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As Boom Lures App Creators, Tough Part Is Making a Living

As Boom Lures App Creators, Tough Part Is Making a Living | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
App developers have turned cellphones and tablets into powerful tools, spawning a multibillion-dollar industry but making huge sacrifices in the process.

One success story is Ethan Nicholas, who earned more than $1 million in 2009 after writing a game for the iPhone. But he says the app writing world has experienced tectonic shifts since then.

“Can someone drop everything and start writing apps? Sure,” said Mr. Nicholas, 34, who quit his job to write apps after iShoot, an artillery game, became a sensation. “Can they start writing good apps? Not often, no. I got lucky with iShoot, because back then a decent app could still be successful. But competition is fierce nowadays, and decent isn’t good enough.”

The boom in apps comes as economists are debating the changing nature of work, which technology is reshaping at an accelerating speed. The upheaval, in some ways echoing the mechanization of agriculture a century ago, began its latest turbulent phase with the migration of tech manufacturing to places like China. Now service and even white-collar jobs, like file clerks and data entry specialists or office support staff and mechanical drafters, are disappearing.

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How to prepare for a Mac disaster

How to prepare for a Mac disaster | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
There isn't much you can do about earthquakes, fires, and other misfortunes. But you can do something to minimize the harm they do your Mac and other digital assets.
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OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions - The Mac Observer

OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions - The Mac Observer | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
For todayâs Quick Tip, weâre going to cover a little-known feature of OS X Recovery-repairing your Home folder permissions. If your Documents folder wonât let you edit files or an application is telling you that you donât have permission to save something to your Desktop, then this tip should be right up your alley.
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How to factory-reset your Mac

How to factory-reset your Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
It may be wise when selling or donating an old Mac to wipe all of your data off of it and offer the system to the new owners as close to how it came out of the factory. This not only offers them a ...
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Tackle Web pages not loading in OS X

Tackle Web pages not loading in OS X | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Arguably Safari, Firefox, Chrome and other Web browsers are perhaps the most commonly used applications on your Mac, so when browsing various sites, you might be frustrated if pages suddenly stop u...
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Where can I locate the Model Identifier (Model ID) | EveryMac

Where can I locate the Model Identifier (Model ID) | EveryMac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
How to locate the Model Identifier (Model ID) or Machine Model (MacBook5,1) on different Macs, limitations of Model Identifiers for Mac identification, and more.
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How to create a Screen Sharing shortcut

How to create a Screen Sharing shortcut | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

For the last time, use the method you’ve used in the past to share the Mac mini’s screen with your iMac. When the mini's window appears take a gander at the shared screen’s title bar where it says something like Jim’s Mac mini and drag the icon that appears just to the left of that name to your iMac’s desktop. A VNC alias file will be copied to that self-same desktop.

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Devices disconnecting? It's about the hub, bub | MacWorld

Devices disconnecting? It's about the hub, bub | MacWorld | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Do USB devices disconnect when you attach an additional device? Mac 911 provides some powerful insight.

However, if you exceed the hub’s limits—you’ve plugged in several devices that draw 500mA, for example—something’s got to give. And generally, what gives is the disappearance of one of the connected devices.

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Tackle OS X only booting in Safe Mode

Tackle OS X only booting in Safe Mode | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Safe Mode in OS X is a limited boot environment where only essential system services are active. It is a great option to have when troubleshooting software problems on your system, and when you inv...
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5 Ways to Keep Email from Ruining Your Life

5 Ways to Keep Email from Ruining Your Life | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Some people treat email like it’s Twitter: a living stream of communiqués that’s constantly rushing beneath our feet, to be dipped into when there’s a free moment — but otherwise, without feeling any obligation to answer every single one. Others let their inboxes fill, fill, fill with unanswered mail — 5,000 messages, 10,000, maybe 30,000 — and finally declare “email bankruptcy.” That’s where you throw in the towel and delete all of it, starting fresh, on the assumption that if any of it is still important, the sender will email you again.
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How to force-quit an application in OS X

Force-quitting an application is a quick way to clear a program that is hanging, running slowly, or otherwise cannot be quit by normal means using the Quit function in the Application menu.

First and foremost is, of course, the force-quit window itself, which can be invoked by choosing “Force Quit” from the Apple menu, but can also be invoked by pressing Option-Command-Escape.

The second option is the Dock, where either before or after right-clicking an icon to view its contextual menu, you can hold the Option key to change the standard “Quit” command in the menu to “Force Quit.”

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How to make two-factor authentication less of a pain

How to make two-factor authentication less of a pain | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Increasingly, online services are requiring two-factor authentication instead of simple old passwords. Too bad that authentication can be such a hassle. Here's how to make it easier.
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How to speed up your old Mac

How to speed up your old Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Do you have a Mac that is gaining a few years on it and is not performing the same as you remember when you first bought it? While you might not be able to pinpoint it, you might simply notice prog...

1] Regularly check your hard drive for errors

2] Keep at least 5-10% of your hard drive free

3] Upgrade your hard drive to an SSD

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Using an iMac as a Monitor in Target Display Mode - Tuts+ Mac Computer Skills Tutorial

Using an iMac as a Monitor in Target Display Mode - Tuts+ Mac Computer Skills Tutorial | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
One of the things about the iMac, in fact any Apple-made display, is it’s extremely high quality image and colour-depth. It’s not that you’ll necessarily notice it immediately, but if you ever move back to a PC monitor, you’ll become acutely aware of the difference in quality.

Given that the iMac has a superb display, it could be useful to share that with another Mac, on occasion. In this tutorial I will explain a little known feature, named Target Display Mode, and show you how to use it. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Quick; Tags: Hardware
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How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive

How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
You can install the OS X Yosemite beta directly from your Mac's hard drive. But creating a bootable installer drive lets you install it on multiple Macs and also makes a handy emergency drive. Here's how to set one up.
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Files Screenshots

Files Screenshots | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

Files is a file manager from Michael Kazakov, designed for efficiency with a dual-pane design and hotkeys. Features include a minimalistic user interface, a small memory footprint and background processing, as well as a built-in terminal emulator. Files 0.5.9 is a free download for OS X 10.7 and up.

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Better Customer Service

A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Better Customer Service | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Despite your best efforts to fix problems on your own, sometimes you just have to call for help—whether you've got broken gadgets, downed service, or just need to fix a company's mistake. Calling customer service can be a miserable experience, but when it comes time to bite the bullet and give them a ring, follow these tips to make it go as smoothly as possible.
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The only 'required' maintenance for your Mac | Macissues

The only 'required' maintenance for your Mac | Macissues | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
You may have heard that in order to keep your Mac running in tip top shape, you need to perform regular maintenance routines on it to clear out caches and other temporary items. These can be useful...
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Tackle problems with the iTunes 11.3 upgrade

Tackle problems with the iTunes 11.3 upgrade | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Yesterday Apple released iTunes 11.3, which brings a few stability and compatibility issues with the program, along with improving the iTunes Extras feature and Apple TV support for Extras. While n...
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What’s next for Wi-Fi? A second wave of 802.11ac devices, and then: 802.11ax

What’s next for Wi-Fi? A second wave of 802.11ac devices, and then: 802.11ax | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
While you consider which 802.11ac router to buy, the industry is working hard to render it obsolete. Here's what to expect in the next few years, as engineers tease more bandwidth and faster transmission speeds out of Wi-Fi.
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Dropping Dropbox: Exploring alternatives

Dropping Dropbox: Exploring alternatives | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
When Dropbox just won't do, where do you turn--OneDrive, Google Drive, SugarSync, Box.com? Chris Breen details his journey.
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Unroll.me

Your inbox is a mess — admit it. You are constantly bombarded with irrelevant emails throughout your extremely busy day. It doesn’t have to be this way, though.…
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Take precautions when using Gmail—or any other email service

Take precautions when using Gmail—or any other email service | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Google's almost ubiquitous email client doesn't guarantee that your email will be private, or that your account won't be hacked. But the right precautions can give you reasonable protection.
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10 critical security habits you should be doing (but aren't) | PCWorld

10 critical security habits you should be doing (but aren't) | PCWorld | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Use a password manager

Saying that passwords are dead is a popular meme. Until someone figures out a viable and universal replacement, however, we’re stuck with them.

Alas, passwords are a pain, since you should be using a long string of random letters, numbers, and special characters for all your critical accounts. Passwords that complex are as difficult to remember as they are to crack—which is why using a password manager that can generate and save those passwords for you is so crucial.

Password Mangers are easy to use, and most are cross-platform, giving you access to the data on PCs and mobile devices alike. Our favorites include LastPassDashlane1Password, and KeePass.

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12 Advanced Tricks for Mastering iTunes

12 Advanced Tricks for Mastering iTunes | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
These tips put you fully in charge of Apple's media behemoth, iTunes.
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OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which cloud storage service is right for you? - CNET

OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which cloud storage service is right for you? - CNET | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
If you're ready to take the plunge into storing your files, photos, and more in the cloud but need help deciding which service is right for your needs and wallet, we've got you covered.
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