With prior versions of OS X, Apple included a "Reset Password" utility that you could use to reset forgotten passwords for accounts on the system. In the recovery options for OS X Lion, this program is missing from the "Utilities" menu where it used to reside, so people looking to reset their lost passwords may be a bit perplexed as to how to do this. While the program is no longer available through the Utilities menu, it is included on the recovery system and can be used, but you will have to open it by alternative … Read more
If you have multiple Gmail accounts, chances are you also have multiple YouTube accounts as well. This isn't very convenient when you're making favorite playlists, or uploading videos and have to keep paying attention to which account you're logged into. Now that you've moved the majority of your favorites, playlists and content to your other account, you might want to tie up some loose ends by removing the one you aren't using anymore. Follow these quick steps to completely remove a YouTube account and all of its related information:
Step 1: Log in to your&… Read more
Today on Buzz Out Loud, we preview tomorrow's "awesome" Facebook announcement -- and we hope it's not just Skype integration. Microsoft is getting in bed with Baidu in China, but Cisco is getting in a much dirtier bed with China's government, helping build a massive surveillance system that we're sure will just be used to hand out traffic tickets. Plus, is #antisec officially in a world of hurt? We'll see.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Foursquare is set to reach 10 million users this month. With the continued increase in popularity, developers are beginning to use Foursquare's API in some very fun and intriguing ways. This guide will show you seven fun ways to interact with your Foursquare account.
1. 4sqmap 4sqmap is a great way to visualize many different aspects of not only your own, but your friends' Foursquare activity. In addition to viewing activity, you can view a full map of nearby specials, tips, trending venues, and even use Foursquare's recently launched Explore feature on your computer, which is a feature … Read more
At some point, a friend may ask to borrow your superfast smartphone to look up something on the Web. It's times like these when you really don't want any of your private search queries popping up in the autocomplete area for your friend to choose. Perhaps you were looking up something medically related, or some other personal matter--you want to keep it as private as possible. Follow these steps to erase the search history on your Android phone.
1. Open your mobile browser on the phone and head to Google.com if it isn't your default search … Read more
Having multiple computers can be great when one of them is a laptop for mobile computing and another stays at home for the family. Fortunately, Google Chrome lets you sync your bookmarks and extensions so you don't have to add or transfer them to your other computers. So how can you turn on this feature? Follow these five quick steps for enabling sync on Google Chrome:
1. Open the Settings menu in your Chrome browser (the wrench icon off to the right) and choose "Options."
2. In the new Options tab that opens up, choose "Personal … Read more
As location-based services (LBS) become more and more popular, the debate surrounding privacy grows as well. One popular LBS service, Foursquare, is growing in popularity by the day.
Through this guide we plan to show you how to customize the privacy settings of your Foursquare account; allowing you to reveal or limit as much personal information as you would like. … Read more
Generally when you're logging out of your account in OS X the system will ask for confirmation, and will wait for you to close unsaved documents before it closes your log-in session; however, on rare occasions your system may suddenly log out without you telling it to. At one moment you will be working, and the next moment the system will suddenly show either the log-in screen or the open Finder only.
MacFixIt reader "53pickup" wrote in with this exact experience:Recently (over the past 6 months) on my MacBook Pro (2008) I have come back to … Read more
When you install and set up OS X for the first time, the account created will be an administrator account. This is an easy way to allow people to access every aspect of their systems, and perform functions like changing system settings and installing applications if needed. While administrative functions still require a password even when you're logged in as administrator, running in an administrator account does pose more of a security risk than running in an standard account.
As basic directory entries, accounts in OS X are all the same regardless of whether they are admins, guests, managed … Read more
Sometimes it's nice to separate business and personal communications by use of multiple e-mail addresses. When an Android phone is initially set up, it only asks for one Google account to associate with the phone. However, more accounts can be added, along with the same syncing features that accompany the primary account. Here's how to add multiple e-mail accounts, sync their contacts, calendars, and other associated services in just three steps:
1. Access the Settings menu and then choose Accounts & sync.
2. At the bottom of this screen, there will be an area showing the current … Read more