Roland Wadddilove

Roland WaddiloveRoland Waddilove is a freelance writer for print and the web covering Apple Mac, Windows PC, iOS and Android phones and tablets. He writes reviews, how-to guides, solutions to problems and features.

See more of his articles at: RAW Computing and RAW Apps.


Monitor the memory and battery in the menu bar on your Mac

On test are two menu bar utilities that provide useful system information. One shows the battery status and health and the other shows memory usage. Both are free and provide useful info.

Use Google two-factor authentication on the Apple Mac

Padlocks - handy for locking things!

I hate security. It drives me nuts. But I turned on two-factor authentication on Google just for the extra security. What happened next on my Apple Mac is an interesting story.

How to screenshot anything on the Mac including the Touch Bar

Learn all the keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots on the Mac, even the Touch Bar too. Plus hidden screenshot settigs

To capture the screen as an image on your Mac ad save it to disk, there are several hotkeys you need to remember. There are also some secret settings to make the task of taking screenshots easier.

Monitor the stock market and your investments on your Mac

Use your Apple Mac to track share prices on the stock market using the Today Stocks widget and Stockfolio, an inexpensive app in the Mac App Store

The state of the stock markets around the world affects all of us in one way or another. Stockfolio is a great app for the Apple Mac that enables you to follow the ups and downs of share prices.

El Capitan gets a big upgrade - are you prepared?

OS X El Capitan has been available for just over three weeks and there has already been a major update to the operating system. This is mainly to fix problems that people were having and some security flaws.

Is iPhoto using up gigabytes of disk space on your Mac?

Apple has replaced iPhoto with the new Photos app and this raises a few questions, such as, is the old iPhoto app still worth keeping, and is the old iPhoto library necessary? Both occupy gigabytes of disk space.

Boost productivity in El Capitan with a split screen

MacBook

There is a new feature in El Capitan that could help you get more work done by banishing irritating distractions from the screen. It goes one step better than full screen view.

Are you using the best feature in OS X El Capitan?

OS X El Capitan desktop image

Which feature would you say is the best in OS X El Capitan? There is one that could completely change the way that you work with your Apple Mac and it is unusual and revolutionary.

Track favourite sites with Shared Links in Safari

Just a row of monitors with different icons on each one

Do you use Shared Links in Safari on your Apple Mac? Why not? Is it because you aren’t sure what they are or how useful they can be? Fear not, here’s how to use them to track websites and see what’s new.

What type of RAM does my Apple Mac need?

Apple MacBook, iMac and iPad

Operating systems and applications are getting bigger every year and sooner or later your Apple Mac will become short of memory. You want to upgrade it, but what type should you buy? Finding out is easier than you might think.

Two top Command key tricks for the Apple Mac you should know

The Command key on the Apple Mac keyboard has useful functions you may not have discovered - learn all the tricks and shortcuts | rawinfopages.com

There are four special keys on the Apple Mac keyboard - Shift, Ctrl, Option and Command - and they modify certain actions and menus. Do you know how the Command key changes the way files are opened? Here are two quick tips you will find useful when trying to locate files.

PhoneClean aims to clear junk from your iPhone or iPad

Apple MacBook, iPad and iPhone

PhoneClean is a Mac app that is designed to track down the junk files on your iPhone or iPad and clear them out, leaving more space for important things, like apps, photos and music.

Will Dr. Cleaner make your Mac run like new?

There are many disk cleanup tools and memory optimisation utilities, but there may be room for one more and this one is an interesting app. Dr. Cleaner is from security company Trend Micro and it cleans and optimises.

Discover hidden apps on your Mac’s disk drive

Apple iMac

Most of the apps on the Mac’s disk drive are in the Applications folder. Most people are aware that there is a Utilities subfolder with some additional apps, but few people know of a third folder with even more apps. Do you know where it is?

Sync folders on your Mac with an external disk

Sync folders on the Apple Mac's disk drive with folders on an external disk drive

If you have an external disk drive such as a USB disk or even a NAS (network attached storage) disk, there are many uses for it and, for example, you could sync folders on the Mac's disk with it. FreeFileSync can do the job.

How do you uninstall apps on the Mac? Here’s the right way

There is more to uninstalling apps on the Apple Mac that dragging them to the Trash. AppCleaner is the uninstaller you need to keep your Mac clean

The Mac is so simple compared to Windows PCs. Take uninstalling apps for example, you just drag them to the Trash, right? Wrong! That leaves junk on the disk drive. Here is the right way to remove apps.

Secret Mac reset options to fix problems that won't go away

There are special keys you can hold down when the Mac starts up to fix a variety of strange problems with Apple's desktop and laptop computers. If you have tried everything else and problems persist, try these tricks. 

Upgrade OS X and the new Photos app will cost you money

iPhoto is officially dead now that OS X 10.10.3 has been released. The operating system update deleted the old iPhoto app on the system, installs Photos and prompts you to pay. Here is a step-by-step guide showing how the update proceeded.

Master album playing in iTunes with these top tips

Playing songs using iTunes on the Apple Mac is straightforward and you can select one and click the play button. Playlists are also easy, but how do you play a complete album with all of its tracks? What if you want to play the tracks in a different order?

Create location-based reminders

The Mac's Reminders app is useful for creating lists of things to do, such as tasks, jobs, projects, even shopping lists. You can easily enter one or more items with tick boxes and then tick them off when they are done. You can go further though, and use Reminders to remind you to do something at a specific location.

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