We decided to go easy on the refurbs for a bit to let some of that stock move so we can see some new deals slip into place. But there really wasn't much in the way of Macs this week. No, the real action is in the accessory market. As the iPhone 5 rolls out across the globe, accessory makers are rushing to meet it and be THE case you want, while we suspect we're going to start to see 30-pin doodads begin to get the clearance sale treatment. With no further ado, let's go see those accessories!
I don’t know about you, but my Mac has about a million hours of primo music on it--and painfully mediocre speakers for listening to it. I usually go the headphones route, but when it’s time for an office dance party, just crank up the audiophile-quality Cubik speakers from Palo Alto Audio Design ($199.95, www.paloaltoaudio.com) and boogie away that mid-afternoon lull. They’re yours if you win our November contest!
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!
Last week, we covered the basics of using mdfind to locate files on your Mac using the metadata stored within the files. This week, we’re going to take that to another level by showing you how to use boolean operators and filters to refine the search results to point to only the files you wish to locate. Continue reading to learn more about unleashing the power of mdfind.
Something appears to have changed since I upgraded to the latest version of OS X. When I first purchased my Mac with Snow Leopard, I could easily drag apps from the Dock to have them disappear in a puff of smoke. Since upgrading, I cannot seem to do this, nor can I remove items from the Finder sidebar. What am I doing wrong?
A bit of a mixed bag this week as the news cycle recovers from the iPhone 5 launch. Hey, didn't Amazon do something that no one is talking about anymore? I guess now we batten down the hatches and see whatever became of all those iPad mini rumors. We're just shy of October when the drop is supposed to happen. Here's to waiting.
Not long ago, writers were entirely at the mercy of the picky publishers who stood between an author and his or her potential readership. But thanks to the rise of digital books and open publishing platforms like Apple’s iBookstore, anyone can get their stuff out there and have a shot at finding an audience. And with the added interactivity of the iBooks format, authors can raise their books to a new kind of next-generation reading experience. You’d think that producing such a book would require high-level programming skills, but no--Apple has taken its trademark approach to empowering the masses with easy creation tools to digital bookmaking with iBooks Author (Mac App Store, free).
If you find yourself performing the same actions on your Mac again and again, open up Automator and see if you can program a workflow, which you can save as an application and run from your Dock or with any application launcher. Alternatively, you can set up a Folder Action, which means that Automator watches a specified folder, and anything you put in that folder gets processed instantly.
In our example, we’ll set up an Automator workflow to resize images for our blog, save them as JPEGs, and rename the files. But poke around Automator’s actions library and you’ll probably find ways to speed up your own most-performed tasks, too.
The Mac is a wonderful tool for both work and entertainment, but how do you know that your Mac is performing at its optimum? Do you know if your hard drive is about to fail? Fortunately, you can take a few simple measures to find out how your system is performing, and ensure that the hardware is working properly. Continue reading to learn more, and help save your Mac!
When I open iTunes on my MacBook Pro to play music or listen to the radio, I get a popup showing “Sign in to use this computer for automatic downloads.” It asks for my iTunes account credentials. I’ve tried to get rid of this message, but it keeps popping up every few minutes. I’ve taken the computer to the Genius Bar, but they were unable to remove the message. What can I do to stop this annoying popup?
Can you advise the steps that I should take in order to transfer my contacts from Outlook on Windows so that I can easily import them to my Mac? I will be retiring from my employer and turning in my PC, and my new MacBook Pro hasn’t arrived yet.