One of the reasons I work on a Mac rather than a PC is to avoid the constant interruptions from Windows alerting me to crucial software updates, not to mention its nasty habit of insisting on installing 48 updates before letting me shut down my PC at the end of the day. Mac OS X isn't completely innocent in this regard, but Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks gives you more options than previous versions of OS X did in scheduling updates. You can set up Mavericks to install updates automatically, and if you want to go the manual … Read more
Five months after releasing its Cloud Player app for PCs, Amazon has gotten around to releasing a Cloud Player app for Macs. You can use it instead of bloated iTunes to play files stored locally on your Mac, and the app lets you stream music from the cloud and purchase music from Amazon.
After downloading and installing the app and logging into your account, you'll be greeted by the Cloud music view of the app, as opposed to the Computer view. You can toggle between the two views using the buttons in the upper-left corner. In the upper-right corner … Read more
A new beta program from Starbucks allows any Twitter user to send a $5 gift card to a friend in need using only a tweet, as described by Mashable. The service, called Tweet-a-Coffee, only requires a few steps on your part to get it all set up.
You'll need to visit the Tweet-a-Coffee sign up page to link your Starbucks account to your Twitter account. The process is a simple as clicking few buttons, entering your login info and clicking a few more buttons.
Once you've got the two accounts talking to each other, you can send your … Read more
Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular. The affordable computers currently account for four of the top five best-selling laptops on Amazon, ranking higher than Apple's MacBooks and various Windows 8 laptops. With price tags under $300 and a strong advertising budget provided by Google, the Chromebook's success shouldn't come as a complete surprise.
The question remains, however, who's buying these computers? I rarely see a Chromebook out in public, and chances are you've never seen one. In fact, the only time I run into a Chromebook is at an industry event, usually being tested by another … Read more
The huge wave image used as the default wallpaper for OS X Mavericks is certainly striking, but if you don't harbor any particular affinity toward surfing, or the ocean in general, you have other options. OS X has some options readily available on the Desktop wallpaper screen in System Preferences, but you'll notice there are different images available on its Screen Saver page, where it lists four Default Collections: National Geographic, aerial, cosmos, and nature patterns.
Count the images and you'll see there are 43 images across those four screensaver collections. You can use these images as … Read more
When Apple introduced OS X Lion, it changed the default view of the user's home folder to no longer show the Library folder. This change arguably offered less clutter; however, this resulted in a number of people frustrated when needing to access contents of this folder.lo
Apple did include a link to the Library folder in the Go menu of the Finder; however, even this was relatively hidden, and required you hold the Option button when clicking the menu to reveal it.
For those who needed to access their Library, workarounds included using the Terminal to run commands … Read more
I used to be more vigilant about keeping my Gmail inbox clean and organized, but the inbox tabs that Gmail rolled out earlier this year have made me lazy. The tabs help filter promotional e-mails, social media notifications, and other such messages that aren't of primary importance. While these e-mails are effectively hidden with Gmail's Web client, they are still marked as unread on my iPhone. That is, my Mail app icon constantly has a badge alert with a large number because of the voluminous number of unread messages I have hiding in my Social and Promotional tabs. … Read more
The idea of having lock screen notifications from apps you use on your Mac sounds good in theory. Then, the first time you come back to your Mac and find a long list of notifications on your lock screen, notifications you either don't want others to see or have already viewed on another device, it can be a bit annoying.
You can change the default setting of pushing alerts to your lock screen on an app-by-app basis.
In order to disable the intrusive notifications, you'll need to launch System Preferences and select the Notifications option. Alternatively, you can … Read more
When Apple first introduced the native emoji keyboard in iOS 5, it had neglected to bring the same user-friendly shortcut to OS X. Sure, there were ways to get to the emoji keyboard and enter special characters, but it wasn't a button (or in this case, a keyboard shortcut away).
With OS X Mavericks, Apple has accounted for this oversight and given Mac users running the latest operating system a shortcut to bring up an emoji board, primed for picking.
The tip comes from Steve Streza via a tweet:
Mavericks pro tip: Press Command-Control-Space to bring up the new ( … Read more
On Tuesday, Apple released the latest version of their desktop operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Available as a free download via the App Store, OS X Mavericks is supposed to bring power and performance improvements, as well as some new features, including the new Maps app.
Creating an OS X USB installer from the App Store download hasn't been very straightforward in the past, and the old methods no longer work for OS X 10.9. However, there's a new Apple utility with Mavericks that makes it relatively simple, and thanks to MacForums member, tywebb13, we … Read more