OS X: 4 Easy Ways to Use Emoji Shortcuts

11:15 AM, Jan. 1st, 2016 · · Tips

4 ways to quickly use emoji characters on your Mac

For her first article of 2016, Melissa Holt's gonna discuss a couple of easy ways to get Emoji or other symbols into your text under OS X, including a method for setting up your own substitutions. This'll let you get the Mac's Command symbol, for example, whenever you type "cmd" (or whatever shortcut you choose). Welcome to the New Year and to today's Quick Tip!

I Found an Easy Fix for my Recalcitrant Mac Backup Disk

5:10 PM, Dec. 31st, 2015 · · Tips

system info software showing safe boot

A couple of weeks ago Dr. Mac's main Mac displayed an alert telling him his Time Machine disk was damaged and to repair or replace it A.S.A.P. After Disk Utility and several third-party disk utilities failed to repair the damage, he was surprised to discover that performing a Safe Boot did the trick.  

OS X: Cleaning Up Your Finder’s Sidebar

9:05 AM, Dec. 30th, 2015 · · Tips

How to clean up OS X's Finder side bar

Today's Quick Tip is all about Finder's sidebar—how you can customize it, remove or hide items within it, and change the size of its icons. Heck, you can even keep from seeing Time Capsules or other computers on your network in your sidebar if you're looking to really clean things up. Come find out how!

15 Startup Key Combinations for Mac

7:53 PM, Dec. 29th, 2015 · · Tips

Apple Command Key

Your Mac and OS X have a variety of startup keys and key combinations you can use to affect how the device starts up. Shift key, for instance, starts your Mac in Safe mode, and C (or c) starts up from a bootable CD, DVD, or thumb drive. Command-S is for "single-user mode," which essentially means booting to the command line. 

How to Use the /me Command in Messages for Mac

8:21 PM, Dec. 28th, 2015 · · Tips

/me Command in Messages for Mac

There's one IRC command that has gained life outside of IRC, and that's the /me command. It turns whatever follows into an action rather than a normal line of text, and you can find it in games, all manner of texting apps, and even Apple's Messages app, at least on the Mac. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Replace AppleCare for Your iPhone With These Credit Cards

8:27 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2015 · · Tips

Broken iPhone

Here's an interesting idea for thinking differently about AppleCare for your iPhone. It turns out that several banks have a credit card feature called Cellular Telephone Protection that will cover you in the event of a damaged or lost iPhone between $200 and $600, depending on the bank.

How To Limit Facebook’s iPhone Background Battery Usage

12:59 PM, Dec. 22nd, 2015 · · Tips

Facebook’s iOS app is a notorious background battery eater and, despite some attention and updates aimed at solving this problem, it remains so to this day. While it’s simple enough to just remove the Facebook app and access the site in Safari, this leads to missing out on Notifications, Live Photos and other features. Good news: it’s possible to have your cake and eat it, too, with a little bit of understanding and effort.

Safari 9: Using Responsive Design Mode

9:10 AM, Dec. 22nd, 2015 · · Tips

How to enable Responsive Mode in OS X Safari

Today's Quick Tip is about the new Responsive Design Mode in Safari 9. This feature'll let you view the site you're looking at on different simulated devices, which is incredibly great if you're doing Web development. Heck, we think it's cool to know about even if you don't do that, so come read all about it!