MacID for iOS and Mac updated with a slew of new features and fixes

By Anthony Bouchard on May 31, 2016

The popular app for iPhone and iPad that lets you unlock your Mac with your Touch ID sensor over a low-energy Bluetooth connection has received an important update on Tuesday that adds a number of new features to the app and fixes a number of previously-known issues.

The update is free for everyone who owns MacID already for both the iOS and OS X apps, and make the new features and stability available across both platforms immediately following installation. Read More

 

All the ways you can start up your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2016

We’ve talked quite a lot about Recovery OS, an underestimated feature of OS X that makes it easier to troubleshoot your Mac even if it refuses to start up properly.

But as you’ll see for yourself in this post, Recovery OS is but one of the more than dozen different ways to start up your computer, aside from OS X’s regular startup mode. In this tutorial, we’ll list all the ways you can start up your Mac and detail each one. Read More

 

Clean up time: how to remove your account name from your Mac Menu Bar

By Anthony Bouchard on May 31, 2016

Any time you set up a new Mac, or make a new user account, OS X will automatically display your account name in the Menu Bar so you know what account you’re logged into.

But for some people, you probably already know what account you’re logged into because you only have one account, or perhaps that text is just cluttering up your Menu Bar and you want it gone.

No matter what the scenario may be, there’s an easy way to remove your OS X account name from the Menu Bar and we’ll show you how it’s done in this simple tutorial. Read More

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mac tip: preventing Login Items and Finder windows from opening when you log in

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2016

Like Windows, OS X makes having apps, documents, folders or server connections launch automatically whenever you log in to your Mac as easy as dragging them to the System Preferences → Users & Groups → Login Items section.

Sometimes, one or more Login Items may cause software problems or prevent your computer from starting up properly.

Rather than remove all of your Login Items permanently, here’s how you can temporarily prevent them from opening automatically when you log in, without needing to adjust your settings. 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

 

Apple seeds first betas for OS X 10.11.6 and tvOS 9.2.2 to developers

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2016

In addition to iOS 9.3.3, Apple on Monday also issued first betas for OS X 10.11.6 and tvOS 9.2.2 to developers. The new 10.11.6 beta, build 15G7a, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or via the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store, and tvOS 9.2.2 can be installed via iTunes or Apple Configurator. 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

 

How to use your iPhone as a keyboard for your Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on May 21, 2016

Mobile Mouse Remote is a great app that turns your iOS device into a powerful utilitarian accessory for your Mac or PC.

So far, we’ve shown you how the app can be used as a mouse or trackpad for your computer and how you can use the app as a remote control for your computer, but it also has a lot of keyboard functionality built into it to make your device into a software-based keyboard for your computer.

In this piece, we’ll show you how you can use Mobile Mouse Remote to type or perform keyboard commands on your Mac or PC directly from your iPhone or iPad. 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

 

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

 

Clearing your Apple Music search history from iTunes on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 19, 2016

Not long ago, we showed you how you can delete your Apple Music search history on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad to protect your song-searching privacy, but this capability can also be achieved on your Mac.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can clear your search history from Apple Music on your Mac directly from the iTunes app itself. Read More

 

New Mac extension simplifies opening and switching Terminal to the current folder

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

A new OS X extension from Hasbrang Productions, the prominent jailbreak community development team, makes it easy to open and switch a new Terminal window to the current working directory, right from the Finder’s contextual menu.

Available at no charge on the Mac App Store, the aptly named TermHere installs itself as a Finder file extension, readily accessible from the right-click menu. It works as advertised and is pretty convenient, more so if you use Terminal frequently. Read More

 

Manually checking for Java updates for your Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on May 18, 2016

Java, just like Adobe Flash, is often a major security flaw waiting to happen for both Mac and PC owners.

Although Apple takes security very seriously and just about forces Mac users with Java to check for Java updates automatically, it’s still never a bad idea to check on your own from time to time.

Since we recently showed you how to check for Flash updates manually, it only made sense to follow up with a similar guide for Java, which is also a commonly-used web plugin.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to see if you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer or not. Read More

 

Tip: this secret Safari shortcut quickly loads your last search results

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

SnapBack, a long-standing and very easily overlooked Safari for Mac feature, can save you a ton of clicks if you search a lot, and most of us do. With SnapBack, you can go right back to the last full search results page, even after traveling multiple pages in from your search results.

Part of the reason most users aren’t familiar with SnapBack has to do with Apple’s decision to remove the little orange SnapBack icon from Safari’s address bar and bury the feature  in the menus.

Here’s that secret SnapBack shortcut that everyone should start using right now. Read More

 
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