11 Ways to Get Tasks Done With Your Voice

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We’ve shown you how to set up Siri on your Mac. Now here comes the tricky bit: figuring out what kind of tasks Siri can do for you. There are so many of them!

The following roundup will help you on your quest by showing you what you can do with Siri on macOS. While Siri suggests a few starter queries herself, we’ll provide you with more options.

But before we get into the tips proper…

A Few Basics About Siri on Your Mac

It’s easy to figure out what to say to Siri once you get a few points straight:

You don’t need to […]

6 Apps to Customize Your Mac’s Keyboard Behavior

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Do you want your Mac’s function keys back? Does the Caps Lock key seem like a waste of space? Would you rather put the unused right Shift key to better use?

If you’re looking for a way to customize basic keyboard behavior, add new shortcuts, remap keystrokes, or navigate quickly without reaching for your mouse, you can do it all with a few (mostly free) apps.

1. Karabiner-Elements

Previously known as “keyremap4macbook” and just “Karabiner” before that, Karabiner-Elements has been rebuilt for scratch specifically for macOS Sierra and above.

You can use it remap your entire keyboard, whether it’s a MacBook, Magic Keyboard, or […]

Protect Your Mac With 8 Free Security Tools by Objective-See

Security tools are a necessary evil in the face of a growing Mac malware threat. Fortunately you can protect yourself and restore peace of mind with the right tools, like Objecive-See‘s bounty of freebies.

The project is the brainchild of Patrick Wardle, a security researcher who created a range of tools to secure his own computer. He’s since released them all for free, and maintains a repository of known Mac malware for research and educational purposes.

Let’s take a look at the lineup and how you can use these tools to better protect your Mac.

1. Do Not Disturb

What It Does: Get alerts […]

5 Powerful Alternatives to Apple’s AirPort Wi-Fi Router

After years of speculation, Apple has officially announced the discontinuation of its once-popular AirPort Wi-Fi routers.

The news wasn’t exactly a surprise since the AirPort and AirPort Extreme haven’t been updated since 2012 and 2013 respectively. But especially for Apple users, both options provided a number of great features including easy setup in both iOS and macOS.

While Apple will still continue to support the products for some time, many potential buyers are looking elsewhere for a powerful Wi-Fi router. Here are five alternatives to Apple’s AirPort and AirPort Extreme.

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Making Sense of USB-C and Thunderbolt Cables and Ports on Your MacBook

The latest MacBook Pro sheds almost all ports; it includes only a headphone jack, a few USB-C connectors, and it also supports the latest high-speed Thunderbolt 3 standards. What’s the difference?

Despite the “U” in USB standing for “universal,” the standard has come under fire for confusing consumers. Some cable manufacturers have been accused of breaking standards, and cheap USB-C cables might even damage your electronics.

Let’s try and make sense of this mess of MacBook ports.

What Is USB-C?

Also known as USB Type-C, USB-C is a symmetrical connector designed to replace the existing Type-A and Type-B connectors
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How to Record Vinyl to Your Computer With Audacity

Creating digital copies of cherished analog recordings is a useful skill to have. Not only does it make listening to your collection easier, but you’re preserving the original medium by causing less wear over time.

Many modern turntables are already equipped with digital interfaces for this precise reason. Other setups will require some additional hardware, but none of it is beyond the reach of the vinyl hobbyist.

So let’s run through the process of recording and cleaning up your vinyl recordings.

Before You Begin: Getting Audacity

The first thing you’ll need to do is download Audacity for your operating system. Audacity is free, open […]

How to Convert Color PDFs to Black-and-White With Preview on Mac

Color PDF documents are generally great, but may not serve your purpose when you just want black-and-white printouts to save on printer ink. Fortunately, macOS High Sierra and the wonderfully versatile Preview app can convert colored PDFs to black-and-white document with a few clicks.

But there’s a small bug you’ll have to deal with until Apple updates the Preview app and fixes the glitch.

How to Convert Color PDFs to Black-and-White

Thanks to a bug in Preview, there’s an extra step you’ll have to take when converting a color PDF to black-and-white or gray tone: first convert the PDF to JPEG in Preview, […]

10 Reasons Why Bear Notes Is Better Than Apple Notes

For most Apple users, the hands-down best note-taking app is Apple Notes. Since iOS 9, Apple Notes has truly become a great note-taking system. iCloud sync is finally reliable, the app is easy to use, and it integrates with everything from Siri to the Apple Pencil.

However, it’s a stock Apple app, with the expected limitations. You’ll find all the basic functionalities like checklists, shared notes, and formatting, but nothing more. It doesn’t include a tags feature for organization, any level of customization, or powerful export options.

If you want something more than Apple Notes, you should take a look at Bear, […]

7 Font Book Tips for Managing Your Mac’s Fonts

As a Mac user you should become familiar with some simple macOS routines. Previewing and installing downloaded fonts is one of them, and it’s easy as can be.

Just double-click on a macOS-compatible font in Finder to preview it. Then press the Install Font button in the preview to install it in Font Book.

But is that all you can do with the native font management application on macOS? Not at all. We’re here to show you what else is possible with seven handy tips for managing fonts on Mac.

1. Create Libraries and Collections

If you collect fonts, or plan to, it’s a […]

The Best Free and Paid PDF Editors for Mac

PDF is a familiar file format for most people. Adobe first introduced it in 1993, and later standardized it in 2008 to allow anyone to create PDF files and the tools necessary to do so.

These days there are too many PDF editors to choose from, and they all seem to do the same task. Most of them aren’t worth your time, but it’s also quite difficult to get much done for free.

So here are our top picks for editing and creating PDFs on your Mac.

How to Print to PDF in macOS

Your Mac can create PDFs natively, which means just about […]