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How to Lock the Dock Size, Position, and Contents in OS X

3 hours, 45 minutes ago · Jim Tanous · How-To

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We've recently written some tips on how you can have more freedom when working with your OS X Dock. But what if you need the opposite: to lock it down? Here are some easy Terminal commands to lock the Dock's size, position, and contents in OS X, and how to change it back when you realize you've gone too far.

Satisfy Your Growing Storage Needs with a 5TB External Drive for $130

4 hours, 52 minutes ago · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

There's no such thing as "too much storage," so we're always on the lookout for great deals on massive drives, and this morning we found one. B&H has the 5TB Western Digital Elements USB 3.0 external hard drive on sale for $129.99 with free expedited shipping in the United States. This is the best deal we've seen this particular drive yet, as it normally runs around $150. And don't let the lack of "Mac" branding fool you, this drive will work just fine with OS X if you format it with Disk Utility before using it.

Why the Older, Slower 3G Network is Sometimes Better Than 4G

10:00 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

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All of those cellular company commercials tell us that 4G is amazing, fast, and the best thing since sliced bread. So why would you ever want to use 3G on a 4G phone? Read on to find out why Mac Geek Gab listener Andrew suggests this seemingly nonsensical advice, and why John and Dave agree with him.

Upgrade Your Mobile Setup With These Unique Leather Wrapped Lightning Cables

2:40 PM, Aug. 24th, 2015 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Here's a neat iDevice accessory that aims to simultaneously address two user demands: high quality sync and charge cables that won't tangle and fray, and a unique design that looks great for personalizing your mobile setup. Esbee Cables, nearing their initial goal on Kickstarter, are custom leather-wrapped cables that claim to offer much greater durability than the standard Apple cable, and come in one of seven color options. Each Micro USB or Lightning cable will retail for $30 (compared to the $19 that Apple charges for a standard cable), although a few reward tiers remain which can shave a couple of dollars off that price. Those backing the project now should receive their cables by mid-November. Check out additional pictures and videos on the project's Kickstarter page.

A Handy Apple Watch and iPhone Stand for Under $20

7:48 AM, Aug. 24th, 2015 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

There are lots of Apple Watch stands and charging docks, but most hold just the watch itself. If you're looking for a cheap and useful dock that can handle both your Apple Watch and your iPhone, our own Adam Christianson found what looks to be a great deal on Amazon. The Apple Watch Stand from Poetic Smartphone holds your Apple Watch and iPhone, comes in iDevice-matching color options Space Grey, Silver, and Gold, and will run you just US$20 shipped. Just one potential caveat: buyers report that the larger 42mm Apple Watch will only work with the Sport band; other bands are too heavy for the stand when combined with the weight of the watch.