Apple's keychain feature in OS X saves your passwords, keys, and certificates for seamless authentication to various system and Web services. In addition to storing keys, one of the features of the keychain is secure notes, where you can save important information like registration codes and product serial numbers, or authentication information for services that do not interface with the keychain. These notes will be securely encrypted along with your standard passwords, certificates, Safari credit card entries, and other information.
To make a secure note, you simply open the Keychain Access utility and choose "New Secure Note" … Read more
Game developers' long wait for the next iteration of Microsoft's DirectX will apparently come to an end this month.
Details of the DirectX 12 game programming interfaces will apparently be released March 20 during the Game Developers Conference, according to a Microsoft teaser page. Microsoft's page includes the logos of AMD, Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm, suggesting they are partners that will support the new suite of APIs.
Anuj Gosalia, a development manager on Windows Graphics at Microsoft, is scheduled to lead a presentation at the conference, according to a GDC program page:
For nearly 20 years, DirectX has … Read more
One of the issues with using Safari on an iOS device and using Chrome or Firefox on a Mac is the inability to sync open browser tabs. Safari uses iCloud to keep track of open tabs on all of your Apple devices, but those tabs aren't accessible in third-party browsers. And of course you can't access third-party tabs in Safari. So what's a person supposed to do?
With CloudyTabs installed, you can now access your iCloud tabs on a Mac and … Read more
Keyboard shortcuts are useful options for quickly accessing specific program commands or system services, such holding the Command key and pressing C, X, or V, for copy, cut, and paste.
While common and useful commands are usually assigned a hot-key shortcut, you can also set up custom hot-key assignments in an application to give unassigned commands a hot key to invoke that command.
To do this, simply go to the "Shortcuts" tab in the Keyboard pane of System Preferences, and choose "App Shortcuts" in the categories list, where you can click the plus button to add … Read more
The OS X Finder allows you to access and organize files and folders on your hard drive, with one common function being to move items to the trash. While you can drag items to the trash, an additional feature is to make a selection and then press the hotkey Command-delete, or choose "Move to Trash" from the File menu, which will place the selected items in your account's trash in preparation for deletion.
While this feature should work for files and folders in your account, sometimes it is not available for a selection, and the command in … Read more
Typically, to view super small objects like molecules, the samples must first be dipped in a chemical preservative bath of death that keeps all parts entirely locked in place and thus viewable via very sophisticated tech such as X-ray devices and electron microscopes. The problem, of course, is that those molecules don't behave the same in death as they do in life, so while our current views of life at the nanoscale level are extremely detailed, they're technically speaking views of death, or at the very least, life frozen.
Now scientists at the University of Göttingen … Read more
Grab your iOS and OS X devices -- this is a security update you can't afford to ignore.
According to a study by Chitika released yesterday, only 25.9% of users have updated their operating system with a bug fix that prevents third parties from intercepting and fiddling with activity on an iOS device.
More specifically, without the update, the system does not check SSL/TLS hostnames, so connections that should be encrypted are left wide open.
The same security hole is also apparent in systems running OS X Mavericks.
iOS devices (all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices) … Read more
One of the minor but relatively long-standing bugs in OS X Mavericks has been an inability to boot to Safe Mode on some systems after upgrading. When attempting, the Safe Mode progress bar may display but will then disappear after about a third of the way (or halfway) to completion, followed by the system restarting and then booting normally.
For those affected by this issue, it appears a change Apple made in OS X 10.9.2 addresses this problem and allows affected systems to boot properly into Safe Mode. Therefore, if you have not done so already, applying the … Read more
iOS users have been able to block phone numbers and e-mail addresses since the release of iOS 7. When a number or address is blocked, Messages, FaceTime calls, and even regular cellular calls won't ever show up on your iOS device.
When Apple released OS X 10.9.2 earlier this week, it not only patched a security issue, but it also added the ability to block contacts on a Mac for the first time.
Managing blocked contacts on OS X Mavericks is somewhat hidden.
To manage the contacts you currently have blocked, launch the Messages app and go … Read more