Some tasks, such as changing an image file's format, are easy to do but eat up a lot of your time. In some cases, you can speed things up by using OS X’s Services — little extension tools available with just a right-click of your mouse. We’re going to build a basic Service that converts just about any image you select in Finder into the JPEG format, reducing its file size and making it ready for web use.
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.
Even if you’ve never experienced a full-on, mortifying “Damn you, autocorrect” moment of the kind we’ve all seen shared online to much hilarity, you’ve probably still had your irritations with the system on iOS. Autocorrect might have taken a backseat to predictive text recently, but we still happen to think that autocorrect is largely quite a good thing, and it's useful to know how to manage it effectively.
Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll show you how to further customize your Mac's desktop background by modifing the contents of the Desktop Pictures folder.
Many of us are becoming more and more concerned about having our online activities tracked. Some of us want to avoid a barrage of constant marketers and spam, while others want to dodge overzealous content blocking from their Internet service provider. Generally, though, most of us simply want to use the Internet as we please without our browsing being snooped on and logged by the authorities. Here’s how you can temporarily surf in secret in Safari, and how to use the Tor network and the Onion web browser to surf stealthily all the time.