OS X: Solving Mail Searching Problems

8:35 AM, Jan. 16th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

So you’re looking through Mail for messages from a certain person or about a subject, and you’re not finding anything, even when you’re searching for stuff you know is there. Well, that’s frustrating, isn’t it? In this tip, we’ll give you some suggestions for how to force that naughty Mail program to behave. 

OS X: Web Filtering with OpenDNS

10:33 AM, Jan. 8th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Concerned parents who'd like to control what their children see online have a great option in OpenDNS. Offering both free and paid services to block potentially problematic sites, the service is reliable and incredibly easy to set up (and it works better than the Mac's built-in parental controls, too). In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how it works and how to configure it.

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Mac in 2014

8:35 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2014 · · Mountain Lion


It's 2014, and guess what? You should add a few things to your list of resolutions. From keeping your data secure online to basic Mac maintenance and backups, this article's got you covered on what to improve for the new year. We guess it's the tech version of going to the gym and eating salad, only for gosh sakes, we hope it's more fun than that.

OS X: Switching Quickly Between Open Windows

8:36 AM, Dec. 27th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

If you're working with multiple windows in an application, switching back and forth between them can be kind of a pain, especially if they're hiding behind each other. In this tip, we'll talk about how to use a keyboard shortcut to go to the window you need, which we find is much quicker than Exposé. And no more moving windows around to get to the ones underneath them! Whew. 

OS X: Dock Functions for Finder and Trash

8:35 AM, Dec. 20th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

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.

Final Cut Pro Adds 4K Display, New Mac Pro Support

9:00 AM, Dec. 19th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

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.

OS X: Downloading URLs in Safari

6:40 AM, Dec. 19th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

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.

12 Essential Mac Apps for Amateur Astronomers

12:15 PM, Dec. 17th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

12 Essential Apps for Amateur Astronomers

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.

Older Safari for Mac Stores Unencrypted Passwords

8:52 AM, Dec. 16th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

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.

Preview: Extracting Frames from Animated GIFs

8:25 AM, Dec. 6th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

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?