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Apple adds internet-free dictation to Mavericks

There hasn't been any fanfare about this, but if you are using Mavericks, you now have a universal dictation feature that doesn't require an internet connection. Dictation made its debut in Mountain Lion and required an internet connection so your speech could be processed on an Apple server and ...

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OS X Mavericks uses ambient light detection on some Macs to delay sleep mode

A cool hidden new feature of OS X Mavericks is that the new OS allows Macs with ambient light sensors to detect user movements and delay sleep mode. The feature was first reported by a Mac developer on Twitter, who incorrectly assumed that at first the iSight camera was tracking a user's movement....

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Western Digital warns customers of Mavericks external hard drive data loss issue

Western Digital has sent an email to customers warning them that they could see data loss issues if they are using WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare software applications with Western Digital hard drives on Macs running OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The email reads: Dear WD Registered Cu...

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Tracking OS X's evolution to Mavericks

Remember Cheetah? Or Puma? Or Snow Leopard? If you are a Mac user, you likely have fond memories of these different versions of OS X. If you want to take a walk down memory lane, then you should check out iMore, which has an interesting piece on OS X and its evolution to Mavericks. iMore starts w...

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Addressing common Mavericks issues

There are a number of issues with the new OS X Mavericks and the Gadget Lab at has published a helpful article on how to fix a few of them. Some problems, as stated in the article, must be fixed by Apple, but you can remedy a few issues yourself. In "6 Known Issues with OS X Mavericks a...

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Video Tip: Creating a bootable Mavericks USB installer

Having a bootable USB flash drive of your operating system is a very useful tool to have around for diagnostics, maintenance or fresh clean installs of your OS. In the past few versions of OS X, if you wanted to create a bootable USB stick, you had to do a little bit of Erica Sadun-style nerd wiza...

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Talkcast tonight, 10pm ET: Mavericks, iWork, and oh yeah -- iPads on Friday

All-new dial-in experience! See below -- do not call into Talkshoe, we won't be there. Be sure to set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live. It's Sunday, and it's time for the TUAW talkcast! Tonight, with our usual gang of TUAW scribes and some special guests, we'll be digging...

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Did Mavericks kill your SMB network drive access? Here's a fix

Among the issues some people have had with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, one of the biggest gotchas was a loss of access to SMB network shares -- the connection many NAS devices (Network attached storage), Windows PCs or Linux servers use to provide file sharing. In my case, I got the double foul. My NAS tr...

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Use Mavericks' screen saver images as wallpaper

Here's a nifty trick for those of you running OS X Mavericks. Apple has included some beautiful nature photos to be used as the OS' screen saver options. With a little digging, you can use them as desktop wallpaper, too. Lifehacker points out that the 43 photos can be found by navigating to /Libr...

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What will Apple name its next OS X? Here are a few ideas

OS X Mavericks is here, and with it comes Apple's all-new naming scheme for its software. Leaving cats behind, the company is instead focusing on locations in California for its software monikers. Mavericks, for example, is the name of a popular surf spot. But as we're all getting used to an OS X...

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OS X Mavericks: Export as PDF from the File menu

Apple's OS X Mavericks offers more than 200 new features, many of which are overshadowed by marquee additions like Finder tags and iCloud Keychain. I've fallen in love with a lesser-known feature that's already saved me lots of time: Export as PDF from the File menu. Previously, you could convert a...

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Video tip: Sending directions from OS X Mavericks Maps app to your iPhone

If you have a Mac equipped with OS X Mavericks and an iPhone with iOS 7, you can search for directions with the Maps app on your Mac and then send them to your iPhone. It's a great demonstration of how the two operating systems work together, and it can help you find your way as well. As with all...

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Mavericks' dock-on-every-monitor feature doesn't work for me

One of the features I was most looking forward to with the release of Mavericks was the promise that I could have access to the menu bar and Dock on every monitor. It might seem like a minor tweak, but it's always annoyed me that I had to pick one of my screens to be "in charge" of things, when I'...

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AppleScript and Automator gain new features in OS X Mavericks

Mac power users love to play with scripting and automation. If there's something that's repetitive that needs to be done, it's a lot easier just to either use Automator to automate the process or write an AppleScript to dive in a little deeper. With OS X Mavericks, it appears that Apple has added so...

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Getting TextExpander to work with Mavericks (Updated)

If you've installed Apple's Mavericks on your Mac, you may have noticed that TextExpander won't work right away. That's because you've got to tell the OS that TextExpander has permission to control your Mac. However, the process isn't clear. Fortunately for you, I've figured it out. Here's how to ge...

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