OS X Contacts: Printing Out Your Data

8:30 AM, May. 21st, 2014 · · Mac OS

Do you have iPhone Brain Syndrome? Symptoms include distraction, checking Facebook approximately every three minutes, and the inability to memorize phone numbers. We can’t help with the first two symptoms, but for the last problem, you may want to print out a list of your most important contacts and keep it in your car. This public service announcement has been brought to you by today’s Quick Tip.

Unhiding Your Mac’s Users Directory

9:35 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple's iTunes 11.2 update brought us an odd side-effect: the Users directory where your Home folder lives will disappear upon reboot if Find My Mac is enabled. Your files are still safe and sound, but a little harder to get at. Luckily, it isn't too difficult to make your Users directory appear again.

OS X Security: Encrypting External Disks

8:40 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · · Mac OS

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to discuss how to keep data stored on external disks safe (and the steps you’ll use for different versions of OS X). If you’ve got drives just lying around with important data on them, then this feature’ll help you worry less about theft or loss. Less worrying is a very good thing!

OS X: Working with Pictures in Your Web Browser

8:40 AM, May. 14th, 2014 · · Mac OS

No matter what browser you use, there are some neat built-in options that you’ve got for saving and working with the images you run across. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover what you can do and how, and Melissa Holt has promised us a little bonus tip for saving pictures, as well. 

3 Free Funny Apps for iOS

7:54 PM, May. 9th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Free on iTunes

Need a laugh? Vern Seward points out 3 iOS apps that'll have you knee slapping in no time in this week's Free on iTunes. Comedy Central, Comedy Central Standup, and WitStream.

Pages: Finding & Replacing Invisible Characters

8:35 AM, May. 9th, 2014 · · Mac OS

In this tip, we’re going to tell you how to find those pesky hidden characters—tabs and paragraph returns, for example—and replace them. This’ll help a lot when you’re editing documents in Pages and you find, for example, that someone’s used tabs instead of setting margins or has typed two spaces after every period. This works in all of the recent versions of Pages (including Pages ’09) so come check it out!

iPhoto: Adjust the Date and Time of Your Images

8:39 AM, May. 7th, 2014 · · Mac OS

For today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to discuss how to change the associated dates for your iPhoto pictures and Events, which is handy if you’ve ever imported from a digital camera that was set incorrectly. She’ll also go over sorting Events by date after you’ve gotten everything all cleaned up. It’ll be like spring cleaning for your iPhoto Library!

How to Make the iOS 7.1.1 Touch ID Fix Work For You

10:30 AM, May. 3rd, 2014 · · Mac OS

An image of a fingerprint being examined by a magnifying glass

Most iPhone 5s users enjoy and benefit from Apple’s biometric authentication called Touch ID. However, since it’s introduction, many users have experienced various problems with the fingerprint recognition. The latest iOS 7.1.1 update appears to fix many, if not all, of the outstanding issues. Sandro Cuccia explains what you need to do to properly reconfigure Touch ID so that you can take advantage of the enhancements.

OS X: Manage Parental Controls from Another Computer

8:25 AM, May. 2nd, 2014 · · Mac OS

Using OS X’s built-in Parental Controls, you can configure your child’s computer to let you manage its settings while you’re sitting at a different Mac. This’ll allow you to look at the logs of your kids’ online activity, control what applications they can use, and even stop them from being able to use their computers if they’re not behaving. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover it all!