This One Thing Will Make Your iPhone and Mac Passwords More Secure

5:30 PM, Mar. 10th, 2016 · · How-To

Password quality techniques

You have probably seen suggestions on how to construct a more secure password. But times are changing, and those bad guys who would break into your device now have advanced algorithms and so much computing power, they can easily outsmart your most devious passwords. Nevertheless, there is one thing you can do to ensure the quality of, if you must, your human chosen password. John Martellaro explains.

Monitor Your Podcast Recordings With Audio Hijack 3’s (Hidden) Low Latency Mode

1:45 PM, Mar. 2nd, 2016 · · How-To

Rogue Amoeba has added a hidden feature to Audio Hijack 3.2.3 that allows users to monitor themselves with no perceptible delay while recording. This is particularly useful for podcasters, as it allows them to record "live-to-tape" while hearing exactly what their listeners will hear. We'll show you how to enable and make use of this new mode.

How to Use the Command Line to Make the Dock Appear Faster on Your Mac

8:17 PM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · · How-To

El Cap Dock

The Dock in OS X can be set to always be visible, or it can be set to appear only when you mouse over its location on the edge of your screen. There's a delay, however, between when you mouse over the edge and when the Dock actually appears, and some folks don't care for that. It turns out you can change this behavior.

How To Limit Facebook’s iPhone Background Battery Usage

12:59 PM, Dec. 22nd, 2015 · · How-To

The Facebook app is a notorious iPhone battery eater and, despite some attention and updates aimed at solving this problem, it remains so to this day. While it’s simple enough to just remove the Facebook app and access the site in Safari, this leads to missing out on Notifications, Live Photos and other features. Good news: it’s possible to have your cake and eat it, too, with a little bit of understanding and effort.

How to Set Up and Use AT&T’s NumberSync

7:36 PM, Dec. 10th, 2015 · · How-To

NumberSync lets you use your iPad and iPod touch like your iPhone

iOS 9.2 added support for AT&T's NumberSync feature, which is pretty cool because it lets you send and receive calls to your AT&T phone number on your iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch even when your iPhone is on a different Wi-Fi network or shut off. Setting it up takes a few steps, but don't worry because The Mac Observer worked through the process for you.

How to Create Fast and Easy Checklists in OS X El Capitan’s Notes App

3:10 PM, Nov. 10th, 2015 · · How-To

Making Checklists in El Capitan's Notes app

To Do apps are great, but they can often have too much technology wrapped around them for mundane tasks. Simple text files are okay for fast to do lists, but your favorite app may not be cross-platform and sync via iCloud. In OS X El Capitan, Apple has added the ability to create simple checklists which might be all you need for short-term to do items. John Martellaro shows you how.