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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 September 11, 2019

                  8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                  8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                  Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

                  Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

                  Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

                  Why Typing Fast Matters?

                  Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

                  Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

                  Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

                  Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

                  8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

                  Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

                  Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.

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                  For Beginners

                  1. Speed Typing Online

                    What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

                    The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

                    2. Typing Trainer

                      Typing Trainer

                      is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

                      Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

                      The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

                      3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

                        There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.

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                        Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

                        The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

                        For professional writers and programmers

                        4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

                          Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

                          If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

                          Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

                          If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

                          If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

                          5. The Typing Cat

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                            Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is a another valulable skillset worth adding.

                            Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

                            The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

                            Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

                            Fun typing games

                            6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                              Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                              Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                              The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

                              7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles

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                                Although this game does cost money to purchase, it is worth the investment if you’re looking for a refreshing and alternative mode to learning how to type fast.

                                Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                                Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                                8. Daily Quote Typing

                                  Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                                  Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on Wordgames.com – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                                  With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                                  Bottom Line

                                  At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                                  By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

                                  Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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