Mavericks: Use Maps to See Traffic and Alerts

8:25 AM, Apr. 16th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

You can use Mavericks’ cool Maps program for all sorts of things—getting directions, obviously, or checking out 3D views of cities. But one of the features you may not have known about is the ability to see if there’s construction, accidents, or other impediments along your route. We’ve got the scoop on how to do so (and what the symbols mean!) in this Quick Tip.

3 More Tips for Protecting Yourself from Heartbleed

4:01 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

When news of the heartbleed OpenSSL flaw hit the Web last week, it send the online security community into a tizzy, and rightly so. The Mac Observer shared some tips on what you can do to protect yourself, and now we have some more help keep your private stuff out of the hands of the bad guys.

Sharing Pictures with the Apple TV

8:40 AM, Apr. 9th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to cover how to send images from your Mac to your second- or third-generation Apple TV using Home Sharing. This is a really entertaining way to view and share your photos, and it’s simple to configure. Melissa Holt’s got the skinny on how to set it up (and all the caveats you’ll need to know!).

iOS Nap Time: Playing Music to Fall Asleep

10:53 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

If you want to listen to music on your iPhone while you fall asleep, you don't need to remember to shut it off or download third-party apps to handle that for you. Turns out the iPhone can handle that task all on its own, and it's easy to set up.

Frozen: How to Force the Restart of a Mac

2:40 PM, Apr. 7th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip

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.

iPhoto: Prevent the Program from Automatically Opening

8:30 AM, Apr. 4th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip

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! 

OS X: How to Share Calendars

10:04 AM, Mar. 28th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip

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.