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How to have an actual chance of getting your MacBook back if you lose it

One of the handiest features of iCloud is Find my iPhone; if you lose track of it you can easily see its position on a map if its connected to the Internet. Chances are that you left the cellular connection on, so as long as there is signal and turned on you can see where it is. Lock it, emit a sound and remotely erase its data.

While it works for basically every Apple device configured with iCloud, retrieve a lost MacBook is trickier. You can only connect it through WiFi, and if its password locked there is no way someone can connect it to the web.  One can try through LAN cable, but since 2012 Retina MacBook Pro no Apple laptop ever had a LAN port anymore. Additionally there’s no way to identify the owner, and everybody is pretty much free to factory restore it.

What we’re going to do here isn’t anything that has to do with black magic or adding a GPS module inside it to track the Mac even in Siberia or other remote lands: we’re adding a way to let somebody know whose Mac it is if retrieved without the need of unlocking it. Read More…

How to scale a Retina Display for more space, and how scaling affects performance

Retina displays are gorgeous to look at: you truly can’t see the pixels and are a joy for everyone’s eyes. Given the extremely high resolution of these displays, Apple had to make it just work. However there is a way to scale up, or down, the resolution of a Retina Display sacrificing a very little amount of sharpness to accomodate more room for your windows.

Built In Resolution

To do so you just need to open System Preferences, go to Display settings and choose Scaled: depending on your Mac, you may see either 4 or 5 options. For example on an iMac 5K and 15″ MacBook Pro you will see 5 scaling settings, while on the 12″ MacBook you’ll see only four. If you select an option that gives you more space, you’ll notice: Read More…

How to see updated apps in OS X Mavericks at a glance.

Launchpad updated apps OS X Mavericks.

Look, there’s an update! I have to do it, but I don’t want to go on the App Store and check that out. With OS X Mavericks, the Mac App Store now downloads and install everything while you’re not thinking about them. Maybe you’re watching a great film that you can’t miss, and that’s it. But how do you know that an app has been updated recently? Yeah, you may say that you need to go to the MAS and check manually the latest downloads made. On the other hand, Mavericks provides a cookie-cutter way that is not intrusive or effortful. Read More…

Gmail introduces Tabs for automatic Inbox filtering (and how to disable it).


The new Gmail tabbed browsing system split users in those who like it, and those who wants back the common Inbox. Gmail tabs organizes automatically new messages in up to 5 different tabs:

  • Primary: Just for general emails that doesn’t fit the tabs listed below.
  • Social: For emails regarding news from social networks, like Facebook notifications, Twitter mentions, YouTube digests.
  • Promotions: The other part of spam, this tab groups newsletters that you’re subscribed at, mainly commercial websites.
  • Updates: An example here can be Google Alert, or any other sort of updates like weekly emails from information websites or whatever you feel like going here.
  • Forum: Forum communities emails that you’re registered at go here. Read More…

How to install Windows 8.1 Preview on a Mac using Boot Camp 5 drivers

Windows 8.1 logo

Windows 8.1 is available as a free Preview for those who wants to try out the new version without waiting for autumn to come. although the simplest way to update your computer is through Windows Store, there is the option to do a clean install using the .iso file. Thanks to this, it’s possible to try Windows 8.1 on a Mac using Boot Camp 5. The following tutorial has been made with an iMac 27″ mid 2011. Macs that supports Windows 8 are the following ones; if yours is not listed, it means is not compatible.

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011 or newer) Read More…
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