How to add a new user account to your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 30, 2016

Not that long ago, we showed you how to enable the guest account on your Mac so that people could use your Mac without tampering with your own apps and files, but it’s more of a temporary solution than anything because any progress they make is reset after they log out.

If you know the other person who is using your computer will be using it more often than just once in a blue moon, then you might consider making them a completely separate user account from your own.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a new user account on your Mac. Read More

 

10 Siri for Mac features I hope to see in OS X 10.12

By Sébastien Page on May 27, 2016

Siri is one of these features that feels like a broken promise. Not only it hasn’t evolved that much over the years, but it’s also not that much more reliable than it was when it was first introduced back in 2011.

If the rumor mill is any indication of what’s to come, it appears that Siri might make its way to the Mac, and maybe get even smarter with the introduction of an SDK for developers.

So I sat down and started thinking about what specifically I would want Siri to be able to do on my Mac, beyond the smart assistant’s existing capabilities. This is my wish-list.  Read More

 

Customizing the toolbar in your Mac Finder window

By Anthony Bouchard on May 27, 2016

If you own a Mac, you most likely use the Finder window on a daily basis; probably more than you even realize. But one thing you may not have known throughout the eons of using the Finder interface as Apple has created it to be used, is that you can actually customize the Finder toolbar to your liking.

By doing so, you can supercharge your Finder window’s functionality with additional easy-to-reach features, and we’ll show you how to customize your Finder toolbar in this simple tutorial. Read More

 

Apple’s just been granted a patent for a MacBook with embedded cellular connectivity

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2016

The United States Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) today granted Apple a brand new patent which seems to address a longstanding complaint among MacBook owners: the machine’s lack of an embedded cellular connectivity.

Titled “Electronic device with dual clutch barrel cavity antennas” and originally filed for in the second quarter of 2015, the invention describes using additional wireless circuitry for cellular data via cavity antenna structures that are not present on current MacBooks. Read More

 

Pixelmator for Mac gains precise selection tools, all-new Photos extension and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2016

My favorite Photoshop alternative, Pixelmator, was updated this morning on the Mac App Store with some notable new features, bug fixes and enhancements. Pixelmator 3.5 for Mac, a free update for those who own the app, includes the new Smart Selection and Magnetic Selection tools, a new Retouch extension for Photos which provides a full set of powerful retouching tools, and more. Read More

 

Why and how to safely eject media drives from your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 26, 2016

Every time you connect an external peripheral to your Mac, such as an SD card, an external hard drive, or a USB flash drive to transfer files, you should safely eject it when you’re finished using it.

In this post, we’ll talk a little bit about why it’s important to follow this process, and we’ll also show you various ways of doing it. Read More

 

1Password for Mac gains new browser support, anchored Large Type window and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2016

Developer AgileBits today released a new version of its popular password manager in the Mac App Store, 1Password for Mac.

Available to existing users at no additional charge, “The Passion Project” update bumps 1Password to version 6.3, bringing out support for an additional three browsers along with an enhanced Large Type feature, which now lives in a draggable window of its own, and a few minor VoiceOver enhancements.

Grab the update for free if you already have the app, or buy 1Password for Mac for $64.99 on the Mac App Store. Read More

 

Spotlight Suggestions expand to seven new countries, including India and Hong Kong

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

Spotlight Suggestions, a feature that recommends content from the Internet when searching with Spotlight on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0+ or a Mac running OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later, has expanded to seven additional markets: Hong Kong, India, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.

Counting these regions, Spotlight Suggestions are now available in a total of 26 major markets around the world, listed on Apple’s iOS Feature Availability webpage. Read More

 

Removing password protection from a PDF file on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 24, 2016

The ability to password protect PDF files is a great way to keep personal information safe from prying eyes, especially when you want to control who is and who isn’t allowed to see the contents of a file.

But on the contrary, what do you do if you want to remove password protection from a PDF file on your Mac?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to convert a password-protected PDF file to a basic PDF file that can be opened by anyone. Read More

 

19 useful Mac startup key combinations you should familiarize yourself with

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Most of the time, your Mac just works—until it refuses to start up properly due to an unforeseen system error, a misbehaving app, a broken system component and what not. Beyond system errors, different people have different needs when it comes to starting up their computer.

For example, you could be a pro user who dual boots between OS X and Windows on a daily basis. Others might be wondering about booting a Mac from a disk other than their designated startup disk. Or perhaps you’re looking to isolate the cause of a software issue in OS X’s Safe Mode or boot straight into Recovery OS as the last option?

For those of you who have wondered about the many ways you can start up your Mac, here’s a quick list of the keyboard shortcuts you can invoke to access handy OS X features which are only available at boot time. Read More

 

Airmail 3 for OS X is here, brings best features from its iOS edition to the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Developer Bloop on Monday issued a major update to its excellent OS X email client on the Mac App Store, Airmail. Available as a free upgrade for existing users, Airmail 3 brings some of the best features from its iPhone and iPad edition to the Mac.

In addition to improved handling of your VIP contacts and the ability to quickly reply to emails from a notification, Airmail 3 includes a rich set of options for customizing your menus, gestures, keyboard shortcuts and folders.

The app now integrates with your calendar, has a lot faster message rendering engine, will sync more settings via iCloud between OS X and iOS editions (rules, VIP contacts and Smart Folders) and more. Read More

 

Finding the RGB or Hexadecimal value of any pixel on your Mac screen

By Anthony Bouchard on May 23, 2016

RGB, otherwise known as red/green/blue, is a color identification method used by digital computer monitors. Every color gets its own RGB value, and this is because a mixture of those three colors makes up the color you’re looking at.

RGB values may be used for a variety of reasons, but mostly for those that do a lot of photo editing, or who may be tinkering with graphics or web design.

A little known feature of your Mac is that its operating system comes with a meter that can identify the RGB color of any single pixel on your screen, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you just how that’s done. Read More

 

How to create a guest account on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 23, 2016

In OS X, just like most desktop operating systems, you can have more than one computer user. For instances where you may need to share your computer with someone else, it can be convenient for you to create a guest user rather than risk your security from your own administrator account.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can enable the guest user account on your Mac. Read More

 

MacID to remain available even if Apple introduces Touch ID unlocking for Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 21, 2016

There has been some talk recently about Apple potentially launching a new way to unlock your Mac with Touch ID in an upcoming OS X release.

For those who are aware, this can be done already with apps from the App Store, such as MacID, but if Apple brings this feature to the native installation of OS X, what will happen to these premium third-party apps?
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What to do when iTunes can’t locate your music files

By Anthony Bouchard on May 20, 2016

Have you ever had the problem where an exclamation point appears next to a song in iTunes when you try and play it? This is the last thing you want to deal with when you’re in the mood to listen to your jam, but fortunately, it’s usually a pretty easy thing to fix. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to get around this problem and get iTunes to play your music once again. Read More

 

You could soon be able to unlock your Mac using Touch ID on your iPhone

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2016

Apple engineers are designing a remote unlock function that would allow an iPhone to unlock a Mac when in close proximity, reports MacRumors. The feature would use the handset’s Touch ID hardware, and is slated for the upcoming OS X 10.12 update.

The site notes that this will use Bluetooth LE frameworks, and will likely work similar to the solution found in the Apple Watch. Passcodes on the Apple Watch can be bypassed by entering your iPhone passcode or using Touch ID on the connected iPhone. Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac updated with new Topics feature, Collections support and more

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2016

The Tapbots on Thursday issued an update for Tweetbot for Mac, bringing the popular Twitter client to version 2.4. The release brings the new Topics feature over from the recent iOS update, Collections support and other enhancements.

As you’ll recall, A Topic is a way to let you quickly Tweet a group of related Tweets without having to manually reply to yourself. You can activate Topics by tapping the gear menu in the Compose screen, and they sync across devices via iCloud. Read More

 

Infuse 4.2 adds Library view on tvOS, trakt ratings sync, Spotlight search on iOS and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

The versatile Infuse media player for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV by aTV Flash Black developer FireCore today got bumped to version 4.2, bringing dozens of new features, enhancements and refinements to both the iOS and tvOS edition of the software.

Infuse 4.2 now surfaces your content in Spotlight search, lets you sync ratings for rate content on trakt.tv and has new Continuous Playback options.

On the fourth-generation Apple TV, Infuse gained a new Library mode and Smart Filters, an artwork picker for your Favorites and lots of other improvements. Plus, audiophiles will be pleased to learn that Infuse for Apple TV is now capable of reproducing 7.1 content. Read More

 

OWC’s new driver adds Boot Camp support to all of its aftermarket SSD upgrades

By Anthony Bouchard on May 19, 2016

In March, Other World Computing (OWC) launched the world’s first SSD upgrade for 2013 and later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display computers. The storage upgrades came in 480GB and 1TB flavors, and we recently showed you the install process of the 1TB OWC Aura SSD upgrade.

There was unfortunately a caveat that disallowed you to use Apple’s Boot Camp feature with the drives, which meant you were limited to installing one operating system on it at a time, or using a virtual machine instead of partitioning the drive and dual-booting your Mac.

As of today, OWC has fixed this problem with a new universal driver that enables Boot Camp on all of OWC’s SSD upgrades to date. Read More

 

Alfred 3 for Mac is here with cool new features to boost your productivity

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Alfred, a productivity app used and loved by millions of people, today received a major update, bringing it to version 3.0. Alfred boosts your efficiency and productivity with time-saving features like hotkeys, keywords, text expansion, search and more.

Workflows in Alfred are now more flexible and come with some additional objects. Built-in clipboard now accepts multimedia files, a new snippet-expanding feature is an instant productivity boost, theming has been improved and the app runs faster thanks to under-the-hood improvements. Read More

 
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