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Pre-Installed MacOS Software Which Is Actually Really Good

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Everyone likes to ridicule some of the pre-installed software which comes standard with every MacOS computer. Granted, some of it is bad (Stocks? Dashboard?) but there are also some which are amazingly good. Even my wife (who is extremely anti-Apple in her views) had to grudgingly admit the other day that iMovie is an amazing […]

The Best Diagnostic Tools for Mac

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Windows computers have a number of well known and easy-to-use diagnostic tools, but the people in the Mac camp lack that versatility. MacOS is known to be harder to work with, and most users find it easier to let a specialized tech handle the problem rather than deal with it on their own. But if […]

6 Tips to Get the Most Out of Apple Music

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Since its launch, Apple Music seems to have gotten better and better. Available through iTunes, iOS and (amazingly) Android, you get access to a lot of music for just a few bucks a month. However, you may not in fact be getting the maximum value out of your Apple Music subscription. There are quite a […]

The Best Way to Edit PDFs on Mac

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We all love a good PDF editor. But while there is an abundance of options for PC users, Mac users are left with one simple question: What’s the best way to edit PDF while on Mac? Mac users have a hard time looking for a free PDF editing solution. But with some creativity, there are […]

GeekTool – A Rainmeter Alternative

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The bland default desktops of Windows don’t hold a candle to the beautiful displays RainMeter can create, but Mac users find themselves left out in the cold. RainMeter doesn’t support Mac, and unless you want to run Windows via Bootcamp, you can’t modify your desktop to the extent RainMeter allows—or can you? GeekTool is the […]

How to Record Using Two Different Microphones in GarageBand

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Does this sound familiar? You want to start a podcast. You’re on a budget. You’ve already decided to use GarageBand and found the perfect mic, but after a little bit of research, you realize the sound quality would be significantly improved using two microphones instead of one. The problem is that GarageBand won’t recognize the […]

The Best Antivirus Options for Mac

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For years Mac users enjoyed a relatively virus and malware-free experience. While macOS does enjoy certain security advantages over Windows, thanks to its UNIX underpinnings, at least some of the security Mac users have enjoyed is “security through obscurity.” In other words, because of the Mac’s relatively small market share, it simply wasn’t worth it […]

How to Unlock Screen Rotation on iPhone

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Here’s a simple post for newcomers to the iPhone or iPad family. You may run into an issue where your screen gets locked into one orientation, either horizontal or vertical. If you turn the device to the other direction, nothing happens. That can be really annoying! Luckily it’s a very simple fix. If you want […]

Open Zip, RAR, Tar, BIN, and EXE files on a Mac

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There are several different archive utilities available for OS X, but few have the functionality and different format support that The Unarchiver offers. With near perfect App Store reviews, The Unarchiver is a completely free utility that can open Zip, RAR, Tar, BIN, EXE, and more. To get started, launch the Mac App Store on […]

Create Zip Files Without Any Mac-Specific “Extras” Inside

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One of the great features most modern operating systems offer, and Mac OS X is no exception, is the ability to create a zip archive out of most any document or folder from the Desktop.  Simply right-click the item you want to archive, and choose the Compress option from the contextual menu. There is a […]