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Gatekeeper is a security feature that Apple introduced with OS X 10.7.5 that keeps you from running potentially harmful software on your Mac. You've probably encountered it when you first open an app that's been downloaded from the Internet and you're asked to confirm that you want to open it, but in rare cases you may run into an issue where OS X tells you that an app you've downloaded is damaged and can't be open. You can work around that problem, and Michael Johnston is ready to show you how.
OS X makes it easy to retain or ditch the original formatting of text when using the Copy and Paste commands, but what if the keyboard shortcuts Apple uses for each option are the opposite of what you really need? That's an easy fix, and Michael Johnston is on the job and ready to share the secret.
By default when you use the volume keys on your Mac’s keyboard to adjust its volume, a neat little “blip” sound is heard in order to give you a sense of how loud its speakers are. It’s definitely a handy feature, but sometimes you just don’t want to hear it. Michael Johnston shows you how.
iOS 7 comes with a bunch of fancy animations and effects that add some depth and overall make the OS feel alive and cool. While they may look cool, those effects can slow down your iPhone's performance. You can get that speed boost back by changing one simple setting. Michael Johnston shows you how.
Notification banners have been a welcome part of our lives in iOS for a while now, although you may have noticed them change in iOS 7. Now that they’re bigger, they’re certainly easier to read. However, many times they just get in the way of what you’re trying to do. Michael Johnston knows how to get those notifications out of the way, and he's sharing with you.
In iOS 7's Control Center, Apple essentially took the old pop-up music controls and added heaps of extra functionality, and it’s a very welcome change. One great feature of the old-style pop-up music controls was the button that would take you to whichever app was playing audio. However, in Control Center no such button appears even though the funtionality is still there. Michael Johnston shows us exactly where it's hidden away.
One of the many perks of upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks is that it’s now much easier to make your user Library folder visible. Since Lion, Apple began hiding users’ Library folders, vut it seems as though Apple’s had a change of heart and now provides a much easier way to show that all too useful folder. Read on to learn how.
One of the most radically changed apps in iOS 7 is Safari. Obviously it looks quite a bit different from its predecessor, and much of the functionality found in the previous version has been re-worked for the new look. Michael Johnston rounded up some of the important changes and shows you how to make them work for you.
Mavericks may not have gone through a drastic UI transformation, but as things typically go with a new version of OS X, it does bring quite a few functional changes. One of those changes is that pressing the power button on your Mac now puts it to sleep instead of showing the Restart/Sleep/Shutdown dialog. You can, however, still get to that familiar screen, and Michael Johnston shows you how.
Along with the extremely noticeable UI changes in iOS 7 came a zillion (yes, a zillion) little changes that have been mostly well received. One change that didn't sit well with Michael Johnston, however, was showing nicknames in the Messages app. You can change that, and Michael is glad to show you how.