All items tagged with "OS X"

How to build a gaming Hackintosh on the cheap: software

Installing OS X on your PC. Photo: Pedro Aste/Flick, CC-licensed

Installing OS X on your PC. Photo: Pedro Aste/Flickr CC

My mission to build a powerful gaming Hackintosh for $650 — $50 less than Apple’s midrange Mac mini — is almost complete.

In Part 1 of this guide, I covered the components I purchased for my build and recommended extras and alternatives for those with different budgets.

In Part 2, I walked you through assembly of the screaming machine.

Now it’s time to install the software.

Believe it or not, building your Hackintosh is the easy bit; getting OS X to run on a machine it was never designed for is the real challenge.

But with time, patience and a little bit (OK, plenty) of frustration, you can make it happen.

Here’s how.

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How to build a gaming Hackintosh on the cheap: hardware

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Want more power for your money? Build a Hackintosh. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

I recently decided it was time to get a proper desktop computer. I needed it predominantly for work, but I wanted it to be powerful enough to play the latest games in 1080p without worrying about stuttering or terrible frame rates.

The new Mac lineup didn’t offer a perfect fit — the Retina 5K iMac was too expensive, and the new Mac mini simply wasn’t powerful enough — so I set myself a goal: To build a gaming machine with a dedicated video card, capable of running OS X, for around the price of a Mac mini.

I set a budget of $650 for my build. That’s $150 more than the base model Mac mini, but $50 less than the midrange model. In this piece, I’ll take you through the components I purchased and why I chose them, and how I put them all together. Next week, I’ll show you how I installed OS X to turn my DIY gaming rig into a Hackintosh.

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How to create an HTML Signature for Apple Mail

It's not super intuitive, but you can make your own HTML signature for Apple Mail fairly easily. Screengrab: Cult of Mac

It’s not super intuitive, but you can make your own HTML signature for Apple Mail fairly easily. Screengrab: Cult of Mac

We all like our email signatures to look fantastic, of course, and Apple Mail has always let you do so with an HTML-style email signature feature, starting back in OS X Lion.

The process has only gotten more complex, unfortunately, and takes a bit of patience and a sturdy sense of adventure, but it’s not too difficult.

If, then, you choose to jump right in and create your own HTML signature for Apple’s Mail app on OS X Yosemite, keep on reading.

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How to fix OS X Yosemite’s annoying, overflowing save sheet bug

Another annoying Yosemite bug. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Another annoying Yosemite bug. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Since installing OS X Yosemite, I’ve had a problem: Every time I try to save anything in Chrome, the Save Sheet interface is so long it runs off the screen, making it impossible for me to click “OK” or “Cancel.” I assumed it was something I had done, but nope, it’s a particularly annoying Yosemite bug. Here’s how to fix it.

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How to fix Wi-Fi problems in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

Download iOS 8.0.1 now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac.

These unofficial methods will ease Wi-Fi problems in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite users have been plagued by a host of Wi-Fi problems since Apple’s two latest operating systems were released. Apple has released updates for both, but to no avail: People keep suffering through Wi-Fi drops, seemingly at random.

What the heck’s going on? According to one developer, the issue is caused by the custom technology that Apple uses for AirDrop and AirPlay on both iOS 8 and OS X. And there’s a way to fix it!

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Apple is getting ready to ditch Google as search engine for iOS and OS X

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Apple has spent a great deal of time distancing itself from Google ever since its erstwhile partner launched Android back in 2008. Google Maps and YouTube haven’t been bundled as default apps on iPhones or iPads for years, and rumors keep swirling that Apple will kill its partnership with Google as a default search engine in Safari on both iOS and OS X.

But now? Now it looks like Apple might finally pull the trigger, ending all of its Google partnerships for good.

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The next OS X update could fix Yosemite’s rampant Wi-Fi woes

The next OS X Yosemite update might fix WiFi woes forever. Photo: Cult of Mac

The next OS X Yosemite update might fix Wi-Fi woes forever. Photo: Cult of Mac

Are you one of the many, many OS X Yosemite users who have been plagued with intermittent, seeming unsolvable problems with Wi-Fi dropping since upgrading from Mavericks? The end to your problems may very well be coming down the pipe.

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How to create killer GIFs on your Mac in 60 seconds

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I love animated GIFs. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the greatest gift God ever bestowed upon the Internet.

While most Mac users probably think making them requires Photoshop and some superior skills, creating GIFs can be dead-easy for your Mom to do, as long as you know which tools to use. 

In fact, iOS 8 has made communicating solely through GIFs easier than ever thanks to third-party keyboards. With just a couple apps and some browser extensions, you can become a GIFmaster in no time and blow your friends away with your arsenal of GIFs.

Here’s how to create your own GIFs in minutes on your Mac.

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First malware targeted at non-jailbroken iPhones spreads in China

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WireLurker is “the first known malware that can infect installed iOS applications similar to a traditional virus.” Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

(Updated with Apple statement below.)

A new class of malware targeted at OS X and iOS is spreading like wildfire in China, according to new research by Palo Alto Networks. Dubbed WireLurker, the trojan hides itself in apps distributed through a third-party Chinese app store for OS X and side-loads itself onto iOS devices via USB.

What sets WireLurker apart from other malware is that it is capable of infecting non-jailbroken iOS devices, and it heralds “a new era in malware attacking Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms.”

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This app will hack Continuity to work on your older Mac

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Continuity is one of the best features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, allowing your iPhone, iPad, and Mac to all operate more seamlessly together than ever before. But there’s a problem: Continuity requires Bluetooth 4.0 LE to work, and many older Macs don’t have it.

But don’t despair. A new tool has been released makes it possible to easily hacktivate Continuity, even if Apple doesn’t want you to.

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