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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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iOS 8, OS X Yosemite getting FaceTime for groups, screen sharing

iOS 8, OS X Yosemite getting FaceTime for groups, screen sharing

Hangouts is fast becoming the video chat platform of choice, but they may have company in the iOS landscape. Those with access to both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are reporting FaceTime is getting some tweaks, allowing it to act a bit more like Hangouts. Group video chats are said to be inbound, as is a screen sharing feature.

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iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

WWDC 2014 is over, and while it may not have brought us new hardware, it did give iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite their official reveal, key software launches in Apple’s master plan. As is so often the case, though, the devil is in the details, and in among the developer sessions a picture of context, device ubiquity, and cross-platform identity gradually made itself clear; one which could have huge implications for Apple’s upcoming push into wearables.

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Safari WebKit changes mean other apps will get faster, too

Safari WebKit changes mean other apps will get faster, too

When you’re using an app like Facebook in iOS, opening a link up can be a bit of a pain. It opens up in Facebook’s in-line browser, which is nowhere near as quick or responsive as Safari. Part of that has to do with Apple allowing limited use of Nitro Javascript for WebKit, the engine that powers Safari and makes it so quick. Developers now have access to APIs that let them tap into WebKit a touch more, which should speed everything up.

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Blurred Lines: Melding Mac and iOS into one Apple life

Blurred Lines: Melding Mac and iOS into one Apple life

There’s more to breaking down the barriers between desktop and mobile than making the UIs on an iPhone and a MacBook look alike, and Apple used its WWDC 2014 opening keynote to hint at how. Continuity came up several times during the presentation, on both the OS X and the iOS sides, explaining how later this year our Macs and iPhones will work together to transfer tasks as you move between them. Yet the potential for Continuity goes far further than just giving you a bigger keyboard to finish your email on.

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Netflix uses HTML5 in Safari on OS X Yosemite

Netflix uses HTML5 in Safari on OS X Yosemite

If you’re one to watch Netflix on Safari, you’re about tot get a more streamlined experience. Netflix today announced that they’ve worked closely with Apple to bring HTML5 streaming to OS X Yosemite. There is no longe a need for the Silverlight plugin used in former (current, really) iterations of Safari.

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OS X Yosemite round-up: smooth looks, mobile ties

OS X Yosemite round-up: smooth looks, mobile ties

Apple’s next desktop operating system os OS X Yosemite, a system that looks very similar to its predecessor as it doubles down on iOS connectivity. This new operating system is also being released for free, like its predecessor, and is headed for developer desktops and laptops now.

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Open beta for OS X Yosemite available this summer

Open beta for OS X Yosemite available this summer

Want to try out all the cool new features of OS X? It’s scheduled for release this fall, but if you’r really anxious, you can get in early. Apple has announced their public beta program for OS X Yosemite, with the chance for you to get in on the changes ahead of just about everyone.

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Safari update stripped and share-friendly

Safari update stripped and share-friendly

There’s a new Safari coming with the rise of OS X Yosemite, one that’s meant to make the browser look far more unique than it has in the past. There’s a new way of searching inside of Safari, with Google Search inside. Searching for a band’s name will now result in a Wikipedia entry first on the list, then "Google Search" with similar search possibilities, Search in History, go to site "keyword", and find "keyword" on this page.

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OS X Yosemite design highlighted for desktop

OS X Yosemite design highlighted for desktop

This week Apple is showing off their newest desktop operating system OS X Yosemite. At WWDC 2014 they’ve teased how it’ll work, but to get that deep, they’ve had to show how it looks. This system will look very similar to OS X Mavericks, but here several icons are getting a little flatter.

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