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How to keep people from messing with the System Preferences on your Mac

How to keep people from messing with the System Preferences on your Mac

When we first set up our Macs we tweak and adjust settings to suit our own personal preferences. The worst thing in the world is when someone comes along and doesn't respect our Mac. We've all experienced it from time to time. They pop into System Preferences like they own the place and start...
How to disable emailing via Google+ with Gmail

How to disable emailing via Google+ with Gmail

Google recently made some changes to Gmail and Google+ that lets anyone that has you on Google+ send you an email, even if they don't know your email address. While some of us may be okay with this, some of us may find it to be an invasion of privacy and quite frankly, a little creepy. Luckily,...
How to force all websites to let you save passwords to iCloud Keychain in OS X Mavericks

How to force websites to save passwords to iCloud Keychain in OS X Mavericks

Note: This feature does not appear to be available as of OS X Yosemite Not all websites just let you save passwords to iCloud Keychain. Whether for privacy or security reasons, or simple technical misconfiguration, sometimes your best efforts to stay in sync across your Apple devices will be...
OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 pre-release now available for developers

OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 pre-release now available for developers

Apple has put the first OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 pre-release on the Mac Developer Center. It's under non-disclosure agreement (NDA) so we can't go into the details until Apple releases it, but If you're a registered Mac developer, you can download it now and begin testing your apps!
Apple releases Mavericks 10.9.1, improves Gmail support, other Mail issues, more

Apple releases Mavericks 10.9.1, improves Gmail support, other Mail issues, more

Apple on Monday released OS X Update 10.9.1, an update to Mavericks. It's available for download from the Mac App Store using Software Update. The new release makes fixes to Gmail handling and other changes to improve stability and compatibility, according to Apple. Apple cites the following...
How to add Finder Tags to a file saved in iCloud with OS X Mavericks

How to add Finder Tags to iCloud documents with OS X Mavericks

We've already talked about how to set up and start using Finder Tags in OS X Mavericks, but what about documents that aren't stored on your computer, but in iCloud instead? It's just as easy to apply Finder Tags to new and existing iCloud documents too. Here's how: How to add Finder Tags to a...
Apple seeds new OS X 10.9.1 beta: Developers, come and get it!

Apple seeds new OS X 10.9.1 beta: Developers, come and get it!

Apple has posted a new beta version of OS X 10.9.1, marked as build 13B40. The new release is current available for pre-release testing by registered Mac developers. Apple covers notes related to the release under its non-disclosure agreement with developers, so we won't report them here. But if...
How to force quit an OS X app that isn't responding

How to force quit an OS X app that isn't responding

While OS X may have the reputation of being a solid operating system, it isn't immune from occasional crashes and app freezes. If you've owned a Mac for a long period of time, you've most likely come across the spinning beach ball of death a time or two. Here's how to figure out which app is...
How to use the power button in OS X Mavericks: It's just like your iPhone and iPad now

How to use the power button in OS X Mavericks: It's just like your iPhone and iPad now

If you've upgraded your Mac to OS X Mavericks, you may have already noticed that the physical power button behaves differently when pressed than it did in previous versions of OS X. As it turns out, Apple has brought some of iOS to the Mac when it comes to powering up and shutting down. Here's...
How to estimate your travel time in the OS X Mavericks Calendar app

How to estimate your travel time in the OS X Mavericks Calendar app

If you juggle your appointments, meetings, and events using the Calendar app on your Mac, you've probably run into a time or two where knowing the estimated travel time would have been helpful. Luckily, this is now a default feature of the stock Calendar app as long as you're running OS X...
Cyber Monday game and app sales for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Cyber Monday game and app sales for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

We somehow survived Black Friday, and the weekend of savings finishes off with Cyber Monday sales. We're here to point you to the best deals on apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac in the App Store. We'll be updating this list all day long, so feel free to let us know in the comments about any sales on...
How to share a video to Facebook from Finder in OS X Mavericks

How to share a video to Facebook from Finder in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks makes your Mac a lot more social. Along with the ability to link up and post from your social accounts, you can easily share video to Facebook from anywhere on your Mac in just a few clicks. Here's how: Launch a Finder windowon your Mac running OS X Mavericks and navigate to the...
Apple posts OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 pre-release - Developers, go get it!

Apple posts OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 pre-release - Developers, go get it!

Apple has put OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 pre-release onto the the Developer Center. Registered Mac developers can download it now and begin testing it with their apps. Since pre-release software is under non-disclosure agreement (NDA), we can't report on what, if any, new features may or may not be...
How to use Local Search with Maps for OS X Mavericks

How to use Local Search with Maps for OS X Mavericks

The Local Search feature in Maps is a great way to find local places by general category, without needing to know a specific place or name. Whether you're in an area you aren't familiar with or you just want to try something new and out of the ordinary in your home area, the Local Search feature...
How to get real time traffic information with Maps in OS X Mavericks

How to get real time traffic information with Maps in OS X Mavericks

Maps is new to OS X Mavericks but shares a lot of the same DNA as the iOS Maps app. That includes being able to obtain real time traffic information so you know what to expect once you're on the road. It can also help you decide what route to take. Here's how: Launch the Maps app on your Mac...
Pre-release version of Mavericks 10.9.1 seeded to developers

Pre-release version of Mavericks 10.9.1 seeded to developers

Apple on Friday posted a pre-release version of OS X Mavericks 10.9.1. The new release is available for download only if you're a registered Mac developer; it's available through Apple's developer web site. Information about what's changed is included in a seed note that's available to...
How to get notifications from your favorite websites with Notification Center and OS X Mavericks

How to get notifications from your favorite websites with Notification Center and OS X Mavericks

Notification Center in OS X Mavericks has an awesome new feature that lets you subscribe to updates from your favorite websites so they'll feed right into Notification Center. For websites that support it, I've found it to actually be extremely convenient. Here's how to get started: Before...
OS X Mavericks features that'd be great to see in iOS 8

OS X Mavericks features that'd be great to see in iOS 8

Almost two years ago I wrote a short list of things I wanted Apple to bring back to the iPad. It was following the first OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion preview, and it included things like rich text in Notes, a more spatially consistent Notification Center, and iOS version of iPhoto for iOS, per-account...
OS X version code-names

OS X version code-names

Unlike iOS, Apple has always used public-facing code-names of Mac OS X, starting with the original, bear-branded beta. From 2001 to 2012 they were all code-named after big cats. However, because Apple marketed co-opted the internal code-names, in 2003 the internal code-names switched to wines (...
How to add an event using natural language in the Mac OS X Calendar app

How to add an event using natural language in the Mac OS X Calendar app

If you use the Calendar app in Mac OS X, you already know how to add, delete, and manage events manually by now. What most people don't know is that the Calendar app in OS X supports natural language input, which makes adding events much quicker. Here's how to use it: Launch the Calendar app...

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