Chrome 56 for Mac released with lower power consumption, performance boost & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2017

Google on Friday released Chrome 56 for Mac, Windows and Linux following a period of beta testing which began about a month and a half ago. In addition to various security enhancements, Chrome 56 offers nearly up to one-third faster webpage reloading times with 60 percent less validation requests. Google’s desktop browser will now warn you when a website requests confidential information over an insecure connection. It also blocks Flash content, supports Web Bluetooth API and more. Chrome 56 for iOS should follow soon. Read More

 

How to take a screenshot without the shadow effect on Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2017

By default, screenshotting a Mac window takes into account macOS’s nice drop shadow. But more often than not, the effect makes the screenshotted images more difficult to align properly in documents and webpages due to the surrounding shadow.

While you can always disable the shadow effect with a simple Terminal command, doing so removes the shadow for all screenshots.

What if you wanted to remove the shadow for the current screenshot only?

That’s what this tutorial is all about: we’ll tell you about a modifier key that you can press while screenshotting a window to override default system behavior and remove the shadow effect from that particular screenshot only.
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Apple releases iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 4 for public beta testing

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2017

Following yesterday’s release of developer-only previews of the upcoming iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 software updates, Apple today made the new betas available to public beta testers who are enrolled in Apple Beta Software Program.

iOS 10.3 public beta can be installed via the Software Update mechanism on iOS devices with an appropriate configuration profile installed. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 public beta can be downloaded on your Mac through Mac App Store’s Updates tab. Read More

 

iOS 10.3 brings support for Verizon Wi-Fi Calling on other iCloud-connected devices

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2017

U.S. wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have supported Wi-Fi Calling for some time now, with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile also supporting Wi-Fi Calling on other iCloud-connected devices like iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch and Mac. According to user reports on MacRumors’ forums, iOS 10.3 beta 1 supports Integrated Calling on Verizon.

With this handy feature, compatible iCloud-signed devices can make and receive calls using your carrier’s account even when your iPhone isn’t nearby. Read More

 

A guide to using Travel Time in Calendar on iPhone and Mac

By Steffen Reich on Jan 25, 2017

Travel Time is a nifty addition to Apple’s Calendar, capable of precisely estimating the duration of your upcoming trip based on parameters such as milage and traffic. Used properly, it can notably ease some of your daily scheduling woes, but paradoxically, a large contingent of regular Calendar users still routinely overlook the feature.

Formerly introduced as frequent locations and traffic conditions widgets, the service has only slowly gained traction amongst users. Travel Time today however has come of age and is now neatly integrated into one of the most popular productivity applications both on iOS and macOS. So if you didn’t get the memo on the virtues of Travel Time in Calendar, here’s what you need to know. Read More

 

Setapp launches publicly: get unlimited access to 60+ paid Mac apps for a flat monthly fee

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2017

Developer MacPaw’s new Netflix-like subscription service for prime Mac apps has been in invite-only beta since December 2016. Beginning today, Setapp is available to everyone in exchange for a flat monthly fee of $9.99. An alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store, Setapp gives you unlimited access to 61 Mac apps, with more to be added as additional developers join the service. These are fully functional apps that update automatically and contain no In-App Purchases, paid upgrades or ads. Read More

 

How to move your Mac user folder to a separate drive from the boot drive

By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 25, 2017

If you only have a small SSD in your Mac or Hackintosh, then storage space can be at a premium. For most users, by far the largest thing saved on their boot drive is the User folder, which contains their user account. If your user folder is filling up your SSD and you want to keep that high-speed storage for the operating system and applications, then this guide is for you.

It is possible to move your entire user account onto another drive, completely separate from your macOS boot drive. This will free up space on the boot drive and allow large media folders like Music, Movies, and Downloads to reside on a larger capacity drive. Read More

 

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 seeded to developers with Night Shift mode & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 24, 2017

Aside from seeding iOS 10.3 beta 1 to its registered developers, Apple also released the first developer-only beta of what would become the fourth major software update to macOS Sierra. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 enhances your Mac with Night Shift mode and other improvements and new features. Read More

 

How to move and control mouse pointer using your Mac’s keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

No matter if you’re designing a newsletter in Pages, putting together a mockup of your blog in Pixelmator, editing a video project in Final Cut Pro X, creating a 3D scene and so forth, at some point you’ll want to move things around with pixel precision.

Thankfully, macOS provides a very useful Accessibility feature that allows you to move the mouse pointer in all directions and replicate clicks using just the keyboard.

In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how to turn on a life-saving Mouse Keys feature and take advantage of it to move the mouse pointer and press the mouse button with your Mac’s keyboard or numeric keypad. Read More

 

Websites not loading in Safari? Try this…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 23, 2017

It can be so annoying when a web page you’re trying to visit doesn’t load. There are many things that could be to blame for the problem, and there’s a list of steps you should take if you want to figure out what might be causing it.

In this piece, we’ll discuss several ways you can troubleshoot a web page that isn’t loading in Safari. Depending on the browser, steps to fix problems might be similar, but they could vary as well. Read More

 
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