OS X El Capitan gets a supplemental security update

Still using OS X El Capitan on your Mac? If so, then you should know that Apple has released a supplemental security update for your Mac. According to Apple, the update “fixes a kernel issue that may cause your Mac to occasionally become unresponsive.” The update originally was released in December 2016, but on Tuesday it was reissued. Users can … [Read more...]

Apple resolves the MacBook Pro battery life issues found in Consumer Reports testing

Apple and Consumer Reports have been working together to determine the issues that Consumer Reports had with the new MacBook Pro’s battery life during its review, and on Tuesday, both issued statements on their findings. It turns out that Consumer Reports uses a developer setting that typical users don’t use, and also that the same setting has a … [Read more...]

Which Mac should you buy?


If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you. Before we proceed, we should specifically address Apple’s desktop Macs. It’s been a while since the company has … [Read more...]

How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra

Editor's note: The original version of this article contained unverified information regarding iCloud Drive storage usage. It has been removed; this article will be updated when iCloud information has been verified. Apple’s laptops rely on flash storage, and prices really shoot up if you want more local storage (the actual storage in your … [Read more...]

Apple updates Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra


A day after Apple released new developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, the company on Tuesday released new betas available to the general public. If you are a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you can update to iOS Public Beta 3 and macOS Sierra Public Beta 3. On iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update. On Sierra, launch … [Read more...]

Apple updates developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Summer is almost over, fall is coming—and that also means the offical versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are coming soon. So it’s no surprise that Apple is releasing more betas of its operating systems, and on Monday the company released new betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra to developers. These new betas are the fourth release, which comes just … [Read more...]

MX Master review: Logitech’s mouse is smooth, sturdy, and versatile

My favorite mouse is Logitech’s Performance Mouse MX ($100 MSRP; $59 on Amazon). I’ve been using it for years, and it’s still going strong. Logitech has another mouse that just as good: the MX Master ($100 MSRP; $70 on Amazon). The MX Master is a lot like the Performance Mouse MX, but it has features that make it stand out.Buttons The MX Master is … [Read more...]

How to run apps that are not from the App Store in macOS Sierra

One of the major changes in macOS Sierra isn’t an obvious one, and you may not encounter it until you try to install an app that you didn’t buy from the App Store. In the Sierra Public Beta, Apple has changed the settings for running downloaded apps. If you really need to run that app and can’t figure out how, it can be frustrating. The settings … [Read more...]

macOS Sierra FAQ: What you need to know about the new Mac operating system

This fall, Apple will release macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. This FAQ will answer some of the general questions you may have to help you learn what it’s all about and whether you should install it on your Mac. We’ll update this FAQ with more questions, answers, and details as the release date approaches.macOS? What … [Read more...]

Griffin BreakSafe Breakaway Power Cable review: A MagSafe-like power plug for Apple’s MacBook

As I sat on my couch writing the review of Apple’s new MacBook, my dog decided he wanted to sit next to me. To make his way to the couch, he did a short leap over my extended legs and he just happened to catch the MacBook’s power cable. His leap gave the cable a yank, and I quickly grabbed the laptop, preventing it from flying out of my hands. I … [Read more...]

Which Mac should you buy?

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To … [Read more...]

MacBook 2016 review: Ultraportable laptop satisfies with speed gains

When it comes to hardware, Apple isn’t afraid to force its users to adapt, to change habits. Longtime Mac users remember when Apple stopped including floppy and optical drives, or when FireWire was discontinued. More recently, Mac users have had to accept the inability to upgrade hard drives and RAM, or that the Magic Trackpad 2 is the preferred … [Read more...]

Smile reacts to pricing outrage, offers lower rate for current TextExpander users

In reaction to user outrage over its new pricing structure for the popular TextExpander software utility, Smile Software announced on Tuesday revised prices for TextExpander 6. Smile will stick to an annual subscription model for TextExpander 6, but individual users who have an earlier version of the app will be able to subscribe to the new version … [Read more...]

9.7-inch iPad Pro early reviews: Better iPad comes in smaller package

When Apple released the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the iPad lineup became a little more complicated. Which model should you get? A product review can help you make a decision. There are plenty of first looks and hands-on reports from the March 21 event (including our own), but there are a few media outlets that got review units and were able to go in-depth … [Read more...]

iPhone SE early reviews: Retro on the outside, modern on the inside

On the surface, the fascination with the size of the iPhone SE seems odd. It’s not like we’ve never seen a 4-inch iPhone before. To understand what the big deal is, you have to go underneath the surface—you have to experience what’s behind the 4-inch screen to understand what the hype is all about.Form the looks of the early reviews, the consensus … [Read more...]

Apple issues a fix for ethernet disabled by a recent OS X update

Ethernet. Don’t be embarrassed if you have no idea what it is; after all, Apple doesn’t even include an ethernet port on its laptops anymore. For the uninitiated, it’s a network connection type that involves using an actual cable. On the desktop, though, Apple still includes an ethernet port. Recently, Apple issued a minor kernel extension update … [Read more...]

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