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    noname reacted to fantomas for an article, macOS Mojave 10.14.5 public release now!!   
    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
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    noname reacted to fantomas for an article, macOS 10.14.2 final released!   
    This update:
    Adds RTT (real-time text) support for Wi-Fi calling. Adds a menu item to News for opening a story in Safari. Resolves an issue that may prevent iTunes from playing media to third-party AirPlay speakers.  
    Enterprise content:
    Allows administrators to enable FileVault via MDM for mobile accounts and users created by MDM. Allows users to reset their login password at the login window when that password has expired via a password policy. Resolves an issue that prevents displays from working when connected to MacBook Pro models introduced in 2018, if certain third-party USB graphics devices are also connected.
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    noname reacted to fantomas for an article, Apple released macOS 10.13.3 Update   
    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  


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    noname reacted to fantomas for an article, macOS High Sierra Final Release!!!   
    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.
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    noname reacted to fantomas for an article, macOS Sierra 10.12.6 update is out!   
    Enterprise content:
    Resolves an issue that prevents making certain SMB connections from the Finder. Fixes an issue that causes Xsan clients to unexpectedly restart when moving a file within a relation point on a Quantum StorNext File System. Improves the stability of Terminal app.


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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, How to Change Email Address Linked to Apple ID   
    Note this is focusing on changing the email address associated with an existing Apple ID, it is not the same as changing the Apple ID on a deviceitself, which would mean using a completely different Apple ID. Instead, the same Apple ID is used but the email address is changed, for example if you change your email address permanently than this could be useful. If you aren’t sure what any of this means, don’t mess with any of the Apple ID settings. Similarly, if you have no reason to change the Apple ID email address, then don’t change it. 
    How to Change Email Address Associated with Apple ID
    This will change the email address used to login and use an Apple ID, iCloud, and related features. 

    Open a web browser on a Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Windows PC (use Safari if there any issues) Go to https://appleid.apple.com/, the official Apple ID management page and log in to your existing Apple ID* Choose the “Edit” option on the side of the Account area Now choose “Change Email Address” under the existing email associated with the Apple ID Enter the new email address you want to use and associate with the Apple ID in the email@address.com format, then click “Continue” Wait a moment or two for a verification email to arrive to the new email address, then enter that verification code into the box and choose “Verify” Click “Done” to save the changes * If you have it setup to use Apple ID 2-factor authentication you will need to verify a code before being able to login to the Apple ID website.
    Again, you are not changing the Apple ID itself that is logged into a device, it is simply changing the email address that is used for a specific Apple ID account. 
    Once you make this change then all future instances of logging into an iOS device, iPhone, iPad, Mac, iCloud, iTunes, or elsewhere will use the new email address you changed to. The old email address associated with the Apple ID will no longer work and no longer login, you must use the new linked email address to login in the future. 
    Only make this change if you must do so, it is not to be changed casually. If you change the email address associated with an Apple ID it will make any other device logged in with the prior email address (though the same ID) no longer function. Similarly, if you make the change and then forget your email or password associated with the account, you would have to follow steps to recover a forgotten Apple ID which is a nuisance at best. 
    Know of another option to change an Apple ID email address? Have an alternative approach to achieve the same effect? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 
        from: http://osxdaily.com/2017/03/12/change-email-address-linked-apple-id/
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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, How to List Every Terminal Command on Mac OS   
    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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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, Move a PiP Video Player Window Anywhere on Mac   
    But what if you want to move your Picture-in-Picture window somewhere else on the Mac screen?

    You can do that by holding down a keyboard key while attempting to move the window around.
    To locate the PiP window anywhere on the Mac display, simply hold down the Command key while dragging the Picture-in-Picture video player window elsewhere on the screen.
    As long as you are holding the Command key you can locate the PiP video window anywhere.
    To try this out yourself, open a Picture-in-Picture video playing as usual and then hold down the Command key as you drag and locate the PiP window where ever you’d like it to be.
    This should come in handy anytime you’re watching a PiP video on the Mac but the video player is blocking an interface component or some important data on the screen. 
        from: http://osxdaily.com/2016/12/19/move-picture-picture-video-window-anywhere-mac/
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    noname reacted to fantomas for an article, macOS 10.12.2 avalaible to download   
    This update:

    • Improves setup and reliability of Auto Unlock
    • Allows addition of a Chinese Trackpad Handwriting button to the Touch Bar Control Strip
    • Adds support for taking screenshots of the Touch Bar using the Grab app or Cmd-Shift-6 shortcut
    • Fixes an issue that caused the Touch Bar emoji picker to appear on the display
    • Resolves graphics issues on MacBook Pro (October 2016) computers
    • Fixes an issue where System Integrity Protection was disabled on some MacBook Pro (October 2016) computers
    • Improves setup and opt-out experience for iCloud Desktop and Documents
    • Fixes an issue with the delivery of Optimized Storage alerts
    • Improves audio quality when using Siri and FaceTime with Bluetooth headphones
    • Improves the stability of Photos when creating and ordering books
    • Fixes an issue where incoming Mail messages did not appear when using a Microsoft Exchange account
    • Fixes an issue that prevented installation of Safari Extensions downloaded outside the Safari Extensions Gallery
    • Adds support for new installations of Windows 8 and Windows 7 using Boot Camp on supported Macs
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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, How to Trigger an Alert Dialog Pop-Up from Command Line in Mac OS   
    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.
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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, How to Open .pkg Files to View What Will Install on Mac with Suspicious Package   
    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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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, http://osxdaily.com/2016/08/24/how-use-summarize-text-mac/   
    Summarize is adjustable as well, meaning you can choose how dense or light you want the summary to be. You can pick paragraphs or sentences, and adjust the length of the summary, which can vary from a simple outline condensed from the document, to a nearly cliff-notes like version of the text in question, or anything in between.

    Summarize must be enabled on most Macs before it will be usable, and then its just a matter of learning how to use the summarize feature to provide a condensed overview of the document, web page, or any selected text. We’ll show you how to enable this helpful feature and how to use it.
    Enabling Summarize in Mac OS
    Before anything else, you must enable the Summarize service. This exists in nearly all even vaguely modern versions of macOS and Mac OS X:

    Open the “System Preferences” from  Apple menu and go to “Keyboard” Choose the “Shortcuts” tab and visit “Services” Scroll down until you find “Summarize” and enable the checkbox next to it Close System Preferencse Using Summarize on the Mac to Review Text
    Now that Summarize is enabled, you can use it with any selected text, whether it’s a web page, a long word, text, or pages document, or just about anything else:

    Choose the text you wish to summarize, if you want to summarize an entire document or webpage, select all the text (Command + A for Select All works well for this purpose) Right-click on the selected text and go to the “Services” menu Choose “Summarize” to bring up the Summarize Service feature Adjust the ‘Summary Size’ dial as desired, as well as choosing Sentences or Paragraphs As you’ll see, the summary instantly changes as you adjust the settings. Once you are satisfied with the summary, you can copy it, or save it, or discard it.
    This is helpful for so many uses, whether you just want to get a quick outline of a document, get the general substance of something without reading it all, and so much more. For example, I had a colleague some years ago who would use Summarize with a word counter to shorten essays and long emails after they were written and they swore by the combination, not a bad idea!
    Like any other item in the contextual Services menu, it can be disabled or removed just by going back to the Services system preference area and unchecking the box. 
    Thanks to LifeHacker for pointing out this useful but long forgotten feature in Mac OS X.
        from: http://osxdaily.com/2016/08/24/how-use-summarize-text-mac/
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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, How to Enable Bluetooth Without a Keyboard or Mouse on Mac   
    We’re going to show you how to tackle that situation in Mac OS, so that you can enable Bluetooth even if you can’t connect a Bluetooth mouse or Bluetooth keyboard to the computer to do so.
    Keep in mind this is not a general Bluetooth troubleshooting guide, it’s aimed specifically at users who find the Bluetooth service to be disabled and they are therefore unable to use a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse on their Mac. If you need general Bluetooth troubleshooting steps, start with replacing the batteries of the devices, reset the Bluetooth hardware on Mac, and some other tips for resolving Bluetooth Not Available errors.
    Also, remember that the latest Apple Magic Mouse 2 and Apple Wireless Keyboard 2 models both have a USB lightning port on them, which means they can be plugged in directly to the Mac to get around such a problem.
    How to Enable Bluetooth on Mac Without a Mouse in Mac OS X
    This demonstrates how to enable Bluetooth if you only can connect a keyboard to a Mac. This is common if your Mac uses a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad and somehow Bluetooth is disabled, where it can be extra challenging to get the service turned on again. Fortunately as long as you have a keyboard handy (USB or otherwise), plug it in and you can enable Bluetooth with just that keyboard by following these instructions:

    Connect a USB keyboard to the Mac (or use the built-in keyboard on a MacBook laptop) Hit Command+Spacebar to bring up Spotlight, then type in “Bluetooth File Exchange” and hit the Return key This launches the Bluetooth File Exchange app, which will immediately recognize that Bluetooth is turned off, simply hit the “Return” key again to choose the “Turn Bluetooth On” button Once Bluetooth is enabled, quit out of Bluetooth File Exchange app You can also navigate to and through the Bluetooth settings with just the keyboard, but that’s quite a bit more complex than simply searching for the app which triggers the service enabler directly. 
    How to Enable Bluetooth Without a Keyboard in Mac OS X
    Enabling Bluetooth when you don’t have a USB keyboard is easy since you can just use any USB Mouse or USB trackpad as usual to enable the service with the cursor:
    Pull down the Bluetooth menu item in Mac OS X and choose “Turn Bluetooth On”
    Simple, right?
    If the Bluetooth menu item is also disabled, simply go to the  Apple menu, choose System Preferences, Bluetooth, and turn the Bluetooth service on from there with the mouse. 
    Once Bluetooth has been enabled with the mouse, you can connect the Bluetooth keyboard as usual, along with any other devices.
    How to Enable Bluetooth Without a Keyboard or Mouse in Mac OS X
    This is a trickier situation, which is usually encountered if there is no USB keyboard or USB mouse available, and both the mouse and keyboard are Bluetooth instead. It’s usually iMac, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro users who encounter this experience, in which case the following steps are necessary:
    First thing first, be sure the Bluetooth keyboard and Bluetooth mouse have sufficient battery power and are turned on Disconnect all physical devices from the Mac, including any peripherals and anything except the power cable Reboot the Mac (or boot the Mac if it was shut down) using the physical hardware button located on the machine (it’s usually on the back on modern Macs) This will trigger the Bluetooth setup wizard and detect the Bluetooth devices and enable the service automatically, assuming they are within range and sufficiently charged
    If for some reason the bluetooth setup wizard doesn’t trigger and the Mac boots up again with Bluetooth disabled, you’ll probably want to get your hands on either a USB mouse or USB keyboard and refer to the methods outlined above to enable Bluetooth with either just a mouse, or just a keyboard.
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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, Move Cursor Word by Word in Terminal for Mac OS X   
    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/
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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, How to Recreate Recovery Partition in Mac OS X   
    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/
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    noname reacted to fantomas for an article, 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.

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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, Fixing Wi-Fi “Connection Timeout Occurred” Errors on Mac OS X   
    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.




    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/
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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, How to Secure Erase Free Space on Mac Drives with OS X El Capitan   
    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. 
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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, Make Animated GIFs from Movies in Mac OS X with Drag & Drop Ease   
    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/
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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, OS X source code hints at switch to ‘macOS’   
    Why not macOS, then?
    A bit of source code in the current stable release of OS X (10.11.4) seems to point to that very thing.
    Developer Guilherme Rambo told Portuguese-language site MacMagazine.com.br that he found an interface file (FUFlightViewController_macOS.nib, in the FlightUtilities framework) that uses the macOS terminology in the file name.
    Surely Apple is looking to this as a possible renaming of OS X, which would fit it right in with it’s OS naming for its mobile devices, Apple TV and Apple Watch. It would make sense to launch MacOS 11 this year, too, with new OS versions across the line up (iOS 10, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10) to make it a banner year.
    The UNIX-based OS X has been around for 15 years, so it’s probably time to start calling it something new. Originally named after big cats (Puma, Cheetah, Jaguar, Panther, Snow Leopard, and so on), recently the team at Apple has named the different releases after places in California, like El Capitan and Yosemite. There’s no reason Apple can’t continue this naming convention; it’s just that making the OS match the device name would make things a bit clearer to customers.
    While we don’t really know what the plan is, we do hope to see the arrival of Siri on macOS (or whatever it’s called in the next release). It would make a lot of branding sense, for sure. Here’s hoping.
    from: http://www.cultofmac.com/420436/os-x-source-code-hints-at-switch-to-macos/
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    noname reacted to fantomas for an article, Security updates for Mavericks and Yosemite   
    Mavericks and Yosemite were given yesterday their first security update of the year 2016. It seems that many vulnerabilities have been fixed in each OS, some were shared with El Capitan 10.11.3 or touched in Safari WebKit. These updates will recover as always from the Mac App Store or by these direct links:
    Yosemite : 2016-001 [370 Mo] Mavericks : 2016-001 [289 Mo]
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    noname reacted to fantomas for an article, New Mac Pro 2016 rumors   
    When is the new Mac pro coming out?
    Is the question that many of professional Mac users they wonder. The current Mac Pro has been unveiled for the fist time at WWDC 2013 and since then, he never evolved.
    More, this Mac Pro has never known real success, whether for its design or its perspective lacks of evolution. Although, many professional Mac users are still using old Mac Pros from pre 2012 mainly because they are easily upgradable.
    But despite of the pessimism, it seems that Apple is preparing its coming out, since traces have been found in El Cap code. For its part, Intel plans to release new Xeon E5 V4 - chips up to 22 cores! Here is the list (preliminary data) of the next Intel processors - Apple will have choice for his Mac Pro 2016.

    There are rumors saying the new Mac Pro 2016 could emerge in March - other saying at the next WWDC 2016 in June. Whatever happens, stay tuned...
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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, How to View & Clear the Mac NVRAM Contents from Terminal in OS X   
    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.
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    noname reacted to noway for an article, Lighteater   
    Because almost no one applies BIOS patches, almost every BIOS in the wild is affected by at least one vulnerability, and can be infected.
    The high amount of code reuse across UEFI BIOSes means that BIOS infection is automatable and reliable.
    Lighteater may infect almost any new or old hardware and hides in flash until it notices "promising" data to collect and send outbound.
    Wiping HDD/SSD aint no cure, only a flashing a trustworthy untouched UEFI may help - until next time.


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    noname reacted to c.frio for an article, Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free   
    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!
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