Using EtreCheck to Diagnose Your Mac Problems

9:10 AM, Apr. 14th, 2016 · · Reports

Need some help diagnosing problems with your Mac? There's an app for that

Today's Quick Tip is about EtreCheck, a third-party tool that's very useful when you need to diagnose problems on your Mac. Its extensive reporting covers all sorts of potential problems, and if you're helping someone else remotely, the data it generates can even be shared to give you a quick peek into what might be going on. 

OS X: Remove Location Info from Pictures

9:10 AM, Apr. 13th, 2016 · · Reports

How to remove location data from photos

If you're concerned about including the location data of where you took any pictures you share online, then we're going to tell you how to strip that off using the built-in Preview application. Hey, maybe you're not worried about folks knowing exactly where you hike every day at 4:42 p.m., but if you are, we can help with that.

Apple TV Takes a Hit, Loses Disney Infinity Support

10:00 AM, Mar. 31st, 2016 · · Reports

Disney gives Apple TV gaming a thumbs down

Disney's endorsement of Apple TV as a legit gaming platform was short lived. Only six months after the fourth generation Apple TV launched Disney has dropped support for Disney Infinity, and that's going to make it hard for other big name game makers to take the platform seriously.

OS X: Edit Your Custom Dictionary File

9:10 AM, Mar. 30th, 2016 · · Reports

How to add custom words to your Mac's spelling dictionary

Today's Quick Tip is about the hidden custom dictionary file on your Mac—what it does, how you'll access it, and how you can use it to stop your computer from correcting your spelling if you need to. Eliminating your autocorrect woes is the name of the game!

5 Ways to Keep Your Mac’s Data Safe and Secure

8:44 PM, Mar. 25th, 2016 · · Reports

Five ways to help secure your Mac's data

The hearing on whether or not Apple should be forced to make a special version of iOS so the FBI can hack into an iPhone may be on hold, but that doesn't mean the personal data we want to keep private is safe. The fight to punch holes through our privacy is still gaining steam, and it reaches beyond the encrypted data on our iPhones out to our computers, too. There are ways to help protect your personal data on your Mac so the government, criminals, or even just nosey friends can't see what isn't any of their business. Check out The Mac Observer's list of tips on making your Mac—and your personal data—more secure.

OS X: Troubleshooting Kernel Panics

9:05 AM, Mar. 25th, 2016 · · Reports

Troubleshooting Mac OS X kernel panics

So your Mac keeps rebooting itself when you're right in the middle of your work, and when it restarts, it's giving you some scary dialog boxes about sending reports to Apple. Unfortunately, there are lots of things that could be causing your problem, from bad third-party software to a misbehaving USB device. Fortunately, there are numerous resources to help you figure out what's going on, and we're going to discuss some in today's Quick Tip.

OS X: Sorting Your Mail, Quickly!

9:10 AM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · Reports

How to sort email on your Mac

Today's Quick Tip is all about sorting your Mail on your Mac. Need to find the largest message by size? No problem. Want to sort your sent messages by recipient instead of by date? Easy-peasy. We'll even tell you what you can do on your iPhone or iPad to replicate some of this sorting functionality if you need to.

OS X: What’s Taking Up Your “Other” Storage?

9:12 AM, Mar. 2nd, 2016 · · Reports

What's all that

Confused as to why your "About This Mac" window lists a whole bunch of "Other" space being eaten up? In today's Quick Tip, we'll talk about what those files are and suggest a quick way to analyze them in detail (hint: you've probably got nothing to worry about).