After upgrading to Mountain Lion, many users complained of reduced battery life. Many owners of Mac laptops said that a similar reduction in battery life ocurred after the upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion. In repsonse, we took a 2011 MacBook Pro all the way back to Snow Leopard and tested battery life on each version of OS X to date. Read on to see what we found.
Selecting "About This Mac" under the Apple menu leads you to vital information about your machine. All your system information and hardware specifications are displayed. Having these "vitals" handy is important when it comes to obtaining technical support and getting your Mac upgraded or serviced. It will also help you determine if your Mac is eligible for system software upgrades when certain minimum hardware requirements are specified.
The GIMP team released its first ever Mac-native version of the GIMP image editor on Wednesday. Earlier versions of the Photoshop-ish image editor required users to install the X11 windowing system instead of running as a native OS X application.
World travelers, take note—if you want to set a different country format for the address of every contact you have, you can. After you read this tip, you will no longer have to fit the address of your girlfriend from Burkina Faso to the format of your default country. Which is almost as neat as having a girlfriend from Burkina Faso in the first place. Or knowing where Burkina Faso is, for that matter.
Circus Ponies released a new app on Wednesday called iTrash that gives Mac users more control over their OS X Trash. On the light side, the software includes 20 different animated icons for the trash can. On the more serious side, it offers users greater control over trash emptying functions and the desktop placement of your Trash.
Apple released updated printer drivers for Samsung, HP, and FujiXerox on Wednesday. The patch notes are sparse, if we’re being generous, but the gist is that the updates update your printer drivers, for what that’s worth.
A new trojan horse, dubbed Crisis, has been identified by the security company Intego. According to the company, the trojan horse can install itself without requiring any user interaction or account passwords, and attempts to hide itself from virus protection and detection applications.
Reliable, good sounding, and comfortable earbuds are hard to come by for athletes, but the Ironman Inspire Pro earbuds from yurbuds manage to deliver on all counts. These earbuds even let the sounds around you pass through, making them safer for running, snow boarding or skiing.
There are plenty of methods for sending emails to Address Book groups and a few things to think about as you’re doing so. In this tip, Melissa Holt’s going to talk about how to send messages to multiple people and how you can tweak your Mail settings to make things even simpler.
In Safari, there are useful keyboard shortcuts for jumping to the beginning or end of webpages. Plus, those very same shortcuts have similar uses all around the Mac, and if you add a modifier key, they become text-selection helpers extraordinaire. They’re really very cool to know about, so here’s your opportunity!
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