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Things went a-flutter starting on Thursday afternoon when Mac users began noticing their /Users and /Users/Shared folders went into hiding. Turns out this was a bug in iTunes 11.2 that Apple has now fixed with iTunes 11.2.1. Nothing more to see here. Move along.
We did some extensive testing and it turns out that hidden /Users folder has nothing to do with OS X 10.9.3. Your /Users and /Users/Shared folders will be hidden by OS X upon every reboot of your Mac if you have updated to iTunes 11.2 and have Find My Mac enabled. More about the testing after the jump.
Handbrake is an excellent tool that allows you to take a movie and convert/compress it into a Mac-and-iOS-playable movie file. It's free, and it works. If you also have VLC installed Handbrake will read DVDs and convert them directly. What many users don't realize, though, is that MakeMKV can be invoked on-the-fly to allow Handbrake to rip and convert/compress Blu-ray disks directly, too.
Cirque du Mac is a true expression of our community every year, and we're thrilled for the role we play here at TMO. But it doesn't happen with just us alone. It takes all of us – our whole community – and this year Wally Cherwinski and the folks who dedicated their time at the party to being behind the lens outdid themselves. Every single song the Macworld All-Star Band played has been meticulously mixed, edited, and published on YouTube, all in multi-camera goodness. It's pretty amazing what Wally and his crew did here. Great thanks to the camera work of Rally Barnard, Chuck Joiner, LeRoy Lees, Ewen Rankin, Steve Sheridan and, of course, Wally. Cirque this year truly would not have been possible without our sponsors: Antec Mobile Products, Drobo, MacKeeper, The Omni Group, Other World Computing and Project Wizards. You all rock. Below is one of my favorite moments of the night, the rest are all at Wally's Cirque du Mac XI YouTube Playlist.
As Mac Geek Gab listeners know, Keyboard Maestro is one of my absolutely must-have Mac utilities. Without it I'm not at the top of my game. Keyboard Maestro does many things, my favorites include its enhanced task switcher, automating running through menus (want to assign a keyboard shortcut to activate fast-user-switching? KM can do it!), and a clipboard history (and if you haven't worked with a clipboard history before, you're missing out!). Get it from our deal partners at StackSocial today at $19.99 before the price goes back up to $36.
Our friends at both Antec and StackSocial have gotten together today to offer this fantastic deal to you, our loyal TMO audience. For just $55 (actually $54.99 - save a penny!) you can have this compact Bluetooth speaker shipped to you anywhere in the USA, normally a $100 product. I've tested this speaker, and for $55 it's one of the best-sounding speakers you'll hear, certainly better than the far-more-expensive Jambox line (which sound horrible, in my opinion). If you need a good, wireless speaker to bring around with you this summer, just click buy. You'll love this one from Antec.
One of the most annoying things for podcasters and their listeners is when one participant's background noise is noticeable even when that person isn't talking. A noise gate can easily solve this problem by only allowing sound through when the input volume reaches a certain level. Follow the simple steps in this video and the next time you're on an interview podcast (or recording one), you'll sound fantastic!
[Note: There's been some inconsistency reported with these cables; some will charge iPhones and iPads, others charge ONLY iPhones but not iPads. Sadly, we have to recommend you not order this. If you have ordered it and have trouble, please contact order support and we'll ensure a refund for you.]
Our deal partners at StackSocial have found these 10-foot-long USB-to-Lightning cables made of durable and tangle-free bungee-style material. They are not MFi-certified, BUT the StackSocial folks have tested these up and down at their offices and confirmed that they work just fine with Apple's very latest devices running iOS 7.1.1. I've ordered two for myself (yes, with my own money), and StackSocial has a 90-day warranty and isn't worried at all about us having issues. Check it out – the deal is only good for 11 more days.
Sometimes when hosting a Skype call – especially for a podcast – you want the other parties on your call to hear not only your voice but perhaps some audio from you, too. Since Skype only allows one audio input at a time, things get a little tricky. Don't worry, it's not too bad, and this video shows you exactly what to do.
After a Twitter conversation today (appropriately!) we realized that Twitter for Mac's caches can often unnecessarily take up many gigabytes of data on your Mac. Don't worry, we'll show you how to fix it.