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How to handle OS X firmware updates that won't install

If you've got an OS X firmware update that just refuses to install properly, there are a few things you can try to remedy the situation.<p>When Apple releases Mac firmware updates, the system undergoes a special installation procedure in which it shows a progress bar on a gray screen and then reboots. …

Linux

Square's new Stand turns iPad into a cash register

Internet payment company Square has announced a new accessory that turns your iPad into a high-tech cash register, complete with built-in credit-card …

Review: i-FlashDrive HD a flash drive for iPads, iPhones, and laptops

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just plug a flash drive into your iPhone or iPad when you want to transfer a file or you’re short on storage? …

iOS Apps

Change OS X cursor size

The Accessibility pane of System Preferences holds a number of interesting adjustments you can set to make your Mac easier to use. One of them is the …

Apps

Keep climate change lessons in curriculum, urge petitions

<b>More than 65,000 people have signed petitions urging the government to keep climate change in the national curriculum for England.</b><p>The petitions were handed in to the Department for Education on Monday.<p>The campaign began last month amid concerns that teaching about climate change would be removed …

Education

How to copy a file path in OS X

There are several approaches you can take to reveal and copy full file paths as text in OS X.<p><b>Info windows</b><br>The first option is to use the information window for the item, which will show you the full path to it up to its parent folder. Select the item and press Command-I to open the information …

Tutorials

Prepare iOS device to give or sell

I'm giving one of my iPads to someone soon, and a recent TechHive article pointed out the easiest way to prepare an iOS device to give or sell to …

10.8: A fix for slow shutdown times

At first my MacBook Air would shut down in one or two seconds. A year or so ago it started taking thirty seconds or more. Annoying but hardly fatal. …

SOSCharger Self-Powered iPhone & Smart Phone Charger

<i>SEEKING FUNDING: Out of power? The SOS Charger is powered by you. Charge your smart phone, including iPhone, or USB powered device anywhere.</i>Created …

Tackling stubborn system settings when using Remote Desktop

When using remote desktop software in OS X, if you change system settings then sometimes they may revert or otherwise not function correctly.<p>While Apple includes a screen-sharing service in OS X to provide a remote desktop option, there are several other options available for implementing this in …

Operating Systems

Options for backing up a Mac that will not start up

If your Mac will not boot, one recommendation is to back it up and try reinstalling the OS. Here are some options for doing so on a system that will not start up.<p><b>Target Disk Mode</b><br>If your system has a FireWire port, then you can boot it into Target Disk mode, which will turn your entire computer into …

Operating Systems

Managing large log files taking up disk space

Sometimes problems with the handling of log files in OS X can result in log files taking up large amounts of disk space. Here are some ways to tackle these problems.<p>If you usually keep a known amount of hard-drive space clear, and suddenly find your system running low on space, a problem with the …

Linux

Solve Mac Startup Problems by Reseating RAM

In the normal course of affairs, my Mac Pro sleeps automatically at night, and I wake it up to work in the morning. Sleep, wake, sleep, wake — it’s a …

MacBook Pro

Mail Designer 365 - Responsive HTML email newsletter designer for Mac

Expand Your Creative Horizon.<br>Mobile-Optimized Newsletter Design On Your Mac.<p>Get inspiration, tips & tricks<p>There was a problem registering your email …

How to adjust hard-drive permissions in OS X

Hard drives in OS X are by default readable by everyone; however, you can change this so only specific users can access a drive.<p>While the only Mac systems that have user-accessible drive bays are Apple's Mac Pro line, some systems such as the Mac Mini and iMac have options to include multiple hard …

Operating Systems

How to make a bootable Lion install disc or drive

<i>[Editor's note: This article is part of our series of articles on installing and upgrading to Lion (OS X 10.7). We also have a complete guide to</i> …

Operating Systems

Forget fancy formatting: Why plain text is best

Looking back through my old files, I'm amazed to see how many word processors I’ve used over the years. I’ve got document files in formats ranging …

10 Useful Google Spreadsheet Formulas You Must Know

Shares 10<p>Google Spreadsheet is a powerful and free tool to manage complex spreadsheets. This tutorial illustrates ten useful formulas you must know …

Addressing Apple Target Disk Mode security concerns

Apple's Target Disk Mode is useful for troubleshooting, but it does bypass the file security offered in OS X, which may be a concern for some people. Here are a couple of ways to better secure your Mac from unauthorized access via Target Disk Mode.<p>On Apple computers, Target Disk Mode is a special …

Linux

Set up iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

iPhone DFU mode explained, and how to enter DFU mode on your iPhone

What is iPhone DFU mode?<p>DFU mode is a state that you can put your iPhone into where it can interface with iTunes but does not load the iPhone …

All about iCloud: Common signup scenarios

Apple’s iCloud service, paired with iOS 5 and Lion, offers users a whole wealth of new sync features, access to purchased content, and geolocation …

Operating Systems

How to configure iCloud if you share an Apple ID

It’s fairly easy to get started with iCloud if you use a single Apple ID solely on your own devices. But many families—including mine—share a single …

New Jersey

Moving your home folder in OS X

In OS X there are some benefits to moving your folder to another hard drive. Here is how to do this, along with some alternative options to consider.<p>The home folder in OS X is the default location where your account's settings and data are stored. By default your home folder is located in the Users …

Operating Systems

Changing your Apple ID's email address

<i>Authors note: The following technique isn't working for those who've tried it. I'm investigating further, seeking clarification from Apple. When I</i> …

Control Photo Stream with iPhoto and Aperture

Considering how many photos are captured daily with iPhones all over the world, Apple’s Photo Stream (the imaging component of its iCloud offering) …

Three-Minute Tech: Aperture and shutter controls

[<i>In our Three-Minute Tech series, we tell you everything you really need to know about a technology in three minutes or less.</i>]<p>In this world of …

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