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The Best Free RSS Reader for Mac OS X is NetNewsWire

Sep 24, 2012 - 19 Comments
NewNewsWire RSS Reader for Mac OS X

OS X Mountain Lion may have removed the native ability to subscribe to RSS feeds from Safari in addition to the feed reader in Mail, but that doesn’t mean your RSS feed reading habits are toast on the Mac. Quite on the contrary, there’s a fantastic free RSS reader available to OS X users called … Read More

Manage & Delete iCloud Storage and Backups from Mac OS X

Sep 24, 2012 - 3 Comments
Manage iCloud backups and storage in Mac OS X

If you have run out of iCloud storage for backups of either your Mac or iOS stuff, you can now easily manage existing backups and data for all devices right on your Mac from OS X: Open System Preferences from the  Apple menu and choose “iCloud” Click the “Manage” button in the lower right … Read More

Battery Life Improves Dramatically in OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2

Sep 20, 2012 - 36 Comments
Battery Life in OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 improved dramatically

OS X Mountain Lion has been a fantastic update for Mac users, but some of us on portable Macs discovered an annoying side effect of reduced battery life, often accompanied by a Mac that felt warmer to the touch. Those issues have been largely fixed with the OS X 10.8.2 update, making it a must-have … Read More

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Released

Sep 19, 2012 - 8 Comments
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 has been released alongside iOS 6. The update provides several new features and increased crossover compatibility with iOS, and also fixes a variety of bugs and complaints about previous versions of OS X 10.8. New features include Facebook integration, PowerNap support to 2010 MacBook Air models, iMessage improvements, shared Reminder … Read More

How to Use Teleport to Share a Keyboard, Mouse, & Clipboard Between Different Macs

Sep 18, 2012 - 15 Comments
Set up Teleport in Mac OS X for easy keyboard sharing

Teleport is a great free app that lets you share a single keyboard and mouse between multiple Macs, in addition to providing for a single clipboard and even the ability to drag and drop files between different Macs without using traditional file sharing. This is ideal solution for those of us who have a desk … Read More

How to Restart Notification Center in OS X

Sep 18, 2012 - 2 Comments
Restart Notification Center in Mac OS X

Notification Center in OS X is great but it can act up every once in a while and either stop updating completely or freeze up and become inaccessible. If you encounter any such issue, or modifications were made to Notification Center and just need to reset it, here’s all you need to do: Hit Command+Spacebar … Read More

Summon a Spelling & Grammar Check Tool in Mac OS X with a Keyboard Shortcut

Sep 17, 2012 - 7 Comments
Spelling and Grammar Check in Mac OS X

Mac OS X includes a powerful built-in spelling and grammar tool that runs automatically when you type in many apps, but a separate panel can be summoned from just about any text entry point or app that provides additional support for the feature. To bring up the “Spelling and Grammar” panel in a compatible Mac … Read More

How to Encrypt an External Drive Quickly in Mac OS X

Sep 17, 2012 - 9 Comments
Encrypted disk in Mac OS X

It’s now easier than ever to quickly encrypt external disks and hard drives from Mac OS X, whether they are USB drives, Firewire, or even SD cards. While you can still use the traditional route to encrypt disks through Disk Utility, from OS X Mountain Lion onward the process is streamlined directly into the Finder … Read More

Speak Selected Text with a Keystroke in Mac OS X

Sep 15, 2012 - 1 Comment
Keystroke to speak selected text

The excellent OS X text to speech function can be activated with a simple keystroke, but first you have to enable the feature: Open System Preferences from the  Apple menu Choose the “Dictation & Speech” panel then select the “Text to Speech” tab Check the box next to “Speak selected text when the key … Read More

Instantly Open Anything with Quick Look in OS X Using a Simple Tap Gesture

Sep 14, 2012 - 7 Comments
Tap Gesture to Open Quick Look

Did you know you can instantly open any file into Quick Look with just a simple gesture? From the Finder in OS X Mountain Lion onward, all you need to do is hover the cursor over the file in question, then do a three-fingered single tap on the file to immediately launch the document into … Read More

Update OS X Mountain Lion Without the App Store

Sep 14, 2012 - 6 Comments
Update OS X without using the App Store

Using the command line softwareupdate tool you can update Mac OS X system software without using the App Store. This is particularly useful for Mac users running OS X 10.8 or later where the software update system is primarily handled through the Mac App Store, but can occasionally either go awry or be inaccessible in … Read More

How to Enable PHP in Apache for Mac OS X Yosemite & Mavericks

Sep 10, 2012 - 6 Comments
Enable PHP in Mac OS X

OS X Mavericks comes with PHP 5.4.30, and OS X Mountain Lion ships with PHP 5.3.13 preinstalled, though if you start the built-in Apache server, you will find PHP isn’t enabled by default. Changing this is easy, and if you’re a web developer and want PHP running on your local Mac with OS X 10.8 … Read More

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