For many Mac owners, the built-in Disk Utility is all they’ll ever need. After all, Apple’s software handles the basic task of formatting HFS+, FAT32, and exFAT volumes and partitions, along with the occasional need for one-click verification and repair of native OS X disks. (And with macOS Sierra, the RAID tools make a return.) ...continue reading Paragon Hard Disk Manager review: Total control of your Mac’s storage devices

A few colleagues were talking in a Slack team the other day about discovering “paste without formatting” and kicking themselves for only learning about it relatively recently. I confess despite my decades of computing experience that it was just a few years ago I realized how widespread the support for such an option is! When ...continue reading How to paste text without including formatting

Apple today provided developers with the sixth beta of tvOS 10, the next-generation operating system designed to run on the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10 beta 6 comes one week after the release of tvOS beta 5 and two months after the operating system was first shown off at Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference tvOS ...continue reading Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of tvOS 10 to Developers

A minor puzzle arrived from a reader who was trying to choose his boot drive by holding down the Option key at startup. OS X has a variety of keyboard combinations you can press to invoke different modes on startup, like Command-R for OS X Recovery, which boots from a special partition and lets you ...continue reading What to do when keyboard commands don’t work at startup on your Mac

Apple has implemented a series of short- and long-term defenses to its iMessage protocol after several issues were discovered by a team of researchers at John Hopkins University, according to a report published today (via PatentlyApple). This attack is different to the one John Hopkins researchers discovered in March, which allowed an attacker to decrypt ...continue reading Cryptography Experts Recommend Apple Replace its iMessage Encryption

Apple today provided developers with the fifth beta of tvOS 10, the next-generation operating system designed to run on the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10 beta 5 comes one week after the release of tvOS beta 4 and approximately two months after the operating system was first shown off at Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference ...continue reading Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of tvOS 10 to Developers

Your Mac’s menu bar is a useful tool. It displays “menu bar extras,” little icons that give you status information about your Mac, or that offer quick-access menus to certain settings. For example, you can click the Wi-Fi icon to turn Wi-Fi on or off, or to select a Wi-Fi network. You can click the ...continue reading End the clutter: How to organize your Mac menu bar

Every time you visit a website you are sharing information about yourself with the outside world. This article runs through a number of methods you can use to gain more control over what gets shared, and who it gets shared with, whenever you use Apple's Safari browser to access the web on a Mac. It ...continue reading Protecting Your Privacy in Safari for OS X El Capitan

Eric Desrochers happily runs Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard—and that’s a version that a lot of people remained delighted with for a long while, particularly the 10.6.8 final release. If I was to upgrade to a newer, or even the newest OS, will the new OS be able to use the Snow Leopard era ...continue reading How far back Time Machine archives can migrate to new versions

If you’ve ever looked at the Console app in OS X, you’ve seen how frustrating it can be to glean any useful information from its overladen logs. Console displays log information that can help you troubleshoot problems on your Mac, but it also records a plethora of status messages. Wading through a never-ending stream of ...continue reading Hands on with macOS Sierra’s Console: Now it’s easier to get the Mac information you need