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Everything You Need To Know About OS X Mavericks

Everything You Need To Know About OS X Mavericks

Mac OS X Mavericks is packed with new apps, new features in old apps, and system-wide improvements. Apple has drastically changed the price game by making this upgrade free to all users. Take a look at all the new features included in Mavericks.

iBooks

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    The app you have been using on your iOS devices is now available on your Mac. With the power of iCloud, it keeps everything synced, including bookmarks and notes, and it even remembers your page number from device to device. You can also have more than one book open at the same time. All of you books can be sorted by collections with this app; however, PDFs are opened by a third party app. Overall, it’s a great start for your books on the Mac.

    Maps

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      Maps is another iOS app being brought to the Mac. It allows you to see realistic city views with Flyover, see live traffic, find whatever you might need with Search, and you can even send directions from your Mac to your iPhone! The native maps are also found in the calendar app, making it easier to plan your trips.

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      Calendar

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        The Mac Calendar app has a new look that reflects the new direction in the company’s design (goodbye faux leather). Some helpful new features have been added, such as a new event inspector, location features including quick auto-completion, a map and forecast preview, and you can add travel time to your event so you know when you need to go.

        Safari

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          Safari is introducing a new sidebar in the Mavericks update. Including shared links (from Twitter and LinkedIn), continuous scrolling through your reading list, and bookmarks. There are also improvements in security and energy efficiency.

          iCloud Keychain

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            iCloud has gone a step further in providing a universal password managing system. iCloud Keychain remembers credit cards, internet accounts, and more across all of your devices. It also generates strong passwords for higher security, and iCloud Keychain remembers them, so you don’t have to. If all else fails, iCloud Keychain can restore everything online.

            Multiple Displays

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              Mavericks has greatly improved how Mac OS interacts with multiple displays, including multiple menu bars and full-screen app improvement. Also, Apple TV can now be used as a second display.

              Notifications

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                Some minor improvements have been added to the Notification center on Mac. You can now reply inside the notification and receive updates from your favorite websites.

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                Finder Tabs

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                  Mavericks lets you consolidate your multiple Finder windows into a single window with the use of Tabs. You can customize the view of each tab, use the full-screen feature, and drag and drop files between them.

                  Tags

                  In addition to Tabs, finder has provided an new taxonomy for organizing files: Tags. Any file or document in iCloud or on your Mac can have as many tags as you desire. Click a tag in the sidebar and see everything filed with that tag.

                  LinkedIn

                  In the last OS version, Mac introduced the ability to integrate Facebook and Twitter into the operating system, now LinkedIn joins the list. You can connect with contacts (even sync an existing user’s profile picture with LinkedIn), share links, and receive notifications.

                  App Store

                  Apple have also made some updates and improvements to the Mac App Store, including: simultaneous downloads, auto-install updates, in-app purchase subscriptions, the ability to update apps purchased from all accounts on the computer, and improved performance.

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                  Advanced Technologies

                  Mavericks offers some system-wide improvements for efficiency including a new “App Nap” feature that watches what application you are currently using to regulate energy consumption.

                  Conclusion

                  Overall, OS X Mavericks was a simple to upgrade and there are no major bugs. The new apps are helpful, and the notification improvements are time-savers for sure. It will take time to notice the technological improvements, but knowing Apple, we won’t even notice the change, it will just work.

                  What do you like best about Mavericks? Let us know in the comments.

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                  Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                  10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                  10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                  Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

                  Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

                  As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

                  In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

                  Projects and Tasks Management

                  1. Monday dot com

                    Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

                    The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

                    The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

                    The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

                    Check out the software here!

                    2. Asana

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                      The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                      The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                      Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

                      Check out the software here!

                      3. Trello

                        Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                        Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                        Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                        Check out the software here!

                        4. Jira

                          The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                          The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

                          The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

                          Check out the software here!

                          5. Evernote Business

                            Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                            The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                            Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

                            Check out the software here!

                            Communication

                            6. Slack

                              Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

                              Check out the software here!

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                              7. Spike

                                Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                                Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                                Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                                Check out the software here!

                                Creation

                                8. Office 365

                                  Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                                  Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                                  You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                                  Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                                  Check out the software here!

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                                  9. Grammarly

                                    Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                                    Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                                    Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                                    Check out the software here!

                                    Team Analytics

                                    10. ActivTrak

                                      ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                                      The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                                      Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                                      Check out the software here!

                                      The Bottom Line

                                      Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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