Frozen: How to Force the Restart of a Mac

2:40 PM, Apr. 7th, 2014 · · Tips

How to restart a frozen Mac

Occasionally, a Mac can become stubbornly uncooperative and refuse to accept inputs. It's time for a reboot. Here are some simple techniques to force a restart your Mac with escalating abruptness.

iOS 7: Changing Siri’s Voice

11:50 AM, Apr. 7th, 2014 · · Tips

Siri's pretty cool because it lets you talk to your iPhone, iPad, or iPhone iPod touch to issue commands, but what if you don't like the gender of the default voice Siri uses when it replies? That's not a problem in iOS 7 because you can switch Siri's gender between female and male with just a couple screen taps.

Entry-Level Bitcoin Mining Gear for Mac, Windows, and Linux [Update]

7:40 PM, Apr. 4th, 2014 · · Tips

Entry Level Mining Gear

The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs, but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box. Bryan Chaffin has the details. [Updated with a new coupon code for ZoomHash and current pricing information on 4/16/2014]

iPhoto: Prevent the Program from Automatically Opening

8:30 AM, Apr. 4th, 2014 · · Tips

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to cover how to stop iPhoto from opening every time you plug in your iOS device. Hey, sometimes you want to import images and sometimes you don’t, but dagnabbit, you should be able to control what your applications do. We think so, anyway.

4 Mac Pranks for April Fools’ Day! (Part 2)

8:45 AM, Apr. 1st, 2014 · · Tips

In honor of April Fools’ Day, Melissa Holt has written her second article about fun pranks you can play. C’mon, everybody—this is the one time of the year that we can all get away with being complete annoying idiots, so we should take as much advantage of that as possible! 

How to Have iOS Speak Text Back to You

10:30 AM, Mar. 29th, 2014 · · Tips

A young lady holding up an iPad with Italian text on the screen.

You can set your iPad or iPhone to read selected text out loud for you. There are several great uses for this capability, and it supports multiple languages. Sandro Cuccia is here to tell you all about Speak Selection and how to enable it.

OS X: How to Share Calendars

10:04 AM, Mar. 28th, 2014 · · Tips

Whether you view your iCloud calendars on your Mac, on an iOS device, or even on iCloud.com, it's as simple as all get-out to set up a shared calendar with other people. That'll mean fewer missed appointments, reduced miscommunication, and fewer event invites that you've gotta send (whew!). In this Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to set up sharing—it's very easy, we promise.

Mail: Turn On Toolbar Text to Eliminate Guesswork

1:00 PM, Mar. 26th, 2014 · · Tips

Apple Mail App tip

Apple Mail's toolbar isn't as intuitive as it could be, but luckily, there's an easy solution. If you're new to the Mac or to Mail (or heck, if you just prefer clearer controls for what you're doing), then come on in and read this tip on how to make the toolbar a friendlier place.