How to prepare your iPhone or iPad for iOS 8

iOS8IconXApple has announced iOS 8 will be released on September 17, and as with prior iOS updates it will appear as a notice on your iPhone (models 4S, 5, 5S, or 5C), iPad (models 2, 3, 4, including the Air, and all versions of the Mini), or iPod Touch (5th generation only) that will instruct you to download and install the new software; however, before you do, be sure your various iDevices and their contents are backed up, and are otherwise prepared for the update. Continue reading

Apple releases eighth and perhaps last developer build of Yosemite

YosemiteInstallerIconXApple has released the eighth build of OS X Yosemite to its developer and testing communities. This build is also the third release of Yosemite to Apple’s Public Beta testing program, and given the impending release of iOS 8 on the 17th, suggests this build may be the final release that will end up going public. Continue reading

How to secure individual private files in OS X

SecurityIconXYour account in OS X should be relatively secure, and provided you store your files within the structure of your account (ie, the Documents, Music, Movies, and Photos folders in your home directory), then other users on your system will not be able to access your documents. However, this security has its limits, and may break down for several reasons, especially if you transfer documents from your Mac to other systems, or to online services which you access from other systems: Continue reading

How to quickly record audio in OS X

SoundIconXIf you need to record a quick sound bite, or other audio to your Mac, then while you might find yourself looking for a third-party program, or even to programs like Garageband to do the job, you can also look no further than Apple’s included QuickTime Player. In other words, no purchase necessary.

In order to record on your Mac, you can use your Mac’s built-in microphone, or a third-party mic Continue reading

Apple relatively silent on Apple Watch and OS X compatibility

AppleWatchYesterday’s announcement and demonstration of Apple Watch has brought to light a number of rumors and ongoing speculation about what Apple has been hiding up its sleeve, and while Apple has not yet revealed everything about its new device, it has been relatively silent about its compatibility with OS X. In fact, in yesterday’s discussion of Apple Watch, Apple barely even gave a head-nod to the Mac. Continue reading

How to prepare for and upgrade your Mac to OS X Yosemite

YosemiteInstallerIconXApple will soon be releasing OS X Yosemite, an upgrade to its Mac operating system that bring a slew of new features along with a significantly different look that mirrors its iOS design. While Yosemite, is going to be available for free from the Mac App Store, and while the installation process is built to be seamless and easy, there will undoubtedly be problems that some people experience with the new OS, therefore, you might mull over a few preparation steps to ensure you cover all your bases when you decide to install Yosemite. Continue reading