When Mac apps misbehave, sometimes you need to force quit apps to shut down. This can happen when the app enters an infinite loop, crashes, hangs or otherwise ceases responding to user input. While it’s never an ideal way to close an application, it doesn’t generally hurt the app. You won’t have a chance to […]
If you have a digital audio device that can connect your guitar to your Mac, there’s a library of open-source software you can access for recording, editing, and processing the signal. These powerful macOS apps for guitarists can be useful for any musician. Basic Digital Audio Workstation: Audacity The granddad of open-source audio-processing software, Audacity […]
Storage technology has evolved by leaps and bounds since the dawn of the computer age. Today’s leap forward is NVMe, a storage system that promises to exponentially increase the bandwidth available to storage devices. Apple’s SSDs are well-made, no doubt, but that’s not their sole source of speed. That is granted by the impressive bandwidth […]
Computers tend to fail in predictable ways. Especially when it comes to hardware, certain types of failure can cause programmatically-detectable signals that reveal the cause of the problem. Diagnostic programs that can accomplish this process are typically only available to authorized shops. Except that’s not really true: you can use Apple Diagnostics to access Apple’s […]
Even when every network device is disconnected, your computer can still communicate over a kind of network. Known as a “loopback,” a Unix machine can send and receive network communications from itself and to itself over a virtual network device. Your computer can send messages from itself to itself, permitting network-style communications without the need […]
Depending on the application and the installation method, you may be able to completely uninstall apps from macOS by simply dragging the .app bundle into the trash. However, that typically leaves behind at least a few preference files. In some cases it can leave behind gigabytes of data. 1: Uninstallers If possible, you should always […]
The news is packed with reports of huge data breaches. A quick survey of the last few years revealed a huge array of verified data breaches that exposed everything from credit cards and Social Security Numbers to work history to the full contents of credit reports. A concerned observer might wonder just how hard these […]
Recording your screen on a Mac used to be a real trial, but it’s become incredibly easy in the last year. The latest version of macOS, Mojave 10.14, includes a built-in application that can capture high-quality video of your Mac’s screen. There are plenty of third-party options if Screenshot is not powerful enough.
The Network preference pane can be a dark and foreboding place. With some training, you can actually understand what you’re doing when you try and fix your internet connection. Pop open the Network pane found in System Preferences, and let’s explore.
Is your external display not working on macOS? Try out these tricks below to get things back online. Start With the Dumb Stuff When you’re troubleshooting, always start with the obvious stuff. Any tech expert knows that dumb mistakes are as frustrating as they are ubiquitous. Restart your Mac, check physical connections, reseat cables. Look for […]
CloudMounter is a menu bar application that connects to cloud services like connecting to network hard drives. Connect to OneDrive, for example, and you’ll see it appear as a network volume in Finder. You don’t need to use cumbersome custom sync or backup programs just to access your files. Instead, you can access all your […]
2019 will be a big year for Apple at large, but the Mac in particular.. Apple has a number of pies in the oven that are about to be ready, and many of them smell delicious. While we are sure to get new iPhones and new versions of both macOS and iOS, there are a […]
When dealing with unusual files, looking at the actual bits that compose the file can be hugely valuable. If nothing else, you can read the file’s headers and decipher its purpose. Editing hexadecimal code is a complex business, but it can be done with a variety of hex editors in macOS. What is hexadecimal code, […]
If you want to record music or spoken word on your Mac, you’ll want a high-quality mic. You can get a microphone in dozens of styles. The most popular are headset mics (often called “gaming headsets”), USB microphones, and standard XLR microphones that connect through a digital pre-amplifier. In this tutorial, we will show you […]
In the past, Mac users could use the Command + Shift + 3 and Command + Shift + 4 to capture screenshots of the full screen and a region respectively. Those screenshot shortcuts are still available, so you don’t need to rewrite your muscle memory. But Command + Shift + 5 now invokes the new […]