NetMarketShare: Mac OS X — According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X and iOS both dipped in September.
According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 7.72% of the global market share in September compared to 7.53% in August (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 12%). The all-time high for OS X was in October 2013 when it had 7.73%. Windows remains dominant with 90.54% as of September. That’s up from 90.84 % in August.
OS X El Capitan is to Yosemite as Snow Leopard was to Leopard — Apple has released OS X El Capitan, a new version of OS X that refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. El Capitan is to OS X Yosemite as Snow Leopard was to Leopard. In other words, it concentrates more in improvements and performance gains than new features. [Snow Leopard was a star system, and the old timers’ all-time fave.] Here are quick instructions on how to update, a first look video showing Split View, new Mission Control in Apple’s OS X 10.11 El Capitan, how to make a bootable OS X 10.11 El Capitan installer drive, and a hands-on with Notes 4 in El Capitan and another for Spotlight. Finally, how to modify System Integrity Protection in El Capitan.
Disk Utility in El Capitan: the tool for storage devices gets a facelift — A utility you hope rarely to need gets a complete overhaul, omitting familiar features and making some actions easier to carry out. [For the first time in well over a decade it no longer looks like an Mac OS 9 app. ]
Apple has released Safari 9 for Yosemite — If you’re not ready to upgrade to El Capitan just yet, you’re in luck. Apple just released Safari 9 for Yosemite, and it has some of the features in Safari for El Capitan.
Photo thumbnails on your Mac turned to black? It’s time to repair your library — Both iPhoto and Photos rebuilds previews if you rotate an image, which can be done in Photos in the All Photos view by selecting Edit > Select All and then Image > Rotate Clockwise or Rotate Counterclockwise, and then the opposite after the rotation is complete. You can rebuild thumbnails or repair the library, depending on the software you use. For iPhotos and Photos alike, quit the app, then hold down Command and Option while launching, and keep them held down until you see a dialogue.
Twisted Wave on special — TwistedWave is an audio app that provides all the functionality you need to make pro-quality audio recordings without advanced technical know-how or expensive equipment. With its easy-to-use, intuitive interface, TwistedWave makes your life easy while still providing all the tools you need to edit, cut, and convert files. Simply press record to get started—whether you’re recording a song, podcast, or whole concert, audio editing doesn’t get better than TwistedWave. It’s currently on sale for US$15 – 81% off as it’s normally US$71.
Former Boeing guy joins Apple board — Apple announced today that James Bell, the former CFO and onetime interim CEO of The Boeing Company, has joined the company’s board of directors. Bell was with Boeing for 38 years, overseeing Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services. In 2005, Bell served as the aerospace giant’s interim CEO.