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OS X: Manage Parental Controls from Another Computer

8:25 AM, May. 2nd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Using OS X’s built-in Parental Controls, you can configure your child’s computer to let you manage its settings while you’re sitting at a different Mac. This’ll allow you to look at the logs of your kids’ online activity, control what applications they can use, and even stop them from being able to use their computers if they’re not behaving. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover it all!

Terminal: Exporting Text from Commands

8:25 AM, May. 1st, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Melissa Holt’s love of all things Terminal is no secret, and in this Quick Tip, she’s going to prove her love once more. She’ll cover how to export data from the commands you run in a much simpler way than using pipes or other fancy stuff, so if you need to, you can save pages and pages of output into a text file for easy perusal.

Siri: Asking for Sports Statistics

8:30 AM, Apr. 25th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Using Siri is a great way to see all sorts of information about your favorite sports team, and you can even go beyond asking about schedules or scores into getting pretty detailed statistics. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover just how you’ll do that for teams and for players. Who knew that Apple’s voice assistant could help you win bar bets?

Numbers: Fitting Your Content to a Printed Page

8:25 AM, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

With both the old and the new versions of Numbers, you can easily configure your spreadsheet so that the columns fit to a single page—without having to jump through a ton of hoops (or change your headers!) to do so. In this Quick Tip, we’re going to go over how to do that in both versions of Apple’s spreadsheet software, so no matter which one you use, this article’s for you.

iTunes Radio: Create a Station from a Song or Artist

8:40 AM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

There’s a neat feature of iTunes Radio that’ll let you create a custom station from what you’re currently listening to—or from any item in your library—with just a click or two. In today’s Quick Tip, we’re gonna cover it, and if you’ve never tried out iTunes Radio, we’re telling you that now’s the time. It’s cool!

Mavericks: Use Maps to See Traffic and Alerts

8:25 AM, Apr. 16th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

You can use Mavericks’ cool Maps program for all sorts of things—getting directions, obviously, or checking out 3D views of cities. But one of the features you may not have known about is the ability to see if there’s construction, accidents, or other impediments along your route. We’ve got the scoop on how to do so (and what the symbols mean!) in this Quick Tip.

Monument Valley: Brilliant, Beautiful iOS Game

12:20 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · Quick Look Review

Monument valley review

Monument Valley, a unique iOS puzzle game, is getting lots of hype (and an App Store Editors’ Choice award!). But does it deserve the attention it’s getting? Well, yes. But for more of our thoughts on this illusion-based peach of a game, come on in and read our full review.

Sharing Pictures with the Apple TV

8:40 AM, Apr. 9th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to cover how to send images from your Mac to your second- or third-generation Apple TV using Home Sharing. This is a really entertaining way to view and share your photos, and it’s simple to configure. Melissa Holt’s got the skinny on how to set it up (and all the caveats you’ll need to know!).

4 Mac Pranks for April Fools’ Day! (Part 2)

8:45 AM, Apr. 1st, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In honor of April Fools’ Day, Melissa Holt has written her second article about fun pranks you can play. C’mon, everybody—this is the one time of the year that we can all get away with being complete annoying idiots, so we should take as much advantage of that as possible!