OS X: Opening System Preferences with the Function Keys

8:55 AM, Feb. 18th, 2015 · · Mac OS

In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to discuss how you can use those funny little printed function keys on your Apple keyboard to open the System Preferences pane associated with each item. This is one of the fastest ways to access your display settings or your sound preferences, say, so come check it out!

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac Free 6-Month Subscription

6:09 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · · Mac OS

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac Free 6-Month Subscription

If you've been thinking about trying out antivirus software on your Mac, we have a deal that will let you do it for free. It's a 6-month subscription for Bitdefender Antivirus Software for Mac, and you can get it for free through our friends at Stack Social. It works with Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite. There's additional information on the deal's page.

Apple Remembers Remote Desktop Exists, Releases Yosemite Update

9:27 AM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Apple released Apple Remote Desktop 3.8 on Wednesday, the first update for the remote Mac administration app in more than a year. The update improved OS X Yosemite compatibility, refreshed the user interface, and more.

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Apple still supports ARD? We thought they forgot about it since its last update was pretty much just an OS X Mavericks compatibility release.

How to Restore Missing iPhoto Image Thumbnails

11:01 AM, Jan. 28th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Using iPhoto to manage the photos from your iPhone, iPad, and digital camera is fine unless the thumbnails showing you previews of your snapshots disappear. Keeping track of your pics when you can't actually see them isn't very productive, but there is a fix for that. Read on to learn how to resurrect your missing iPhoto image thumbnails.

Apple Blocks Flash on the Mac Following Major Security Exploit

7:52 PM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Apple has updated its Flash Player blacklist again, this time blocking versions lower than 16.0.0.296 and 13.0.0.264. The move follows a zero-day exploit currently targeting Windows PCs that could also potentially go after Macs, too.

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If you don't need Flash Player on your Mac, don't install it. Flash is an ongoing security headache that doesn't seem to be improving despite Adobe's constant updates.

Yosemite/iOS 8: Muting Messages Conversations

8:50 AM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · Mac OS

What Melissa Holt's discussing today is how to mute text conversations under both Yosemite and iOS 8. So, you know, when your Aunt Zelda texts for the bajillionth time about your family reunion, you can at least come a little bit closer to ignoring her. Some darned peace and quiet just may be offered in this Quick Tip.

7 Basic Tips for a Speedier Mac

10:00 AM, Jan. 24th, 2015 · · Mac OS

7 Basic Tips for a Speedier Mac

A sluggish Mac is annoying. What good does it do to have the latest and greatest if it is going to run slow. There are some things that even beginners can do to help address this problem and Nancy Carroll Gravley has some great tips to make it possible.

OS X: How to Merge Calendars

8:50 AM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Today we're going to go over an often-overlooked feature of the Calendar program: using the import/export feature to merge two calendars into one. This is a great way to clean up your calendar list, because let's face it, not many people need 15 color-coded calendars! We'll give you the skinny here in this Quick Tip.