Malwarebytes reports first case of Mac malware for 2017, points out antiquated tactics

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 19, 2017

Security software development firm Malwarebytes has just exposed what could be the first known case of Mac malware for the year of 2017.

It appears to be a highly antiquated piece of malware. In other words, it’s not super advanced and it’s using methods to infect machines that are so well-known that only a small number of unsuspecting users would even fall victim to it. Read More

 

How to add music to your iPhone without iTunes using WALTR

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Transferring music files to your iOS hardware is not for the faint-hearted, let alone for novice users, but I suppose you don’t need me to tell you that. Because third-party apps are not permitted to save songs to the music library on your device, the process officially sanctioned by Apple requires syncing your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the bloated mess that is desktop iTunes.

Thankfully, specialized apps such as Softorino’s excellent WALTR 2 (free trial available – or $39.95) let you simply drag and drop media files on WALTR’s drop zone and rest assured they’ll be transcoded into iOS-friendly formats and saved into appropriate apps. In this brief tutorial, we’ll lay out the process of adding music to iPhone without iTunes, using the WALTR app. Read More

 

How to disable inertial scrolling on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017

When the original iPhone launched ten years ago, it instantly captivated audiences with its smooth implementation of the multi-touch user interface and attention to detail like rubber band scrolling, which continues to scroll content after your finger has stopped moving, until it gradually comes to a halt.

Also known as inertial scrolling, this feature eventually made its way into macOS to support Mac computers with a multi-touch trackpad or Magic Mouse. Since this behavior may not appeal to everyone, we’ve put together this quick tutorial to teach you how to disable inertial scrolling with just a few clicks. Read More

 

Latest macOS Sierra beta informs you when your Mac’s display is using significant energy

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017

The latest beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 provides a brand new display brightness energy saving recommendation for extending battery life under the Battery menu bar item, MacRumors has discovered. It appears in macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 when display brightness is set above the 75 percent mark. Read More

 

How to delete your Safari web browsing history for specific days

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 17, 2017

If you use Safari as your default web browser on your Mac, it’s possible to delete your browsing history for a just a specific date, while still leaving all the rest of your browsing history intact.

Not only will this appear less fishy when someone looks into your browsing history than deleting everything would, but it also lets you annihilate only a chosen portion of your web browsing history, which can be infinitely useful for protecting your privacy depending on how you use your machine to browse the web. Read More

 

How to customize the “About This Mac” section of a Mac

By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 13, 2017

The “About This Mac” window contains information relating to your computer specifications and OS version, and is useful for quickly checking any of those details. However, it’s a little impersonal, and often (on a Hackintosh), incorrect. If, like me, you enjoy customising your machine to your own personal taste then this guide should help somewhat, by jazzing up the “About This Mac” section. Read More

 

Apple seeds macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2017

Apple on Thursday seeded a fourth beta of what would become the third major software update to macOS Sierra since its public launch last fall. macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 (build 16D30a) is now available on Mac computers that have a prior Sierra beta installed via the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. Read More

 

How to convert music tracks to Audiobook in iTunes

By Steffen Reich on Jan 12, 2017

Venturing into the depths of iTunes is no longer an activity for the faint-hearted, as Apple’s gold mine is famously becoming more convoluted with every update. It is by no means impossible to keep up with the changes, but staying on top of every small cosmetic shift does pose a decent challenge today.

As somebody very fond of the spoken word on iTunes, I can attest that this general rule holds true for audiobooks as well. So as I was fiddling around with some old school CDs the other day and trying to move audio files within my iTunes library to the Audiobooks tab, I noticed my old methods were already outdated again. If you’re not up to speed on iTunes (12.5.4), here’s a refresher on how to get your talking book to properly identify as Audiobooks inside the application, followed by an encore for CD enthusiasts with regard to joining tracks during import.

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How to move emails from one inbox to another in your Mac’s Mail app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 10, 2017

The Mail app in macOS is a multi-email handler and supports a wide variety of email platforms. That said, it you wanted to move some of your emails from one of your email account inboxes to another, you could.

This is a handy feature to know if you sent or received an email via the wrong account and wanted to keep your emails organized under the correct email inbox, so we’ll show you how it can be done in this tutorial. Read More

 

How to check if your Mac supports Auto Unlock

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2016

macOS Sierra debuted a new feature called Auto Unlock that lets you get into your Mac without typing your account password simply by wearing a passcode-protected Apple Watch. With Auto Unlock, you just wake up your Mac and if it senses you’re nearby and wearing your watch, it’ll log you in automatically. Yes, it just works!

Auto Unlock imposes certain hardware pre-requisites in terms of modern Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chipsets. Here’s how you can quickly check if your Mac supports Auto Unlock. Read More

 

Apple launches beta 2 of iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Apple on Tuesday seeded to members of the Apple Developer Program a second beta of iOS 10.2 and a second beta of what would become the third major update to macOS Sierra. iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 (build 14D15) and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 2 (build 16D17a) are now available to install over-the-air via Settings → General → Software Update on iOS devices and under the Mac App Store’s Updates tab on the Mac. Read More

 

Deliveries for Mac gains full Sierra compatibility, Touch Bar shortcuts & other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2016

After refreshing Deliveries for iOS with full iOS 10 and watchOS 3 support and other nice-to-haves four days ago, Deliveries for Mac was updated on the Mac App Store with full support for macOS Sierra, Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro and more.

Touch Bar shortcuts can be customized for features like shipping company suggestions when you add a delivery, auto-complete for email addresses, a 1Password button when it’s appropriate and more. Read More

 

macOS Sierra 10.12.2 fixed vulnerability that let attackers obtain disk encryption password

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2016

Last week’s macOS Sierra 10.12.2 software update squashed a number of bugs and patched a few newly discovered  vulnerabilities, among them one that allowed an attacker to obtain your FileVault disk encryption password by plugging in a $300 Thunderbolt device into a locked or sleeping Mac.

As detailed by security researcher Ulf Frisk, attackers must have physical access to your Mac in order to exploit the vulnerability. The obtained password may be used to unlock your Mac’s disk and access everything on it. Read More

 

How to stop your Mac from inserting a period when you double-press the Space bar

By Sébastien Page on Dec 19, 2016

Just like you can easily insert a period when you double-press the Space bar on your iPhone or iPad, this feature has now made its way to macOS Sierra. It seems to be disabled by default if you’re upgrading a Mac to macOS Sierra, but it was definitely enabled by default on my brand new MacBook Pro.

While I find the feature helpful on iOS, it actually gets in the way of my typing habits on my Mac. For that reason, I have chosen to stop my Mac from adding a period at the press of a double-space. Read More

 

Apple took no specific steps to improve MacBook Pro battery life with macOS Sierra 10.12.2

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2016

The macOS Sierra 10.12.2 software update, released three days ago, removes your Mac battery’s time remaining indicator but owners of the new MacBook Pro won’t see any improvements to their notebook’s battery life as a result of the update.

As ArsTechnica noted, the company “told us repeatedly and emphatically that it had taken no specific steps to improve MacBook Pro battery life” with macOS Sierra 10.12.2.

Now, some people have reported seeing improved battery performance after installing the update on their MacBook Pro, but there’s a reasonable explanation for that. Read More

 

iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 now available to public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

After seeding iOS 10.2.1 beta 1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 1 to members of the Apple Developer Program yesterday, Apple today released versions of these software updates for public beta-testing. If you sign up at the Apple Beta Software Program website to become a beta tester and install an appropriate configuration profile on your device, you too will be able to install the first beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 on your Mac and take iOS 10.2.1 for a spin on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Read More

 

How to sign a PDF document on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 15, 2016

Every once in a while, you might come across a PDF document that requires your signature, but that doesn’t mean you have to waste printer ink and effort by printing it out, signing it, and scanning it back into your computer.

The Markup feature in macOS makes things like this a breeze by letting you sign PDF documents digitally, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use it to quickly sign a document as easily as possible. Read More

 

How to customize the Touch Bar

By Sébastien Page on Dec 15, 2016

You don’t know how useful the Touch Bar can be until you start using it. Even then, it might seem a little gimmicky at first, especially because the apps you use might display shortcuts that you typically wouldn’t use.

An understated feature of the Touch Bar is its ability to be customized to your liking, making sure that the main shortcuts or actions you use on a regular basis are front and center.

In this post, I will walk you through how to customize the Touch Bar to make it work for you. Read More

 

Apple seeds first beta of iOS 10.2.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2016

Following yesterday’s public releases of iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1 and tvOS 10.1, Apple on Thursday seeded to its registered developers first betas of what would become minor software updates in the form of iOS 10.2.1 beta 1 (build 14D10), macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 1 (build 16D12b) and tvOS 10.1.1 beta 1 (build 14U707). These betas are available via Apple’s portal for developers and can be installed over the air on devices with an appropriate configuration profile installed. Read More

 

How to configure your Mac to automatically delete files that have been in the Trash for 30 days

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 14, 2016

Some people aren’t as retentive about emptying their Mac’s Trash as others are, and when things start piling up, valuable storage space can be wasted as it just sits there and does nothing productive.

You can configure your Mac to automatically remove items that have been sitting in the Trash for 30 days, which might be a useful function for people who tend to forget to take out the trash from time to time. Read More

 
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