Recent versions of OS X — Mavericks and Yosemite — have a really useful function called Screen Sharing. With it, you view the screen of a friend's Mac while having an audio conversation with them. Once you start Screen Sharing, a FaceTime Audio chat is automatically started, so you can talk the other person through whatever OS X process they are trying to do. Here's how it works.
There's a new "critical security issue" out there affecting the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, but Apple already has a patch ready for you to install. The Cupertino company is asking that anyone who's running Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion download the update "as soon as possible." And you should. After all, it's just a little tiny thing.
Apple recently announced that it would make a patch to combat the dreaded "Shellshock" vulnerability when it announced that the "vast majority" of Mac users are safe, and it just arrived. It's just for Mavericks, though. If you're using Yosesmite, you still might have cause to worry despite initial rumors that users of Apple's latest desktop OS were safe from attacks.
According to research firm Chitika, Mac OS X Yosemite is quite the hit. Apple only announced it during last month's WWDC, but already the early adoption rates for the developer preview of the upcoming operating system are already outpacing the adoption rates for the developer preview of OS X Mavericks.
Quick Look is an under-appreciated OS X gem. Before its arrival, you had to laboriously open a document to see what it contained, often after first launching the app it was created in. Imagine! But in the last few versions of OS X, you merely select the file in Finder and tap the space bar to get a preview. This much you’re probably familiar with, but Quick Look has a slew of hidden tips that can power up previews on your Mac.
Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
If you use Mail.app on a regular basis, then you probably know about the fancy animations that it uses to animate in the reply message view. While this animation is fun, it does add time to composing a reply message. If you want to speed this process up a bit — and get rid of that fancy animation — then you can use the following handy tip, which makes it easy for you to disable and re-enable this animation right from the command line.
WWDC is right around the corner, and so far the lion's share of the speculation as to what we'll see has focused on things like the iWatch, the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone, and the similarly rumored home-automation system. But it's also likely that we'll see some updates to the iMac as well, judging by codes referring to new models buried in the OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 beta.