How to prevent your iOS device from listening in

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Steffie L is concerned not about what her iOS devices sees, but rather what it hears. She writes:

With more and more apps listening in at all times on your iOS device (Shazam, etc), short of deleting the app is there any way to control when this happens?

Under iOS 7, yes. One of the features introduced with this version of iOS was the ability to limit apps’ access to the device’s microphone. When you first launch an app that wants to use the mic, you’ll see a dialog box asking if you’re willing to let the app do this. Tap on OK and it now has the access it desires.

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How to drag items to your hard drive without being challenged for a password

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Terry Bone is bone-tired of entering her password when attempting to move a file to her hard drive. She writes:

I just got a new MacBook Pro with Mavericks and noticed that now if I want to drag a file onto the hard drive I have to type my password and type it again if I want to remove it. I do this frequently in order to make files available to transfer online to a PC. Is there a way to turn that off so I can transfer files in and out of the hard drive without the additional step of entering a password?

First, some background. With Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and later, Apple made the startup drive system-owned. You can see this in action by selecting your startup drive in the Finder, pressing Command-I, and then gandering down at the bottom of the resulting Info window (in the Sharing & Permissions area). You’ll see that the first entry is system followed by wheel and then everyone. system has Read & Write permissions while wheel and everyone are marked Read Only. Navigate to the Documents folder inside your user folder, perform this same Command-I trick, and your name will appear as the top entry in this area and you’ll have Read & Write permissions.

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How to batch rename files for free

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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A reader who wishes to remain anonymous would prefer to forego some busy work. He writes:

I’ve been working on a project for a couple of months where I created a few hundred files using this naming format: 1.1 My File Name.txt. I’ve just been told that I have to use a different format: 1_1_my_file_name.txt because of how the files are tracked in the company’s database. I don’t want to do this by hand. Do you have any tips for speeding up the process?

If you’re willing to cough up $20, Publicspace.net offers a great solution in the form of A Better Finder Rename. If you need to do this kind of thing routinely, it’s worth the money.

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How to print captions with your iPhoto images

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Delores Rice will soon be digging deeper into her Applications folder. She writes:

I need a program that will allow me to import a group of photos—maybe four to a page—type captions for each, and then print. Seems simple but I haven’t been able to use my existing programs. Can you advise on this?

There’s a good chance that you already have a copy of the application you seek: iPhoto ’11. Like so.

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Scheduling recurring events on iOS

Dan Moren Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan has been writing about all things Apple since 2006, when he first started contributing to the MacUser blog. Since then he's covered most of the company's major product releases and reviewed every major revision of iOS. In his "copious" free time, he's usually grinding away on a novel or two.
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Reader Diane Williams has a recurring question:

I’m trying to schedule a recurring meeting that occurs each month on the first Thursday of the month. Could not manage to do this in Calendar. The repeat function for monthly meetings operates by date, not by day of the month. Am I missing something?

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Calendar on the Mac has plenty of recurring options that are lacking on iOS.

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How to block the Web's worst clutter

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Andrew Locke has no lack of bad luck with unwanted Web content to look at. He'd like to lock out some of it. He writes:

Over the years I’ve found that webpages get more junked up with pop-up ads, pop-over windows, and redirects to pages I don’t want to see. Is there some way to keep this stuff from happening?

As someone who makes a goodly portion of his living from Web-based advertising, I’ll put in a plug for sites that do this kind of thing: Ads and your clicks are what keep many of these companies in business. In lieu of visits from nattily attired executives rattling a tin cup and shouting “Give us money if you want to look at our pages!” ads become the de facto price for viewing online content.

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A tale of two microphones

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Steven Solerno is a musician with mics in mind. He writes:

I’m glad you’re looking at GarageBand in Mac 101 because I’m hoping you can answer a question that’s been bugging me for awhile. In GarageBand I want to record a duet with my partner using two USB microphones but I can’t figure out how to do it. Is it possible?

It is, but the initial configuration happens outside of GarageBand. It works this way.

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