How to Get Siri on OS X El Capitan (Kind Of)

Windows 10 has Cortana, iOS has Siri, Android has Google Now, but what about Mac owners who want to bark orders at their computers? By using the new features OS X El Capitan adds to the Dictation tool and the Spotlight search interface, you can get a close approximation of Siri on your iMac or MacBook—even if it isn’t… »11/18/15 4:00pm11/18/15 4:00pm


How To Maximize Your Battery Life in OS X El Capitan

If your laptop is running out of juice more often than you’re finding yourself near a power source, you’ve got yourself a problem. While there are no new features in Apple’s new desktop operating system designed specifically to improve battery life, there are some tried and trusted methods you can use. »10/13/15 4:15pm10/13/15 4:15pm

11 Things You Can Do in OS X 10.11 El Capitan That You Couldn't Do in Yosemite

Apple’s latest OS X 10.11 software is out of beta and available as a free upgrade for your Mac later today. To help you find your way around the latest release from the coders in Cupertino, we’ve compiled a guide to the key features that are new this time around (besides some speed and performance improvements): From… »9/30/15 12:00pm9/30/15 12:00pm

Streamline the System Preferences Dialog in Mac OS X

The System Preferences dialog controls just about everything on your Mac OS X machine, from trackpad behavior to screen timeout delay. If you’ve never really delved into the menus though, you might not realize you can hide the settings you don’t regularly use, making it easier to find the ones you do. »7/09/15 5:25pm7/09/15 5:25pm

Make Your Mac Feel Like New Again With a Fresh Install of OS X

Remember that zippy performance and warm feeling you got when you booted up your Mac for the first time? Seems a long time ago, doesn't it? Thankfully, getting everything wiped and back to its original state isn't too complicated or painful a procedure any more. Here's how to go about it in the latest Mac OS X. »4/15/15 10:04am4/15/15 10:04am

Use Smart Folders on OS X To Put All Your Photos in One Convenient Place

Smart folders have been available in Mac OS X since 10.4, but if you're new to the platform—or haven't really explored it—then you might not know how useful they can be. These "saved searches" give you instant access to files matching a particular set of criteria, so they're perfect for picking out pictures taken with… »3/16/15 9:48am3/16/15 9:48am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself an Apple Maps Master

After a less-than-stellar start, Apple Maps is starting to establish itself on the desktop and on iOS as well. Despite its sleek and minimal interface, there are a number of useful features hidden away behind the surface. Here are ten tips for getting more out of Apple Maps that might even persuade you to make the… »12/09/14 4:02pm12/09/14 4:02pm

The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Building a Hackintosh (OS X El Capitan)

Building a hackintosh—that is, installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware—used to require extremely restricted hardware choices and quite a bit of know-how. Now your options are vast and the installation process is fairly simple. With that in mind, here is our always up-to-date guide to building a hackintosh that will… »10/21/14 5:39pm10/21/14 5:39pm

How to Break Into a Computer (and Prevent It from Happening to You)

Sometimes you need to get into a computer without knowing the password. Perhaps you've forgotten yours, or perhaps you're up to no good. Either way, it's actually pretty easy to do, provided your victim hasn't taken the necessary precautions. Click one of the links below to find out how to do it on either a Windows PC »10/29/13 11:59am10/29/13 11:59am

Apple's New High Definition Cursors In Mac OS Update May Signal Retina Display Macs

Cheerful, Apple spokesman aficionado John Gruber talks about four tweets that, according to him, "may" indicate an incoming Apple hardware upgrade, perhaps the introduction of new Retina Display-level Macs or displays. Given his intimately wet relationship with Apple, you better listen up to his "wishful thinking." »2/06/12 6:44pm2/06/12 6:44pm