I had location history enabled for Google Maps and didn't know it. I found it interesting to see which spots Google logged for me over the past week or month, and I don't plan on disabling the service. It's nice to know, however, that I can delete portions of my location history or all of it, as well as disable the feature from tracking me in the future.
The Dock in OS X is a convenient location to store commonly-used applications, as well as links to favorite folders that can be opened as stacks. In addition, it contains any windows that you have minimized, along with the omnipresent Finder and Trash icons for easy file management.
Despite being useful, while you can organize items on it and resize them to your heart's content, the Dock is missing a simple way to separate various items you place on it. The one separator the Dock contains is useful for manipulating the Dock, and separates applications from other items you … Read more
Apple's Mail application in OS X offers a built-in option for managing e-mail from a number of services, including standard POP and IMAP accounts, as well as services from specific providers like Google, and Yahoo, among others. Most of the time Mail will allow you to properly interact with your messages; however, there are times when it can improperly manage messages and give you some odd behaviors.
Some of these behaviors include:Deleted messages reappear -- If you remove a message from your inbox, either by deleting or moving it to a new mailbox, then it should disappear. However, … Read more
Twitter updated its Mac client today, adding a few new features, including image previews. Image previews can potentially save you time by not forcing you to click on image links to view them in your timeline. The unfortunate side effect is that they can also clutter up your timeline.
The feature is now on the Mac, iOS, Android, and Web clients. If you prefer to view your timeline without image previews, you can disable it in the clients, except for on the Web. Jason Cipriani already showed you how to turn it off on iOS and Android devices. Here's … Read more
Not so long ago, typing was for secretaries, journalists, and would-be authors. Now we're all tapping away at keyboards and screens from morning until night.
The number of people who spend their workday coding continues to soar. In the not-too-distant future, writing code may be as commonplace as typing and other forms of text-keying are today.
Learning how to code has never been easier. Whether you're a programming newbie or an old hand looking to learn a new skill or two, these four free services have you covered. (Note that all but W3Schools.com requires that you register … Read more
Apple's Gatekeeper security system in OS X allows you to limit running applications to those that are created by trusted developers. With this feature enabled, if you open an unsigned program directly instead of using the contextual menu, then you will get an error message and the program will not execute.
However, Gatekeeper also detects whether a program has potentially been altered, and will prevent such a program from running. This is an effort to prevent programs, signed or otherwise, from being tampered with by malware and hackers. When this happens, the system will issue a similar Gatekeeper warning … Read more
With the holidays here and more gadgets, belongings, and random items on the way, it's a good time to think about how to create an inventory of all your belongings. Creating an inventory makes the process of replacing items through your insurance company easier, in case you should you ever fall victim to a natural disaster or a break-in.
After talking to an insurance agent and scouring insurance company Web sites for best practices, here are the best tips for creating an itemized list of the possessions in your home.
Be thorough The most important aspect of creating an … Read more
So many social networks, so little time. If you struggle to keep up with your various lines of communication on Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, then perhaps Swifty can help. It's a $1.99 Mac app that sits in your Mac's menu bar and lets you quickly fire off messages and e-mails to your contacts.
After installing the app and launching it, a small paper-airplane icon will appear in your Mac's menu bar. You will need to allow it to access your contacts, after which you can choose to connect it to your Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail accounts.… Read more
The system image tool in Windows might not be the tool that Microsoft prefers you use for backups, but it's still a good tool for migrations and disaster recovery. As CNET's Rick Broida found out painfully, Windows will behave unexpectedly every now and then, particularly after OS upgrades. This is where having a system image can be a big help.
The Dock in OS X serves as a launcher for commonly-accessed programs, as well as folders and documents that you drag there, and as an indicator of running programs. In addition, it holds the trash and the smiling Finder icon since this program as the default file browser is not usually quit.
Since the Dock is regularly accessed, it is always present in some form on the edge of the screen; however, while Apple by default places it at the bottom of your display, there are several options available to you for its position.
The first options are those Apple … Read more