os x 10.9

How to remove lock screen notifications on OS X Mavericks

The idea of having lock screen notifications from apps you use on your Mac sounds good in theory. Then, the first time you come back to your Mac and find a long list of notifications on your lock screen, notifications you either don't want others to see or have already viewed on another device, it can be a bit annoying.

You can change the default setting of pushing alerts to your lock screen on an app-by-app basis.

In order to disable the intrusive notifications, you'll need to launch System Preferences and select the Notifications option. Alternatively, you can … Read more

How to access emoji in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

When Apple first introduced the native emoji keyboard in iOS 5, it had neglected to bring the same user-friendly shortcut to OS X. Sure, there were ways to get to the emoji keyboard and enter special characters, but it wasn't a button (or in this case, a keyboard shortcut away).

With OS X Mavericks, Apple has accounted for this oversight and given Mac users running the latest operating system a shortcut to bring up an emoji board, primed for picking.

The tip comes from Steve Streza via a tweet:

Mavericks pro tip: Press Command-Control-Space to bring up the new ( … Read more

How to create a bootable OS X Mavericks USB install drive

On Tuesday, Apple released the latest version of their desktop operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Available as a free download via the App Store, OS X Mavericks is supposed to bring power and performance improvements, as well as some new features, including the new Maps app.

Creating an OS X USB installer from the App Store download hasn't been very straightforward in the past, and the old methods no longer work for OS X 10.9. However, there's a new Apple utility with Mavericks that makes it relatively simple, and thanks to MacForums member, tywebb13, we … Read more

How to use Finder tags in OS X Mavericks

Apple has always supported a rudimentary file flagging system in OS X called Labels, in which you could apply a colored label to items to group them. For instance, important files could all be labeled with the color and the word "Green," so you could easily identify them when perusing your folder hierarchies.

In addition to the color label, you could customize the label name to something like "Important Files" instead of simply "Green," and then use the system's searching and scripting capabilities to distinguish these files from others.

In the latest version … Read more

Walk with us through OS X Mavericks' new Maps app

With today's surprise release of the free OS X 10.9 Mavericks update, Apple's Maps app makes its way from your smartphone to the bigger screen of your Mac laptop or desktop.

Version 1.0 of the app features the smartphone app's soft color palette, 3D building data with the option for satellite imagery overlays, and more. Dig deeper and you'll also find syncing with your Mac's address book, integration with the new OS X calendar app, and the ability to quickly send addresses and routes to an Apple iOS device with just a single … Read more

How to create text shortcuts in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

On Tuesday Apple announced it was releasing OS X Mavericks for free to all Mac users. This update, while a new OS version, isn't heavy on features, with most of the changes being performance-related, but it does offer a few gems.

One of those gems is the ability to sync your iOS text shortcuts with your Mac, or vice versa, using iCloud. If you already have some text shortcuts set up on your iOS device, and you use the same iCloud account on your Mac running Mavericks, go ahead and try typing one. Pretty cool, huh?

In order to … Read more

5 things to do before upgrading to OS X Mavericks

Apple's OS X Mavericks is now available for free from the Mac App Store, and if your system meets its minimum requirements then you might be considering installing it. However, you may be concerned about whether you need to prepare your Mac for the upgrade.

Check the specifications

First, the only true requirement for upgrading is to ensure your system meets the minimum system requirements for running Mavericks. If your Mac can run OS X Mountain Lion then it should run Mavericks, and in its announcement today, Apple reiterated this includes the mid-2007 iMac, MacBook Airs from late-2008, and … Read more

OS X Mavericks update expected soon after initial release

When Apple releases OS X Mavericks, a bugfix update is expected shortly thereafter.

Apple's upcoming release of its Mac operating system is due out any day now, bringing with it a number of new features that include some major changes to memory management and process handling that should increase battery life on laptops, and make systems with fixed or limited resources more capable.

After months of development and having issued numerous developer preview releases of Mavericks to its development and testing communities, last Friday Apple issued the Golden Master build of Mavericks, which, unless some major bug is found … Read more

Will OS X 10.9 Mavericks' multiple display features work for you?

One of the new features touted by Apple in its upcoming OS X 10.9 Mavericks operating system is the multiple display management features that allow better integration with full-screen applications. However the new features come with other changes that, for some people, and especially those with more than two displays, may be a bit of a hindrance.

Recently an individual by the name "MrThaiBox123" posted on YouTube a small look at the new desktop management features in the current developer preview of OS X 10.9, which outlines the benefits as well as the drawbacks of these … Read more

Safari for iOS to go full-screen

While Apple's updates to Safari for OS X Mavericks are more about keeping up with the Joneses, Safari for iOS 7 looks to forge new ground by making the browser look and feel more like the operating system.

Safari for iOS 7 features a nearly chrome-less interface ("chrome" refers to the visible interface portions of software), a new tab view, fewer restrictions on tabs, and iCloud Keychain integration, Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.

By default, the iOS 7 Safari is set to what looks like full-screen mode. With the browser's chrome mostly … Read more