I love Siri on my iPhone 4S, and I’m hoping full-fledged Siri support will arrive on the Mac with Mountain Lion. Until then, however, I can still talk to my Mac to get it to take actions, and you can too—thanks to Speakable Items and the Speech pane in System Preferences. This quick screencast will help you get started with barking orders that your Mac will actually listen to.
In the video, I note that once you enable Speakable Items, its microphone icon must remain on-screen at all times. That’s essentially true, but here’s a bonus tip: You can actually minimize the Speech Command microphone icon by double clicking it. Then it sits patiently in your Dock, instead of on your screen. Note that the icon will sit on the right side of your Dock, where minimized document windows and the Trash appear.
One of OS X’s finest features is also one that most people never use—Universal Access. Designed with those with disabilities in mind, Universal Access offers features that can be helpful to anyone. In this video I point out some of its capabilities that can make working with your Mac easier and more enjoyable.
You’ve undoubtedly noticed that you’re not routinely nagged for a password when you use your Mac’s email client, nor do you have to enter passwords for many of the networks you use. And the reason is because those passwords are stored by the Mac OS in keychains—protected repositories for this kind of data.
In this video I show you how to use Keychain Access to recover passwords you can no longer recall. In addition, I demonstrate how to repair a corrupt keychain, which can lead to websites not opening as you expect and constant calls for you to enter email passwords.
Browsing a Flash-based website on your iOS device, and want to send it to your Mac? If you have an iCloud account, it's easy to use Safari’s Reading List to swap links between your Mac and your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
The Finder's Arrange By menu has been around for a while, but a lot of users don't know it's there. In OS X Lion, it's become a really handy tool for organizing, managing, and navigating through your files and folders. Here's how it works and some tips for making the most of it.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to improve the external audio output on your iPad. For around $10, you can attach a SoundJaw to your iPad, and enjoy the boost in volume. I show you how this simple accessory works in the latest video from the Macworld | iWorld show floor.
If you’re looking to extend the battery life on your mobile devices, consider the HyperJuice Plug. I give you a visual tour of this power-packed accessory in the latest video from the Macworld | iWorld show floor.