OS X: 3 Ways to Control Your Mac’s Volume

4:56 PM, Jul. 18th, 2013 · · Lion

Just like so many other things you can do on your Mac, Apple has given us more than one way to control the system volume. They also gave us a couple cool tricks for controlling exactly how you adjust the audio level. Want to learn how? Watch our Video Quick Tip to learn more.

OS X: Working with Windows in the Background

8:50 AM, Jul. 18th, 2013 · · Lion

OS X is great at running lots apps at once, many of which can interact with one another. Of course we have Exposé to handle switching between windows, but what happens if you don't want to switch to another window, but rather maintain the focus of your current window while doing something in another. Michael Johnston has some tips on working with background windows, and he's happy to share.

Finder: Using Toolbar Applications to Open Files

8:27 AM, Jul. 17th, 2013 · · Lion

Even if you're familiar with the "Open With" functionality for making files open in different programs, you may not be aware of the different ways you can do it. In this article, we're going to discuss using Finder's toolbar for opening files, including a special little Terminal trick that we think is just awesome.

Give Me the Finger: Quick Word Lookup in OS X

3:15 PM, Jul. 16th, 2013 · · Lion

The multitouch feature in your Mac's laptop or your Magic Trackpad makes it easy to perform tasks that otherwise might include several taps, clicks or swipes. For example, you can look up the definition of words in documents and on webpages with a simple gesture, no need to use Spotlight or launch the Dictionary app.

Hackers Target Macs with Ransom Threat for Web Surfing

1:05 PM, Jul. 16th, 2013 · · Lion

Hackers have found a way to use some basic JavaScript code to trick unsuspecting Mac users into paying US$300 for surfing the Web. The threat tricks users into thinking they have been viewing or distributing pornographic content by hijacking Safari and displaying a warning that appears to come from the FBI.

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This isn't malware, or a vulnerability in JavaScript. Instead, it's simple social engineering that tricks people into thinking they did something wrong and must now pay a $300 fine.

Safari: Using the Auto-Click Feature

8:35 AM, Jul. 10th, 2013 · · Lion

If you organize your Safari bookmarks into folders, using the Auto-Click feature is an excellent, quick way to open sites you visit frequently. And if you don't organize with folders, we're gonna teach you how. This is an all-purpose tip, dear readers.

How to Fix Spotlight Indexing in OS X

5:49 PM, Jul. 5th, 2013 · · Lion

A man aiming a spot light.

For the most part, Spotlight on our Macs is fast, and its accurate. It almost always "just works." In this article, Sandro Cuccia discusses how and what Spotlight indexes, and how you can apply a fix the rare times that Spotlight fails.

Mac & iOS Basics: Play Next & Previous Tracks Using Your Earbuds

11:00 AM, Jul. 5th, 2013 · · Lion

Apple has sold earbuds with a wired remote for many years now, and if you've purchased an iPod touch, iPhone, or a pair on their own, you might not realize how much you can do with that little bar of plastic hanging from your ears. Of course you can play and pause music with the center button, and, if you have them, you can use the top and bottom buttons to control your volume. However, there are several other things you can do with that center button, and Michael Johnston shows you how.

Pages: Linking Text Boxes

8:33 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2013 · · Lion

One of the ways that Apple has made their built-in Pages templates look so nice is by using linked boxes to flow text from one part of a document to another. Need to have a column on page one continue on page three? No problem, and we're here to walk you through how easy it is.