OS X: Minimizing Windows into Their Dock Icons

8:20 AM, Feb. 28th, 2014 · · Mac OS

If you’re anything like Melissa Holt, teeny minimized windows lined up next to the Trash icon in your Dock are messy enough to keep you up at night. Luckily, there’s a preference in OS X that’ll let you change that behavior. Maybe you’ll sleep better after you read about it! Maybe Melissa shouldn't be so troubled over such minor details! Maybe with a few more exclamation points, we'll remember what we were talking about! Wait, what?

OS X Mavericks: Blocking iMessage Contacts on the Mac

1:24 PM, Feb. 27th, 2014 · · Mac OS

With the release of OS X 10.9.2 Apple added the ability to block message senders in the Messages app just like you could already do on the iPhone and iPad. The feature is tucked away in the Messages preferences, and easy to use once you know where to look.

How to Solve Your iPhoto Auto Launch Issues by Checking Your Preference Files

8:35 AM, Feb. 27th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Mac Geek Gab listener Julie loves how iPhoto automatically opens when she connects her iPhone to her Mac, allowing her to quickly import and enjoy her latest photos. But lately something has gone wrong, and the Image Capture app opens instead of iPhoto, even though she triple-checked that iPhoto is configured to launch when a camera is connected. We explain how her problems may be the result of a bad preference file, and show Julie how to fix it.

Apple Rolls Out Security Updates for Lion, Mountain Lion

10:11 AM, Feb. 26th, 2014 · · Mac OS

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.

Mavericks: Using the “Do Not Disturb” Feature

8:40 AM, Feb. 26th, 2014 · · Mac OS

With Mavericks, you can now use Do Not Disturb for keeping things quiet when you need to sleep or get work done, and it’s just as handy on your Mac as it is on your iOS 7 devices. In this tip, we’ll cover how to use it and change its settings, and we’ll even go over how to set up a keyboard shortcut for it. Uninterrupted work time, here we come!

What Apple’s Goto Fail Security Bug Means to You

9:35 AM, Feb. 24th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Safari in OS X Mavericks may not be as secure as you think, especially if you surf the Web in public places like coffee shops or at school. A serious flaw in code Safari and Mail use, called the Goto Fail Bug, could expose data you'd rather keep private -- like passwords and banking information -- and even let hackers intercept your email. Apple promises a fix is coming, but until then it's up to you to practice safe browsing habits to help avoid accidentally exposing your personal information online.

OS X: How to do Math in Spotlight

8:25 AM, Feb. 24th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Spotlight is more than just a tool for seraching the contents of your Mac's hard drive. It's also a calculator, and Michael Johnston is ready to show you how to make it bend to your mathematic bidding.