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Mavericks Makes It Way Easier To Access Your Library Folder [OS X Tips]

Back in OS X Lion<p>and then again in OS X Mountain Lion, Apple hid access to the user Library folder to prevent neophyte OS X users from messing around in the areas of the file system that could cause some damage to their Macs.<p>That’s fine, of course, but it took a lot of messing around in the …

Force empty that stubborn trash bin in OS X

If you cannot remove files from your trash bin in OS X, here are some options to get your trash emptied.<p>There are several reasons why the trash bin in OS X will not empty, or will not otherwise work as expected. Often this occurs because of access permission faults with the hidden trash folder that …

Operating Systems

Hitachi Touro 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive $130

Newegg is offering the Hitatchi Touro Desk 4TB USB 3.0 Black External Hard Drive for $159.99. The coupon code “0730BTS32” cuts it down to $129.99. With free shipping, that’s $0.03/GB and the lowest price we’ve seen for this drive. Amazon currently sells the Touro for $160 and their customers gave …

Keep OS X clutter free

Do you love a clean desktop? Then you will love Houdini! Living minimally in your OS X menu bar, this simple application keeps your desktop clutter in check by allowing you to automatically hide open applications after a set length of time, keeping you...

OS X

Anker’s New Astro 3 Battery Can Fully Charge an iPad for Just Fifty Bucks

That’s right, $50 nabs you the Anker Astro 3, an external battery with three USB ports and 12,000 mAh, which is — <i>in theory</i> — enough juice to completely charge any iPad.<p>Why the <i>in theory</i> disclaimer? Because although the Astro 3’s 12,000 mAh capacity exceeds the 11,560 mAh capacity of the battery in …

Repair disk permissions to speed up your Mac

It won't cure all of your Mac's ills, but a quick and easy first step toward bringing a sluggish Mac back to health is using OS X's Disk Utility to repair disk permissions.<p>I thought my MacBook Pro was running slow last week because of the heatwave we experienced on the East Coast. I know I was …

Linux

How to quickly force-quit the current application in OS X

Force-quitting an application can be done directly with one keystroke, if needed.<p>While quitting an application in OS X generally involves pressing Command-Q or selecting "Quit" from the application menu (immediately to the right of the Apple menu), there are times when an application may be hung up …

Operating Systems

Completely uninstall Mac apps with AppCleaner

Don't leave files rattling around on your Mac's hard drive because you are just dragging apps to your Mac's trash to uninstall them. Use this free app to delete apps and all of their supporting files.<p>Mac OS X is a thoroughly modern operating system, except for the shocking lack of an uninstall …

Operating Systems

With Chromecast, Google Makes Cross-Platform Power Play To Own Your TV

Google’s secret weapon in the TV wars could hardly be more simple: It’s an inexpensive little dongle called Chromecast that’s designed to change the way you watch TV.<p>Chromecast does that by turning almost any smartphone, tablet or PC into a remote control on steroids. Rather than limiting its …

AOC Unveils Its New Cafe-Ready Portable USB-Powered Display

AOC’s new USB-powered, 16-inch LCD display may be a godsend for travelers who occasionally need a little extra MacBook screen real estate.<p>The AOC screen plugs into a USB 3 port (and only a USB 3 port), and just like any other external monitor can either mirror or augment a MacBook’s screen. The …

Here Are Another Five Great Tips And Tricks For OS X Mavericks Beta [Feature]

We’re still finding some great new features and tricks in OS X Mavericks beta, and while it’s not a huge overhaul like the more populare iOS 7 update, Mavericks has plenty of great things going on under the hood. And some of it even on top of the hood.<p>Here are five more interesting tips and tricks …

How-to: Change the email address associated with your Apple ID

<b>This is the second article in our new Saturday how-to series (see last week’s post about safely deleting an iCloud account)</b><p>It is highly recommended that you tie an active, valid email address to your Apple ID. The Apple ID is your login for Apple services such as iTunes, App Store, iMessage, and …

Walnut Bloc Keeps Your Apple TV Remote From Wandering Off

The Apple TV remote is a cute little brick of sleek aluminum simplicity, but its so damn skinny and small that if you’re like me, it goes missing for weeks at a time. If you need an extra reminder to put your toys away after you’ve played with them, Bloc has a walnut stand to keep all your Apple TV …