Apple World Today on how to protect your data — By most accounts Mac OS X and iOS are safer operating systems than Windows or Android. However, a dubious report from GFI (a company that makes “IT solutions that enable businesses to discover, manage and secure their networks” ) in April claimed that OS X and iOS are the “most vulnerable” operating systems.
Whether Apple makes the most or least secure operating systems, there are good reasons to protect your data from loss and from prying eyes. The best way to accomplish the former is simply to back up your data to external hard drives (at least one of which you keep somewhere other than your home or office), as well as having a “cloud” backup. When it comes to backing up to external drives, the Time Machine feature in Mac OS X makes it simple and easy.
How to Force Quit an OS X App Showing a Spinning Beachball of Death — From time to time, an app may lock up with a spinning beachball of death. That’s Apple’s colorful cursor (which gets an attractive redesign on El Capitan, btw) that just keeps on spinning, indicating an unresponsive process. Because you have no control of the cursor to activate a Force Quit or launch Activity Monitor, it’s necessary to invoke a keyboard command. Here’s a handy trick.
Attractively show files and space — DaisyDisk (NZ$12.99, free trial available) is a Mac OS X utility that does one thing well. DaisyDisk scans all disks attached to your Mac, displaying large files in a gorgeous “daisy-like” fashion and then lets you pick and choose which ones to delete to make more room. Today, DaisyDisk 4 hit the App Store, and Apple World Today looks at the new version.
iShowU Studio for OS X is an intuitive screen casting tool — iShowU Studio (US$79) lets you quickly record your Mac’s screen. You can capture videos, then edit them by adding text, annotations, pointers and highlights. Though it’s aimed at the consumer and beginner prosumer market, it shares a lot of the same features of the iShowU HD and iShowU Pro apps, including camera capture, keyboard/mouse compositing, and upload services to YouTube and Vimeo.
Judge Koh Slams Attorney Fees in Apple Anti-poaching settlement — Judge Lucy Koh approved the US$415 million settlement Apple, Goole, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the anti-poaching lawsuit brought against them by Silicon Valley employees. She gave the deal a thumbs up on Wednesday, but with a twist that no doubt left the attorneys in the case disappointed: they’re getting half as much money as they expected. [Go Koh!]