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.

SelfControl: Block Time Wasting Sites While You Work

10:06 AM, Jul. 2nd, 2013 · · Lion

Staying on task while every distraction the Web has to offer is just a mouse click away might not be difficult for some of you, but for me it's a challenge. It's especially bad if you're a student or a knowledge worker whose office isn't shared with others who are also getting things done. So I set out to find a way to keep myself from tasting temptation and avoiding the work I had to do. The answer is the aptly named SelfControl.

How to Create “Out of Office” Auto Email Replies with OS X Mail

8:25 AM, Jul. 1st, 2013 · · Lion

Like lots of computer users, Mac Geek Gab listener Michael wants to spend his summer vacation away from his email inbox, but he doesn't want his contacts to think he's ignoring them. We show him how to use Apple's Mail app to set up an "out of the office" automatic reply message so that Michael's contacts will know when to expect his return.

Terminal: Searching Your Command History

8:29 AM, Jun. 28th, 2013 · · Lion

Did you know that you can use keywords to search through the past commands you've typed into Terminal? This makes it much easier and faster to re-execute what you've done without having to type the entire thing in again. In this tip, Melissa Holt will show off this handy feature for all you Terminal mavens out there.