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Stories focused on basic applications that are built in or added to iOS and OSX. Intended audience: People who want to make better use of their Mac tools.
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Customer Reviews: Net Smart: How to Thrive Online

Customer Reviews: Net Smart: How to Thrive Online | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
In Net Smart, Howard Rheingold details how the digital world is reshaping our minds, our culture, and itself, faster than any but the very young and the very. ...

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A great guide for computing on any platform.

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Google Apps navigation toolbar using Firefox browser - YouTube

There has been much frustration about Google's decision to remove the black Google Apps navigator bar. Here is a way you can create an Apps toolbar using Moz...
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If you'd like some helpful links to your Google Apps within your browser, this is worth watching. This tutorial illustrates management of the Bookmark toolbar in Firefox. 

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IFTTT + Evernote = Automated Research - edSocialMedia

IFTTT + Evernote = Automated Research - edSocialMedia | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
The debate team at my school began using Evernote last year for collaborative research.  As students find sources, they dump them into … Continue reading »

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Not a basic tool necessarily but a great tool if you want to link various social media engines. 

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, February 5, 2014 5:20 PM

IFTTT to Evernote can be a powerful team infotention tool (Diigo groups is good for circumstances in which you want to attach comment threads to bookmarked material, add sticky notes, etc.)

David McGavock's comment, February 6, 2014 2:24 PM
Thanks Howard! looks like a great tool for my purposes
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Apple offers mail retrieval workaround for some providers

Apple offers mail retrieval workaround for some providers | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
Having trouble with Mail in Mavericks? You're not alone.
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"For some email providers, new email messages in Mail may only appear to arrive when Mail is first opened. No new email arrives until Mail is quit and reopened."

 

Hopefully you won't need this work around and hopefully Apple will get it fixed soon. But if you are having trouble getting your new mail... here ya go.

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5 Tips for Using Evernote on Your Smartphone

Digitize Post-It Notes, record audio, snap a photo of anything and easily share anything from Evernote on your smartphone.

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The benefit of Evernote is realized by it's availability on all of your communication devices. It's great to have help when you are operating on the smaller interface.

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OS X: Dock Functions for Finder and Trash - The Mac Observer

OS X: Dock Functions for Finder and Trash - The Mac Observer | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
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OS X: Dock Functions for Finder and Trash
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The first thing I wanna go over is relaunching the Finder from its Dock icon.
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A great tip for restarting the Finder when/if your computer is giving you the spinning beach ball. 

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21 Ways That Option Click Makes OS X Better

21 Ways That Option Click Makes OS X Better | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
The Option key on the Mac keyboard gives users a lot more…well…options. Just about anything you can click on inside of OS X can be Option clicked to open up a world of new features and abilities.
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This is a tip that you can use every hour that you use your Mac. Use this command for 3 days and you'll have it hardwired in your brain.

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Fashion And Photography — The Holiday Gift Guide For iPad

Fashion And Photography — The Holiday Gift Guide For iPad | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
This article first appeared in the Cult of Mac Newsstand magazine Versacover for iPad $60 — Cases — iPad The Versacover has two uses.
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Accessorizing Apple products can add up. But here are a few items that might be of interest.

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12 Tips That Got Me Using Evernote Again

12 Tips That Got Me Using Evernote Again | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it

"As I have added Evernote back into my routine, I find myself using it every day.

From the quick capture of ideas and notes, to the collection of reference material and documents, Evernote is my main information library.

The ability to access my notes from anywhere is a powerful capability that saves time and makes me more productive.

If you have moved away from Evernote or haven’t explored its full potential, I recommend trying these tips today."


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David McGavock's insight:

Evernote is the bomb. I used the free version for years but use it so much that I decided to support them with my $$. I love the way it synchronizes my notes between devices. Easy sharing also.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, May 30, 2014 2:16 PM

On the info-tools side of infotention, I resisted Evernote for years, but now find it indispensible. I keep mailing lists, info on my classes, clip items for my hobbies, forward emails confirming online orders (email to evernote is most useful if you add your evernote email address to your address book)

Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 31, 2014 12:17 PM

I've been using Evernote as part of my daily routine for the past 3 years, and couldn't do without it. Apart from the 12 (excellent) tips in the article, I've found the scheduler very useful for prompting actions - e.g. to write a blog post on a note I've written or a webclip that I've captured; the iPad version allows me to scan-in business cards, where the contact name is  auto-checked against LinkedIn, and I've configured the Evernote options such that any Google Search I perform automatically displays results from my Evernote notebooks next to the Google search results.

 

If you've never used Evernote - give it a try and follow some of the 12 tips given in this article. 

 

#Evernote

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Self-directed learning, and O'Reilly's role in the ConnectED program - O'Reilly Radar

Self-directed learning, and O'Reilly's role in the ConnectED program - O'Reilly Radar | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
I wanted to provide a bit of perspective on the donation, announced on Wednesday by the White House, of a Safari Books Online subscription providing access to O'Reilly Media...
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O'Reilly books for High School. What a great opportunity for high schools; helping students learn computer science.

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Tracking Down System and Hidden Login Items | Mac Tricks And Tips

Tracking Down System and Hidden Login Items | Mac Tricks And Tips | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
How to find login and startup files (This tutorial cut my login time by 70%.
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"The first port of call is to check your System Preferences for login items. Before you go fiddling through all of these folders go to System Preferences > Accounts > [name] > Login Items. Check through that list and delete any applications you don’t want to run on start up. It may be basic but it is always worth checking."

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Quickly Save Text From The Web To Your Desktop [OS X Tips]

Quickly Save Text From The Web To Your Desktop [OS X Tips] | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
Ever been surfing the web and find a nice bit of text you want to save?
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Another way to save text and pictures to your hard drive for later reference. Takes some practice but it works.

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Apple Mac Pro: 9 Ways It Wows - InformationWeek

Apple Mac Pro: 9 Ways It Wows - InformationWeek | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
Apple Insider Apple Mac Pro: 9 Ways It Wows InformationWeek Apple's redesigned Mac Pro became available for order Thursday, arriving at once as a symbol of the company's capacity for innovation and as a reminder of how much the computer business...
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VERY detailed description of the Mac Pro. Even if you're not in the market for a very powerful and expensive Mac, you will get a glimpse of what's available and up and coming.

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CopyPaste Pro

CopyPaste Pro | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
CopyPaste is the original multiple clipboard display and editing software.

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If you use copy - paste often (I certainly do), you know how often you'd like to paste an older item. Here ya go.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:33 PM

I must use this a hundred times a day. It's the single most useful utility I have and I don't understand why it isn't part of the Mac OS. You can keep track of the last 200 items you've copied or cut to your clipboard and reuse them easily -- including multimedia. You can set up a hotkey combo to paste the top item in the stack, then delete it -- immensely useful for web work, blogging.

Antonio Lopez's comment, December 20, 2013 10:09 AM
Thanks Howard. I always wondered shy Apple didn't have something like this already. This will be a life saver!
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Repairing your iPhone: DIY or hire a pro?

Repairing your iPhone: DIY or hire a pro? | Mac Basics - OSX and iOS | Scoop.it
Now that we’re all inextricably tethered to our smartphones, it’s especially frustrating when they break. Suddenly you’re cut off from the world, unable to talk, text, Google, and, perhaps worst of all, play Candy Crush Saga.
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Hopefully you don't need this advice. But when you do, you do.

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