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By Tom Nelson

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Apple's New CDN (Content Delivery Network) Is Live Created: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      Apple's new CDN (Content Delivery Network) went live this week (07/30/2014). The CDN will ensure faster data transfers between iCloud, iTunes, support downloads, and the various app stores and your Mac. Faster is always good, and with Apple's new CDN there should be quicker access to the upcoming OS X updates and beta programs, along with higher quality access to all of Apple's streaming services.
    • Apple Document Reveals Existence of Mid-2014 Mac minis and iMacs Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      Apple accidentally listed mid-2014 Mac minis and 27-inch iMacs in a Boot Camp support document. After discovering its error, Apple quickly removed the document from its servers, but not before it was spotted by eagle-eyed Apple enthusiasts. We've been expecting both Mac models to receive an update this year, and if Apple is to meet its own mid-year designation, the updated models would need to be available to order before the first day of fall; more likely, before the end of August.
    • New Safari Features Part of OS X Yosemite Created: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      The newest version of Safari, to be included with OS X Yosemite, will have both a new look and an extensive upgrade of underlying features, including the new Nitro JavaScript engine.
    • OS X Yosemite Minimum Requirements Created: Thursday, June 05, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      The minimum requirements for running OS X Yosemite aren't much different than the minimum requirements for Mavericks. This means that just about all Macs that currently run Mavericks will be able to install and run Yosemite. You'll find a complete list of compatible Macs below.
    • How to Install OS X Yosemite Public Beta Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      The OS X Yosemite public beta will be available on 07/24/2014, and you probably can't wait to get your hands on it. Although the current beta doesn't include all of the new or improved features that will be added down the road, it does include a new user interface, new features, such as iCloud Drive, Handoff, and Hotspot, and upgrades to Mail, Safari, and other Apple apps. But before you run off and possible get into trouble, take a moment to read our guide to installing OS X Yosemite public beta.
    • WeatherSnoop 3: Tom's Mac Software Pick Created: Saturday, July 26, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      WeatherSnoop 3 is simply one of the best weather apps for connecting a Mac to a personal weather station, or to a publicly available weather station hosted on Weather Underground. Once connected, you'll enjoy a rich set of tools for viewing instruments, graphing results, and sharing data with others. You can even use WeatherSnoop to help with home automation.
    • Rumor: MacBook Pros to Be Refreshed This Week Created: Monday, July 28, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      Updated MacBook Pros may be making an appearance on Tuesday, July 29. Rumors suggest that the latest Haswell processors will bump the speeds by roughly 200 MHz, with processor speeds ranging from 2.2 GHz to 2.8 GHz. There will also be a doubling of baseline memory from 8 GB to 16 GB in the new models.
    • Apple Updates Mid-2014 MacBook Pro Lineup Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      Apple announces new mid-2014 MacBook Pros with Retina displays. All of the updated models make use of new Haswell processors that provide a slight speed bump of 200 MHz. But the best news is that RAM configurations have doubled in size, to a minimum of 8 GB for 13-inch models and 16 GB for 15-inch models, all without an increase in price.
    • Using OS X as a File Server for a Network Created: Sunday, August 16, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Using OS X 10.5 as a File Server: File servers come in many forms, from dedicated computer systems like Apple’s Xserve, which has a base sticker price of $2,999, to NAS (Network Attached Stor...
    • Apple Reveals OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, and Swift Language at WWDC 2014 Created: Thursday, June 05, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      The WWDC 2014 keynote address revealed that OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 will be available late this year. OS X picked up new UI elements, as well as new features and upgrades, including Continuity, whi...
    • Time Machine - Backing Up Your Data Has Never Been So Easy Created: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      Backing up files using Apple’s Time Machine couldn’t be easier. All it takes is a few clicks to make your data safe and secure.
    • Apple Steals & Deals: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Created: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Apple Steals & Deals for 07/27/2014 include both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro, along with the 27-inch iMac. While there are many additional deals to be had at the Apple refurb store, the...
    • Mac News: The Week in Review: July 25, 2014 Created: Friday, July 25, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      The weekly Mac news roundup for July 25, 2014 includes Apple releasing the public beta of OS X Yosemite, Apple manufacturing kicking it up a notch in preparation for fall product releases, and Swatch saying that it isn't involved in any potential iWatch products.
    • Restore Smart Searches to OS X Finder's Sidebar Created: Monday, September 05, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Ever since OS X Lion the Finder sidebar is missing the entire Search For section found in previous versions of the OS. You can recreate the smart search options that used to be available from the Finder's sidebar using this guide.
    • How to Upgrade Install OS X Yosemite on Your Mac Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Installing OS X Yosemite using the upgrade install method is the easiest and by far the most popular method of installation. This guide will take you through the upgrade install process and point o...
    • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta: How to Join the Beta Program Created: Thursday, July 24, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      The OS X Yosemite Public Beta web site is open for business. You can sign up for the beta program, generate a redemption code, and download the Yosemite beta from the Apple App Store. If you've been wondering how you can participate in the beta program, our guide will walk you through the process.
    • Intel Releases Minor Update to Haswell Processors Used in MacBook Pro Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Faster Haswell processors may be on deck for use in the fall 2014 release of MacBook Pros. While the Haswell chips will provide a small speed bump, they're not the major upgrade that Intel Broadwell processors would have brought to the MacBook Pro lineup.
    • iPhoto '11 Keywords Created: Saturday, April 16, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      iPhoto '11 Keywords: You can use iPhoto Smart Albums to display all of your iPhoto images that lack keywords, and then add keywords to the images.
    • Reviving a Hard Drive for Use With Your Mac Created: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      If you have an extra hard drive that you would like to put back into use with your Mac, but you're not sure if it's up to the task, this guide will take you through the process of testing, repairin...
    • 5 Photo Management Apps: Tom's Mac Software Pick Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Five possible replacements for Aperture and iPhoto. With Apple announcing the end of Aperture development, and its plans to replace iPhoto with a new photo app, it may be time to look at other photo management apps that can meet the needs of pro and amateur photographers.
    • Is Apple Getting Ready to Release the Public Beta of OS X Yosemite? Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      The public beta of OS X Yosemite may be closer than we think. A new developer preview released today (07/21/2014) includes a few missing pieces that would be required for a public beta. It appears the development process is moving along a bit faster than expected.
    • Apple Steals & Deals: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Our Steals & Deals picks for 07/20/2014 include a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and a 27-inch iMac with 8 GB of RAM. Also of note, the refurb store has a nice selection of Mac minis t...
    • Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014 Created: Saturday, January 11, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      The Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014 list includes my weekly selection for the best recently released or updated Mac app. Winning applications can come from any software category as long as the app ru...
    • How to Use Your Mac's Display Calibrator Assistant to Ensure Accurate Color Created: Monday, April 12, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Getting photos on your Mac to match the colors of the original images starts with calibrating your display. This guide will use your Mac's built-in Display Calibrator Assistant to produce fairly ac...
    • coconutBattery: Tom's Mac Software Pick Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      coconutBattery is one of those utilities that no portable Mac user should be without. Providing quick access to important battery information, coconutBattery can monitor temperature, how well the battery is performing, the current charge, even how many charge-load cycles the battery has been put through. Knowing the current state of your Mac's battery compared to how well the battery performed when originally installed can help diagnose battery performance issues, and even help you get a bit more run-time out of your Mac's battery.
    • Mac News: The Week in Review: July 18, 2014 Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Mac news for the week of 07/18/2014 includes Apple and IBM working together on moving iOS devices into the hands of enterprise customers, Bill Campbell stepping down from the Apple board, and the possibility of secret tunnels being built under Apple's spaceship campus.
    • Apple and IBM Link Up to Provide Enterprise Mobility Solutions Created: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Apple and IBM are joining forces to create a new enterprise mobility solution to be called IBM MobileFirst. MobileFirst will use Apple iOS devices and an enterprise version of AppleCare, along with IBM's enterprise business knowledge and services, to create a new MobileFirst Supply and Management System that will allow enterprise customers to easily integrate, manage, and provide security for iPads and iPhones. In addition, IBM will develop over 100 new iOS apps to address various business needs.
    • Can't Send Email in Apple Mail Created: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Troubleshooting Apple Email and a Dimmed Send Button: A dimmed 'Send' button in Apple Mail means there isn't a correctly configured outgoing mail server (SMTP) associated with the Mail account.
    • Using the Desktop & Screen Saver Preferences Pane Created: Thursday, September 11, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      The Mac OS includes screen saver modules. You can use the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences pane to control how your Mac's screen savers operate.
    • Before You Buy Mac Memory Created: Saturday, January 29, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Before You Buy Mac Memory: Buying memory for a Mac seems like an easy task; find the cheapest price online and submit your order. But there's a tad more you need to know, to ensure you get the right memory for your Mac, the best deal, and the best quality.
    • Apple Looking for Photos Beta Testers Among Its Retail Employees Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Apple is looking for Photos for OS X beta testers among its retail employees who have photographic experience. This could indicate that Photos for OS X is meeting its planned development schedule, and could be ready when OS X Yosemite is released. For the retail employees, working with a quality assurance team could provide another career path at Apple.
    • Using Leopard’s Expose Preferences Pane Created: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Expose’s preferences pane allows you to configure the keyboard shortcuts, mouse buttons, and active screen corners assigned to Expose functions.

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