Remove Duplicates From “Open With” Option In Right-Click Context Menu [OS X]

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Contrary to beliefs held by most Mac enthusiasts, Macs are not the infallible powerhouses, though nowhere near as fallible as the Monkey Wrench that are Windows's Bugs. Fortunately, the underlying UNIX architecture allows you to reinforce your Mac however you want to, as evidenced by another UNIX incarnation, Ubuntu. There was a problem with OS X 10.7 and 10.8 that allowed duplicate entries on a Mac's "Open With" menu - accessible with a right-click/ ctrl + click - that has made its way into Mavericks (10.9). It does not sound like a pressing concern, we admit, but it does fall under the category of items that can create problems at the wrong time. Let us take a look at how to address this issue. Read More

How To Sync Browser Data Between Desktop And Android In Firefox 29

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Mozilla has finally launched Firefox 29, the latest version of the company’s massively popular web browser, for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. With version 29, Mozilla has debuted the new Australis interface borrowing heavily from Google Chrome. But besides  that, Mozilla has also revamped the sync feature of the browser; the new sync feature is better than ever, and doesn’t now require you to store the pesky auto-generated authorization code (as in previous releases), but rather all your data is now synchronized via email and password through a Firefox Account. In this guide we’ll highlight the difference between the new and old sync methods, as well as show you how to sync data between desktop and Android in Firefox 29. Read More

New Features In Firefox 29 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 29 is out and the update is a huge one for the browser and it’s users. The update finally brings the much talked about Australis theme to the stable channel and it was well worth the wait. Austalis isn’t just beautiful it’s also the most minimal that Firefox has ever been. Other new features on desktop and mobile include brand new customization options for the buttons that appear on the Menu Bar, Firefox Sync which is now set up exclusively through the Firefox Account, and new repositioned buttons for bookmarks have been added. Developers get new features too with the implementation of <input type="number"> and <input type="color"> on both desktop and Android. Additionally on Android new share options, and customization options for the home panels have been introduced. Read More

Send Files & Text Between Mac & iOS Devices With Copybin

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Sharing data between two different types of Apple devices is laborious and cumbersome anyway you put it. Granted, Airdrop has considerably improved the experience in some situations, but that luxury evades a large portion of Mac and iOS users. Similarly, services like iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive have provided some relief, but even these solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Which makes a great case for Copybin, a cross platform synchronization app that lets you transfer almost any file seamlessly between Mac and iOS in the blink of an eye.

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Lyrics Finder Finds Lyrics And Adds Them To Your MP3 Files

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Software developers face many challenges during development of a new application, but perhaps the greatest challenge of all is figuring out how to make their work stand out from the crowd. Some developers try to accomplish this by including as many features as they can to their project, but if you don’t have many resources and man power to achieve the same, you may just focus on a single key function and make that just as good as it can be. Lyrics Finder is one such brilliant example. It’s a free program for Windows and Mac OS X that aims to perform just one task and does it fairly well. It allows you to find lyrics of music files stored on your computer and automatically adds them to the track’s metadata. How? Let’s find out! Read More

World Clock is A Visual Time Keeping App With A Day/Night Tool [Mac]

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The sheer volume of world clocks available to us might as well be countless. You would have to go as far back as the 70's to experience a time where world clocks were not common. Because you can't have globalization if you don't know what time it is across the globe. There are apps like Advanced World Clock and World Clocks. They probably didn't spend a lot of time coming up with the name for World Clock (seems to be the industry standard), but they can be forgiven because of how they approached this otherwise ornery idea once you look at the interface. Read More

Memory Diag And Battery Diag Are Two Simple System Monitoring Apps [Mac]

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Maintenance apps command a strong following. Some enthusiasts are motivated by component monitoring while others with clean-up using tools such as Onyx, and some are satiated by all-in-one solutions like IceClean. Advanced users tend to have their own cleansing rituals, brought on by individual quantitative monitoring measures, in honor of which, we bring to your attention, the apps,  Memory Diag and Battery Diag. Read More

12 Things Out Of The Box Macs Can Do That PCs Can’t

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Before we begin, a disclaimer. Even though I write mostly about Macs and this post's title is inherently antagonistic, please know that the content is created strictly for comparison. We are not living in a fanboy delusion on the subject of Macs vs PCs. We know full well that no matter what we try, Macs do not stack up to PCs when it comes to gaming. We also know that even after the decline in sales, PCs still command nearly 90% of the computing market. None of that information is alien to us. With that in mind, we approach the subject of things Macs can do and PCs can't, objectively and with zero resentment. Read More

Disabling App Nap For Select Apps In OS X Mavericks

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App Nap is a feature introduced with OS X Mavericks, responsible for reducing the amount of up time an app receives during a run cycle. It simply takes all your open apps and, depending on the least accessed app, reduces its CPU load by putting it to nap. Accessing the nap immediately wakes the app up. This is part of why Mavericks touts an improved battery life. This feature also presents a challenge for older Macs that have to suffer tiny lags between apps while they wait for one to wake up. To address such concerns, you can Disable App Nap for specific apps. Here's how. Read More

TagSpaces Combines Text And Colors Into A Smart File Tagging System

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The concept of tagging has been made popular in social media through Facebook and other social media hubs. But, its history predates basic social media. Tagging was originally made by Web 2.0 sites as a means of sorting content. To this day, it continues to be an important feature of many Web 2.0 and later services, our very own AddictiveTips.com included. Tags have continuously found new utility in various forms, such as Evernote, Microsoft OneNote and even the entire OS X Mavericks. It lets you organize your file system to adhere to any priority management philosophy you follow, like GTD (Getting Things Done) that relies heavily on tagging priorities. Alternatively, TagSpaces offers a different approach to tagging and managing your files. Read More

iLock Prevents Unauthorized Access To Apps On Your Mac, Is In Beta

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There are those who prefer limiting access to their systems for various reasons; some for security, some for privacy, while others simply because they can. This pursuit of selective security has bred apps like AppLocker for Windows, and numerous apps for Android. There is even a built in security feature in Mac's Disk Utility that allows you to turn your folders into .dmg files accessible only through password. Following that inclination, iLock addresses some issues faced by those in need for security in that it attempts to create a foolproof system. The app is in beta and the beta version expires soon after so many of you will be waiting on the app to come out of beta before you can use it long term. Here's how the app fared during our tests.  Read More

Your Guide To Unlocking The Power Of Spotlight Search In OS X

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Any OS worth its salt will feature a search bar, because in this day and age, it is impractical to try and recall file locations through terabytes of data. Microsoft Windows' built in search was easily replaced by the Google Quick Search which is made even more powerful with some power parameters. However, Mac OS X's Spotlight Search has not attracted as much attention since its release in April 2005; possibly because the OS itself is easy to sort or perhaps people simply don't care about it. Though, people really should care about Spotlight search, because it makes navigating the OS an art form; hardened Google search veterans will appreciate this even more. Let us walk you through how. Read More

HandsFree Lets You Make & Receive Phone Calls On Your Mac [Paid]

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There are those who have resorted to using paid third-party apps to make calls from their PCs/Laptops and those who have purchased docking stations to avoid holding the phone to make calls. Whatever the scenario, merging the cellular and computing is Nirvana that has eluded us. Even handsfree devices serve more as an appendage than a solution. But, a solution exists. It takes the ease of the wireless bluetooth handsfree, coupled with crystal clear sound quality (limited only by your speakers) and the ability to let you continue working while taking a call on your computer, singularity comes at the hands of HandsFree, a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that uses your Mac as a handsfree device by routing the audio from your Android phone or iPhone to your Mac. Read More

CloudyTabs Opens iCloud Tabs Synced From Any Mac Or iOS Device

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Chrome dominates the browser usage share, this can be credit to the enormous app library, the blazing fast speeds or the ability to sync everything including Google Now, Open Tabs, Favourites and preferences to a profile and access its content on any version of chrome anywhere. With a simple tool, even Firefox can join the festivities. Android users have the best luck where they can close a link on their devices and resume from their desktop at any time. iOS users can do the same with Safari, only there aren't that many desktop Safari users out there. This means a lot of us on the iPhone who use Safari will have to use it on our desktops as well if we want our tabs synced. Fortunately, there is CloudyTabs which can read the tabs that iCloud has synced from Safari (mobile or desktop) and let you open them on any desktop browser you want. Read More

Hide/Unhide Desktop Icons On OS X With Terminal Command

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I usually keep critical files on my desktop, as many of us do, because it reminds me of what work I need to finish as soon as I boot my system up. However,  I would take all my files and either put them on my desktop or create a random folder and drag it away from view when I wanted some clean space for taking a screenshot. It was an inelegant solution, but I didn't know that I had a problem on my hands. Along comes a solution for a problem I didn't know I had. Sure there are auto organization tools like Hazel or hotkey solutions like Clean Slate but you have to admit, nothing beats the comfort of the terminal; bringing the entire process down to a single line of code. Read More

15 Great Mac OS X Terminal Commands That You Might Not Know

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The DOS prompt is the last remnant of the primordial era of computing, existing mostly for nostalgia’s sake. Unless you have been computing since the 90’s (or earlier) you have almost no reason to understand the Command Prompt, because why would anyone? It is a dreary spectacle. I like beginning my posts with a little Windows bashing; it helps illustrate how OS X's Terminal is still relevant and grows in power with each iteration. We have already discussed how you can disable the dashboard and notification center and how to remove drop shadows from screenshots, but that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If you learn how to wield this power, you can unlock abilities you didn't know existed. Read More

Hands-On With Microsoft OneNote For Mac OS X

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We have come a long way from memorizing phone numbers and carrying written notes with us just to maintain schedules. In the modern era of getting things done, there is tremendous demand for note taking apps, which is why suites like Evernote and Google Keep generate so much interest. We even compared the top note taking apps around this time last year and the competition was stiff. Under Microsoft’s new regime, we see the arrival of Microsoft OneNote for Mac. The Mac variant has debuted as a free download along with a free version for Windows desktop. Read More

How To Install Windows On A Mac Using Boot Camp [Guide]

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According to Forbes, the Best Windows PC is an Apple MacBook Pro, while CNET calls it the best performing Windows Laptop. One does admire the irony of how despite the industry's best attempts at creating powerful PCs, the title would go to a Mac. There are consumers who admire the hardware of a Mac but are not quite ready to move to Mac's OS X yet. To address those consumers, Apple has created a multi-boot utility called Boot Camp. Initially released in April 2006, Boot Camp was designed to allow users to install Windows on Intel-Based Mac computers. While Macs aren't alien to virtualization and can run Windows and even Android as virtual machines, virtualization is nowhere near perfect. With Boot Camp, however, you can run a full, native installation of Windows on your machine, like on a full-blown Windows PC itself. Here's how. Read More

How To Run Windows Applications On Mac OS X With Wine [Guide]

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Lifelong fans/enthusiasts will concur that Mac OS X is functional, features a fluid UI, an expanding library of apps, and is simply gorgeous. Apple's OS X is usually a one-stop solution for professionals such as developers, graphic designers, sound & video editors and the like. However, there are a handful of scenarios where Windows applications outshine anything available on OS X, with gaming being perhaps the biggest example. Fortunately, you can run Windows applications on multiple platforms such as Linux-based operating systems and OS X, thanks to Windows emulation with Wine. In what follows, we will walk you through the nuts and bolts on how to use Wine for running windows applications on OS X. Read More