Apple's newest operating system for the Mac, OS X Mavericks, introduced several new features. But it also introduced some bugs and even took away some features without good reason. If you've been frustrated by Mavericks, or have found that an application you frequently use doesn't work with it, here's how to downgrade back to OS X Mountain Lion.
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Black Friday is a great time to be in the market for an HDTV, but a lot of the TVs aren’t even worth the outrageously low prices. Home Theater Expert Scott Wilkinson found some good deals to look out for:
When selling or disposing of a computer, the conventional advice has been to securely erase all of your personal data first. With traditional spinning hard drives, it's common practice to completely and securely format the drive so data cannot be recovered. This isn't the case with Solid State Drives, however.
When upgrading to a new operating system, it isn't uncommon for devices such as printers to stop working. Fortunately, it's often a very simple solution. First, go to System Preferences and find "Printers & Scanners". Then delete and re-add the printer.
CryptoLocker is an awful virus that an alarming amount of people are falling victim to. It presents itself in the form of an email message that will look familiar and authentic. This could be something from a bank or paypal, prompting you to click a link. It may look like a .PDF file, but in reality it's an executable file that launches the virus.
Google has recently rolled out changes to Gmail that can affect that way emails are displayed in the inbox. The new inbox prioritizes email into several categories: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums, in an effort to reduce clutter. An advantage to this system is that it allows you to ignore promotional emails or updates from social media sites and focus more on the important messages. The disadvantage is that you can't see all of your emails at once, and Google may be sorting some messages incorrectly.
If This Then That, or "ifttt" for short, is a site that allows you to set up various automated tasks online. For example, you could get a text message if the weather changes, schedule tweets and blog posts, or have anything you put into Dropbox also go to Google Drive. This is really convenient for making various online services work together. There are countless combinations to choose from, and it's easy to create your own "recipes" as well. All you need to do is create an account at ifttt.com to get started.
There are a few ways to turn your smartphone into a universal remote for your home theater system.
First, check the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to see if there are apps for your home theater components. If your home theater component connects to the internet, there’s a good chance there’s an app available for your smartphone. Many modern audio video receivers, TVs, and set top boxes have apps.
Securing your smartphone is simple, quick, and very important in the event that it gets left behind somewhere or stolen.
The first thing you can do is put a friend or spouse’s phone number on the lock screen of your Android or iOS device. Create an image with a simple message such as “If lost, please return to Me (212)-555-1212.” Then set that image as the lock screen. If your phone lands in the hands of a good samaritan, this will help them get the phone back to you.
Securing an iOS device