iCloud syncing in Photos causing Wi-Fi hangups in OS X 10.10.3

PhotosIconXSome people who have updated their Macs to OS X 10.10.3 are noticing dropouts in Wi-Fi connectivity. While such problems have affected past OS X versions, in these cases often the problems only started after updating to version 10.10.3, and not before. Whenever Wi-Fi problems crop up in OS X, unfortunately there can be a myriad of reasons that might take meticulous troubleshooting to fix; however, one issue that seems common to many affected people is some interference with the iCloud syncing features in Photos. Continue reading

Fix missing ‘New Message’ sound in Mail after upgrading to OS X 10.10.3

MailIconYosemiteXWhen you receive messages in Mail, you have the option of sounding an audio alert so you know new messages have arrived. However, after upgrading to OS X 10.10.3, you might find yourself in a situation where despite Mail otherwise operating normally, the alert sound you choose will not play, or may not play at all times. While not a problem that will affect the use of your Mac, it does put you at a slight inconvenience if you have grown accustomed to this sound for checking your mail. Continue reading

Two fixes for Yosemite Recovery Update 1.0 always being available

YosemiteInstallerIconXAlong with the OS X 10.10.3 update, Apple issued Yosemite Recovery Update 1.0 to fix a few bugs and enhance the Recovery process for systems running OS X Yosemite. The update is available only through the App Store’s software update service, and while this service should only show software that has not been installed, for some people their systems are constantly showing this update as being available. This continues even after attempting to install the update multiple times. Continue reading

‘No iOS Zone’ flaw may crash unpatched iOS devices

BurnIconXA bug exists in iOS 8 that will allow a maliciously configured Wi-Fi hotspot to crash any iOS device that connects to it. The flaw, was found by security researchers at Skycure, and operates by manipulating SSL certificates. When your iPhone or iPad connects to one of these hotspots, it may suddenly restart, and then continue doing so in a loop as long as it attempts to reconnect to the same hotspot. Continue reading

Manage a Mac pausing during Setup Assistant

SetupAssistantIconXIf you set up a new Mac with a clean installation of OS X Yosemite, then you might find yourself in a situation where the OS X Setup Assistant utility pauses and hangs with the spinning color wheel. This may persist for minutes on end, and have you assuming the setup has failed, requiring you to manually reset your Mac. However, when you do so, the same behavior persists. Continue reading

Rootpipe vulnerability still affects Macs despite patch

SecurityIconXDespite having issued an update that patches the recent security flaw in OS X called “rootpipe,” security researchers are demonstrating that OS X is still open to this ongoing vulnerability. Rootpipe is a backdoor flaw in OS X where a hacker can break the OS X sandboxing rules that isolate running processes. In doing so, a program that does not have admin access can gain these privileges and get full root privileges to the system. Continue reading

How to partition a hard drive in OS X using Core Storage

HardDriveIconXWhen you set up an external drive for use with your Mac, you may wish to partition it for various uses. For instance, you might want to isolate automatic Time Machine backups from manual ones. The classic way to do this on a single drive is to use Disk Utility to partition it, where you split the drive into two or more logical volumes that the system sees as separate file systems. Since OS X supports Apple’s CoreStorage volume management technology, if you wish to do this then you can do so via classic partitioning, as well as through CoreStorage. Continue reading