Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Dashboard has been included in OS X since the inception of OS X Tiger back in 2005, and it remains a valuable feature to many users, providing easy and instant access to weather, clock, calendar, and other widgets. There are still quite a few users who have no interest in using this feature of OS X would rather see it gone from their system. Fortunately, with a bit of Terminal hacking, you can remove Dashboard from your Mac, hiding it from plain sight. Continue reading to learn how it's done, and rid yourself of the Dashboard for good.
OS X Mavericks is finally here, so MacLife proudly presents a series of informative how-tos to keep you updated on what has changed and how to use it. Check back often to learn more about the newest Mac operating system from Apple.
Many users have upgraded to Mavericks from Mountain Lion with the best of intentions, but if your workflow revolved around some of the things that changed with Mavericks, then you may be less than excited about the new features. Some of these, including full-screen apps, each display getting its own Space, and the Dock and menu bar available on multiple displays, can be tweaked back to the way they behaved in Mountain Lion. We'll show you how.
We love Dashboard on our Macs. It feels like a bit of iOS on OS X, with tiny apps that look pretty and perform simple functions amazingly well. With a beautiful interface and a dynamic set of customizable widgets, Panic's ambitious Status Board attempts to bring that experience to our iPads, with at-a-glance access to your most important data and a fantastic new playground for coders.
Mountain Lion strolled onto the scene earlier this year, with a lot of interest but no showy unveiling. Apple gave the world a better glimpse at its newest big cat at the World Wide Developers Conference, reserving a good chunk of the June 10 keynote for more details about the next iteration of OS X, which dropped in July in the Mac App Store for just $19.99, the lowest price yet for an OS X upgrade.
With Mountain Lion, Apple has brought a bunch of useful iOS features over to the Mac, including AirPlay mirroring, Messages, Reminders, Twitter, and iCloud support throughout the OS. Join our Mac safari to see 80 Mountain Lion features that you may have missed since you clicked Install in the Mac App Store. Some will make you more productive, while others are just fun and make your life a bit easier. Not everyone will fall in love with all 80 of these features, but together they’ll give you a lot to sink your teeth into.
Gestures still making you scratch your head in confusion? It doesn't seem to matter how much we try to get the hang of it, we'll always make some sort of mistake on the Trackpad and bring up a dialog box we didn't mean to. Regardless, maybe it's time we actually took those gestures and did something productive with 'em. So, here's five Trackpad gestures you ought to get the hang of, before gestures get the hang of you.
Back before iPhone took the concept of mini apps and turned it on its head, widgets were a Mac user’s best friend. Released in 2005 as one of Mac OS 10.4 Tiger’s celebrated features, Dashboard opened a hidden layer of specialized tools designed to provide “fingertip access” to common tasks and simple utilities. For OS X users with cluttered Docks and overstuffed bookmarks bars, it was love at first sight.
Almost as soon as the iPad was shown in Steve Jobs’ hands back in late January, speculation ran rampant about whether or not some of the stock iPhone applications were missing in action, or simply consolidated into some kind of secret “widget mode.”
I have a MacBook running Tiger, and my battery doesn’t stay charged as long as it used to. I know Apple says batteries should retain up to 80 percent of their charge capacity for up to 300 full charge-and-deplete cycles, but I never bothered to count how many times I’ve charged the battery since buying this laptop. Is there a utility that can help me?