Spotlight has always been a useful tool on the Mac to quickly find applications, contacts, emails and documents. But it was always tucked away in the top right of the menu bar, underused by many Mac users who weren’t really aware of what it could do.
What is an Instant Hotspot? Sometimes when you’re on the road, you need to access the Internet on your Mac but only have your iPhone with you to connect. There aren’t always Wi-Fi hotspots around, and those “free” ones sometimes require you to register or create an account. I am actually writing some of this article […]
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 […]
In this day and age, Internet security is more important than ever. Additionally, many people that travel abroad are frustrated to find that they can’t access their favourite websites and video services (such as the BBC iPlayer or 4oD), due to restrictions based on the user’s location imposed by the content owners or government regulations. In these situations, […]
I have a drawer full of old iPhones in various states of disrepair. In the past I have given a couple away to members of my family and often considered selling the rest. But I would rather keep them, I can still vividly remember unpacking each one, even the smell of the expertly crafted packaging.
The 20th FIFA World Cup has finally kicked off in Brazil. If you are constantly on the move or just don’t want to be couch bound for the next month, why not try these great free iPhone apps to keep you in touch with all the action.
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 […]
Has your Mac become as slow as an asthmatic ant carrying some very heavy shopping? It can happen so gradually at first its hard to notice, sometimes its not until you get to use another machine that it finally dawns on you. Macs like all computers, can run slower over time, but it doesn’t have […]
Have you tried opening a PDF file in Safari only to encounter a blank page like this: Well here is a simple fix to get PDFs showing again. First quit Safari then head on up to the Finder menu and select GO then chose the Go To Folder option (You can also access this by […]
Ever since Apple famously dropped Google Maps and instead used their own Maps app, they’ve come under a lot of fire for discrepancies in the data – such as incorrect landmarks (street names, places, etc) and missing or incorrectly rendered data – for example famous buildings and bridges that look completely mangled up in 3D […]
With every new release of OS X comes a new and improved version of Safari. It’s already one of the best and fastest browsers available today, and Safari 7 brings a host of new features such as plug-in management, a new Top Sites, and some under-the-hood performance improvements that make your browsing experience that much […]
Ever since Apple released Mountain Lion, it’s been possible to use voice dictation in any application where you would normally use the keyboard to enter text. When using the Dictation, your speech is sent to Apple’s servers for analysis – much in the same way that Siri works on the iPhone and iPad. This is […]
There are some notable new features in the latest version of Mac OS X – for example a new version of Safari, iCloud Keychain, and a whole host of memory, performance and power improvements (such as App Nap and Compressed Memory). However, the feature that you’re most likely to use every day and get the most […]
Mac OS X Mavericks still has many of the same applications already used in Mountain Lion. Some have had major overhauls, whereas others have just had minor tweaks in functionality or appearance. One of the most useful applications built into Mac OS X is Activity Monitor, as it shows how your Mac is performing and […]
Most of us have unfortunately at one time or another experienced poor mobile reception on the iPhone – inevitably just when you need it most. But why can your iPhone’s signal be weak in the first place? Besides the very well publicised “Antennaegate” débacle there are many reasons, but it’s commonly due to factors outside of […]
The Apple TV is a great little device on which to watch movies, listen to music, view your photo collection and share content that you have on your Mac, as well as being a second screen for all your iOS devices (and Mac) – all at the touch of a button using AirPlay. Apple’s “hobby” […]
While preparing a new post for chriswrites I had to rename around 50 files before uploading them to my ftp server, so instead of doing it manually or using a paid software ( I can recommend File Renamer for Mac if this is the route you decide to go) I decided to give Automator a try. […]
iCloud is great: it can remember your place across devices, download purchases, create back-ups and more. The problem is that with all this functionality, the 5gb of free space provided for all users can quickly disappear, leaving you with the option of shelling out – or reducing usage. Here’s some tips on how to do […]
Transferring your iOS developer account to your new mac can often be a pain. If you have all the certificates and profiles on your mac, it will be a lot easier as Xcode has built-in features. If you don’t then there is a few extra steps but after reading this it should be pretty simple […]
The Apple TV/iPhoto screensaver is always a crowd pleaser at my house when we have guests. I’d like to say it’s because of my incredible photographic skills, but it’s more likely just the fun of viewing 10+ years in snapshots. My Apple TV serves as my home entertainment system so whenever music is playing, so […]
Since the introduction of AirPlay Mirroring – included in the latest version of OSX Mountain Lion (10.8) – streaming .avi formatted video files to Apple TV (2nd generation or better), is now a built-in feature (provided your Mac was manufactured in mid-2011 or later). But what if your Mac is older, or running a pre-Mountain Lion OS? […]
Anyone who has medium familiarity with Adobe Photoshop has probably discovered the usefulness of the Magic Wand tool that has resided in the standard toolbar since version 0.87. The tool is used to select pixels based on their color within a range (Tolerance) that can be set by the user. Beginning with OS X Leopard, Apple […]
On occasion your Mac may decide not to eject a CD or DVD, luckily there are a few simple methods for ejecting a stuck disk:
If you asked someone to sum up the technology giant Apple in one word, that word could well be ‘innovation’. Apple leads the way in much of its hardware – the iPad and MacBook Air are cases in point – but one way it’s influenced the market in terms of software is through AirPlay, which […]
If you have a passion for classic games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat, Shining Force II or Gunstar Heroes then you’ll love Genesis Plus for the Mac. You won’t find a smoother well-developed seemingly flawless Genesis emulator for the Mac.