Category Archives: Mac

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (13-inch)

Apple launched its Haswell ULT based MacBook Air into the wild earlier this month. With lofty battery life claims, an increased focus on lower power, 802.11ac and a PCIe SSD, read on as we figure out just how well the new 13-inch MacBook Air measures up.

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (13-inch)

Apple launched its Haswell ULT based MacBook Air into the wild earlier this month. With lofty battery life claims, an increased focus on lower power, 802.11ac and a PCIe SSD, read on as we figure out just how well the new 13-inch MacBook Air measures up.

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (13-inch)

Apple launched its Haswell ULT based MacBook Air into the wild earlier this month. With lofty battery life claims, an increased focus on lower power, 802.11ac and a PCIe SSD, read on as we figure out just how well the new 13-inch MacBook Air measures up.

Moment Simplifies Posting Photos and Status Updates to Facebook

Moment Simplifies Posting Photos and Status Updates to Facebook

OS X: Moment lives in your Mac’s menu bar and provides a stupidly simple method of checking Facebook status updates and posting your own. It’s also one of the best ways we’ve seen to upload your photos.

When you click Moment in your menu bar, you get notifications from Facebook. Choosing one takes you to its page so you can reply, like, or share it. You can also post your own updates quickly from the app. While convenient, this doesn’t add anything we haven’t seen before. How Moment handles photo uploads, however, sets it apart. You can add a photo to any status update easily by dragging it to the menu bar. If you drag several photos, however, you get album creation tools. I’ve used a ton of Facebook photo uploading apps and many of them failed to operate as designed or provided few options (like things as simple as creating and album). Many uploaded albums I couldn’t even edit afterwards. Moment, on the other hand, handles this all through in an instant without taking up space on your desktop.

If you want a quick way to interact with Facebook and only visit the site when necessary, Moment will get the job done. Although $4 is a bit pricey for a menubar app, alternatives just don’t work as well. Hopefully we’ll see a price reduction in the future, but if you like what Moment can do it’s a small price to pay.

Moment ($4) | Mac App Store

Get iBoostUp for Half Off Today

OS X: Previously mentioned iBoostUp, the powerful system cleanup utility, is on sale at 50% off today only. While we initially review the free version, you can get the $10 premium version with its extra features for only $5.

While the free version cleans your system, iBoostUp’s premium offering does a more thorough job. It can clear out your memory, find duplicate files, remove unnecessary code from your apps that make them take up extra disk space, locate files you aren’t using, and much more. You can get these options through the free version through in-app purchases, but iBoostUp Premium automatically includes everything now and in the future. This way you won’t have to pay for upgrades you want as time goes on. A couple of in-app purchases add up to $5 already, so if you like a few features you might as well just get them all. Discount or not, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than competitor CleanMyMac (which is also a very nice option that winds up in app discount bundles frequently).

iBoostUp Premium ($5) | Mac App Store

Apple’s Surfing and Easter Party, Voice Commands, and Government Spies

This week on the podcast we’re talking about all of Apple’s big announcements, the unseen beauty of voice commands, and government spies. We’re also answering your questions about downgrading an iPhone, calling a coworker out on his or her BS, and common MacBook Wi-Fi issues.

How to Listen to This Week’s Episode

Here’s how you can listen to our episode:

News and Top Stories

  • What the NSA Spying Scandal Means for You: The internet is aflame with the news that the National Security Agency may be spying on phone calls and internet access of American citizens, and the possibility that they’ve partnered with some of the biggest tech companies in the world—Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Skype, and others—to request and access data directly whenever they want it. Let’s take a look at what exactly is going on, how long it’s been happening, and what—if anything—you can do about it.

  • Apple Announces OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, and iTunes Radio: Apple announced the new features in the upcoming versions of their operating systems and plus some new hardware. For the most part, we got a lot of what we wanted. Among them, iTunes Radio! Will it be any good? Hopefully!

  • Google Acquires Waze: Google just announced that it has acquired Waze, the company that utilizes a large swath of crowd-sourced data to refine maps and traffic routes. Read more here.

  • Get the Best Features of OS X Mavericks Now: Apple won’t release OS X 10.9 Mavericks until fall, but you can get many of the best features announced in the next version of the desktop operating system through third party apps and plug-ins.

  • Get the Best Features of iOS 7 Now: iOS 7 won’t be coming to your iPhone and iPad until this fall, but a lot of its best features are available through third-party apps and jailbreak hacks right now. If you want to get in on the action early, here a few ways to add some of the new functionality right now.

  • When Does It Make Sense to Buy Apple? People who buy Macs generally make the purchase not just for the hardware but for the Apple ecosystem. When you buy a Mac, Apple expects (or, at least, wants) you to partake in their grand lifestyle design. In some ways, they lock you into this. In others, you can buy a Mac and use it as a Windows PC instead. Apple hardware sometimes offers distinct advantages over its PC counterparts and its worth the cost.

  • Everything You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Google’s Voice Commands: Voice search is one of those features that seems silly, but is awesome once you start using it. Not convinced? Here are a few ways to turn voice search from a silly gimmick into a useful productivity tool.

Questions and Answers

  • My MacBook Air has a ton of Wi-Fi issues, even with multiple routers. What’s the deal? Oh, so many things could be the deal. You might need to clean up keychain permissions, reset network settings, re-install the entire OS, or go to the Genius Bar and get it fixed. Like most OS X updates, 10.8.4 is supposed to fix Wi-Fi issues. If you haven’t updated yet, give that a try as well.

  • How do I call out a coworker on his or her BS? Like this. (Also this.)
  • Can I downgrade my iPhone back to iOS 6 if I install the iOS 7 beta and don’t like it? The short answer: no. The long answer: in some very specific cases but you still shouldn’t do it because it’s pretty freakin’ risky. But you can read this for more info (but you shouldn’t—just give up).
  • What things can I safely have CCleaner remove when I run it? Pretty much everything, but you might want to avoid the registry. In fact, yes, do avoid cleaning the registry.

Tips of the Week

Downloads of the Week

How Do I Submit a Question?

There are two ways to send in your question:

Please keep your questions as brief as possible. This means about 3-5 sentences for emails and 30-60 seconds for calls and videos. Your questions can be specific, but broader questions are generally better because they’ll apply to more people. For example, "how can I breathe new life into my old PDA?" is much better than "what can I do with an old HP iPAQ 210?" Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

Apple’s Surfing and Easter Party, Voice Commands, and Government Spies

This week on the podcast we’re talking about all of Apple’s big announcements, the unseen beauty of voice commands, and government spies. We’re also answering your questions about downgrading an iPhone, calling a coworker out on his or her BS, and common MacBook Wi-Fi issues.

How to Listen to This Week’s Episode

Here’s how you can listen to our episode:

News and Top Stories

  • What the NSA Spying Scandal Means for You: The internet is aflame with the news that the National Security Agency may be spying on phone calls and internet access of American citizens, and the possibility that they’ve partnered with some of the biggest tech companies in the world—Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Skype, and others—to request and access data directly whenever they want it. Let’s take a look at what exactly is going on, how long it’s been happening, and what—if anything—you can do about it.

  • Apple Announces OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, and iTunes Radio: Apple announced the new features in the upcoming versions of their operating systems and plus some new hardware. For the most part, we got a lot of what we wanted. Among them, iTunes Radio! Will it be any good? Hopefully!

  • Google Acquires Waze: Google just announced that it has acquired Waze, the company that utilizes a large swath of crowd-sourced data to refine maps and traffic routes. Read more here.

  • Get the Best Features of OS X Mavericks Now: Apple won’t release OS X 10.9 Mavericks until fall, but you can get many of the best features announced in the next version of the desktop operating system through third party apps and plug-ins.

  • Get the Best Features of iOS 7 Now: iOS 7 won’t be coming to your iPhone and iPad until this fall, but a lot of its best features are available through third-party apps and jailbreak hacks right now. If you want to get in on the action early, here a few ways to add some of the new functionality right now.

  • When Does It Make Sense to Buy Apple? People who buy Macs generally make the purchase not just for the hardware but for the Apple ecosystem. When you buy a Mac, Apple expects (or, at least, wants) you to partake in their grand lifestyle design. In some ways, they lock you into this. In others, you can buy a Mac and use it as a Windows PC instead. Apple hardware sometimes offers distinct advantages over its PC counterparts and its worth the cost.

  • Everything You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Google’s Voice Commands: Voice search is one of those features that seems silly, but is awesome once you start using it. Not convinced? Here are a few ways to turn voice search from a silly gimmick into a useful productivity tool.

Questions and Answers

  • My MacBook Air has a ton of Wi-Fi issues, even with multiple routers. What’s the deal? Oh, so many things could be the deal. You might need to clean up keychain permissions, reset network settings, re-install the entire OS, or go to the Genius Bar and get it fixed. Like most OS X updates, 10.8.4 is supposed to fix Wi-Fi issues. If you haven’t updated yet, give that a try as well.

  • How do I call out a coworker on his or her BS? Like this. (Also this.)
  • Can I downgrade my iPhone back to iOS 6 if I install the iOS 7 beta and don’t like it? The short answer: no. The long answer: in some very specific cases but you still shouldn’t do it because it’s pretty freakin’ risky. But you can read this for more info (but you shouldn’t—just give up).
  • What things can I safely have CCleaner remove when I run it? Pretty much everything, but you might want to avoid the registry. In fact, yes, do avoid cleaning the registry.

Tips of the Week

Downloads of the Week

How Do I Submit a Question?

There are two ways to send in your question:

Please keep your questions as brief as possible. This means about 3-5 sentences for emails and 30-60 seconds for calls and videos. Your questions can be specific, but broader questions are generally better because they’ll apply to more people. For example, "how can I breathe new life into my old PDA?" is much better than "what can I do with an old HP iPAQ 210?" Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

Apple’s Surfing and Easter Party, Voice Commands, and Government Spies

This week on the podcast we’re talking about all of Apple’s big announcements, the unseen beauty of voice commands, and government spies. We’re also answering your questions about downgrading an iPhone, calling a coworker out on his or her BS, and common MacBook Wi-Fi issues.

How to Listen to This Week’s Episode

Here’s how you can listen to our episode:

News and Top Stories

  • What the NSA Spying Scandal Means for You: The internet is aflame with the news that the National Security Agency may be spying on phone calls and internet access of American citizens, and the possibility that they’ve partnered with some of the biggest tech companies in the world—Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Skype, and others—to request and access data directly whenever they want it. Let’s take a look at what exactly is going on, how long it’s been happening, and what—if anything—you can do about it.

  • Apple Announces OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, and iTunes Radio: Apple announced the new features in the upcoming versions of their operating systems and plus some new hardware. For the most part, we got a lot of what we wanted. Among them, iTunes Radio! Will it be any good? Hopefully!

  • Google Acquires Waze: Google just announced that it has acquired Waze, the company that utilizes a large swath of crowd-sourced data to refine maps and traffic routes. Read more here.

  • Get the Best Features of OS X Mavericks Now: Apple won’t release OS X 10.9 Mavericks until fall, but you can get many of the best features announced in the next version of the desktop operating system through third party apps and plug-ins.

  • Get the Best Features of iOS 7 Now: iOS 7 won’t be coming to your iPhone and iPad until this fall, but a lot of its best features are available through third-party apps and jailbreak hacks right now. If you want to get in on the action early, here a few ways to add some of the new functionality right now.

  • When Does It Make Sense to Buy Apple? People who buy Macs generally make the purchase not just for the hardware but for the Apple ecosystem. When you buy a Mac, Apple expects (or, at least, wants) you to partake in their grand lifestyle design. In some ways, they lock you into this. In others, you can buy a Mac and use it as a Windows PC instead. Apple hardware sometimes offers distinct advantages over its PC counterparts and its worth the cost.

  • Everything You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Google’s Voice Commands: Voice search is one of those features that seems silly, but is awesome once you start using it. Not convinced? Here are a few ways to turn voice search from a silly gimmick into a useful productivity tool.

Questions and Answers

  • My MacBook Air has a ton of Wi-Fi issues, even with multiple routers. What’s the deal? Oh, so many things could be the deal. You might need to clean up keychain permissions, reset network settings, re-install the entire OS, or go to the Genius Bar and get it fixed. Like most OS X updates, 10.8.4 is supposed to fix Wi-Fi issues. If you haven’t updated yet, give that a try as well.

  • How do I call out a coworker on his or her BS? Like this. (Also this.)
  • Can I downgrade my iPhone back to iOS 6 if I install the iOS 7 beta and don’t like it? The short answer: no. The long answer: in some very specific cases but you still shouldn’t do it because it’s pretty freakin’ risky. But you can read this for more info (but you shouldn’t—just give up).
  • What things can I safely have CCleaner remove when I run it? Pretty much everything, but you might want to avoid the registry. In fact, yes, do avoid cleaning the registry.

Tips of the Week

Downloads of the Week

How Do I Submit a Question?

There are two ways to send in your question:

Please keep your questions as brief as possible. This means about 3-5 sentences for emails and 30-60 seconds for calls and videos. Your questions can be specific, but broader questions are generally better because they’ll apply to more people. For example, "how can I breathe new life into my old PDA?" is much better than "what can I do with an old HP iPAQ 210?" Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

Apple’s Surfing and Easter Party, Voice Commands, and Government Spies

This week on the podcast we’re talking about all of Apple’s big announcements, the unseen beauty of voice commands, and government spies. We’re also answering your questions about downgrading an iPhone, calling a coworker out on his or her BS, and common MacBook Wi-Fi issues.

How to Listen to This Week’s Episode

Here’s how you can listen to our episode:

News and Top Stories

  • What the NSA Spying Scandal Means for You: The internet is aflame with the news that the National Security Agency may be spying on phone calls and internet access of American citizens, and the possibility that they’ve partnered with some of the biggest tech companies in the world—Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Skype, and others—to request and access data directly whenever they want it. Let’s take a look at what exactly is going on, how long it’s been happening, and what—if anything—you can do about it.

  • Apple Announces OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, and iTunes Radio: Apple announced the new features in the upcoming versions of their operating systems and plus some new hardware. For the most part, we got a lot of what we wanted. Among them, iTunes Radio! Will it be any good? Hopefully!

  • Google Acquires Waze: Google just announced that it has acquired Waze, the company that utilizes a large swath of crowd-sourced data to refine maps and traffic routes. Read more here.

  • Get the Best Features of OS X Mavericks Now: Apple won’t release OS X 10.9 Mavericks until fall, but you can get many of the best features announced in the next version of the desktop operating system through third party apps and plug-ins.

  • Get the Best Features of iOS 7 Now: iOS 7 won’t be coming to your iPhone and iPad until this fall, but a lot of its best features are available through third-party apps and jailbreak hacks right now. If you want to get in on the action early, here a few ways to add some of the new functionality right now.

  • When Does It Make Sense to Buy Apple? People who buy Macs generally make the purchase not just for the hardware but for the Apple ecosystem. When you buy a Mac, Apple expects (or, at least, wants) you to partake in their grand lifestyle design. In some ways, they lock you into this. In others, you can buy a Mac and use it as a Windows PC instead. Apple hardware sometimes offers distinct advantages over its PC counterparts and its worth the cost.

  • Everything You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Google’s Voice Commands: Voice search is one of those features that seems silly, but is awesome once you start using it. Not convinced? Here are a few ways to turn voice search from a silly gimmick into a useful productivity tool.

Questions and Answers

  • My MacBook Air has a ton of Wi-Fi issues, even with multiple routers. What’s the deal? Oh, so many things could be the deal. You might need to clean up keychain permissions, reset network settings, re-install the entire OS, or go to the Genius Bar and get it fixed. Like most OS X updates, 10.8.4 is supposed to fix Wi-Fi issues. If you haven’t updated yet, give that a try as well.

  • How do I call out a coworker on his or her BS? Like this. (Also this.)
  • Can I downgrade my iPhone back to iOS 6 if I install the iOS 7 beta and don’t like it? The short answer: no. The long answer: in some very specific cases but you still shouldn’t do it because it’s pretty freakin’ risky. But you can read this for more info (but you shouldn’t—just give up).
  • What things can I safely have CCleaner remove when I run it? Pretty much everything, but you might want to avoid the registry. In fact, yes, do avoid cleaning the registry.

Tips of the Week

Downloads of the Week

How Do I Submit a Question?

There are two ways to send in your question:

Please keep your questions as brief as possible. This means about 3-5 sentences for emails and 30-60 seconds for calls and videos. Your questions can be specific, but broader questions are generally better because they’ll apply to more people. For example, "how can I breathe new life into my old PDA?" is much better than "what can I do with an old HP iPAQ 210?" Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

Apple’s Surfing and Easter Party, Voice Commands, and Government Spies

This week on the podcast we’re talking about all of Apple’s big announcements, the unseen beauty of voice commands, and government spies. We’re also answering your questions about downgrading an iPhone, calling a coworker out on his or her BS, and common MacBook Wi-Fi issues.

How to Listen to This Week’s Episode

Here’s how you can listen to our episode:

News and Top Stories

  • What the NSA Spying Scandal Means for You: The internet is aflame with the news that the National Security Agency may be spying on phone calls and internet access of American citizens, and the possibility that they’ve partnered with some of the biggest tech companies in the world—Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Skype, and others—to request and access data directly whenever they want it. Let’s take a look at what exactly is going on, how long it’s been happening, and what—if anything—you can do about it.

  • Apple Announces OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, and iTunes Radio: Apple announced the new features in the upcoming versions of their operating systems and plus some new hardware. For the most part, we got a lot of what we wanted. Among them, iTunes Radio! Will it be any good? Hopefully!

  • Google Acquires Waze: Google just announced that it has acquired Waze, the company that utilizes a large swath of crowd-sourced data to refine maps and traffic routes. Read more here.

  • Get the Best Features of OS X Mavericks Now: Apple won’t release OS X 10.9 Mavericks until fall, but you can get many of the best features announced in the next version of the desktop operating system through third party apps and plug-ins.

  • Get the Best Features of iOS 7 Now: iOS 7 won’t be coming to your iPhone and iPad until this fall, but a lot of its best features are available through third-party apps and jailbreak hacks right now. If you want to get in on the action early, here a few ways to add some of the new functionality right now.

  • When Does It Make Sense to Buy Apple? People who buy Macs generally make the purchase not just for the hardware but for the Apple ecosystem. When you buy a Mac, Apple expects (or, at least, wants) you to partake in their grand lifestyle design. In some ways, they lock you into this. In others, you can buy a Mac and use it as a Windows PC instead. Apple hardware sometimes offers distinct advantages over its PC counterparts and its worth the cost.

  • Everything You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Google’s Voice Commands: Voice search is one of those features that seems silly, but is awesome once you start using it. Not convinced? Here are a few ways to turn voice search from a silly gimmick into a useful productivity tool.

Questions and Answers

  • My MacBook Air has a ton of Wi-Fi issues, even with multiple routers. What’s the deal? Oh, so many things could be the deal. You might need to clean up keychain permissions, reset network settings, re-install the entire OS, or go to the Genius Bar and get it fixed. Like most OS X updates, 10.8.4 is supposed to fix Wi-Fi issues. If you haven’t updated yet, give that a try as well.

  • How do I call out a coworker on his or her BS? Like this. (Also this.)
  • Can I downgrade my iPhone back to iOS 6 if I install the iOS 7 beta and don’t like it? The short answer: no. The long answer: in some very specific cases but you still shouldn’t do it because it’s pretty freakin’ risky. But you can read this for more info (but you shouldn’t—just give up).
  • What things can I safely have CCleaner remove when I run it? Pretty much everything, but you might want to avoid the registry. In fact, yes, do avoid cleaning the registry.

Tips of the Week

Downloads of the Week

How Do I Submit a Question?

There are two ways to send in your question:

Please keep your questions as brief as possible. This means about 3-5 sentences for emails and 30-60 seconds for calls and videos. Your questions can be specific, but broader questions are generally better because they’ll apply to more people. For example, "how can I breathe new life into my old PDA?" is much better than "what can I do with an old HP iPAQ 210?" Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!