6 things Mac users need to know about Win 10


Apple is busy putting the finishing touches on its next operating system, but Microsoft gave the world an early look at the next version of Windows today that is set to run on everything from smartphones to PCs.

Microsoft says its next version of Windows will be the most comprehensive platform ever, and while the company is retreating from the disaster that was Windows 8, it’s bringing back some classic features and stealing a few things from the Mac too.

Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/298296/mac-users-need-know-new-windows/

How to help parents with child internet safety

With the internet becoming a normal part of the life  of a child as there are literally born with a cell phone in their face from day 1, we need to learn how to protect and teach them about their digital life.

This ebook has a guideline for parents of children from ages 3-16. It entails ways to protect and talk to your child about the dangers of the internet and the responsibility they have when using the internet as they grow up.  It includes many great links to softwares about web filtering and monitoring your home, social media sites with most activity, and advice/tips on how to talk to your kids about certain areas of online content.



The First Woman to Get a Ph.D. in Computer Science From MIT

Irene Greif, who in 1975 became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded the research field of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW). Recently retired from IBM, Greif now wants to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. As a researcher, Greif says she “moved from these very mathematically oriented computer science areas to much more people-oriented work–office automation and human-computer interface and so on.” In the 1980s, she launched the CSCW field, which she describes as “getting a set of people together across disciplines who would look at social systems and computer systems at the same time.” Working in office automation, Greif says she learned that making processes too invisible can damage the social aspects that help advance work. “And that was really the beginning of the notion of who needed to be talking to each other among researchers, in order to really get things right around using computers to help people work together,” Greif says. She believes female role models are beneficial to women entering STEM fields, and stresses that women should be visible at by-invitation conferences and panel sessions.

View Full Article

What does it mean when Tech companies buy another?

Good article on how tech companies buying each other out can affect the consumer.


NSA has cracked mobile phones encryption to listen in on calls


Dell introduces $349 Inspiron 11 touchscreen laptop

Dell has introduced an 11.6-inch Inspiron 11 touchscreen laptop starting at US$349 as the company reshapes its consumer laptop lineup with a new naming scheme and models.

The model starting at $349 is with processors from Advanced Micro Devices, whose chips are back in Dell laptops after a long break. The Inspiron 11 with Intel processors code-named Haswell starts at $379.

The laptop will run for eight hours on a single battery charge. It’ll also have Windows 8.1 and a version of Microsoft Office. Dell is not offering the option of Windows 7 with Inspiron 11.

With Inspiron 11, buyers can get a touchscreen ultraportable with a powerful processor at a low price, said Jonathan Guttell, director of global consumer messaging at Dell.

Inspiron laptops currently have screens of 13.3 inches and larger. The budget Inspiron 14R, 14, 15 and 15R models were inexpensive, but bulkier. Touch laptops from PC makers also are largely priced at more than $500.

To continue reading click here

Turning off your Mac chime at startup

Usually, you don’t pay a moment’s notice to the harmonic chime that plays when you boot up you Mac. It’s there for a reason, to let you know all is right with your beloved computer. But there are times when you would really like to be able to silence it. Well, believe it or not, there’s more than one way to silence a chime.


This is the easiest way to silence the startup chime. All you need to do is mute your Mac. Just press the F10 key on your keyboard and the next time your Mac boots up, or reboots, it will remember that it was muted, and won’t play the chime.

The only drawback about this solution is that you have to remember to mute you Mac before rebooting.


You can completely disable the chime, there is a command line you can enter while in Terminal that will silence the chime until you turn it back on again.

Just open up the Terminal application, you can find it in “Applications” -> “Terminal,” and enter the following on the command line:

sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=%80

You’ll need to enter the Administrator password when you enter this command.

If you decide you’d like to reenable the system chime, simply enter the following on the command line:

sudo nvram -d SystemAudioVolume

Again, you’ll need to enter the Administrator password to execute this command.


If you don’t want to have to remember to mute your Mac via the keyboard approach, and you don’t feel comfortable entering command into the Terminal app, there’s another way. Luckily, some very nice programmers have created free apps that mute your Mac.

One such free app is called, StartNinja. This app works on OS X Lion and higher, and lets you toggle the startup chime ON and OFF as needed.

StartNinja can be downloaded from the StartNinja download page. [DIRECT LINK]

If you need to mute your Mac’s startup chime, any of the three methods above should do the job for you.

Thanks to OS X Daily for the original tip.


How to downgrade from Java 7 to Java 6 on Mac OS X

Since the latest update from Java to java 7 upate 21 – its been causing some misery for Mac users. I searched around for a workaround or solution but was able to find this handy video tutorial along with a link to copy a script you’ll need to insert into Terminal.




Microsoft, Google swap April Fools’ jabs



Microsoft spoofs Google’s minimalist search site, Google knocks Outlook.com with Gmail

Apple blocks ad-injecting Mac trojan

A day after Russian anti-virus firm Doctor Web highlighted an adware Mac trojan called “Yontoo,” Apple has moved to block it. Confirmed by Intego, Apple has updated the definitions included in OS X’s Xprotect.plist in order to detect the adware, meaning users don’t need to run anything special in order to be protected.