process – the reason we kept those is so that if there is a problem and things are somehow worse (which is incredibly unlikely), you can quickly swap the files back into place again and at least return to the prior point. Of course if you regularly back up your Mac like you should with Time Machine, that’s less of a necessity, but it’s still good practice. Did this resolve your Mac connection timeout problems? Do you have another trick to fix the issue? Let us know in the comments below. from: http://osxdaily.com/2016/05/14/fix-wifi-connection-timeout-error-mac/
  2. 3 points
    Make the Window Resizing Animation Speed Instant in Mac OS XJan 6, 2015 - Leave a Comment When you hit the green maximize button to resize windows on a Mac or send things into full screen mode, a fancy visual animation shows the redrawing of the window size as the active window expands outwards. While this looks great and many users will be happy with the default resizing animation time in OS X, it can feel sluggish to some users, and others may just not be a particular fan of excess eye candy effects in general. For Mac users who want to dramatically speed up the animation time of window resizing events, you can turn to the terminal and adjust the window resize time with a defaults command string. In fact, by shortening the window redraw time to a tiny fraction of a second, you can basically make the resize animation instant, which can give the feeling that OS X is a bit faster. This requires the usage of the Terminal which tends to limit these commands to more advanced users. The command strings work the same in all modern versions of OS X, including Yosemite and Mavericks. Dramatically Speed Up Window Resizing Animation Speed in Mac OS X defaults write -g NSWindowResizeTime -float 0.003 Open the Terminal (found in /Applications/Utilities) and enter the following command string exactly: Quit and relaunch all apps for the change to take effect, including Finder Relaunching apps is essential for the change to carry over to those applications, you can use this quit all apps Automator script we?ve covered before, manually quit out of any active GUI applications, or even reboot the Mac which may be easier for some users. When you open an application again, hit the green resize button and the window resize time will now be lightning fast, skipping the expansion animation as well. (Recall in OS X Yosemite you need to Option+Click the green button if you want to zoom and resize rather than send the window into full screen) The video below demonstrates the before and after effect of using the defaults write command, showing the window resize time in the Terminal application at it?s default setting, and at it?s modified speedy setting: And yes, this also speeds up the animation time if you use keyboard shortcuts to manage your window resizing and zooming in OS X. The end result, other than the obvious, is that it can make a Mac actually feel faster, if only by a fraction of a second. Return to the Default Window Resizing Animation Speed in Mac OS X If you?ve decided you aren?t a fan of the ultrafast window resize time and want the nice stretchy animation back, you can either modify the ResizeTime or simply delete the defaults string with the following command entered into Terminal: defaults delete -g NSWindowResizeTime Again, you would need to relaunch all active applications for the change to take effect and to return to the default window resizing animation speed. FROM: http://osxdaily.com/2015/01/06/make-the-window-resizing-animation-speed-instant-in-mac-os-x/
  3. 2 points
    This update: • Adds AirPlay 2 support for sharing videos, photos, music and more from your Mac directly to your AirPlay 2-enabled smart TV • Adds the ability to follow a magazine from the Apple News+ catalog browsing view • Includes support for the Reiwa (令和) era of the Japanese calendar • Improves audio latency on MacBook Pro models introduced in 2018 • Fixes an issue that prevented certain very large OmniOutliner and OmniPlan documents from rendering properly Update Combo
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    Description New technologies at the heart of the system make your Mac more reliable, capable, and responsive — and lay the foundation for future innovations. macOS High Sierra also refines the features and apps you use every day. It’s macOS at its highest level yet. Easily organize, edit and view your photos in Photos. • Make short videos from your Live Photos using new Loop and Bounce effects. • Easily locate and organize your content with the new sidebar. • Conveniently access all of your editing tools in the redesigned Edit View. • Fine-tune color and contrast in your photos with new Curves and Selective Color tools. • Access third-party apps directly from Photos and save the edited images back to your Photos library. • Rediscover images from your library with new Memories themes including pets, weddings, outdoor activities, and more. • Create printed photo products and more using new third-party project extensions. Improve your browsing experience with Safari. • Stop web video with audio from playing automatically. • Prevent websites and ad networks from tracking your browsing with Intelligent Tracking Prevention. • Customize your browsing experience with new per-site settings for Reader, page zoom, content blockers, and more. Enjoy refinements in Mail. • Instantly find the messages most relevant to your search using Top Hits. • Use Split View when composing new email in full screen. • Save space on your Mac with compressed messages. Look up flight information in Spotlight. • Check the status of a flight by typing the airline and flight number in the Spotlight search field. Collect your thoughts with Notes. • Organize your information using configurable tables. • Pin your favorite notes so they’re always at the top of the list. Capture a moment in FaceTime. • Take a Live Photo during a video call to any supported Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Get music suggestions from a more natural-sounding Siri. • Hear more variations in intonation, emphasis, and tempo when Siri responds to you. • Enjoy personalized music recommendations from Siri when you listen to Apple Music. Copy and paste files from one Mac to another with Universal Clipboard. • Copy and paste files between your Macs using standard copy and paste commands. Safely store your family data in iCloud. • Share a single iCloud storage plan with your family and keep everyone’s data backed up and safely stored. • Set up your family with a few clicks and add capabilities when needed. Work together with iCloud Drive. • Share and work on any file in iCloud Drive with other people so it is always be up to date with the latest edits. Upgrade the performance, reliability, and security of your Mac with the new Apple File System. • Update to a new file system architecture designed for all-flash Macs. • Experience greater responsiveness when performing common tasks like duplicating a file and finding the size of a folder. • Enjoy faster and more reliable backups. • Protect your entire drive with built-in native encryption for greater security. Step up to the new standard for 4K video: HEVC. • Create and watch high-resolution video with High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which uses up to 40 percent less space without sacrificing quality. Enjoy next-generation graphics and computation with Metal 2. • Get the most out of the graphics capabilities of your Mac with the new and improved version of Metal. • Discover immersive tools for content creation with support for virtual reality. • Build state-of-the-art apps with features that accelerate common machine learning functions. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages. Some features require an iCloud storage plan. Some features have hardware requirements. Apple File System requires all-flash internal storage.
  5. 2 points
    Let’s review how advanced Mac users can trigger alert dialog boxes in the MacOS GUI from the command line. You can choose to specify a specification application to trigger the pop-up alert to appear within, or, perhaps better yet, trigger a alert dialog in whatever the foremost application in Mac OS X is. And yes this works in every version of macOS or Mac OS X that has existed, so there shouldn’t be any compatibility issues here. How to Make a Dialog Alert Pop-Up in Mac OS Perhaps the most useful dialog alert is one that is visible from anywhere and is thus sent to whatever is the foremost application. This insures the alert box isn’t missed. The syntax to trigger a dialog alert box in the frontmost application on the Mac is as follows: osascript -e 'tell application (path to frontmost application as text) to display dialog "Hello from osxdaily.com" buttons {"OK"} with icon stop' The resulting pop-up alert box looks like this: For example, you could use this to trigger a dialog box in the frontmost application when a task at the command line has completed. Let’s say we’re running a python script and want an alert box to notify us when it has completed, the syntax for such a use case could look like the following: python MagicScript.py && osascript -e 'tell application (path to frontmost application as text) to display dialog "The script has completed" buttons {"OK"} with icon caution' That example would trigger a dialog box that says “The script has completed” with the yellow caution icon to the frontmost application in Mac OS X GUI after python has finished running ‘MagicScript.py’. You can pick other icons like stop, note, caution, or even specify a path to a custom icon if desired. While you can specify an application, System Events, or SystemUIServer, choosing the broader frontmost application allows the alert dialog window to appear onscreen no matter what application is at the forefront. Let’s cover triggering dialog alerts into specific apps, since that may be desirable as well. Trigger a Dialog Alert in Specific Application To send a dialog or alert into a specific application, simply specify the app name in question, like so: Triggering an alert dialog in Mac OS Finder by way of command line:osascript -e 'tell app "Finder" to display dialog "Hello from osxdaily.com"' Triggering an alert dialog in Terminal app via command line:osascript -e 'tell app "Terminal" to display dialog "Hello from osxdaily.com"' Triggering an alert dialog in Safari via command line:osascript -e 'tell app "Safari" to display dialog "Hello from osxdaily.com"' Trigger an alert dialog to System Events by way of command line:osascript -e 'tell app "System Events" to display dialog "Howdy Doo"' You can specify any application to send the alert to this way, but for many of us the broader frontmost or System Events are likely the more useful choice. If a general pop-up dialog trigger is too intrusive, you might appreciate sending alerts to the Notification Center on Mac with terminal-notifier, terminal-notifier is a third party solution that allows command line messages to appear in the general Notifications Center of Mac OS. An even less invasive option would be to trigger a notification badge onto the Terminal Dock icon though that may be too subtle for many users needs. Anyway, this is a basic overview of triggering visual alert dialogs into the graphical interface of Mac OS by way of the command line. You can go much deeper than this if desired through more complex uses of AppleScript and osascript including having interactions with the dialog box impact what happens next, but that’s approaching a more complex topic which would be better served in it’s own article. Users who are interested in learning more about scripting with AppleScript can review the documentation included with the Script Editor app which is quite thorough and detailed. Have any interesting ways to use this tip, or know of another method to trigger dialog boxes into the GUI of Mac OS from the command line? Let us know in the comments. from:http://osxdaily.com/2016/09/06/trigger-alert-dialog-mac-via-command-line/
  6. 2 points
    This is where the amusingly named ‘Suspicious Package’ application comes in to play, it’s a free Mac app which allows the opening and inspection of PKG installer files before the installation is actually executed, giving you a look at what is going to happen when the PKG is run. Using Suspicious Package to open and inspect .pkg files on a Mac is not particularly complicated though it’s obviously most appropriate for advanced users who will have a general idea of what they’re looking at and what to make of it. If any of this sounds interesting to you, you’ll want to download and install the application, which includes a Quick Look plugin: Get Suspicious Package free from the developer (for macOS and Mac OS X) Once Suspicious Package is installed, you can give it a try by dragging any PKG installer file into the application, or selecting a package installer in the Finder and hitting Command+Spacebar to activate Quick Look on the package in question. Within Suspicious Package, you’ll see three primary tabs which detail all sorts of information about the package file. The first is “Package Info” which shows an overview including how many items will be installed, the size of the installation, the developer ID and if it is signed (if applicable) and valid or expired, how many installation scripts are run, and where and when it was downloaded: The “All Files” view shows you exactly what files are going to arrive from the package file and where they are going to go, including permissions for specific files: The final tab shows the scripts that will be run, “post install” which are often cleanup bash scripts that adjust permissions or perform a cleanup duty: While all of this is informative to any and all users, it’s really intended for advanced users who encounter package files from dubious sources or that are otherwise questionable. If you’re downloading all of your apps, updates, and packages from Apple.com or an equally trustworthy location, you may find Suspicious Package to be interesting but not particularly noteworthy since the source is trusted, though even packages from Apple can encounter weirdness like having a pkg get stuck on Verifying which can sometimes be troubleshooted through a utility like this. Where Suspicious Package really gets useful is in more advanced situations where higher Mac security is necessary and where users want to be sure a file is trusted and an installer isn’t doing anything sketchy when it’s run. Longtime Mac users may recall that a package inspection feature used to exist in Mac OS X some time ago via the right-click menu, but that feature has since been removed. More advanced Mac users can still extract pkg files with pkgutil without actually installing them but it requires the use of the command line, and the Show Files method to see what files are going to be installed and where to is not always available or detailed enough. Suspicious Package requires a relatively modern version of macOS or Mac OS X to use. Mac users with older system software can try Pacifist which performs a similar ability to dig around in PKG files if interested. from: http://osxdaily.com/2016/08/31/open-kg-files-mac-what-installs-where-suspicious-package/
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    There are a few ways to achieve this, but the easiest which requires no modifications to the Terminal uses a longstanding series of two different keyboard shortcuts: Move Cursor Forward by Word in Terminal: Escape + F Escape F moves the cursor forward a word at the command line. Move Cursor Backward by Word in Terminal: Escape + B Escape B moves the cursor backward by a word at the command line. Moving forward and back word by word at the command line with these two keystrokes is demonstrated in the simple animated GIF below: These two keystrokes have been around at the command line for ages, and so though they certainly work to navigate by word block in the Mac OS X Terminal, they should also work in just about any other unix based terminal you come across as well. There are also two Mac OS specific keystrokes to navigate in text word by word forward and backward in Mac OS X Terminal and in most other Mac apps too: Option + Left Arrow Moves Cursor Left by a Word in Mac OS X Terminal Option / ALT and the Left Arrow will also move the cursor position left by a word throughout Mac OS. Option + Right Arrow Moves Cursor Right by a Word in Mac Terminal Option / ALT and the Right Arrow will send the cursor position right by a word throughout Mac OS as well. Remember, the option key is the ALT key on Macs, and vice versa, though some models and regions will label them differently they are always the same key. You shouldn’t need to make any adjustments to terminal for the option tricks to work either, but if you find they are not working in Terminal app you may have better results with enabling Option as Meta key in Terminal for Mac. from: http://osxdaily.com/2016/07/14/move-cursor-word-by-word-terminal-mac/
  8. 2 points
    If you find yourself in a situation where a Mac is missing the bootable recovery drive partition, you can recreate the Recovery Partition in two different ways, as we’ll show you here. The first method of rebuilding a Recovery partition is to simply reinstall OS X onto the Mac, of course the obvious difficulty with that approach is that unless you use Internet Recovery mode or a USB installer, you can’t access the reinstall function. While using a bootable USB Mac OS X installer or Internet Recovery works just fine for those with good internet access or a separate install drive, another option is available as well by using a third party tool that is freely available on the web. That’s what we’re going to focus primarily on here, since the third party solution does not require the compete reinstallation of Mac OS X to repair and rebuild a Recovery partition onto a Mac. How to Create & Restore a Recovery Partition in Mac OS X Missing a Recovery partition? Here is how you can quickly re-create one on a Mac: Download a copy of the “Install OS X” or “Install Mac OS X” from the Mac App Store under the “Purchases” tab which matches the version of system software on your Mac (for example, the “Install OS X Mavericks” app, or “Install macOS Sierra” app) Go to the developers website here and download the latest version of Recovery Partition Creator, it’s an AppleScript that will handle the recreation of the recovery drive After the app has downloaded, right-click on “Recovery Partition Creator.app” and choose “Open” to bypass Gatekeeper Follow the onscreen instructions, and select the primary drive you want to restore a recovery partition onto (typically Macintosh HD unless you named the drive differently, or are using a separate disk) Point to the Mac OS X installer application you downloaded in the first step and let the AppleScript do it’s work When the Recovery Partition Creator app is finished running, reboot the Mac and hold down Command+R to boot into Recovery and confirm the recovery partition now exists and works as intended The recreated recovery partition is identical to one that comes with modern versions of Mac OS X to begin with, and it will offer full access to the restore, testing, and reinstalling features you would expect to see. I had to run through this process recently on a Mac that had changed physical hard disks where the drive had been cloned first, which works great but routinely does not bring along the Recovery partition with that procedure. It doesn’t take too long to restore though, and it’s fairly straight forward process to rebuild the recovery drive again, so if you find yourself in a situation where the Recovery partition is missing or you (or someone else) have inadvertently removed that critical Recovery partition from a Mac, (or maybe intentionally deleted it too) just run through the above process to create a new one and restore that functionality again. from : http://osxdaily.com/2016/07/03/recreate-recovery-partition-mac/
  9. 2 points
    If the Mac is fairly new it will certainly support macOS Sierra, but many older Macs are getting cut off from the compatibility list, including any Mac made before late 2009. That means many Macs that support the current versions of Mac OS X system software won’t be able to run MacOS Sierra at all, and instead will be stuck staying on an earlier software release. List of Macs Compatible with MacOS Sierra 10.12 According to Apple, the official compatible hardware list of Macs capable of running Mac OS Sierra 10.12 is as follows: MacBook Pro (2010 and later) MacBook Air (2010 and later) Mac Mini (2010 and later) Mac Pro (2010 and later) MacBook (Late 2009 and later) iMac (Late 2009 and later) This list of supported Macs is offered directly from Apple, shown during the MacOS Sierra debut presentation at WWDC 2016 conference. The still from that presentation is shown below with the same compatibility list: How to Check Your Mac for MacOS Sierra Compatibility The simplest way to determine if your Mac is compatible with MacOS Sierra is to check the model make and model year, here is how to do that: Open the  Apple menu in the upper left corner and choose “About This Mac” From the “Overview” tab, look under the current system software version and for the computer model and year If the Mac is the same or a later model year than what is shown in the macOS Sierra compatibility list above, the Mac is compatible with 10.12. You may notice the compatibility list for MacOS Sierra 10.12 is a little curious because some of the Macs that are incompatible have better hardware than some of the hardware that is included in the compatible list. It’s unclear why this is, but this does suggest that support for MacOS Sierra is not just a matter of hardware specs alone, as the minimum system requirements for macOS Sierra are not clearly defined by minimum CPU type or speed, RAM, GPU, or disk capacity. That makes macOS Sierra a little unusual compared to some of the other Mac OS X releases from years past, but as time goes on we may get a clearer picture as to why this is. Developers can download MacOS Sierra right now from the App Store and developer center, whereas the general public will have to wait until the fall to get their hands on the final version. Of course it’s not just MacOS that is getting an update this fall, and for mobile users, you can check the iOS 10 compatibility list of supported iPhone and iPad models too. from: http://osxdaily.com/2016/06/14/macos-sierra-compatibility-list/
  10. 2 points
    You’ve known it as Mac OS X or OS X for years, but that’s about to change in 2016. Apple will replace OS X with “MacOS” or “macOS,” which would be more in line with its software naming scheme. iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS rolls off the tongue a lot easier than having “OS X” inserted anywhere in that enumeration. In a support document related to its early WWDC announcement on Wednesday, Apple let the “macOS” name slip for the second time, MacRumors reports. The new name was spotted in documentation detailing the new revenue split for subscription-based apps, as seen in the following screenshot. Apple quickly fixed the error, replacing “macOS” with OS X. But at this point it seems pretty clear that a name change is due. Earlier this year, Apple used the new macOS name in an environmental website update. At the time, the company quickly changed its “MacOS” reference – with a capital M – to OS X after it was discovered. from: http://bgr.com/2016/06/09/apple-macos-os-x-name-update/
  11. 2 points

    OS X 10.11.5 is out!

    The OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 update improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all El Capitan users. Update Combo
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    For those wondering, these features were removed from the modern version of Disk Utility in Mac OS X because they do not work on SSD volumes, which are becoming more commonplace and nearly all Mac laptops ship with them by default now. But not everyone has an SSD drive, and thus some users may still wish to perform a secure erase of free space on their Mac hard disk. To achieve the same secure erase in modern versions of Mac OS X you’ll need to turn to the command line. And yes, this works to erase free space on older versions of Mac OS X too, but since they can do the same task with Disk Utility it’s perhaps a bit less relevant to the prior releases. This is for advanced Mac users only who are comfortable with backing up their Mac, using the command line with exact syntax, and the concepts behind permanently removing data. To be perfectly clear, this secure erases only the free space on a drive, aimed at preventing file recovery efforts, it does not perform a secure erase of the entire hard drive as described here. How to Secure Erase Free Space on Mac OS X El Capitan Drives via Command Line, Without Disk Utility Back up your Mac before attempting to use these commands. The command line requires precise syntax and is unforgiving, improper commands could lead to the unintended removal of data you do not want to delete, permanently, as this is a secure erase function. You have been warned, so backup your Mac data first, then proceed at your own risk. To get started, launch the Terminal (found in /Applications/Utilities/) and use the following general syntax, replacing level and drive name as appropriate: diskutil secureErase freespace (level 0-4) /Volumes/(Drive Name) (level 0-4) is a number indicating the number of passes to write to the free space, ‘freespace’ indicates you are erasing only the free space and not the entire drive itself – a critically important difference – and (Drive Name) is self explanatory. Users can also choose the disk identifier if desired. If you aren’t sure of the name of the drive, using diskutil list will show you all mounted drives and partitions. If the drive in question has a space in the name, you should place it in quotes or escape it with backslashes. For example, to perform a secure erase with 35 passes on free space on a drive named “Macintosh HD” you could use the following command string: diskutil secureErase freespace 3 "/Volumes/Macintosh HD" Hitting return will instantly begin the secure erase of any free space. This is irreversible, so as we’ve mentioned a dozen times already, be sure the syntax is exact. The manual page entry on diskutil offers the following details on the secure erase feature, detailing the level of writing over free space. That’s all there is to it, and this is how you can continue to erase free disk space on a Mac running OS X El Capitan or later with the newly limited Disk Utility. Another option is to use an old version of Disk Utility in modern versions of Mac OS X, either from a boot drive or recovery mode, of an older Mac OS release, or with the application itself, but that is generally not recommended. And yes, this works on both standard hard disk drives with spinning platters, and modern SSD disks, though with an SSD drive the feature is less relevant as TRIM / garbage collection should handle the file removal on it’s own. For SSD volumes, a better option is to enable and use FileVault disk encryption on the Mac, which encrypts data on the drive making it unrecoverable without the FileVault key, thus obviating the need to securely erase free space on the volume. Know of any other helpful secure data removal tips or tricks, or another way to securely erase your free disk space in modern versions of Mac OS X? Let us know in the comments. from:http://osxdaily.com/2016/04/28/erase-free-space-mac-command-line/
  13. 2 points
    Drop to GIF is a free app for Mac OS X which automates the entire animated GIF creation process, all you need to do is toss a movie file into the app and the conversion begins. The app is both extremely simple and effective, so if you’re looking to make quick work of gif creation using existing movie or video files, it’s an excellent choice to get started. Making Animated GIFs with Drop to GIF in Mac OS X Here is how simple the movie conversion process to GIF is: Get Drop to GIF from Github (free) and launch the app Drag and drop any movie file into the Drop to GIF app, or the app Dock icon, to start converting the chosen video to animated GIF When conversion is finished, look in the original directory of the movie file to find the exported animated GIF The exported GIF will loop endlessly, and the default settings will pull the frame rate from the video and set that as the animated GIF FPS as well. Users can make changes to FPS, width size of the animated GIF output file, and GIF quality, adjusting these three settings helps to control the file size of the exported GIF, since a large high FPS animated GIF will wind up being a large file by default. To access the settings, just click on the little gear icon in the app. There’s even a little handy directory watching feature, where any movie file that appears in a watched directory will instantly be converted into an animated gif. As already mentioned, any exported animated GIF file will be saved in the same directory as the originating movie was, so that directory would contain both the origin movie file and the GIF output. Here are a few example movies that were converted using Drop to GIF, this one is a quick capture from an iPhone movie that has been compressed heavily: In this example, the original video is a simple screen recording .mov file made from QuickTime and there has been no compression or quality reduction, meaning the file is a bit on the large size: For users who need more gif creation and movie conversion options, like a timeline and editing tools, a paid app like Gif Brewery for Mac allows you to convert video to GIF and make edits as well, which would perhaps be a better option for more avid GIF makers. But even if it has fewer features, Drop to GIF is an excellent app, and since it’s free there is little commitment to giving it a try and seeing if it works for your needs. (By the way, if the Github page looks familiar to anyone, it’s because Drop to GIF arrives from the same developer who brought us the excellent simple language text editor ClearText, which is another fun little app for Mac users.) from: http://osxdaily.com/2016/04/08/make-animated-gif-from-movie-mac-os-x-drop-to-gif/
  14. 2 points
    This update: Adds the ability to passcode-protect notes containing personal data in Notes Adds the ability to sort notes alphabetically, by date created, or date modified in Notes Adds the ability to import Evernote files into Notes Adds support for sharing Live Photos between iOS and OS X via AirDrop and Messages Addresses an issue that may cause RAW images to open slowly in Photos Adds the ability for iBooks to store PDFs in iCloud, making them available across all your devices Fixes an issue that prevented loading Twitter t.co links in Safari Prevents JavaScript dialogs from blocking access to other webpages in Safari Fixes an issue that prevented the VIPs mailbox from working with Gmail accounts Fixes an issue that caused USB audio devices to disconnect Improves the compatibility and reliability of Apple USB-C Multiport Adapters Update Combo
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    Ethernet. Don’t be embarrassed if you have no idea what it is; after all, Apple doesn’t even include an ethernet port on its laptops anymore. For the uninitiated, it’s a network connection type that involves using an actual cable. On the desktop, though, Apple still includes an ethernet port. Recently, Apple issued a minor kernel extension update for OS X, but the update had a bug that disabled ethernet. Apple fixed the offending update, but if you installed the update and still see problems, Apple has a support article for troubleshooting and fixing your disabled ethernet. If you have an ethernet and Wi-Fi working at the same time, you may not have noticed your ethernet connection not working. So it’s worth a few minutes of your time to check your connection. See if the bad update was installed Follow these steps to see if the update was installed on your Mac. Launch the System Information app (Applications > Utilities or hold down the Option key and select Apple menu > System Information. In the left column, look for the Software header and expand it if needed. Select Installations. In the list in the top section of the main window, click the Software Nameheader to alphabetize the list. Scroll though the list and look for “Incompatible Kernel Extension Configuration Data” in the Software Name column. Then look at the version number. If the version is 3.28.1, you have the bad update and will need to get the latest version. Install the new update via Wi-Fi Wi-Fi still works, and you’ll use it to get the update. Get connected over Wi-Fi and follow these steps. Launch Terminal (Applications > Utilities). Enter the following: sudo softwareupdate —background This will update Incompatible Kernel Extension Configuration Data to version 3.28.2, which will correct the problem. How to fix without an Internet connection If you can’t use Wi-Fi, the fix is more complicated. It involves booting into Recovery Mode, using Disk Utility to mount your Mac’s internal drive, running Terminal, entering a command to fix ethernet, restarting, and then using an ethernet connection to get the fixed update. Apple has the complete instructions. from: http://www.macworld.com/article/3039258/macs/apple-issues-a-fix-for-ethernet-diabled-by-a-recent-os-x-update.html
  16. 2 points
    Despite their wide use, SSDs are a young technology, one we're still learning about. Here's a roundup of the best research on SSDs in 2015. PERFORMANCE? Researchers at Facebook and Carnegie Mellon?checked out both reliability and performance of SSDs. They found that high temps can cause SSDs to throttle back on performance. Slow server? Check SSD temp. From?researchers at SanDisk?we learned that the log-structured I/O management built into SSDs is seriously sub-optimal for databases and apps that use log-structured I/O as well - which today is most of them. But the?most startling SSD paper?came out of Korea, where researchers concluded: As the paper shows, using an SSD poorly can waste most of its possible performance. And until vendors give users the right controls - for example, pausing garbage collection - SSDs will inevitably fail to reach their full potential. Finally, the unpredictable latency of SSD-based arrays - often called all-flash arrays - is gaining mind share. The problem: if there are too many writes for an SSD to keep up with, reads have to wait for writes to complete - which can be many milliseconds. Reads taking as long as writes? That's not the performance customers think they are buying.? RELIABILITY? The Facebook paper offered the best data on SSD reliability. Key findings:? System write activity correlated with SSD failure, probably because flash writes require a lot of power.? SSD unrecoverable read errors are relatively common: 4.2 to 34.1 percent of the SSDs reported uncorrectable errors.? SSDs are sensitive to temperature - more so than hard drives. REPLACING FLASH? Today's SSDs run on NAND flash, which is far from the ideal storage medium. Clunky addressing. Very slow writes. Poor endurance. And it's an analog medium, driving vendors to 3D architectures. ? Reinventing Analytics, Sideways The traditional way of doing analytics with lots of separate, silo products for each aspect of analysis is going away. New platforms allow new "sideways" combinations of features. Sponsored by SAP? ? But it's cheap, thanks to widespread consumer use, so engineers have made it work in much more demanding applications. But better alternatives are on the way: 3D Xpoint.?Intel and Micron's hastily announced?3D Xpoint?and?Optane drives?are promised for 2016, but I'll believe it when I see it. It is supposed to combine the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies on the market today. The technology is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory. But as details have continued to trickle out, the future of 3D Xpoint looks less certain. Incompatibilities with current tech, pricing concerns, single sourcing and more are clouding the picture.? Nantero.?The company hopes to be the ARM of memory technology, licensing to all comers. Their?carbon nanotube memory?offers promises like those of 3D Xpoint:? Fast as DRAM - with much lower power consumption? Unlimited endurance? Non-volatility - >1000 years at 85C? Picosecond switching smaller feature sizes than flash - down to 5nm I?wrote about Adesto?last November, so they aren't 2015 news, but they are another NVM technology that could surprise us one day the way flash did 10 years ago. THE STORAGE BITS TAKE SSDs have always been a transitional or bridge technology. There's no way that we'd be using SSDs today if we'd had flash technology in 1957 instead of IBM's RAMAC. But billions of open SATA ports made for a ready market. And now that the early fears of low endurance have passed, we're ready to move on. NVMe, 3D, TLC and all-flash/no SSD arrays will drive the market in 2016. Since CPUs aren't getting faster, making storage faster is a big help. We can expect more of that in 2016, along with much lower flash prices. from:?http://www.zdnet.com/article/what-we-learned-about-ssds-in-2015/
  17. 2 points
    This probably goes without saying, but aside from listing the nvram contents, users should absolutely not delete or clear nvram variables if they don?t know exactly what they?re doing and why. To get started, launch the Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities/ and issue the following commands, depending on your desired objective: How to View All NVRAM Contents on Current Mac Issue the following command to print out all current NVRAM contents: nvram -xp This will display the output in XML format, which is much more readable than the default format, which is read with the -p flag: nvram -p If you don?t specify -x flag, you?ll likely see a lot of gibberish, XML, and perhaps some plain text mixed in that is easily readable, but for the most part this data is only going to be relevant to advanced Mac users for troubleshooting purposes.? An example of nvram -p output may look like the following:$ nvram -p efi-apple-payload-data %20%10%00%CC%00U%00P%00D%00A%20%10%00%CC%00U%00P%00D%00A%20%10%00%CC%00U%00P%00D%00A%20%00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A00U%00P%00D%00A efi-boot-device IOMatchIOProviderClassIOMediaIOPropertyMatchUUIDBD2CB9D3-8A79-4E2F-94E2-C5EC9FEBBA64BLLastBSDNamedisk0s3%00 SystemAudioVolumeDB %00 prev-lang:kbd en:0 Again, this will be meaningless data to most users but advanced Mac users can find helpful details in the NVRAM if they know what to look for. How to Clear All NVRAM from the Command Line in Mac OS X The next most useful trick is to be able to clear out NVRAM with the same command string. To delete all nvram variables just use the following syntax: nvram -c For changes to take effect, you must reboot the Mac, thus unless you?re doing something else you may want to just initiate a?reboot from the command line?while you?re there. Deleting Specific NVRAM Variables on Mac OS X To be more specific, you can also target a set nvram variable for removal with the -d flag: nvram -d (variable key name goes here) For example, to clear the system audio setting from nvram: nvram -d SystemAudioVolume Going Further with nvram Modifications The nvram command has other uses as well for advanced users, from settings like?disabling the startup boot chime sound on a Mac?to?always booting into verbose mode in OS X?or even?enabling safe boot mode from the terminal?for remote management or a headless/keyboardless Mac. For those interested in learning more about this powerful command, the man page for nvram is quite helpful, as is the basic ?help flag to show other syntax options: % nvram --help nvram: (usage: no such option as --) nvram [-x] [-p] [-f filename] [-d name] [-c] name[=value] ... -x use XML format for printing or reading variables (must appear before -p or -f) -p print all firmware variables -f set firmware variables from a text file -d delete the named variable -c delete all variables name=value set named variable name print variable Note that arguments and options are executed in order. Whether or not you find this necessary or easy really depends on your skill level and your needs. Many advanced Mac users know they can also?reset the PRAM / NVRAM?on boot with a key sequence, which can be helpful in troubleshooting some particular issues as well, and that approach removes everything from NVRAM similar to the -c flag during an actual reboot, which is perhaps easier for many users to remember. This is particularly valuable for working with remote machines?connected through SSH?or found elsewhere on the network, where it would be impossible to manually reset NVRAM with a keyboard shortcut sequence. Another common example where clearing nvram can be beneficial for troubleshooting purposes is when the Mac App Store loads a blank display that won?t populate with any content or store data. For whatever reason, the nvram -c flag and rebooting almost always resolves that issue alone. from:?http://osxdaily.com/2015/12/16/view-clear-nvram-mac-command-line-osx/
  18. 2 points
    For most Mac users who are experiencing issues with wi-fi connections in OS X El Capitan, simply ditching old preference files, followed by creating a new network location with custom DNS settings and an MTU change is enough to resolve whatever wi-fi problems they may have had. This is a multi-step process but not particularly difficult. You?re going to be deleting a few system level preference files and creating a new network location. Before getting started, you should start and complete a backup of the Mac with Time Machine. Don?t skip backups. Trash Existing Wi-Fi Preferences in OS X to Start Fresh /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ com.apple.airport.preferences.plist?com.apple.network.identification.plist com.apple.wifi.message-tracer.plist NetworkInterfaces.plist preferences.plist Create a new folder on your Desktop called ?wifi prefs backup? or something obvious Turn off Wi-Fi from the menu item in the upper right corner of OS X Go to the Finder (the smiley face icon in the Dock), and hit Command+Shift+G to bring up the Go To Folder command, choose the following path exactly: Hit return to go to that folder, then locate and select the following files: Move all of these files into the folder you created in step 1 on the desktop (you can also delete them if you?re confident and have made a backup) Reboot the Mac Turn on Wi-Fi from the wireless network menu again in the upper right corner of OS X If your wi-fi works now, great, but for most users, you?re not quite finished yet! Now you need to create a new custom network location. Create a New Wi-Fi Network Location with Custom DNS Quit any open apps that are using wi-fi or networking (Chrome, Safari, Mail, etc) Go to the ? Apple menu and select ?System Preferences? Choose the ?Network? control panel, then choose Wi-Fi from the list on the left side Click the ?Location? menu and select ?Edit Locations?, then click the [+] plus button to create a new location, giving the new location an easily identifiable name like ?Fixing My WiFi? and click ?Done? to add it Next to ?Network Name? join the wi-fi network and authenticate with the router password as usual Next, select the ?Advanced? button in the lower corner of Network preferences, then go to the ?TCP/ IP? tab, choose ?Renew DHCP Lease? Next go to the ?DNS? tab, and on the left side ?DNS Servers? list, click the [+] plus button to add a new DNS server* ? I use and for Google DNS but you can choose whatever you want Next, choose the ?Hardware? tab, then next to ?Configure? choose ?Manually? Change ?MTU? to ?Custom? and set the MTU number to 1453, then click on ?OK? Finally, choose the ?Apply? button to set your network changes * If you?re not sure what DNS to use, you can find the fastest DNS servers for your situation with a benchmarking utility. Typically the fastest servers are Google DNS and OpenDNS, but results may vary per region. Now wireless connectivity should be working flawlessly in OS X, and back at full speed. Try things out by navigating around the web, doing a speed test, and just using the internet as usual. The solution outlined above almost always works to resolve wireless networking issues in OS X, particularly if they occur after updating to a new version of system software or a point release. Additional Wi-Fi Troubleshooting Tips If you?re still having trouble with wi-fi in OS X 10.11 or later, try the following: Reboot the Mac in the Safe Mode, then reboot again (this dumps caches) Reboot the Wi-Fi router the Mac connects to Update the Wi-Fi router firmware if an update is available Join a 2.4 GHz network N network rather than a 5 GHz G network or B network Reset the Mac SMC Extreme: try to clean install OS X El Capitan Extreme: if all else fails, downgrade from OS X EL Capitan to the prior version of OS X on the same Mac with Time Machine Have you had wi-fi issues or speed problems with OS X El Capitan? Did this work to resolve them for you? Let us know in the comments, or if you had another solution, let us know that too! from: http://osxdaily.com/2015/10/16/fix-wi-fi-problems-mac-os-x-el-capitan/
  19. 2 points
    The accelerated launch schedule is apparently the result of Apple committing to the electric car project, which is code-named Project Titan. Apple is prepared to hire a team of 1,800 people to work on the electric vehicle, and the company has made aggressive efforts in hiring experts in electric vehicles and driverless cars. WSJ notes that an autonomous self-driving ?capability is part of the product?s long-term plans?, but the first version likely won?t be driving itself around, citing sources familiar with the project. Rumors of an Apple Electric Car project first appeared earlier in the year, and while initially met with skepticism, both The Wall Street Journal and Reuters revealed details about the project. Later, the New York Times corroborated the initiative, and Bloomberg reported the Apple Car was aiming for production in 2020. A variety of other rumors have surfaced about the vehicle since, including that Apple was said to be exploring a collaboration with BMW to use the body of the BMW i3 for the project. Another rumor suggested the Apple Car project may actually be a large HUD (Heads Up Display) that is projected onto the inside of a car windshield, similar to that which exists in some advanced fighter jets. It?s also possible the car project is merely a longterm plan to extend the existing CarPlay initiative, which is currently a part of iOS, and allows an iPhone to sync to a CarPlay compatible vehicles and perform a variety of tasks. As is usually the case with Apple rumors, it?s best to take them with a grain of salt until a product is actually launched. Nonetheless, there are enough people working on Apple?s Project Titan that there must be something to it, though it remains to be seen what exactly it will be, let alone how it will look. from: http://osxdaily.com/2015/09/21/apple-car-release-date-2019-wsj/
  20. 2 points

    OS X 10.11

    Rumors have suggested Apple's next iOS update, iOS 9, will focus on performance enhancements and feature optimization, and it's possible that OS X 10.11 could include the same type of improvements, much like OS X Snow Leopard. Released in 2009, OS X Snow Leopard brought a number under-the-hood optimization improvements to make OS X run more smoothly on Macs. An update that focuses on fixing lingering operating system bugs and improving performance would likely be good news to OS X 10.10 Yosemite users who have been plagued by ongoing Wi-Fi bugs and other issues. We may find out more about OS X 10.11 in the weeks leading up to its unveiling at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but as of now, its feature set remains a mystery. Potential Name With OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple ceased naming its operating system updates after large cats and instead announced plans to name future updates after major California landmarks. We don't know what Apple will choose to call its next operating system update, but the company has trademarked a long list of possible names that could be used for upcoming OS X updates. Names cover several major landmarks in California, ranging from surfing spots and popular cities to mountains and deserts. There are even a few iconic California animal names throw in, like Condor, Grizzly, and Redtail. The full list of names: Redwood, Mammoth, California, Big Sur, Pacific, Diablo, Miramar, Rincon, El Cap, Redtail, Condor, Grizzly, Farallon, Tiburon, Monterey, Skyline, Shasta, Sierra, Mojave, Sequoia, Ventura, and Sonoma. Thus far, we've had OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, one name focusing on a water-based location and another focused on a forest-based location. Apple may be picking names randomly, but it's also possible the company will alternate between names that relate to water and names that relate to land. Photo of Monterey, California, one of the potential names for OS X 10.11 or future versions of OS X If that's the case, we could potentially get another one of the ocean-oriented names, like Pacific, Monterey, Farallon, or Rincon, but it's not clear if Apple's following a specific naming scheme. There's also the possibility that the company has other secret trademarks or trademarks it has not applied for protection on at the current time, meaning a name not even on the list could be chosen for OS X 10.11. We've polled our forum members to find the names people preferred out of Apple's trademarked list, and OS X Redwood came in first, followed by OS X Mojave and OS X Sequoia. Discuss OS X 10.11 We may not know what OS X 10.11 will offer, but that hasn't stopped our forum members from listing what they'd like to see in the next operating system update. Many of our forum members have said they'd love to see Apple focus on speed optimizations and bug fixes rather than new features, but some requests include a smarter Spotlight window, Siri integration, a better Dark Mode, and an expansion of the Continuity features first introduced with Yosemite. Want to share what you'd like to see in OS X 10.11? Join in on the discussion. Testing The number of visits we see to MacRumors from Apple IP addresses running pre-release software often gives us hints as to how development is progressing on upcoming updates. Increasing visits to MacRumors.com from devices running OS X 10.11 from Apple's networks Visits we're receiving from devices running OS X 10.11 remain relatively low in the range of dozens per day, but we have seen visits picking up since the start of the new year, suggesting testing is well underway, as it should be as we head toward an initial unveiling and developer seeding in the coming months. We expect to see the number of visits from machines running OS X 10.11 pick up as we creep closer to June. Apple will likely begin distributing the operating system internally to additional employees in the coming weeks to prepare for a preview at WWDC. Release Date Apple previews each new version of OS X and iOS at its Worldwide Developers Conference, so we will likely get our first look at OS X 10.11 on June 8, when the company holds its WWDC keynote event. After the keynote introduction, developers will be given access to OS X 10.11 for testing purposes, and following an extended beta testing period, OS X 10.11 will most likely see a public release in the fall of 2015. Apple's been providing public beta testers with new versions of OS X, so testers may receive OS X 10.11 well ahead of a public launch. from:http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/os-x-10-11/
  21. 2 points
    Making a new Photos library is really quite simple in Photos for OS X, but it?s not entirely obvious. No, you don?t go to the File menu, where you can create new albums and folders for pictures, and is another reasonable management method, but instead you must use a key modifier while the Photos app is launching. To be completely clear, making a new photo library means none of the existing libraries images will be included in the new picture library, unless specifically added. This allows for completely different and unique collections of images. How to Make a New Photo Library in Photos for Mac OS X Quit out of Photos app Re-launch the Photos app in OS X while holding down the Option key, start holding down the option key immediately At the ?Choose Library? screen, select the ?Create New?? button Give the new photo library a name and choose a location on the Mac to store the new photo library (the default will be the users Pictures folder where the other photo libraries are stored) Photos app will launch with a new and completely blank photo library, ready for you to import pictures into and giving the familiar fresh launch screen with four options: Connect a camera or memory card and import pictures from that Drag pictures into the Photos app to import by file Use Import from the File menu Turn on iCloud Photo Library and import pictures from an iCloud account Remember, this new photo library is separate from whatever the default photo library was, whether it was set up as new or imported from iPhoto or Aperture. That means it will not contain any of the previously imported pictures unless they are added again. There does not appear to be a limit to how many new photo libraries you can make in the Photos app for Mac, but juggling between tons of them could become unwieldy, so it?s usually best to make a new library for specific purposes. Having a unique library for each work, personal, private, for example. Switching Between Libraries in Photos App for OS X Now that you have multiple photo libraries, you?ll likely want to switch between them sometimes. This is quite simple and similar to creating a new library to begin with. To select a different library, simply hold down the Option key when you launch Photos app again, then choose the desired photo library. All libraries that have been used by the Photos app will show up on this selection screen, making it easy to juggle between different libraries should the need arise. If a library is stored on an external volume, you?ll obviously need to connect that drive or volume to be able to select and switch to that photo library in the Mac Photos app. Those migrating to Photos app from iPhoto and Aperture apps will likely recall that the Option modifier on launch was used the same way to create new libraries or to choose different photo libraries, which allowed for moving libraries to other volumes amongst other things. It still works that way in OS X with the Photos app. The new Photos app for OS X shares much in common with the iOS Photos app, making many Photos tips relevant to both platforms, particularly since iCloud Photo Library will sync the libraries together seamlessly. from: http://osxdaily.com/2015/04/13/make-new-photo-library-photos-mac-os-x/
  22. 2 points
    Apple on Thursday made Pages, Numbers and Keynote accessible to users without an Apple device through iCloud Beta. Starting last night, anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access the trio of iWork for iCloud beta apps for free. Each account comes with 1GB of complimentary iCloud storage for use with the productivity software. While the offer is currently limited to the iCloud Beta website, it is likely that Apple will rollout the feature to the regular version in the future. To create a free Apple ID account, navigate to iCloud Beta and click on the get started link in the top banner to begin the signup process. Apple introduced iWork for iCloud at WWDC 2013, bringing Pages, Numbers and Keynote to the web. After receiving "overwhelming response," Apple eventually opened the service to all users a few months later. iWork for iCloud has been steadily improved since then with interactive charts, an updated design, expanded language support and more. from:http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/13/iwork-for-icloud-beta-signup/
  23. 2 points
    Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.2 to the public. OS X 10.10.3 includes the much anticipated Photos app for Mac. The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Recent rumors questioned the removal of mentions of the Photos app for Mac from Apple's website, suggesting it might be delayed, but today's beta release indicates that it is still on track for an early 2015 launch. 10.10.3's release notes offer details on the app: Quite a few sites have been given preview access to Photos for Mac, giving us our first look at the app that is designed to replace both iPhoto and Aperture. Re/code, for example, has shared several screenshots of the app, and calls it "both refreshingly new and comfortably familiar." Apple has also created a Photos preview page that walks users through the Photos experience. The Photos for Mac app takes on a Yosemite-style design, with an emphasis on translucency and flatness. Like Photos for iOS, the Mac app organizes images into Moments, Collections, and Years, in a format that's immediately recognizable to anyone who has used the iOS app. Photos for Mac integrates with iCloud Photo Library (though iCloud Photo Library is not required), letting a user access all of their photos regardless of the device they were captured with, for a seamless photo editing and management experience. Beta Photos users will find that their existing iPhoto libraries will be updated for compatibility with the Photos app, and there's also an option to import Aperture libraries. Edits made to a photo on iOS or on Mac through the now-universal Photos app are automatically synced to all devices if iCloud Photo Library is enabled, and the Mac app includes a range of editing tools. Enhance can be used to improve images with a single click, but there are also Smart Sliders for more customized adjustments. The app has somewhat more in-depth tools than were available in iPhoto, giving access to a histogram along with Light, Color, Black & White, Levels, White Balance, and Definition. Eight pre-defined filters are also included for adding quick effects, and there are options for printing Photo books and sharing images on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more. from:http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/05/apple-10-10-3-photos-app/
  24. 2 points
    Today Google GOOGL +4.85% has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Google Earth was created after Google acquired CIA-funded Keyhole Inc. in 2004. Under Keyhole, the application was known as EarthViewer 3D. The Google Earth desktop client hit the billion download mark in October 2011. There are several differences between the free version of Google Earth and Google Earth Pro. The free version of Google Earth lets you print screen resolution images, whereas Google Earth Pro offers premium high resolution photos. The free version of Google Earth requires you to manually geo-locate geographic information system (GIS) images, but Google Earth Pro helps you automatically find them. And the free version of Google Earth only allows you to import image files that are up to a max texture size, but Google Earth Pro offers Super Image Overlays that are more than the max texture size. Google Earth Pro uses the same imagery as the free version of Google Earth. However, Google Earth Pro offers additional tools designed for business users like the ability to create animation movies and an option to set up measuring areas of polygons or circles. Google Earth Pro also lets you map multiple points at once and lets you access demographic, graphic and traffic data layers. ?Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world,? said Google Earth Pro product manager Stafford Marquardt. Google Earth Pro / Credit: Google Data in Google Earth Pro that I find most compelling is the U.S. demographics information. For each state, you can find out demographic information in regards to the age, education, gender and income for the current year or the five-year projected. This data could be useful for businesses to conduct marketing research. RockWare, a geological software company based in Golden, Colorado founded in 1983, is known for taking field measurements at the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains to determine the mysteries underneath the surface that are causing the tilts of rock formations. With a GPS device and specialty tools, RockWare plots the data on a map to gain intuitive 3D understanding of the rocks and then imports this data into Google Earth Pro. Using this data ? Google Earth Pro produces interactive 3D visuals, which RockWare shares with their customers. If a toxic spill leaks into the water table, RockWare can model the spread and speed of the contamination using animations. RockWare?s clients can understand the impact of these types of geological events so that they will know how to act upon them. Here is a video featuring researchers at RockWare discussing how they use Google Earth Pro: You can request a free key for Google Earth Pro at: https://geoauth.google.com/gev0/free_trial.html. The e-mail address that you use to register for Google Earth Pro will be your username. After you sign up, Google will send you a key to enter when you open Google Earth Pro. Do you use Google Earth or Google Earth Pro? What are your thoughts about Google Earth Pro becoming a free service? Let us know in the comments section below! from:http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2015/01/30/google-earth-pro-is-now-available-for-free/
  25. 2 points
    As many here use dual/triple boot laptops, be aware of this "nice addition". A DELL users notebook had to have a new logic board as Computrace could not be removed otherwise. (Source: heise.de/security 15-01-12)
  26. 2 points
    Did you know that sites can create HSTS cookies you can?t delete? This is a known issue for some time, but no cure is available. "Private" browser sessions do not help either. (From the German heise.de/security) Feel free to try this site for demonstration: http://www.radicalresearch.co.uk/lab/hstssupercookies/ A how to is included on the radicalresearch web page. I could not get rid of my SuperCookie "a14vnm" by any means with Firefox 31.3 ESR.
  27. 2 points
    USB Type-C hands-on: It's here and it's great LAS VEGAS -- At CES 2015, folks at NEXTPREV And the best part is, after having had hands-on experience with it, I found the new connection standard totally exciting. For the demo, the group used two Samsung SSD 840 Evo drives together in a RAID 0 setup. Connected to a computer using a Type-C connection, the benchmark test showed a sustained speed of more than 800MBps for both read and write. Prior to USB 3.1, this type of speed was only available with a Thunderbolt connection. The benchmark scores of the demo, more than 800MBps for both reading and writing.Dong Ngo/CNET USB Type-C can also carry much higher power than USB 3.0 and going forward there will be many mobile devices, even laptops, that can be powered via the USB cable instead of using a separate power adapter. At left, a USB Type-C USB 3.1 port built onto an electronics board. At right, the Type-C cable.Sarah Tew/CNET Right now, the Nokia N1 is the first tablet on the market that uses Type-C USB ports and at CES 2015, MSI announced its first gaming notebooks, the GT72, and its first motherboard, the X99A Gaming 9 ACK, that will come with built-in USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Both of these products will ship by March this year. You can expect even more devices to use this new and exciting USB standard in a very near future. from: http://www.cnet.com/news/usb-type-c-hands-on-its-here-and-its-great/
  28. 2 points

    Overheating of (older) MacBooks

    And I?m positive many here could do better, even without making use of a pro drill stand. Or, more creative, write your name with drilled holes! (Source: macissues.com) Full article: http://www.macissues.com/2014/12/29/radical-fix-drill-holes-in-your-mac-to-make-it-run-cooler/#more-2705
  29. 2 points
    A BEGINNER?S GUIDE TO HACKINTOSH = hackintosh Note 1: Throughout the guide, you will see various bit.ly links. These are direct links to the software you will need along the way. Just type the address into a web browser making sure to pay attention to capitalization and spelling, and the file selected will begin downloading. Note 2: Your hackintosh will not initially have an Internet connection so you will need a 4 GB or larger USB flash drive to copy files from another, Internet connected computer. Hello! So you?ve heard about this whole hackintoshing thing and want to give it a shot hmm? Cool! I will assist you every step of the way in your hackintosh journey. Now before we begin, there are a few mandatory system requirements that we must go over. This guide also assumes that you have Windows 7 installed and functioning. First off, your computer, whether it be a desktop, laptop, or toaster, must have an Intel Core processor. You can determine your processor by pressing the Windows key and the pause/break key at the same time while in Windows. If you do not have a pause/break key, open Control Panel from the Start menu and click System. You will see your processor listed there. It must say Intel Core i3, i5, or i7. If it says any other Intel processor, or an AMD processor, you can still hackintosh, but that is not covered in this guide. Let?s assume you have an Intel Core i3. Here are the remaining system requirements. 1) USB mouse and keyboard. If your keyboard/mouse has a rectangular connector, it is USB. 2) 4 GB or more of installed RAM 3) 20 GB or more of free space on your computer?s hard drive to install OS X 4) A compatible graphics card from this list: http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/HCL_10.6.8 (If you need a recommendation on a compatible graphics card, I recommend the EVGA 1GB GeForce 8400 GS model number 01G-P3-1302-LR. It is cheap on Amazon.com {about $30} and provides full graphics functionality all the way up to Mountain Lion. Plus, I personally use it! 5) An 4 GB or larger USB flash drive, along with a DVD drive in your computer 6) A Atheros wireless N network chip model AR5B91 from here: http://bit.ly/ZPSM22 along with a mini-PCI to PCI-E adapter here: http://bit.ly/13E0FYv 7) A Mac OS X version 10.6.3 ?Snow Leopard? DVD. You can purchase one for $30 at store.apple.com. Don?t pirate please. 8) The OSX86 Mod CD linked from PookyMacMan?s thread here http://bit.ly/11zNsOR ?Note: This is the only bootloader that will work for my motherboard and processor. Others may work for you. All credits and thanks go to PookyMacMan from InsanelyMac.com Forum So the game plan is, to partition your hard drive so that OS X can be installed alongside Windows. Then, install OS X 10.6.3 from the DVD, update to 10.6.8, and achieve full hardware functionality with things like graphics and sound. Ready? I sure am, but before we start, you need to know one thing. IT WILL BE TOUGH. This isn?t as easy as popping in a disc and pressing Install. You need to understand what a bootloader is, what kexts are, and a general knowledge of computers at a minimum. It can get very overwhelming and frustrating, but if you understand the concept of what you are trying to accomplish, it will be a lot easier. Ok, now that that?s out of the way, I think we are ready to begin. We are going to start with partitioning your hard drive. Let?s goooooo! CHAPTER ONE PARTITIONING YOUR?HARD DRIVE Chapter 1: Partitioning your hard drive OK, we are ready to partition your hard drive so that OS X can be installed alongside Windows. Partitioning is a process where the operating system splits the hard drive into two virtual drives. Many times you will see this on a computer as Drive C and Drive D. You may even have it setup like this on your own computer! We are going to assume that you have one drive, the C drive. To partition your hard drive, click the Start button and right click Computer. Then select Manage from the list that pops up. Click Yes at the User Account Control prompt if asked. When the Computer Management window comes up, click ?Disk Management? on the left sidebar. You will probably see two drives there, one called Disk 0 and the other called CD-ROM 0 if you have a DVD drive. Next to Disk 0, you will see a box labeled (C:) with the amount of hard drive space you have. Right click that box and choose Shrink Volume. Now this is where it gets pretty technical, so bear with me. You need to shrink the volume by the amount of gigabytes you want OS X to be able to use. Unfortunately, Disk Management makes you enter the amount in megabytes, which are one thousandth of a gigabyte. Let?s assume you want to have OS X use 100 gigabytes. Google has a handy calculator for this, so just type ?100 gigabytes in megabytes? without the quotes into Google and it will give you the answer, 102400 megabytes. Enter that number into the Shrink Volume field and click Next. You will see 100 GB of ?Unallocated Space? in the Disk Management window. RIght click on that and choose ?New Simple Volume?. You will be asked to choose a drive letter and give the partition a name. I chose X for OS X. Click Next until the window goes away and you will see your new partition in the Disk Management window. Congratulations, you successfully partitioned your drive! Next up is burning the OSX86 Mod CD to a DVD and booting Snow Leopard. CHAPTER TWO BOOTING AND INSTALLING MAC OS X SNOW LEOPARD Chapter 2: Booting and Installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard It is now time to boot and install Snow Leopard. The first thing you need to do is download the OSX86/PookyMacMan Mod CD and burn it to a DVD. When you have downloaded the file, right click it and select Burn with Windows. If you don?t have that option, move the cursor to ?Open With? and select Windows Disc Image Burner. When the Windows Disc Image Burner window pops up, insert a blank DVD into your computer?s DVD drive, select Verify after burning, and press Burn. Wait for it to finish burning and eject from your drive. When you have removed the burned disc from the drive, shut down your computer. (Warning: These next few steps can get complicated.) Find out how to access the BIOS from your computer?s manufacturer. If you can?t get a hold of them, it is usually F8, F10, or Delete. The second you turn your computer on, start hitting that button like it?s going out of style! If you boot into a blue screen with yellow text, you are in the right place. Once you are in the BIOS, the mouse will be nonfunctional. The only input you can use is keyboard. Use the arrow keys to move the highlighted option and the Enter key to select. Find an option called ?Advanced BIOS Features? and select it with the arrow keys/Enter key. Once you have that screen open, you should see ?First Boot Device, Second Boot Device?, etc. Highlight First Boot Device and set it to CDROM. (The option in the BIOS is called CDROM even though you are using a DVD drive). Set the Second Boot Device to HDD-1 or Hard Disk. When you have done that, press Escape until you are at the main BIOS screen. Insert the newly burned mod cd into the computer?s CD/DVD drive. Highlight ?Save and exit Setup? and press Enter. Type Y at the ?Save to CMOS and exit?? prompt. Your computer will reboot. Now, it will begin booting the Mod CD instead of Windows. When you see a screen with a rotary phone and a bunch of text at the bottom, wait for your DVD drive to COMPLETELY spin down before swapping the mod cd with the Snow Leopard DVD. I can?t stress this enough, for some reason if the drive is still spinning, it won?t recognize the Snow Leopard disc and reboot the computer. None of your files will be damaged, but it?s annoying as heck. When you have swapped the discs and there is absolutely, positively, no disc activity, press F5. After a moment you should see the Mac OS X disc displayed where it used to say OSX86 mod cd. When you see that, press Enter and pray. If all goes well, you will see the Snow Leopard language selection screen! (This can take a long time, so be patient-5 minutes isn?t unusual.) If you made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back young hackintosher! Most people don?t even make it to this stage. Anyway, when you see the language screen, select a language and click the arrow. When you get to the ?Select a destination for Mac OS X to be installed? screen, you may notice that it is blank! Oh noes! Don?t worry; the installer just can?t see your hard drive yet. Let?s fix that. At the top of the screen, select Utilities and then Disk Utility from the drop down menu. When that opens, you will see your drives listed on the left side. Select your hard drive partition that you created named ?Mac OS X? or something similar. Do NOT select the actual drive, just the partition. You should have two partitions underneath the drive listing. One is your Windows partition, the other is for OS X. Select your OS X partition and click the Erase tab. You need to erase the partition so OS X can install itself onto it. This partition is currently blank, so you won?t lose anything. Make sure the Format is set to ?Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and give your partition a name like OS X or something. Click Erase and let it do its thing. When it?s done, quit Disk Utility by clicking the red dot in the upper left corner. You should now see your partition as an available drive to install Snow Leopard onto. Select it and click Next. When you get to the Install Summary page, click ?Customize? in the bottom left, expand the CUSTOM_OPTIONS box by clicking the arrow next to it, and make sure ?Legacy Kernel? is the only thing checked. You need the legacy kernel for now because OS X can?t recognize Intel Core processors until you update to 10.6.8. After you?ve made that selection, click OK and then Install. Wait for OS X to install. The install usually takes about 25-40 minutes. When the install is complete and the computer reboots, quickly put the Mod CD back into the drive. You will now see an option in the Mod CD menu called ?Mac OS X? Highlight that, type ?v; that is: type a hyphen and a lowercase letter v, and press Enter. Hold your breath. You will see Snow Leopard loading files and should eventually display the desktop. If it hangs at a certain file, we have a problem. I?m going to assume you got to the desktop ok. CHAPTER THREE INSTALLING CHAMELEON BOOTLOADER AND ENABLING HARD DRIVE BOOT Chapter 3: Installing Chameleon Bootloader (NOTE 2. This section is the hardest part and has the most probability for something to go wrong. If ANYTHING does go wrong, and the system won?t boot or you get a kernel panic {a crash where a problem message is displayed in four different languages} email me at hackintoshguideforbeginners@gmail.com and I?ll do all I can to help you out.) At this point, it is required to install the Chameleon bootloader so OS X can boot from the hard drive instead of the mod cd. To do so, download the latest release from the Chameleon Project website. Here is a link to the latest version as of April 19th, 2013. (Just click where it says download attachment here, you don?t have to make a donation.) http://www.osx86.net/downloads.php?do=file&id=3818 Once you have that downloaded, double click it to unzip it from the .zip archive. After it is finished unzipping, double click the package file to begin the installation. There's not much to it, all you really have to do is click Continue at every screen. When it says Installation Successful, close the window. Close all windows while you?re at it. Open Terminal by clicking the magnifying glass at the upper right corner and typing ?Terminal? without the quotes. Press Enter and input your user account password if required. Once Terminal is open, type ?defaults com.apple.finder.AppleShowAllFiles TRUE? again without the quotes and exact capitalization. Press Enter and type ?killall Finder? without quotes. Open a Finder window by selecting the Finder menu at the upper left next to the Apple logo and selecting New Finder Window. Double-click System, double-click Library and double-click Extensions. Minimize that folder by clicking the yellow orb in the ?traffic light? of buttons in the top left corner of the window. Then, download the FakeSMC.kext from here: (you will need to make an account on Project OS X forums) http://bit.ly/ZjJqZx FakeSMC emulates the chipset in a Mac computer and allows it to boot on a non-Mac computer. Just download the file, unzip it, and copy ONLY FakeSMC.kext to /System/Library/Extensions (that folder you minimized earlier). Now you need to download Chameleon Wizard from here http://bit.ly/12QfNlK so you can generate an SMBIOS. An SMBIOS is a bunch of code that makes OS X think it?s running on a real Mac. Follow the usual cycle of download, unzip, run. When it?s running, click the SMBios tab and you?ll notice that all the information is filled out. Just select MacPro 3,1 as the Model Number under the Generate Serial section and click Save at the upper right underneath the Donate button. Close Chameleon Wizard when you are finished. Now you need to download Kext Wizard from here: http://bit.ly/15Xt7su. You guessed it, unzip and install the app by dragging it into the Applications folder in Finder. Run Kext Wizard and click the Maintenance tab at the top left of the window. Select every possible option, (if you can?t select one of the checkboxes, that?s ok. It just means you don?t have that particular configuration) and click Execute. Wait for it to do its thing. When it?s finished, reboot and you will see the Chameleon bootloader menu with two options, Windows NTFS and Mac OS X. Windows NTFS will boot you into Windows, while Mac OS X will boot you into OS X obviously. One thing to remember, at long as we are doing the install process, is to always type -v after you highlight OS X. Sometimes, booting normally won?t work properly and booting with -v is the only way to get it to boot. After all is said and done, you should be able to boot normally. For now though, remember -v! When you get back into OS X, open the Extra folder in Finder and make sure you have org.chameleon.Boot.plist and smbios.plist. If you do not, something is wrong. Email me and I?ll try to help you out. CHAPTER FOUR UPDATING TO OS X 10.6.8 AND ADDENDUM A - ACHIEVING FULL HARDWARE FUNCTIONALITY Chapter 4: Updating to OS X 10.6.8 We are almost finished on our hackintosh journey. There are just a few more steps to complete before you have yourself a fully functional hackintosh. The next step is to update to OS X 10.6.8 to get features like the Mac App Store. We are going to need the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Combo Update from Apple linked here: http://bit.ly/j1Oglf Wait for it to download (it?s a pretty big file), and mount the .dmg file by double-clicking it. When it?s mounted, it will be displayed on your desktop. Open it to begin the installation process. This is very similar to the install for the Chameleon Bootloader. All you are going to need to do is click Next at every screen and wait for it to install. When it does, reboot. Make sure you boot with -v and everything should (read: should) boot normally. I had some problems getting it to boot after I updated mine, but I believe the cause of those problems was that I was using my integrated graphics on the processor instead of a discrete graphics card. If you have a discrete graphics card, such as the nVidia 8400 GS I recommended above, you should be OK. As always, email me at hackintoshguideforbeginners@gmail.com if anything goes wrong. On the other hand, if it boots up normally, congratulations! You now have a fully updated and fully operational Snow Leopard hackintosh! Now there is only one more thing to do. Open org.chameleon.Boot.plist in the /Extra/ folder and change legacy_kernel to mach_kernel. This will use the Apple kernel instead of the patched one thereby allowing you to have WiFi enabled and functioning. You will also notice a speed increase. Addendum A: Achieving full hardware functionality Graphics: If you have the nVidia 8400 GS that I recommended above, all you need to do is open org.chameleon.Boot.plist and after all the other listing pairs of keys and strings type ?GraphicsEnabler Yes? without the quotes. Triple check that you did not make a spelling error or mistyped a slash because if it is not exactly right, OS X won?t be able to boot. Save it when you are done and reboot. You will need to go into Display Settings and make sure the selected resolution and refresh rate matches your monitor?s highest settings. If you don?t know your monitor?s settings, it will usually tell you in the monitor?s manual or you can Google the monitor model. Sound: The exact procedure for enabling sound output depends on your motherboard. The best thing to do is type your motherboard?s model number in Google and after it type hackintosh. You can also try posting on osx86.net or InsanelyMac.com. Wireless Internet: If you bought the WiFi chip and adapter I recommended in the system requirements section, all you need to do is assemble it and pop it into the computer. There are quite a few guides on the Internet for assembling the WiFI adapter so I won?t go into it again here. Just Google ?homemade hackintosh WiFi adapter? and you should find it. Once you have it assembled, plug it into an available PCI-Express slot on your motherboard. Boot into OS X and it will automatically be recognized and ask you to join a wireless network. Made by Wyatt Slauson
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    There?s certainly nothing wrong with that approach, it?s easy and quick, but because it uses the graphical interface of OS X it?s not necessary helpful for scripting purposes or remote management through Remote Login and SSH connections. In these situations, and plenty of others, you may wish to retrieve the current screen resolutions of displays from the command line in Mac OS X. You can get the precise screen resolution with the help of the system_profiler command, which pulls detailed system info as a command line version of the Apple System Profiler utility, long bundled with OS X. The syntax to use is simple, and you?ll probably want to clean up the output with grep to just display the resolution. The system_profiler command for getting just the resolution of connected displays is as follows, as usual with command line syntax be sure the command is on a single line: system_profiler SPDisplaysDataType |grep Resolution The usage of sudo is not necessary, but you can prefix the command with it if you wanted to for some reason or another. Output is easily read and should look something like the following: $ system_profiler SPDisplaysDataType |grep ResolutionResolution: 1920 x 1080 If you?re using multiple displays with the Mac, the resolution for each connected screen will be reported back. If the attached external display is a television, the resolution of the TV screen will be reported as 720p or 1080p too. The command should work in just about every version of Mac OS X, but note that current versions of Yosemite will dump some unnecessary output that should probably be cleaned up with awk if you?re going to use this for scripting. It?s still readable, but it?s a bit cluttered. Note that you can skip the grep portion of the command if you?d like, doing so reports back extended display details which can also be helpful. Keep in mind the output shows the active resolution, not the maximum resolution possible on the display. Thus a Retina display will show what?s currently in use in terms of screen real estate, not the maximum possible resolution of the display.
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    Apple News+ Apple News+ is a new subscription service that extends the Apple News experience with hundreds of magazines and top newspapers Our editors handpick top articles and magazine issues, and you also get personalized recommendations on the topics most interesting to you Automatic downloads make it easy to read magazine issues offline Apple News is now available in Canada, with a free experience that includes handpicked Top Stories, a personalized Today feed, and support for both English and French Apple News+ is available in the U.S. and in Canada, with dozens of additional Canadian magazines Safari Adds Dark Mode support for websites that support custom color schemes Streamlines website login when filling credentials with Password AutoFill Allows push notification prompts only after interacting with a website Adds a warning when an insecure webpage is loaded Removes support for the expired Do Not Track standard to prevent potential use as a fingerprinting variable; Intelligent Tracking Prevention now protects against cross-site tracking by default iTunes Shows more editorial highlights on a single page in the Browse tab, making it easier to discover new music, playlists, and more in Apple Music AirPods Adds support for new AirPods (2nd generation) More Supports Air Quality Index in Maps for US, UK and India Improves the quality of audio recordings in Messages Supports real-time text (RTT) for phone calls made through a nearby iPhone on Mac Provides enhanced support for external GPUs in Activity Monitor Fixes an App Store issue that may have prevented adoption of the latest versions of Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, and GarageBand Improves the reliability of USB audio devices when used with MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini models introduced in 2018 Corrects the default screen brightness for MacBook Air (Fall 2018) Fixes a graphics compatibility issue that may occur on some external displays connected to Mac mini (2018) Resolves Wi-Fi connection issues that may occur after upgrading to macOS Mojave Fixes an issue where re-adding an Exchange account may cause it to disappear from Internet Accounts Fixes an issue where AOL user passwords may be frequently requested in Mail Update Combo
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    This update: Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order Resolves an issue that could cause your Mac to stop responding when connected to an SMB server Update Combo iMac Pro
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    We’ll show you how to list every single terminal command available on a Mac, as well as how to get an explanation and details on each specific command that is shown. How to Show Every Terminal Command Available in Mac OS This trick will reveal every single possible terminal command available to Mac OS and Mac OS X. It works in all versions of Mac OS X system software as long as you are using the bash shell, which is the default in all modern releases. Open the Terminal app found in /Applications/Utilities/ At a fresh bash prompt, hit the Escape key twice You will see a message stating “Display all 1460 possibilities? (y or n)” type “y” key to start showing every command available Hit the Return key to scroll through the huge list of commands available Hit the “Delete” or backspace key to escape the command listing when finished You’ll see a truly exhaustive list of commands available, some of which may be familiar to advanced users and many commands which even pro users likely have never seen or used before. Of course you’re now probably wondering what each command might do, or how to investigate what the shown commands do. That’s easy as well. Getting Info & Explanation for Each Terminal Command You can easily retrieve information and an explanation on any of the shown commands by using the handy open man page trick, which will launch a manual for the chosen command into a new terminal window. Here’s how it works in the context of the all inclusive commands list on Mac OS: Right-click on any command listed you wish to investigate and explain further Choose “Open man page” The manual page for the selected command will open in a new terminal window to explain the command You can also use the Terminal app “Help” menu to quickly launch manual pages by searching for a specific command there. Additionally, if you want to find related commands or related instructions, you can use this trick to search manual pages for matches containing a specific keyword or command. The command line has literally thousands of commands available to use, if you’re interested in learning about specific terminal tricks be sure to read through out command line posts. from: http://osxdaily.com/2017/02/06/list-all-terminal-commands-mac/
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    Twitter buddy Michael Fessler alerted Mac 911 to a great help for those who frequently type in keyboards for two different character sets, like Latin and Hebrew, Chinese, Arabic, and many others. You can make a quick-switch option from the keyboard without resorting to a menu, by turning a tap of the Caps Lock key into a keyboard swap. The option appears in the Keyboard system preference pane in the Input Sources tab. It has a lot of explanation: “Use the Caps Lock key to switch to and from U.S. Press and hold to enable typing in all uppercase.” This won’t appear when you have two keyboards that use the same basic underlying set of characters. That may be confusing, because, for instance, you can add a French keyboard that uses a different layout, like AZERTY, and it’s not an option. Both the U.S. and French keyboards derive characters from the same Latin set. Pick a non-Latin keyboard, and the option appears. If you have multiple non-Latin keyboards, the first one you added is the only one that Caps Lock swaps between. If you add more and then delete the first or more, the most recently added or the last one remaining becomes the swappable keyboard. The Keyboard preference pane now lets you set a simpler way to swap for certain keyboards. This doesn’t work for all non-U.S. layouts, however. If you add Japanese, as my friend Matthew Amster-Burton did, the checkbox doesn’t appear. That’s because macOS’s default input method for Japanese is Hiragana, which relies on the underlying roman syllables, according to Matthew. You can seemingly predict this: if the keyboard preview in the preference pane shows Latin (or “Western”) characters, the keyboard option doesn’t appear; if the preview shows non-Latin characters, it does. from: http://www.macworld.com/article/3123735/macs/how-to-use-cap-locks-in-macos-sierra-to-switch-between-keyboards-that-use-different-characters.html
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    But the more bookmarks you save, the harder it is to find what you’re looking for. Remember that site where you saw that really interesting article last month? You bookmarked it, and you remember the title, but if you look in your Safari bookmarks, you have to either scan the entire list, or search for it. Sure, you can sort bookmarks in folders, but who has the time to do that? And you’d only do that for the sites you visit very often. Wouldn’t it be great if you could sort bookmarks alphabetically in Safari? There has never been a way to do this in Safari itself, but there is a way, one that’s been around for donkeys’ years. The process is slightly different now. Start by displaying your bookmarks in Safari (Bookmarks > Show Bookmarks). Click the Edit button at the bottom of the list. Edit your Safari bookmarks to be able to drag them to the Finder. Drag them all to a folder in the Finder; make sure you don’t select Bookmarks Menu, or you won’t be able to drag the bookmarks. Display that folder in List view (View > As List, in the Finder), and then click the Name header to sort the files by name. Next, move up a level in the Finder (press Command-up-arrow), and drag that folder onto the bookmark list in Safari. All your bookmarks will be added to the Bookmarks list, in that folder, You can delete the originals, then move the bookmarks out of the folder to the Bookmarks Menu, or to your Favorites. This is a lot of work for something that should be pretty simple. You can do this easily in other browsers. For example, in Chrome, if you display your bookmarks and click the Organize menu, you can easily sort them alphabetically (Reorder by title). Chrome lets you sort bookmarks alphabetically. And Firefox gives you a plethora of sort options: Firefox gives you lots of sort options for your bookmarks. Fortunately, there’s an app for this: the free SafariSort, which can sort your bookmarks alphabetically, or in alphabetical order with all your bookmark folders on top of the list. It’s fast and simple, and if you like having bookmarks in order, you can run it regularly. SafariSort is a simple app that sorts your bookmarks alphabetically. Wanting to sort bookmarks alphabetically doesn’t seem like an odd feature request; it’s actually a great way to cull duplicate bookmarks. In fact, Apple should allow Safari to display bookmarks in date order as well. If you add bookmarks to folders, you won’t see all your bookmarks by date, and having a full list in order can be a good way to find what you’re looking for. No matter what, it would be nice if Safari offered some more ways to view bookmarks, as other browsers do. from: http://www.macworld.com/article/3072216/browsers/why-cant-safari-sort-bookmarks-alphabetically.html
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    The simplest way to access the Photo Booth picture files is from the Mac OS X Finder, as they are located in the user home Pictures directory in a package file: Open a new Finder window and navigate to the current users home directory, then open the “Pictures” folder Locate “Photo Booth Library”, this is a library package file that contains all of the images but you’ll find that trying to open it directly is ineffective Right-click (or Control+Click) on the “Photo Booth Library” file and choose “Show Package Contents” Navigate to the “Pictures” folder within the Photo Booth Library contents to find the original image files taken with Photo Booth app in OS X in this folder, they are standard JPEG images You can copy, edit, backup, and delete the Photo Booth image files directly from this folder. These are the original picture files, so if you remove them from this folder they will no longer appear in the Photo Booth app of OS X. The Photo Booth Image File Location in Mac OS X If you want direct access to the photo booth image files through a directory path, for quick access with the Go To Folder command or through the command line, the files are located in the two following locations, depending on the pictures themselves: ~/Pictures/Photo\ Booth\ Library/Pictures/ Note that some pictures will appear in the Originals folder as well, if they have used an effect or filter to distort the image, the original unmodified version will appear here: ~/Pictures/Photo\ Booth\ Library/Originals/ Either of these Finder locations can be accessed directly from the Finder or Terminal, just keep in mind that if you move files out of those directories they will no longer appear within the Photo Booth app on the Mac. In that sense, the package files for Photo Booth are a lot like the library of original files with Photos app on the Mac as well, both accessible to users but generally hidden from the average gander through the file system. Photo Booth is a pretty fun app, if you haven’t messed around with it in a while, you may want to check out some other Photo Booth tips for Mac, as there are hidden effects, secret Debug menus, and simple tricks for disabling the countdown or flash in the app too. from: http://osxdaily.com/2016/03/20/photo-booth-image-file-location-mac-os-x/
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    To be clear, verifying and repairing disk permissions has long been over assigned as a remedy to all sorts of issues on the Mac, most of which are rarely accurate or legitimate. In this sense, repairing permissions is sort of considered a form of hocuspocus with little benefit to most OS X situations, but nonetheless there are some unique circumstances where you may want to verify and repair disk permissions in OS X anyway, particularly if a files permissions are actually off, meaning the ability for certain users and processes to read and write particular files and folders. Note this is not the same as verifying and repairing a disk. How to Repair Verify Disk Permissions in OS X El Capitan Open the Terminal application (found in /Applications/Utilities/) and use the following syntax to verify a volumes permissions, this will verify the default root volume of a Mac: sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --verify --standard-pkgs / If you want to verify permissions on a different drive, specify the volume rather than ?/? The command will run and either show permissions that differ, or nothing, depending on what?s found. Not surprisingly, you?ll likely find some variation of permissions that differs, looking something like: Permissions differ on "usr/libexec/cups/cgi-bin", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are dr-xr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "usr/libexec/cups/daemon", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are dr-xr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "usr/libexec/cups/driver", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are dr-xr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "usr/libexec/cups/monitor", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are dr-xr-xr-x . How to Repair Disk Permissions in OS X El Capitan from Command Line Assuming permissions have been found which differ and you?d like to repair them, replace the ?verify flag with ?repair, and again point the command at the same volume: sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --repair --standard-pkgs --volume / Repairing permissions may take a while, just like it did from Disk Utility. If you execute the repair_packages command without sudo and with no specifications or flags, you?ll get a simple help guide instead: $ /usr/libexec/repair_packages Usage: repair_packages [ARGUMENTS]... Commands: --help Print this usage guide. --list-standard-pkgs Display the package ids in the standard set. --verify Verify permissions on files in the specified package(s). --repair Repair permissions on files in the specified package(s). Options: --pkg PKGID Verify or repair the package PKGID. --standard-pkgs Verify or repair the standard set of packages. --volume PATH Perform all operations on the specified volume. --output-format # Print progress info using a special output format. --debug Print debuging information while running. As suggested, this is not really something that should be run on a regular basis as any part of Mac maintenance routine, and it?s rarely necessary, which is likely why Apple pulled it from the Disk Utility application. By the way, earlier releases of OS X also have a command line approach to repairing disk permissions, but it?s handled through the Disk Utility command line tool instead. from: http://osxdaily.com/2015/11/04/verify-repair-permissions-mac-os-x/
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    If this Spotlight freezes and beachball experience is happening to you, it?s quite likely because you have an external hard drive connected to the Mac, perhaps for extended storage or a Time Machine backup. The good news is that you can quickly stop the Spotlight beach ball from happening, and while it makes sense to do this with Time Machine drives, the decision is a bit more complicated with personal file storage as we?ll see in a moment. Stop Spotlight Search Stalls & Beachballs on Macs with External Drives Open System Preferences from the Apple ? menu Choose ?Spotlight? and go to the ?Privacy? tab ? anything placed here will be excluded from Spotlight indexing and search, so we?re going to put the external drive(s) that are spinning up and slowing things down here Go to the Finder and drag and drop the external hard drive root icons into the Privacy tab of Spotlight Exit out of System Preferences and summon Spotlight as usual, there should be no more beach balling as the external drives are no longer accessed by the search function Obviously this has a downside of not being able to search and index an external hard drive, so for users who have manual file backups and maintenance this may not be a reasonable solution. However, it does work great if your primary backup method is for Time Machine, since you don?t want to be searching that with Spotlight anyway, and if you never really want to search through your external drives files it works well for that use case as well. It?s worth pointing out that this beachball stalling thing isn?t a particularly new issue, and OS X has long had a problem with handling external hard drives, typically related to inappropriate drive access and spin-up occurring despite nothing to indicate the external drive should be accessed, and the result is seeing the spinning beachball until the drive wakes up and is ready to be accessed. This is definitely frustrating behavior particularly if you?ve come from a Windows background, where unless the external drive is specifically accessed, it will not spin up and delay everything else in the process (for what it?s worth, Mac OS 9 and before behaved the same way too). This is one of those frustrating issues that has been around long enough that it should have been resolved in some way, but for now, you can continue to use the workarounds specific to Spotlight, or for handling the slowdowns with external drives in general. In case you were wondering, while it?s possible that a connected external hard drive would cause beachballs in other situations where the file system is being accessed, typically the beach ball and freezing is seen when a particular app is experiencing a problem, often requiring the application to be force quit and relaunched again, and in some extreme scenarios, if the entire Mac freezes up, a reboot. That?s not what?s happening here though as there isn?t a specific app problem or OS X problem, it?s just that most external hard drives are slow to spin up if they?re inactive, thus causing the temporary slowdown and a fairly simple solution. from: http://osxdaily.com/2015/10/26/fix-spotlight-stall-beachball-slow-search-mac/
  39. 1 point
    The inability to use Split View is typically because the user has upgraded OS X from a prior release of system software, and a particular setting has carried forward which is preventing Split View from working. But not to worry, this is a very easy fix. Open System Preferences from the ? Apple menu and choose ?Mission Control? Check the box next to ?Displays have separate space? Log out or back in, or reboot the Mac for change to take effect Once the Mac has booted back up again, you can place a window into Split View by holding down the green button or with Mission Control as described here, it should work without incident at this point. The video below demonstrates this method of entering Split View: Since this isn?t labeled as having to do with Split View it?s possible that it will change in a future version of OS X, but for the time being it absolutely works if you have that feature checked on. In a similar manner, showing the Dock on external screens also requires this checkbox to be enabled, whereas many Mac users may have turned it off in order to hide the menu bar from an external display or remedy high WindowServer CPU usage in OS X. A big thanks to Pierre who left this solution in the comments, it has been confirmed to work both ways to both allow Split View, and disallow Split View if it?s unchecked. from: http://osxdaily.com/2015/10/08/fix-split-view-not-working-mac-os-x/
  40. 1 point
    We?ll cover two ways to enter into Split Screen mode, or Split View, on the Mac. Of course you?ll need OS X 10.11 (or later) to have access to this feature too. Entering Split View with Any Window from Anywhere in OS X Probably the easiest way to initially enter Split View is through a long click on any windows green maximize button. Here?s how it works, we?ll use Safari and the Dictionary app as examples to split side by side in full screen Split View: Click and hold on the green maximize button of an active window (for example, a Safari window) When the window shrinks slightly and the background becomes highlighted, you?re about to enter Split View, while continuing to hold the green button drag the active window into either the left or right panel to place it full screen there As soon as you place the first window into the Split View panel, the other side of the screen turns into a mini-Expose much like Mission Control, simply click the window tile you want to open into Split View for the other side here to immediately send it side by side into Split Full Screen Mode Once you select the other window to full screen, they?ll be side by side one another in Split View: That?s all there is to it, that probably sounds more complicated than it is though, so I?d highly recommend trying it out yourself as there?s basically nothing that can go wrong by testing it. Just do a long press on the green button in a Mac window title bar and you?ll see for yourself how it works. The video below demonstrates this feature in OS X with a Safari browser window on your favorite website (osxdaily.com), and the Dictionary app: You can escape Split View just as you would exit full screen mode in general, either by clicking on any of the split viewed windows green button again, or by hitting the Escape key. Either will leave Split View in Full Screen mode, returning you to your regular Mac desktop experience. You can also swipe to the side with a multi-touch trackpad or multitouch mouse to return to the desktop from split view, and then swipe back to return to the aforementioned Split View. Using Split View Full Screen Mode from Mission Control on the Mac You can also enter Split View from Mission Control by dragging apps and windows around, this is slightly trickier compared to the long-click green button method outlined above, but if you?re a big fan of working from Mission Control you?ll appreciate this: Enter Mission Control as usual, then drag any app or window to the very top of the screen and drop it there, this will send it into full screen mode in that screen Now drag and drop another app or window into the same screen thumbnail, this will cause those two apps to enter Split View together Click on the little thumbnail to enter into Split View for those two applications or windows As usual, you can swipe left or right to return to the desktop, or hit the Escape key to exit Full Screen / Split View mode. from: http://osxdaily.com/2015/10/01/use-split-view-mac-os-x/
  41. 1 point
    The first picture is of the gorgeous Los Arcos rock formation found in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hosted on Apple.com, it?s actually meant to be used as an image to demonstrate the high resolution retina displays on the MacBook Pro lineup, but like so many other pictures found on the Apple website, it makes for a phenomenal wallpaper too. The second picture is an incredible shot of an evening view from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, California ? yes, the same viewpoint found in one of the OS X El Capitan wallpapers except this one is taken at sunset rather than nighttime. Hosted on Wikipedia, it?s part of their ?featured pictures? collection, which is easy to see why. The third picture is of sunlight hitting some beautiful rock formations seen in Serra dos Orgaos National Park in Brazil. Also found on the Wikipedia ?featured pictures? collection, it makes for a phenomenal desktop picture for whatever device you have. Click on any of the thumbnail images below to open the full sized image at the source location: Los Arcos, Cabo San Lucas from Apple.com (2880 x 1800) Glacier Point in Yosemite, California from Wikipedia.org (6000 ? 2654 resolution ? Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0) God?s Finger, Brazil from Wikipedia.org (4288 x 2848 resolution ? Photo by Carlos Perez Couto, License: CC-BY-SA 3.0) If you?re not into these for whatever reason, feel free to check out our other wallpaper collections here, there are plenty of other great images to use as your desktop backgrounds. from: http://osxdaily.com/2015/08/16/3-stunningly-scenic-landscape-wallpapers/
  42. 1 point
    Released on Thursday, Mac OS X 10.10.5resolves scores of holes and technical glitches. But one serious bug in particular was squashed along with the rest. Known as DYLD, this vulnerability in Apple's OS X was considered serious because it enables hackers to remotely run a program on a Mac using administrator rights, which opens up wide access to the entire operating system. The vulnerability had already been exploited "in the wild," or in the real world, according to the Guardian, with at least one adware installer taking advantage of it. The Mac OS has long enjoyed a reputation as more secure than Windows. But just like Microsoft, Apple has to do its fair share of patching with regular updates and bug fixes. The latest update resolves more than 100 different bugs affecting Bluetooth, QuickTime, the Mac OS X kernel, the Mac's Notification Center and other features. In the past, Apple has sometimes been slow about patching individual bugs, whereas Microsoft rolls out a series of patches on a monthly basis through its Patch Tuesday program. Apple's details on the bug fix, which is available for OS X Yosemite versions 10.10 through 10.10.4, said that with the vulnerability, "a local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with system privileges." Apple noted that the problem was due to a "path validation issue" in DYLD and that the issue was addressed through "improved environment sanitization." Apple did not immediately reply to CNET's request for a layman's explanation of these terms. The DYLD bug was first reported by security researcher Stefan Esser. In a tweet posted late Thursday, Esser said: "Hmm so Apple released 10.10.5 fixed some bugs and made another security problem worse than before." Esser didn't reveal which security problem was allegedly made worse. But he reportedly has advised Mac users not to uninstall his SUIDGuard kernel extension, which guards against attacks that take advantage of the DYLD hole, according to security news site SecurityWeek. from:http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-squashes-serious-security-bug-with-update-to-mac-os-x/
  43. 1 point
    The roadmaps published by FanlessTech show specifications for Intel's 15-watt Skylake-U series, a low-power product targeting thin-and-light notebooks and ultralights. As noted by the publication, Intel is apparently streamlining its product offering to one Core i7, one Core i5, one Core i3, one Pentium, and two Celerons, not including two vPro chips. It's not yet clear which SKU Apple will choose for its MacBook Air update, but likely candidates include chips from the Core i5-6200U and Core i7-6500U series. Both versions feature integrated Intel HD 520 graphics, with the Core i5 chips clocked at 2.3GHz and 2.4GHz, while Core i7 models jump to 2.5GHz and 2.6GHz. Aside from clock speed bumps, Intel's new 14-nanometer architecture is expected to improve battery life by up to 30 percent while also boosting CPU performance by 10 to 20 percent over the company's current line of Broadwell chips. The enhancement will likely have a pronounced effect on thin-and-light systems like the Air. While Intel's roadmap lacks specific launch dates, previous rumors suggest Skylake CPUs could start shipping in October. from: http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/08/11/leaked-intel-skylake-u-roadmap-reveals-cpus-likely-bound-for-macbook-air-
  44. 1 point
    Let me point out right off the top that if you're using a Mac with built-in SSD storage, none of this applies to you. Trim support in 10.10.4 is only relevant to Macs with upgraded third-party SSD. And even then, trim may only be relevant to a subset of those Macs. "Trimming" is a technique used by operating systems to do "garbage collection" on an solid state disk. Trimming enables the SSD to consolidate blocks of flash memory to make sure performance remains high. Without garbage collection, an SSD can slow down over time as more data is written to the drive. If you bought your Mac with an SSD factory-installed by Apple, you don't have to worry. First party SSDs do their own garbage collection, so no changes are necessary for those systems. Third-party SSDs equipped with SandForce controllers, like the ones sold by Other World Computing (OWC), don't need any help, either. With Mavericks and previous OS X releases, some Mac users who had upgraded their computers with third-party SSDs used Trim Enabler and other tools to get trim support to work on their drives. That went away with the release of Yosemite, which enforced a new security measure called "kext signing." Kernel extensions, or kexts, are system drivers. Kext signing makes sure system drivers stay unaltered to prevent potential security problems. Unfortunately, this meant that utilities which altered the way SSD drivers work stopped working on Yosemite. While kext signing is still Yosemite's law of the land, 10.10.4 introduces a new "trimforce" command that enables trim on SSDs. OS X 10.10.4's new "trimforce" command is entered through the Terminal: sudo trimforce enable The operating system barks back a long and potentially scary message about how using trimforce may cause "unintended data loss or data corruption" before turning it on. The problem is that not all SSDs implement trim support the same way, and some models from some manufacturers appear to have very buggy trim implementations all together. So why did Apple enable this? Well, it looks like this is an early implementation of something we expected in El Capitan, but many newer third-party SSDs don't have any trouble with trim support and will benefit from it, so it's a net positive. Again, if you're using a Mac equipped with a factory-installed SSD or one that uses an SSD that has a SandForce controller, this doesn't apply. If you're using a third-party SSD, use this command at your own risk. I'd strongly recommend checking with user support forums and any other online resources for your SSD maker before enabling trimforce on your Mac, and whatever you do, back up early and often. from:http://www.imore.com/os-x-10104-and-trim-support-should-you-turn-it
  45. 1 point

    The Pita Bread Atack

    The authors demonstrate the extraction of secret decryption keys from laptop computers, by nonintrusively measuring electromagnetic emanations for a few seconds from a distance of 50 cm. The attack can be executed using cheap and readily-available equipment: a consumer-grade radio receiver or a Software Defined Radio USB dongle. The setup is compact and can operate untethered; it can be easily concealed, e.g., inside pita bread. Common laptops, and popular implementations of RSA and ElGamal encryptions, are vulnerable to this attack, including those that implement the decryption using modern exponentiation algorithms such as sliding-window, or even its side-channel resistant variant, fixed-window (m-ary) exponentiation. Here is the full story: http://www.tau.ac.il/~tromer/radioexp/index.html
  46. 1 point
    Setting up Windows 10 to run on the Mac is quite simple and requirements are basic enough, though the more resources the computer has the better the overall experience will be. To get started, you?ll first need to download Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft and get VirtualBox. The rest is just a matter of following the simple instructions, and soon you?ll have Windows running in OS X in no time. Download VirtualBox from Oracle (free) ? install this as like any other app Download Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft (free) ? put this somewhere easy to locate, like the Mac Desktop At least 8GB of disk space to install Windows into the virtual machine A reasonably speedy computer with sufficient RAM and CPU (the newer the better, as usual) A quick side note: VirtualBox is cross platform compatible, and while we?re demonstrating installing Windows 10 in OS X Yosemite here, you can actually run through this exact tutorial on any other major operating system as well outside of the Mac. Essentially this means you can run Windows 10 in OS X (Yosemite, Mavericks, you name it), Windows 7, or even Linux, using the exact same software and instructions, nifty huh? How to Run Windows 10 on Mac with VirtualBox for OS X Now that you?ve got the software components necessary to run Windows 10 in a virtual machine, let?s run through the installation process: Open VirtualBox and click on the ?New? button to build a new virtual machine Name the new virtual machine ?Windows 10 VM? (or something equally obvious), select ?Microsoft Windows? as the type and choose ?Windows 10? as the version, then choose Continue Select to create a new virtual hard drive, then choose Continue again Back at the primary VirtualBox screen, choose ?Start? to boot the new Windows 10 volume Since there is no drive or OS installed yet, you will be asked to choose a virtual optical disk, click on the Folder icon and choose the Windows 10 ISO you downloaded earlier, then click ?Start? In a moment or two you?ll be in the Windows 10 installer, select your language and click ?Next? Go through the standard Windows 10 installation experience, this can take a little while but eventually you?ll create a user account, select a user name, and do some basic Windows configuration When setup is finished, Windows 10 will be running in VirtualBox, right on your Mac ? yes this is a full featured version of Windows When you?re finished, quit VirtualBox like any other application and Windows 10 will shut down. When you want to run Windows again in OS X, just launch VirtualBox again, select your Windows 10 virtual machine, and click the ?Start? button to boot Windows in the app. Easy, right? Yes, this is a complete version of Windows 10. These preview builds expire eventually when the final version comes out from Microsoft, but there is some speculation that they may make Windows 10 free. Regardless, when the final version comes out you?ll be able to install it and run within VirtualBox the same way as outlined above. Keep in mind this is a virtual machine, which basically means the VirtualBox app is functioning as a virtual computer on top of your existing Mac. This undoubtedly impacts performance, which is part of why the more resources the computer has the better the experience, so you?re not going to want to be using this for trying to play some wild Windows games in OS X. Nonetheless, this is more than sufficient for basic Windows tasks, using Windows apps like Internet Explorer, or just to get a feel for Windows 10. For a true native Windows experience on a Mac, you?d want to install the OS with Boot Camp as a side-by-side bootable operating system, we?ll cover that another time though. If you?re enjoying this VirtualBox experience, you may be pleased to discover that you can run many other operating systems in the virtual machine environment as well. If you want to try Linux, you can run Ubuntu on your Mac with VirtualBox, or many versions of Internet Explorer in different Windows VMs, Windows 8, even Android 4, older versions of Mac OS X like Snow Leopard, and much more, you can explore our VirtualBox section for more. If you get tired of Windows 10, you can either delete the virtual machine from within VirtualBox, or remove the Windows .vdi file (the virtual disk image) from your hard disk manually. Keep in mind that if you delete the VM, any files that you created in Windows will be removed as well. from: http://osxdaily.com/2015/03/25/install-run-windows-10-mac-virtualbox-os-x/
  47. 1 point
    Newly unearthed emails show Apple knew Google Glass was going to flop from Day 1 WEARABLES By Brad Reed on Jan 16, 2015 at 12:26 PM Email @bwreedbgr Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Plus Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit It?s been a couple of years since Google first started showing off Google Glass to the world, and in that time we have never heard any rumor that Apple was working on a device to compete with the digital headset. And now a new report from Business Insider may explain why: One of Apple?s most important executives seemingly thought it would be a bomb from the start. RELATED: Can this man save Google Glass? Business Insider has obtained some emails that were sent by Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller to tech blogger Abdel Ibrahim of The Tech Block after reading one of his posts making fun of Google Glass. ?I can?t believe they think anyone (normal) will ever wear these things,? Schiller wrote. ?It reminds me of the push to market video goggles a few years back.? There are many, many reasons Google Glass has a very big public image problem and one of them is definitely how awkward the device makes people look while they?re wearing it. The other issue was that many people felt uncomfortable around people wearing Glass because they were always worried they were being secretly filmed by the device. At any rate, if or when Google comes out with a second-generation model, we imagine it?s going to look a lot different than the dorky Borg-like headset it first showed off in 2012. from: https://bgr.com/2015/01/16/google-glass-vs-apple-watch/
  48. 1 point
    One of the most important features in Apple?s Yosemite desktop operating system is the new Spotlight search, which offers users quick access to apps and files on a Mac and also a fast way of accessing certain online resources. But Spotlight apparently has a flaw that can expose certain personal details to spammers and thus disregard the privacy settings chosen by the user. FROM EARLIER: Your private browsing habits are far from being as private as you might think Detailed initially by German security publication Heise, the Spotlight flaw is actually rather simple. Spotlight shows previews of searched items to the user, including images in emails on the Mac. When that happens, spammers and online marketers who send images in emails with the purpose of tracking users can get information such as IP addresses and the number of times an image is seen by the user. Even if users disable image previews in mail apps, thus preventing such third-parties for collecting personal data, Spotlight disregards those settings, choosing to still load preview images from those emails, including the actual images in emails. Even if an email lands in the junk email folder, a preview of it is still shown when it matches certain searches performed by the user. As Ars Technica points out, it?s not clear if Spotlight?s preview features also overrides any similar image blocking in other apps. From: http://bgr.com/2015/01/09/yosemite-spotlight-search-privacy-issue/
  49. 1 point
    Some Mac users running OS X Yosemite have discovered Bluetooth to become unreliable, either dropping device connections constantly or even simply not discovering a working Bluetooth device. For example, some users who are trying to use a PS3 controller with the Mac in OS X Yosemite may find that the Mac is unable to locate the Bluetooth controller at all, despite being right next to the computer and properly following the configuration instructions. An easy way to know if this is a Yosemite-specific issue for you is if the Bluetooth device worked fine prior to updating to OS X Yosemite, and the Bluetooth preference panel shows nothing despite there being various devices readily available in the area: While general Bluetooth disconnection issues can be caused by a variety of things, from low battery to poor signal quality, this particular instance where Bluetooth hardware is outright not detected appears to be specific to OS X Yosemite and Bluetooth, and the resolution is somewhat unusual, but also fairly easy: Disconnect all USB devices from the Mac (anything connected to a USB port, unplug it) Shut down the Mac and leave it turned off for 2 minutes Boot the Mac again as usual, then reconnect all of the USB devices again Try again to sync the Bluetooth device(s) with the Mac through the System Preference panel of OS X I know those troubleshooting directions sound a little bizarre, but those are actually Apple recommendations for fixing the Bluetooth discovery problem with OS X Yosemite, and it almost always works! If you?re still running into Bluetooth problems after trying the weird USB disconnection two minute protocol, resetting the Mac SMC may help as well as simply turning Bluetooth OFF and back ON again through the OS X preference panel. Presumably the Yosemite and Bluetooth problem will be resolved in an upcoming OS X 10.10 system update, so be sure to update OS X when new versions become available. from:http://osxdaily.com/2014/12/30/bluetooth-discovery-problem-fix-os-x-yosemite/
  50. 1 point
    Working in Terminal Writing to NTFS drives is a functionality that's been built into OS X for some time. For whatever reason, though, it's an option that Apple has chosen to hide from the sight of the average user. What this means for you is that in order to enable writing to an NTFS drive, you're going to need to dive into Terminal which is located within the Utilities folder. Once in Terminal type: sudo nano /etc/fstab The sudo command is telling Terminal that you'd like to be granted administrator access to the command line. That means you're going to need to enter the administrator password and press Enter. If you've never used Terminal before, it might come as a surprise that when entering a password, rather than showing what you're typing Terminal will show nothing at all. When you're finished typing your password, you'll be brought to a program that looks like something out of the 80's. The program is called nano and it's the text editor that's built into Terminal. The file that you'll edit is called stab. It's a system configuration file that's responsible for the drives and partitions connected to the Mac. Within nano type: LABEL=drivename none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse Make sure to replace drivename with the name of the drive. The drive's name should contain no spaces, as adding a space to the configuration file would tell your Mac to interpret whatever's after that space as a separate command. Finally, press Control-O to save the file and Control-X to exit nano. Accessing Your Drive With the hard work of editing system configuration files out of the way, navigate to Finder and unmount the drive. When the drive has been unmounted, unplug it from the Mac and then plug it back in. You'll notice that the drive no longer shows up in Finder's Devices menu or on the desktop. This is due to it's precarious existence as a hidden feature. Luckily, there's a pretty simple workaround for this. Within Finder's menubar, click Go and then Go to Folder. Type /volumes as the path and press Enter. Once inside OS X's hidden Volumes folder, you can drag your NTFS drive to the sidebar underneath the Favorites tab in the sidebar for easy access. You're now able to read and write to an NTFS drive! Full Article
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