If you are concerned about your Mac starting to run slow or become unstable, you may have looked into regularly running maintenance routines to clear caches, log files, and other temporary items from your system. You may have even seen advertisements for programs that automate these tasks. While such routines can be beneficial if a system is experiencing slowdowns, and should not adversely affect the system if implemented correctly, there is potential for something to go awry. This is especially true if you use an outdated version of these software packages that may have a bug or two in it.… Read more
Google's vice president of product management at Motorola Mobility Punit Soni announced on his Google+ page on Monday that the sought-after versions of the phone are once again available.
"We should have enough in stock now for what has been an unprecedented demand," Soni wrote.
Two developer editions of the smartphone are available -- a GSM version that works on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and doesn't have … Read more
One of the features in the OS X Finder is Quick Look, which lets you bring up an information window for the document, and if the system has a supported plug-in for it, enables you to preview its contents before launching a program to handle it.
If you have more than one item selected in the Finder when using Quick Look, you can use arrow keys to navigate through the selection. If only one item is selected, then pressing the arrow keys with the preview window open will move to the next item in the current Finder folder and display … Read more
The Motorola DVX could soon arrive as a lower-cost alternative to the flagship Moto X experience, according to recent rumblings.
Having recently passed through the FCC, the DVX documents show support for many GSM carrier's 3G networks. Nearly identical in design to the original Moto X, this phone is rumored to launch with Republic Wireless in October, in addition to the already-cheaper version of the Moto X that the hybrid carrier has committed to sell.
Apple's Time Machine backup service in OS X supports options to back up data to locally attached drives, or to networked drives such as Apple's Time Capsule devices. In addition, you can configure Time Machine to back up to a share point on another Mac. For instance, if you have a large 2-3TB USB drive attached to a desktop Mac, you can mount this drive on any other Mac as a shared folder, and then use it as a Time Machine backup destination.
This setup should provide you with networked backups, without needing to purchase a separate NAS … Read more
Browsing files in Mac OS X's Finder isn't always convenient, which is why Apple has seen fit to add tabs to Finder in the upcoming release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Browsing files with tabs is easier and more convenient for heavy file operations because you don't need to open multiple Finder windows.
XtraFinder is an OS X app that replaces Finder and adds tabs. There are other Finder alternatives that support tabs, but XtraFinder is available for free. After installing XtraFinder, launch the app and enable tab support in preferences.
You can also create custom … Read more
SpaceX launched its most powerful rocket to date on Sunday, a booster the company hopes will one day ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
The nine-engine Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at 9 a.m. PT, carrying a Canadian science satellite for placement in orbit. The 224-foot-tall rocket features a longer first stage and triple redundant flight computers. Sunday's launch was the first Falcon 9 mission to use a "payload fairing" to encapsulate the satellite.
When you download a file in OS X, often the site issuing it may have a SHA (Secure Hash Algorithm) checksum listed, which you can use to verify the file. Checksums are a quick algorithm that takes select parts of a file and performs a quick computation on them (summing, multiplying, and otherwise combining them) that results in a number or code that should be unique to that file's contents. Since the sums are computed using data from all parts of the file, the sum is an indicator of file integrity, and can be used to verify the version … Read more
The Hyperloop may not be such a long shot after all. Thanks to a community of enthusiasts who have gathered around the concept on the entrepreneurial collaboration platform JumpStartFund, Elon Musk's theorized high-speed tube transport system will soon have its own corporation behind it.
"We want to be the ones that actually make things happen," Dirk Ahlborn, CEO and co-founder of JumpStartFund, said in an interview Wednesday. "So of course we need to create a corporation. Whoever decides to dedicate more time to this than just logging onto the platform deserves to be part of this … Read more
If you have attached a secondary display to your Mac, be it a computer monitor, a projector, or a television, you might naturally wish for the Mac to output video in the display's native resolution. This will keep the pixels at an even 1:1 ratio, resulting in a crisp image instead of one that blends pixels together, aliasing the image and making it look a touch fuzzy.
Unfortunately, sometimes when you connect an external display, the system will not output to its native resolution, and may show a blurred image, or show an image at a different aspect … Read more