Encrypting files provides a robust way to protect their contents. Files are scrambled in a way that makes them unreadable unless a person can provide a password. An empty drive can be formatted so anything you add to it is encrypted from the outset, and you can apply this technique to a volume that only takes up some of the drive’s capacity. Here's how to encrypt your files and keep prying eyes away.
Beamer is a utility that aims to make sharing video from your Mac to an Apple TV easy. Of course, screen sharing from a Mac to an Apple TV is already an option in Mac OS X, but Beamer makes it easier and enables full HD quality, with support for 5.1 surround sound.
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We're sad, too: It's our last Morning Report for 2014, but our Tuesday edition has the details on how much Russians will now pay for an iPhone 6 after the value of the ruble sagged last week, a patent filing for "Works with Apple CarPlay," and a new strategy for Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 hits the web. Click ahead, then go enjoy the holidays!
There's a new "critical security issue" out there affecting the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, but Apple already has a patch ready for you to install. The Cupertino company is asking that anyone who's running Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion download the update "as soon as possible." And you should. After all, it's just a little tiny thing.
Happen to miss the great pop culture moments of 2014? Never fear; Apple's got you covered. The catch here is that its social media department's chosen to do so on Tumblr, where the company's created a page for iTunes celebrating the "best" from this year's music, TV, and books. It's but the latest move in Apple's increasing forays into the most popular outlets in social media.
iTunes Connect is off duty this week, so there are no new apps or updates being published until the weekend. In the meantime, we've got a heaping helping of great new apps worth checking out while developers are on break, including slick new ways to email or text, a better way to Instagram, how to find out where Apple Pay can be used, a new third-party keyboard, and much more! We'll be taking a break next week, so check back with us after the first of the year, and a happy holidays to all!
Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!
Sure, you've watched Star Wars Episode IV on the big screen, on your TV, and maybe even on your iOS device, but have you watched the ASCII version in the Terminal? We know this is an old trick, but we couldn't help but pass it around over the holidays as a way to entertain everyone in your family with the glorious retro renderings of R2-D2 and other of your other favorite Star Wars characters.
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Rub the sleep out of your eyes — the Christmas break is fast approaching, but the tech news never stops! Our Monday Morning Report has the details on a new 12-inch MacBook Air said to finally be entering production as early as next month, Apple Pay arriving at Walt Disney World this week, and the latest Hollywood starlet vying for a role in the Steve Jobs biopic. You can't read about it if you don't click forward!
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This is it: the last hottest news stories of the year! Unless something major drops next week, this is it for 2014. So let's see how things go out this December. Looks like the iPhone 6 is continuing as a juggernaut in the marketplace, and — good news — the order turnaround time is down to one day. Meanwhile, looks like Samsung continues to stumble, Apple Pay is going abroad, the Apple Watch is inspiring others, and Apple is having successes all around. Those stories and more below the fold at this year's end. Happy Holidays to all our Mac|Life readers!
Apple Pay has only been around since October, but according to a new report from ITG, the service has already grabbed 1 percent of the total digital payment dollars spent in the U.S. in November. If the trend continues, the report suggests, Apple has already won itself a more loyal mobile payment audience than some rival services like PayPal. That's an impressive gain for so short a period, especially since ITG notes that Google Wallet has only managed to reach 4 percent since its release in 2011.
The devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures continues to cause problems for the company, and it recently made headlines for leading to the company's decision to pull the film The Interview. The attack affected all computers at the company — all, that is, except those made by Apple.