OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks is the 9th major release of Mac OS X system software, officially versioned as OS X 10.9

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Stop the Power Button From Turning Off the Mac Display in OS X Mavericks

Apr 9, 2014 - 11 Comments
MacBook Pro and MacBook AIr power button on the keyboard

The Power button on newer MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models has been turned into a button on the actual keyboard, located directly above the Delete key. For the most part, this isn’t an issue, but with the introduction of OS X Mavericks, tapping on that Power button no longer prompts the Sleep / Restart … Read More

How to Make FaceTime Audio Calls from the Mac to OS X or iOS

Mar 11, 2014 - 3 Comments
FaceTime icon

The Mac can now make outbound voice calls to other Apple users that have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or another Mac, using nothing but the native FaceTime Audio service. Built into OS X, FaceTime Audio can be used to call any other FaceTime user, free, anywhere in the world, and it provides excellent audio … Read More

Tag Files in OS X with a Keyboard Shortcut

Mar 10, 2014 - 3 Comments
Tag files in OS X with a keyboard shortcut

Tagging files and folders in OS X can be a handy way to help manage and organize the contents of the Finder, even if only used on a limited basis for specific projects. To get the most out of file tags though, you’ll want to get quick access to the feature. One way to do … Read More

OS X 10.9.2 Update: Fix for Mail Problems, SSL Security Flaw, & More

Feb 25, 2014 - 42 Comments
OS X 10.9.2 Update

Apple has released OS X 10.9.2, a fairly major update to OS X Mavericks that includes resolutions to many problems and bugs encountered by Mac users. Critically, the OS X 10.9.2 update patches the SSL / TSL vulnerability for Macs that was fixed earlier for mobile devices with the iOS 7.0.6 update. The SSL fix … Read More

How to Re-Download OS X Mountain Lion Installer from OS X Mavericks

Feb 24, 2014 - 15 Comments
Downloading older version of OS X from the Mac App Store

Though it is generally recommended for users to keep their Macs up to date with the latest system software, not everyone wants to run OS X Mavericks on all of their Macs, and in some situations older Macs may not support the latest version of OS X anyway. Additionally, there are circumstances where users looking … Read More

Quickly Find What App(s) Are Using & Draining Battery on a MacBook

Feb 19, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Batteries on the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are made to offer many hours of work on a single charge. Unfortunately, sometimes apps get in the way of our wonderful Mac battery life, often without a user even noticing until suddenly their battery life has been drained dramatically. The good news is it doesn’t have … Read More

Is Your Mac Still Running OS X Lion? Why? You Should Upgrade to OS X Mavericks

Feb 18, 2014 - 144 Comments
Running old version of OS X? You should upgrade to Mavericks

It’s fairly common for computer users to delay updating to major operating system releases, and though Mac owners tend to be a bit better at upgrading than Windows users, many are still running old versions of OS X. For some users there are good reasons for this, maybe lingering on outdated OS X versions like … Read More

How to Install Command Line Tools in OS X Mavericks & Yosemite (Without Xcode)

Feb 12, 2014 - 17 Comments

Mac users who prefer to have a more traditional Unix toolkit accessible to them through the Terminal may wish to install the optional Command Line Tools subsection of the Xcode IDE. From OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks onward, this is now easily possible directly and without installing the entire Xcode package first, no developer … Read More

Move Windows, Apps, & Desktops Between Multiple Displays in Mac OS X with Mission Control

Jan 8, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Multiple Display window management with Mission Control in Mac OS X

Mission Control is the excellent window management utility in OS X that lets you get a quick overview of everything you have open. While Mission Control has always been able to drag windows and apps between different virtual desktop Spaces, a new ability has been added to modern versions of OS X that allows Mac … Read More

Enable & Control Access for Assistive Devices & Apps in OS X Mavericks

Jan 5, 2014 - 4 Comments
Accessibility feature

Assistive Devices and Assistive Apps are applications and accessories which can control parts of the Mac and OS X beyond the normal scope of app limits. While it’s primarily thought of as an Accessibility feature, it’s also commonly uses for general apps too, ranging from screen sharing functions, to apps that require microphone access, to … Read More

How to See & Control What Apps Use Location Data in Mac OS X

Dec 28, 2013 - Leave a Comment
See when an app is using Location Data in Mac OS X

OS X now has the ability to easily view and manage which applications can access a users location data. This is a newer feature with OS X, and Mac users who also have iOS devices should find the initial indicator to be a familiar arrow icon that resides alongside other status bar icons and symbols. … Read More

Generate Secure Passwords in Safari with iCloud Keychain for Mac OS X

Dec 17, 2013 - 9 Comments
iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain is a password management feature that arrived to the Mac with OS X Mavericks, and to the mobile Apple world with iOS 7. Basically it stores encrypted passwords securely within iCloud, which can then be accessed securely through your Mac or iOS device, allowing you to never have to enter a password again. … Read More

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