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Apple Makes OS X Lion and Mountain Lion Free to Download

Apple has removed the $19.99 USD download fee associated with OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion, making them both free to download for the first time. OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion, released in 2011 and 2012, respectively, are available at no charge. As Macworld reports, Lion runs on Macs that were launched...

How iOS Was Born Out of OS X

What's next for macOS and iOS? In today's "Monday Note", former Apple exec Jean Louis Gassée looks into the history of Apple's operating systems, both desktop and mobile, revealing how iOS was born out of Mac OS X. macOS – formerly OS X – as we know it today is a "fully grown computer operating...

OS X Wallpaper Reveals Apple’s Editing Instructions in EXIF Data

Discovered by a New Zealand-based photographer Omi Manav Choudhary, who shared it first on Reddit (via PetaPixel), Apple seems to have forgotten to remove the EXIF data from one of the El Capitan wallpapers, which gives you an inside look into not only how the amazing shot was captured, but also some interesting editing instructions given by Apple...

New Malware Creates Backdoor to OS X, Security Researchers Warn

Security researchers at Bitdefender Antimalware Lab (Bitdefender is an antivirus software maker) have discovered a new piece of malicious software dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor. The malware even allows attackers to lock out rightful owners from their Macs by taking full control of OS X, the researchers say (via Cult of Mac). The malware comes in the form...

Siri Query Returns Response About Mac OS X Finder App

Just a few days before Apple is expected to reveal Siri for Mac OS X, a query to the personal assistant returns a response that mentions the OS X Finder app. When asked the specific question "Siri open settings in the window," Siri for iOS responds with: "It doesn't look like you have an app...

App Store Guidelines Page Accidentally Prints ‘macOS’ Instead of OS X

Are we set to see the rebranding of OS X to ‘macOS’ next week at WWDC? Apparently documentation from Apple itself would hint the change is coming. Yesterday, when Apple announced its forthcoming changes to the App Store, their guidelines page quickly referred to the new name in the sentence “The ability to earn 85%...

OS X May Be Rebranded as ‘macOS’ at WWDC

As suggested by some new code spotted in the latest release of OS X El Capitan, Apple's Mac operating system could soon return to the name “macOS”, following the naming conventions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, AppleInsider is reporting (via Daring Fireball). Developer Guilherme Rambo was digging deep through the frameworks of OS X 10.11.4 when he discovered a reference...

Five Popular iPhone Apps That Kill Your Battery Life

There are quite a few popular iOS app that simply seem to drain your iPhone's battery life. ZDNet has performed some real-world tests on popular iPhone apps to figure out which of them have the biggest impact on battery life. According to the report, the biggest battery hog is Facebook, which honestly shouldn't be much...

How to Fix Missing Finder Sidebar Favourites in OS X El Capitan

Finder is essential to everyone’s workflow on OS X, as it’s where you save, open and locate your precious files. The Finder sidebar is equally handy as you can drag your favourite folders there for quick access when opening and saving documents. But lately, I’ve run into an issue where favourites I’ve dragged to the...

First Known OS X Ransomware Found in Transmission BitTorrent Client

Users of BitTorrent client app Transmission became the first reported victims of Mac ransomware this week. Users who downloaded infected versions of the app also received "KeRanger" malware, Reuters says, nefarious software that would encrypt a user's hard drive three days after being installed and demand payment to unlock the data. Ransomware has hit headlines in recent...