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PSA: Download the OS X Yosemite public beta now
The first million people to sign up can get their first taste of 10.10 today.
Old apps, new faces: More stuff that looks different in OS X Yosemite
Gallery: Apps and features that have been Yosemite-ized, but not changed.
Apple files patent for smartwatch
From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Comes with usual range of smartwatch features, fuels Apple wearables speculation.
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Report: Battery Backup
detailed information and tips about UPS battery lifetimes and related factors (with helpful resources), as well as various UPS designs and surge suppressor types; UPS sizing; lightning strikes, voltage potentials, currents, grounds and more
Mousecape – Customize Cursors on OS X
Mousecape is a new open source Mac App which is available on GitHub
to finally allow you to create and use your own mouse cursors, or 'capes' as the app calls them.
Once you download the app, there is a remastered version of the Svanslös cursor set created by Max Rudberg
which is retina-screen ready.
Mousecape is as non-instrusive as possible, never asking you for your password for anything. It works by using private APIs created by Apple to register system cursors so it has no performance hit at all.
Capes, or cursor sets, are applied for as long as display state doesn't change, meaning until you change resolution, monitors, sleep your computer, reboot or logout. However, inside of the application is a helper application that will detect when the cape is reset and will apply it again.
Mousecape is available for free, open source and with no obligations. ...
Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging
Many people continue to use iWork 09 apps, because they contain features missing in the newer versions. However, having the older apps on your system mean a constant nagging from Apple to update to the newer versions. If you do download the newer versions, then it is impossible to make the older apps the default for your documents. The old Get Info » Change All
trick doesn't work.
Here's what to do to remedy that.
First, make a backup. Then install the latest iWork apps. Your older versions get moved to a subfolder called iWork 09
. That's why you have the backup.
Next, move the NEW apps to an external disk or other partition. You can then restore the 09 apps to the /Applications
folder. Or leave them in the subfolder if you prefer.
Having the apps on different volume from the system disk lowers their priority, so the 09 apps in your /Applications
folder remain the defaults for your documents. What is more, any fu ...
10.9: Update OS without creating a user on a new Mac
This is my take/an update on las_vegas' hint
I found here awhile back for running OS updates without creating a user on a Mac. It is applicable to any system 10.5 and up.
This can be helpful if you have a Time Machine backup that's on a newer OS than your install media, or if you're selling/donating your Mac as it saves the new user having to update things.
First things first, wipe your drive (and zero it if you don't trust the end user of this computer) and reinstall your desired OS.
Once your OS is installed, boot to your install media or the Recovery Partition if available. Open Terminal from the Utilities option in the menubar. In the new Terminal window, type the following:
This will bring up the Password Reset utility. Click Macintosh HD
or whatever your HDD is called. You'll notice the only user account that's avail ...
Job Applicants Admit More to a Computer Avatar, Says U.S. Gov't Study
Applying for a U.S. government job? You'll have to answer questions on drug use, criminal activity, and your loyalty to the U.S.A. And thanks to a government study, you might answer to an on-screen avatar, rather than a paper questionnaire.
UV-Powered Blood Test Could Make Universal Cancer Detection Possible
Early detection is the best tool to fight cancer, but biopsies can be painful and inconclusive. New research shows a simple blood test can detect cancers by blasting white blood cells with UV and seeing how they respond. Painless, universal cancer detection could be a drop of blood away.
Video of the Pizza Thrower in action: It actually fires 14-inch pizzas!
Holy crap, it's real! As this new video shows, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Pizza Thrower?a full scale 12-foot-long version of the classic toy?actually works, throwing pizzas fast and far enough to actually hurt people with dough, cheese, and pepperoni projectiles. They should really call it the Pizza Tank.
From: National Geographic News
Q&A: Was Teen Pilot's Tragic Round-the-World Flight Attempt Too Risky?
A teen and his father took on too much risk in trying to set a world flight record in 30 days, says Barrington Irving, a young pilot who set his own record in 2007.
Pictures: Nice Day for a Picnic?a Century of Outdoor Eating Around the World
Campers dine in the desert, workers take a midday break, and sweethearts kiss near the Eiffel Tower.
Week's Best Space Pictures: A Cosmic Cluster, a Heavenly Halo, and a Supernova's Ashes
From: BBC News - Science & Environment
A halo of stars highlights a galaxy and a supernova image is spiffed up in this week's best space pictures.
Wildlife loss link to child slavery
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.
Gecko sex satellite 'not responding'
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.
'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.