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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 February 15, 2019

                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                  Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                  Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                  So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                  Joe’s Goals

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                    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                    Daytum

                      Daytum

                      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                      Excel or Numbers

                        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                        Evernote

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                          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                          Access or Bento

                            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                            Conclusion

                            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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