Apple released Java updates for Lion and Snow Leopard Tuesday—notably, the updates were released the same day that Oracle patched the software, as noted by Krebs on Security. All told, Apple patched 11 security flaws in the updates out of 14 patched by Oracle.
If you have multiple accounts on your Mac (or if you’re managing many computers), you may find it frustrating to have to remember the administrator’s username every time a standard user needs to do something that requires admin privileges. Luckily, our friends at Apple have provided us a way to add short aliases to our accounts. So if you’d like to get familiar with this simple method to avoid typing long usernames, come on in and read this tip.
Mac OS X’s Fonts Window, which is accessible from many programs by hitting Command-T, makes handling and choosing your fonts easier. (Note that we didn’t suggest that anything about fonts is ever actually easy.) In this article, Melissa Holt will show you some secrets of that little window and how to use them to your best advantage.
Apple released Aperture 3.2.4 on Thursday, an update that addresses two issues. The first is improved stability with Snow Leopard, and the second is an issue when working with external editors in whatever OS you’re working in.
All network devices, from computers, to smartphones, to printers, to televisions, need a unique IP address. These are usually handed out by a router as needed and change from time to time. Some devices, however, such as file or print servers, greatly benefit from having an IP address that never changes. The Mac Observer shows you how to easily set up static IP address, or “DHCP Reservations,” using your Mac and an Airport Extreme.
Apple released Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.13 late on Tuesday. The update added iPhoto ‘11 and Aperture 3 support for new digital cameras from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony.
Using Terminal commands, you can change the default behavior of your Dock in all sorts of ways. In this tip, Melissa Holt will cover how to “pin” your Dock to a corner of your screen, how to keep any icons from being removed or added, and how to gray out the icons of hidden applications. It’s practically a tip-o-rama in here.
All that Mac Geek Gab listener Larry wanted was to connect to an airport’s free Wi-Fi while he was waiting for his flight. Unfortunately, his MacBook Pro and the Wi-Fi network didn’t play nice. We show him some tips on how to troubleshoot connection issues on public Wi-Fi networks.
iCal and Address Book have a feature that’ll allow you to view events or contacts in separate windows, making it a snap to compare phone numbers or event details quickly. It’s easy to use and requires little or no setup. It does, however, require that you read this tip, so you’re not getting off THAT easy, bub.
Security firm Kaspersky issued a statement on Monday saying that comments claiming that Apple had asked the firm for security help were taken out of context. It would appear, however, that Kaspersky overstated the situation, and that Nikolay Grebennikov, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, misspoke, and that the clarification is really a correction.
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