The Secret Features of OS X Mavericks
Check Location Usage
Want to know if an app is using your location? Look no further than the menubar. It'll show you which apps are actively pulling location data and you can view a history by jumping into System Preferences directly below.
Easily Identify New Apps
If you use Launchpad, any new apps you download will sparkle to denote their newness. Once you acknowledge them, or they've sat there neglected for awhile, the sparkles will disappear. This seems like an odd design choice given Apple's departure from using real-world textures and flourishes, but perhaps this one comes from the world of imagination.
Enable Enhanced Dictation
Enhanced dictation sounds a little misleading, because it doesn't do anything notably difference from regular dictation. That said, if you don't have it enabled your
Do (A Lot) More with Activity Monitor
Perhaps my favorite feature in OS Mavericks in general, Activity Monitor now allows you to check energy usage through a dedicated tab. You can even get a glimpse by clicking the battery in your menubar. Awesome! On top of that, you can visit
Although us lefties might have appreciated Dashboard's dominant hand, you no longer have to keep it all the way to the left when ordering your spaces. Open up Mission Control and you can now drag Dashboard to any position, whether you want it all the way on the right or somewhere in
Do Not Disturb
Don't want notifications for awhile? You can shut them off! Open up Notification Center and swipe up. You'll find a Do Not Disturb toggle. Turn it on and you'll receive no notifications for
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