How to eject a disk properly on OS X — New to the Mac? Don’t just yank that flash drive out! Here’s how to eject a disk the right way. It is oh-so-tempting to just pull that flash drive out of your USB port when you’re done with it. But resist the urge! Unceremoniously disconnecting an external drive from your Mac can result in all sorts of problems—namely, you could inadvertently damage files on the drive. Do yourself—and your data—a favor and eject your disk the proper way. OS X provides a few methods for doing so — here are three of them.
Feral Brings Western Front Armies Expansion to Company of Heroes 2 for Mac — Feral Interactive has announced the release of the Western Front Armies expansion for Company of Heroes 2 for the Mac (and Linux). The expansion pack contains two additional armies: the versatile US Forces and the highly experienced Oberkommando West, as well as eight new maps set in the French and Belgian countryside. These armies are deployed in Skirmish mode, which can be played either online or offline. It can be played as a standalone game through Steam (US$19.99), or played within the original Company of Heroes 2 game. Feral also said the expansion would be coming to the Mac App Store “soon.” On the Mac side, the game recommend a 2.4GHz processor or better, 8GB of RAM or better and OS X 10.11.2 or higher (El Capitan). It will run on Yosemite, too.
Essential tips for creating your own ebooks — Creating and publishing your own ebook is easier than ever before. There are several apps you can use to create your masterpiece — two of which are free — and (happily) there are fewer snafus to watch out for. That said, there are still some details that can trip you up. In this column, you’ll learn essential and real world tips for creating ebooks using today’s most popular apps.
App makes your Mac’s speaker go Boom — If you’ve ever found yourself dealing with low audio output on a Mac (more common on laptops with their small speakers than desktops such as the iMac), Global Delight’s Boom 2 will boost the audio volume. Significantly — as in up to 400%, but there are also modes for evaluating your setup’s EQ, nights, movies, fidelity … [I love this app.]
Apple buys LearnSprout, an education-tech startup — Apple has acquired education technology startup LearnSprout, which creates software for schools and teachers to track students’ performance, reports Bloomberg. More than 2500 school districts in 42 U.S. states use LearnSprout’s software, according to the company’s website.
OS X: adjusting your Login Options — Are you familiar with your login window? That’s the screen you’ll see if you don’t have your Mac set to automatically sign you in when you restart. Melissa Holt explains all.