OS X 10.10.4 BETA 6 Released to BETA testers

OS-X-Yosemite-LogoOS X 10.10.4 BETA 6 build 14E36b has been released to all those who are currently registered on the public BETA test program (or who have a Apple Developer account) 10.10.4 focusing on fixing some of the bugs reported in 10.10.3. Most importantly replacing discoveryd networking daemon with the mDNSResponder as seen in Snow Leopard. Discoveryd has been at the forefront of many a complaint of Yosemite users due to its instability.

There’s currently no news on when 10.10.4 will be released as an update to the general public. However, this isn’t unusual for incremental OS X updates. Normally the BETA’s spend a couple of weeks in ‘testing’ before being released.

OS X 10.10.4 BETA 6 is available to download using the normal App Store route, or by logging into the Apple Developer Portal.

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Switch OS X default Mail application

By default, OS X handles all mailto: and ‘send to mail’ actions with its built in Mail app. Which is fine… If that’s all that you use, however power users (or maybe corporate mac users with exchange servers) may want to use Microsoft Outlook (2016 actually not being all ‘bad’)

In order to switch the default action for mailing, it seems somewhat backwards, but you actually have to launch the Mail application!

Once the app has launched, click on the ‘Mail’ menu item and then click preferences. Right at the top of the pop up window you should see the option to select the default email reader. Doing this also associates the chosen app with all mail functionality in OS X.

Mail Preferences

You can of course, set up Mail to connect to and use a Microsoft Exchange mailbox. To do this, follow the instructions on the official Apple Support site

 

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K33n Team working on iOS 9 Jailbreak

K33n TeamThe elite Chinese hacking group K33n Team (aka Keen Team) have announced that they are already working hard on a jailbreak for iOS 9, and hope to have it ready to release just days after the official iOS 9 release.

Liang Chen has been talking to Forbes reporters about their work on breaking 9, however they have highlighted how difficult they expect iOS 9 to be to jailbreak. Especially with iOS 9’s new ‘rootless’ security feature, which is rumoured to feature heavily in both OS X and iOS.

The Keen Team are a group of 12 elite hackers who, on the 13th of November, explioted Apple iOS 7.0.3 Safari within 30 seconds… Bagging them a haul of $30k! So it’s fair to say, if anyone can do it, they can!

Jailbreaking still divides the iOS user base, with some, itching to get more functionality from their devices.. Whilst others much prefer the safety and security of the solid Mobile OS.

Currently the only version of iOS with Jailbreaks available is 8.1.2, despite countless teams working on exploits for iOS 8.3 and 8.4 (due for public release on June the 30th).

If you can’t wait for the jailbreak to be released, check out what has to be the most up to date guide to jailbreaking on the net from the boffins over at Lifehacker.

Once you are free of the iOS ties and restraints, you could do much worse then checking out this list of 10 top jailbreak tweaks.

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Smile release TextExpander 5 for Mac, iPad and iPhone

TextExpander5Smile, the developer of productivity applications for Mac, iPad and iPhone, has released TextExpander 5, a major upgrade to the popular Mac typing shortcut tool. TextExpander 5 helps you type faster by making suggestions of frequently typed phrases to abbreviate and save time. It also helps to remind you of forgotten snippets as you type.

Pick how to sync your snippets by using any sync folder on your Mac. This includes iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and other sync folders. (more…)

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iOS 8.1 Release Imminent

iOS8.1On October 16th at the end of the press conference, iOS 8.1’s release was firmed up as being Monday the 20th, iOS 8.1 is thought to bring with it a myriad of bug fixes – including the case of the notification bar that blankly refuses to disappear and a hand full of new features which should please iOS fans who also own OS X based hardware.

There are three features in particular which are causing the most buzz on the news networks – those features are as follows:

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