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(Answering my own question) This problem never went away for me, but I do have a workaround. I found the preferences that kept changing were in com.apple.ScreenSaverPhotoChooser. I set everything the way I wanted it in System Preferences, then read all the values from that preference file with defaults -currentHost read com.apple.ScreenSaverPhotoChooser ...


I upgraded to 10.10.2 and I thought the problem had been fixed but it hasn't. This is what I have found out which sheds some light but I don't know how to fix it. In the ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost Folder there is the screen saver files. The one in question I see is this one: com.apple.ScreenSaverPhotoChooser.3894DB94-8127-583F-A292-E5634E257DF3.plist ...


That is correct, you cannot change the default app across other apps. This Google app affinity is only available amongst their apps.


In Chrome, if you visit a Google Maps link, it will open in the Google Maps app. This does not, however, change default app registration.


Map links from Google Applications in iOS should open in Google Maps: Chrome, Gmail, etc.


Open Settings app on both devices and verify both have an iCloud backup (or connect to iTunes and back up both) Sign out of iTunes & App Store and then reboot both devices Sign back in to the iTunes & App store on one device Open iBooks and see what it shows for your purchases / books. Tap to download one of each (a purchased book and a synced book) ...


There are multiple things that could cause this issue. For the first one, the notorious, but (sometimes) helpful chown. If you have run terminal, and used chown to attempt to fix a system error, such as sudo not running due to it not being 'run as root' on an administrator account, you may have royally screwed over your PC. Yea, I did that exact thing once. ...


Try: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Terminal.plist ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.apple.Terminal.savedState/*


The list of blocked sites is in the BannedURLStrings array in ~/Library/Safari/TopSites.plist

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