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OS X: Using Policy Banner for Custom Login Screens

9:05 AM, Jun. 24th, 2016 · · Tips

If you're an administrator (or just someone who'd like to have a little fun), you can set up what's called a policy banner, which'll make users accept an agreement before they can log in. This works well in environments with multiple Macs, such as computer labs, but hey, if you want to configure a policy banner on your spouse's computer as a practical joke, this Quick Tip will be good for that, too. We're not responsible for any mayhem this causes.

How to Join Apple’s iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Beta Program

10:50 AM, Jun. 14th, 2016 · · Tips

Signing up for Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas is easy

If you love rushing in where angels fear to tread, or just want to start playing with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra before they're officially available this fall, it's time to sign up for Apple's public beta program. You'll get access to pre-release versions come July, but keep in mind "beta" means "not ready for daily use on mission-critical devices."

OS X and iOS: Private Browsing, Quickly

8:55 AM, Jun. 14th, 2016 · · Tips

Today's Quick Tip is about fast ways you can start a new private browsing session on either your Mac or your iOS device. So if you need your web searches and history to be secret, you can make that happen, as quick as a wink!

Security Basics: If a Service Offers Two-Factor Authentication, Use It

9:53 PM, Jun. 10th, 2016 · · Tips

Apple Two-Factor Authentication

Twitter announced this week that it was aware some Twitter login credentials are circulating on the Dark Web, and Mark Zuckerberg infamously had some of his (mostly unused) social media accounts hacked. That makes for a perfect segue for some basic security advice: if a website, service, or app offers two-factor authentication, use it.

OS X: Pasting Text into Emails, Much Faster

9:05 AM, Jun. 9th, 2016 · · Tips

Here's the faster way to copy text into Mail & Messages

Today we're going to discuss how to use a contextual menu to pop selected text into an email, a message, or even a tweet, which is faster than the typical "copy, switch apps, start a blank message, and then paste" method. Come on in and read all about it!

OS X: Single or Double-click in Dock to Change Spaces

1:45 PM, Jun. 7th, 2016 · · Tips

Single or Double-click on Dock

The combination of the Dock in OS X and Spaces is a powerful one. If you set things up according to this Quick Tip, you can just click on a running app in the Dock, and OS X will whisk you to the Space that contains that app. John Martellaro uses this feature daily and explains how to invoke it.

OS X: Flashing the Screen for Alerts

9:40 AM, Jun. 7th, 2016 · · Tips

How to make your Mac's display flash for alerts

Today's Quick Tip is about a little-known Mac feature that can help you out if you keep your computer muted most of the time or if you have trouble hearing. Did you know you can make your screen flash when an alert comes in? You can, it's neat, and we're gonna tell you all about it!

OS X: Sending Your Whole Contacts List as a File

9:15 AM, Jun. 6th, 2016 · · Tips

Here's how to share your Contacts list with someone

Today's Quick Tip is about sending all of your contacts to someone else, so if you and your spouse need to access the same info, you can add your cards to his list and vice versa. Melissa Holt has warned us that she's going to be complaining about the lack of a simple contacts-sharing option within iCloud, but she promises to keep that to a minimum.