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How to Create “Out of Office” Auto Email Replies with OS X Mail

8:25 AM, Jul. 1st, 2013 · Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

Like lots of computer users, Mac Geek Gab listener Michael wants to spend his summer vacation away from his email inbox, but he doesn't want his contacts to think he's ignoring them. We show him how to use Apple's Mail app to set up an "out of the office" automatic reply message so that Michael's contacts will know when to expect his return.

OS X: How to Kill Stubborn Apps & Hidden Processes

11:19 AM, May. 15th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

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Mac Geek Gab listener Stephen is trying to update an app on his Mac, but the app's installer won't work because the app, or its processes, are still running. We show him how to quit those pesky apps and kill their hidden processes so that he can safely update or remove the app from his system.

OS X: How to Remove Attachments from Apple Mail Messages

9:07 AM, May. 6th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

Mac Geek Gab listener Joe prefers to archive copies of his email messages for reference, but doesn't always want to keep the associated email attachments which are often unnecessary and take up valuable drive space. We show him how to use a little-know feature of Mail to remove attachments from email messages.

OS X 10.8.3 Adds 20+ Minutes to Retina MacBook Pro Battery Life

5:32 PM, Mar. 14th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · News

Retina MacBook Pro OS X 10.8.3 Battery Life

Apple released OS X 10.8.3 Thursday after more than three months of beta testing. As promised, we have been keeping tabs on the battery life of each beta build and we have discovered that the latest version of OS X brings a nice bump in running time for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

Keep Track of Truly Local Temperature with Thermodo

6:46 PM, Mar. 7th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Just about every mobile device user can choose from a plethora of apps to keep tabs on the weather at a nearby regional weather station, but Danish firm Robocat plans to provide a slick way to check the temperature much more locally. The Thermodo, a Kickstarter-backed thermometer, plugs into the headphone jack on a smartphone or tablet and can report the indoor or outdoor air temperature of the immediate area via a companion app. The device can be had with pledges starting at $25 and is expected to ship in August.

Celebrate Steve Jobs’s Birthday With an Online Video Marathon

6:27 PM, Feb. 22nd, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

To commemorate the February 24th birthday of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, YouTube user Boomer has created a blog and accompanying YouTube channel both appropriately named “Every Steve Jobs Video.” The collection contains close to 150 clips from nearly every era of Mr. Jobs’s professional life, including many compilations such as “Steve Jobs’s Funniest Moments (1978–2011).” It’s a great way for longtime Apple fans to remember the iconic CEO. (Thanks to MacRumors for the reference).