How to Create and Use an Ad Hoc Network on Your Mac

10:30 AM, Sep. 7th, 2013 · · Lion

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Wi-Fi connectivity is no longer difficult to come by for most of us. However, there may be times when you need to create a temporary Wi-Fi network to connect with other devices. OS X let’s you do this easily. Sandro Cuccia shows you how.

Preview: Using Text and Rectangular Selections

8:30 AM, Sep. 6th, 2013 · · Lion

Preview, your Mac's built-in application for viewing and annotating images and PDFs, is awesome, and it's especially great for those of us who don't need the power of a program like Photoshop. In this tip, we'll talk about selecting text and graphics in PDFs and manipulating them within Preview, and you'll get some little tricks to make your workflow easier.

How (and Why) to Zoom on the Mac

10:30 AM, Aug. 31st, 2013 · · Lion

Zoom a zoom, zoom-ah-zoom!

Apple is a leader in Accessibility support on Macs and iOS devices. However, you don’t have to be a person with disabilities to take advantage of the many Accessibility features available to you. Sandro Cuccia shows you how to configure and use one such feature on the Mac: Zoom.

Apple Blocks Mac Java Plug-ins Over Security Threats Yet Again

9:48 AM, Aug. 30th, 2013 · · Lion

Apple blocked the Java 6 and Java 7 plug-ins for the third time this year over Mac users on Thursday over more potential security threats. Mac users running versions of Java that are earlier than version 6 update 51 and version 7 update 25 can no longer run Java code on their computer until they update to a newer version.

Calendar: Displaying Birthdays (or Not!)

8:25 AM, Aug. 30th, 2013 · · Lion

Do you see "Birthdays" within Calendar and aren't sure where that comes from (or how you can edit events within it)? Then boy howdy, will you find this to be a useful tip. We'll cover how to edit birthdays, how to troubleshoot things if you can't seem to use the feature at all, and how to turn on notifications for those dates. 

Sudo Flaw Opens Potential Security Risk for OS X, Linux Users

9:42 AM, Aug. 29th, 2013 · · Lion

A security flaw in the command line tool sudo in OS X 10.7 and higher, as well as some Linux distributions, could give unauthorized root access to user's computers. The flaw was reported by Metasploit, a company that specializes in finding security issues and building utilities to point them out, but the steps needed to exploit this particular issue make it unlikely most Mac users will become victims before a patch is available.

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Apple isn't the fastest at patching security flaws, or even publicly acknowledging them. The company has known about this one for at least five months and hasn't yet released a fix. The upside for Mac users is that the requirements to take advantage of the flaw are so specific that most people won't be susceptible while we wait for Apple to get their security patch out.

Disk Utility: Changing Disk Image Passwords

8:29 AM, Aug. 28th, 2013 · · Lion

If you're using encrypted disk images to store your secret files, great! But what if you want to change the password for one? There's a simple way to do it, no Terminal-fu required. In this article, we'll discuss what to do and a few things that might get in your way.

1Password 4 for Mac gets iOS Features, More

11:47 AM, Aug. 23rd, 2013 · · Lion

AgileBits has been promising 1Password 4 for the Mac for some time, and now they're offering a little peek into what's in store when it ships this fall. The new version of the password and sensitive information management app will be getting a few features that iPhone and iPad users are already enjoying, such as multi-site logins and iCloud sync support, plus a few other surprises, too.

Mac App Store: Hiding Purchased Programs

8:24 AM, Aug. 23rd, 2013 · · Lion

Whether you've bought a program that you no longer need access to (cough cough Lion cough cough) or just have one that you don't want anymore, being able to hide stuff you've gotten from the Mac App Store is handy. As a bonus, you'll no longer be asked to update programs if you hide them. In this tip, Melissa Holt will tell us how to do it, and if we're nice to her, she might even talk about how to unhide them afterward. Maybe.

Pages: Getting Rid of Hyperlinks

8:33 AM, Aug. 16th, 2013 · · Lion

There may be nothing uglier than a bunch of blue underlined URLs in a Pages document you're creating. And hey, it's possible that you want your readers to be able to click to go to a site you've mentioned, but if you don't, then read this tip. We'll tell you how to make Pages stop auto-formatting links and how to fix the ones it's already created.