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OS X El Capitan (version 10.11) is the twelfth release of OS X, of Apple Inc.‘s server and desktop operating system for Mac computers. It was released on September 30, 2015, for end users as a free upgrade through the Mac App Store. With the release of this version the major focus was put on Apple performance and user experience.

 

This edition has been introduced with some hidden features that users would surely want to explore in order to retrieve 100% out of it. Some of these remarkable features are:

 

1. Spotlight Search is Smarter

 

El Capitan helps to find stuff quicker with refinement in spotlight search. Let’s assume you want to invoke information regarding sports information, video search and stock quotes, all the results will come up with more or less details in the Spotlight box. And the size of the search box is not fixed anymore; you can drag it to the height you want.

 

 

You can invoke Spotlight search by clicking the magnifying glass in the right top corner of the menu bar. You can move the box of search results anywhere you want. Type in the search string and if the result set does not fit in the box then you can drag it down by placing the cursor on the bottom edge.

 

 2. Searching in common language

 

There is a chance that you have worked on a document last week but you forgot what you have named it. Never mind. Open the Documents and search document, assuming we have ordered the documents by date. Or type into the Spotlight search something like “Documents that I have worked on last week”, then results will appear in box. You can also speak the command, by pressing the Function button twice.

 

 

3. Simultaneous display of windows on the screen

 

We can open two programs at the same time parallely in the full-screen view to easily locate the track of live windows. Each running program is assigned half of the display, but you can adjust the relative portion of the windows.

 

We can minimize the running window by holding the green full-screen button, one of the three provided buttons (red, amber and green) which are on the top left hand side of each window. After holding, its shape will change showing that it’s ready to be snapped. Then drag it to top of the screen. Click on the other program and it will automatically fit into the other half of the screen. Thus both are accessible and live.

 

 

4. Wiggle to enlarge the cursor

 

Sometimes we can’t find the cursor; El Capitan provides the answer to this problem. Wiggle the mouse to find the cursor. Once the mouse is wiggled, it enlarges the cursor massively so you can find it. It remains large as long as you wiggle and returns to the normal size once you stop which saves time.

 

5. Mail Enhancement

 

Mails have a number of enhancements when used in full-screen mode. While composing a message in full screen, one can swap over to another conversation or click on their inbox which makes copying a text from another email or adding attachments from one message to another message by dragging them easier.

 

 

If a mail comes containing a phone number or an invitation to an event, there is a toolbar at the top of each message which can be used to add content to apps like Calendar and Contacts. A right swipe will mark mails as read or unread and a left swipe lets you delete messages.

 

6. Photos Enhancement

 

El Capitan comes with the addition of third-party editing tools within the Photos app. All the Photo editing apps in the Mac App Store will be sharing their tools with Photos, so it’s possible to edit images with these apps without actually leaving the Photos app. Thus in the Photos app when you tap on the “More” button, it will show up all third-party apps that it is supporting.

 

 

7. Safari

 

As a part of Safari’s improvement, there is now a Pinned Sites feature that shows frequently visited websites on the left side of the tab bar. So when a website is pinned, it keeps on updating in the background, thus when you are viewing it again it will always have recent info. Such a feature is good for sites like Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter, which you use often.

 

8. Maps

 

The Maps app has a new Transit view feature, which displays subway, walking, bus, train, and ferry routes, for planning a trip that involves mass transit routing in advance. Before, getting transit directions required using a third-party mapping service.

 

 

9. Disk Utility

 

The useful and widely used disk utility in EI Capitan has been overhauled and now looks prettier than ever. You’ll find multiple options and new additions in disk utility, like a repair permission feature.

 

Enter the password when asked. The disk will be checked and any error which persists will be reported and will be fixed if possible. Disk utility is indeed helpful to fix disk related errors. If the problems cannot be fixed using disk utility or if it’s crashing, it’s time to use a reliable third party tool like Mac Data Recovery Guru and move all your important data first. Mac Data Recovery Guru is especially helpful when a disk is about to fail or stopped responding and you don’t want to lose all your crucial files and folders..

 

 

10. Hiding Menu Bar

 

You can hide the Menu Bar that runs across the top of the screen as well as the bottom. Go to System Preferences, choose General in the options, and then select the box marked automatically hide. This means that you can opt for a screen that’s completely clean.

 

Undoubtedly, these features make the latest El Capitan more powerful and of course a must try version of the OS X. Once you start exploring these hidden treasures of the Mac OS X 10.11, you will definitely start admiring it.

 

Source:  lifehack.org

Categorized in Science & Tech

Do you sometimes wish that your Mac would read your mind and organize all your business notes properly? Do you sometimes waste valuable time, looking for important screenshots and files in your computer? Then try out these three technology hacks for quick and effective solutions to your problems in a jiffy.

1. Boost Your Efficiency With Hotkeys, Keywords And Much More With Alfred:

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Do you often spend a lot of time searching for apps or websites you often use? Then check out Alfred – an award-winning productivity app designed exclusively for Mac OS X that gives you greater control over your computer and makes life much simpler. After making some settings, you’ll be able to open what you want within a second.

 

Here are just some of the many things you can do with Alfred:

  • Find apps and files without even removing your fingers from the keyboard
  • Browse the web with default and custom search keywords
  • Use the Shift key to preview contents of a document without opening it

2. Manage Your Clipboard History With This Handy Tool:

Tired of switching tabs again and again when copying and pasting a list of things? Clipmenu allows you to do so just all at once!

If you’ve been using clipboard, is your clipboard history too cluttered? Are your work notes always disorganized?

Then here’s ClipMenu to the rescue – a free and highly efficient clipboard manager for Mac OS X which allows you to record 8 clipboard types, including image, plain text and much more.

3. Find Your Precious Screen Shots In A Sec With This Quick Hack:

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All your screenshots are saved to the Desktop by default but if you take lots of screenshots, finding a particular one might be a difficult task. Fortunately, you can use this trick to change the default screenshot location on your computer. If you make them be saved to Downloads folder, then you can drag the screenshot as the latest download file from the folder in the tool bar.

From now on, be more productive when you switch on your Mac. Share these tips with your friends today!

Source:  lifehack.org

Categorized in Online Research

According to Flurry Analytics, 50% of all devices activated on Christmas Day 2014 were Apple products and the amount of apps downloaded increased by 150% in just 24 hours! With so many apps available to Mac users, it’s difficult to know which ones are really worth your time or money, especially since each of us has different needs. Below are 10 apps that any one and every one who owns a Mac should download right away, from financial software to photography apps!

1. Because You’re Usually A Bit Disorganised: Use Evernote

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Chances are you are already an Evernote user, but just in case you aren’t or are yet to install the app on your mac it’s crucial to include this versatile and simple brain-replacing app! Evernote allows you to store photos, website articles, and of course notes amongst numerous other facilities and enables you to sync anything you store amongst multiple devices.

 

The basic Evernote app is free for Mac users, however you can pay $5 a month (or %45 annually) for Evernote Premium. The Premium version allows users to annotate PDF files, store more notes and search for text in Office documents!

2. Because Your Hard Drive Is Always Full: Use Disk Doctor

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Awarded the title of Best Selling Programme 2014 on the Apple Store for Mac, Disk Doctor is every avid Mac users best companion. Disk Doctor will clean up your hard drive by scanning your Mac for old or useless files and data that are stopping your Mac functioning at it’s best.

 

For just $2.99, Disk Doctor will keep your Mac healthy and your hard drive free of clutter!

3. Because You’ve Upgraded To Yosemite: Use Command-C

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Without a doubt Yosemite is a success for Apple as far as iOS goes, however nothing is without it’s faults. Somehow, Apple users’ were left unable to copy text on a Mac and paste it onto their iPhones or vice versa. Command-C fixes this blunder with a simple, seamless patch and allows you to once again work smoothly between platforms that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

 

Although the app is free in the Mac App Store, it will cost you $3.99 on the iPhone. However, it is a huge time-saver and incredibly practical for anyone who requires the use of multiple devices!

4. Because It’s An Apple Staple: Use iWork

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For many years, Apple lagged behind Microsoft when it came to building software that would compete with Office. Of course, Apple did release iWork a decade ago but it is only just evolving into a substantial application. Currently, iWork includes three separate apps:

  • Pages – an application used for writing.
  • Numbers – a spreadsheet programme.
  • Keynote – fantastic for building professional presentation.

 

Each of these apps is easy to use and even easier on the eyes! In addition, anyone who purchased a Mac after September 24 2014 will receive works free of charge.

5. Because You Need Distraction Free Writing: Use iA Writer Pro

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For anyone who is required to write often, be they a professional, author or a student, iA Writer Pro will allow you write without any distractions. For $19.00 iA Writer Pro extends a blank page to fill your entire screen covering menus, apps or any other distractions that may hinder your writing flow.

 

Once you’ve started to write, iA Writer Pro will also kick it’s syntax feature into action and pick out adjectives, verbs and nouns that work to make sure your sentences are the best they can possibly be.

6. Because You Have A Lot Of Thoughts And Nowhere To Put Them : Use Notability

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Named App of the Year 2014 by Apple themselves, Notability allows you to capture any thought any time. For $9.99 you can record a thought, write it down, store a photo or even a sketch, as well annotate PDFs and other documents. By backing up your stored thoughts to Google Drive or Dropbox you can share them over various devices running touchscreen version of Notability via iCloud.

7. Because You Love Photography: Use Pixelmator

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Despite the fact Apple users have notoriously supported Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator is swiftly becoming a strong competitor. This $29.00 graphics software allows it’s user to retouch photographs with expert precision, paint, draw and apply 160 beautiful effects to their photos. If you use Pixelmator in conjunction with Apple’s new cross-platform application Handoff you will also be able to switch seamlessly between Mac and iPad.

 

8. Because Nothing Compares To Word: Use Microsoft Office

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Yes, yes. I know I said that iWork was good but nothing competes with Microsoft Word just yet, especially if you are familiar with Microsofts famous software. Starting at $139, Microsoft Office will supply you with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and OneNote. Or you can subscribe to Office 365 for $6.99 a month, which can be used across devices!

9. Because You Love Art: Use Topaz Impression

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At $99 you may think that Topaz Impression is a little bit over priced, but if you are an art lover and creative than this app may be your greatest investment. Topaz Impression will convert your photographs into pieces of art like no other on the planet at over 10,000 brush strokes a second. You control the stroke style, size, volume and strength and will have access to more than 100 effects, 72 textures and 17 different types of brushes, ensuring that no two pictures will ever be the same.

 

10. Because You Need To Keep On Top Of Your Accounts: Use Quicken 2015

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Like Topaz Impressions, Quicken 2015 is a pricey application at $72 but besides that these apps could not be more different. Quicken has been popular amongst PC users for quite a long time, however as it’s refreshed software moves to Mac many Apple-devotees will soon be using this incredible financial software. Quicken automatically categorises your accounts and transactions, ensuring you will always be on top of your bills and funds!

Source:  lifehack.org

Categorized in Science & Tech

Mac OS X has several amazing features that are hidden from the user. If you have been using Mac for a couple of years then, we are sure you would have stumbled across a few Mac hidden features. Many users are unaware of these secret Mac functions even after several years of using the Mac OS X. In this article, we have gathered 15 useful, lesser known Mac features that are sure to surprise you.

 

Merge Folders

 

You can easily merge the contents of two identically named folders but dragging one folder onto another prompts a Replace dialog message. So, the trick to merge two folders is to use Option – Dragging the folder which prompts an additional choice to merge folders. One folder containing contents of both source and destination folders will be created.

 

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Create a Signature in Preview

 

 

It is easy to add a signature to your document in Mac. Open the document in preview and open the Annotations toolbar. Click on the Signature button and choose the Create Signature from Built-in iSightoption. Follow the on-screen instructions to add a signature to your document. You can save your signature for future use as well.

 

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Quick Dictionary Access

 

 

You can quickly access the dictionary in Mac systems with these shortcut options. In older version of Mac OS, use ⌘⌃to bring up the definition of the world while hovering over the word. You can find the definition of a word by double tapping with three fingers in Lion version. Quick access to dictionary helps users find meanings to obscure words immediately.

 

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Restoring Scroll Bars

Scroll bars by default are hidden in Lion version and are visible only when a user begins to scroll the page. This could be confusing at times and hence many users prefer to have the scroll bars on. You can have the scroll bars visible always by changing the default setting. Go to System Preferences, under General Category; select Always under Show Scroll Bars option.

 

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Built-in emoji Support

 

 

It is extremely easy to insert emoticons in Mac OS X. It comes with a built-in emoji which allows users to insert special characters. Press ctrl +⌘ + space to open the window. This window contains an exhaustive list of special characters. You can choose the special characters and emoticons that you need from this window.

 

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Speech-to-Text Conversion

 

 

Dictation-typing in Mac OS works amazing well. You can convert your speech-to-text by pressing the function (fn) key twice and begin speaking. Your voice gets converted to text when you press function (fn) key one more time. The OS X types out as you speak.

 

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 Easy Volume and Brightness Control

With this shortcut, volume and brightness control can be achieved quite easily. Hold ⇧ + ⌥ together to change the brightness in small increments. You can change your volume control without affecting the brightness control by just holding the ⇧ key.

 

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Auto Complete of Words

 

 

Do you have trouble with spellings? This hidden feature will help you spell difficult words correctly as you type in iChat or TextEdit. Press F5 or Option + Escape to bring up an auto complete menu that provides a list of possible spellings to the word that you have started typing. This feature is extremely useful when you are typing official documents.

 

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Quick Duplicate Open File

Many of the apps on Mac lack the option of “Save As” to duplicate an open file. There is a way to achieve duplication of an open file without opening the File menu. Click on the filename at the top. This drops down a menu of options. Click on the option Duplicate which allows you to replicate the file.

 

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Hot Corners

 

 

This feature allows you to trigger certain events by touching the corner of your screen. You can enable hot corner setting by navigating to System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Savers ->Screen Saver Tab -> Hot Corners. It is a very useful feature which allows you to disable screensaver, launch notification center and open applications.

 

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Close Running Apps

Running apps take up a lot of RAM space and slow down your system. Here is a quick solution to close your running apps on Mac. Simply hold ⌘ + tab and continue holding ⌘ and tab through all open apps. When you reach the app that you want to quit, press Q. If you want to hide the app, press H.

 

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Turn Off Notifications

 

 

Open your Notification Center and scroll down the side-loading bar until you find Do Not Disturb toggle feature. Turn it on and you will not receive any notifications for a day. It is a convenient way to focus on your work without being disturbed by notifications that pop-up quite often. You can also schedule Do Not Disturb feature to be turned on for a specific period of time or for a particular event. For example, you can have it turned off when display is mirrored to a projector output.

 

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Delete Apps in Launchpad

Deleting apps using Launchpad is an easy way to cleanup old apps. Open Launchpad interface and hold down Option to launch the iOS –style wiggle mode. This will activate the close icons on apps installed through Mac App Store. You can click on the cross icon to delete unused old apps from the system.

 

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Preview Files

 

 

Previewing files is really simple with this trick. Hold down the space bar when you select a file to preview the file. You can even preview image and video files with this option. You can switch between files while in preview by pressing the arrow keys.

 

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Create a New Desktop

 

Mission Control is a cool new feature in Lion. In Mission Control, you can create a new desktop easily. A ‘+’ tab appears at the top right while you hover your mouse in Mission Control. If you want to move a window to a new desktop, you can drop them into the ‘+’ tab. You can have a dedicated desktop by simply dragging and dropping windows into this tab.

 

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Source: lifehack.org

Categorized in Others

The MacBook Pro may have found success straight out of the starting blocks, but it’s unlikely to change Apple’s focus. Cupertino’s future does not feel like it is focused on the classic laptop form and macos, but on sealed Pro tablets running iOS.

Apple CEO Tim Cook previews a MacBook Pro during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

The mobile market is where Apple’s strength lies. Although Android commands the lions’ share of the market (approaching a global share of ninety percent, depending on the analyst), that share doesn’t translate ninety percent of the profits. Apple takes over one hundred percent of the market’s profits. Arguably Google’s value is not in the hardware sales but in capturing the Android users into its cloud where it can monetize each user.

 

Now look at the difference in the laptop market. Here Apple commands a similar market share of between seven and eight percent. It is generally found in fourth or fifth place in the top manufacturers list but with a share of the profits more in line with the market numbers.

Apple has a strong and stable presence in the laptop ecosystem. With the new MacBook Pros now on sale, Apple should be able to extend that position. It’s just a shame that Apple’s true focus is on pastures new.

Last year at the launch of the iPad Pro, Tim Cook asked “Why would you buy a PC any more?” Why indeed? It’s possible to carry out many of the day-to-day task that would normally be done on a laptop on a tablet – web browsing, social networks, music and video playback, note taking, document editing, messaging, and more. iOS has matured to point where the third-party ecosystem can cover the majority of tasks required by the majority of users.

 

The challenge in part is to convince consumers that think ‘laptop first’ to think ‘tablet first’. That continues to be the role of the iPad Pro in Apple’s portfolio. With the smart keyboard covers, long battery life, and Cupertino’s focused marketing the iOS tablets continue to perform strongly.

Yes, there is a pent-up demand for a new MacBook Pro, but it’s noticeable that the internal hardware design of the MacBook Pro, last year’s MacBook, and the venerable MacBook Air owe more to the fixed-specifications single-board sealed designs of the iPad than the user-accessible modular approach taken by older designs such as the superstar MD101LL/A non-retina MacBook Pro from 2012. These are no longer computers designed to be updated and maintained by a user, but as machines designed to be disposable and require replacement within two or three years.

The trick for Apple is to keep the die-hard user-base of the MacBook Pro on-side while transitioning as many as possible to the more profitable iPad and iPad Pro machines. Could touch be added to macos and Apple’s laptops? Yes. Would it be useful? Given my experiences with Windows 10 my answer is yes. But it would mean that one of the biggest points of differentiation between the iPad Pros and MacBook Pros would be diluted, hampering the transition efforts.

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This is not as drastic as Steve Jobs killing the iPod Mini at the height of its retail power. There will always be a small core of users that actually need a high-end portable macos devices and an iPad Pro is not a functional 1 to 1 replacement. Yet Apple has already decided what happens now that it rules the laptop space.

 

It’s going to let it slowly slide into a niche product line for a handful of power users as it moves the public towards the walled-garden flexibility of iOS and the iPad.

Source:  forbes.com

Categorized in Science & Tech

Later this year, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will release macOS Sierra, the next version of its Mac operating system. Sierra will bring a number of notable improvements to Apple's PCs, including support for Apple Pay and deeper integration with iOS devices.

It also brings Siri, Apple's digital personal assistant. Siri made her debut back in 2011, but it's taken Apple a full five years to bring her to the Mac. Nevertheless, her introduction could dramatically improve the productivity of Mac users, and give them a new way to interact with their machines. It could also pose a threat to Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google.

Siri comes to the desktop

Once they've installed Sierra, Mac users will be able to call on Siri by speaking to their machines. It's a bit of a shift from the familiar mouse and keyboard, but impressions have been generally favorable. Wired's David Pierce described the process of using Siri on the Mac as "almost natural" and "definitely useful." Ultimately, he concluded that Siri may be better on the Mac than she is on the iPhone.

In addition to her standard functionality, Mac Siri can conduct special Mac-related tasks, like searching local files or changing settings. iPhone users often find Siri most useful when they aren't actually using their phones at all -- Apple has trumpeted Siri's hands-free features as a key selling point in recent years. But on the Mac, she offers the prospect of improved multi-tasking. A Mac owner can use Siri to change a setting, play a song, or find a file without leaving their current application.

The inclusion of Siri probably won't help Apple sell that many more Macs, as competing machines running Windows 10 have something similar. Still, it does enhance Apple's offerings and ensures that the company is keeping pace with its rivals.

 

Cortana has helped Bing capture share

Perhaps more interesting is what Siri could do to the search market. Beyond finding files and changing settings, Siri can be used to scour the web. Since 2013, she's relied on Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Bing to do so. Unless you specifically request Google, simple commands such as "find me chicken recipes" will result in Siri conducting a Bing search. Last December, research firm Kantar found that Siri relied on Bing frequently. Analyzing the behavior of 3,000 different Siri users, Kantar found that Bing powered 63% of the searches Siri conducted.

Microsoft's share of the U.S. search market has been rising in recent quarters. In July, 2015, Bing captured 20.4% of the U.S. desktop search market, according to comScore. Google's share was more than three times higher, at 64%. But over the last year, the gap has closed a bit. In June, comScore reported Bing's market share at 21.8%. Meanwhile, Google stood at 63.8%.

That shift has been driven by Windows 10 -- last quarter, over 40% of Microsoft's search revenue came from Windows 10 devices. Like macOS Sierra, Windows 10 includes a digital personal assistant: Cortana, which, unsurprisingly, is also powered by Bing. Cortana is integrated directly into the Windows 10 taskbar, and on many PCs can be summoned with a quick voice command. To date, Windows 10 users have asked Cortana more than 8 billion questions, and 100 million Windows 10 users rely on her each month.

Siri's addition to the Mac could have a similar effect. There are fewer Mac users than Windows users, obviously, but Siri could shift some search queries to Bing in the months ahead.

 

If Bing's share of the search market continues to rise, Microsoft may have Apple to thank.

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