There are quite a few useful things you can do with the Dock icons for the Finder and Trash. With the right combinations of modifier keys, you can relaunch a misbehaving Finder, empty the Trash, and even securely empty the Trash. It's all here in this Quick Tip.
Apple released VPN Update for Mavericks Server Thursday. The update addresses an issue that prevented users from connecting to VPN services using Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol, or L2TP.
Apple rolled out Final Cut Pro X 10.1 on Thursday with support for high resolution 4K displays and the just released Mac Pro's dual GPUs. Final Cut Pro is Apple's pro-level video editing application for Mac OS X.
Usually downloading files in Safari is a pretty simple task, but what if all you have is the URL of the thing you want, such as some audio or video played that plays via Safari's QuickTime plugin or something else that you just want a local copy of? Thankfully, there's a tried and tested way of downloading such URLs, though it's just not totally obvious. Michael Johnston shows you how.
What are the essential Mac apps for the backyard astronomer? John Martellaro catalogs some of the most notable OS X apps for beginners that round out a complete technical package for the amateur astronomer.
Apple released OS X 10.9.1 on Monday. The maintenance release includes more Gmail fixes in Mail, Smart Mailbox reliability, a contact group issue in Mail, a VoiceOver problem with Emoji, and improved performance for shared links in Safari.
Apple's Safari Web browser for the Mac may be convenient, but that comes at the price of security through the app's ability to restore open webpages after relaunching. The problem, according to security analysis company Kaspersky Labs, is that Safari 6.0.5 stores the passwords for site logins in an unencrypted file, which means anyone that knows where to look can potentially read your site credentials without any special software.
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Storing user passwords in an unencrypted file is a really bad idea, and it's unfortunate that Apple did just that with Safari 6.0.5. The issue was fixed with the release of Safari 6.1, which is exactly why it's important to stay on top of software updates.
Melissa Holt has written before about using Safari's handy Auto-Click feature to automatically open a folder full of bookmarks into new tabs. But under Mavericks, the checkbox to enable it seems to be missing! Oh no! Hey, don't panic—Apple just changed the way you turn it on, and this article's all about how you'll do just that.
If you've ever wanted to pick apart an animated GIF and check out its individual frames, then this tip's gonna make you happy. Using Preview on your Mac, you can view and save the separate pieces of an animated GIF into several different formats, with no third-party software required. Melissa Holt's even used her favorite GIF of all time in this article, so you don't wanna miss that, do you?
OS X makes it easy to retain or ditch the original formatting of text when using the Copy and Paste commands, but what if the keyboard shortcuts Apple uses for each option are the opposite of what you really need? That's an easy fix, and Michael Johnston is on the job and ready to share the secret.
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