Keyboard shortcuts are the lifeblood of many productive Mac users. Not only can they cut down on the time needed to complete a task, but they're also just plain cool. Here are 10 of the coolest, including several that most people haven't heard of.
WWDC is right around the corner, and so far the lion's share of the speculation as to what we'll see has focused on things like the iWatch, the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone, and the similarly rumored home-automation system. But it's also likely that we'll see some updates to the iMac as well, judging by codes referring to new models buried in the OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 beta.
The long wait for Mac OS X 10.9.3 ended this morning when Apple released it to general users after close to two months of developer testing. Along with several minor improvements, the update enhances 4K display support for the new Mac Pro and the 15-inch MacBook with Retina display. Also included in the update is a significant improvement to iTunes's podcast interface.
For all of Apple's strengths, it's usually not a company that's associated with letting us do things for free. Judging from last year's news about OS X Mavericks and the followup news about the iWork suite, that may be changing. Indeed, as The Loop reports, Apple is apparently even introducing an beta program for OS X that'll let non-developers see the builds for Apple's signature desktop operating system before they're released to the public.
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.
Every week, 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!
iCloud has proven to be a great service that is used by a lot of iOS and OS X users, but if you use another cloud service like Dropbox or Box, then you'll no doubt be frustrated when saving documents and having iCloud-supported apps asking you to save your document in your iCloud account. Fortunately, there's an easy Terminal-based approach that can disable this save feature for all iCloud-enabled apps that save to the service. Stick around and continue reading to learn how it's done.
Windows 7 remains one of the most popular operating systems for Apple's rival Microsoft, but apparently the folks in Cupertino want nothing to do with it. According to new support documents (via MacRumors), Apple's Boot Camp for the new Mac Pro no longer supports installations of the 2009 platform. If you want to run Windows on your sleek 2013 Mac Pro, in other words, you're going to install Windows 8.
Funny that we were just talking about the benefits of a closed operating system. Mac OS X isn't anywhere near as closed as iOS 7, and thus it's more susceptible to malware attacks. As reported by security firm ESET (via MacRumors), Mac users who used cracked versions of popular programs now need to worry about a nasty trojan that's been stealing bitcoins.
Only two weeks later, it's already time for another security update for Adobe's Flash player, reports Ars Technica. The culprit this time is a hole in security that lets unsavory coders inject malicious code into both Mac and Windows computers. According to security firm FireEye, it's already responsible for attacks on three nonprofit organizations.