How to Obtain and Use Enhanced-Quality System Voices in OS X

10:30 AM, Jun. 21st, 2014 · · Tips

The HAL9000 computer from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey

In 1984, the first Macintosh had text-to-speech capabilities. Sandro Cuccia shows you how crude, robotic speech synthesis has evolved to the enhanced-quality, human-like System Voice in OS X and how you can take advantage of this technology on your Mac.

OS X: Sharing a Printer with Other Macs

8:25 AM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · Tips

So you own a printer that doesn’t have Wi-Fi. Guess you’ve gotta be directly connected to it to use it, right? Nope! In this Quick Tip, we’ll discuss how to use one Mac in your house as a makeshift print server so that other computers can print to any devices connected to it. 

OS X: Speed Up Logging In

8:31 AM, Jun. 18th, 2014 · · Tips

There are a couple of fast and easy steps you can take to potentially improve how quickly your Mac logs you in, and we’re going to discuss them in this article (here’s a hint: You may have a ton of stuff that’s opening automatically without you even knowing). Hey, spinning beach balls, you can kiss our…um, grits. Yeah, grits.

OS X Mavericks: How to Easily Reset the Administrator Password

3:00 PM, Jun. 17th, 2014 · · Tips

OS X:reset the admin password

In the early years of OS X, the Mac operating system was sold on a DVD. If a user forgot the administrator password, perhaps the simplest way (of several) would be to use that disc to set a new administrator password and regain control of the Mac. Nowadays, there is no install disc provided with OS X, and so an alternative method is necessary.

How to Check Your Actual Netflix Streaming Speed

3:05 PM, Jun. 16th, 2014 · · Tips

Typical speed tests on a Mac or iOS device calculate a point to point speed from a distant server.  The resulting number in Mbps, while useful for analysis of overall service, doesn't reflect what you'll actually get from Netflix.  John Martellaro shows you how to see your actual Netflix delivery data rate.

How to Work With Location Services in iOS 7

10:30 AM, Jun. 14th, 2014 · · Tips

An image of a large red pin pushed into a map displayed on an iPhone screen

One of the biggest advantages to toting around an iOS device is the utility and pleasure derived from using location-aware apps and functionality. Sandro Cuccia shows you how you can mitigate any privacy concerns by applying fine controls to how Location Services are used on your device.

iOS 7: The “Summarize Photos” Feature

8:50 AM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · Tips

The Years, Collections, and Moments views in iOS 7’s Photos app can be a bit overwhelming to scroll through. Luckily, there’s a “Summarize Photos” setting you can use to cut down on the number of images you’ll see within Years and Collections, so you can more quickly find exactly the time period you want. In this article, we’ll figure out how to use it (and how to turn it off if you don’t like it)!

Automator: Pulling Out Text from PDFs

8:45 AM, Jun. 12th, 2014 · · Tips

One of the nifty things you can do with Automator is create small applications to handle all sorts of tasks. For today’s Quick Tip, we’re gonna learn how to make one that’ll extract the text from PDFs for us, no copying or pasting required. Come on in and find out how!