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How To Get Siri On OS X El Capitan (Kind Of)

Windows 10 has Cortana, iOS has Siri, Android has Google Now, but what about Mac owners who want to bark orders at their computers? By using the new features OS X El Capitan adds to the Dictation tool and the Spotlight search interface, you can get a close approximation of Siri on your iMac or MacBook — even if it isn’t quite as good as the real thing.


Play Google Play Music From Your Computer Desktop

Google Play Music lives on the web and as several mobile apps. But as you would expect from Google, there’s not much in the way of desktop support. If you do want to air your tunes from a desktop application in Windows or Mac OS X, then there are a couple of third-party, open source options available: Here’s how to find and use them.


Hide The Menu Bar In OS X El Capitan For A True Full-Screen Experience

If you’re busy exploring everything that OS X El Capitan has to offer, one of the smaller new features that you might not have come across yet is the ability to automatically hide the menu bar from view — if you want a truly full-screen experience for your regular apps, it’s easy to toggle it on and off.


How To Maximise Your Battery Life In OS X El Capitan

If your laptop is running out of juice more often than you’re finding yourself near a power source, you’ve got yourself a problem. While there are no new features in Apple’s new desktop operating system designed specifically to improve battery life, there are some tried and trusted methods you can use.


How To Use Extensions To Enhance Your Photos in OS X El Capitan

As with iOS, the Photos app in OS X El Capitan now supports third-party extensions: That means other apps can plug directly into the Photos interface to give you quicker access to more effects and tools. Here’s how to get started with the new feature.


Which Is More Vulnerable To Viruses And Hackers: Windows 10 or Mac OS X?

During the 2000s, Apple ran a hugely successful advertising campaign for its line of Macintosh desktop computers. The ads poked fun at some of the perceived bugbears of the Windows-based PCs of the era compared to the Mac.

One recurring theme of these ads was the greater vulnerability of Microsoft’s PCs to viruses.


Windows 10, On A Mac

Tentatively wondering whether it’s worth setting up Windows 10 as an alternate boot option on your Mac? I’ve taken the plunge for you — here’s what I found.


Streamline The System Preferences Dialog In Mac OS X

The System Preferences dialog controls just about everything on your Mac OS X machine, from trackpad behaviour to screen timeout delay. If you’ve never really delved into the menus though, you might not realise you can hide the settings you don’t regularly use, making it easier to find the ones you do.


How To Sync Your Open Safari Tabs Across Mac, iPhone And iPad

iCloud Tabs have been around for a while — they work on iOS 6 or later and OS X Mountain Lion or later — but they’re worth revisiting if you’re new to the software or you’ve been dallying with other browser apps recently. Here’s how to make sure the feature’s switched on and where you can find it.


10 Tricks To Make Yourself An Apple Maps Master

After a less-than-stellar start, Apple Maps is starting to establish itself on the desktop and on iOS as well. Despite its sleek and minimal interface, there are a number of useful features hidden away behind the surface. Here are 10 tips for getting more out of Apple Maps that might even persuade you to make the switch from Google.


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