1. Spotlight SearchWhether you’re looking for a file, a fact, or a place to eat, Spotlight is a robust and useful tool for your needs. Press the command-spacebar shortcut, or tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper right of your Mac’s display, and you summon Spotlight, Apple’s system-wide search tool. In Yosemite, Spotlight goes beyond the file system though, tapping into Maps, Wikipedia, Mail, and your web history to cull answers to your search queries. Type in a restaurant name, and it pulls up the establishment’s information and ratings from Yelp, a map of its location, and any calendar events that have or will take place there. Type in a band name, and you get options to check out their albums on iTunes, music files on your computer, their Wikipedia page, and more. It’s often quicker and more informative than opening up the browser and doing a Google search.
2. Record Your iDevice ScreenFor sharing tips, or other useful productivity moments, you can record your iOS device’s screen as a video file in Yosemite. Plug your iOS device into your Yosemite-running Mac via its Lightning cable, open QuickTime, then go to File > New Movie Recording. Select your iDevice from the dropdown menu next to the record button, and hit record. Now you can easily record what’s happening on your iOS device screen using your Mac. To stop recording, just hit the record button again. This capability could be useful for capturing some epic game moves, for showing a friend or family member how to adjust a setting on their device, or for documenting a glitch that’s plaguing your machine.
3. HandoffHandoff lets you pick up where you left off when you switch devices, in a variety of apps. With iOS 8 and Yosemite, you can easily stop what you’re doing, be it browsing in Safari, writing a text, or an email, and pick back up right where you left off on another Apple device. If you start surfing in Safari on your iPhone, for example, when you hop on your Mac, an extra Safari icon will tack onto the edge of your dock with a small iPhone symbol in its corner. Tap it, and you’re taken to the exact page you were reading on your mobile. Conversely, this works from Mac to iOS, too, with an icon showing in the bottom left of the device’s screen. Third party apps will begin integrating this soon, making it even more useful.
4. Your Mac Is Now Also a PhoneYou can send and receive SMS, MMS, and iMessages from your Mac, as well as phone calls, if you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone. Beginning with OS X Mountain Lion, we’ve been able to send iMessages back and forth with other iOS users whether on an iOS device or a Mac, while FaceTime (introduced in 2010) lets us make video calls on either platform. With Yosemite, you can send and receive SMS messages from friends on your Mac, as well as make phone calls. As long as both your Mac and iPhone are on the same WiFi network, calls will get forwarded to your Mac, so you can answer them there if it’s more convenient. And if you don’t have time to chat, you can send an iMessage or SMS.
BONUS: iMessagesSilence chatty group threads, and share your screen, with Apple’s new Messages app. Messages in Yosemite gains one of the features that also makes it great in iOS 8: the ability to bow out of super chatty group threads. You can mute a thread temporarily, or you can leave a conversation altogether. Messages on the desktop also gives you the ability to screenshare with the person you’re chatting with, if you want to share something cool on your desktop, or help troubleshoot a relative’s tech issues. Have you downloaded the new OS Yosemite for your iMac or Macbook device? What are you waiting for, download and take advantage of the new features today!
I will admit, ever since I picked up the iPhone 5s - I've been using the fingerprint scan technology for everything (and by everything, I really mean making iTunes store purchases and unlocking my phone). I guess I'm just one of many people that hate the tedious act of typing in a passcode to unlock their smartphone every five minutes. So you could imagine my surprise when I discovered the new Knock app. Knock is a combo iPhone/Mac app that lets users unlock their computer, simply by tapping on the phone screen.
Would you use this new security shortcut? Is it worth the $3.99 price tag? Sound off below.
Apple is putting the finishing touches on an entirely new 15-inch MacBook Pro that is the outcome of years of research and development in ultra-thin mobile computing and super-high-resolution displays. According to trusted sources in Apple’s supply chain, who have handled prototype components and casings for the new Apple notebook, the computer is currently undergoing test production rounds. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is coming this summer, and it features an ultra-thin design, a “jaw-dropping” Retina Display, and super-fast USB 3. According to 9To5Mac.com - Apple will also introduce the Mac Retina Display in this new MacBook Pro, according to these sources in the far-east. Also a new addition to the MacBook Pro (and actually to the Mac itself) is a USB 3 port. Apple has long been testing Macs with USB 3 ports, but it sounds like the new MacBook Pro will be the first to actually sport the next-generation connector. While the new MacBook Pro does not take all of the external design cues from the current MacBook Air, it does adopt the tweaked MacBook Air keyboard design with the power button on the keyboard itself (which replaces the disc eject key). This is according to the sources who are familiar with the components being installed into the new casings. Current MacBook Pros have a round aluminum power button to the top right above the keyboard. The rest of the design is basically what we are all familiar with: charging and connection ports along the sides, and a spacious glass Multi-Touch trackpad (either same or similar in size to the current MacBook Pro and MacBook Air trackpads based on the cutout present in the prototype unibodies).
Are you thinking about getting a new laptop soon? Is the New MacBook on your radar for purchase?
- 25 billion apps downloaded! 25 billionth was downloaded in China.
- iCloud now. "iCloud keeps all of your content synced across all of your devices."
- 100 million iCloud users.
- iTunes in the cloud now supports movies!
- New Apple TV for $99
...And VOILA! INSTANT DIVA!!!
I don't know about you, but there's just something about a red lip that makes me feel invincible. I'll experiment with L'Oreal colors when I'm looking to alter my mood, or just for a little extra pep when I need it most. One of my favorite red lip divas is the one and only Gwen Stefani - that girl can rock a red lip better than anyone else.
Have you conquered your "red" lip yet? Which of your favorite makeup looks are you trying to conquer next?