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The OS X Yosemite beta is out… here’s what to do first

The OS X Yosemite beta is out… here’s what to do first

Apple doesn't normally pull back the curtain on software until it's fully ready, so it's no surprise that the OS X Yosemite Beta Program, launching today, has Mac users excited. Offering a chance to try out features like the new Spotlight and supercharged Notification Center, it's an unusual foot-in-the-door for the first million sign-ups. Still, beta software has its foibles, and so there are a few things you should consider before jumping at the early code.

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OS X Yosemite Preview (Public Beta)

OS X Yosemite Preview (Public Beta)

Apple’s Mac platform has had a great year. At a time when traditional PC consumption is shrinking, more people are diving into OS X, and the next big upgrade is Yosemite 10.10. Revamping the interface, eroding the barriers between iPhone, iPad, and your MacBook, and seamlessly connecting local apps and the cloud, Yosemite promises to be not only an ambitious upgrade, but a capable one. Now, on the eve of the new OS X Yosemite Beta Program, we’ve been putting the latest release through its paces. Read on for our full preview.

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Apple’s OS X Yosemite public beta opens July 24th

Apple’s OS X Yosemite public beta opens July 24th

Apple promised a public beta for OS X Yosemite, and now it's delivering on that, with the work-in-progress software set to launch for eager early-adopters from Thursday, July 24th. The pre-release software won't require an Apple developer account in order to download, but will be the same version those coders are playing with to recreate their apps in time for the launch. However, you'll need to get in early if you want to try Yosemite first.

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4th of July gaming: Transformers MMO goes Open Beta

4th of July gaming: Transformers MMO goes Open Beta

Starting tomorrow, Transformers Universe will go from Closed to Open Beta for the whole world. Users like yourself will be able to head to the Transformers Universe webpage, sign up, and jump in within the day. What’s excellent about this game beyond the fact that you can transform into a vehicle to travel from place to place is that this game works for both Windows PC and Mac!

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Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter tethers Apple’s tempting trashcan

Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter tethers Apple’s tempting trashcan

Apple may have sneakily disguised the Mac Pro as a trashcan from 2001: A Space Odyssey to help it fly under the radar of thieves, but if you're still concerned then there's now a way to tie the cylindrical computer to your desk. A new Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter basically adds a Kensington lock connector to Apple's flagship desktop, stopping it not only from being stolen altogether, but from being opened up, too.

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