Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #252: Google Begs Apple to Replace iMessage with RCS

Google has launched a campaign to try to pressure Apple to adopt a messaging standard that is more amenable to Android users, but this is far more self-serving than it first appears. Also, we look at how Amazon wants to map your home with Roomba robot vacuum cleaners.

Follow the The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Get to Know Scrivener for iPad and iPhone

Scrivener for iPad and iPhone lets you work on your projects on mobile devices, and sync them back to your computer.

If you use Scrivener on a Mac or Windows computer, and haven’t yet discovered the Scrivener app for iOS and iPadOS, this series of articles about the mobile version of the app is for you. I’m going to show you how you can use Scrivener on an iPad or iPhone on its own, or in conjunction with Scrivener on your desktop or laptop computer.

In this week’s article, I’ll give you an introduction to Scrivener for iPad and iPhone, and tell you why you may want to use the mobile app. Future articles will look at how to tweak Scrivener on iPad and iPhone to work the way you want it, how to sync projects between the mobile apps and the desktop, and how to compile projects with the mobile apps.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #251: Tom Cruise and the Leap Second

Tom Cruise is showing up everywhere: landing his helicopter in an English family’s garden; interrupting hikers and leaping off a cliff; and even in deepfake videos. We also look at the leap second, and how taking away one second in time could wreak havoc on computers.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #250: Is Your Car the Next Security Risk?

Cars are the next target for hackers; we look at vulnerabilities in standalone GPS devices, and we also discuss how Honda shrugged when presented with security vulnerabilities. We also go over the recent Apple operating system updates, and look at how Content Caching on a Mac may prevent security updates from being installed automatically.

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These Five Books Will Make You a Better Writer

Writing is something that most people learn on the hoof. While you can take writing courses, such as an MFA in Creative Writing or a journalism course, most writers are just born wordsmiths. As such, we can all benefit from books that help us hone our craft. There are hundreds of books about writing, some of which offer formulae for creating best sellers, others that focus on specific elements of writing (such as plot, dialog, or description), and some more general books that provide inspiration.

In this article, I look at a five books about writing that can help every writer.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

Stage Manager Offers a New Way to Work with Windows in macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16

While computers have changed a great deal since the first personal computers, one thing hasn’t: the way we work with windows. On the Mac, we went from being able to use one app at a time, to an early form of multitasking (the Multifinder, with System 5.0 in 1987), to true preemptive multitasking in 1999 with Mac OS 8.6.

Since then, the way we work with windows has not changed. You can open multiple windows, arrange them on the screen, switch from one to another easily, and even hide windows when you don’t want to see them.

Now, with macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16, Apple is introducing Stage Manager, the biggest change in the way we work with windows in decades. Here’s how Stage Manager works, and why you may want to use it.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #249: Apple’s New M2 MacBook Air

Apple’s new M2 MacBook Air is the first change in the popular laptop’s form factor since its introduction in 2008. We also look at a change in Facebook’s tracking URLs, and how running ChromeOS could bring an old Mac back to life.

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How to Manage, Compare, and Restore Snapshots in Your Scrivener Projects

In a recent article, we looked to how you can use snapshots to save versions of your Scrivener projects. We explained what snapshots are, how they work, and how to take snapshots.

In this article, we want to go further, showing you what you can do with snapshots. We’ll look at how you can manage snapshots, how you can compare them to current versions of documents in your project, and how you can restore snapshots if you want to.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

M2 MacBook Air Review – New Form Factor for Apple’s Most Popular Mac

When Apple released the first MacBook Air in 2008, it seemed like it might be a gimmick. Steve Jobs revealed the device at a Macworld Expo keynote by sliding out of a manila envelope, suggesting that it could be shipped as a letter, not a package; its light weight and extreme thinness were its defining characteristics. While the debut model was not extremely fast, even for the time, it was the first Mac available with an optional SSD, giving a glimpse of what was to come. It was hideously expensive, with the base model’s $1,799 price increasing to $3,098 with the SSD. (Though that price dropped to $2,598 six months later, due to a drop in the price of flash memory.)

Now, 14 years later, what could be seen as Apple’s flagship Mac — the best Mac for most people, and the most popular – has adopted a new form factor. Gone is the signature aerodynamic wedge shape, replaced by no-nonsense straight sides. It is thinner and lighter than Apple‘s MacBook Pros, and is closer in form factor to the 12.9″ iPad Pro than to previous MacBook Airs.

Of all the Apple laptop models I’ve had over the years, the MacBook Air has been my favorite. While I have had several MacBook Pros, the work I do on a laptop doesn’t require that extra power. This is true for most people: if you’re not a developer, or designer, or video editor, the MacBook Air is probably right for you.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.