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How Contacts in OS X Mavericks speeds data entry

Over the past week or so I've been doing a lot of maintenance on my OS X contacts, primarily because I had literally hundreds of names and addresses that I no longer needed. At the same time, I realized that there were some addresses missing, so I've queried some friends for their current address...

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Monitor OS X network, CPU and disk activity in the Dock

For those Mac users who love to push their hardware to its limits, the OS X Activity Monitor (found in Applications > Utilities) can be a handy tool. I often use it to find out if one process or another has suddenly decided to take over my iMac, to figure out if I'm redlining my network...

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How to create OS X Calendar events with multiple URLs

While many of my cohorts here at TUAW use Google Calendars or other solutions to keep track of what happening, I'm a fan of the Calendar app in OS X. Back when I was running the TUAW TV Live video podcast every week, I used to create a Calendar event into which I'd throw notes and info about...

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Two ways to avoid using Facebook Messenger

Facebook's new Messenger app might not be the evil privacy destroyer some are claiming it is, but the app is still being forced on users whether they want it or not. Or is it? We've found two ways to keep using Facebook messaging on your phone without downloading Messenger, although both methods...

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How to see the names, passwords, and credit cards Safari saves

Safari makes it very easy for you to store usernames, passwords, and credit cards that you've entered into websites on your Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or iOS 7 device. If you use iCloud Keychain syncing, you can even share that information between your different Apple devices. Personally, I don't...

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The copy of the U.S. Constitution that's installed on every Mac

Sometimes when I see just how ignorant many American politicians are of the Constitution of the United States, I get the urge to send them a copy along with some annotations. Perhaps now that more of those in the federal government are using Macs, we might begin to see them paying more attention...

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Use your iPhone camera to grab Perseids meteor photos

We are in the middle of the Perseids meteor shower over the next couple of days. This particular shower is made up of cosmic debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. The peak nights should be tonight and tomorrow (August 11-12, 2014) , although there are always variables that can cause earlier or later...

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How to set up continuous OS X Mavericks dictation

My fellow TUAW editor Dave Caolo got his right index finger pretty well mashed in a car door the other day, which is making it painfully difficult for him to type. Fortunately, he's been able to use dictation in OS X Mavericks to make up for his typing disability, but I've noticed that most of his...

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Using the iPhone Compass app to hang pictures straight

Most people don't even seem to know that an iPhone with iOS 7 comes with a built-in Compass app. Although that app could use some help in terms of accuracy, it also has a feature that works pretty well -- a bubble level. Just launch the Compass app (or tell Siri to "Launch Compass" if you don't...

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Mac 101: How to create a time-saving printer pool in OS X

Yesterday I had a call from an old consulting client of mine, who was wondering if there was a way that she could set up a way of sending print jobs from a Mac to any printer in her office -- any printer that wasn't already tied up printing something else for another person. Her company does a lot...

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Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" will air today, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask TUAW feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+. Today will be our final episode as all of the podcast for TUAW are sunsetting. To...

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iPhone 101: How to request a refund from the App Store for mistaken purchases

We've all done it -- you are browsing through the App Store and inadvertently purchase an app that you really didn't intend to buy. It's one of those costly fat finger moments that you wish you could take back. Thankfully, Apple provides a way to for you to request a refund in these...

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Creative use of Gmail addresses can help you tame your inbox

Gmail supports plenty of nifty email featues that you can use to take control your inbox. One trick takes less than a minute to implement and can save you hours in organization. As noted by Gizmodo and stretching all the way back to 2005 on Lifehacker, you can add a modifier, such as a period or...

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iPhone 101: Add labels to your On/Off toggles in iOS

iOS is filled with toggles that allow you to turn a feature on or off. In iOS 7, the state of a toggle is indicated by color with green meaning "on" and white meaning "off." If you need an additional visual cue either because of vision problems or personal preference, you have the option to turn...

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Mac 101: Use Spotlight to quickly solve math problems

OS X's search tool, Spotlight, does more than just file and web searches. The handy utility also can be used to do semi-complex math equations with the answers appearing within the results section of the app. To use Spotlight for math, just open the utility by selecting the magnifying glass...

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