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“Damn your blood”: Swearing in early modern English

John Spurr examines profanities and oaths in the 15th–18th centuries and tells us what they reveal about society at the time.<p><i>This article was first</i> …

Linguistics

How to start up your Mac in Apple Diagnostics or Apple Hardware Test mode

Apple gives you a number of options if you need to troubleshoot software and hardware issues that might be plaguing your Mac. If you cannot determine …

Apple Launches Repair Program for Late 2013 Mac Pro Video Issues

Apple today launched a new Repair Extension Program that addresses video issues on some late 2013 Mac Pro models, according to an internal notice obtained by <i>MacRumors</i>.<p>Apple has determined that graphics cards in some late 2013 Mac Pros, manufactured between February 8, 2015 and April 11, 2015, may …

How to quickly turn off Mac's screen without putting it to sleep

When you are doing something private on your Mac, such as having an intimate conversation with a friend or browsing through a confidential webpage …

How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac

Reader Michael Downend is having difficulty ridding his Mac of a utility he no longer desires. He writes: <i>How do I get rid of MacKeeper?</i>I won’t go …

Technology

Pro Tip: Bring your Mac to life with a custom video screen saver

If you’re enamored of the beautiful aerial screen savers on your new Apple TV and want to do something similar on your Mac, you’re in luck.<p>SaveHollywood is a screen saver module that will work on any Mac running OS X 10.8 or later, and it lets you play any movie you want when your Mac enters screen …

10 More Hidden Features Of iOS 9 To Explore |Tips and Tricks

<b>10 More Hidden Features Of iOS 9 To Explore:</b> iOS 9 is still far from par and got many features still hidden to users. Today we came up with 10 more …

The One Thing Everybody Should Know About Relativity

Yesterday, I wrote about the core concepts needed to understand quantum physics, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics. The other, of course, is the theory of relativity, the full and complete version of which celebrates its 100th birthday this November (we usually talk about relativity …

How to use Gatekeeper on your Mac

What is Gatekeeper and should you use it?<p>Apple offers the Mac App Store as a safe and convenient way to download apps for your Mac (and to update …

Operating Systems

The 15 best hiking trails in the world

Looking for a fun, adventurous, and affordable summer vacation? Go take a hike -- literally!<p>Hiking is good way to see waterfalls, mountain peaks, and alpine meadows without spending a lot of money. And a hike isn't just something to do on a summer afternoon. There are many trails that are best …

Oracle Java is now installing adware on Macs. Here’s how to avoid it

Mac users have had it pretty good when compared to Windows users, at least on the adware and nuisanceware front. Even Oracle, who has bundled the Ask.com search toolbar with Java for Windows for years, has abstained from infecting its Mac users with adware.<p>Sadly, though, that era now seems to be an …

Blog

Prevent your Mac password from being bypassed

A nefarious individual could purloin your Mac and bypass your user account password in order to access your data or wipe your system clean and begin using it as their own. It's possible to reset a password by booting into Recovery Mode or from an external drive.<p>Thankfully, there two precautions you …

Information Systems

What Plans Are Savvy Travelers Making Right Now?

<i>A:</i><p>The heart of winter is the ideal time to start planning that summer vacation. Thinking of going abroad this summer? According to Expedia's 2015 Air Travel Trends report, the cheapest international flights go on sale 171 days before departure—meaning if you want to tavel in June or July, now is …

The best iPhone apps for great outdoors

If you are looking to visit some of the national landmarks and parks, then this is the app for you, complete with location, opening hours, and more.<p>A …

How to Have Siri Read Text to You on iPhone

The Accessibility features on iPhone are useful for those who are visually impaired; but they can also be useful to others, such as those occasions when it might be more convenient to have your iPhone or iPad read to you. Unless you're visually impaired, you may not want to enable VoiceOver via the …

Safari (Browser)

Nahanni National Park Reserve

<b>Location: Northwest Territories<br>Date Established: 1972<br>Size: Over 413,000 acres</b><p>In the summer of 1928, American adventurer Fenley Hunter paddled up the South Nahanni River hoping to find a huge waterfall that seemed largely the stuff of Dene legend at the time. Hunter thought he would never make it. …

National Parks

10 ways to make space on your iPhone

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

My Must-Have iPhone Apps, 2014 Edition – MacStories

<i>For the past four years, I’ve been running a series called My Must-Have Apps that, once a year, collects all the apps I find indispensable to get work done on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Considering changes to my daily life and workflow, this year only features my must-have iPad and iPhone apps.</i><p>The …

How to set up your new Mac like a pro

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, and one of the hottest gifts around is a new MacBook or iMac. If you’re one of the lucky ones to get one this year, you’ll want to rip open that box, tear off that plastic sheeting, and get to the good stuff.<p>Once you’ve plugged in your new Mac, you’re in for a …

Without your Recovery Key, your Apple ID could be lost forever

Here’s a question that could change the rest of your digital life: Where is the Recovery Key for your Apple ID account?<p>If you haven’t enabled …

Information Systems

iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream: What's the difference?

What's the difference between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream?<b>Updated May 2017:</b> Updated with most recent version of Photos for Mac and …

iCloud

20 top iOS 8 tips and tricks

Apple's mobile department has finally got its house in order with the release of iOS 8.1.1. Issues like battery drain and sluggish performance on …

Apple TV: The ultimate guide

Welcome to your new set-top box.The fourth-generation Apple TV is here. It brings Siri, third-party apps and game controllers, a new Home screen, …

Smart TV

Keep OS X Yosemite from sending Spotlight data to Apple

OS X Yosemite has changed the way your Mac deals with your privacy. On the one hand, Apple has decided to enable hard drive encryption by default, despite the FBI requests not to.<p>On the other hand, every time you type in Spotlight, your location and local search terms are sent to Apple, and, …

How to take dependable notes with the iPhone and iPad

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