Apple Rolls Out Security Updates for Lion, Mountain Lion

10:11 AM, Feb. 26th, 2014 · · Lion

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.

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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.

How to Locate Hidden Features in OS X: The Disclosure Triangle

10:30 AM, Feb. 8th, 2014 · · Lion

The Triangle

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: An Easier Keyboard Shortcut for Paste and Match Style

8:28 AM, Nov. 26th, 2013 · · Lion

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.

OS X: Quick Mute Audio Feedback when Changing Your Mac’s Volume

6:03 PM, Nov. 22nd, 2013 · · Lion

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.

How to Calculate and Convert Units in OS X and iOS

10:30 AM, Nov. 2nd, 2013 · · Lion

The original Macintosh Calculator Desk Accessory

As Sandro Cuccia has written about in previous articles, Apple gives all Mac owners several amazing and free little applications and utilities built right in. Calculator is one such app. Sandro shows you the features included and how to use them, with a peek at the iOS 7 version.

How and Why to Defragment Your Mac’s Hard Drive

8:45 AM, Oct. 21st, 2013 · · Lion

<p>Mac OS X Hard Drive Defrag</p>

Mac Geek Gab listener Stephen wants to defragment his Mac’s hard drive to regain lost performance. We explain how the process works and recommend some tools and methods to help him get the job done.

Terminal: Comparing Folders with “diff”

8:41 AM, Oct. 18th, 2013 · · Lion

If you've ever had to go through the tedious process of comparing differences between two folders to figure out which files were missing from one, then this tip's for you. There's a much better, faster way to handle that task, and you don't have to download a darned thing to do so. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt'll fill you in.