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Set AirDrop in iOS to be Discoverable by Contacts Only for Added Privacy

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:37
Those of us who regularly use AirDrop on the iPhone or iPad and leave the function always turned on may want to take a moment to adjust a simple privacy setting for the feature, allowing your iOS device to be only discoverable by Contacts. This prevents AirDrop requests coming in from random or unknown users, ... Read More

Fix for a Mac Disconnecting from Wi-Fi After Sleep Wake

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 18:24
A fair amount of Mac users have encountered an issue where their Mac will immediately disconnect from wi-fi networks after waking from sleep, forcing users to rejoin a wireless network constantly. This is obviously pretty frustrating, but it’s usually easily remedied with a few adjustments to the Network Preferences in OS X. If your Mac ... Read More

Use Shared Links in Safari for iOS as a Simple News Reader

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:32
Twitter integration is pretty deep throughout OS X and iOS with the sharing abilities and various uses of Siri, but another often overlooked Twitter feature is part of Safari and called “Shared Links”. Put simply, Shared Links can be thought of as an extension of the handy Reading List feature of iOS and OS X, ... Read More

Apple Runs New iPhone 5S TV Ad “Powerful”

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:15
Apple has started airing a new commercial for the iPhone 5S, titled “Powerful.” The commercial starts off with musicians using various apps on their iPhones to prepare to play, and then segues into from a music theme to a broader usage of iPhone apps for a variety of tasks, ranging from filming video to translating ... Read More

Want to Beta Test Mac OS X? Now Anyone Can with Apple’s Beta Seed Program

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:29
Apple has expanded the availability of beta OS X system software to all Mac users, allowing potentially anyone to run the latest pre-release beta builds of the operating system for trials and feedback. Dubbed the OS X Beta Seed Program, this is the first time since the initial release of OS X that Apple has ... Read More

Security Update 2014-002 1.0 for OS X Released for Mac

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:43
Apple has released a series of security updates for OS X, with support for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and Lion Server. The update is simply labeled as Security Update 2014-002 and is widely available through the App Store or by downloading the updater dmg directly from Apple. The update is recommended for all ... Read More

iOS 7.1.1 Released with Bug Fixes [IPSW Download Links]

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:31
Apple has released iOS 7.1.1, a bug fix update aimed at resolving several issues with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update is said to fix keyboard responsiveness – presumably addressing the keyboard lag issue that has annoyed some users – improves fingerprint recognition for devices with Touch ID, and also resolves a problem ... Read More

Resize Photos from iPhone the Roundabout Way with Mail

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 23:10
The Photos app of on the iPhone and iPad is lacking a direct resize tool for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t resize pictures from iOS. While there are a variety of third party apps out there to complete the task, another simple option is to just rely on the photo reducing tools that ... Read More

Navigate Calendar Faster in Mac OS X with Gestures & Continuous Scrolling

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:49
Most users who want to see another day, week, or month in the Calendar app of OS X rely on using the mouse cursor to click the forward and backwards buttons, but that’s actually slower than relying on the lesser known continuous scrolling feature that’s built into the Mac Calendar app, which behaves much like ... Read More

Find an Interesting Spot? Share a Maps Location with Someone Else from OS X

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:45
The Maps app in OS X makes it simple to share locations with others, even if the location isn’t defined and just in the middle of nowhere. This is a great trick for many reasons, whether to share a nice spot you found in the city, share with your partner where you left the car ... Read More

Forget to Update Your Mac Apps? Use Automatic Updates in OS X

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:25
Many of us Mac users forget to update our installed apps to the latest versions, missing out on everything from newly added features, bug fixes, to important security improvements. Sure there are plenty of reasons for forgetting to update applications, whether because we’re too busy to remember, don’t know how to update, or simply don’t ... Read More

Mac Setups: The VP of Projects Office

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 20:47
This weeks featured Mac workstation is the awesome setup of Jody R., a VP of Projects. There’s a lot of great hardware in this office, with four Macs, a couple of iOS devices, and a ton of displays… let’s dive right in and learn a bit more! Quick note: the screen saver shown on the ... Read More

How to Disable IPv6 in Mac OS X

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:43
Some Mac users may wish to disable IPv6 networking support on their machines. This may be desirable to avoid certain networking conflicts, or to increase security for users in higher threat environments, since IPv6 has been found by researchers to be potentially vulnerable to man-in-the-middle and other network attacks. Though most users don’t use IPv6 ... Read More

Play & Manage iTunes Radio Stations with Siri

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:01
Many users know that Siri can interact with the standard iOS music app, but did you know that Siri can also play and manage iTunes Radio stations for you? That’s right, among the huge variety of Siri abilities, the virtual assistance can also command your iTunes Radio music stations. This is particularly helpful with Siri’s ... Read More

Search the Web for Selected Words & Phrases from Almost Anywhere in iOS

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:08
On the Mac, you may know that a right-click on just about anything can bring up a “Search the web” feature. When chosen, the selected term or phrase, whether from an app or from another web browser, gets quickly searched for using your default browser. This is great if you’re reading something and you want ... Read More

3 Super Simple Finder Keystroke Tips Every Mac User Must Know

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:22
The Finder offers the primary means of navigating the file system of Mac OS X, and though most users will rely entirely on clicking, dragging, and dropping, there are no shortage of keyboard shortcuts to make things even better. If you’re not going to learn them all (and let’s face it, just about nobody does), ... Read More

Make iOS Settings Toggles a Bit More Obvious (and Geeky) with Binary On & Off Labels

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:03
Earlier versions of iOS used to make it very obvious when a Settings toggle was enabled or disabled by showing “ON” and “OFF” text within the button switch itself. While new versions of iOS have removed those word based cues in favor of color indicators (green for on, white for off), there remains an option ... Read More

How to Disable iMessage on the iPhone Completely

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:21
iMessage is the fantastic free messaging service from Apple that lets iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac users send each other endless free text messages, pictures, and videos. Because iMessage skips the standard SMS/text protocol from cellular carriers and relies on data transmission instead, it can often help you reduce your phone bill by cutting ... Read More

How to Turn Off the Frequent Locations Feature on iPhone

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:46
Frequent Locations is an intelligent feature on the iPhone that allows the device to track where you go and learn what places are frequently visited. Once the iPhone has determined some locations that are most common, say your home or work, the iPhone will then report to you some personalized data about that location, like ... Read More

Get More Usable Screen Space on a Retina MacBook Pro by Adjusting Resolution

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:11
The MacBook Pro with Retina Display takes an ultra-high resolution display and scales onscreen elements down to effectively double the pixel count, providing for ultra crisp images and text on the screen. While the default resolution settings are undeniably gorgeous, you can also choose to manually adjust the screen resolution to either show more space ... Read More