For anyone concerned about security on the Internet, a VPN can ensure your browsing, emails, web banking and app usage stays private. Simply put, a VPN acts like a secure private network that encrypts your Internet traffic and makes it extremely hard for anyone (even your Internet Service Provider) to snoop on your online habits. And […]
Hard disks inevitably fill up over time, and a higher capacity drive just means that you’ll find more ways to fill it. These days it’s possible to buy a MacBook Pro with a 750 GB hard disk, but even that can fill quickly if you have lots of media such as movies, music and photos. As […]
Day by day, bit by bit your Mac has got slower and slower. You don’t really notice because it has happened so gradually.
Until one day you have a chance to use another machine, that’s when you realize what your beloved Mac has become, as slow as an asthmatic ant carrying some heavy shopping.
Well all is not lost, while this list is unlikely to make you mac into a speed demon overnight, one of the following suggestions may just help.
The Internet is your Mac’s gateway to the rest of the world, and having a speedy connection is vital if you want to download movies, make video calls, play games, or even work online. Sometimes though, your Internet access might seem like it’s in serious need of a speed boost – but what can you […]
Does you Mac still boot up as quickly as the day you bought it? Over time, most computers have a tendency to start more slowly as they become clogged up with applications that install various startup processes and more disk space is used up, which over time leads to a deterioration in system performance. If […]
Autocorrect in OS X is a polarising feature; some users love it, while others abhor it. One of the reasons it is so disliked is it’s uncanny ability to mess up, often turning a small and innocuous spelling mistake (or brand name) into something entirely different, rendering what you have written completely incomprehensible. Another common […]
Many Apple users worldwide have reported issues with both Safari on the Mac and on iOS crashing today. The problem seems to be related to Safari’s search suggestions feature, see below for how to disable this feature. How to disable search suggestions on OS X Open Safari preferences from the menu (or by using the […]
Available in OSX Yosemite onwards, iCloud Drive is one of the easiest ways to store files, pictures, videos and more “in the cloud”. Which basically means the files you keep there can be accessed on any Mac or iOS device which is signed into your iCloud account. When you use iCloud Drive, the files you save there […]
When the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were released, aside from the usual speed improvement and tweaks here and there, the biggest talked-about feature (and the most touted by Apple) was the addition of “3D Touch” which is currently unique to the iPhone only. Apple has already added similar functionality to the MacBook’s trackpad (and Magic Trackpad) […]
Split View is a new window management feature in El Capitan, that makes it much simple to run two apps side by side in full screen mode. Apple introduced what it called “Spaces” (in other words, virtual desktops) in OS X many years ago, and Split View is a natural enhancement that behaves almost identically on iOS too. […]
Updated 27/1/16. Many Apple users worldwide have reported issues with both Safari on the Mac and on iOS crashing today. The problem seems to be related to Safari’s search suggestions feature, see below for how to disable this feature. How to disable search suggestions on OSX Open Safari preferences from the menu (or by using […]
You don’t have to pay for everything these days, what with the great open source applications available over the internet. This post will cover the ins and outs of some free applications which are free alternatives to iTunes & Quicktime, Microsoft Office and iWork, and Photoshop, Aperture and Adobe Lightroom.
Plex Media server is one of those applications that once you start with it, you can’t stop. Far better than iTunes for organising and watching media, and it works on just about any screen, be it a networked flat screen TV, or a standard monitor. It connects via a network cable and can in many […]
Mail on the Mac is sometimes believed not to be the most feature-rich email app available, but it’s baked right into OS X and is the default mail client. It’s also more than good enough for the majority of people and offers some nice features that make it that little bit easier to compose and read messages. In the latest […]
Apple has added a fair few new features to its new version of OS X, El Capitan, even though the main focus is on performance. There are little tweaks and streamlined ways of interacting here, there and everywhere, and thankfully Safari hasn’t been left out. Safari is of course the default browser on the Mac, and […]
The Notes app in OS X El Capitan has thankfully had important changes and new features that were badly needed. The new Notes app is now much more useful, and Mac users will find it can handle some of the more advanced features typically offered by third party apps such as Evernote. In this article, we’ll run through some of the key changes and how you can make the most […]
Hider 2 is MacPaw’s second iteration of their highly commended data protection application. The self-proclaimed “Fort Knox” of digital storage, Hider 2 secures your files behind lock and key, ensuring that no one can access your private data without you saying so. Read on for an extensive breakdown of Hider’s features and how to use […]
Removing Caches and other Temporary files can save space on your hard drive and in some cases even stop apps behaving erratically or sluggish. The following steps will show you how to safely remove Cache, Log and Temporary files from your system. Removing these files triggers the applications to build a new file when it’s […]
As any user of the Internet will tell you, ads are the bane of our lives. They can be found on almost every website, and can even be found in apps installed on your computer, such as Skype and uTorrent. Thankfully Adguard is here to save the day! Unlike other ad-blocking programs you may have […]
Nowadays, privacy is hard to come by. Large corporations seem to know us better than we know ourselves, and very little can be kept a secret. Sometimes though, certain files need to be kept private, and Macs are great at helping you hide the things you want hidden. Below, you’ll find the 10 best ways […]
Frustration deriving from the Mail app is fairly commonplace on Apple’s operating systems, and it appears that Google has thrown another spanner in the works by changing how it deals with apps and services that don’t use so-called “modern security standards”. According to Google, since some apps and devices are easier to break into, blocking their access […]
Apple and Google are two giants in the world of technology. With such large competition between the two companies, it’s inevitable that difficulties will arise when trying to get products from each to work together. On previous iterations of iOS, Gmail and Apple’s native mail app didn’t sync together very well, and although improvements have […]
The Option key has been a staple of the Mac keyboard since its inception, but if you’re new to OS X, you probably don’t know all that much about it. Also labeled as the Alternate key, it can be found on either side of your space bar, wedged between the Control and Command keys. Pressing […]
With so many apps available for Apple’s OS X operating system, it’s hard to tell which are worth a download, and which aren’t. Hopefully this article will help shine a light on those Yosemite apps that you just can’t do without. 1. Caffeine Free from the Mac App Store Caffeine is a small app that […]
For those of you using OS X Yosemite, Apple has introduced a new app in their latest update, giving us a new way of looking at our photos. Users of iOS 8 on mobile will notice that the new Photos app that Apple has recently introduced is very similar to the phone version. In accordance […]
Much like OS X Yosemite’s new Notification Centre widgets, iOS 8 has also gained the ability to add widgets to your Today screen. These come in the form of app extensions, many of which can be found in the App Store. Typically, they are part and parcel of standalone apps (such as Dropbox and Yahoo News Digest), rather […]
Family Sharing is a new feature in iOS 8 that allows you to share all of the iTunes and App Store purchases you make on iOS with your family, even without sharing the same Apple ID. Additionally, there’s a level of built-in protection as children need to ask permission from the designated parent or elder before […]
AirDrop allows you to share files with other nearby Macs, and now in OS X Yosemite you can also share with iOS users. Previously, it only worked with other Mac users which was convenient but rather frustrating for anyone that had an iPhone or iPad. Likewise, on iOS AirDrop was previously limited to other iOS devices, a limitation […]
Apple has enabled developers to create apps that also include “Widget” extensions which populate the Today screen section of the Notification Centre on your Mac. In the past, the Notification centre wasn’t really that useful, but now it’s much more closely aligned with the iOS version because all your important information is displayed, in addition to any […]
When Apple released iOS 8, many people, especially those with 16 GB devices or with lots of apps and other content, found they were unable to install the update because it required 4 or 5 GB of free space. Why does the iOS 8 upgrade need so much free space, when the update is around 1 GB? The reason is […]