How to change the default AirDrop destination folder on Mac

By Joaquim Barbosa on Mar 3, 2017

If you’re a big user of the AirDrop feature on iOS and macOS, you probably know that when sending files from a mobile device to your Mac, the files are automatically saved to your computer’s Downloads folder. Whilst this is a logical place for them to go, it is non-configurable, and lumps them in with your Mail attachments and Safari downloads too.

If this approach is not granular enough for you, you may wish to designate a specific folder for AirDrop files to be saved to, just as you can for your Safari downloads. Although macOS does not allow you to do this out of the box, this guide will show you how to change the default location of files you send via AirDrop on a Mac. Read More

 

Google to expand Chrome’s malware protections on Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 2, 2017

Google’s Chrome and other browsers rely on a feature called Safe Browsing to display a warning message before you visit a dangerous site or download a harmful app. Google is now expanding the scope of Safe Browsing in Chrome for macOS to strengthen protections against malware and other unwanted software such as extensions that silently modify Chrome’s settings. The expanded Safe Browsing features in Chrome for macOS will go in effect on March 31, Google has said. Read More

 

Apple seeds fourth betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Apple today seeded fourth betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2 to members of the Apple Developer Program. iOS 10.3 beta 4 (build number 14E5260b), macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 4 (build number 16E175b) and watchOS 3.2 are now all available as over-the-air downloads through the Software Update mechanism on devices with an appropriate configuration profile. We’ll update the article if we find new features or important under-the-hood changes in the new betas. Read More

 

How to install macOS 10.12 Sierra on unsupported Mac hardware

By Joaquim Barbosa on Feb 23, 2017

With macOS Sierra, Apple dropped support for some of its hardware models for the first time in several years. Citing various incompatibilities and hardware deficiencies, they cut out a large swathe of machines from running Sierra. However, many Mac owners have questioned their motives, observing that some machines have made the cut whilst their more powerful contemporaries (such as the MacBook Pro) have mysteriously been left behind.

This led some to conclude that Apple is simply raising the bar to encourage hardware upgrades, and that there is often no incontrovertible hardware reason which dictates the unsupported machines. In many cases this turned out to be true, and with a few tweaks and amendments many of the “unsupported” machines have been brought back into the fold by a tool by dosdude1, called macOS Sierra Patcher. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to use the tool to install macOS 10.12 Sierra on older Mac hardware, which claims not to support it. Read More

 

Beta 3 of iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 released for public beta testing

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

iOS 10.3 beta 3 with Find My AirPods and other enhancements and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 3 with Night Shift Mode and other perks are both now available for public beta-testing, assuming you’ve enrolled in Apple’s Beta Software Program. After signing up on the web at beta.apple.com, deploy a special configuration profile on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac and you’ll be able to install the latest beta over-the-air via Apple’s standard Software Update mechanism. Read More

 

How to use Google SafeSearch to filter explicit web search results

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 21, 2017

Whether you’re a parent trying to filter explicit content from the limitless Google searches your child could be searching on the web, or you’re simply trying to figure out why it seems like certain images or web results are being filtered from your Google search queries, chances are Google SafeSearch is the answer.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can toggle Google SafeSearch on or off, depending on whether you need to start filtering explicit search results from your queries or stop doing so when the feature is already enabled. Read More

 

See how Alexa compares to Siri with Reverb

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2017

If you missed our post nearly a year ago about a web app at Echoism.io that lets you try out Alexa in a web browser, you’re going to like a new app, called Reverb, that brings Amazon’s personal assistant to your Mac desktop, as well as iPhone and iPad.

The brain child of developers at digital consultancy agency Rain, Reverb is available at no charge from App Store and Mac App Store or in your favorite web browser.

Reverb takes advantage of the fact that Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service is now available as a web service to access through a web browser and other thin clients, with the recent API 2.0 update having enabled a richer set of features. Read More

 

macOS 10.12.4 beta 3 seeded to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2017

Aside from watchOS 3.2 beta 3, tvOS 10.2 beta 3 and iOS 10.3 beta 3 with a new name and shame list for legacy apps,  Apple today seeded a third beta of what would become the fourth major update to Sierra since its launch last fall. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 3 (build 16E163f) with Night Shift Mode and other perks is now available to registered developers.

You can deploy the latest beta over the air on your Mac through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. Today’s release is only for developers but a version aimed at public beta testers should drop in the next 24 hours. Read More

 

How to make your Mac’s mouse pointer bigger

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2017

If you have vision problems or simply happen to use a very high-resolution monitor, finding your Mac’s mouse pointer among the mess of windows, desktop icons and various user interface controls can be a daunting task. Thankfully, macOS provides a nifty little feature to make the pointer larger temporarily when you quickly move your finger on the trackpad or quickly move the mouse. If you’d like to permanently make the pointer larger so that it’s easier to see, you can do that, too, as explained in this quick tutorial. Read More

 

New Mac malware from Russia targets your saved passwords and iPhone backups

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

It used to be that Mac computers were immune from the vast majority of viruses and malware plaguing Windows and other platforms. But as Apple’s products have been growing in popularity, hackers and malware developers have been increasingly targeting macOS.

Following recent reports of Mac malware that uses a very old Windows trick which relies on Microsoft Word macros, a new strain of malware from Russian hackers has been found to steal your saved passwords and iPhone backups, security firm BitDefender said. Read More