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Mountain Lion Dictation Ideas

With the latest release of Mac OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion you can now dictate short pieces of text. Anywhere you can enter text on your Mac, you can now dictate it. In this article I will show you how to enable dictation in Mountain Lion and show some ways in which I think it can be useful and hopefully enable you to be more productive.

Enable Dictation

By default Dictation is turned off, so you first have to enable it. You ...

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1Password Keyboard Shortcuts and Bookmarks

1Password from Agilebits is a password, form-filling and identity manager that fully integrates with your browser.

In the video above I take a look at :

1. Why you might need a password manager like 1Password.

2. A quick overview of the key features of 1Password and how the Password Manager works in 1Password.

3. How to use the 1Password Keyboard shortcuts and Safari Bookmarks.

The key 1Password Keyboard shortcuts are;

Fill Login

⌘\  {Command + Backslash}

Automatically logs you ...

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Switching to the Mac from Windows

Congratulations if you have bought, or about to buy your first Mac. This article sets out some great resources to make the transition from Windows to Mac as easy and seamless as possible. It will generally take most people about a week to get used to the Mac Operating System (OS). At the time of writing this article the present release of the Mac OS is 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Step 1 – Prepare for the arrival of your new Mac.

Decide what you ...

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Mountain Lion – Change default file save location from iCloud to Local

Overview

The purpose of this article is to explain how to change the default file save location in iCloud supported Apps from iCloud to local folders in Mountain Lion.

One of Mountain Lion’s new features is the ability to save files from supported applications to Apple’s iCloud servers,  and then synced to other Macs and iOS devices that use the same iCloud ID. At the moment only a few applications support iCloud document synchronisation, but these will grow as more 3rd Party developers ...

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Folders to put your favourite iOS Apps at your fingertips

If you have built up a collection of iOS Apps that spread over a number of screens, it can be a chore to navigate to a particular screen to run your favourite App. The iOS folders feature enables you to create a folder with up to 12 ( iPhone) or 20 (iPad) Apps. What many people may not know is you can replace the Apps in your dock (which remains static as you swipe screens) with one or more of these folders. ...

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YouTube Playback Problems Fix

If you are having problems with the new Youtube interface and you are finding stuttering and random freezes when attempting to play videos you may want to check if you have opted in to the HTML5 trial. You can check your settings by going to http://www.youtube.com/html5. If you have opted in to the HTML5 trial, I suggest turning it off, and hopefully that will stop the problem. It certainly worked for me, and has fixed the problem for a number of ...

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Enable ‘Find my iPhone’ to help you find lost / stolen devices

Find My iPhone

This week I used the ‘Find my iPhone’ iCloud /iOS service to locate and recover my iPad from a busy shopping centre in Bristol. I guess I should briefly explain why I needed to use the ‘Find my iPhone’ service. I had dropped my Kids off to school, I needed to visit a store at Cabot’s circus, a shopping centre in the centre of Bristol, close to my kid’s ...

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Alfred – App Launcher and More [Review]

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Alfred – Running with Crayons Ltd is a keyboard-driven productivity application, helping you launch apps and search your local computer as well as the web with great speed. One reason Alfred is a great App, is that it learns what you are searching for and next time you use the same search term it will promote it to the top of the results.

Alfred has won a number of awards, ...

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Using Keyboard Shortcuts in Lion Mail

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In the new version of Mail in OS 10.7 Lion, Apple has introduced a new Favourites Bar. This enables us to drag our favourite folders to the Favourites Bar, and use predefined keyboard shortcuts to quickly process our email.

In a recent article, I suggested that it might help your email productivity to reduce the number of folders that you ...

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Time Machine Backup – Why you need it & how it works

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Think about what information is on your hard disk, in particular think about the most important information on your hard disk. In my case it’s pretty easy – I have over 10 years of digital photo’s stored on my hard disk. These are irreplaceable photo’s of my two daughters growing up. One daughter has photos from when she was first-born all the way through to her current age. I ...

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