Even though iOS 5 introduced iCloud syncing for contacts and calendars, there are plenty of people who’ve already invested time and energy storing that info at another service, such as Google Contacts and Google Calendar. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to set up those services to sync nicely with your iOS devices.
Apple introduced AirPrint in iOS 4, but the feature—which allows you to print from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch—is limited to folks with AirPrint printers. Luckily, a small utility called Printopia makes it possible for your iOS device to print to any printer your Mac can see. And that’s only half of what Printopia can do.
One of the features introduced with OS X Lion was Mission Control—a feature that can be useful, but is often ignored by Mac users. In the next few minutes I’ll show you ways to put Mission Control to good use in the hope that you’ll find reasons to incorporate it into your computing life.
If you have a lot of files and folders to manage in OS X—and who doesn't?—there's a really handy utility called Hazel () that can help. It enables you to automate all kinds of file-management chores, from copying and moving files to renaming them, importing them in to apps like iTunes and iPhoto, or running them through AppleScripts and Automator workflows. Here's a brief introduction to how it works.
Sometimes you need to access your home Mac while you’re not nearby—or maybe you have a Mac mini hooked up to an HDTV, or a Mac running as a server on your network. For all of these occasions, and many more, you can turn to OS X’s built-in screen-sharing functionality to quickly and easily connect to those machines from another Mac. Let’s run through the basics of how to set up screen sharing and start using it.