OS X: Controlling Safari’s Location Services

8:25 AM, May. 28th, 2014 · · Tips

In today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover controlling websites’ use of your location data within Safari, including how to reset whether you’ve already allowed a site to see where you are. Location Services are incredibly useful and powerful features, but if you’re concerned about privacy, you’ve got some choices for what you allow your Mac to share.

How to Become a Better Photographer

10:30 AM, May. 24th, 2014 · · Tips

MOAR CAMERA!

Buying a new or “better” camera is not how you become a better photographer. There is much more to it than that. Sandro Cuccia explores a few ways that you can learn how to improve your photography, no matter which kind of camera you use.

iOS 7: Search by Email Attributes

8:38 AM, May. 23rd, 2014 · · Tips

Within iOS 7, you can find emails that match certain criteria—such as, say, unread messages or those with attachments—very quickly and easily. Within this Quick Tip, we’ll reveal the secrets for doing so, with a bunch of examples of the types of things you can find in your email. 

OS X Contacts: Printing Out Your Data

8:30 AM, May. 21st, 2014 · · Tips

Do you have iPhone Brain Syndrome? Symptoms include distraction, checking Facebook approximately every three minutes, and the inability to memorize phone numbers. We can’t help with the first two symptoms, but for the last problem, you may want to print out a list of your most important contacts and keep it in your car. This public service announcement has been brought to you by today’s Quick Tip.

Unhiding Your Mac’s Users Directory

9:35 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · · Tips

Apple's iTunes 11.2 update brought us an odd side-effect: the Users directory where your Home folder lives will disappear upon reboot if Find My Mac is enabled. Your files are still safe and sound, but a little harder to get at. Luckily, it isn't too difficult to make your Users directory appear again.

OS X Security: Encrypting External Disks

8:40 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · · Tips

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to discuss how to keep data stored on external disks safe (and the steps you’ll use for different versions of OS X). If you’ve got drives just lying around with important data on them, then this feature’ll help you worry less about theft or loss. Less worrying is a very good thing!

Directly Rip and Convert Blu-ray Disks With Handbrake

7:53 AM, May. 15th, 2014 · · Tips

Handbrake is an excellent tool that allows you to take a movie and convert/compress it into a Mac-and-iOS-playable movie file. It's free, and it works. If you also have VLC installed Handbrake will read DVDs and convert them directly. What many users don't realize, though, is that MakeMKV can be invoked on-the-fly to allow Handbrake to rip and convert/compress Blu-ray disks directly, too.