Alleged OS X 10.10 Screenshots Appear ahead of WWDC Keynote

10:54 AM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · Mac OS

It isn't any secret that Apple will be showing off OS X 10.10 during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event Monday morning, but until now there have't been any images showing what to expect from the next version of the Mac operating system. Four photos, however, appeared -- and then were pulled -- at Reddit showing a more iOS 7-like flat look is in store for the next OS X update.

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Regardless of whether or not these leaked OS X 10.10 photos are legit, it makes sense that the Mac OS will start to look more like iOS over time.

AirPort Utility: Restarting Your AirPort Base Station

8:45 AM, May. 30th, 2014 · · Mac OS

If your network stops working, one of the first troubleshooting steps to try is restarting your modem and your router. However, if your equipment is all stuck down in your basement, say, or in some other inconvenient place in your house, it’s good to know how to restart your Apple base stations right from your Mac or your iOS device. In this Quick Tip, we’ll tell you all about it.

OS X: Controlling Safari’s Location Services

8:25 AM, May. 28th, 2014 · · Mac OS

In today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover controlling websites’ use of your location data within Safari, including how to reset whether you’ve already allowed a site to see where you are. Location Services are incredibly useful and powerful features, but if you’re concerned about privacy, you’ve got some choices for what you allow your Mac to share.

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!