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9 Tricks for the Full Screen Slideshow Feature in Mac OS X

Sep 6, 2012 - 28 Comments
OS X Full Screen Slideshow in Finder

Did you know the Finder in Mac OS X has a built-in instant image slide-show feature? It’s part of Quick Look, and though it’s been around a while, it’s a little known feature that is really great when you want to quickly show off a group of pictures, or even if you just want to … Read More

New Java Update for Mac OS X Resolves Potential Security Threat

Sep 5, 2012 - 4 Comments
Java Update for OS X

Apple has released an update to Java aimed at addressing the recently discovered security issue that could impact some Mac users. The update, dubbed “Java for OS X 2012-005”, is available for users of Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. All Mac users eligible for the update are recommended to install it. You can … Read More

Dismiss Desktop Notifications in Mac OS X Immediately with a Swipe

Sep 5, 2012 - 6 Comments
Dismiss Notification Center Alerts in Mac OS X with a swipe

Want to quickly dismiss a desktop notification without opening Notification Center in Mac OS X? It’s easy, just hover over the notification with the cursor and use a two-fingered swipe gesture from left to right, swiping the alert to where Notification Center appears, and the alert will quickly zip away and off your Mac desktop … Read More

Use Event Invitations in iOS & OS X to Solidify Times, Meetings, & Dates

Sep 4, 2012 - 5 Comments
Invite people to events in Calendar from Mac OS X

Event Invitations are one of the best features of Calendars in iOS and OS X, and if you aren’t using them yet to confirm the time and dates of meetings and events with people you should start now. Once an invitation is sent, it comes through as an alert to the recipient, and they can … Read More

Set Location Based Reminders in Mac OS X

Sep 4, 2012 - 10 Comments
Set Location Based reminders in Mac OS X

Want to be notified of a reminder when you arrive at a specific place? Or maybe reminded to do something when you leave a location? You can do both of these from OS X with the Reminders app, much like you can in the iOS world. And because the reminders sync through iCloud, you’ll be … Read More

Share Videos to FaceBook, YouTube, & Vimeo from QuickTime Player in Mac OS X

Sep 3, 2012 - 3 Comments
Share video to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and more in OS X QuickTime Player

The Mac OS X social sharing features on the Mac platform let you quickly publish images and videos to a variety of places. Using Share Sheets within QuickTime Player you can even publish videos directly to YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook, right from the app. This is very fast, and offers a quick way to share … Read More

Control Which Apps Can Access Contacts Information in OS X

Sep 3, 2012 - 2 Comments
Control which apps can access Contacts data in Mac OS X

If you’re running the newest versions of OS X you’ve probably noticed that when apps attempt to access your Contacts list you will get an alert like “Application would like to access your contacts”, giving you the ability to allow or deny access. The apps that make the Contacts requests then get stored in a … Read More

Start an Apache Web Server in Mac OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion

Sep 2, 2012 - 64 Comments
Apache web server running in Mac OS X Mountain Lion

The Sharing preference panel options were changed a bit in OS X Mountain Lion and again in Mavericks, and while things like Internet Sharing remain, the Web Sharing preference panel was removed. The Apache web server remains bundled with Mac OS X though, but you’ll need to turn to the command line to enable the … Read More

Play Chess Online in Mac OS X Against Friends or Random Opponents

Sep 1, 2012 - 3 Comments
Start new internet Chess game in Mac OS X

You can play Chess over the internet with friends or random opponents with the help of GameCenter in Mac OS X. It’s entirely free, comes with every version of OS X on every Mac, and doesn’t require any downloads, which makes it particularly convenient. If you already have a GameCenter account from the iOS world … Read More

Control iTunes from the Menu Bar in Mac OS X with Significator

Sep 1, 2012 - 12 Comments
Control iTunes from Menu Bar in Mac OS X with Significator

Want to control iTunes without flipping to the app and disrupting your workflow? Maybe find a new song or skip the current one? The Mac menu bar is the perfect place for those kind of actions, so do yourself a favor and grab Significator. Significator is a great looking app that lets you control iTunes … Read More

Java SE 7u7 Update Resolves Recent Security Issue

Aug 30, 2012 - 6 Comments
Java SE 7u7

Oracle has released a security patch for the recently discussed Java 7 vulnerability that had potential to run malicious code on a targeted computer. If you had previously installed Java SE 7 in OS X Mountain Lion or Lion you can download the new SE 7u7 update directly from Oracle: Get the Java SE 7u7 … Read More

How to Change the Software Update Frequency in OS X

Aug 30, 2012 - 7 Comments
Change Software Update check frequency in OS X Mountain Lion

OS X now automatically checks for software updates once a week, and a notification pops up if you have updates available. But unlike older versions of Mac OS X, there is no pulldown menu in System Preferences to change how often system updates are checked for, so if you want to adjust the update checking … Read More

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