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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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Apple fiscal Q3 2014 brings $37.4 billion in revenue

Apple fiscal Q3 2014 brings $37.4 billion in revenue

This week Apple reports their fiscal Q3 results with a whopping $37.4 billion USD in revenue. Last quarter, Apple brought in $45.6 billion in revenue, while, Apple suggests guidance of revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion for their fourth fiscal quarter of 2014.

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OS X Yosemite public beta program coming soon

OS X Yosemite public beta program coming soon

Just as they said they would, Apple is releasing a public beta of their incoming OS X version, dubbed Yosemite. The beta program will be open to quite a few people later this month, but by Apple standards may end up more limited than you think. For those anxious to see the new Mac operating system, though, it’s an opportunity that might be hard to pass up.

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Apple Swift site launches dev blog as Xcode 6 beta loosed for all

Apple Swift site launches dev blog as Xcode 6 beta loosed for all

Apple has launched a new Swift blog to guide iOS and OS X developers through the new programming language, while at the same time throwing open the Xcode 6 beta to anybody who has registered. Swift, announced to no small degree of surprise at WWDC 2014 last month, replaces Objective C as Apple's preferred programming language, and developers still have plenty of questions.

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Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 and iOS 7.1.2 maintenance updates

Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 and iOS 7.1.2 maintenance updates

At the close of the month, Apple launched updates for both OS X Mavericks OS on Macs as well as the mobile iOS platform. While Mavericks 10.9.4 and iOS 7.1.2 do come with a few, very few in fact, new features, the focus of the update is to address security issues and bug fixes, including one that was discovered shortly after the unveiling of iOS 8.

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Aperture giving way to ‘Photos’ in OS X Yosemite

Aperture giving way to ‘Photos’ in OS X Yosemite

Aperture, Apple’s professional photography app, is disappearing. Speaking to The Loop, Apple notes the app will be slipping into the darkness with OS X Yosemite. As they prepare a more robust Photos app, Aperture may just be redundant.

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This may be the best app for sharing files from your Mac

This may be the best app for sharing files from your Mac

Not that sharing files from your Mac is difficult, but it could be easier. Sourcing, emailing, Air Drop — it’s a ll kind of fussy. Sharing doesn’t have to be a problem, though, and we’ve found a neat app that might make your life a lot easier when it comes time to quickly send along a folder or document.

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Mac OS X app bundle saves you a bunch, gives to charity

Mac OS X app bundle saves you a bunch, gives to charity

Love the Humble Bundle for Android? OS X has something similar! The “Name Your Own Price” bundle may not have the same roll-off-the-tongue appeal, but you’ll get the same amazing kid of deal. Currently, you can snatch over $400 worth of apps for about $11.

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Three OS X apps to help you find any of your files, anywhere

Three OS X apps to help you find any of your files, anywhere

If you’re like most users, you have files all over the place. Locally stored, in one of eleventeen cloud storage dumpsters — and it’s hard to keep track of where your stuff is! You don't have to wait for OS X Yosemite and that cool new search feature, either -- you can find all your stuff now! With these three apps for OS X, you’ll be able to hit one search spot to find anything, just about anywhere.

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New 21.5-inch iMac targets entry-level

New 21.5-inch iMac targets entry-level

A new entry-level iMac pushes the slimline all-in-one to its lowest price so far, with Apple's new 21.5-inch model cutting the cost of desktop OS X ahead of Yosemite's release later in the year. Priced from $1,099, the starter iMac gets a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and Intel HD 5000 graphics, though Apple's Fusion Drive storage isn't included as standard.

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Turn your webcam into a home security device with one app

Turn your webcam into a home security device with one app

If you’ve got a webcam lying around, you might be wondering what to do with it. Your computer probably has a pretty decent one you use as little as the webcam in the drawer, so that clip-on one is likely wasting away. A decent app, designed for home security, can breathe new life into your dusty old webcam.

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