OS X: Configuring FileVault

8:45 AM, Aug. 1st, 2014 · · Tips

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the most powerful security tools on your Mac—FileVault. She'll discuss why you need it, how you'll turn it on, and a really easy way you could lose access to all of the files on your computer. (Don't do that last thing, OK?)

OS X Yosemite: How to Turn Translucency Off or On

3:45 PM, Jul. 30th, 2014 · · Tips

OS X Yosemite Quick Tip

OS X Yosemite lets parts of windows take on the general color of the background behind it. It's a translucent effect because details cannot be readily made out. For those who don't like it, John Martellaro shows how to turn it off.

iOS 7: Preventing Unauthorized Purchases

8:45 AM, Jul. 30th, 2014 · · Tips

For today's tip, Melissa Holt's gonna go over a hidden setting that may let your kid purchase apps or media when he isn't supposed to. Turn this off, and you can rest assured that little Johnny won't be able to buy ten apps just because you allowed him to get one. Unless he knows your Apple ID password, that is, but you would never give him that, would you? Good.

OS X Yosemite: What Does That Little Green Button do NOW?

3:55 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · Tips

Since the beginning of time, well since 2001, the little green button at the top of every OS X window has expanded the current window to take up all available space. OS X Yosemite changes the default behavior of that green button for the first time.

OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions

8:45 AM, Jul. 25th, 2014 · · Tips

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover a little-known feature of OS X Recovery—repairing your Home folder permissions. If your Documents folder won’t let you edit files or an application is telling you that you don’t have permission to save something to your Desktop, then this tip should be right up your alley. 

How to Upgrade Your Mac to Python 3

3:30 PM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · · Tips

OS X provides scripting languages like Perl, Python and Ruby. Apple continues to support legacy Python 2.x only, but for those who need Python 3 (now at 3.4.1), John Martellaro explains how to get it, install it, and still keep Apple's default install.

iPhoto: A Shortcut to Help Fix Red-Eye

8:45 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · · Tips

There’s a secret to fixing red-eye on images within iPhoto—and it leaves a certain frustrating pupil-size slider in the dust. In this Quick Tip, we’ll go over how to use this fast little repair tool.