OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite “S” incoming

OS X Yosemite “S” incoming

This morning at WWDC 2015 it's been tipped that Apple will not give their desktop operating system a full upgrade to a new version. Instead, they'll move forward with a sort of iPhone "S" upgrade schedule, bringing on a boost to the version they've released the year before. As such - and as you see on the displays on the iMacs you see here - Yosemite will continue. Feature updates will mostly focus on stability, and the operating system will become more reliable than ever before.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is here, and Photos has finally killed iPhoto

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is here, and Photos has finally killed iPhoto

Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the latest version of its software for Mac, complete with the full release of the new Photos app that replaces iPhoto. Available as a free update through the Mac App Store, 10.10.3 has been floating around in beta form since March for those who wanted an early taste, but today is the day that Apple believes the software is ready to graduate. Functionally, it's the biggest change we've seen in Yosemite since day one, on the surface at least.

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RSS app Reeder 3 for Mac update teased

RSS app Reeder 3 for Mac update teased

While the technology behind RSS hasn't changed in years, and its use may sometimes appear to be on the decline with services like Twitter often being used for website updates, the shutdown of Google Reader in 2013 showed there is still a widespread desire for a RSS syncing service. In the wake of Google Reader, services like Feedly and Feedbin rose to prominence, and with them the client Reeder was updated to version 2 to take advantage of more services. Now it looks version 3 of the Mac app is on its way, with an overhaul to match the changes brought about by OS X Yosemite.

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Hack puts OS X Yosemite on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

Hack puts OS X Yosemite on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

Macs and OS X have a reputation of being the preferred hardware and platform of designers, but quite ironically, there is not a single official Apple computer that comes with an integrated Wacom display. Perhaps Apple considers it unnecessary because Wacom's Cintiq displays work perfectly with Macs anyway. But there is still a class of people that want to get the best of both worlds, like this latest hack that puts Apple's latest operating system inside a Cintiq Companion 2 tablet, though not everything is fine and dandy just yet.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta arrives with Photos

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta arrives with Photos

Those who are signed up to be part of Apple's OS X Beta Program have scored the first public beta for OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 today, perhaps most notable for its inclusion of the new Photos app with which we have previously gone hands-on. That alone is enough to drum up excitement, but the pre-release comes with some other goodies, as well, including those new more diverse emojis and new support for Google's two-factor authentication account security feature.

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Apple changes emoji menu to be more inclusive

Apple changes emoji menu to be more inclusive

When you look at emoji, do you think “that’s not really what I look like”? If so, you might want to grab an Apple device in the future. With their recently (today) seeded OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 betas, Apple made some changes to emoji. With a long-press on some emoji, you can now see new-look faces with different skin tones. To better serve those new emoji, Apple also added a few new flags to their lineup, making sure everyone was able to represent themselves.

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Modern Family “Connection Lost” iPhone episode behind-the-scenes

Modern Family “Connection Lost” iPhone episode behind-the-scenes

What defines the Modern Family? If it's ABC's popular sitcom of the same name, then that's a question spanning six seasons, and now adding Apple to its roster of same-sex and inter-generational marriage, awkward siblings, and cross-cultural differences. For upcoming episode "Connection Lost," however, the challenge got even greater: shot almost entirely on iPhone 6 in just two days, processed on a Mac Pro, and taking place entirely on the desktop of OS X Yosemite. I headed to 20th Century Fox studios in LA to preview what co-author and director Steve Levitan describes as "the most labor-intensive episode" that the Modern Family team has ever attempted.

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OS X 10.10.3 offers hints of diverse, multicultural emoji

OS X 10.10.3 offers hints of diverse, multicultural emoji

While the big news surrounding the release of the developer preview of Apple's OS X 10.10.3 was about the new Photos app, there were a few other, less prominent changes, especially in regard to emoji. First up are organization changes to the emoji menu which make it easier to find and enter the character you want. Second is the hint of a more diverse line-up of emoji, including the possibility to customize the skin color of certain characters.

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Apple Photos hands-on: Yosemite’s iCloud-loving image app

Apple Photos hands-on: Yosemite’s iCloud-loving image app

Goodbye iPhoto, hello Photos. Apple has revealed a new, cloud-centric photo management and editing app for OS X Yosemite, recognizing the changing ways people take and organize photos, and the rise of the smartphone camera. Built completely afresh, Photos is set to be baked into OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, due for release this spring, but will be offered in the developer build from today. Most critically, with iPhotos and, also confirmed today, Aperture being given their retirement papers, Photos wants to satisfy both novice and expert photographers alike. I've been taking an early look, to see if Apple really has struck the perfect balance between usability and functionality.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update fixes bugs, has archived cloud storage

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update fixes bugs, has archived cloud storage

Now that iOS 8.1.3 is out, Apple also pushed an update for OS X Yosemite. Now at 10.10.2, Apple’s desktop update brings with it some bug fixes we’re happy to find. The update isn’t massive, but fixes a series of things users have been wanting Apple to fix for some time, now. Apple has addressed a WiFi bug that caused disconnections, and resolved a few issues with Safari; most notably one that caused webpages to load slowly. There is also an interesting new feature for iCloud Drive.

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