In 1984, the first Macintosh had text-to-speech capabilities. Sandro Cuccia shows you how crude, robotic speech synthesis has evolved to the enhanced-quality, human-like System Voice in OS X and how you can take advantage of this technology on your Mac.
In this Quick Tip, we’re going to discuss how to keep data stored on external disks safe (and the steps you’ll use for different versions of OS X). If you’ve got drives just lying around with important data on them, then this feature’ll help you worry less about theft or loss. Less worrying is a very good thing!
Need a laugh? Vern Seward points out 3 iOS apps that'll have you knee slapping in no time in this week's Free on iTunes. Comedy Central, Comedy Central Standup, and WitStream.
Apple released Security Update 2014-002 on Tuesday, an update for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks, as well as the server versions of those OSes. The sparse patch notes don't offer any details, and Apple has not yet released the separate list of security issues addressed in this release.
Tired of wading through the loads of options in System Preferences? Kelly has a couple of tricks to make it easier to navigate.
Have you ever wanted to create your own custom travel itinerary map? It turns out it's pretty easy, and it’s built into every Mac. Sandro Cuccia shows you how.
Apple's 10.9.2 update for Mavericks wasn't the only security-related patch to roll out from Cupertino on Tuesday. The company also released security updates for Lion and Mountain Lion, although they didn't include the critical SSL fix that was part of OS X 10.9.2 because those versions of the operating system didn't include the same code flaw.
The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →
Apple isn't saying exactly what these security updates include, but considering how dangerous some flaws can be it's a good idea to stay up to date.
In OS X and in Mac applications, developers frequently include small graphical elements that, by clicking or tapping on them, will provide additional commands, features, and other information. The Disclosure Triangle is such a feature that is often difficult to see, yet it provides such a valuable service. Sandro Cuccia explains.
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.
TMO Weekly Sponsor
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-28
Apple just bought BookLight and is in the process of buying Swell. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet…
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-25
Just because an analyst says Apple could be doomed doesn't mean we'll all be using Android smartphones in three years.…