FastTask 2 is this week's Tom's Mac Software Pick. By adding commonly used OS X Terminal commands to your Mac's menu bar, you can quickly perform complex processes that we routinely use here at About: Macs to troubleshoot or improve the performance of your Mac.
Mac News roundup for the week of 07/11/2014. This week saw Apple release its 2014 environmental report and reach an agreement with Claremont, North Carolina, to build a third solar farm. It also saw us wondering whether Intel's setbacks in releasing new processors are causing Apple problems in its product release schedule.
Apple's 2014 Environmental Report shows that it's making strides towards becoming a net zero energy user. Apple's data centers are already powered from renewable sources, and now Apple is pushing for its retail stores worldwide to meet the same net zero policy.
Many Mac users are impatient with Apple, which appears to be dragging its collective feet about releasing Mac updates. But the fault may actually lie with Intel, which is experiencing delays in moving its new Broadwell processors to the manufacturing lines.
Apple and Claremont, NC, have come to an agreement that will allow Apple to build its third solar farm in North Carolina. Apple expects the new facility to produce 17.5 megawatts of power, which will be used at the nearby Maiden Data Center.
Customize the Dock in Mac OS X by adding a Recent Items stack that can display Recent Applications, Recent Documents, Recent Servers, Recent Volumes, and Favorite Items.
This week's Apple Steals & Deals (07/06/2014) include MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros that are discounted up to 1/3 off the original price. In addition to the weekly deals, you'll also find plenty of Mac minis and iMacs in the Apple refurb store.
Skitch is a screen capture and markup app for the Mac. Its easy-to-use capture system works with the Mac's screen or a connected camera; it also provides the ability to mark up the captured image using text, arrows, color, shape, and some cool stamps. Skitch may have all the capabilities you need for image capture and markup. Best of all, it's free.
Resetting a Mac's printing system is sometimes considered the last option in troubleshooting printer problems, but it can prove to be one of the best ways to start fresh and fix many printing problems you may be experiencing.
Mac News roundup for the week of 07/04/2014. Apple's annual Back-to-School promo begins. Also, Apple promises some pro-level features for Photos, the new imaging app to be included with OS X Yosemite.