Hands-on video: everything new in macOS Sierra 10.12.4

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2017

Apple yesterday unleashed a barrage of OS updates with iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2. We’ve already posted our “What’s New in iOS 10.3” hands-on and now our resident video editor Andrew O’Hara has done the same for the latest Sierra update.

Check out everything macOS Sierra 10.12.4 has to offer and let us know what you think in comments. Read More

 

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 with Night Shift for Mac launches

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

Hot on the heels of releasing iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods and other improvements and watchOS 3.2 for Apple Watch with Theater Mode and Siri in apps, Apple also today posted the fourth major update to its desktop operating system powering Macs. The software update is now rolling out via Mac App Store’s Updates tab. Read More

 

Speed up or slow down iTunes playback for podcasts, audiobooks, and music with Speed-Up

By Steffen Reich on Mar 24, 2017

Still enjoying iTunes despite the beautiful mess it has become on macOS? If the answer is yes, perhaps listen up for this one. Every once in a while, seemingly low-key and low-price apps pop up in the market, claiming to have identified an imperfection or gap in Apple’s software, and in the next breath promising the fix for it. Some of these apps are superfluous to the user for the simple reason that the touted feature is already in place in Apple’s mothership software (in some shape or form), other apps are gimmicky or overly flawed.

Speed-Up for Mac firmly sits in the opposite camp, the one where ostensibly small apps are extremely wholesome and deliver on the promised goods. So what does it promise you ask? Put simply, to speed up or slow down your iTunes playback, an option otherwise notably absent on macOS. If this sounds surprisingly succinct or sober to you, that’s because it is.

Speed-Up treasures simplicity over bells & whistles, and is probably worth a look if you have ever caught yourself wishing for a speed lever in the thick of an Audiobook or Podcast session on your MacBook. Read More

 

How to delete multiple contacts at once on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 24, 2017

If you’ve ever wanted to go through your Contacts app and remove all those that you may have accumulated over time and no longer associate with, then you should know it’s possible to delete numerous contacts simultaneously without having to go through them one-by-one.

While we’ve shown you previously how to bulk-delete contacts from your iPhone or iPad, it’s worth noting that you can do this on your Mac too, albeit a little bit more easily. We’ll show you how in this tutorial. Read More

 

How to view the HTML source code of a web page on iOS or Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 23, 2017

Whether you dabble in small-time web development or you just have general interest of digging around in code to see how things work, there may be times when you want to see the HTML source code behind a specific web page.

It’s possible to do this from both your iOS devices such as an iPhone or iPad, and your Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to view the HTML source code of a web page on both platforms. Read More

 

How to change the default search scope in Finder

By Joaquim Barbosa on Mar 23, 2017

You may have noticed when opening a Finder window to search for a file that the default setting is to search through the entire Mac. Although this may be precisely what many people want to do, I personally tend to find myself clicking again to refine my search to the current folder.

This guide will outline the simple process to customise the default scope for Finder window searches, so that you no longer have to trawl through your full hard drive for a file which you know is in the folder you’ve already navigated to. Read More

 

How to add Continuity features to older Macs

By Joaquim Barbosa on Mar 22, 2017

Most of our readers will be familiar by now with Apple’s Continuity suite, a slew of features which were introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. These features include Instant Hotspot, a new AirDrop, SMS/Phone calls from Mac, and Handoff. With macOS Sierra and iOS 10, they added Auto Unlock and Universal Clipboard to the group.

The catch is of course that making use of these features requires certain hardware. Therefore, Macs from before about 2010/11 appear not to support some or all of the new functionality. However, it turns out there is a way to enable Continuity on your older hardware. In this guide we’ll go through how to do it. Read More

 

How to show basic system information on your Mac login screen

By Joaquim Barbosa on Mar 21, 2017

If you’re one of those who love to tweak every little facet of their Mac experience, then this guide is for you. It brings several system information items such as computer name, your current IP address, and your macOS version right to your login screen where they can be easily referenced.

For this modification, all we will need is the Terminal application and a few minutes, so let’s get started! Read More

 

Apple seeds macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 and watchOS 3.2 beta 7

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2017

Apple on Monday seeded an eighth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and a seventh beta of watchOS 3.2 to its registered developers and members of the Apple Developer Program. Both macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (build 16E192b) and watchOS 3.2 beta 7 (build 14V5249a) can be deployed over-the-air on devices running a prior beta and a using a special configuration profile that can be downloaded from Apple’s portal for developers and beta-testers. Read More

 

How to show the expanded Save dialog by default on Mac

By Joaquim Barbosa on Mar 18, 2017

By default, the behaviour of macOS upon saving a file is to open a simple dialog window, with only a single drop-down menu showing possible save locations. These locations can vary based on the program settings, your most-used save location, or your last-used save location.

Although this is fine for quickly saving documents to common folders such as Documents or Downloads, it is cumbersome to use the drop-down menu when saving regularly to multiple hard drives and previously unused nested folders. Luckily, there is a way to always show a full file browser in the save dialog for more granular control. Read More

 
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