Normally, when we talk about Macs, we do not discuss the world of viruses much, it is more of a Windows thing. It could be because Macs are not common enough yet to attract attention from virus creators, or maybe because the OS is just that secure, or some other reason we cannot quite yet fathom. However, even if viruses and malware infections are uncommon, it does not mean they do not exist. Certain web infections are platform independent. For such concerns,
VirusTotal works as a free web service that analyzes suspicious files (upto 64MBs), URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware. Now, VirusTotal has a Desktop App for Mac Read More
Computers not only cost several hundred dollars now a days, but they are also fairly costly to repair. While you can have most hardware problems repaired, it's better to just take care of your tech better and back-up data regularly. The problem is that most people don’t know where to begin, for instance, when should they back up data, how to clean junk files, or how to optimize its memory and other components. Remo MORE
is a great tool created for the less tech savvy among us, letting them manage and troubleshoot common computer problems in a single click. Could it get any better than that?
I’m a Windows fan. I’ve owned about a dozen different Windows machines over the years and I’ve mostly used Windows as my primary desktop operating system. I also respect all the work Apple has put into their Mac OSX though; it’s more stable, looks sleeker than Microsoft’s offering and offers better security over the later. It’s true that the conflict between Microsoft fans and Apple loyalists have been raged for years arguing over which platform is better or not, but here at Addictivetips, we believe that both operating systems have got their own strengths and weaknesses. A while back we compiled a list of things that a Mac does but a PC can’t
. And today, we are going to unleash 12 things that a Windows PC can do that Mac can’t. Read on.
We talked about how to get the most out of your Mac without using any third-party apps
and we managed to go over quite a few features to help get things done. Today, we will talk about getting even more out of your Mac OS X with the power of third-party apps. We have already discussed how you can use Slate
to rearrange windows, GeekTools
for tricking out the desktop, MagicPrefs
to bring more power to the Magic Mouse (and trackpad), Supertab
to bring more power to ⌘ + Tab. Now, we will go over other apps to increase productivity. For the purposes of this guide, we will be covering apps that enable your Mac to go beyond out-of-the-box specifications, hence we will avoid apps that can replicate an already easy to access Mac OS X function. Read More
We have thoroughly discussed the power and potential of Spotlight search, since it has been a mainstay of OS X since OS X Tiger (10.4) released in April of 2005. It gives you the power to smart-search through archives, files, folders, even the web from one convenient location; you can even run calculations, look up translations and just about everything under the sun and then some. However, if you have found an alternative to spotlight search or just plain don't like it, you can disable it through a bit of Terminal trickery. Though we must strongly advise against disabling it before fully appreciating what it can truly do; it might just become your best friend. However, if you have made up your mind, here is how you can remove Spotlight search from OS X.
It is rare that third-party apps replicate the functionality of Mac OS X, since there is so much it can do on its own
. There are solutions like GeekTools
that adds new elements to your Mac. However, Control Center
is an app worth $10 that takes what Mac OS X can do and improves on it so much that you wonder how you could have lived without it all this time. It's an app that brings Control Center from iOS to OS X, and beautifully so. You can take the app out for a test drive since it comes with a 7-day free trial but after that, you need to buy the app to continue using it. Read More
There has always been a certain enigma behind Apple releases. It may be why there is tremendous interest and social media activity prior to any Apple launch. This phenomena has brought a lot of attention to the Beta Seed program, which allows people to test pre-release software. Previously, in order to get access to a beta program, you were required to sign up for a developer account at $99/year; this account allowed you to beta test apps, as well as create and release your own apps. However, Apple has been releasing once premium software for free and staying true to this move to free apps, Apple has made the beta seed program free for any Apple account holder. This is limited to OS X though, iOS beta program will still cost $99/year and OS X developers still need a separate account to deploy their apps. Here is how you can join Apple's OS X Beta Seed Program
for free and start running the latest Mavericks builds.
There are times when your internet connection seems sluggish and unresponsive, there are simply too many reasons behind why that might be, ranging from an app running in the background to a malware infection. Given that we are talking about Macs, Malware infections are rare and therefore highly unlikely to be the cause of a slowdown. However, there is a way of finding out where your network traffic is going. Instead of using third-party solutions like Magician Monitor
, Private Eye
or Geeklets using Geektools
which will give you feedback on network behavior, you can use the default network monitoring utility, the Activity Monitor
, that allows you to keep an eye on how the majority of your network traffic is spreading.
We always like to talk about how Mac OS X is a robust operating system with an underlying UNIX architecture. That is a hyper geeky roundabout way of saying, Mac OS X is good. This guide isn't created out of some blind fanboy loyalty to a company; it exists because of Mac OS X's innate abilities like customizations, both out of the box
, a wide variety of third-party apps
and the all powerful terminal
. What if, you had to create an environment on your Mac that puts you on your way to getting things done without any third-party apps? We have some ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
came out last year, we have gone over features previously unknown to us regular users. We shared secrets of Terminal Commands
, hiding and unhiding icons on the desktop
, hiding the Dashboard and Notification Center
; in the interest of bringing you more things you can do with Mac OS X that you didn't think were possible, here are 4 more.
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
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.