How to: Create a Signature with Yosemite’s Preview App

PreviewIconEditor’s Note: I just found this tip and thought it was neat and useful.

Did you know, that when you make a PDF file on your Mac, you can also include your signature on it as well using the Preview app?  Here’s how:

1.  Open the Preview app as normal.

2.  Click VIEW inside the app.


4.  Choose the SIGN BUTTON on the toolbar.


6.  In that window, choose either TRACKPAD or CAMERA option.

7.  If using the Trackpad option, sign your name using your Trackpad.

8.  If using the Camera option, sign your name on a white piece of paper using black ink, then hold it up to the computer’s camera.

9.  When you’re done with either option, press ANY KEY to save the signature.

Now when you’re ready to actually use a signature, preform these simple steps:


2.  Choose the SIGN button.

3.  Choose one of the saved signatures.


The famous Steve Jobs first introduction to the Mac

To prove that we are still here, here’s a look back at a very famous milestone in Apple History: The very first time Steve Jobs introduced the Mac to the world.



Wait, what? Microsoft makes .NET open source. Includes Android, iOS, and others

MicrosoftLogoIt’s a big day for Microsoft and its (soon to be even larger) cadre of dedicated developers: Starting today, Microsoft is making the core parts of its .Net framework open-source, and cross-platform on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Microsoft is also committing to adding Android and iOS support in the upcoming Visual Studio 2015 — in fact, there’s already an Android emulator in Visual Studio 2015 Preview, and iOS support will be added soon. Furthermore, Microsoft is releasing a new version of Visual Studio — “Community 2013″ — that is free and full-featured. This is a bold move that will attempt to cement .Net, C#, and Visual Studio as the dominant development platform across Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, and Mac — and, well, it might just work.

Over the last few years, Microsoft has been slowly open-sourcing various parts of its developer tools, mostly in response to the fact that developers expect a lot more transparency than they used to. It didn’t make much sense to open-source stuff when Windows was the only OS that mattered, but the rapid growth of Linux as a server platform, and Android and iOS in the consumer space, have forced software developers to take a much broader, platform-agnostic stance — and Microsoft has followed suit. It’s actually been quite amusing and heartwarming, watching Microsoft go from hating everything about Linux and what it stands for, through to positively embracing the penguin.

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Mac OS X 10.10: How to Use Dashboard Like the “Old Days”

DashboardOverlayOver the next few weeks, we’ll be doing a series of how to articles on how to get the most out of Apple’s newest operating system – Mac OS X 10.10.

When Dashboard first came out, it was an incredibly useful tool when ever you needed to do something.  One just pressed the F12 key, and Dashboard would pop-up over what ever you were doing at the time.

But with each new OS X update, it seemed as though Apple wanted to hide (or even wanted to get rid off) Dashboard by hiding it away into never-never-land.

Fortunately, you can bring back Dashboard to act like the old days just by a few simple clicks.

1.  Go into System Preferences > Mission Control.

2.  Look for the Dashboard section and choose the drop down menu.

3.  Select “AS OVERLAY

That’s it!

Yes, we are still here

AppleScoopLogo 135x148Yes, we are still here and kicking.  When we find something worthwhile for our readers, we’ll publish it.  Until then, please enjoy the countless how-to’s and articles we have on this web site.

Staples flips the “ON” switch with Apple Pay

StaplesLogoJust in time for the Holidays, Staples has flipped the ON switch with Apple Pay at over 1,200 of its stores.  The feature will work as advertised and will allow even faster check out for its customers during the Holiday season.

‘WireLurker’ Malware Targets iPhone and iPad (no, really!)

ComputerVirusSignIt’s not very often you hear about malware targeting iOS, but security researchers in Silicon Valley said on Wednesday they’ve spotted new malicious software doing just that.

Although it appears to be spreading through a third-party OS X app store in China and consequently largely confined to that country, the development could be a taste of things to come for iDevice owners in other parts of the world if similarly designed malware is launched by other cybercriminals, or even the same group.

Palo Alto Networks said the one it’s uncovered, called ‘WireLurker’, loads onto iPhones and iPads when the device is connected via USB to a Mac computer onto which an infected OS X app has already been downloaded.

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Next Wave of Apple Pay Acceptance happening

ApplePayLogoWhen Apple first announced Apple Pay last month, they announced that more banks and services would come online in the coming months.

It seems that some of the below banks and services have now flipped the switch and can now offer the service to their customers.

Companies such as:

– Barclaycard
– M&T Bank
– And others….

Editor’s Note:
Even though we may have listed some available services, the services did work at the time of this writing and may be pulled at any time for one reason or another.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Microsoft launches new ad campaign against the MacBook Air

How To: Enable Dark Mode in Yosemite (OS X 10.10)

Yosemite has a lot of great features.  But some of the major features seem to hide from users.  Even though this may be obvious for some, it took me a while to find how to enable one of OS X’s newest features – how to enable (or disable) dark mode:

1.  Go to Finder > System Preferences > General.

2.  Put a check mark in the use dark menu bar and dock.

3.  That’s it.


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