How to check your AppleCare coverage

AppleLogoXRedThe purchase of any extended warranty is always somewhat of a gamble. In some cases, it can pan out in your favor, and in other cases you might purchase coverage and then never need it. By some arguments, if your system has not had any hardware problems within the first year of purchase, then you might not need additional coverage for defects; however, there are instances such as with ongoing 2011 MacBook Pro logic board problems, where issues can creep up on you over time. This is especially true as in recent years Apple’s software and some hardware quality has fallen a little, bringing more bugs and problems that users have to contend with. Continue reading

Quickly access special characters in OS X

FontBookIconXSpecial characters are all of those symbols and glyphs that are not available to you by way of direct keyboard input, and in modern operating systems with full Unicode character palettes, there are thousands of them. Your Mac comes with numerous type faces, many of which are fonts for specific languages, so they contain vast arrays of unique characters. In addition, there are numerous symbols, technical and otherwise, that are included with OS X. Continue reading

How to launch OS X apps via the Terminal

NewTerminalIconXThe Terminal is generally reserved as an environment for advanced configuration of your Mac, but there are those who resort to it on a regular basis and use it in conjunction with OS X’s graphical interface to make optimal use of the system. If you do so, then you might find yourself periodically wanting to launch an application, either directly from the command line, or from an automated action like a script. In addition, you can use this feature to launch multiple instances of a standard OS X program, or run it as a different user, such as root, which can give you access to the system in ways you might otherwise not have. Continue reading

How to quickly delete or mark e-mail as unread in iOS 8

iPhoneMailIconXWhen browsing through and managing your e-mail, you will likely regularly use three tasks: flagging messages, deleting unwanted ones, and then marking any that you would like to revisit later as unread. This last option is especially useful if you access your e-mail on multiple devices. In the Mail app in iOS, you can do these tasks using the toolbar at the bottom of an opened e-mail message, but there are a couple of additional approaches that can be far more convenient. Continue reading

How to quickly translate words with OS X’s built-in Dictionary

DictionaryIconXThere are a number of online translation services that you can use to translate words, phrases, or even entire bodies of text into another language; however, if you need to do so in OS X then there is a quick way to do so by using the Dictionary utility.

The Dictionary is Apple’s built-in word look-up tool that offers word definitions and thesaurus capabilities, along with access to Continue reading

How to use the path menu in OS X

FinderIconYosemiteXThere are a number of hidden features in OS X that can greatly enhance how you handle windows, document organization, and other aspects of your workflow. In most of these cases Apple has not outlined these fetaures, so you will have to find them either by exploration and experimentation, or by word of mouth from other Apple users. One of these is the Path menu that OS X appends to windows that represent documents that are saved to your hard drive. Continue reading

Possible fix for Mail’s cursor moving when entering punctuation

MailIconYosemiteXWhen using Mail in OS X Yosemite, you might run into an issue where the program will move the cursor back a few characters whenever you type certain punctuation marks, and sometimes even delete a few characters whenever you enter these marks. This issue has its obvious frustrations, but luckily the fix is relatively straightforward.

The problem here revolves around Apple’s implementation of spell check and auto correct, where as you type Continue reading