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April 2015

No Time for Reading? Let Your Mac Read to You

Excerpted from Mac OS X Mavericks: Peachpit Learning Series by Lynn Beighley

In many OS X applications that typically work with a lot of text, your Mac can read selected text to you. Depending on the application, you will find the Speech menu and the Start Speaking command in the Edit menu. Another way to access speech options is to Control-click (or right-click) selected text; then, from the Speech option, choose Start Speaking. If you want just a portion of the text read aloud, select that portion before you go to the Edit menu. The speech voice used is the one selected in the Dictation & Speech system preferences.

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Control Access to Your Data

Excerpted from The iPad Air and iPad mini Pocket Guide, Fifth Edition by Jeff Carlson

To prevent an app from slurping all of your contacts or other sensitive information, iOS requires that you give your permission before an app is granted access to your underlying data. For example, when you first open the Find My Friends app, you’re asked if you want to allow it to access your Contacts list. You can control which apps access which data in the Privacy settings. Go to Settings > Privacy and tap a category, such as Contacts, to see which apps have requested access to its data. You can block access by switching access to Off. The Location Services category determines which apps can use the iPad’s location. You probably want to grant access to the Find My Friends app (since that’s the point of the app), but you may not want Facebook to be able to include your location when you’re posting a status update. You can toggle any app’s Location Services setting to On or Off.

Quick Source for Compatibility Checks

Excerpted from Upgrading to Mavericks: 10 Things To Do Before Moving to OS X 10.9 by Tom Negrino

Before upgrading to Mavericks or Yosemite, you need to check any third-party software for compatibility with the new OS, and you may need to do some upgrading. A good resource for checking compatibility, with handy links to developers’ websites, is the Roaring Apps website. The site’s App Compatibility Table is a user-maintained list of Mac and iOS applications, with compatibility listed from Snow Leopard through Mavericks (and Yosemite in many cases). After the Mac App Store, this should be your first stop to check software compatibility. The list isn’t 100% accurate, because it’s difficult to keep up with the constantly changing nature of a zillion bits of software, but it shows status icons indicating whether the software is okay, not compatible, has been tested and has some problems, or hasn’t been reported as tested yet.

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