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Mac update OS X El Capitan available now

Mac update OS X El Capitan available now

How do I download OS X El Capitan? That's the question we've heard many times since WWDC earlier this year. This morning Apple flipped the switch for OS X El Capitan, allowing users around the world to access their newest operating system. This version of OS X brings a revamp to a number of core apps - Maps and Spotlight in particular. Battery performance will be given a kick in the pants, as will processing performance. This update is all about refining and improving what was released with OS X Yosemite last year - and it's a solid update you'll be glad you initiated.

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OS X El Capitan Review

OS X El Capitan Review

2014's OS X Yosemite was Apple's big release; if this were the iPhone, then El Capitan would be the "S" update and expectations comparatively low. While many of the changes this time around have been relatively small, mind, that's not to say this new OS X doesn't make some noticeable improvements, particularly if you're not already using a super-fast current MacBook Pro or Mac Pro.

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Adobe debuts Photoshop and Premiere Elements 14

Adobe debuts Photoshop and Premiere Elements 14

Just as they do every year, Adobe has announced new versions of its Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements software, their consumer-level photo and video editing applications. Both packages have received brand new tools and features, as well as improvements to the existing set, making editing easier for those not interested in the full-blown professional suite of software. Both Photoshop and Premiere Elements will be released later this year on both Mac and Windows, for $99 each or together for $149.

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Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan GM goes out to devs, testers

Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan GM goes out to devs, testers

Disappointed that Apple didn't give due attention to OS X at its big keynote event? Well, be the green eyed monster no longer, because Apple is actually launching something that users, at least developers and beta testers, can actually get their hands on today. The Golden Master or GM version of OS X 10.11 El Capitan is now available for this select group of very early adopters, giving confidence that Apple will indeed meet its September 30 deadline for releasing the software to the general public.

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VMware’s Fusion 8 debuts with OS X El Capitan, Windows 10 support

VMware’s Fusion 8 debuts with OS X El Capitan, Windows 10 support

Arriving hot on the heels of the new Parallels Desktop 11, VMware has just launched version 8 of its Fusion software, another popular OS X virtualization option. Available now on VMware's website, Fusion 8 is said to feature more than 50 new features, including better graphics performance over version 7. But it's clearly the biggest new additions that are the most important, namely support for both the upcoming release of OS X El Capitan, and Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system.

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Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is here with Cortana in tow

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is here with Cortana in tow

Apparently, the leaks had a some meat to it after all. Microsoft is really trying to push Cortana everywhere. From Windows to Xbox to Android, the latest platform to get Microsoft's virtual assistant is the Mac. Not directly, mind you, but thanks to the new Parallels Desktop version 11, which brings support for Windows 10 on both Yosemite and the upcoming El Capitan. In addition, Parallels for Mac now branches off into three edition, with a new Pro Edition specially targeted at developers and designers.

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New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple accessories for desktop computers appear in FCC listings, likely headed for release later this Summer. Today we're seeing two wireless devices, on Apple mouse, the other an Apple wireless keyboard. The keyboard has not had a refresh since 2011 while the mouse (also known as the Magic Mouse) has not had a refresh since the year 2009. It's about time for that to happen. Inside these devices is no longer the Bluetooth 2.1 (BCM2042 inside) they originally came packed with, but Bluetooth 4.2 with Bluetooth LE Low Energy.

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Apple’s OS X 10.10.5 update patches DYLD security vulnerability

Apple’s OS X 10.10.5 update patches DYLD security vulnerability

Apple has released an OS X system update for Yosemite users, bringing the version up to 10.10.5. While the update addresses a number of small bugs, its primary focus is fixing the recently discussed DYLD privilege escalation security exploit. The vulnerability has the potential to allow malware to get root access to a Mac, which is why concerns were raised last week that Apple may not be issuing a fix until the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Fortunately the company has followed through on its promise, releasing the patch right away.

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Apple Boot Camp updated with Windows 10 support

Apple Boot Camp updated with Windows 10 support

Apple has released a new update for its Boot Camp software, which allows users to install Microsoft's Windows operating system on a partitioned hard drive and take advantage of a dual setup, according to a new document on the company's Support page. Bringing Boot Camp up to version 6, the update's main new feature is support for 64-bit versions of the newly-released Windows 10. The update is being released as a standard OS X system update, however it's gradually rolling out to users.

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Apple to fix latest security bug in OS X 10.10.5 update

Apple to fix latest security bug in OS X 10.10.5 update

With this week's news about a pair of malware threatening the security of OS X, it's starting to become a bit concerning that Apple's platform is losing its place as a "virus free" environment. Nonetheless, the company is planning to release a patch for the bug "as soon as possible," reports The Guardian. The patch is said to come in the form of a security update included in a OS X 10.10.5 update.

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Cortana coming to OS X via Parallels 11 running Windows 10

Cortana coming to OS X via Parallels 11 running Windows 10

One of the big features for Windows 10 is the arrival of Cortana, Microsoft's voice-powered virtual assistant, to the desktop. Prior to Windows 10, Cortana was limited to Windows Phone devices, however, with the release of the new operating system, the Siri-like assistant will be coming to Mac's OS X. Parallels, the popular virtualization software that allows the use of Windows within the native OS X environment, will launching a new version specifically with support for Windows 10 and the ability to summon Cortana at any time.

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OS X El Capitan public beta is out: Here’s what you get

OS X El Capitan public beta is out: Here’s what you get

Mac developers have already had a taste of OS X El Capitan, and today Apple is releasing the public beta. The brave and the curious can as of today install a pre-final version of El Capitan onto their Mac to get an early glimpse of what the updated platform brings, complete with things like split-view multitasking, supercharged search in a much-improved Spotlight, and big changes in Mail and other apps.

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