macOS: Sure, Slack might be everyone's go-to workplace communication app, but that doesn't mean it's infallible (I won't even get started on @here). Take its bright white interface, for example. It might be great for long stretches of work from 9-5, but if you're on the night shift, or simply getting some quick missives off before bed, all that #FFFFF can mess with your sleep cycle. Instead use Sblack, the macOS app that converts your Slack app into one suited for night owls rather than early risers.
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Where does all the time go? When it comes to the time you spend on your phone, your computer, and the web, this doesn't have to be a vague and rhetorical question - plenty of tools out there will track and monitor your time automatically, telling you exactly which apps and sites are sucking up most of your precious minutes of existence.
As it did with iOS, Apple is moving away from 32-bit applications on its desktop platform. To this end, macOS 10.13.4, currently in beta, will warn users when they run a 32-bit app and in just a few days, Apple will actively reject programs without 64-bit executables submitted to the Mac App Store.
Mac: If you're migrating from one iMac to another (shinier) one after the holidays, or helping someone set up their new MacBook Pro to replace their old MacBook Air, you might be tempted to use iCloud Drive to move some important files you need to access in a hurry. Unfortunately, if you're moving files from a Mac running Sierra to one running High Sierra, your documents, images and other files might lose some metadata in the process.
You're already planning on changing the battery in the old iPhone you've got so it stops shutting down randomly, so why not do the same with your MacBook? Depending on how much you use your laptop, that battery could be ready for a change.
You can figure out the health of your battery yourself before deciding whether or not it needs to be replaced (or making an appointment at an Apple store) by digging into the system yourself, or consulting a third-party app for even more in-depth information.
If you're using multiple accounts in Chrome, you know how useful it can be to keep items like your personal and professional emails separate. Unfortunately, if you use one a lot more than the other, it's a hassle to switch from one to the next every day. By following a few guidelines and creating some shortcuts, you can ensure you're opening the right Google Chrome profile every time, saving you the annoyance of bouncing between them.
macOS: Sometimes when I've been sitting at my desk for a few hours, I think about how sitting is killing us and how I should really take a break and go out for a walk or get in a workout. And then I get up, bring lunch to my desk, and keep working.
macOS: Once Apple finally embraced the right-click, Mac apps loaded up the right-click menu with extra functions. MacOS even includes several by default. But most English-speaking users don't need to "Convert Text to Simplified Chinese". Here's how to get rid of that and any other right-click menu option, so you can easily find the ones you do want.
After news broke that nearly every processor in your computers and mobile devices was vulnerable to attack thanks to two security flaws -- Meltdown and Spectre -- companies like Microsoft and Google have released patches to shore up the security of their respective operating systems and devices. Apple is now joining the party, releasing a statement about its affected devices and instructing its users to update their devices.
There are a pair of security flaws present in nearly every device you've got that could allow hackers to steal information like passwords and other personal information. The exploits, Spectre and Meltdown, take advantage of actual flaws in the design of your device's microprocessor.
Whether you're doing some Spanish homework or exchanging jokes with your French-speaking amoureux, nailing spelling in a foreign language is pretty important if you're trying to get your point across without looking like a dunce. Adding accents is easy now, thanks to improved keyboard controls on nearly every device. No matter what phone, laptop, or desktop you're on, you can add accented characters pretty easily, as long as you know where to look.
You know by now that you absolutely need a password manager. But you never get around to buying one. Let's fix that right now with RememBear, a new password manager that's easy to install and figure out. We tested it, and while we still prefer 1Password for most users, we recommend RememBear for beginners, especially during its free beta period.
Whether you've seen it in action or received more than a few intrusive notifications from Apple, you've probably been directed to install the company's new macOS High Sierra on more than one occasion. Features such as improved photo management and the Apple File System are definitely enticing, but, as with many of the company's upgrades, the operating system isn't exactly optimised to run on the Mac you acquired back in 2012.
If you're curious about whether or not you should upgrade your Mac, here are a few factors to consider (as well as a way to make using your updated Mac a bit more appealing.)
macOS: Freedom, the cross-platform app that blocks distracting websites, just got even more powerful. Now on macOS, and soon on Windows, Freedom can block desktop apps.
Apple found itself rather red-faced last week when it was discovered that the root account of macOS High Sierra was accessible without a password. Yep, that's quite the security blunder. The company responded quickly with a patch, unfortunately, it turns out that patch can be overridden by macOS' normal update process.
The current release of macOS High Sierra, version 10.13.1, has a bug that allows someone with physical access to your machine to bypass the log-in screen and access your data. The issue allows someone to authenticate as a “system administrator" with the ability to view files and change details in user accounts.
Though weather forecasting is a notoriously inexact science, thanks to voice assistants, pop-up notifications and buzzing smartwatches, it's easier than ever to keep tabs on the day's weather (and dress accordingly). Of course, checking the truncated weather forecast on your phone might be convenient, but it could also mean you're losing out on valuable information that could help you deal with the heat, rain, or general mugginess outside. That's where desktop weather apps come in.
Mac: Flexibits, creators of Lifehacker's favourite calendar app Fantastical, has released its command-line approach to contacts with Cardhop. This new contacts app is oriented around actions rather than your contacts database; you mainly use it by writing commands, kind of like talking to Siri. It's a potentially compelling interface -- if you can remember to use it.